Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ocean Theme Weekly Plans

This blog post focuses on my weekly lesson plan for my first week back in January related to the Ocean theme.  For the month of January we bring warmth into the classroom by discussing ocean animals and warm ocean places.

 

I teach two days this week so this plan will extend over that period of time.  On the second day I will be doing similar activities but they also include show and share.  I do a modeled writing activity where we outline positive points about the “Student of the Week”.  We also have libary on that day.  I will also introduce the letter “f” for fish and its related sound.

 

8:28-9:00  Circle Time

Phonemic Awareness Warmup Activity – Mystery Word(s)

I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound.  We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds.  We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound.  After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together.  The students have to guess what the mystery word is.  I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.

Mystery Words This Week:  sip, sap, rip, tip and dip

 

 Introduce New Theme

Dicuss how they will be learning about ocean animals for the month of January.

 

Connection to Literature

Read the book “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.  Discuss how Rainbow Fish felt after he shared his scales.

 

Shared Reading

Display the emergent reader on the Smart Board “Rainbow Fish Retelling”.  If you do not have access to a Smart Board cut out the pictures and place the sentences beside them on a pocket chart.

 

Rainbow Fish Retelling Color Sample Version

 

Rainbow Fish Retelling Black and White Sample Version

 

Prior to Reading

Display the title page and read it.  Discuss how this reader is a simple retelling of the book.  Preview the pictures and have the students predict who Rainbow Fish shares his scales with.

 

Read the Story Together Modeling the Reading Process 

Possible Discussions and Concepts

1.  Introduce the initial sounds of “Rr and Ff” heard within the story.  You could also introduce the sound “sh” makes.

2.  Discuss use of capitals used within names.

5.  Possible sight words:  with and a

 

Guided Writing About Ocean Animals

Display a picture of a sea star and discuss facts about them.

 

Sea Star Photograph

 

Facts About Sea Stars

Sea stars move very slowly along the sea bed, using hundreds of tiny tube feet.  They eat clams, oysters, coral and fish.  Most sea stars have five arms.  If one is cut off, it will grow back again.  They do not have a brain

 

Guided Writing Activity

Have students help you generate the sentence for the writing activity that will be done at the “Writing Center”.  This activity is outlined in the video below.  The students will help with initial sounds for the sentence I can draw a sea star.  Have them come forward print sight words “I and a” on the correct line and other initial sounds.  Have students sound out the word “can” and a student come forward and print it.

 

I  can  draw  a sea  star.

 

Demonstrate how they will print the sentence in the Writing Center and connect the dots.  This will be demonstrated on the Smart Board.

 

Note:  These resources are found within the Ocean theme unit.

 

View Smart Board Ocean Activities on YouTube

 

The video demonstrates alphabet review activity, ordering and suggestions for the Writing Center

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9:15 – 9:45 Play Centers

Rainbow Fish Template

Rainbow Fish Template

Craft
4-5 Students assigned to “Craft Center”.  My assistant works with them.

Students will make a rainbow fish.  They will color the scales and mouth using felts.  The shiny scales could be made using heavy weight tin foil or sequins.  After, the students will sponge paint the fish blue.  After the fish dries, an eye and shiny scales would be added.

 

Guided Reading With Emergent Reader 
4-5 students will be reading the black and white emergent reader  “Rainbow Fish Retelling” with me.  The focus will be on tracking words, coloring the pictures according to what is inidicated in the text. This integrates a comprehension component into reading.

 

Rest of Class at Play Center with Parent Volunteer

Each month we change the Play Centers.  The Play Centers outlined below relate to the Ocean theme.  The rest of the students will be at the play centers while my assistant and I work with a small group.

 

Christmas Play Centers

 

1.  Sand – Treasure Island

Place treasures in the sand for children to count and sort.

 

2.  The “Housekeeping Center” becomes a “Travel Agency” – Incorporates Math and Printing

Students look through travel brochures and print a list of places they would like to travel to.  They would prepare for the trip by packing clothing in a suitcase.

