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WEEKLY THEME
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Week of October 30, 2017
HALLOWEEN/PUMPKINS
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Choice Time
Library Area: Halloween/Pumpkin Books
To go along with our Halloween study we will be adding various Pumpkin/Halloween 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
What is a pumpkin?
We will begin our pumpkin study by defining and describing what a pumpkin is. Our discussion will include the question "Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?" We will then discuss why a pumpkin is classified as a fruit.

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 begin talking about pumpkins. 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 Dd, the number is 1, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "What is a pumpkin?"

Read-Aloud
Room on the Broom
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of Halloween and symbols associated with the holiday.
Vocabulary: Jealous, Cauldron, Tall/Short,
Ginger
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "Who do you think is going to ride on the broom?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Where do you think they are gong on the broom? "Why do you think the animals want to ride on the broom?" "Why do you think the animals saved the witch?" After Reading: Review vocabulary words with
students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Would you ride on the broom?"

Small Group
Salt Dough Pumpkins
We will be making orange and green salt dough in order to create keepsake pumpkin ornaments. The children will place their hand on the soft dough to make an imprint after it has dried. The students will be giving their ornaments to each other during our Halloween celebration as a form of "trick or treating".

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #9
The students will be encouraged to use their
pointer finger to write the first letter of their name in the air.

Outdoor Experiences
P04 - Kick High

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Families have been invited to our Halloween Celebration this
week as well! Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Sweet alternatives to candy
Today we will discuss healthy alternatives to all of that Halloween candy the students may have gotten from trick or treating. We will discuss natural sugars and how healthy foods such as apples contain the same sweetness as candy without the unhealthy additives.
Question of the Day
What is Halloween?
Today we will discuss what the holiday
Halloween is all about. We will discuss common Halloween traditions and why people celebrate 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 our Halloween Celebration. 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 Dd, the number is 1, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "What is Halloween?"

Read-Aloud
Froggy's Halloween
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of Halloween and the traditions associated with the Holiday.
Vocabulary: Halloween, Wondered, Draped
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 think Froggy will celebrate Halloween?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "What do you think Froggy will be for Halloween? "Why do you think Froggy was scared?" "Why do you think Froggy decided to be a frog prince?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How did you pick your Halloween costume?"

Small Group
Halloween Games
Today during our Halloween we will be playing various Halloween themed games. These games will include Spider Races, Sweeping Leaves, Pumpkin Ring Toss, and Spiderweb Catch.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #72
Today we will be learning a new song, My Body Lies Over the Ocean. We will sing the song using the students' names and asking them to use specific body movements.

Outdoor Experiences
P09 - Up and Away

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Families have been invited to our Halloween Celebration this week as well! Parents will also be encouraged to
consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Halloween Celebration
Today we will be having a Halloween
celebration. We will have various games that will sharpen our small and large motor skills. We will also revisit our Spookley story. Children will be able to wear their costumes and families are encouraged to join in the fun. The students will be trick or treating with each other by sharing their pumpkin ornaments.
Choice Time
Science Area: Pumpkins
To enhance our pumpkin study this week we will be adding different pumpkins to the science center for exploration. The students will also have access to magnifying glasses, tweezers, and other scientific tools in order to make exploration even more interactive.

Question of the Day
What do you think we need to grow a
pumpkin?
Today we will discuss what tools and supplies would we need in order to grow a pumpkin. We will discuss the planting process and how we can provide a pumpkin seed with the greatest opportunity for growth.

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 begin describing our pumpkins. 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 Dd, the number is 1, the shape is circle, and the color is orange.Today's question is "What do you think we need to plant a pumpkin seed?"

Read-Aloud
It's Pumpkin Time!
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Vocabulary: Favorite, Holiday, Vines, Bloom
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "Where do you think pumpkins come from?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "What do you think is their favorite holiday? "What do you think you need to plant a pumpkin seed?" "How did the kids take care of the pumpkin patch?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How did the pumpkins change over time?"

