Schedulin Sunday: Apples, Counting To 10, And Beginning Sounds

It’s Schedulin Sunday! This week we’re continuing to introduce centers, focusing on procedures and routines, pulling small groups, and learning about apples!

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We continue our district-mandated foundational skills curriculum this week along with ABC BOOTCAMP! We complete district required curriculum and supplement it with ABC BOOTCAMP as part of our phonics and phonemic awareness lessons. ABC BOOTCAMP is aligned with the science of reading, is research-based, and uses best practices, including sounds first. With ABC BOOTCAMP you introduce the sound first and the letter is how you spell the sound. And it’s FUN AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE! How effective? After 26 days, classrooms see an average of 80% mastery of sounds and letters!

Students are encouraged to bring in objects for each sound. We say the word (building vocabulary), identify the sound (phonemic awareness), spell the sound, and write the sound (phonics) and Mr. Greg draws the picture. If students don’t bring an object, we just brainstorm words for each sound. The objects help overcome language and vocabulary barriers. And yes, YOU MUST DRAW THE PICTURES! It’s a key part of ABC BOOTCAMP. The pictures connect the sound to known words/objects which is necessary for students to learn sounds!

Reading Comprehension-Five Senses Research Project

This week we are continuing our required reading curriculum by learning about the five senses. We supplement heavily with our Five Senses Research Project. We are required to do 3 lessons a week so that’s what we do. We focus on the “learn” section of each lesson and use our research project to scaffold and support student learning!

This week we will work on text evidence. Students will use illustrations to share what the boy sees, hears tastes, etc. We will also do more of our sensory jar lessons. These are great for identifying how we use our senses and bringing in some adjectives. For each sense, I show pictures and we decide if we can use our senses on that object. If we can, we add it to our jar and then we describe the smell, touch, taste, etc.

Also this week we will continue to draw/write about using our senses by recording in our research journals!

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Apples Research Project

This week we start our Apples Research Project! September is all about apples in our classroom!

As with all of our research projects, we start with a schema map! Students share their background knowledge about apples. We record their schema using sticky notes.

This week we will do a tree map about apples and label the parts of an apple!

We’re also going to paint apples and make apple pie in a cup!


We continue NUMBER BOOTCAMP this week!

As part of our Number Bootcamp, we learn to explicitly write the numbers!

number bootcamp

This year our district is using Illustrative Math as our math curriculum. We will be completing those lessons and supplementing them heavily with our Math It Up! resources. The pacing has gotten very slow and we’re finally moving to some actual counting (although we’ve been working on this in our classroom already because I don’t believe in holding kids back!). This week we’re working on counting to 10 and 20 and we’re using our brand new Math It Up! creation!

This week we will be counting how many people are in our classroom, counting pigs in a bathtub, grabbing and counting, and shaking and spilling! All of these and more are included in our Math It Up! Counting To 10 And 20 creations!

First, we will count how many people are in our classroom. We will put 1 sticky note on the chart for each person in our classroom!

We will read the book Ten Pigs An Epic Bath Adventure! We will count pigs in the bathtub!

Students will also play two partner games this week. The first will be grabbing cubes, placing them on a ten frame to count how many, and writing the number. The second is shake and spill. They will shake and spill two-sided counters and count how many!

All of these activities, directions and materials are included in our Math It Up! creation!

Mad Scientist Thursday

Our Mad Scientist experiment this week is disappearing colors!

And yes, you must dress the part!

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