It’s week 4 of school for us and it’s a four-day week due to an in-service day on Friday! Week 4 means we are continuing ABC BOOTCAMP, continuing to refine our center routines including adding our ten frames and count the room math centers, , continue with Number Bootcamp, five senses, our district-mandated requirements, and our foundational skills curriculum. This year, my goal is to show you that you can use our TKS resources along with required curriculums so you’ll see that happening throughout the school year!
- We are required to wear masks indoors but not at recess.
- We can have shared supplies and centers while maintaining 3 feet of distance when possible.
- We are keeping our enhanced cleaning procedures (wipe down surfaces throughout the day, steam sanitize the room daily, hand sanitizer/hand washing throughout the day, steam mop the floors daily, etc)
As always, you can download our weekly lesson plans by clicking on the image!
You can get our EDITABLE lesson plan template by clicking on the image below:
We continue ABC BOOTCAMP this week and I am so excited to be doing it in-person this year! This year, our district is mandating a foundational skills curriculum. We are completing our district-required skills curriculum and doing ABC BOOTCAMP. We have a 45-minute block for foundational skills. We have found that these lessons are taking about 25-30 minutes. That leaves 15-20 minutes for ABC BOOTCAMP. The circle charts take 10-15 minutes so that will be perfect for that block. Handwriting and hats will be done in our afternoon PLT block which is 45 minutes.
ABC BOOTCAMP is research-based and aligned to best practices. ABC BOOTCAMP is aligned to the science of reading and has been since it was created! After 26 days, we have 80% mastery of all letters and sounds! And it’s fun and developmentally appropriate!
For each sound and letter, we make a circle chart. We introduce the sound first and then we introduce the letter as how we spell the sound. Once we introduce the sound, students generate the words and I draw the picture. YES! YOU HAVE TO DRAW THE PICTURES! It’s more fun than using clipart and it makes for a personal experience that activates the brain’s emotional areas, which improves learning! This year we are following the order of our foundational skills curriculum. This week is S-F-V-Z!
After we complete the circle charts, we make our famous silly hats. These hats are great for vocabulary and language development and reviewing the sound of the day. Also, making the hats gives us 26 days of dedicated fine motor practice! This week our hats are: starfish, frog, vampire and a zipper!
For all of the details and information on how we do ABC BOOTCAMP, visit the post linked at the end of this blog post!
Sight Word 60!
This week we are continuing Sight Word 60! After spending the summer learning more about the science of reading, we are continuing with Sight Word 60. We have always had decoding and encoding (writing) of the words as part of Sight Word 60 so we will continue that and will increase the amount of decoding and writing. We will also use orthographic mapping and we’re changing our order of sight words to align to the 109 most frequent words (even though we do 100 words…). You can learn all the details of how Sight Word 60 works on the linked blog post and you can get everything you need for Sight Word 60 in our Sight Word 60 creation!
Research Projects: Five Senses
This year our district has adopted a new curriculum. We are being required to use the curriculum, but we will continue to add in our own fun, creative lesson plans, ideas, and resources. And we will continue to bring the FUN to kindergarten!
We will read the book, My Five Senses We will do I know/I can chart, we will do a sensory game that is similar to quiz/quiz/trade and we will use our senses to explore sensory jars. On Thursday, we switch to our second five senses book and we do anchor charts for listening and hearing.
This week we’re also using our Five Senses Research Project to create circle charts and word webs for things we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell!
We will also be making our five senses art project or better known as Potato Head! And Mr. Greg will play the part of Potato Head!
We are continuing with NUMBER BOOTCAMP! I’ve seen great growth in their one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, and answering how many!
As part of our Number Bootcamp, we learn to explicitly write the numbers!
This week we’re working on counting, one-to-one correspondence, and using ten frames to count. We’re using tasks from our district and adding our own spin and fun to them. I’m excited to try some new activities while also using some of our favorite games and lessons!
This week with our Cookie Counting creation, we will show a plate of cookies (ya’ll, I’m using REAL COOKIES!). The students identify how many cookies and put the correct number of cookies on their ten frame!
We will also be doing a partner game to match equal sets. (I will be adding the cards to the cookie creation so stay tuned!) We’re also doing counting bags. Students will choose a bag, count the objects and write the number on their whiteboard.
Mad Science Thursday
This is our first Mad Science Thursday of the year! We always start with our Magic Potion experiment from our Mad Science creation!
And yes, I dress the part! If you’re keeping track, that’s two costumes in a four day week!!