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Week of: Teacher:

Study: Getting Ready for Kindergarten Focus Question 1: How is kindergarten like preschool? How is it different?

| |Monday |Tuesday |Wednesday |Thursday |Friday |

|Interest Areas |Library: photos of kindergarten |Library: chart from large group; | Blocks: photos of kindergarten |Toys and Games: memory matching |Library: fiction and nonfiction |

| |classrooms |writing materials |classrooms |games |books about going to kindergarten |

|Question of the Day |Which of these looks like a |Which of these is one of our |How many syllables are in the word |Which of these is different? |How are these the same? (Display |

| |classroom? (Display a few |classroom rules? (List three |kindergarten? |(Display three similar objects and|three objects that have a common |

| |pictures: one of an elementary |things, one classroom rule and two| |one that is different, e.g., three|characteristic, e.g., a marble, a |

| |school classroom and two other |other statements, e.g., wear your | |different mittens and one glove, |beach ball, and an orange.) |

| |rooms that are very different, |coat inside all day, leave the | |or three hardcover books and one | |

| |e.g., restaurant, post office, |toys on the floor when you’re | |paperback.) | |

| |doctor’s office, etc.) |finished, etc.) | | | |

|Large Group |Movement: Clap the Beat |Rhyme: Are You Ready? |Game: Thumbs Up |Poem: “High in the Tree” |Game: I Spy With My Little Eye |

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| |Discussion and Shared |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |

| |Writing: What Do We Know |Planning for a Site Visit |Preparing for Our Site Visit |What Is Different About |What Is the Same About |

| |About Kindergarten? | | |Kindergarten? |Kindergarten? |

| | |Materials: Mighty Minutes 73, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 33, | | |

| |Materials: Mighty Minutes |“Are You Ready?”; chart paper |“Thumbs Up”; list of site visit |Materials: Mighty Minutes 51, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 19, “I |

| |59, “Clap the Beat”; a |for site visit predictions |predictions |“High in the Tree”; chart paper |Spy With My Little Eye”; chart |

| |collection of photos of | | |for “What Is Different About |paper for “What Is the Same About |

| |kindergarten classrooms | | |Kindergarten?” chart |Kindergarten?” chart |

|Read-Aloud |Selection of a fiction book from |Get Set! Swim! |Selection of a fiction book from |Get Set! Swim! |Selection of a poetry book from |

| |the “Children’s Books” list | |the “Children’s Books” list | |the “Children’s Books” list |

| | |Book Discussion Card 41 | |Book Discussion Card 41 | |

| | |(first read-aloud) | |(second read-aloud) | |

|Small Group |Option 1: Bookmaking |Option 1: Bookmaking |Option 1: Nursery Rhyme |Option 1: Story Problems |Option 1: Tallying |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card |Count |Intentional Teaching Card M22, |Intentional Teaching Card M06, |

| |LL04, “Bookmaking”; |LL04, “Bookmaking”; |Intentional Teaching Card |“Story Problems”; collection of |“Tallying”; clipboard; paper; |

| |cardboard or card stock; paper; |cardboard or card stock; paper; |M13, “Nursery Rhyme Count”; |manipulatives to be added and |pencils or crayons; chart from |

| |pencils, crayons, or markers; |pencils, crayons, or markers; |cotton balls or white pompoms; |subtracted |large group |

| |bookbinding supplies |bookbinding supplies |green construction paper; | | |

| | | |numeral cards |Option 2: More or Fewer Towers |Option 2: Graphing |

| |Option 2: Desktop Publishing |Option 2: Desktop Publishing | |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card M11, |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card |Option 2: Bounce & Count |M59, “More or Fewer Towers”; |“Graphing”; large graph paper or |

| |LL02, “Desktop Publishing”; |LL02, “Desktop Publishing”; |Intentional Teaching Card |interlocking cubes; more–fewer |lined chart paper; markers; |

| |digital camera; computer; each |digital camera; computer; each |M18, “Bounce & Count”; a |spinner; numeral–quantity cards |stickers; charts from yesterday’s |

| |child’s word bank; printer; |child’s word bank; printer; |variety of balls that bounce |or die |and today’s large group |

| |paper; bookbinding supplies |paper; bookbinding supplies | | | |

|Outdoor Experiences: Review Intentional Teaching Card P16, “Body Part Balance.” Follow the guidance on the card. |

|Family Partnerships: Send families the letter at the beginning of the Teaching Guide that explains the end-of-year experience. Invite families to assist with supervision during the visit to a |

|kindergarten classroom. Invite families to send in photos of family members in kindergarten. |

|Wow! Experiences: Day 3: Visit to a kindergarten classroom |

Week of: Teacher:

