First Week Pre-Kindergarten

Ideas for First Week

In this blog post I have outlined ideas that you can incorporate for your first week of school.

 

Play Centers

Kissing Hand Emergent Reader

Kissing Hand Emergent Reader

When the students first arrive they must locate their name tag placed on a table.  They are assisted with putting their name tag on. They are directed to a play center of their choice prior to meeting for circle time. The “Play Centers” could include playdough, different construction toys, craft materials, puzzles, computer, math manipulatives,  etc.

 

Name Game During Circle Time

We get in a circle and each child rolls the ball to a different student.  Each student introduces themselves when the ball is rolled to them.

 

Exploring the School – Treasure Hunt

I explain to the children that I found a mystery letter.  I read it to them.  We explore the school looking for the treasure.  At each location there is a heart-shaped letter directing us to where we should look next.  This is a fun way to have the students become familiar with the school.   I have a treasure box that was packed with stickers from Scholastic that is placed at our final destination.  I put decorative rocks in it (one for each student).  I explain that it is their lucky rock to hold when they feel a little scared or miss their parents.

Name Activities

Name Activities

 

Read Aloud

I always use the book “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn for the first day because it relates well to how some of the children might feel.

 

Shared Reading

I project the simple retelling emergent reader of the story on the Smart Board (found in your Free Sample Friendship theme).  We read this together as I model the reading process.  I will do this for a few days before sending it home with the students.  Sign-up form on page link below:

 

Sign-up Form

 

Name Activities

The first week of the school year the focus is on learning and recognizing names within the classroom.  In the new Pre-K Curriculum you will find name activities that would be incorporated in the first day and week of school.  In the link below you will find the first few pages of the teacher’s guide that outline these activities.  You will also find more activities in your free “Friendship” theme unit that you should have received when you signed-up for the bi-weekly newsletter.

 

First Few Pages of Pre-K Teachers Guide

 

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Bulletin Board Display

At the beginning of school year I focus on colors, color words and do experiments involving colors.  The emergent readers found in the links below introduce the reading process and also require the students to color the pictures within the reader according to the color words.

 

Colors Emergent Readers

 

More Emergent Readers Related to Colors

 

Colors Bulletin Board Display

Colors Bulletin Board Display

Colors Bulletin Board Display 

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While my students are learning to associate color words to the correct colors, they rely significantly on our bulletin board display as a point of reference.  In the link below you will find the display that I currently use.Colors Emergent Reader

 

Colors Bulletin Board Display

 

Words for the Bulletin Board Display

 

Another Version –  Words Included


Follow-up Emergent Reader

The emergent reader “Colorful Flowers” is a great follow-up to introducing the bulletin board display.  The students are to color the flowers according to the text.  The bulletin board display would be used as a guide.  The literature selection “Planting A Rainbow” by Lois Ehlert could be used in conjunction with completing this activity.

 

Canadian Version – Colour

 

Canadian Version – Black and White

 

U.S. Version – Color

 

U. S. Version – Black and White

 

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Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Activities

INCORPORATING FIVE SENSES WITHIN YOUR CHRISTMAS THEME

Christmas and Five Senses

Christmas and Five Senses

During the month of December (when I was teaching Kindergarten) I incorporated the “Five Senses” theme in relation to Christmas.  The spirit of the season allowed for so many opportunities to incorporate this theme.  On my website and within the Christmas theme unit you will find ideas on how to incorporate the “Five Senses Theme”.

 

Incorporating Five Sense Into Your Christmas Theme

 

NEW CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS READER

Christmas SymbolsIf you have followed my newsletters and blog, you would have discovered that I use and create many reproducible readers to offer my students an engaging and balanced literacy approach to reading in the early years.  Now that I teach grade one, this has not changed. Even though I have access to a variety of reading series, I still find myself creating little books that address the needs of my students better.  There is not one Christmas story within our reading series, so I created two.  In our Social Studies curriculum we are to introduce symbols that represent our community.  I thought I would introduce this concept by looking at symbols that are representative of Christmas.  I will use the reader below as a base to introduce this concept.  The students are to read, color and complete the interactive components of the reader.  Feel free to use these!

 

Christmas Symbols Reader – Easy Version

Christmas Symbols Reader – Harder Version

 

Christmas Traditions  Reader

Christmas Traditions Reader

New Christmas Traditions Reader and Follow-up Writing Activities

Another Social Studies outcome is for my students to identify different traditions practiced within their community.  I thought discussing Christmas traditions within our classroom would be a great platform to introduce this concept.  The reader “Our Christmas Traditions” is meant to help my students understand what a tradition is and lead to a discussion on different ones practiced within our classroom.  After, they will write about this, using one of the templates found in the links below.  Feel free to use these writing templates!  The reader is only available to paid members or individuals accessing the Christmas theme unit as it has been professionally illustrated.

