Lesson Plans:

We had a great time, last week! Our Kindness Elf came to scope out all of the sweet gestures going on in our classroom. We voted on a name, and Candy the Elf won! We learned many new things, but something that stands out is when I taught them about solids, liquids and gases. Afterwards, we made glue snowmen ornaments. We watched as the glue came out of the bottle as a liquid and then turned into a solid over night. The ornaments are pretty adorable. Another fun activity we did was create Christmas trees using shapes! This week promises to be just as fun!

Here is a look into what we will be learning:

Morning Activities:

-Sight Word Booklet: Christmas Trimmings (locate we and have)

-Sight Word Tic Tac Toe with a partner/Playdough sight word review

-Journal: (incorporate all of the sight words we have learned and the new ones: for, it, and)

-Sight Word Memory

-Sight Word/Teen Number Bingo

Sight Words:

-Review: and, for, it and all previously learned

-Letters: Review: A-D

-Numbers: Teen Numbers 11-20

I Love You Ritual: Snuggle Up

Morning Message:

-Missing chunks/digraphs in message

-Ending sounds/th digraph

-Rhyme Away!

-Chit Chat Secret Message

-Phoneme Manipulating

Reading Anchors:

-What is an inference/inferring song?

-What’s in Mrs. Stagner’s Bag (inferencing game)

-Review: Story Elements and Let’s Retell

-Would you rather be and elf or a reindeer?:

Read Alouds:

Olive the Other Reindeer , An Elf for Christmas , Click, Clack, Moo Christmas, Santa, Santa, What Do You See?

*Reading Skill: Inferencing, B/M/E (createing a foldable) , Story Elements/Retelling


-What’s in the Bag? Game

-Create a B/M/E foldable over Olive the Other Reindeer

-Create an elf ornament with child’s face


I Like Christmas and Little Pine Tree

*We locate capital letters, punctuation, rhyming words, sight words, and match sight words/letters, change words such as look to other words etc…


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

Interactive Writing:

-Creating story maps in groups over The Gingerbread Man. Give each group a character and label them. Have kids write: Run, Run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!

-Begin Star Student/Daily News: pick a few students each day and have them help them write a sentence they would like to share about themselves. Focus on capitalization, spacing, punctuation and sentence structure.

Writer’s Workshop Activities:

-Finish books (title page, think, draw, label, write…add pages, the end page)/Author’s Chair/Share

-Labeling an Elf-focus on adding details to their pictures also.

-Sticker Story

-Review: anchor Charts:

-Continue using writing reference folders as a resource

Feeling Buddies:

Feeling Buddies

Helping My Buddies

To practice offering empathy to our Feeling Buddy and, in turn, learn self-regulatory self-talk

Sing – Helping My Buddy #10

Today we will practice how to help our Feeling Buddies

Review 5 Steps of Self Regulation

Practice talking to Angry:

Pg. 87

Practice (Scared) with a partner, one partner will be the Feeling Buddy and the other partner will be the child

Sing bye bye buddies #4

Practice language on pg 89

Read Helping My Feeling Buddies book

Make Class Book – I Help Keep My School Family Safe

Each child will name one thing she does to keep it safe.

Math Skills: comparing numbers, number order, read/write/represent #s from 0-20

Number Corner:

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

Number Talks:

-Ways to Make Ten using post-its.

-Dot Cards


-Number Strings

Problem Solving (math in writing):

-Creating individual math story problems using Christmas Stickers and Storyboards

-Use Gingerbread playdough to create gingerbread men and act out a math problem. Glue the problem in math journals.

-Math by Myself Options:

Finish: Inventory Bags: Come up with quantity and show how you counted it on paper. Show it in different ways.

-Hot Cocoa Addition using dice and Marshmallows

-Math with Someone Options:


-Jingle Bell Shapes using pipe cleaners and bells. Count sides and name shape.

-Christmas Spin and Graph

-Christmas Tree Counting with M&Ms

-Use pattern blocks to create new shapes. Example: 2 triangles makes a diamond.


-Number Line Partner Game (What Number is Missing?)

-sort 2D and 3D shapes by shape, color, etc…

-make shapes with geoboards

-any number sense games taught

-Any Shape Games

-Counting w/Play Doh

-Large #line game

-Magnetic Number Game

-Subitizing puzzles

-any measurement game taught

-race to 10 or 20

-Roll and Record

-Race to Ten/Twenty


-Class Games:

  • Pass the Plate Game (comparing numbers)
  • Math Activity: MIMIO: Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers:

-Math Anchors:

Social Studies/Science: Wants/Needs and Experiments

-Finish glue ornaments

-Candycane Experiment:


  • Discuss needs and wants. Sing song. Needs/Wants interactive magazines.
  • Begin creating bread ornaments
  • Share Christmas Trees and tradition cards

FUN FRIDAY: make Reindeer Dust or Salt Dough Ornaments

I hope you all have a very, MERRY week!


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