Kindergarten Lesson Plans Week 1 is HERE! I’ve been there! I know what it is like. You worked so HARD to get your classroom ready and now you are about to meet your new friends that will be with you all year. So how do you get started?
For years, I have posted my Peek at my Week lesson plans and shared them with you all. This last year, I took the year off and I received so many requests to bring them back, that I promised they would return! So here they are!
Week 1: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
I have blogged about this great book before, so instead of restating some ideas, I will just point you to the blog post. Click Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lesson Ideas to read more.
Easing into routines
The first week of school is all about learning new routines. As you know, I teach a lot of my differentiated instruction during my center times. So for the first 5-6 weeks of school, we are learning routines and activities that will be used during our center time. During the first few weeks of school, we play these games and do these activities in a whole group setting.
When you download my lesson plans you will see that I have set aside 45 minutes for centers. But honestly, this center time is more like 20 minutes the first few weeks of school. Students are still working on their stamina, so those extra minutes are a perfect time to learn a few activities.
Roll and Write Games
We love Roll and Write games. We play them all year long in our Just Roll With It activities. Because I want to be sure my students know exactly how to do it, I show them using a super simple task. One by one, I invite students to take turns to roll the cube and to complete the recording sheet. I have done this under my document camera where students take turns and I have also done this where students are partnered up with the recording sheet. Then I roll the cube and they color (or write) the result.
After a few weeks, this activity can easily be placed in a center and they are ready to go.
You can find this activity in my Just Roll With It Center.
We play a LOT of Bump Games. BUT first, students need to know how to play it. Just like the roll and trace games, we learn to play this game as part of our first week in kindergarten. With this game, students take turns playing under the document camera. This is a quick activity that can be squeaked in with just a few minutes of spare time (think about those 5 minutes before lunch or 6 minutes after recess.)
You can grab this activity for free at the end of this blog post.
This simple game structure can be easily swapped out for other skills.
You can find this activity in my Back to School Center pack: A Cat, a Bear, and a Tree.
Yes, I also introduce this activity as a whole group task. Students take turns reading the sentence as we swap out the picture cards.
After a week or two of practice, this becomes a student center.
Puzzles and sorting
Throughout the school year, we do a lot of picture sorts and puzzles, so these color centers are a great way to introduce the tasks.
You may download these lesson plans. I have used Hello Literacy Fonts (which are free for non-commercial use). You may want to download her fonts and install them on your computer first. This way the formatting will not be off. Naturally, you can change the fonts if you prefer.
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