Kindergarten Lesson Plans, Week Four: It's Pete Week!
It was Pete the Cat week in my Kindergarten class during week four, and here are my lesson plans! I am excited to share all of my ideas and freebies with you. I hope that they are useful. Enjoy!
Remember, just as last week, you can download them and print them out. But just by clicking on the lesson plan below, you will be able to get live links to many blog posts or the websites where you will find more information on the different lessons. Download it here.
And now, on to Pete Week!
These lesson plans also follow my Pacing Guide that you can download on my Free Downloads page. So each concept that you see taught refers back to the Pacing Guide, and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
We did these things every day:
We drilled on the Zoo Phonics flash cards every single day as well. They REALLY help the kids learn the sounds of the letters!
We also did a daily section from this book on Phonemic Awareness by Michael Heggertry every day, assuming nothing happened to prevent it.
Our sight word of the week was "see," so we sang that song just about every day, too! Below you will see a sample of what the sight word songs look like on the DVD's. The movie below, though, is not the "See" song, but the "Give" song, which is from our Sing and Spell Vol. 6 album.
Here is what we did for Language Arts:
Monday: We read a new easy reader book that I wrote myself, based on Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes book! I took the text, simplified it to the "enth" degree, tried to keep the story intact, and then was able to use most of my existing pictures that I drew of everybody's favorite pal Petey. I focused on using the word "see" this week, since that was the major new sight word for the week. I love the way it turned out! You can download the book here.
This is how you prep the Easy Reader. It's really quite easy! You just print it out front to back, and then fold it as shown. When you read the last page, you just unfold it. That's it!
Wednesday: Review the HeidiSongs Rhyme Practice cards and then play the bingo game that goes with them.
- Front cover
- Back cover
- Title of the book (I have them circle the words with their fingers to help distinguish it from the front cover.)
- Title page
- Author's name (if your group seems ready for this)
- Illustrator's name (if your group seems ready for this)
- Words in the book we know
- Letters in the book we know
- Sentences in the book we (might) know
This is what we did this week for Math!
Monday: We practice making groups of more or less than a given number using shapes. That way, we could review the names of the shapes as we went along! To do this, all you need to do is have someone in the group roll a die and count out that many objects. The child to his right must then count out more objects than that number. The next player rolls the die again, and counts out that many objects. The child to his right must count out less, or fewer objects than that number. (You can always just randomly choose whether the child to the right should make a group of more, less, or equal, or have someone spin a spinner to decide.)
Practice Matching Sets with the Pete the Cat Button Center.
This is what we did for art.
On Monday through Thursday, we worked on our Shape Song Book. This is a "Singable Book" that we sell on our website. It's a cute project!
Monday: I decided to do science on Monday! I added to last week's Ramps and Marbles Simple Machines exploration center, and then added in a home made pulley. The children were supposed to lift up the marbles with the pulley before sending them down the ramps. Yes, it's a very TECHNICAL science center, ha ha! But they really enjoyed the pulley! (It was kind of also a "spilley..." :)
Thursday: Thursday is motor development day! As long as I have a volunteer, I send a group out during our rotation for a great P.E. activity. I love it especially when DAD's come and volunteer for this. The kids just love it!
The rest of the lesson plans are written in the download at the top of these lesson plans. Again, I hope that this is useful to you! Please leave me a comment if it is!! If it is not, I will probably move on to other things...
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