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WEEKLY THEME
pilgrims and indians
Week of November 13, 2017
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MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Choice Time
Library- Thanksgiving Books
To go along with our Thanksgiving study we will be adding various holiday related literature to the library area. The students will have the opportunity to explore/interact with these books throughout the day.

Question of the Day
How do you Celebrate Thanksgiving?
We will begin our Thanksgiving study by
discussing how we each celebrate the holiday. Our discussion will also include who celebrates Thanksgiving and the different types of foods we eat for dinner during the holiday.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and talk
about Thanksgiving coming up next week. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The letter of the week is Tt, the number is 2, the shape is star, and the color is brown. Today's question is "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

Read-Aloud
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims-B.G. Hennessy
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept Thanksgiving and how the holiday came to be.
Vocabulary: Pilgrim, Indian, Wampanoag
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do you think a pilgrim is?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "How does the pilgrim town look alike/different than our town? "What do you think the children are going to do with all of the food they are collecting?" "How are the pilgrims and Wampanoag children similar/different?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How is the Thanksgiving dinner in the story like the Thanksgiving dinners we have now?"

Small Group
Thanksgiving Dinner Collage
The children will use the pictures from grocery
ads, crayons, markers and more to create a
Thanksgiving dinner collage. First we will discuss
the types of foods we might eat at Thanksgiving.
The students will then use the materials to create
their own unique dinners.

Mighty Minutes
I'm thinking Of... #18
Today we are going to play a guessing game.
One person will think of an object and then give
clues describing the object. The other students
will try to connect the clues and guess what the
object is.

Outdoor Experiences
P37 - Wonderful Warm-Ups

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Eating with your Family
Today we will discuss the importance of eating our meals with our families. We will discuss how we eat our meals together at school and how we should try to do the same at home. We will also discuss the types of foods we like to eat with our families and use the choosy food cards as a means of displaying/comparing these meals.
Question of the Day
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
Today we will discuss why people celebrate
Thanksgiving. Our discussion will include what the meaning of Thanksgiving is and why some people celebrate the holiday with a big dinner.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and talk
about Thanksgiving coming up next week. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The letter of the week is Tt, the number is 2, the shape is star, and the color is brown. Today's question is "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

Read-Aloud
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks- Margaret Sutherland
Purpose for Reading: To reinforce the concept of Thanksgiving and being thankful.
Vocabulary: Thanksgiving, Thankful, Grateful
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "How do you give thanks?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? "Why do you think we
give thanks on Thanksgiving?" "How is your
family similar to the family in our story?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What are you thankful for?"

Small Group
Feed the Turkey
Today we will practice our shape identification
skills by playing Feed the Turkey. Each group of
students will be asked to identify and "feed" and
fake turkey specific shapes.
Goal P-Math 9. Child identifies, describes,
compares, and composes shapes.

Mighty Minutes
Counting Calisthenics #28
Today we will be playing a counting exercising
game. The students will be asked to complete
two and three step actions while counting out
their movements.

Outdoor Experiences
M51 - Can You Find It?

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Spreading Germs
Today we will discuss how germs are spread and the importance of covering our mouths when coughing or sneezing. We will further cement this topic by giving the students a detailed look into germ spreading. Using glitter as the "germs" the students will shake hands, high five, hug and so on. After the interactions we will see how many "germs" everyone has on them.
Choice Time
Manipulatives- Turkey
We will be adding the turkey from our small
group experience to the manipulatives area. The children will be able to play the Feed the Turkey game using a variety of concepts including letters, colors, shapes, and more.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and talk
about Thanksgiving coming up next week. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The letter of the week is Tt, the number is 2, the shape is star, and the color is brown. Today's question is "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

Read-Aloud
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims-B.G. Hennessy
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept Thanksgiving and how the holiday came to be.
Vocabulary: Pilgrim, Indian, Wampanoag
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What do you think a pilgrim is?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "How does the pilgrim town look alike/different than our town? "What do you think the children are going to do with all of the food they are collecting?" "How are the pilgrims and Wampanoag children similar/different?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How is the Thanksgiving dinner in the story like the Thanksgiving dinners we have now?"

Small Group
The Best Part of Me
Today the students will complete a project about
what they feel is the best part of themselves.
Each child will be asked what part of them they
think is the best and then explain why. We will
then take a picture to accompany the writing.

Mighty Minutes
Ticky Ricky #12
Using a collection of items the children can name
we will be playing a rhyming game. Snap, tap, or
clap as we chant the rhyme: "Ticky Ricky, tacky
racky, Chicky chacky choo. I like finding words
that rhyme, how about you?" Each student will
then be asked to select one of the objects and
say a word that rhymes with it.

