Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lesson Plans Jan. 26-30

Monday will be the 100th Day of School!
We will celebrate the 100th Day of School with a fun-filled day!
The link for my (free) 100th Day packet is here.
The book is from Kindergarten Crayons.

This week we will also be reading books about Chameleons! Our books from the Journeys Reading Series include Red Eyes or Blue Feathers and Chameleon, Chameleon. I will also include Hide Clyde and other books I have about Chameleons. The literacy unit can be found here.
 Whole Group Reading-Graphic Organizers and writing in response to text

 Literacy Centers

Short e (-ed and -est word families)

We will be comparing numbers (more and less) this week. I have some math tasks we will complete and the students will spend two days comparing the numbers on playing cards-one day the larger number "wins" and the next day the  number that is less "wins" the set of cards played.
The math tasks can be found here.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lesson Plans Jan. 20-23

This week we will read the books Mr. Blueberry and What Is Science? from the Journeys Reading Series 4.16. The unit can be found here.
Whole Group Reading- Writing in response to a text

Literacy Centers

Phonics- Short e (-et and -en word families)

We will spend one more day on measurement and then begin studying more and less with sets. 
Two activities I have planned are for students to get a bowl of teddy bear counters and sort them. They will record by drawing a picture of their sort and circle the group that has more. Another activity is a mystery bag. They will choose a bag and sort the math tool. They will record by drawing pictures and then circle the group with less. Next week we will focus on more and less with numerals.

Mom had a great idea for a measurement activity. Instead of putting tape on the table for pairs of students to measure, she drew lines on chart paper. She can keep this from year to year (and was able to share it with me!).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lesson Plans Jan. 9-13

This week we will be reading books about weather. The books Storm is Coming and Snow are from the Journeys Reading Series and the unit can be found here.

Literacy Centers

Phonics-Short a (-am and -ag word families)

We are continuing our measurement unit in math. 
This is a great lesson to use for measuring with units. For the CCSS we only need to compare items to determine longer/shorter, but using sticks and cubes to measure strips of tape allows them to practice counting and comparing numbers. Each table has three strips of tape labeled with A, B, C. The students estimate how many cubes and sticks they need to measure the tape, then measure and  record the correct answer. Mom found this activity "somewhere online", so if it is your activity, please let me know so I can provide the link.
We did this activity today. The students took turns choosing an item from the "goody bag", comparing the item to the green pencil, and then deciding if it was longer or shorter. They really liked this activity!
These are some of the books we are reading during the unit. I made the worksheet pictured. The students had decide if the item pictured was shorter or taller than they are.
 After listening to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the students will estimate how many cubes will fit in each of the three containers, then fill and record the correct amount.
The link for this activity is here.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Lesson Plans Jan. 6 - 9

Happy New Year! I hope that 2015 is a great year and that you had a fun and relaxing break. It is time to get back to school and my plans for this week are pictured below. We will be reading Every Season and Jump into January from the Journeys Kindergarten Reading series and Bear Snores On. The unit can be found here.

Literacy Centers

Phonics-Short a (-at and -an word families)

Writing Workshop-Opinion Writing 
Favorite season

Measurement Unit
The lesson plans for the next few weeks can be found for free here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lesson Plans for Dec. 8-12 & Dec. 15-19

It is hard to believe that we have just two weeks left of school before our break! Next week we will be reading Zebra's World and What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? from the Journeys Reading Series. I will also include the informational text, Animal Babies in Grasslands. The unit can be found here.
We will read Zebra's World and use a tree map to write facts about zebras. For the story What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?, TSW recall details from the story by drawing pictures of the animals in the story on the web. After reading Animal Babies in Grasslands, TSW write about the animals in the story and we will compare and contrast zebras and lions.

Literacy centers

Writing Workshop-Pink

Mathematics-Numerals and counting to 20

For Phonics, I plan to review three alphabet letters/sounds each day and we will sort pictures by beginning sounds in the pocket chart.

Dec. 15-19 is our Gingerbread Week!
We will read The Gingerbread Man, Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Baby, and Gingerbread Friends. The unit for these activities is here.

Literacy centers

Mathematics Centers

We will be making our Gingerbread Houses. The kits were purchased from Oriental Trading and are made of foam.

My Hallway Display-Student Wish Lists

Mom's Hallway Display-Gingerbread Glyphs
This year she made smaller "pans" to display the gingerbread cookies instead of covering the entire board with silver paper.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday Worksheets-Free!

Just a little something I made to use and thought maybe you would like it, too. Here is the link!

Lesson Plans Dec.1-5

Our books from Journeys have a day and night theme. You can find the unit here.
 Comparing and contrasting two books
 Sorting day and night activities
Sorting animals that are and are not noctural

Literacy Centers

Phonics-Vv and Ww 
(our last week of letters)

Predictable Chart

Mathematics-Counting numbers 11 to 20
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