I do a lot of my assessments during the first week so I know where to start, that is a huge part of my plans for the first week. Also, I do calendar, our first writing assessment and a lot of name activities so the students get to know each other.
I heard a great idea for an activity that I am going to try my best to use. This sounds like a good way to give students a tour of the school. The teacher tells a story about "someone" who gets lost at the school. The entire class goes to find the missing person. Students go from area to area of the school meeting the people that work in that area (i.e. secretary, nurse, librarian, etc.). Our theme this year is safari and I plan on doing this with a stuffed animal of our school mascot who will then reside in our classroom. Another teacher does it with a gingerbread man (I think there is actually a book about this) that ends up being in the cafeteria and the whole class eats it. I think it's a great idea either way.
I do something similar to PP. We have a class puppet, a dog named Dudley. On the second day of school, I read Mo Willem's book Knuffle Bunny. Then I reach for Dudley and realize I've "misplaced" him the way the girl in the book loses her bunny. We "re-trace" my steps searching for Dudley. I get the school secretary, nurse, and other teachers and the principal in on it so the kids get to talk to them and become more familiar with where the different offices are. We even work in Language Arts as they write about our hunt in their Journals or in Writing Workshop later! It's a ton of fun.
I'm going to do several name activities as well as activities surrounding the books, Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and The Kissing Hand. All have numerous activities to use on the internet.
Make sure you figure out HOW you are going to get all the supplies from their backpacks into the place where you want them to be. If not, you'll have 20 kids coming up to with klennex, pencils, etc...asking what to do with them. We just have them keep everything in their backpack until center time. During center time that day, I have my aide take 5 kids at a time and unpack their backpacks, making sure everything has their names on it. It works great!
Supplies... As the kiddos come in for orientation, I have labeled boxes along the wall in the hall for them to put the different supplies in. I just unpack them at the end of the day and they are all organized.
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I had a request for some more plans, so here they are. The times do change, but I like to keep a rough outline of my day and the kiddos like the consistencey. Before starting Launching (Calkins Writer's Workshop), we use Talking, Drawing, Writing by Horn & Giacobbe for the first 22 lessons and add in anything from Launching they may still need. Then we move on to Small Moments.
Each child makes a page. At the top of the paper, I had typed out "_____________ goes to school." The child just writes their name. On the rest of the page, they draw a scene of what they see on their way to school. I had clip art of a bus, bike, and assorted vehicles that they pasted on to the page. I don't have walkers very often, so it hasn't come up. After all of the pages were done, I used the binding comb machine to make a book.
I try to do a simple book like this once a month with a prompt writing piece.
I LOVED this book! It starts with teaching about the parts of a story and oral story telling. While this is going on, I am also teaching them how to draw. I used the 1-2-3 Draw books for kids as my model. They are easy to replicate the cartoon-like people and animals. My kiddos thought I was amazing I made sure that I followed the book exactly and took my time. I spent a lot of time practicing transitions, getting, materials, and proper noise levels. It really paid off down the road when they needed more quiet in order to focus on writing sounds/words for their stories.
The mini-lessons take about 5-10 minutes, then the kiddos practice (5-10 minutes until they start to build up stamina), then you bring them back for a wrap up or sharing time (5 minutes). By the time we got into writing the story using words (the book starts them out on illustrations to go with the oral story- then labeling), they were able to get most beginning and ending sounds for the words and writing for 20 minutes. It conncted perfectly with how they were developing in our letter sounds/ phonics work. They had the tools to write and didn't get discouraged, as with Calkins right away. This seems like a more developmentally appropriate progression. It also carried over into reading, as they are awesome at retelling (they understand beginning, middle and end).
Definately give it a try. Most of our district does it this way in kindergarten and I haven't heard one complaint (aside from the teacher needed to practice drawing first).
I am really excited to try this next year!!! I have always felt like there is too big a push to expect writing before they have really had time to enjoy just drawing and orally telling about their pictures.
These are my plans from this past year. I will most likely change everything around for next year, but you can get the idea! I've been told they are helpful...but I don't see how anyone else can read them and understand them. They are not in the format of my usual lesson plans, but this was my first year in K and I wanted to spell everything out. Good luck!
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I have been looking at your plans and they are great. Thank you for sharing. Would you be able to resend the Week of Sept 21 it won't open properly for some reason. Thank you and your documents are appreciated.