 

Christmas Traditions Writing Template 1

Christmas Traditions Writing Template 2

Christmas Traditions Writing Template 3

Craft and Writing Activity

Craft and Writing Activity

 

WRITING AND CRAFT ACTIVITY – CONVINCING SANTA

I can’t wait to do this activity.  I did a similar activity when I was teaching Kindergarten but now my students are more capable (now teaching grade one).  My students are to convince Santa that they are deserving of his visit.  Within my school we focus on different positive character virtues.  We will reflect back on those virtues and discuss how they have practiced these and they must relay this to Santa.  I wanted to make this activity different from the traditional “Dear Santa” letter, where the students list what they want.  In this activity the students must convince Santa that they are worthy of his visit.  Template to complete this activity is found in the Christmas theme unit.

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Halloween Literacy Activity

What’s In The Cave?

Halloween Emergent Reader and Activities

Halloween Emergent Reader and Activities 

In our classroom we have a large black box that has become a cave.  You can also use sheets draped over chairs. The students crawl through the cave with a flashlight to find a lazy lizard, a fat bat, a clever snake, a friendly frog, a shy spider, a gentle bird and a busy beetle.  The pictures found in the link below can be used for this.  We use plastic ones. Each time they find one of these, they mark it off on the sheet provided in the link below.

First, I will read the book What’s in the Cave?  This book is now out of print but I have created a retelling of it in the link below.  I will project the book on the Smart Board for the students to view and model the reading process to them. I will also download the Smart Board activity on the classroom computers so the students can drag the animals mentioned in the text to the cave.  After, they can draw a picture of a monster they might see in the cave (using the drawing tools).

Each student will receive a black and white version of the book to read to their parents. During guided reading time I will take a small group of students with me to read the book again.  They will also draw a picture of a monster that they might find in the cave.  After, this group will explore the cave and look for the animals mentioned in the book and mark these off on the sheet.  The other students are doing a craft with my assistant, on the computers or visiting the other Halloween stations.

 

What’s In the Cave Color Version

 

What’s In the Cave Black and White Version

 

Follow-up Smart Board Activity

Go to the web page found in the link below to download the follow-up Smart Board activity.  You will find it at the bottom of the page where it says “Halloween Theme”.

 

Smart Board Follow-up Activity

 

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First Week Pre-K

These are ideas for surviving your first week of Kindergarten.

Counting by Tens

Counting by Tens

Math Counting to 100 and Positive Behaviors

This activity worked really well for me last year.  I combined earning positive behavior points with counting to 100.  I attach plastic cups to hooks on the wall and mark these off with tens numbers.  Each time I notice somebody practicing

Award

Award

positive behavior they take an award and place it in the proper ten cup.  We count how many awards there are at the end of each day and together we ensure there are only 10 per cup.  We practice counting by ones and tens to see how many we have accumulated. We have a celebration once 100 awards have been accumulated. The awards I use are found in the link below.

 

Positive Behavior Awards

 

FunWithNamesSurviving the First Week of School

Fun With Names

These activities (mini-unit) were included in the Free Friendship theme but I have also included them in this blog post as you may have forgotten (not uncommon for me).  These activities are great for the first week(s) of school when the students are getting acquainted and learning each others names.  As well, these activities are fun ways for students to recognize and print their own names.  ENJOY!

 

Fun With Names

 

Self Portrait

I have my students draw a portrait of themselves.  This allows me to evaulate where they are in terms of fine-motor development.  I do this three times during the year (beginning, middle and end).  This is placed in their scrapbook that they take home at the end of the year to see how they have improved.

 

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Final Days of Kindergarten

I have seven more teaching days left!  It’s been a great year and I am thrilled at how far my students have come since the beginning.  Most of them are ready for the big step into grade one.

I have outlined some ideas I will be incorporating on my last few days.  Most of the days will be filled with assessments and field trips.

 

Father's Day Card

Father’s Day Card

Father’s Day Ideas

A few ideas for Father’s Day can be found in the link below:

 

Father’s Day Ideas

 

Graduation Ceremony

All my students brought in baby pictures.  We had lots of fun guessing who they were.  I will use these in my graduation presentation to the parents; comparing these to how they look at the end of Kindergarten.  My students wrote about how they have changed this year (what they have learned).  They will be saying this on the presentation.  I am going to record what they say using Photo Story.  Photo Story offers an easy delivering for presentations, especially if you are planning to record voice.  The students will also be singing “One Small Voice” by Jack Hartmann.

 

Plans for the Summer – Updating Themes

I will be tackling the time consuming process of updating the themes.   I am contiuously adding ideas but my plan is to make them more organized so that members can readily find the information and align them with the common core standards.   This is a huge undertaking but I have always been committed to providing quality materials.