Incorporating Math

They must determine how many pieces of clothing will fit in a suitcase.  What arrangement is best.   Compare weight of the different suitcases.

 

3.  Writing Center - the students will be printing the sentence I can draw a sea star and connecting the number dots to complete the picture.

 

3.  Big Blocks, Social Studies and Science - Students will be working together to create a puppet stage and puppet play using the aquatic puppets.  They would be telling information about the different sea creatures.

 

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.  Paint Easel has stayed the same.

 

6. Playdough and Lego

 

7.  Creative Craft Center - Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here

 

8.  Water Table and Science - Floating and Sinking

Experiment with floating and sinking as outlined on pages 33-37 in the Science Focus curriculum on the Kinderplans.com member site.

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym

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10:15 – 10:35   Bathroom Break and Snack 

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10:35 – 11:20 Literacy Centers

Circle Time

Practice Sound In Song

Sing “Head and Shoulders” original version then replace each word so it starts with a “Rr and Ff” sound.

 

Rolling Dice and Sorting Games – Watch Video

 

View Games on YouTube

 

This is a review of the letters “Aa, Cc, Bb, Ii, Uu, Gg, Tt, Ee, Dd, Qq, Bb, Pp, Rr and Ff.  The students roll the die and move their players accordingly.  They must say the name of the letter they landed on and say the sound that is related to it. They can collect a bingo chip if they are able to say the name of the letter and another chip if they are able to say the initial sound.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most bingo chips.  There is also a sorting game demonstrated on the video.

Letter Formation

Introduce the correct letter formation of “r and f”.  Students practice in the air, on each other’s backs and in the palm of their hand.

 

Literacy Center Time – Rotation System

Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Teacher Monitoring

Pairs of students will play the “Rolling Dice Game” as demonstrated in the video.  I will be monitoring this station (6-7 students).

 

Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer

Sorting Objects Game

The students will be pulling objects from the rice tub and mystery bag and determining which letter/sound it begins with.  They will be placing the object on the sorting mat under the correct letter.  Focus on sounds Rr, Pp, Ss and Ff.

 

Center 3 –  Printing Center

Students will be practicing forming the letter “r and f”.  The students will be practicing printing the letter “r” on white boards.  After, they would print the letter(s) in their printing book.  The version I use is found in the link below:

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11:20 – 11:35   Music

Introduce and sing song “Funny Friendly Fish” from the Alpha Tunes CD

 

Animated Alphabet Video from link below:

 

Animated Alphabet Video

 

11:35- 12:00  Writer’s Workshop

Students will draw and picture and tell about their favorite part of the Christmas holiday.

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11:55 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
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12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
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12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
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1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break
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1:00 – 1:20 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.

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1:20 – 2:00 Play Centers

Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Play Centers during the day.

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2:00 – 2:35  Math More, Less and Equals Concept

Students will play the more, less and equals game as outlined on the video above.  Partners will roll a die and take turns displaying that many bingo chips.  They must determine who has the greatest amount and mark this off on their game board chart.

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2:55-3:10 Bathroom Break and Dismissal

 

3:10  Bus Students Leave

 

3:15  Walking Students Leave

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Classroom Challenges

This blog post focuses on one of the biggest challenges I have found this year.  I would like to hear about challenges that you are encountering.  We might be able to help each other out.  If it is related to lack of resources; this is something I would certainly like to hear about because I am always looking to add new resources that will better assist educators.

 

MY CHALLENGES

This year my school division has decided to offer both a half-day and full-day Kindergarten program for parents.  The full-day program has become a very popular choice.  This is the program that I am teaching.  The problem with the program is that I only see the students on an average of nine days in a month.  This makes it difficult to offer the continuous review that is necessary for students to master the skills to prepare them to be successful in grade one.

 

HOW HAS THIS CHALLENGE BEEN ADDRESSED?

