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Schedulin’ Sunday: When I Was Young In The Mountains, Teen Numbers And Groundhog Day!

when i was young in the mountains

Week 22 of kindergarten is about Groundhog Day, teen numbers, phonics, and the book When I Was Young In The Mountains!

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when i was young in the mountains

BLENDS BOOTCAMP

We have a required foundational skills curriculum that we follow and supplement with our TKS BOOTCAMP resource, especially for extra practice and small group work! Our curriculum has made the switch to blends so we will be moving to Blends Bootcamp. Our TKS BOOTCAMP curriculum works with ALL curriculums or as a stand-alone resource! This week, we are using Blends Bootcamp to focus on words with blends, blending and decoding words, writing words, and lots of word chaining!

Blends Bootcamp is about taking the sounds we learned in ABC BOOTCAMP and using them to read words. For five weeks, we do two blends a week with a focus on using all the sounds to decode, spell, write, and read words.

We do a circle chart, word building, word writing, and a word match activity. This is the same routine we do with all of our TKS BOOTCAMP CURRICULUM. This consistency is a key piece of what makes TKS BOOTCAMP so effective.

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Blends Bootcamp is an all-inclusive resource that is aligned with the science of reading! Blends Bootcamp includes whole group lessons, small group lessons, decodable readers, and centers!

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Intervention And Word Family Bootcamp

For our intervention hour, so we will be using this time for our Word Family Bootcamp word match activities and look-alike word activities.

phonics lessons

We will also be using our Word Mapping mats during this time to work on our segmenting, spelling, and reading words!

when i was young in the mountains

We’re also using our Digital Word Building Resource to do word chaining to work on blending CVC words!

when i was young in the mountains
when i was young in the mountains

We also used our glitter letters clipart to make glitter letter cards and we’ve been using these cards in whole group and small groups. The kids LOVE them! (This is CLIPART. You will need to insert the letter clipart into a document to make letter cards!)

phonics lessons

Sight Word 60

when i was young in the mountains

This week are the words: is that it was

kindergarten phonics lessons
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Reading: When I Was Young In The Mountains

Once again, this year, we’re using our required reading curriculum and supplementing it with our Read It Up! resources and TKS research projects. This week we move to module 3, which is all about past and present! This week, we are reading the book When I Was Young In The Mountains. My kids love When I Was Young In The Mountains because of the outhouse and the grandmother killing the snake!

when i was young in the mountains

This week, our lessons are focused on asking questions, finding answers in the text, and recording key details from When I Was Young In The Mountains.

when i was young in the mountains

Math

Our district has adopted a new math curriculum (AGAIN!), so we’re trying to figure it out because it’s a lot, and it’s not aligned with our state standards, so there’s that. We’re using the curriculum and supplementing it with our MATH IT UP! resources!

This week we’re working with teen numbers and focusing on ten and some more.

hands on math lessons

We start with our giant tens and ones lesson! I made these giant manipulatives, and we used them to introduce and practice making teen numbers. The kids love them and it’s such a fun way to introduce the concept! We count and write the equations on the whiteboards!

practicing teen numbers
hands on math lessons

We will also use ten frames to make teen numbers. Again, we will practice counting and writing equations!

practicing teen numbers

And in keeping with our curriculum, we have two new lessons we’re going to do this week. I’m actually excited to put them together and bring these hands-on math lessons to life!

The first lesson is called monster teen numbers. We took the required math curriculum lesson and made it more fun with more opportunities for the kids to practice. One of the biggest issues with our curriculum is that there’s not enough practice. So we take the lessons and make them much more appropriate.

I’m making a giant monster on poster board. We will use two different colored sticky notes to make ten and some more! We will write equations on our paper.

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The second lesson is another new one. The curriculum calls for the kids to build towers of cubes, but we wanted something a little more engaging, so we will use an erase spinner. We will spin our wheel, identify the number, and build our tower!

when i was young in the mountains

Groundhog Day

groundhog day activities for kids

This week is Groundhog Day so we’re going to celebrate and learn about groundhogs using our Read It Up! Groundhog Gets A Say resource!

We use the book, Groundhog Gets A Say!

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As we read, we add facts to our graphic organizer!

reading comprehension lessons

We also label the groundhog to learn vocabulary and learn about adaptations and habitats!

groundhog day activities
when i was young in the mountains

For math, we do a fun graphing activity! We have coins (included in our Read It Up! resource) with a groundhog and his shadow on one side, and a groundhog and no shadow on the other side. The kids flip the coins and graph the results. Then they analyze the data!

groundhog day activities
when i was young in the mountains
when i was young in the mountains

The kids make their own groundhog and we have a groundhog snack!

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groundhog day for kids

Mad Science Thursday

science lesson plans

This week, we’re doing a new science experiment. It’s really not new, but a twist on one of our previous experiments. For Halloween, we do dancing worms. So this week, we’re doing dancing raisins using raisins, vinegar, and baking soda!

Foodie Fun Friday-Grounghog Snack

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groundhog day for kids

Morning Meeting

This week, our greeting is our groundhog greeting. This PowerPoint greeting has the kids pictures popping out of the burrow!

morning meeting resources

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when i was young in the mountains
when i was young in the mountains
when i was young in the mountains

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