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Schedule is used as a basic guide only.  Times are subject to change and flexibility is used throughout each day and week.

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Week 7:
/f/ - "Francy fish"
from Zoo-phonics
number:  6
sight words:  (student names), six
mini theme:  "fall"

Enrichment Activities:
Children receive small US flags to use throughout the week and take home on Friday.
When lining up, discuss cardinal positions (first, second, third, last, etc.)

until 8:30 am Free Choice Play – with various themed activities (below)
daily ~ Handwriting: Name Tracing/Writing
Fishing Puzzle
Match fish crackers to numbered aquariums

8:30 - 9:00

Group Activity (Board Games, Activity Buckets, Puzzles, Group Games, Art, Cooking, Handwriting)
M ~ 6 Touchdots - Francy Fish worksheet counting page
History Maker
Benjamin Franklin
T ~ Find Zoophonics animals a-f that are hidden around room.  Signal each find.
W ~ Play Follow the Leader (with no "outs") allowing each child to have a turn at leading.
Question/Graph of the Week: 
Can you swim like a fish?
Th ~ Make fudge to send home with the children.
F ~ Let's Go Fishin' game

9:00 – 9:15

Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands
9:15 – 9:30 Snack, Extra-Curricular/Seasonal  Story time, Clean up
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
blueberries, grapes, almonds edible aquarium caramel popcorn chocolate fudge pie broccoli, goldfish crackers, ranch/yogurt dip
  Fish PowerPoint     Graph how many fish crackers each child grabs in one handful.
9:30 – 9:45

 

All of the children come to Morning Meeting.  The younger ones are provided with quiet, theme-related activities to enjoy while they interact at their own pace in the group activities.

Morning Meeting (literacy, math):
M ~ Mystery Box - (US flags {enough for each child to have one}, Francy Fish stick puppet, fish, fish food, fish toy, fish bowl)
After
Mystery Box, say pledge and then listen to/sing, You're a Grand Ole Flag from Yankee Doodle Mickey while children wave their flags.
Funny Fish from "Sing and Read" Alphabet Little Books
Fish Faces by Norbert Wu
Make a fish/not a fish chart.  Place various animal toys in appropriate box.
abc book - Create /f/ page and add /f/ words, pictures and stickers to it throughout the week.  Have children draw a flower around each beginning f.  Add to other pages to create a book.

Read Francy's page from Zeke and His Pals Level A Book 1, discuss.
Action rhyme:  "Francy fish swims and kicks, swishes her fins and counts to 6.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6."
Use ALCs to build the word s-i-x.  Sound out, read.
~ Calendar, weather, 100s chart, pattern work.
T ~ After pledge listen to/sing, You're a Grand Ole Flag from Yankee Doodle Mickey
Fish Wish by Bob Barner

Funny Fish from "Sing and Read" Alphabet Little Books
Estimation Jar:
  Place a handful of goldfish crackers in a jar.  Show the children and have them estimate how many are there.  Add more, play again.  Take some out, play again.  End with number 6.
Action rhyme:  "Francy fish swims and kicks, swishes her fins and counts to 6.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6."
Use ALCs to build the word s-i-x.  Sound out, read.
~ Calendar, weather, 100s chart, pattern work.
W ~ After pledge listen to/sing, You're a Grand Ole Flag from Yankee Doodle Mickey
Echo read Funny Fish from "Sing and Read" Alphabet Little Books

Ten Little Fish by Audrey & Bruce Wood

Show 'n Tell:  Bring something that starts with /f/.
List items brought and by whom.  Count letters in each item, count words.
"Francy fish swims and kicks, swishes her fins and counts to 6.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6."
Use ALCs to build the word s-i-x.  Sound out, read.
~ Calendar, weather, 100s chart, pattern work.
Th ~ After pledge listen to/sing, You're a Grand Ole Flag from Yankee Doodle Mickey
Using a-e ALCs, scramble them up for the children to put in order.
Funny Fish from "Sing and Read" Alphabet Little Books
The Birthday Fish by Dan Yaccarino
Come Meet Us at the Zoo from Zoophonics CD - signal with ALCs
"
Francy fish swims and kicks, swishes her fins and counts to 6.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6."
Use ALCs to build the word s-i-x.  Sound out, read.
~ Calendar, weather, 100s chart, pattern work.
Count by 5's to 50 "reading" nickels in a line.
F ~ After pledge listen to/sing, You're a Grand Ole Flag from Yankee Doodle Mickey
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
List rhyming words.  Find other words to make rhymes with.
Funny Fish from "Sing and Read" Alphabet Little Books
"
Francy fish swims and kicks, swishes her fins and counts to 6.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6."
Use ALCs to build the word s-i-x.  Sound out, read.
~ Calendar, weather, 100s chart, pattern work.

Count by 5's to 50 "reading" nickels in a line.
9:45 – 10:00

At this age we are simply opening the door of art and music appreciation and introducing pieces the child might not otherwise come into contact with.  Therefore, I choose to keep it simple and follow along with the /f/ theme instead of integrating art and music pieces from relating periods.

