It’s the first Schedulin’ Sunday of 2023! This week we are headed back to school after the kids have been on a 23-day break. 23 days. So you know we’re going to be focused on routines and procedures all week long. We’re also celebrating the new year with a class new year party, reading Little Red Hen to build comprehension skills, and beginning to decompose and compose numbers!
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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.
Reading Comprehension-Little Red Hen
This week we are using our required reading curriculum by reading the book Little Red Hen and working on story elements with a story map, generating questions and answers about a story, and identifying problems and solutions. We supplement 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 research project to scaffold and support student learning!
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 starting to work on decomposing and composing numbers. We will be using our Math It Up! Number Bonds resource to supplement our curriculum.
This week we will be focused on making numbers by using blocks and our giant number bonds on the floor. Our focus is getting the kids to understand that you can make numbers in different ways.
Happy New Year1
We’re also celebrating the new year! We will have a countdown and a toast to ring in the new year! We will learn about resolutions and write our own resolutions. We’re going to make a sparkly disco ball and eat a special new year snack!
We read Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution and write resolutions!
Then we watch the ball drop in Times Square and count down to ring in the new year with party hats, balloons and a toast!
And no new year celebration is complete without a sparkly disco ball! We make torn paper disco balls and add lots of glitter to make them sparkle!
Foodie Fun Friday
This week our Foodie Fun Friday is our Times Square Ball Drop snack!
Mad Scientist Thursday
This week our hands-on science lesson has us BOUNCING into the new year by making our own bouncy balls! The directions are included in our Students Scientists SET 2 resource! And yes it works and they bounce!
And yes, you dress the part!
Greeting-disco ball greeting-put student name and pictures on disco ball cutouts. Students choose a disco ball and greet their friends.
Activity-Pass the disco ball. Students will use spoons to pass around a disco ball ornament.