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Schedulin Sunday: Introducing Subtraction

This week we’re wrapping up our Community Helpers Research Project, reviewing and practicing letters and sounds, and introducing subtraction to 5! AND IT’S OUR LAST WEEK OF VIRTUAL LEARNING! WE HAVE FALL BREAK AFTER THIS WEEK AND ON OCTOBER 13, WE RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING. STAY TUNED AND WE WIL BE SHARING THAT JOURNEY WITH YOU!

Community Helpers Research Project 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!

CLICK THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S VIRTUAL LESSON PLANS!

Click the picture above to view and/or download my year-long plan for this year. You can see the order in which I am introducing letters during ABC Bootcamp this year. We’re following district guidelines for intros this year, however, you can go in any order you would like. Studies have shown the outcome is the same…the students MASTER their letters and sounds within 26 days!!

ABC BOOTCAMP!

We’ve wrapped up ABC BOOTCAMP so this week we’re working on reviewing and practicing our letters and sounds. To practice our sounds, we’re using our letter hunts from ABC BOOTCAMP! These sound hunts are a great activity for isolating and identifying the onset sounds!

We completed our ABC BOOTCAMP assessment and the results for VIRTUAL ABC BOOTCAMP were better than I expected!

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.

Research Project: Community Helpers

This week we are finishing our Community Helpers Research Project. This is a great way to learn about the people who help our communities. This also a very engaging unit that the kids always love and respond to so I think it will be great for virtual learning. It’s also something that the kids can really make connections too so it’s going to be a lot of fun!

For this research project, we learn about one community helper a day. We read an informational text and complete our tree chart as we read the book. The students use the tree chart to do the writing in their research journal. Then we label the community helper and finally, we do a directed drawing of the community helper.

This week we will end our research project with a writing activity. We will read the book Riley Can Do Anything and students will share what they want to be when they grow up and why! They will write and draw about what they want to be.

Here’s a tip for directed drawings: do them on chart paper so your drawings are large! This helps the kids make their drawings a bigger size!

Math: Subtracting To 5

This week we are introducing the concept of subtraction. Truth. We start subtraction this early. We introduce subtraction as TAKE AWAY. And we do hands-on, concrete practice to understand that concept. We don’t do equations or symbols, we just take away and count.

We use our Math It Up Five Little Monkeys resource. This resource is for subtracting to 10.

We start by reading the book Five Little Monkeys. Then we introduce and practice subtraction with our fingers. That’s it. We subtract fingers for two days.

Then we bring in manipulatives. For the next two days, we use monkeys to subtract. We put monkeys in the bed and take them out of the bed to show the idea of subtraction. Since we are doing this virtually, students will use their counters/blocks and a plate. I will be modeling the lesson using a bed and monkeys.

Here is a video of our subtracting to 5 using our Math It Up Resource:

These are the resources we’re using this week:

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