In order for the program to be successful it is necessary for parents to provide additional support at home to assist with this continuous review.  Guided reading books are sent home and parents have access to the games and activities offered in class.  The problem I am facing, is that not all parents are actively involved in their child’s learning.  I only suggest fifteen minutes a day (including reading to their child) and this is still not manageable for some families.  Unfortunately, their child suffers as a consequence.

 

COMPETITIVE GAMES

I was never been fond of using competitive games and rewards but I am finding this is necessary for some students.  I usually pair a stronger student with a weaker student when playing games and this pushes the weaker student to practice more.

Example

In playing the alphabet partner card game, the student must identify the letter name and related sound that they drew.  If they can identify both, they place the card on a ring.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most cards on their ring.  This has pushed some of my weaker students to get their parents to use the cards at home so they can get better at playing the game.  In most cases, it is a matter of practice and exposure.

 

I find it frustrating that parents do not understand the importance of their involvement in their child’s education.

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Christmas Theme – Final Lesson Plans

This blog post focuses on my weekly lesson plan.  This is the final week prior to Christmas so this will wrap-up on all the activities related to this theme.  I only teach two days this week so the second day will involve the Christmas morning concert and party.

 

8:30 – 8:45  Practice for concert in the gym

8:45-9:00  Circle Time

Phonemic Awareness Warmup Activity – Mystery Word(s)

I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound.  We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds.  We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound.  After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together.  The students have to guess what the mystery word is.  I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.

Mystery Words This Week:  sat, sit, set

 

Morning Message 

Today we are going to talk about Christmas wishes.  We are going to read a book called “The Polar Express” and what his Christmas was.  You are going to write about your Christmas wish.

 

Follow-up

Have the students circle all the “s’s” within the message.  Discuss the different sounds made by that letter.  Have them find and circle the word “to” and “book” by looking for the intitial letter sound.

 

Shared Reading

Display the emergent reader on the Smart Board “Stars in the Sky”.  If you do not have access to a Smart Board cut out the pictures and place the sentences beside them on a pocket chart.

 

Stars in the Sky Reader Sample Page

 

Prior to Reading

Have the students recall from previously reading the selection what “s” star pictures were seen in the sky.

 

Read the Story Together Modeling the Reading Process 

Possible Discussions and Concepts

1. Review the sound of “Ss” heard within the story.

2.  Possible sight words:  that, look and like

3.  Discuss other words where they hear the “s” sound.

 

Practice Sound In Song

Sing “Head and Shoulders” original version then replace each word so it starts with a “Ss” sound.

 

Christmas Concert Practice

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9:15 – 9:45 Play Centers

Craft

Christmas Stocking Shape Card 

1.  Copy the template in the link below.  2.  Fold it in half and color or sponge paint the stocking red or use it as a tracer on red construction paper ( ensure it is letter-sized construction paper).  3.  Cut along the bold lines of the stocking part leaving the folded part uncut.  4.  Children can cut the outside and inside verses along the dotted lines in the links below. The pictures on the verses can be colored (optional) and glued to the outside and inside of the card.  5.  Glue on other decorations like tinsel, sequins and glitter glue.

 

Template for Stocking Shape Card

 

Stocking verses for the Card

 

Guided Reading With Emergent Reader 
4-5 students will be reading the black and white emergent reader  “Stars in the Sky” with me.  The focus will be on tracking words.  After, I will be doing a assessment of each student’s ability to site alphabet letters and their corresponding sounds.

 

Rest of Class at Play Center with Parent Volunteer

Each month we change the Play Centers.  The Play Centers outlined below relate to the Christmas theme.  The rest of the students will be at the play centers while my assistant and I work with a small group.

 

Christmas Play Centers

 

1.  Sand –  A lid has been placed on top of the sand and it has become the north pole.  There are different figurines the students can play with at this Center.

 

2.  The “Housekeeping Center” is a place where they can pretend to make gingerbread cookies and also decorate the tree.

 

3.  Writing Center - the students write letters to Santa as outlined at the beginning of my plans.

 

3.  The “Big  Panel Construction Set“.  We have big panel construction set where the students can build a large structure in which they can crawl.  I will take picture of it once I return to school.  I don’t know where it was purchased from.

