Schedulin Sunday: St. Patrick’s Day, Making 10 And Phonics

This week we are working on making 10 and writing equations, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (because we are on Spring Break the week of St. Patrick’s Day!) with How To Catch A Leprechaun! And Friday is a half-day for kids so I get Friday afternoon to change our centers and classroom decor from St. Patrick’s Day to Easter and Spring! That means all the plastic egg centers are coming back!!!

Full transparency: I’m writing this blog post at midnight so if there are any issues, please let me know! LOL

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

  • We are required to wear masks indoors but not at recess (our mandate ends March 11).
  • 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!

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, 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 our focus is on blending words and writing words. We will lean heavily on our TKS decodable readers!

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!

Read It Up: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

We are wrapping up unit 2 of our required curriculum. Monday calls for us to discuss what makes a good story and to read our favorite book to our class. Well, my all-time most favorite book is Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs! This is THE book that sparked my love of reading and books so I love sharing it with my class. And it’s a great kick-off to a weather unit or weather theme!

After reading the story we work on our retelling/summarizing using sequence words!

And yes, there is a costume. And yes you can do a simple classroom transformation to set the stage for this book!

Read It Up: How To Catch A Leprechaun

This week we will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day because we will be on Spring Break on St. Patrick’s Day! We are going to be using our newest Read It Up! creation for the book How To Catch A Leprechaun. We will focus on predictions, retelling with sequence words and key details, nouns, and adjectives, and using illustration and text to understand a story!

We will draw a leprechaun and make torn paper rainbows as part of our celebration!

leprechaun directed drawing

Math-Making 10

This week we’re working on making 10 and writing addition equations. We will go bowling, we will use MathStackers to build towers and we will use ten frames to make 10!

Monday-bowling! We will use giant bowling pins to make 10 and write the equations!

Tuesday we will use our MathStackers to make towers of 10. We will use the recording sheet from our Making 10 creation to color our towers and write equations.


Wednesday we will use two-sided (red/yellow) counters to make 10 on ten frames and record our equations!

Thursday we will work with the MathStackers magnets in small groups! These magnets are a MUST have for your math groups!

Mad Science Thursday

This week we will be making walking rainbows! We call it a walking rainbow because the colors “walk” and mix to make a rainbow!

Foodie Fun Friday

This week our Foodie Fun Friday snack is Leprechaun Chow! Since we won’t be in class to make this, we will make it for the kids and send it home with them! The recipe and labels are FREE and are available on our St. Patrick’s Day post which is linked below!

Morning Meeting Greeting

This week our morning meeting greeting is the match game. Each kid has a card with a sight word written on it. They have to find a partner with the matching card. They greet that person!

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