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.
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.
The video demonstrates alphabet review activity, ordering and suggestions for the Writing Center
9:15 – 9:45 Play Centers
Rainbow Fish Template
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.
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
10:15 – 10:35 Bathroom Break and Snack
10:35 – 11:20 Literacy Centers
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.
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:
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.
11:55 – 12:00 Bathroom Break
12:00 – 12:25 Eat Lunch
12:25 – 1:00 Lunch Recess
1:00 – 1:10 Bathroom Break
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.
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.
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.
2:55-3:10 Bathroom Break and Dismissal
3:10 Bus Students Leave
3:15 Walking Students Leave
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