This week we’re continuing Backwards Bootcamp, continuing Vowel Teams Bootcamp, working on measurement, continuing our Frogs Research Project, and celebrating field day in 90-degree heat! Ya’ll it’s a PACKED week!
We’re also super excited that The Kindergarten Smorgasboard is TEN YEARS OLD! Can you believe we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary?! Thank you every one of you for the support and encouragement over the last 10 years! YOU are what makes TKS amazing!
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!
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Vowel Teams BOOTCAMP
This week we will be continuing our Vowel Teams Bootcamp with ee words!
We will also be using our Vowel Teams decoding cards for extra practice! We start with a circle chart! Did you know that the science of reading tells us that attaching words and phonics skills to known objects helps us learn the words? That’s one of the things that makes our TKS BOOTCAMP curriculum effective. Students can attach the phonics skills to known objects. And because the kids are coming up with the words, we’re activating their affective learning!
We will work on word blending and writing words as well and of course, we will use our decodable texts to practice OO words in context!
For small groups, we use our Vowel Teams Blending Cards!
Our final activity and sort of an informal assessment for ee words are creating our Sheep In A Jeep anchor chart! I print EE words on sheep. Students choose a sheep, read the word, and then we add the sheep to our Jeep.
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!
Read It Up: Sheep In A Jeep
We will read Sheep In A Jeep and work on re-telling using a story map!
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!
Explore It Up-Then And Now
As part of our required reading curriculum, we’re studying America Then And Now. This week we will read Ben And Now and discuss Ben Franklin and his inventions. We will also discuss the main idea and details!
We’ve been having so much fun with our frogs! This week we’re going to label the parts of a frog, learn the life cycle of a frog and do a true false sort. We will also complete our schema map!
We got frogs for our classroom from Froggy’s Lair and the kids LOVE them!!! They’re constantly watching them and talking about them!
We also will finish our torn paper frogs!
We will also be using our Froggy and Kangaroo centers!
We will also make a torn paper frog! We use a paper plate and the kids cover the plate with green paper. They add eyes and a tongue!
This week we’re going to work on measurement with some fun hands-on activities using our Math It Up: Measurement resource!
This week we work on measuring by size. We will put ourselves in order from tallest to shortest. We will find a partner and describe ourselves as shorter or taller. We will complete a shorter/longer sort that is included in Math It Up! Measurement! And we will measure our size using the files on the floor! Finally we will predict which objects are heavier and use a balance to weight the objects!
Morning Meeting Greeting
This week our morning meeting greeting will be a new PowerPoint greeting. I will create a PowerPoint slide with a lily pad. The student’s picture will pop up from the lily pad and we will greet each person!
This week we continue our Backwards Bootcamp. I cannot believe we’re at the end of the year. And we’re celebrating the last 26 days of school. This ridiculously challenging year is almost over…and man, we teachers have done amazing things! This week our Backwards Bootcamp activities are:
N-new name-everyone chooses a new name for the day
M-mustaches-wear mustaches and eat McDonald’s Happy Meals!
K-kangaroos-wear brown and draw a kangaroo
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