Schedulin Sunday: Three Little Pigs, Shapes, Balloons Over Broadway

It’s Schedulin Sunday! This week is going to be a wild week because of Halloween, the day after Halloween and yes, we’re taking the kids to the zoo on Halloween! This week we’re starting Module 2 of our reading curriculum which is the farm and fairy tales, using pattern blocks to make shapes, having a shape party, and reading Balloons Over Broadway!

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Phonics And Phonemic Awareness Word Family Bootcamp

We are following our required foundational skills curriculum. And we are supplementing with our TKS BOOTCAMP Word Family Bootcamp! Our foundational skills curriculum really starts to focus on segmenting, word chaining and blending, and writing words using sounds. This is exactly what we do with our science of reading aligned Word Family Bootcamp! Each week we do two-word families. Day 1 is a circle chart that includes segmenting sounds, spelling words, and blending words. Day 2 is word building and writing which is more segmenting, more spelling, and more blending with a focus on writing the words so we’re mapping the sound to the spelling.

We also use our decodable texts in small groups to work on the skills in text.

Reading Comprehension-Three Little Pigs

This week we are using our required reading curriculum by reading The Three Little Pigs. Kids always love this story! We supplement with our Read It Up! resource. We are required to do 3 lessons a week so that’s what we do, except this week is 2 lessons because of the short week! We focus on the “learn” section of each lesson and use our Read It Up! to scaffold and support student learning!

This week’s two lessons are focused on retelling the story using a story map and generating noticings and wonderings about the story. We will also use turn and talk each day to work on our speaking and listening skills.

Read It Up: Balloons Over Broadway

This week we’re reading my favorite November book: Balloons Over Broadway. If you don’t have this book, click on the book image below and order it NOW! And make sure to get our Read It Up! resource to go with the book for easy planning!

This book tells the story of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and it is so fun. We make predictions and do a story map to work on comprehension skills.

Then students get to use their STEM skills to design and build their own balloons!

And we use our green screen to put ourselves in the Macy’s parade!


This year our district is using Illustrative Math as our math curriculum. We will be completing those lessons and supplementing them heavily with our Shapes Bootcamp to supplement! This week we’re using pattern blocks to make pictures, make shapes and we’re going to be coloring and counting shapes.

And we’re having a SHAPES PARTY for our Foodie Fun Friday snack! We will eat snacks in different shapes! We identify the shape, number of sides, and vertices and then we EAT!


Monday is Halloween. We are actually going to the zoo on Monday! True story! Field trip on Halloween! But that means a low-key Halloween party. After we return from the zoo the kids can wear costumes. We will read Spookley The Square Pumpkin and make a Spookley snack!

Mad Scientist Thursday

This week our Mad Science Experiment comes from our Farms Research Project! We will predict and test which items dissolve!

And yes, you must dress the part!

Morning Meeting

Greeting-Mingle-the kids walk around for 1 minute to greet their friends.

Activity-find the clothespin. Clip the clothespin on a child. When you see the clothespin you sit down.


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