September rolls around, and everything is rocking and rolling (well, usually). After spending the
start of school diving into print awareness, September means that we begin to put more of those
listening comprehension skills into the rotation. I also begin to bring more books in that cover
science and social studies standards as well.
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So I have a secret. I do not like apples. Matter of fact, I hate them! When I moved to kindergarten
from first grade, I did not want to even teach this unit
. One year I decided to, and it was the best
thing ever! My students had so much fun, and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s a great starting
point for discussing life cycles, and comparing and contrasting items (taste test anyone). It’s
also a fantastic introduction to non-fiction text.
Helpers in Your Neighborhood
We love to talk about community helpers
! It’s always a great unit of study because the people
that my students always recognize are our community helpers. It also opens up a conversation for
other community helpers that might not be in the book. When possible, it’s also great to bring in
local community helpers. We often have our fire department come out, and when they see that fire
truck and ladder up close, they are fascinated with it all!
Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, Smell
The five senses
are also wonderful to teach about in kindergarten. I love that it can be such
a hands-on unit, much like apples. Each of the five senses will be introduced to the students,
they’ll have a chance to learn what each one does and label the five senses for their weekly craft.
We also do a taste test during this week as well, such as salty, sweet or sour things, etc.
Your students will learn about the different modes of transportation with this book companion.
Students will also have the chance to compare and contrast transportation today with transportation
in the past. The vocabulary pictures for this book are awesome, and I love the discussion that it
provides! It also has that visual component for students who need the support.
I love to bring these read alouds in during the month of September, and I love to use these resources
to bring them alive. Each resource contains headers that can be used to create anchor charts and
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