Subtraction: Schedulin Sunday

Happy Schedulin’ Sunday! This week we’re continuing our month-long adventure around the world with Holidays Around The World! We’re also practicing subtraction and working with Blends Bootcamp!

Holidays Around The World And Subtraction Lesson Plans

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Holidays Around The World

This week we are continuing our month long Holidays Around The World research project!  We visit 1 country a day to learn how they celebrate Christmas and other holidays.  For each country, we read a story, learn facts and write about the country.  Then we make a craft or art project for that country.  Each student receives a plane ticket for each country and we use Google Earth to travel to each country.

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For more on Holidays Around The World, check out this post for all the details:

holidays around the world

For art ideas for each country, check out this post:

Read It Up: Gingerbread Man

The next two weeks are all about The Gingerbread Man. We read a different version of the story each day, complete a story map and then at the end of the week we compare and contrast the stories! This week we’re also doing some gingerbread graphing and writing what would we run from if we were the gingerbread cookie!

gingerbread man
gingerbread man

To practice graphing, we take a bite of the gingerbread man and then we graph our first bite!

For more ideas, details, resources and lesson plans for Read It Up: Gingerbread Man, check out this post!


This week we are continuing Blends Bootcamp with digraphs and this week it’s CH words. Here’s the rundown for the week: Monday circle chart, Tuesday and Wednesday word building/blending, Thursday Word sorting CH/SH words and Friday a word match.

To provide students extra support and practice, we use our differentiated digraph, decodable readers. The readers are included in Blends Bootcamp.

For more on blends and digraphs and Blends Bootcamp, check out this post!

For more on our Read It Up! comprehension resources, check out this post:

Poem And Sight Word Reader: Santa and Gingerbread Man

The week our shared reading sight word reader and poem are about Santa and Gingerbread Men!

Math: Subtraction With

This week in math we are practicing subtraction to 5. We focus on a very concrete approach that subtraction means to take away. Last week we introduced subtraction with Five Little Monkeys so this week is more hands-on practice!

This week we’re doing 3 days of whole group activities and also working with small groups. Our first two activities are Christmas/gingerbread themed. They’re also similar and easy. First, we simply make a giant Christmas tree out of bulletin board paper. Then we put ornaments on the tree and then subtraction ornaments. We do the same with gingerbread man but we take away buttons to practice subtraction.

Get Off My Boat Subtraction

To play, make a boat on the floor. Students get on the boat. Then I make them get off my boat and we subtract!

Check out this video to see this lesson in action:

Subtraction: Small Group

We’re also doing small group work with subtraction using our Math It Up: Monkey Subtraction!

For more on our monkey subtraction lessons, check out this post:

Foodie Fun Friday

Our Foodie Fun Friday is Holidays Around The World. We will eat either traditional foods from countries we visit or foods that represent something we learned about a country!

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These are the creations we are using this week:

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