Week 23 of kindergarten is going to be busy. Yep, it’s the 100th day of school this week. And we’re celebrating Lunar New Year on Friday. We’re still working on teen numbers and learning about the past and present. But let’s throw in a visit from the central office this week!
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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.
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!
Intervention And Word Family Bootcamp
We have a 45-minute intervention/PLT block. This time is for small groups focusing on decoding, blending, and spelling words using our sounds. We use our Word Family Bootcamp, specifically our word match, look-like word activities, and decodable text and sentences.
We will also use our Word Mapping mats during this time to work on our segmenting, spelling, and reading words!
We’re also using our Digital Word Building Resource to do word chaining to work on blending CVC words!
We also used our glitter letters clipart to make glitter letter cards, and we’ve been using these cards in whole groups and small groups. The kids LOVE them! (This is CLIPART. You must insert the letter clipart into a document to make letter cards!)
Sight Word 60
This week’s words: for, go, had, have
Reading: Past And Present
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! We are reading the book When I Was Young In The Mountains and School Then And Now.
This week, our lessons are focused on comparing school and life today to the past.
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. This week, we also focus on decomposing numbers into ten and some more.
We’re using ten frames and counters to decompose numbers into ten and more. The curriculum has this happening for two days with different themes (apples, etc,) so we will use counters.
Another lesson this week is understanding the commutative property so that 10+2=12 and 12=10+2. So, we will use our MathStackers blocks to show how to make the teen numbers both ways.
Here’s the plan: a student will use the ten and 7 to show 17. We will write the equation. The next student will show the same thing by reversing the numbers. So, the students will see both towers and write both equations. I think this visual will help them understand this concept.
100th Day Of School
This week is our 100th day of school (after a delay to snow days!). We celebrate with a hat, writing words, hunting Hershey Kisses, and a 100th-day snack!
We use the book Miss Bindergarten Celebrates The 100th Day! Yes, I know it’s an old one, but it’s one of those that I will read every year. I like how it relates to what we do: a party and 100th-day collections!
First up, we make our 100th day hat! We use premade strips (included in our 100th-day resource) and stickers. It’s faster and easier for everyone involved.
We will do a turn and talk to share what we would buy with $100, what we would want 100 of, and what we would not want 100 of.
Previously, we also wrote 100 words. We did ten categories of words and wrote ten words for each category. This year, I’m going to try something new. We will write 100 words we can read (decode) and spell! Stay tuned for the updates…
Another must-do is our Hershey Kiss hunt. I label Hershey’s Kisses from 1 to 100 and hide them around the room. The kids find one kiss at a time. They show me, tell me the number, and place the candy on our giant 100 chart. The chart is made using the 100 cards from our 100th-day resource.
Our snack is this cute 100 made from cookies!
Lunar New Year
This year, the Lunar New Year begins on Saturday, February 10th, so we will learn about the Lunar New Year and celebrate on Friday! We use our UPDATED Lunar New Year Research Project.
Lunar New Year Read Aloud And Comprehension Lesson
We record our learning on a graphic organizer that is specific to the animal for the year.
We also compare and contrast the Lunar New Year and the traditional American New Year celebration!
Lunar New Year Math Activity
For our math lesson, we graph and analyze data! Do you like rice?
Before Friday, we will make lanterns since lanterns are a key part of the Lunar New Year celebrations! We do them before our celebration so our classroom is decorated!
The kids will also make a dragon! They drew an S on their paper and then glued on rectangles that I cut from paper. Then they make a head!
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and all month long (and all year long!!!), we will be learning about African American Heroes. This week, we will learn about two local heroes: Oprah and Wilma Rudolph!
Mad Science Thursday
This week, we’re doing a new science experiment. It’s 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-Lunar New Year Snack
Noodles and a fortune cookie! And we use chopsticks!
This week, our greeting is a flower greeting. You can use a fake flower or a real flower. Students greet each other and give them the flower. Continue until everyone is greeted!