April 8th-12th

We are excited about going to the zoo on Tuesday, April 9th! You are more than welcome to follow behind the buses if you are going.

Zoo Info:

-Please have your child wear a White Oak shirt and tennis shoes, if possible.

-If your child is bringing their lunch from home, I will send home a gallon size bag for them to pack it in tomorrow.

-Please send two WATER bottles for your child to bring to the zoo, also. Their name needs to be labeled on the bottles.

-Last, but not least, please try and purchase your zoo tickets online to save time once you get  there!

Here’s a look into what we have planned this week:

Morning Activities:
Finish Three Little Pigs Activity Book

-Noun Sort (person, place, thing, animal)

-Fluency Find It Game

-Sight Word Concentration

Sight Words:

Review: for, get, go, had, has

1st Grade Words: out, up


-Letters: Review letters: Xx, Yy

-Numbers: Review numbers 0-20

Continue practicing counting to 100 by 1s and 10s

I Love You Ritual: Song Selector’s Choice

Morning Messages:

Continue: Daily Star Student – share something with class and write a sentence about what was said. Find letters, digraphs, blends in sentence. Fix mistakes (capital, spacing, punctuation)


Continue April Chit Chats


Spring is Here

Phonics Skill: ck (use -ck if you hear the /k/ sound right after a short vowel.)


Busy Bee Center Rotations (See literacy stations blog post for more details of the centers that we will be doing this week)

Interactive Writing:

Create a Large Story Map of The Three Little Pigs students can take turns walking down the path and retelling the story.

-Acrostic Poetry: Share pen writing a students name and words that describe that student using each letter of their name.

-Grandma/Grandpa Acrostic Poems

-Procedural Text Anchor Chart:

Write procedures as a class for making a bowl of cereal.

Continue work on creating list and procedures for cereal and have students create a list of ingredients and write procedures for making a bowl of porridge

Reading Skills:

Identify elements of a fairytale story, discuss main idea of a well known fairytale or fable and connect it to their own personal experience. Also, recognize recurring phrases in traditional fairy tales & folktales from various cultures. Last, compare/contrast different fairy tale versions of the same story and retell the fairy tales

Read Alouds and Activities:

-Review Fairy Tales: Chart:



Read Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Complete the story elements:

Read another version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears

-Compare to other books and make a connection:

Vote: Who is Your favorite Character Graph

Read Goldiilocks and compare likes and differences in the different Goldilocks books.


Setting Activity:

-Complete Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activity/Sequencing Book

Math Skills: use data to create real-object and picture graphs, K.8(C) Draw conclusions from real-object and picture graphs, K.4 Identify U.S. Coins by name, including pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, K.8(A) Collect, sort, and organize data into two or three categories


Number Corner:

-Calendar, months of the year, days of the week, counting forward/backwards and by tens, 1 more/1 less, days in school, Ways to Show a Number


Class Routine:

-Students write a teen number on their partners back. Partner has to name the number.

-Domino War

-Count to 100 doing exercises!

Number Talks:

-dot cards

Ask: “What do you see? How do you see it?”

Students agree on answer. Justify how they came up with it.

*Create the number in different ways. Focus on ways that they don’t use often such as tally marks, dominoes, dice etc….


*using a rekenrek, discuss different ways/combinations to come up with the number 12.

-PowerPoint: What Does Not Belong?

-Students will share which item does not belong and justify why. There can be more than 1 correct answer.

Different ways to make the number 16. (tally marks, dominoes, dice, objects, number path, numeral, number word, etc…)

Then, let them explore making numbers using tally marks and pretzels:


Math Fun:

-Introduce: Goldilocks Roll and Record with Teen Numbers (Use teddy grahams if you’d like!):

Create a bar graph about their favorite color (bringing in the color words). Discuss observations.

-Review Graphs

Graphing: Allow time for students to conduct a survey of their choice. Then, have them create a graph using the data, with legos or magna tiles:

Share with the class.

-Create a Domino Sum Graph

– Coin Bingo

-Problem Solving:

-Math with Someone Options:

-Teen Numbers Practice

-Measuring Eggs Practice using unifix cubes

-Add and Cover

Graphing (students go around and conduct a survey):


–Flower Domino Sum Game

-Coin Sorting:

Bring in a jar of spare change and allow kiddos to sort it.

-Allow students to create a coin book and make coin rubbings.

-QR Code Math Game:

New Center: Allow kiddos to make these posters. Cover up the sum or difference with a post-it that has a number sentence on it:

Fun Math Songs:

(3d shapes)-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cg-Uc556-Q


Youtube: Subitizing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0-S_wwZmww

(trolls song)


(Count down from 20)


(count to 100 come and count with me)


Writer’s Workshop Activities:

-Begin stories for grandparent’s day

-Zoo Trip Writing

-Acrostic Poem writing

-Continue writing fairytales

-Fairy Tale Dice – Give each partner a pair of fairy tale dice. Have each student write their own fairy tale using the dice to help them decide on characters and actions.,, Have Students draw pictures of what their story will be about using the elements of a fairy tale sheet. They can then write their story on the fairy tale writing paper.

-Continue setting writing goals.

-Continue using writing reference folders as a resource

-use writing rubrics to check over stories

Social Studies/Science:

-Review plant life cycle

-Journal: Bean observations

-Parts of a plant

-Review butterfly life cycle

-Journal: Caterpillar Observations

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Review The Very Hungry Caterpillar



Feeling Buddies:

Using Your Big Voice lesson 6.2

Sing #2 Breathe

Read Shubert’s Big Voice 


Make chart of ways to solve a problem

*using your big voice

*ask for help


Reproducible 6.2A – to help children practice using their BIG voices.


FUN FRIDAY: make porridge

Graph: Do You Like Porridge

-If time allows, do walking water experiment in the morning!

This week is going to be OUTSTANDING!

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