Study: Getting Ready for Kindergarten Focus Question 2: How do we feel about going to kindergarten?

| |Monday |Tuesday |Wednesday |Thursday |Friday |

|Interest Areas |Library: personal journal |Library: books about going to |Dramatic Play: props or |Dramatic Play: props or puppets |Music and Movement: recordings of |

| |for each child; variety of |kindergarten |puppets for storytelling |for storytelling |lively music |

| |writing tools | | | | |

| | | | | | |

| |Art: materials for drawing | | | | |

| |and writing | | | | |

|Question of the |How do you feel today? |Which book would you like |Have you ever felt nervous? |What comes next in the pattern? |Which of these children look |

|Day | |to read? (Offer three choices | |(Create a simple repeating pattern |excited? (Display three different |

| | |of books about going to | |for children to extend.) |photos of children with different |

| | |kindergarten.) | | |facial expressions or doing |

| | | | | |different actions.) |

|Large Group |Movement: Leaping Sounds |Movement: The Wave |Rhyme: Three Rowdy Children |Game: Let’s Pretend |Song: “My Body Jumps” |

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| |Discussion and Shared |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: How |

| |Writing: Words For Our |Feelings About Kindergarten |Writing: Feeling Nervous |Feeling Excited |Do We Show Excitement? |

| |Feelings | | | | |

| | |Materials: Mighty Minutes 34, |Materials: Mighty Minutes |Materials: Mighty Minutes 39, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 72, “My |

| |Materials: Mighty Minutes |“The Wave”; books from the |53, “Three Rowdy Children”; |“Let’s Pretend”; new materials to |Body Jumps”; chart paper |

| |17, “Leaping Sounds”; chart |question of the day; chart paper |familiar book about feelings; |introduce to the group; chart paper| |

| |paper; book selection from the | |chart paper | | |

| |Children’s Book Collection | | | | |

|Read-Aloud |Get Set! Swim! |Selection of a poetry book from |The Upside Down Boy |Selection of a nonfiction book |The Upside Down Boy |

| | |the “Children’s Books” list | |from the “Children’s Books” list | |

| |Book Discussion Card 41 | |Book Discussion Card 42 | |Book Discussion Card 42 |

| |(third read-aloud) | |(first read-aloud) | |(second read-aloud) |

|Small Group |Option 1: Character Feelings |Option 1: Where’s the Beanbag? |Option 1: Writing Poems |Option 1: Action Patterns |Option 1: Storyboard |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card M35, |Intentional Teaching Card LL46, |

| |SE05, “Character Feelings”; |M56, “Where’s the Beanbag?”; |LL27, “Writing Poems”; paper |“Action Patterns”; action cards; |“Storyboard”; images from question |

| |books that focus on the feelings |beanbags; basket or tub; |and pencils; audio recorder |pocket chart |of the day; tape; construction |

| |of the main character |masking tape | | |paper; writing tools |

| | | |Option 2: Writing Poems |Option 2: Picture Patterns | |

| |Option 2: Feelings |Option 2: Stepping Stones |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card M45, |Option 2: Kindergarten Story |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card M55, |LL27, “Writing Poems”; paper |“Picture Patterns”; a collection |Intentional Teaching Card LL46, |

| |SE06, “Talk About Feelings”; |“Stepping Stones”; masking tape |and pencils; audio recorder; |of photos of familiar classroom |“Storyboard”; images from question |

| |pictures of people exhibiting |or chalk |poems that describe different |objects with patterns; digital |of the day and site visit; tape; |

| |different emotions or | |feelings |camera; paper and writing |construction paper; writing tools |

| |interacting in different ways; | | |materials; collage materials | |

| |writing and drawing materials | | | | |

|Outdoor Experiences: Review Intentional Teaching Card P12, “Exploring Pathways.” Follow the guidance on the card. |

|Family Partnerships: Invite families to continue sharing photos of family members in kindergarten. |

|Wow! Experiences: |

Week of: Teacher:

