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Kindergarten February Groundhog Day Lesson Plans

It's the 23rd week of Kindergarten and I couldn't be more excited to see a month end. Maybe it's because our winter break ended January 2, maybe it's because we've had 4 snow days and the dreaded NTI has returned, or maybe it's because we are STILL battling the pandemic, but this has to have been the longest-seeming January on record!

3 Big Goals:

Finish the month of January!

Celebrate Groundhog Day with lots of Science and Social Studies Connections

Emphasize Story Sequencing through Jan Brett's The Mitten

Famous Words: 

"Let your light shine. Shine within you so it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine." -Oprah Winfrey

We were finally able to string together 5 days in a row last week and I'm proud to report my class had perfect attendance on Friday to celebrate the 100th day! Boy, it felt good to laugh, dance, sing, and snack our way through the 100th day (it almost felt like 2019 again!)  This week we are wrapping up our winter lessons and using Groundhog Day as a segue into a study on various animals and habitats. In core math we are slowing down to make sure and cover everything since we've missed days here and there since winter break... we will be continuing a focus on 3D shapes and our study of teen numbers. Thankfully, this concept has been a large part of our calendar activities for months and usually comes easily to my kinders as a result. In literacy we are pressing on with Saxon PhonicsHeggerty Phonemic Awareness, and with basic sight words. Our theme is Groundhog Day and Winter Animals.

This week we will read my very favorite winter story, Winter is the Warmest Season by Laura Stringer. We will discuss the contrast between warm and cool colors in the illustrations and the idea that winter really is when we are warmest. And, of course, no winter theme would be complete without Jan Brett's The Mitten. It's great for practicing story retelling and sequencing and a good introduction to animals and their winter adaptations and habitats.

21st Century K Resources for the Week:


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