Schedulin’ Sunday: Pirates, Counting, Hispanic Heritage Month, And Creepy Crayon

It’s Schedulin Sunday! This week we’re going to be introducing the center wheel, starting our Hispanic Heroes Research Project celebrating Hispanic Heritage month, celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day, and finishing Last Stop On Market Street! And we’re going to celebrate Mr. Greg’s birthday on Thursday!

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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-Last Stop On Market Street

This week we are using our required reading curriculum by reading Last Stop On Market Street. We supplement heavily with our Read It Up! resource. 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 Read It Up! to scaffold and support student learning!

This week we will work on details by drawing a picture of the city and adding details. We will also create a graffiti wall. This is a simple activity where students get a small piece of paper and draw something beautiful from the story. We will add them to our graffiti wall which is chart paper! Finally, students will draw/write about something CJ hears or sees.

Read It Up: Creepy Crayon

This week we also read the newest creepy book: Creepy Crayon! This book is great for learning the importance of hard work! I am excited to read it to my class! We will make predictions about the story and complete a story map to work on story elements!

And of course, we will make our own creepy crayon!

Hispanic Heritage Month: Hispanic Heroes Research Project

This week we begin our month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage month with our Hispanic Heroes Research Project. We will learn about different Hispanic heroes all month long. But I also want to make this important point: we use all of our Heroes research projects ALL YEAR long. When we’re studying different science and social studies units, we incorporate our Heroes Research Projects as well.

We will be learning about Picasso and Frida Kahlo this week. For each person, we read a book, complete a graphic organizer and do a simple art project. We will do a Picasso drawing and a directed drawing of Frida Kahlo.


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 is very slow and we’re finally working on 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 in small groups and comparing numbers so we’re using our brand new Math It Up! creation!

We will focus on small group work this week.

Each day will begin with a brief activity to compare numbers using the words more/fewer: we’re comparing fingers, cubes, and groups of objects.

In small groups, we will use the activities from our Math It Up creation. We will count with egg cartons and we will count pigs in the bathtub!

We will also be working on matching quantities to numbers using our Math It Up! Ten Frames creation!

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Monday, September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate day so we will celebrate by reading a pirate book and doing pirate handprints!

Mad Scientist Thursday

Our Mad Scientist experiment this week is pirate slime! We make slime and add pirate confetti to the slime. When we make slime, we make 2 batches and each child gets their own small container of slime to take home!

And yes, you must dress the part!

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