Happy Schedulin Sunday! We remain in the virtual setting so here’s what is happening in distance learning this week: and ya’ll it’s a BUSY BUSY WEEK! Groundhog Day, 100th Day, Women Heroes, TKS Vowel Bootcamp and Adding Unicorns.
Lesson Plans: Groundhog Day And 100th Day Of School
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Research Project: Heroes
We are continuing our three-week-long HEROES unit focusing on African American Heroes, Asian American Heroes, Women Heroes, and Hispanic Heroes. We will continue to use our Heroes Research Projects throughout the year to celebrate heroes all the time.
Our Tennesee standards call for us to learn about specific Tennesee residents so we incorporate those and then I like to incorporate people that will interest my kids (they are 5 after all) and I like to include living heroes so we can have a connection. This week we are learning about: Kamala Harris, Jane Goodall and Amelia Earhart.
We read a book about each person, complete a graphic organizer for each person and the students write about the person in their research journal! I also try to show a video of each person.
We also do a directed drawing for each person we learn about. As we’re drawing we are talking about the impacts the person had, what lessons they taught us and how they changed the world.
This week’s read alouds:
For directed drawings that align with all of our Heroes Research Projects, check out my friend and co-worker on TPT at The Creative Camper!
This week we’re continuing with TKS BOOTCAMP with Vowel Bootcamp! This is when we work with long vowels and the CVC-E pattern! After 2 weeks of virtual Vowel Bootcamp, the kids can identify vowels, identify how to make the vowel say its name and they can read and read a_e words. This week we are doing o_e words!
We spend a week on each vowel and work on segmenting, blending and writing CVC-E words!
We start with a circle chart just like we do in every TKS BOOTCAMP!
Then we work on word building and blending:
For the writing activities, we will use our whiteboards since we are virtual!
Read It Up: Groundhog Gets A Say
Tuesday is GROUNDHOG DAY and we celebrate all day long! To celebrate we use our Read It Up! Groundhog Gets A Say creation! All of the activities are included in our Read It Up creation!
We read the book Groundhog Gets A Say and use the facts to create a graphic organizer all about groundhogs!
For math, we flip a groundhog coin and graph if we see the shadow or not! Then we analyze the data!
And we do a fun and simple groundhog art project!
We also make predictions about whether the groundhog will see his shadow. We do this the day before Groundhog Day and we discuss what happens on Groundhog Day!
100th Day Of School
Friday is also our 100th Day Of School! We start by reading Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For The 100th Day Of School and we talk about how the book characters celebrated the 100th day of school!
We use our 100th Day Of School Creations to celebrate the entire day! We have two different creations for the 100th day. The content is exactly the same but the theme is different!
We write 100 words, we talk about what we want 100 of, we share our 100th-day collections. We find 100 numbers! And we make 100th-day hats! We are virtual so materials were delivered to students so we could have a celebration!
Since we are virtual, we can’t find 100 Hershey Kisses, so we’re using our 100 Grannies activity to identify and color numbers. I’ll hold up a number card, the students will say the number and color it on their 100 chart!
Math: Addition To 10
This week in math, we are working on addition to 10. We have worked on adding a few other times this year so this week we’re focusing on equations and solving equations with a variety of strategies: drawing pictures and using manipulatives! This week we’re using our Adding Unicorns creation!
We will show the equation cards and the students will solve the equations independently. We will work on this all week.