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The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen Activities and Reading Lesson Plans

September 12 Deedee 4 min read

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen Activities

If you look at the images of this book, you can tell it is a little frayed around the edges… Yes! I love it that much! The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill is a great back to school book, but it can honestly be used at any point during the year.  We included this book selection in our reading units and this unit is newly updated! 

This CLASSIC first page is also a great source to use as a writing mini-less for a strong beginning!  Additionally, the illustrations are a perfect demonstration for those students who are still making their written stories know through their drawings.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

As with all of our Engaging Readers, there is a retelling activity that we do on the second day with this close-read book.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

Students get to work on a craft or directed drawing. 

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

These turned out great!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

A sentence study is also included in this unit! For kindergarten, students work on concepts about print.  For first-grade, students use this sentence to reinforce their concepts about print, but also grammar studies.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

Throughout the week, students complete reading response activities that solidify reading comprehension strategies. 

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

On the final day with the book, students work on writing an opinion piece.  Here is a first-grade example.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities can be found here:

If you would like to see more student examples with The Recess Queen, hop on over to Deanna Jump’s blog: 

The Recess Queen Video

I love this recording by Lisette Andreani.  Although I always advocate for having a physical copy of the book to read on most days, it is nice to have students hear another voice in reading the book.  So I used a recording one day a week.

 

The Recess Queen Activities:  STEM and Centers

For the STEM activity, students plan, design, and test out a slide for Mean Jean!  Thank you to Ms. Fox’s students for sharing a fun picture of this activity!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

These center activities have two levels of difficulty!  It is perfect when you have a classroom with a variety of learning levels (AKA:  Every classroom I know of).

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

You can find the STEM activity and these centers here:

Additional Centers

You can find each of these centers by clicking on the pictures below.

The Overhead Station has always been one of those “cool” factor centers.  LOL!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

Around the 6th week of school, we begin to work on fluency and automaticity with our letters.   The Time Me! Center is perfect for that.  Some students are also working on sight words, so this center is easy to differentiate.  One set of cards has letters and one set has sight words.  Of course, this is an editable file, so you can customize it to meet your classroom needs.  You may be saying, “BUT WAIT!  I have one student who only knows 5 letters!”  My answer is this… then make them a set of cards with those 5 letters this week (so they over learn them), then next week add 2 more letters that they are working on!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The sentence center is a standard in our classroom.   Some students may just write one sentence, while others write more than one. The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

At the writing center, there are lots of opportunities to differentiate.  Some students may still be drawing pictures at this center.  Others may be making lists or writing stories.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Dough Center is always fun.  I like to offer several different options (for math and literacy centers).  This math option offers numeral building and writing.  It also has 2D shape building.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

LESSON PLANS

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. Download these plans by clicking HERE or on the image below.

The Recess Queen activities. Kindergarten and First-grade lesson plans featuring ideas for The Recess Queen. Reading, writing, math, STEM, craft and center activities, too!

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4 Comments

  • Amanda Knott September 8 at 5:05 pm

    This is great. May I ask how did your student produce that writing during week 6 in kindergarten?

    • Deedee September 8 at 5:44 pm

      No, I wrote in the post that the example was a first-grade example. For kindergarten, they would just make their meaning clear with illustrations. ๐Ÿ™‚

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