 

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.  Paint Easel has stayed the same.

 

6. Playdough and Lego

 

7.  Creative Craft Center - Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here

 

8.  Light Table - different colored translucent duplo blocks are placed here and the students can create a structure on top of the light table and see the light shine through.

 

9.  Science Center - The students can experiment with the different musical instruments and the sounds they make.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym

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10:15 – 10:35   Bathroom Break and Snack 

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10:35 – 11:20 Literacy Centers

Circle Time

Introduce the games they will be playing on the Smart Board.  Play a few rounds so they understand what they will be doing at each Center.

 

Rolling Dice and Sorting Games – Watch Video

 

View Games on YouTube

 

This is a review of the letters “Aa, Cc, Bb, Ii, Uu, Gg, Tt, Ee, Dd, Qq, Bb,  Pp and now Ss.  The students roll the die and move their players accordingly.  They must say the name of the letter they landed on and say the sound that is related to it. They can collect a bingo chip if they are able to say the name of the letter and another chip if they are able to say the initial sound.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most bingo chips.  There is also a sorting game demonstrated on the video.

Letter Formation

Introduce the correct letter formation of “s”.  Students practice in the air, on each other’s backs and in the palm of their hand.

 

Literacy Center Time – Rotation System

Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Teacher Monitoring

Pairs of students will play the “Rolling Dice Game” as demonstrated in the video.  I will be monitoring this station (6-7 students).

 

Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer


Sorting Objects Game

The students will be pulling objects from the rice tub and mystery bag and determining which letter/sound it begins with.  They will be placing the object on the sorting mat under the correct letter.

 

Center 3 –  Printing Center

Students will be practicing forming the letter “Ss”.  After, they will print the letter in their printing book found in the link below.  They will also stamp pictures related to that letter.

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11:20 – 11:55    Writing Workshop

Read the book “The Polar Express” to the students.  After, discuss what his Christmas wish was and have the students tell about what their wish is.  Have the students draw a picture of that wish and write about it.

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11:55 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
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12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
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12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
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1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break
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1:00 – 1:20 Circle Time 

-Christmas concert practice

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

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1:20 – 2:00 Play Centers

Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Play Centers during the day.

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2:00 – 2:35  Math More, Less and Equals

Demonstrate again how to play the rolling dice game related to practicing the concept of more, less or greater than as demonstrated in the video.

Christmas Concert Practice

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2:55-3:10 Bathroom Break and Dismissal

 

3:10  Bus Students Leave

 

3:15  Walking Students Leave

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Christmas Theme Plans

This blog post focuses on my weekly lesson plan and how key concepts and outcomes are integrated within different subject areas.  It will also outline how games are used to develop phonemic awareness, letters and sounds.

 

I teach three days this week so this plan will extend over that period of time.  On the second day I will be doing similar activities but they also include show and share, Christmas concert practice, library and I do a model writing activity where we outline positive points about the “Student of the Week”.  On the third day I will introduce the letter “Ss” and its corresponding sound.

 

8:28-9:00  Circle Time

Phonemic Awareness Warmup Activity – Mystery Word(s)

I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound.  We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds.  We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound.  After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together.  The students have to guess what the mystery word is.  I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.

Mystery Words This Week:  bat, big, pig, pet, sat, sit, set

 

Morning Message – Santa Letter

Display the Santa letter the student’s are to complete at the Writing Center.  Read the letter together from the chart paper.  Words are displayed in the Center that can be used to fill in the blanks.  Review these words with the students.  You can find a copy of the Santa letter template in the link below:

 

Santa Letter

 

Follow-up

 See if students can find the word “I” “to” and “be”  and circle them.  Discuss the word “respectful” which is one of the words that can be used to fill in the blank.  Discuss what they can do to be respectful.

 

I respond to the letters that the students write and pretend I am Santa. Distribute the reply letters and have the students open them.  Read a few of them to the rest of the class.

