Sample Preschool and Kindergarten Theme Unit Lesson Plans - Two Week Lesson Plans for the Friendship Theme

This is a FREE two week theme lesson plan (Friendship Theme).  It is similar to the other 23 full theme units and 9 mini-themes we offer our members access to.  Although it is geared more towards the first few weeks of school, it will give you an idea of what is included in each theme.

Alphabet Program

Sequential Ordering - Alphabet Program Meets the Majority of the Curriculum Guidelines for Kindergarten (can be adapted for preschool).

If you wish to follow a teaching program that meets the majority of the curriculum guidelines set in kindergarten, you would follow the alphabet program theme sequencing.  Although, it follows the kindergarten curriculum guidelines, it can be adapted for preschool as well. 

Information on the Alphabet Program

Friendship Theme Unit


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Color Versions of the Readers

Video Demonstration

The video below demonstrates how the emergent readers can be used as a powerful teaching tool. 


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Days 1 and 2 - Connection to Literature

"The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn is a wonderful book to read to the children for the first day of classes. Chester the Raccoon is nervous about going to school.  This book would be used as a means to help support children and their transition into the school environment.

A Retelling of the Kissing Hand -Color Version- Week 1

The reader "A Retelling of the Kissing Hand" would be used for a shared reading experience.  It would be made into a big book using the enlarged pictures, a predictable chart (pictures at the end of the reader) or viewed on a smartboard for all the children to see.


A Retelling of the Kissing Hand - Color Version

Enlarged Version for Making a Big Book

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, I See Letters in My Classroom - Color Version

In the link below you will find the color version of the emergent reader:

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, I See Letters in My Classroom - Color Version

Shared Reading - Modeling the Reading Process - Over 100 Emergent Readers Available to Members

These little readers are great to use for teaching beginning reading skills such as the alphabet and sight words.  There are over 100 similar readers available for members (paid subscription).

Assembly of the Readers

Quick Assembly - No Cutting Involved                                     

The readers have been designed for quick assembly.  Run the full page through the copier and have it stapled (2X.)

Smaller Booklets - Require cutting
These booklets would be cut in half and stapled manually.  This would be done on days when you are not  in a hurry.



Smart Board Activities


          View on YouTube First Day Games for Smart Board

The students will play games that would require them to identify activities and objects found in their school environment.  These are simple games that will allow them to become familiar with the Smart Board and notebook software.  These games can also be played on the computer that has notebook software downloaded onto it.  There is also a printable version of game two available.

Smart Board Game File

Printable Game Board for Game Two

Learning Games - Literacy - Week 1

The video below demonstrates how learning games can be incorporated into your lesson plans.  

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Matching School Game Cards

In the link below you will find sorting cards.  The children sort the pictures of items they find in school and ones they would not.  They can also be sorted according to initial same sounds.

Sorting Cards


School Lotto Game

Bonus Reader 1

The focus this week is simple counting of manipulatives. 

Bonus Reader 1 - Overcoming Nervousness

The story Jiggle Worms in the link below is a great story to use for shared  reading the first day of kindergarten or preschool.  The children (cartoon characters) get rid of their nervousness (represented by the term jiggle worms) by doing certain movements.

Jiggle Worms Story for Shared Reading


Bonus Reader 2 - School Shape Book

The pictures would be used to make a predictable chart about what they learned at school.  After the pictures would be used to make a school shape book like the one displayed on the left. This can be taken home so the children can read it to their parents.  If the chart has been read each day, the children should be able to read the text. This is found in the link below.

School Shape Reader

Bonus Reader 2

In Week 2 Plans - Bonus Reader

The focus in Week 1 Plans was for the children to be comfortable with the school environment and learning new names.  The focus for this will be continuing to work with names but also an introduction to the alphabet.

Connection to Literature

In the next few days the children will be working with names.  The book "Chrysanthemum" is a good introduction to this.  This book is about a girl who loves her name until she attends kindergarten.  The children find her name amusing. 

Related Emergent Reader

The emergent reader "Family of Friends" would be used as a follow-up activity to reading this book.  The reader would be used as a shared reading experience using a predictable chart for all the children to view.  The pictures from the reader would be placed beside the text.  Each day new and different names would be added to the text (displayed in the photograph).  The reader is found in the link below.

Accompanying Emergent Reader

Large Pictures Used to Make the Big Book

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