Small Group
Pumpkin Lacing Cards
The students will be using a piece of yarn to
weave throught the holes on the edge of a paper pumpkin. While the students are lacing we will discuss the numbers on the cards and sharpen our identification skills.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #38
The students will be learning a new song where they will be asked to complete certain
movements.

Outdoor Experiences
P37 - Wonderful Warm-Ups

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Families have been invited to our Halloween Celebration this week as well! Parents will also be encouraged to
consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Pumpkin Investigation (Outside)
Today we will be exploring pumpkins without opening them. We will weigh, measure, compare, feel, smell, and describe the pumpkins. We will explore the pumpkins in various ways using a variety of scientific tools.
Question of the Day
How long do you think it takes for a pumpkin seed to grow into a pumpkin?
To go along with yesterday's question today we will discuss how long we think it would take for a pumpkin seed to grow into a pumpkin. Our discussion will include how to ensure a seed is provided with the proper care in order to grow quickly and in a healthy manner.

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 begin talking about the pumpkin life cycle. 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 Dd, the number is 1, the shape is circle, and the color is orange. Today's question is "How long do you think it takes for a pumpkin seed to grow into a pumpkin?"

Read-Aloud
It's Pumpkin Time!
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the life cycle of a pumpkin.
Vocabulary: Favorite, Holiday, Vines, Bloom
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "Where do you think pumpkins come from?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "What do you think is their favorite holiday? "What do you think you need to plant a pumpkin seed?" "How did the kids take care of the pumpkin patch?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "How did the pumpkins change over time?"

Small Group
Pumpkin Name Puzzles
The students will be using their written names to create their own puzzles. Each student will write their name on a piece of orange paper which they will then cut into large pieces. After the puzzles are created each student will try to put their name back together.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #61
The children will be playing a guessing game using the characteristics of Halloween/Pumpkin related objects as clues.

Outdoor Experiences
LL17 - Walk a Letter

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Families have been invited to our Halloween Celebration this week as well! Parents will also be encouraged to
consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Pumpkin Investigation (Inside)
Today we will be exploring the inside of our
pumpkin. We will explore the seeds andguts of the pumpkin. The students will be able to feel and smell the parts of the pumpkin. We will explore the pumpkins in various ways using a variety of scientific tools.
Question of the Day
What is a science experiment?
Today we will be conducting a pumpkin science experiment. Before taking part in our experiment we will discuss what exactly an experiment is. We will discuss the parts of experiments and why these types of experiences are important to learning new information.

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 use our  pumpkin to create a science experiment. 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 Dd, the number is 1, the shape is circle, and the color is orange.Today's question is "What is a science experiment?"

Read-Aloud
Room on the Broom
Purpose for Reading: To introduce the concept of Halloween and symbols associated with the holiday.
Vocabulary: Jealous, Cauldron, Tall/Short,
Ginger
Before Reading: We will discuss the various print concepts including directionality,
author/illustrator, and the parts of a book. Ask the children: "Who do you think is going to ride on the broom?"
During Reading: Actively comment and take the time to discuss vocabulary words and the main characters thoughts and actions. "Where do you think they are gong on the broom? "Why do you think the animals want to ride on the broom?" "Why do you think the animals saved the witch?"
After Reading: Review vocabulary words with students while writing them on the "word" portion of our class focus board. Ask the students "Would you ride on the broom?"

Small Group
Pumpkin Seed Number Match
The children be using pumpkin seeds to sharpen their counting abilities. The students will be presented with paper pumpkins, each labeled with a number 1-10. Using the seeds and the pumpkins, the students will place the correct amount of seeds on each pumpkin.

Mighty Minutes
Mighty Minutes #57
Today the students will playing a letter sound game where they will identify the letter and the sound that it corresponds with.

Outdoor Experiences
M55 - Stepping Stones

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships
This week parents will be given an individualized in-kind homework assignment. Families have been invited to our Halloween Celebration this
week as well! Parents will also be encouraged to consider volunteering in our classroom at their convenience.

Wow! Experiences
Pumpkin Volcano
Today we will be using our open pumpkin to
create a volcano. To create the volcano effect we will use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Once mixed the components will cause the pumpkin to overflow and ooze out like a volcano.
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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