 

Connection to Literature

Read the book “Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” by Eric Carle.  Discuss the rhyme within the book and how the sense of hearing is used.

 

Shared Reading

Display the emergent reader on the Smart Board “Sounds of Christmas”.  If you do not have access to a Smart Board cut out the pictures and place the sentences beside them on a pocket chart.

 

 Color Sample Version of Sounds of Christmas

 

Black and White Version of Sounds of Christmas

 

Prior to Reading

Display the title page and read it.  Discuss who the author is (me) and who the illustrator is.  Explain that the main character is the polar bear.  Have the students predict what Christmas sounds the polar bear might hear.

 

Read the Story Together Modeling the Reading Process 

Possible Discussions and Concepts

1.  The sound words offer an opportunity for vocabulary building (squealing, ringing and jingling).

3.  Introduce the sound of “Pp” heard within the story.

4.  Discuss use of capitals and question mark used within the story.

5.  Possible sight words:  what, do, in and my

 

Practice Sound In Song

Sing “Head and Shoulders” original version then replace each word so it starts with a “Pp” sound.

 

Christmas Concert Practice

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9:15 – 9:45 Play Centers

Craft
4-5 Students assigned to “Craft Center”.  My assistant works with them.

Students will make a clay snowman like the one displayed in the photograph.

 

Guided Reading With Emergent Reader 
4-5 students will be reading the black and white emergent reader  “Sounds of Christmas” with me.  The focus will be on tracking words, cutting and pasting the  pictures 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 Play Centers.  The Play Centers outlined below relate to the Christmas theme.  The rest of the students will be at the play centers while my assistant and I work with a small group.

 

Christmas Play Centers

 

1.  Sand –  A lid has been placed on top of the sand and it has become the north pole.  There are different figurines the students can play with at this Center.

 

2.  The “Housekeeping Center” is a place where they can pretend to make gingerbread cookies and also decorate the tree.

 

3.  Writing Center - the students write letters to Santa as outlined at the beginning of my plans.

 

3.  The “Big  Panel Construction Set“.  We have big panel construction set where the students can build a large structure in which they can crawl.  I will take picture of it once I return to school.  I don’t know where it was purchased from.

 

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.  Paint Easel has stayed the same.

 

6. Playdough and Lego

 

7.  Creative Craft Center - Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here

 

8.  Light Table - different colored translucent duplo blocks are placed here and the students can create a structure on top of the light table and see the light shine through.

 

9.  Science Center - The students can experiment with the different musical instruments and the sounds they make.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym

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10:15 – 10:35   Bathroom Break and Snack 

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10:35 – 11:20 Literacy Centers

Circle Time

Introduce the games they will be playing on the Smart Board.  Play a few rounds so they understand what they will be doing at each Center.

 

Rolling Dice and Sorting Games – Watch Video

 

View Games on YouTube

 

This is a review of the letters “Aa, Cc, Bb, Ii, Uu, Gg, Tt, Ee, Dd, Qq, Bb, and now Pp.  The students roll the die and move their players accordingly.  They must say the name of the letter they landed on and say the sound that is related to it. They can collect a bingo chip if they are able to say the name of the letter and another chip if they are able to say the initial sound.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most bingo chips.  There is also a sorting game demonstrated on the video.

Letter Formation

Introduce the correct letter formation of “p”.  Students practice in the air, on each other’s backs and in the palm of their hand.

 

Literacy Center Time – Rotation System

Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Teacher Monitoring

Pairs of students will play the “Rolling Dice Game” as demonstrated in the video.  I will be monitoring this station (6-7 students).

 

Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer

Sorting Objects Game

The students will be pulling objects from the rice tub and mystery bag and determining which letter/sound it begins with.  They will be placing the object on the sorting mat under the correct letter.

