Schedulin’ Sunday: Groundhog Day, 100th Day, And Making Numbers

This week is going to be jam-packed with Groundhog Day and the 100th Day Of School! Plus we’re working on making numbers with ten frames, and reading A Crankenstein Valentine!

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Phonics And Phonemic Awareness: Blends Bootcamp


We are following our required foundational skills curriculum. And we are supplementing with our TKS BOOTCAMP Blends Bootcamp! Our foundational skills curriculum really starts to focus on segmenting, word chaining and blending, and writing words using blends and digraphs. This is exactly what we do with our science of reading-aligned Blends Bootcamp! Each week we do two blends. 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.

We’re also doing a lot of word chaining with CVC words and blends. Word chaining is when you change one sound to make new words. This phonics activity is one of the best for helping students blend and write words and understanding how words work. For these lessons, we’re using our Digital Word Building resource! This resource includes a PowerPoint file and a Google Slides file so it can be used on any device!

READ IT UP! A Crankenstein Valentine

This week we are finishing up our required curriculum so we will have some time for some fun read-alouds and since Valentine’s Day is around the corner there’s no better book than A Crankenstein Valentine!

We will work on retelling using sequencing words!

We will also write about what makes us cranky!

We are also going to draw Crankenstein!

We will also be making some Valentine’s Day art projects!

Torn paper hearts! I draw the heart for the students and they tear the paper to fill in their hearts!

Shaving Cream Hearts-fill a try with shaving cream and add paint. Swirl the paint. Press the paper onto the shaving cream. After if it dries, I draw a heart, and the kids cut out their hearts!

Math-Making Numbers

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! creations. This week we’re continuing to work on making numbers, adding, and writing equations. We will be using our Math It Up! Adding Cars resource to supplement our curriculum.

This week we will use ten frames to make numbers!

Groundhog Day

It’s GROUNDHOG DAY! And we’re celebrating all day on February 2nd! We use our Read It Up! Groundhog Gets A Say resource to learn about groundhogs, label a groundhog and work on graphing!

We will use our groundhog coin to graph shadow or no shadow!

We’re making a groundhog and having a groundhog snack!

If you’re looking for some additional read-alouds, check out our Groundhog books! Click the image to see the books on Amazon!

100th Day Of School

Friday, February 3 is our 100th day and we are partying all day long!

We start off our day with the book Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For The 100th Day Of Kindergarten! Then we write 100 words!

Next we make a 100th day of school hat! The strips with boxes are included in our 100th-day resources. After 15 years of making these hats, the boxes on the strips save my sanity. They really make the hats easier. For the strips, we use mini reward stickers. That’s it. In the past we’ve done stamps, fingerprints, etc but again, to save my sanity, the stickers are the way to go. We arrange everything in a circle around the room and the kids rotate from station to station until their hat is done!

For math, we go on a Hershey Kiss hunt. I label 100 kisses with numbers to 100 and hide them around the room. We make a giant 100 chart using the number cards in our 100th-day creations. Students find the Kisses, identify the number and place the kiss on the correct number card to build a 100 chart. And trust me, you probably won’t find all the kisses. There will be 2 or 3 missing for months and then they will turn up!

And finally, we eat 100 snacks! We have 10 pieces of 10 different snacks!

Morning Meeting

Greeting-groundhog greeting-this PowerPoint greeting has the kids popping out of the burrow! (Note: this video was recorded during virtual school but this greeting is used in person as well!)

Activity-pass the plate-students use clothespins to pass a paper plate! (video recorded in 2022 when masks were required. Masks are no longer required.)


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