Daily Archives: November 4, 2012

Weekly Lesson Plans – Nov. 5-9

I post my weekly plans on my blog.  This lesson plan focuses on how my centers are organized and is interwoven into the curriculum.  The students experience a balance of structure and exploration type activities.

8:28-9:00  Circle Time

Literature Connection

Read book to the students “The Queen’s Feet” by Sarah Ellis

Vocabulary Development

Discuss and act out the word “control”.  Use the word throughout the day.

Introducing Emergent Reader – The Queen’s Feet a Simple Retelling

Emergent Reader for Shared Reading – Letter “Qq” 

- Introduce the reproducible emergent reader “The Queen’s Feet” to the students. It is a simple retelling of the book. Read the reader together as a shared reading experience.  I display the book on the Smart Board but you can print the sentences on sentence strips or chart paper and place the pictures beside each sentence.  You could also display the story using an overhead projector (which I have done for years).  I also make a copy of the color version for our classroom library.  I copy this on cardstock, laminate and bind.

-Read the sentences together, pointing to the words while you read. Explain that they will be cutting out the pictures that relate to the words in their version to take home to their parents.


Sample Page from the Reader


Introducing the Letter Sound

1.  Look at the word “queen”

2.  Introduce the sound  “Qq” makes focussing on the sound heard in “queen”.  Hand out small mirrors (purchased at the dollar store) and have the students observe the following:  where their tongue is placed, what their lips do when making the sound, feel their throat and vocal chords, do they feel air coming out from their mouth?  How do their lips change?  Review the sounds of c, u, t, e and a.


9:00 – 9:40 Play Centers
Craft – Foot Craft With Assistant

6 Students assigned to “Craft Center”.  My assistant works with them.

After reading “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss child will complete the writing and craft project displayed.  The students  trace and cut their own foot.  After, they will complete the sentence “My feet can______”.

Guided Reading With Emergent Reader “The Queen’s Feet”
Students will be reading the black and white emergent reader  “The Queen’s Feet” with me.  The focus will be on tracking words, cutting and pasting the picture that corresponds to the text. This integrates a comprehension component into reading.


Rest of Class at Play Center with Parent Volunteer

Each month we change the Centers.  I have outlined the changes below.  We will be changing these Centers on Wednesday, November 7th.


1.  Sand became dirt - Vehicles will be placed in the dirt (dump trucks and other construction vehicles).


2.  The “Housekeeping Center” has now become the “Farmers’ Market”.  The students use play money and play food to buy goods at the “Farmers’ Market”.  They print a list of food they would like to purchase using a guide.


3.  The “Big Blocks” has now become a “Train Station”.  The students put together the tracks and form a train station.


4.  Computers – I have downloaded the  Smart Board activities outlined in the Literacy Centers on individuals computers and the students can work on this.


5.  Water and Paint Easel has stayed the same.


6.  Writing Center - The students will be completing the “queen” sheet below.  The will be drawing the face, coloring the crown, adding sequins and printing the word.


Printing Sheets


7. Playdough and Lego


8.  Creative Craft Center


9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym


10:15 – 10:30   Bathroom Break and Snack 


10:30 – 10:45 Literacy Centers

Review the letter “Qq” sound.  On the Smart Board together do the “a, t and q” spinner activity as displayed in the video.   If you are a member and do not have access to a “Smart Board” use the downloadble version of the game instead found in “All About Me” theme unit.


The students will touch the spinner and determine the beginning sound heard and associate it with the corresponding letter.


If you are a member, you will have access to the “a, t and e” sorting Smart Board activity.  This will be found in a number of places:  “All About Me” theme , “Smart Board Activities Link”


Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer Monitoring

Many of my students do not know all the names of the alphabet letters so this Center will be devoted this.  I am going to start with seven letters to begin with (Aa – Gg).  This is a partner game.  The students take turns spinning a top and identifying letters and sounds (same as the video but only using the paper version and a spinning top).

Note:  If you are a member you can access these games which are found in “All About Me” theme.


Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – With Teacher

I will be assisting the students to help them determine what sounds they hear at the beginning of each word.  These will be the review sounds “c, t, and q”.  The students will be taking turns spinning a top and choosing the correct letter that matches the initial sound of the picture they land on.


Center 3 –  Printing Center

Students will be practicing forming the letter “Qq”.  The students will be practicing printing the letter “q” in the salt trays and then on the white boards.  They can also print the words cat, cut and egg.  The next day, they will be completing their printing book.  The version I use is found in the link below:

11:30 – 11:45   Circle Time 

-Calendar, count days on calendar, count how many days they have been in school, add this many straws to the 10′s cup.

-Sing “Days of the Week” display video on Smart Board.

-Sing and view animated alphabet video and have students pay special attention the the letter “Tt”.


Animated Alphabet Song Video


-Sing “The Apple Tree”, “Extraordinary Egg”, “Cool Clouds” and “Queen’s Feet” song sfound in the “Alpha Tunes CD”.
Rhyming Activity
I place a picture of a queen on the Smart Board.  The students take turns coloring (scribbling out) the rhyming part of the picture I am talking about:
1.  I rhyme with frown I am a (crown).
2.  I rhyme with sand  I am a (hand).
3.  I rhyme with square  I am (hair)
4.  I rhyme with globe  I am a (robe).
Continue the process.  This activity is found in the “All About Me” theme under Smart Board activities.
11:45 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
1:00 – 1:40 Play Center Time
Groups switch from this morning.
1:40 – 1:55 Bathroom Break and Get Ready for Recess

1:55 – 2:45 Math Concepts and Math Tubs 

Concept – Sorting Beads
I have bought different beads at the dollar store for the students to make a patterned necklace; before we do this I wanted to sort them according to different characteristics.
Note:  Math tubs used were mentioned in previous blog post.
Distribute math tubs.  Select a tub to demonstrate a rule of sorting.  Students produce a sorting rule using the tubs.  Once they have a rule they must put up their hand and explain it to you.
2:45-3:10 Bathroom and Get Ready for Dismissal

3:10  Bus Students Leave

3:15  Walking Students Leave