 

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Summer Special – 40% Discount on Membership

 

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Kindergarten-Weekly-Activities

My class is really enjoying the unit on “Dinosaurs”.  Their excitement in learning is so inspirational as a teacher.  Each day I come home and reflect on how far they have come since the beginning of the year.  In this blog post I wanted to share some of their work.  We have very tight FOIP regulations (freedom of information and protection policy) so I am unable to post pictures of my students working or display their name.

 

Directed Drawing and Measuring 

I am fortunate to have an assistant  who is artistic and enjoys doing these type of activities with the students.  She took a small group of students and did a guided drawing lesson with them.  They drew and painted their dinosaurs.  I was very impressed with the final results. However, my assistant and I did cut their drawings because some of them were quite detailed and would have been difficult for them to cut themselves.

 

Integration of Math and Literacy

The students gave their dinosaur a name and printed it using inventive spelling.  I explained that names always begin with an upper-case letter and the rest are lower-case.  I am glad that I focused on teaching lower-case first because teaching the upper-case letters is a breeze now.   They are learning that upper-case letters are used in the beginning of names and sentences and the rest is done in lower-case.

 

Estimating and Measuring

As an introduction to the estimating and measurement  math unit, I had the students estimate how many snap cubes long or tall their dinosaur was.  I can tell from their answers that more work is needed in this area.  They wrote this on the template displayed in the photographs.  This template can be accessed in the theme unit.

 

Estimating and Measurement Learning Centers

I am in the process of creating my math tubs for the Estimating and Measurement math strand.  I will post pictures of these next week.

 

Guided Writing

I displayed the emergent reader “About Dinosaurs” on the Smart Board as a shared reading experience. We discussed the describing words  used within the reader (fast, fierce, tall, etc.).  We also worked on the sight words found within the reader: look, at and the. The “ook” word family was also the focus. Together we generated more describing words that could used when writing in their dinosaur shape book.  They came up with kid words (rainbow and polka-dotted).  A few of their writing samples are displayed in the photographs.

Each day the students will be writing a sentence about information they learned about the different dinosaurs we will be studying.  I will be using a combination of books and videos.  I have posted some of the videos I will be using in the links below:

 

Stegosaurus Video

 

Tyrannosaurus Video

 

Ultrasaurus

 

Diplodocus

 

 Literacy Centers

In the link below you will find different Literacy Center ideas that I will be implementing throughout the year.  I am continuously adding to these ideas.

 

Literacy Centers

 

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Pre-K Writing

Students in the early years develop their writing skills in stages.  Understanding this progression helps us understand at what stage our students are at and what to expect from them.  More importantly, to appreciate where they are developmentally and celebrate their efforts and accomplishments.  The picture on the left outlines this progression.

My students are 4 and 5 years of age.  In my school district students can enter kindergarten if they are 5 years old prior to March 1 of the following year.  Many of my students were 4 years old when they entered my classroom.  Up until now their writing has been drawing, scribbling with a few letters.  It’s amazing how far many of them have come!  Some of my students are starting to sound out and use a few sight words, others require a model and I have two students who are still working at printing their name.  The gap begins early!

 

Evolution of A Child’s Writing

In the link below you will find a more detailed description of this process.

 

Child’s Writing Stages

 

Alphabet-Formation-Picture-Writing-Guide

Alphabet-Formation-Picture-Writing-Guide

In observing my students I also learned that they need a letter formation guide with a picture clue of what sound that letter makes because they forget when required to transfer this to a writing situation.  I frequently saw them referring to our wall where the letters are posted alphabetically with the picture that is related to that sound (the characters found in the alphabet readers and animated song video).  I realized they needed something that they could place beside them for a quicker reference.  The letter formation and picture guide was recently created to assist my students.  A photograph of this guide is displayed on the right.  If you are a member, login to your account and access this printing and sound guide from the link “Alphabet Program” and the “Alphabet Pictures”.

 

Integrating Craft and Writing

On my Pinterest board you will find some suggestions on how you can integrate writing with a theme related craft activity.

 

My Pinterest Writing Board

 

POST YOUR EXPERIENCE – SWITCHING FROM HALF DAY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM TO FULL DAY

One of our election platform promises was to provide a full-day kindergarten program five days a week.  There has been a significant amount of media hype in regards to this.   There is talk that this might be a possibility for the upcoming school year.  Once the budget is released, I honestly cannot foresee this occurring.  I think we get accustomed to politicians not following through with their promises.  Initially, I was not in favor of this but in some situations I think this would be beneficial to students where the home environment does not stimulate their child intellectually.

 

I know some of you have experienced the transition from teaching half-day to a full-day program.  What has your experience been?  Do you find that the students significantly benefit more in a full-day program for five days a week than a half-day program?

 

 

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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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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