Schedulin Sunday: Plants, Vowels And Teen Numbers

This week we’re continuing Vowel Bootcamp, working on teen numbers, learning about past and present, and studying plants!

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!

District Guidelines-UPDATED

  • Masks are now HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but not required
  • 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!

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:


In keeping with the pacing of our foundational skills curriculum, this week we’re learning about double consonants. BUT, I noticed in the last few weeks that my students’ writing could be so much better if they had the CVC-E pattern so I will be adding in Vowel Bootcamp to give my students what they need. We will do a circle chart, work on decoding, writing words and we will be using our decodable readers.

Monday-circle chart- students come with the words, segment the sounds, spell the word, read the word and I draw the picture

Tuesday-word building-build and decode the words

Wednesday-word writing-segment sounds, write the words

Thursday-decoding and word writing

Friday-word match (assessment)

We will also be using our CVC-E decoding cards for extra practice!

And yes, Vowel 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!

Read It Up: When I Was Young In The Mountains

We are starting unit 3 of our required curriculum. This unit is called America Then And Now. We will be discussing how life has changed over 100 years. We are using our Read It Up! creation for the book “When I Was Young In The Mountains.” We are focusing on writing about being young after reading the book last week.

Math-Making 10

This week we’re working on teen numbers with our Math It Up! Teen Numbers creation! We are working on ten and some more and writing equations. This week we will be playing teen number bingo and working in small groups!

Research Project: Plants

This week we are starting our Plants Research Project to learn about plants, how plants grow, and what plants do for us!

We start every research project with a schema map! We share our schema or background knowledge. We add new learning throughout the project and address misconceptions at the end of the research project!

We use read alouds and videos to learn about plants. We record our learning on graphing organizers like our can/have/need chart.

We also label the parts of plants!

We paint dandelions using our fingerprints and make carrots using our feet!


Mad Science Thursday

Last week we made rainbow flowers and the kids LOVED it! This week we’re taking it to the next level and making glow-in-the-dark flowers! We will take the ink out of highlighters and place it in the water and let the flowers soak up the ink. Then we shine a blacklight on the flowers to make them glo!

kindergarten science lessons

Foodie Fun Friday

This week our Foodie Fun Friday snack is the parts of a plant! We eat all the parts of a plant!

Morning Meeting Greeting

This week our morning meeting greeting is the flower greeting. We will pass a flower as our greeting. Our activity is passing eggs using a spoon.

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