Schedulin Sunday: Teen Numbers, Vowel Bootcamp, And When I Was Young In The Mountains

This week we kick off the final quarter of the school year. What!? Where has the year gone?! It seems like the year has flown by but it’s definitely been the HARDEST year ever. This week we’re starting Vowel Bootcamp, working on teen numbers, learning about past and present and studying living and non-living things, and playing with worms!

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-NEWLY UPDATED

  • Masks are now HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED but not required
  • 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!

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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 our required curriculum. This module is called America Then And Now. We will be discussing how life has changed over 100 years. We are using our brand new Read It Up! creation for the book “When I Was Young In The Mountains.” We will be doing a story map, collecting text evidence, and identifying the main idea and details of the story!

Explore It Up!: Then And Now

We will also be using our newest creation, Explore It Up! Then And Now, to study life then and now. This week we are focused on how school has changed in the last 100 years!

Math-Making 10

This week we’re working on teen numbers with our newest Math It Up! creation! We are working on ten and some more and writing equations.

Monday-giant base ten blocks. We use our giant base ten blocks to make teen numbers. We write the equations on our recording sheet.

Tuesday we will use base ten blocks to make teen numbers and write the equations.

Wednesday we will use two-sided (red/yellow) counters to make teen numbers on ten frames and write the equations.

Thursday we will work on teen numbers in small groups!

Friday we will do our math task and put animals in the pen to make teen numbers!

Research Project: Living And Non-Living

This week we will be using our Living And Non-Living Research Project to learn about living and non-living things so that we can learn about plants.

We learn what living things need, we do a living and non-living sort, a scavenger hunt and we play with worms.

To make living and non-living a hands-on lesson, we use gummy worms and earthworms to compare things that are living and non-living!

And we will make beautiful torn paper flowers!


Mad Science Thursday

This week we will be making rainbow flowers using white carnations and food coloring!

kindergarten science lessons

Foodie Fun Friday

This week our Foodie Fun Friday snack is worms! We will use pudding cups, Oreos, and gummy worms to make a fun snack!

Morning Meeting Greeting

This week our morning meeting greeting is a handshake. Now that we are mask optional, I want my students to work on greeting each other. Our activity is will be popping bubbles!

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