Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favorite weeks of the year! There are so many fun activities and lessons. And just because we’re virtual, doesn’t mean we’re not still bringing the chicka chicka fun! Plus we’re on week 2 of ABC BOOTCAMP and we’re working with ten frames to count!
ABC BOOTCAMP And Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lesson Plans
As ALWAYS, our lesson plans are free to download. This year, we’ve modified the format to show the live teaching we’re doing and the self-paced learning the kids will do. When we return to in-person learning, we will switch back to the regular lesson plan format. If you’re interested in previous lesson plans, we have 7 years of our lesson plans in our Resource Center at the top of this page!
We’re continuing ABC BOOTCAMP this week! That means one letter and sound a day for the next 26 days! And yes, we’re doing it virtually during our live teaching block. Also this year, once again, we’re adhering to a new phonics curriculum for our district so we are doing a different order. Normally we go A-Z but this year we are following the order of our new phonics curriculum. So, this week we’re doing C G I N H!
The circle charts will be the center of our instruction as always. The students will provide the words, I’ll provide the amazing drawings. Ya’ll. The drawings are the fun part. Do you best and make it fun! We will also do handwriting and of course, the world-famous, ABC BOOTCAMP hats!
This week’s hats are: castle, grapes, iguana, noodles and a hamburger!
NOTE: ABC BOOTCAMP AND NUMBER BOOTCAMP NOW CONTAIN DIGITAL ACTIVITIES AS WELL. IF YOU ALREADY OWN THESE CREATIONS, SIMPLY REDOWNLOAD THE FILES TO GET THE DIGITAL UPDATES.
This week we are celebrating letters and sounds and coconuts with a kindergarten must read: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! This story helps us build fluency, work on letters, sounds, words and it’s just plain fun. And from my experience with virtual teaching, the more fun we can have, the better!
We read the book multiple times but we also use our predictable chart to practice letters and sounds and build fluency!
We will also sort uppercase letters, lowercase letters, words and numbers!
We will graph if we like coconut and of course, we will decorate Mr. Greg like the coconut tree! But since we’re virtual, we will have to adapt. I’ll show the letter, the kids will name the letter and sound and I’ll stick it on my coconut tree costume!
We’ve had great success with our Read It Up resources in our virtual classroom so we will use Miss Nelson to continue to establish community and build relationships!
After we read Miss Nelson, we compare Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp!
And then I ask my students to describe me and what kind of teacher they want and need me to be!
For fun, we will do a directed drawing of Mr. Greg! Yes, we do directed drawings in virtual kindergarten! We do it live and it works great!
This week we’re working on numbers and counting with Number Bootcamp. On Friday of the previous week, we did number 1 to test things out and see how it would work with distance learning and it was a great success!
This week is numbers 2-6!
As with all of our TKS BOOTCAMP curriculum, the circle charts are the center of our instruction. We look for various representation of the numbers to put on our circle chart. We’re also building our 1 to 1 correspondence, counting skills and math vocabulary because we’re learning the name of each number representation.
This week we will be using ten frames to practice counting! We are using our Cookie Counting creation but no Cookie Crisp cereal this year! Students will use the counters and manipulatives they have at home while we work on this during our live class.
YES!!! Mad Science is happening. Students will watch and participate live. They will make predictions/hypothesis and I will conduct the experiments and then we will discuss the results!
We’re actually doing 2 science experiments this week: we will be doing a float and sink experiment with a coconut and making magic potion with vinegar and baking soda!
Sight Word Reader
This week is our first sight word reader! We use these readers to build fluency and work on our concepts of print!