Schedulin Sunday: Turkey Trouble, CVC Words, And Counting

It’s week 12 of school for us! Week 12 means we’re continuing Word Family Bootcamp and really diving into blending and decoding CVC words! We actually do some blending and segmenting during ABC BOOTCAMP but now it will be our focus! I’m pumped to see them apply the knowledge from ABC BOOTCAMP! We are continuing our district-mandated requirements and our foundational skills curriculum. And this week, we’re starting November with Turkey Trouble, counting tasks, and turkey art projects! 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 about Halloween: we will celebrate Halloween in our classroom on Monday, November 1 due to picture day and teacher conferences on Friday. I feel like this is actually a good idea since Halloween is Sunday and the kids will be on a sugar high all day anyway! Why not embrace the crazy, right?!

District Guidelines

  • 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)

Lesson Plans

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:

Word Family BOOTCAMP

After ABC BOOTCAMP, we start Word Family Bootcamp! This is when we take the sounds and letters we learned in ABC BOOTCAMP and begin applying those skills to reading and writing CVC WORDS! Word Family Bootcamp is done a bit differently because we do a word family every 2 days. Day 1 is the circle chart and day 2 is word building and word writing. So we do two-word families a week and Friday we practice blending and writing! I was so proud of my kids in the first week of Word Family Bootcamp! Their decoding/blending skills were great! The writing was good but we definitely have to keep working on those fine motor skills!

As with all of our TKS BOOTCAMP components, we start with the whole group lesson using a circle chart! Students generate words, I draw the picture of course (it’s a must!), and then we segment the sounds to spell the word. Then we work on blending the word.

word family circle maps

And yes, Word Family Bootcamp and the entire TKS BOOTCAMP curriculum is aligned to the science of reading. And it has been from day 1 because that’s how I was taught to teach reading so it’s what I’ve always done!

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!

Read It Up: Rap A Tap Tap

This year our district has adopted a new curriculum and we are being required to use the curriculum, but we will continue to add our own fun, creative lesson plans, ideas, and resources. And we will continue to bring the FUN to kindergarten!

This week our story is Rap A Tap Tap. This is a new story for our class and we are loving it and we are learning so much about Bojangles! My kids also love to tap dance every chance they get! If you don’t have this book, I highly recommend it. It’s engaging and easy. There’s great vocabulary, great comprehension lessons, and great lessons on equality and tolerance.

Read It Up: Turkey Trouble

This week we’re also reading Turkey Trouble and using our Read It Up resource to work on comprehension and writing! This is such a fun book that’s great for retelling, working on problems and solutions, and writing! We even write about our favorite pizza!!

You can grab this Read It Up as part of a special, limited-time bundle! Get all 3 of these November Read It Up resources for 50% off!


This week we are continuing to adhere to our district math tasks and lessons. This week our focus is on counting and introducing counting on. I will share these tasks in a later blog post so you can see them in action! Here are the tasks for the week:

Monday-goodie bags! The task calls for bags of manipulatives. Students choose a bag and count. Then they write the number. Since Monday is our Halloween celebration, we modified this task to candy. I will place various amounts of candy under the document camera. Students will count the candy and write how many on their whiteboard.

Tuesday-Counting Seashells! We will count shells, write how many and we will look at sets of shells to see if they are equal sets.

Wednesday-counting shoes. We will count how many shoes! I will have different groups of students stand on our stage and we will count how many shoes are on the stage!

Thursday and Friday are small group days! We will use our Math It Up: Counting Trucks resource to work in small groups with students who need extra support with counting and writing numbers.

Mad Science Thursday

This week for Mad Science Thursday we will test out candy corn in different liquids to see if the candy corn dissolves or not!

Turkey Art Projects

We will make rainbow turkeys and do a turkey-directed drawing!

Here are the directions for the turkey. This directed drawing is from my friend and co-worker! Check out her TPT store, The Creative Camper, for more directed drawings!

These are the resources we are using in our classroom this week:


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