Study: Getting Ready for Kindergarten Focus Question 3: How do we make and keep friends in kindergarten?

| |Monday |Tuesday |Wednesday |Thursday |Friday |

|Interest Areas |Blocks: digital camera |Library: books about friendship |Library and Art: materials for |Library: materials for making |Music and Movement: recordings of |

| | | |adding to Sunshine Message |cards; Intentional Teaching Card |music for dancing |

| | | |Board |SE19, “Friendship & Love Cards” | |

|Question of the |Do you remember this day? |Do these two words rhyme? |How do you like to show |What do you like to do with |Which of these is easier to do with|

|Day |(Display a photo from an event |(Display two words with images.) |kindness to someone? |a friend? |a partner? (Display photos or props|

| |earlier in the school year.) | | | |for different activities such as |

| | | | | |riding a bike, playing a board |

| | | | | |game, and brushing teeth.) |

|Large Group |Rhyme: Riddle Dee Dee |Story: Listening Story |Song: “The Kids Go Marching |Song: “Hello Friends” |Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty |

| | | |In” | | |

| |Discussion and Shared |Discussion and Shared Writing: | |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |

| |Writing: Remembering the |How Do We Make Friends? |Discussion and Shared Writing: |What Do We Do With Friends? |Friendship |

| |Beginning of the Year | |Being Kind to Others | | |

| | |Materials: Mighty Minutes 86, | |Materials: Mighty Minutes 78, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 81, |

| |Materials: Mighty Minutes 04, |“Listening Story”; audio or video |Materials: Mighty Minutes 70, |“Hello Friends”; chart paper |“Humpty Dumpty”; book from the |

| |“Riddle Dee Dee”; chart paper |recorder |“The Kids Go Marching In”; | |Children’s Book Collection; chart |

| | | |chart paper | |paper |

|Read-Aloud |Selection of a book from the |The Upside Down Boy |Reread the book from Day 1 |I Took the Moon for a Walk |Selection of an information book |

| |“Children’s Books” list that | |that focuses on the feelings | |from the “Children’s Books” list |

| |focuses on the feelings of |Book Discussion Card 42 |of characters. |Book Discussion Card 43 | |

| |characters |(third read-aloud) | |(first read-aloud) | |

|Small Group |Option 1: Bookmaking |Option 1: Bookmaking |Option 1: Nursery Rhyme |Option 1: Story Problems |Option 1: Tallying |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card |Count |Intentional Teaching Card M22, |Intentional Teaching Card M06, |

| |LL04, “Bookmaking”; |LL04, “Bookmaking”; |Intentional Teaching Card |“Story Problems”; collection of |“Tallying”; clipboard; paper; |

| |cardboard or card stock; paper; |cardboard or card stock; paper; |M13, “Nursery Rhyme Count”; |manipulatives to be added and |pencils or crayons; chart from |

| |pencils, crayons, or markers; |pencils, crayons, or markers; |cotton balls or white pompoms; |subtracted |large group |

| |bookbinding supplies |bookbinding supplies |green construction paper; | | |

| | | |numeral cards |Option 2: More or Fewer Towers |Option 2: Graphing |

| |Option 2: Desktop Publishing |Option 2: Desktop Publishing | |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card M11, |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Intentional Teaching Card |Option 2: Bounce & Count |M59, “More or Fewer Towers”; |“Graphing”; large graph paper or |

| |LL02, “Desktop Publishing”; |LL02, “Desktop Publishing”; |Intentional Teaching Card |interlocking cubes; more–fewer |lined chart paper; markers; |

| |digital camera; computer; each |digital camera; computer; each |M18, “Bounce & Count”; a |spinner; numeral–quantity cards |stickers; charts from yesterday’s |

| |child’s word bank; printer; |child’s word bank; printer; |variety of balls that bounce |or die |and today’s large group |

| |paper; bookbinding supplies |paper; bookbinding supplies | | | |

|Outdoor Experiences: Generate a list of children’s favorite outdoor activities. Encourage children to choose a new activity each day to play. |

|Family Partnerships: Invite family members to join the class for the end-of-year celebration next week. |

|Wow! Experiences: |

Week of: Teacher:

Study: Getting Ready for Kindergarten Reflecting and Celebrating

| |Monday |Tuesday |Wednesday |Thursday |Friday |

|Interest Areas |Library: personal journal for |Library: personal journal for |Art: materials for creating |All: displays of children’s |All: displays of children’s |

| |each child; variety of writing |each child; variety of writing |illustrations |learning throughout the year |learning throughout the year |

| |tools |tools | | | |

| | | | | |Art: materials for working on the |

| | | | | |mural |

|Question of the |Which was your favorite study |What are you proud of? |How old will you be when you |What was your favorite thing about |What is your favorite memory of our|

|Day |this year? (List the studies | |go to kindergarten? |preschool? |year together? |

| |completed in your class.) | | | | |

|Large Group |Movement: Spatial Patterns |Game: My Name, Too! |Rhyme: Ticky Ricky |Rhyme: A-Hunting We Will Go |Game: Simon Says |

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| |Discussion and Shared |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |Discussion and Shared Writing: |

| |Writing: What Did We Learn |What Did We Learn This Year? |Writing a Letter |Planning Our Celebration |Reflecting and Celebrating |

| |This Year? | | | | |

| | |Materials: Mighty Minutes 35, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 12, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 58, |Materials: Mighty Minutes 13, |

| |Materials: Mighty Minutes |“My Name, Too!”; chart paper |“Ticky Ricky”; letter writing |“A-Hunting We Will Go”; chart paper|“Simon Says” |

| |38, “Spatial Patterns”; artifacts | |materials; chart paper | | |

| |from the year’s studies; audio | | | | |

| |or video recorder; chart paper | | | | |

|Read-Aloud |I Took the Moon for a Walk |Selection of a fiction book from |I Took the Moon for a Walk |Selection of a fiction book from |Books that children have made |

| | |the “Children’s Books” list | |the “Children’s Books” list |throughout the year |

| |Book Discussion Card 43 | |Book Discussion Card 43 | | |

| |(second read-aloud) | |(third read-aloud) | | |

|Small Group |Option 1: Making Numerals |Option 1: Letters, Letters, |Option 1: Morning, Noon, and |Option 1: A Mural of Memories |Making a Snack to Share |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |Letters |Night |Intentional Teaching Card SE26, |Come Cook With Me! or an |

| |M41, “Making Numerals”; |Intentional Teaching |Intentional Teaching |“Making a Mural”; materials for |Intentional Teaching Card™ for the|

| |modeling dough or clay; |Card LL07, “Letters, Letters, |Card M60, “Morning, Noon, |making a mural, e.g., smocks, |recipe chosen yesterday; |

| |numeral–quantity cards |Letters”; alphabet rubber |& Night”; magazines; scissors; |paint, paintbrushes, etc. |ingredients and materials |

| | |stamps; colored ink pads; |chart paper; glue sticks; markers | |for making recipe |

| |Option 2: Math Collage |construction paper or magnetic | |Option 2: A Mural of Memories | |

| |Intentional Teaching Card |letters and board |Option 2: Which Container |Intentional Teaching Card SE26, | |

| |M78, “Math Collage”; | |Holds More? |“Making a Mural”; materials for | |

| |construction paper; glue; |Option 2: Shaving Cream |Intentional Teaching Card |making a mural, e.g., smocks, | |

| |collection of small collage |Letters |M32, “Which Container |paint, paintbrushes, etc.; | |

| |materials, e.g., craft sticks, |Intentional Teaching Card |Holds More?”; sand table; |collection of photos and videos | |

| |pom-poms, sequins, feathers, |LL13, “Shaving Cream Letters”; |various clear plastic containers; |from earlier in the year | |

| |or other small materials |shaving cream; art smocks |paper cup, measuring cup, or | | |

| |related to the study topic; | |can; funnel | | |

| |pencils or crayons; numeral– | | | | |

| |quantity cards | | | | |

|Outdoor Experiences: Review Intentional Teaching Card P17, “Balance on a Beam.” Follow the guidance on the card. |

|Family Partnerships: Invite family members to join the class for the end-of-year celebration. Invite older siblings, if possible, to share their personal kindergarten experiences. |

|Wow! Experiences: |

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