Unit Overview
Week One Focus Question: How do people age, grow, and change?
Text: Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
Standards:RL.K.1, RL.K.5, RL.K.10, RF.K.1a-c, RF.K.4, SL.K.1, L.K.1
Students reinforce foundational skills during a shared reading of a poem. Students produce a predictable chart.
Students work in pairs to recall and label body parts.
Week 1 Center Ideas
Lesson Seed 01
Text: My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Standards: RL.k.1, RL.K.5, RL.K.10, RF.K.1a-c, RF.K.4, SL.K.1, L.K.1
Students read and act out parts during a shared reading. Students chorally recite a poem. Students write and illustrate a language experience story following a trip outside to make shadows.
Text: How Kids Grow by Jean Marzollo
Standards:RI.K.1, RI.K.10, RF.K.1a-c, RF.K.3, RF.K.4, W.K.7, SL.K.1, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.6
Students sing and dramatize songs about how people grow and change over time. Students answer questions about a text to discuss how people grow and change. Students create a display of themselves and how they’ve changed.
Lesson Plan 01
Text: : How Kids Grow by Jean Marzollo
Students write a language experience story about what a baby does and what a child does. Students begin a class list of things that grow and change to extend their understanding of the concept.
Standards: Standards:RI.K.1, RI.K.10, RF.K.1a-c, RF.K.3, RF.K.4, W.K.7, SL.K.1, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.6
Students place a variety of pictures on a continuum to illustrate how people grow and change. Students use pictures to compose an individual book about growing and changing.
Week Two Focus: How do family members help and care for each other?
Text: Families by Ann Morris
Standards: RI.K.1, RI.K.5, RI.K.10, RF.K.4, SL.K.1, SL.K.4, SL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.6
Students use poems, songs, and text to identify members of a family. Students will give oral descriptions of their families and compose a Family Tree.
Week 2 Center Ideas
Lesson Plan 02
Students use songs, poems, and illustrations to determine how family members help and care for each other. Students create a chart of family members and how they help each other.
Text: What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins
Standards: RL.K.1, RL.K.3, RL.K.5, RL.K.10, RF.K.1a-c, RF.K.4, SL.K.1-6, L.K.1, L.K.6, W.K.3
Students complete a Daily Schedule of their routine activities. Students will ask and answer questions to identify and sequence key details in a story.
Lesson Plan 03
Students sing songs about the family. Students revisit their chart to ask and answer questions to clarify understanding. Students identify story details similar to their families’ activities.
Students reinforce foundational skills during a shared reading. Students compose a narrative about a favorite family memory.
Week Three Focus: Who are the people in my school? How do they help me and others?
Text: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
Standards: RL.K.1, RL.K.5, RL.K.10, RF.K.1a-d, SL.K.1, L.K.1, W.K.7
Students sing, read a poem, and listen to a story about getting ready for kindergarten. Students make a chart detailing how they prepare for school.
Week 3 Center Ideas
Lesson Seed 02
Standards: Standards: RL.K.1, RL.K.5, RL.K.10, RF.K.1a-d, SL.K.1, L.K.1, W.K.7
Students sing an alphabet rap, and review the alphabet while listening to a story. Students compose a class book about what they like to do at school.
Text: When You Go to Kindergarten by James Howe
Standards: RI.K.1, RI.K.6, RI.K.7, RF.K.1a-c, SL.K.1, SL.K.3, SL.K.5, AL.K.6, L.K.1, L.K.6, W.K.2
Students take a walk around the school to observe helpers and invite them to visit their class. Students create a chart of school helpers and their functions.
Lesson Plan 04
Students use photographs and informational text to answer questions. Students interview and video school helpers.
Students discuss the roles of the author and photographer in presenting information in the text. Students create a School Helper class book. Students add narration to school helper videos to produce a class movie.