This week is gonna be another wild ride, ya’ll! We’re celebrating the 100th Day Of School, kicking off our Winter Olympics Research Project, and comparing numbers! And if you’re keeping count: this is a two costume and two snack week!
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!
- 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)
- I have added an air purifier to our classroom after reading the research from Johns Hopkins that these can help reduce the spread of Covid and other germs. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PURIFIER I ORDERED!
As always, you can download our weekly lesson plans by clicking on the image!
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In keeping with the pacing of our foundational skills curriculum, we’re continuing Blends Bootcamp this week. Our mandated foundational skills curriculum adds blends to the decoding work we do, so we’re going to use Blends Bootcamp to support that work. This week we’re starting with digraphs. We’re doing TH this week and working with sh and ch as well! We will do two days per digraph so day 1 will be a circle chart and day 2 will be word writing and decodable texts in small groups!
And yes, Blends Bootcamp and the entire TKS BOOTCAMP curriculum are 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!
This week our Friday game will be HOCKEY! The students read a word and get to shoot the puck into the goal!
We are continuing with unit 2 of our required curriculum which is all about the farm! This week we are using the text Little Red Hen! I love fairy tales so I’m so excited to read this story this week! This week we are working on character traits and problems/solutions!
This week we are kicking off our Winter Olympics Research Project! Ya’ll, I LOVE the Olympics. Summer. Winter. I love it all. I always make sure to include the Olympics in our classroom because we only get to do it every 2 years!
As with all of our research projects, we start with a schema map. Students share their schema about the Olympics. We will add new learning as we learn about the Olympics over the next two weeks!
Each day we will learn about a different sport. We will read a book about the sport, record our learning on our graphic organizer. Then we watch a video about the sport and write about it in our research journal!
We also use our green screen to put ourselves at the Olympics!
Here are our Olympic read alouds! Click the image to see them on Amazon!
100th Day Of School
100 days. Probably the hardest 100 days of school ever. But we made it and it’s definitely a year to celebrate! Wednesday will be our 100th day of school and it’s a day-long party! It’s fun but EXHAUSTING!
The two resources contain the same content they just have different themes. We have used both in our classroom and this year we’re using the more generic theme.
The day starts with our 100th-day hat because you need a hat to wear to your all-day party! The strips make it easy and fast to assemble the hats. These are included in our 100th-day resources!
Then we read Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For The 100th Day Of Kindergarten. We talk about the story then we write 100 words! We make 10 categories and for each category, we write 10 words! To build more language, the kids do turn and talk and share ideas for each category and then we share out. In the resource, there are numerous category labels and there are editable labels so you can make your own categories!
Then we go on a hunt for 100 Hershey Kisses! I label the kisses and hide them around the room. The kids find them, say the number, and place the Kiss on the correct number. And ya’ll. We NEVER find them all. We will be finding the last few over the next few months! True story. They turn up in May!
Of course, we have a 100th-day snack. In the past few years, we have been making 100th-day stew. It’s much faster than counting out 100 snacks! We mix 10 snacks together. I give each kid a cup of stew. They sort the snacks and then eat them!
And we use the aging booth app to make us look like we’re 100!
And yes, Sophia Petrillo joins our class for the day!
This week we’re continuing with comparing numbers! We’re using our Math It Up: Comparing Numbers creation! This week we’re introducing the symbols. My kids grasped the idea of more or less so easily last week so I’m looking forward to seeing how they do with the symbols!
We start by using our arms to show which number is greater or less! I write numbers on the smartboard and the kids stand on the stage to compare numbers.
Then we move to more independent practice. We use our giant playing cards to deal and compare. Students take turns dealing two cards. We write the number and symbol. Then we use this same activity in small groups to provide extra practice!
And yes, there is a costume for this skill!
If you need giant playing cards, you can find them on Amazon OR you can grab our Dealing With Math resource and print your own in color or blackline! And you get 13 easy-to-use math activities for small groups, whole groups, and centers!
This week we’re also heading to the Measurement Olympics! We will measure using gold medals! We will curl, ski jump, and speed skate! If we have time we will play hockey as well! All of the directions and resources (medals to print, labels, recording sheets) are included!
Morning Meeting Greeting
This week our morning meeting greeting is an ice skating greeting. We will use paper plates to skate across the carpet to greet our friends!
You can see a video of this greeting by CLICKING HERE!
Foodie Fun Friday
This week our Foodie Fun Friday is an Olympic torch! Ice cream cone, popcorn, and Cheetos! Easy and delicious!
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