 

Center 3 –  Printing Center

Students will be practicing forming the letter “Pp”.  The students will be practicing printing the letter “Pp” on white boards.  They can also print the words dad, cat, cut , quit, get, egg, dog and dig.  The next day, they will be completing their printing book.  The version I use is found in the link below:

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11:20 – 11:55    Christmas Concert Practice

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11:55 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
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12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
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12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
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1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break
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1:00 – 1:20 Circle Time 

-Christmas concert practice

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

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1:20 – 2:00 Play Centers

Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Play Centers during the day.

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2:00 – 2:35  Math More, Less and Equals

Display dogs and balls on the Smart Board.  Discuss if there are enough balls for each dog.  Demonstrate how you can test this by placing each ball on top of the dog.  There are three different slides.  Introduce the vocabulary more, less or equals to.

 

Dog More, Less Equal to Template

 

Follow-up Activity

Pass out the dog sheets below and Ziploc bags with differing amounts of pom pom balls.  In partners, the students determine if they have more, less or equal amount of balls (pom poms).  After, they exchange bags within their tables and the process begins again

 

Christmas Concert Practice

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2:55-3:10 Bathroom Break and Dismissal

 

3:10  Bus Students Leave

 

3:15  Walking Students Leave

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Literacy Centers – Lesson Plans

This blog post focuses on my weekly lesson plan and how games are incorporated within the classroom to enhance learning.  My Literacy Centers change each week to focus on specific letters and phonemic awareness activities.  My students rotate between three Literacy Centers.  In this post you will find a video outlining games that engage  students, as well as, provide needed review.  My students need continual review each day (which averages 2-3 days a week) in using what they have learned about letters and their related sounds.  Providing this review that engages the students can be a challenge.  I try to use a game and writing approach to incorporate this review.

 

Note: I also send links to these games to my parents so they can play them at home with their child.  This is especially important over the Christmas holidays when they forget concepts they have learned.

 

I only teach two days this week so this plan will extend over that period of time.  On the second day, we have cooking, show and share, Christmas concert practice, library and I do a model writing activity where we outline positive points about the “Student of the Week”.

 

8:28-9:00  Circle Time

Phonemic Awareness Warmup Activity – Mystery Word(s)

I have small little whiteboards that I print the letters that represent the phoneme. A child is assigned to each phoneme and holds the letter(s) that represents this sound.  We say each phoneme sound (usually review letters) several times as a review of the sound/letter and how it corresponds.  We talk about what makes the beginning, middle and end sound.  After, I place the students closer together and we blend the sounds together.  The students have to guess what the mystery word is.  I do this activity throughout the day as a review of letter sounds.

Mystery Words This Week:  dad, did, bat and big

Morning Message

This morning we will be reading the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”  After, we will be reading Christmas version of the book.  This will be the little book that you will be taking home to read to your parents.

 

Follow-up

Read the message to the students.   Have students circle the letter “i” within the message and review the sound it makes.  Have the students predict what they think Brown Bear will see.

 

Connection to Literature

Read the book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle.  Discuss the rhyme within the book and how the sense of sight is used.

 

Shared Reading

Display the emergent reader on the Smart Board “What Does Brown Bear See?” .  If you do not have access to a Smart Board cut out the pictures and place the sentences beside them on a pocket chart.

 

Prior to Reading

Display the title page and read the title of the story.  Discuss who the author is (me) and who the illustrator is.  Explain that the main character is the teddy bear.  Explain that the teddy bear sees “b” sounding words by the tree.  Have the students predict what these “b” words could be.

 

Read the Story Together Modeling the Reading Process 

Possible Discussions and Concepts

1.  How can we tell that children live in this home?  On each page have them predict what “b” sounding word will be by the tree on the next page.

3.  Introduce the sound of “b” heard within the story.

4.  Discuss use of capitals and question mark used within the story.

5.  Possible sight words:  I, see, the and what

 

Practice Sound In Song

Sing “Head and Shoulders” original version then replace each word so it starts with a “Bb” sound.

 

Christmas Concert Practice

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9:15 – 9:45 Play Centers
Craft
4-5 Students assigned to “Craft Center”.  My assistant works with them.

Elf-Writing-Craft

Students will make an elf like the one displayed in the photograph.  The students will also be completing the writing template as displayed.

