It’s week 7 of school for us! Week 7 means we are continuing ABC BOOTCAMP, continuing our district-mandated Wit And Wisdom requirements, and our foundational skills curriculum. And this week, we’re doing our Apples Research Project, using Read It Up for Last Stop On Market Street and introducing shapes and money! 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! (Note: you will see some repetition from last week’s plans because I was out of the classroom last week due to the death of my mother-in-law so we’re moving on in some areas and repeating some areas!)
- 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 R-U-W-J-K .
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 rainbow, underwear, woodpecker, Jeep and koala!
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!
Wit And Wisdom And Read It Up: Last Stop On Market Street
This year our district has adopted a new curriculum, Wit And Wisdom. We are being required to use the curriculum, but we will continue to add in our own fun, creative lesson plans, ideas, and resources. (If you use Wit And Wisdom, be on the lookout for resources from us!) And we will continue to bring the FUN to kindergarten!
We will read the book, Last Stop On Market Street and use our Read It Up creation! We will do a retell chart, a question and answer chart, detail and evidence chart and a complete sentence chart!
Apples Research Project
This week, September 26th, is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday so the next two weeks we will be learning about apples using our Apple Research Project!
We start with our apple schema map!
This week we will do an apple graphic organizer and we will label the parts of an apple!
This week we will also make apple prints!
This week, per our district requirements, we are introducing coins and shapes! True story! We are using Math It Up: Money and Shapes Bootcamp!
Monday we will read Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday and we will discuss the importance of money and why we need money!
We will also do a graphic organizer for coins and their value and a graphic organizer for each coin!
We will do a coin sort as well as a daily PowerPoint to practice coins and their value!
When doing shapes, we will use our Shapes Bootcamp resource!
Each day we will do a graphic organizer for each shape!
We will make Shape Monsters and we use those shape monsters to create our shapes anchor chart!
Grab your FREE Shape Monsters resource here:
Mad Science Thursday
This week for Mad Science Thursday we will be making monkey slime. The slime recipe we use is in our Mad Science Creation! To make monkey slime, we simply add confetti.
Foodie Fun Friday
This week for Foodie Fun Friday we’re making an owl snack using graham crackers, apples, marshmallows, and candy eyes!
These are the resources we are using in our classroom this week:
SIGHT WORD READER AND POEM FREEBIE!
For more information, check out these posts:
Thank You To Rush Order Tees!
We’ve been on the hunt for some new swag and decided to check out Rush Order Tees. They sent us this sweatshirt and polo to see what we think. Thank you Rush Order Tees! If you’re interested in some shirts for yourself, your students, maybe a team, check them out at https://www.rushordertees.com/no-minimum.
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