Outdoor Experiences
LL52 - Tap It, Clap It, Stomp It, Jump It

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Food Sort
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Food Sort Today we will discuss healthy and unhealthy foods and how our eating choices affect our health. We will discuss the characteristics of unhealthy foods and healthy foods. After our discussion, using the choosy cards, the students will sort the healthy vs. unhealthy foods. After we have sorted the cards we will discuss the affect these foods have on our bodies.
Question of the Day
What are you thankful for?
Today we will discuss what it means to be
thankful. We will then compile a list of things or people we are thankful for.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and talk
about Thanksgiving coming up next week. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The letter of the week is Tt, the number is 2, the shape is star, and the color is brown. Today's question is "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

Read-Aloud
Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks- Margaret Sutherland
Purpose for Reading: To reinforce the concept of Thanksgiving and being thankful.
Vocabulary: Thanksgiving, Thankful, Grateful
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "How do you give thanks?" During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? "Why do you think we
give thanks on Thanksgiving?" "How is your
family similar to the family in our story?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "What are you thankful for?"

Small Group
Dinner Place Mats
Today we will be decorating place mats for our
Thanksgiving dinner. Each student will be given
a blank mat to decorate in their own way. We will
then laminate the mats so they can be more
durable for the dinner.

Mighty Minutes
Freeze #25
The students will play a freeze game. We will
begin by playing dance music. The music will be
stopped at different times where the children will
be asked to freeze like statues. The students will
be invited to get creative with their statues or talk
about the type of statue they could create.

Outdoor Experiences
LL17 - Walk a Letter

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Why using Soap is Important Experiment
Today we will review the proper way to wash our hands and the importance of good hygiene. We will conduct an experiment showing how "germs" can't penetrate hand soap. We will also review the hand washing poster by the sinks. We will conclude our discussion with the choosy song, My Hands Need Washed.
Choice Time
Art Area- Beads and Feathers
To go along with our Thanksgiving study we will be adding beads and feathers to the art area. The students will have the opportunity to interact with these materials during their play.

Question of the Day
How can we show we are thankful?
As an extension of yesterday's discussion, today we will talk about how we can show we are thankful. We will also discuss the importance of showing appreciation towards the people and things we are thankful for.

Large Group
Arrival Routine
Upon entering the classroom each student will go to the restroom to wash their hands before breakfast. After washing their hands the students will set up their tables for breakfast by setting out the proper tableware and utensils for that specific meal. We will then sit together and serve breakfast family style with the students. Once finished eating the students will sit on the carpet with a book while waiting for everyone to be
complete. After all of the students have finished eating they will put their books away and sit on the edge of the carpet for circle time.

Large Group
Circle Time
Today we will review the class rules and talk
about Thanksgiving coming up next week. We will then sing the days of the week song while updating the calendar. After calendar the class will use the song charts to sing some of our favorite circle time songs. We will then go over our question of the day while introducing new vocabulary words and tapping into our higher order thinking skills. The letter of the week is Tt, the number is 2, the shape is star, and the color is brown. Today's question is "How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?"

Read-Aloud
There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a
Turkey- Lucille Colandro
Purpose for Reading: To help reinforce the
concept of Thanksgiving and traditions
associated with the holiday.
Vocabulary: Quirky, Parade, Horn of Plenty
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "What are some Thanksgiving traditions?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Why do you think the old lady swallowed a turkey? "How do you think she made a parade float?" "How can we compare the different items the old lady swallowed?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How else could this story have ended?"

Small Group
Branch Beading
Using beads the students will lace several pieces
of string. We will then tie the strings onto a large
branch and hang the decoration in our
classroom.

Mighty Minutes
Let's Make Letters #84
The children will sing, chant, or rap to a lively
beat: "We like letters and we're here to say, We
can make our letters in so many ways. We can
make them with our fingers. We can make them
with our hands. We can make them with our
bodies. Oh yes, we can!" The children will then
form the letters using their bodies.

Outdoor Experiences
P11 - Jump the River

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Shubert Sees the Best
Today the students will hear the story, "Shubert Sees the Best". We will read the story aloud while questioning and explaining the characters' behaviors and choices. After the story we will discuss the importance of our Shubert story.
SEPTEMBER
September 4, 2017
September 11, 2017
September 18, 2017
September 25, 2017
OCTOBER
October 2, 2017
October 9, 2017
October 16, 2017
October 23, 2017
October 30, 2017

NOVEMBER
November 6, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 20, 2017
November 27, 2017

DECEMBER
December 4, 2017
December 11, 2017
December 18, 2017
December 25, 2017

JANUARY
January 1, 2018
January 8, 2018
January 15, 2018
January 22, 2018
January 29, 2018

FEBRUARY
February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 19, 2018
February 26, 2018

MARCH
March 5, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 26, 2018

APRIL
April 2, 2018
April 9, 2018
April 16, 2018
April 23, 2018

April 30, 2018
MAY
May 7, 2018
May
14, 2018
May 21, 2018
May 28, 2018


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