 

Guided Reading With Emergent Reader “What Does Brown Bear See?”
4-5 students will be reading the black and white emergent reader  “What Does Brown Bear See?” with me.  The focus will be on tracking words, cutting and pasting the “Bb”  pictures 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 Play Centers.  We will be changing this Centers on Wednesday.  The Centers will be related to Christmas.  The rest of the students will be at the play centers while my assistant and I work with a small group.

 

Math Center – The students will be required to complete a pattern necklace prior to going to the Play Centers.  They must count ten beads and lace them forming a pattern using at least two attributes. This will be used an assessment to see if they can complete this task independently.

 

1.  Sand remains dirt - Plastic animals have been placed in this center.  The students can dig winter homes for the animals.

 

2.  The “Housekeeping Center” has now become the “Big Dollhouse Center”.  We have a large dollhouse with furniture, boys and girls dress up dolls to go into the dollhouse.

 

3.  The “Big Blocks” has now become a “Winter Home Building”.  The students make winter homes for the stuffed animals located at this Center.

 

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.  Paint Easel has stayed the same.

 

6. Playdough and Lego

 

7.  Creative Craft Center - Paper, cards, tape, scissors, glue, all types of decorations and odds and ends are placed here

 

8.  Water Table - Plastic animals have also been placed here with a styrofoam blocks used as icebergs

 

9.  Science Center - The students can feel the furs and other objects related to how animals protect themselves from the cold.

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________9:40 – 10:15 Get Ready and Go to Gym

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10:15 – 10:35   Bathroom Break and Snack 

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10:35 – 11:20 Literacy Centers

Circle Time

Introduce the games they will be playing on the Smart Board.  Play a few rounds so they understand what they will be doing at each Center.

Rolling Dice and Sorting Games – Watch Video

 

View Games on YouTube

 

This is a review of the letters “Aa, Cc, Bb, Ii, Uu, Gg, Tt, Ee, Dd and Qq.  The students roll the die and move their players accordingly.  They must say the name of the letter they landed on and say the sound that is related to it.  If they are able to do this, they collect a bingo chip.  The object of the game is to see who can collect the most bingo chips.  There is also a sorting game demonstrated on the video.

Letter Formation

Introduce the correct letter formation of “b”.  Students practice in the air, on each other’s backs and in the palm of their hand.

 

Literacy Center Time – Rotation System

Center 1 – Alphabet and Print Awareness Center – Teacher Monitoring

Pairs of students will play the “Rolling Dice Game” as demonstrated in the video.  I will be monitoring this station (6-7 students).

 

Center 2 – Phonemic Awareness Center – Parent Volunteer

Sorting Objects Game

The students will be pulling objects from the rice tub and mystery bag and determing which letter/sound it begins with.  They will be placing the object on the sorting mat under the correct letter.

 

Center 3 –  Printing Center

Students will be practicing forming the letter “Bb”.  The students will be practicing printing the letter “Bb” on white boards.  They can also print the words dad, cat, cut , quit, get, egg, dog and dig.  The next day, they will be completing their printing book.  The version I use is found in the link below:

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11:20 – 11:55    Christmas Concert Practice

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11:55 – 12:00  Bathroom Break 
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12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
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12:25 – 1:00  Lunch Recess
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1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break
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1:00 – 1:20 Circle Time 

-Christmas concert practice

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

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1:20 – 2:00 Play Centers

Groups are switched from this morning so all students have an opportunity to visit the Play Centers during the day.

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2:00 – 2:35  
Writing Workshop

Focus on writing about their dad.  Together we will generate possible spelling words dad, I, like, playing, with, etc. that they might use in their writing.

Note:  Many of the students just draw pictures and scribble but they still share their stories.  I will be encouraging them to print the words we generated.  They must print the word “dad”.

 

Practice for Christmas Concert

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2:55-3:10 Bathroom Break and Dismissal

 

3:10  Bus Students Leave

 

3:15  Walking Students Leave

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