Schedulin Sunday: Word Family Bootcamp, Counting, And Creepy Carrots

It’s week 10 of school for us! Week 10 means we’re starting 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 doing Creepy Carrots day, counting tasks, and Halloween 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!

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!

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.

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 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!

This week our story is Rap A Tap Tap. This is a new story for our class and I’m really excited about it. This is the story of Bojangles (Bill Robinson) As I was preparing for the week I learned so much about Bojangles! I am excited to share this story with my class!

We are working on a brand new Read It Up for the book! Stay tuned!

For the story, we are making predictions, doing a notice and wonder chart, retelling the story, and working on prepositions. We’re also doing one of my favorite writing lessons: label Mr. Greg. The curriculum has us working on labeling pictures using sounds and letters so we modify the lesson and the kids draw Mr. Greg and label him! This is actually a directed drawing lesson on how to draw a person! We also use this lesson to review the importance of adding details to make our pictures better!

Read It Up: Creepy Carrots

Monday is CREEPY CARROTS DAY!!! We spend our entire day working on Creepy Carrots activities!

We work on retelling, graphing and we make our creepy carrots! We also do a STEM project to build our own fence for the creepy carrots!

creepy carrots stem ideas

And yes, there is a costume!



This week we are continuing to adhere to our district math tasks and lessons. This week our focus is on counting and explaining how we counted. 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-sort and count. We will use various kinds of balls (tennis balls, ping pong balls, golf balls, etc) to sort and count.

Tuesday-Count stations. I will create counting bags using different mini erasers from Target. Students will choose a bag, count the erasers and record their answers on the recording sheet. Then we will share how we counted and our answers.

Wednesday-making walls-we will use snap cubes to count to 10 using a ten frame. Then we will snap the cubes together and count by 10s. And we will rock out to Jack Hartmann count by 10s!

Friday will be paper chains. I will pre-make paper chains of different sizes and we will predict out how many links there are. Then we count the links. We will add links and continue counting.

Pumpkin Research Project

This week, by a vote of the class, we’re learning about pumpkins using our Pumpkins Research Project.

This week we start with our schema map and we will create our can/have/are chart to record our learning about pumpkins!

Mad Science Thursday

This week for Mad Science Thursday we will be making colors disappear using water, food coloring, and bleach! Yes, the kids use bleach. Yes, I let the families know ahead of time. And yes, we have had bleach spill on clothes and it’s ok!

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


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