Table Activities (Morning Meet. Extension – games, art, art appreciation)

M ~ Make edible aquariums to eat tomorrow for snack.
Look through the book Faberge Flowers to spark discussion.
Also find some favorites in Imperial Surprises Pop-Up (a Pop-Up Book of Faberge Masterpieces).  Continue to find more masterpieces in both books all week.
T ~ Color fish stick puppets.
Faberge Flowers
Imperial Surprises Pop-Up
W ~ Make flowers using pipe cleaners and shiny plastic beads.  Put in clear plastic cups for vases.
Faberge Flowers
Imperial Surprises Pop-Up
Th ~ The Rainbow Fish
Make rainbow fish.  (You could glue a sheet of aluminum foil to a sheet of cardboard before cutting out scale shapes.  Attach a small piece of velcro to the back of the foil scale and where you want it to be on the rainbow fish.  This way you could have a prop to act out the story.)
Faberge Flowers
Imperial Surprises Pop-Up
F ~ Faberge Flowers
Imperial Surprises Pop-Up
10:00 - 10:45

Outside Play (Large motor act. indoors in bad weather) - one organized activity will be offered along with plenty of time for free play

M ~ Find signs of fall (falling leaves/acorns, leaves changing color, drying out, etc., cooler days).  Ask, "Why do you think this season is called fall?"
Use sidewalk chalk to record findings.
T ~ Read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf outside on the grass. 
Look for different kinds of leaves in different colors.
W ~ London Bridge is Falling Down
Allow children to run a distance and discuss fast, faster, fastest.
Th ~ Ring Around the Rosie
F ~ Far, Farther, Farthest (Place children in 3 different places.  Discuss positions.  Allow children to describe positions.)
10:45 - 11:00 Clean up, restroom, wash hands
11:00 – 11:30

Immerse the children in the Spanish vocabulary words in each activity provided.  Also find times to incorporate terms throughout each day.

Four Seasons in Spanish - Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
M ~ Read El Libro De Las Estaciones: The Book of Seasons bilingual book.  (read English text, sharing key Spanish words, otońo = fall, estaciones = seasons, leaves = las hojas, colors of leaves, etc.)
Sing The Weather and Seasons, Como Esta El Tiempo? songs from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
T ~ Read El Libro De Las Estaciones: The Book of Seasons
(read all Spanish and English text)
Sing The Weather and Seasons, Como Esta El Tiempo? songs from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Sing/chant The Four Seasons.
Put season picture cards in order, starting with winter.
W ~ Read El Libro De Las Estaciones: The Book of Seasons
(Spanish text)
Sing The Weather and Seasons, Como Esta El Tiempo? songs from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Put season picture cards in order, starting with fall.
Th ~ Read El Libro De Las Estaciones: The Book of Seasons
(Spanish text)
Sing The Weather and Seasons, Como Esta El Tiempo? songs from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Put season picture cards in order, starting with summer.
F ~ Read El Libro De Las Estaciones: The Book of Seasons
(Read "fall" section only in Spanish, asking children to translate what is happening on pages.  Can they point to words said in Spanish?)  
Sing The Weather and Seasons, Como Esta El Tiempo? songs from
Beth Manners' Fun Spanish for Kids
Put season picture cards in order, starting with spring.

11:30 - 11:45

Library Day, Music/Dance Time, Music Appreciation, Cooking Time
M ~ Finiculi, Finicula video sung by Pavarotti (also on The Best of the Three Tenors CD)
F
ür Elise
by Beethoven from Für Elise: Romantic Piano Music CD
Library Day
T ~ Finiculi, Finicula sung by Pavarotti (also on The Best of the Three Tenors CD)
Für Elise by Beethoven from Für Elise: Romantic Piano Music CD
Sing musical scale using the piano.  (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do)
Sing using hand gestures.
Listen to, sing, Do, Re, Mi from The Sound of Music
W ~ Finiculi, Finicula sung by Pavarotti (also on The Best of the Three Tenors CD)
Für Elise by Beethoven from Für Elise: Romantic Piano Music CD
Free play using keyboards.
Th ~ Finiculi, Finicula sung by Pavarotti (also on The Best of the Three Tenors CD)
Für Elise by Beethoven from Für Elise: Romantic Piano Music CD
Sing musical scale using the piano.  (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do)
Sing using hand gestures.
Listen to, sing, Do, Re, Mi from The Sound of Music

Listen to music using rhythm instruments (shakers, drums, triangles)
F ~ Finiculi, Finicula sung by Pavarotti (also on The Best of the Three Tenors CD)
Für Elise by Beethoven from Für Elise: Romantic Piano Music CD
Free dance using ribbon streamers.
11:45 – 12:00 Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands, Set table

12:00 – 12:30

Lunch, Clean up
Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
pizza, carrots w/ yogurt-ranch dip nuggets, celery, French fries French toast, scrambled cheesy eggs, fruit cup cheese & crackers, grapes, yogurt, apple slices w/peanut butter dirty rice, green beans, watermelon
Lunch Story:
Bread and Fish for Everyone from Read and Learn Bible
      Reading Between the Lions:
12:30 – 12:45 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read)

12:45 – 1:00

Restroom, Wash hands, Brush teeth, Nap mats

1:00 – 3:00

Children's Choice story time & Nap time
~Afternoon planning time~

3:00 – 3:15

Diapers, Restroom, Wash hands

3:15 – 3:30

Snack, Clean up

3:30 --

Prepare to go home, Free Choice Play, Outside Play (weather permitting)

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