Schedulin Sunday: Farm Animals, Three Little Pigs, And Thankfulness

It’s week 14 of school for us! Week 14 means we’re continuing Word Family Bootcamp and really diving into blending and decoding CVC words! And now we’re adding some more emphasis to writing words because we’re doing well with blending! 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 using our Thanksgiving Research Project to write about being thankful, reading The Three Little Pigs and Farm Animals, doing counting tasks, and doing turkey art projects!

Note: This year, my goal is to show you that you can use our TKS resources along with required curriculums and continue to have fun, so you’ll see that happening throughout the school year!

Another Note: We’re starting unit 2 of our required curriculum. FINALLY! I am so glad to be moving on from the five senses and hope this unit will be more engaging for my kids. Over the next weeks, you’ll see us using our newly updated Farm Research Project and Read It Up resources for various stories as we use them in the module!

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.

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: Three Little Pigs

This week, as part of our mandated curriculum, we’re reading Three Little Pigs and using our Read It Up! Three Little Pigs resource. We will work on noticing and wondering for the book, retelling with a story map and main ideas and details!

Farm Research Project

I am PUMPED about this one, ya’ll! First, our Farm Research Project has been newly updated and is so much better. And we haven’t actually done a farm unit for years so I am excited to use this and go on an adventure with my class. And yes, there is a new costume coming!

We’re kicking off the farm unit by decorating the classroom! The decorations are from Oriental Trading and Shindigz. The hay on the front of the stage was made by having clipart printed as yard signs. The clipart is from Creating4 The Classroom!

As part of our farm unit, we will collect evidence about farms and farm animals, we will share noticing and wondering about farm animals and we will write about farm animals! Stay tuned as we share more as we work through the unit!

Here are the farm books we’re reading as part of this farm module: (CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE THE BOOKS ON AMAZON!)

Thanksgiving Research Project

This week we are using our Thanksgiving Research Project to write about being thankful!

We read The Thankful Book by Todd Parr (he’s one of our favorite authors at home and at school!)

After reading the story, we do turn and talk to share what we’re thankful for. Then we create a graphic organizer of all the things we’re thankful for!

Students then write about what they’re thankful for!

This week we also learn about needs and wants!

We do a needs and wants sort using magazines! Students cut out pictures and decide if it’s a need or want and they have to explain why it’s a need or want!


This week we are continuing to adhere to our district math tasks and lessons. This week our focus is on counting. We have students still struggling with counting and number recognition this week we’re using our ten frame cards in small groups so we can target and support the students who need the most help!

Mad Science

This week for Mad Science Thursday we are going to make worms dance!

Foodie Fun Friday

This week our Foodie Fun Friday snack is a turkey snack. We make turkey feathers with peppers and ranch!

kindergarten turkey snack

Turkey Art Projects

We will make our FAMOUS or INFAMOUS paper plate turkey and foot turkeys!

kindergarten thanksgiving art

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


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