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Toolbox: Grade K-1

Grade K-1


November 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Objective: Students will summarize stories in terms of beginning, middle and end. Students will also retell the middle of the story. Materials: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting Turkey Template and animal cards (see PDF download)  Copy paper Crayons or colored pencils Glue Expandable accordion folded summarizing framework (Beginning, Middle, End PDF download)  Procedures: […]



October 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Laying the Foundation: Why Good Writing Starts with the Teacher Many teachers, whether they’re new to the classroom or seasoned veterans, consider writing instruction to be one of the most difficult parts of their job. Why? Because writing is often taught “on the fly” without the formal training and methodologies that get results. Our […]


October 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Bats, Bats, and More Bats!!   Objective: Students will use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to respond to information and share what they learned from the text.   Materials: Response to Text cards, GRTW pp. 127-130 Bat pattern Black or brown craft or construction paper Pipe cleaners, cut […]


September 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Don’t forget about our website. It’s full of free resources for ANY teacher in ANY subject! A favorite is the Quick Writes. Check out the many categories you can use every day!! Bookmark this link, then share it! You might want to take a few minutes to browse through the website and bookmark any […]


September 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Brown Bear, Brown Bear-a five senses lesson Objective: Create a class book based on Eric Carle’s “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You…” Materials: Chart paper/markers, Brown Bear book Procedures: Review the five senses Read Brown Bear to the students. Once you’ve finished, discuss the senses from the book. Chart […]


June 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Students learn so much those first couple of years of school. Send them home with a book of memories and/or lessons learned from the class. What an amazing treasure they’ll have to look at for years to come! Objective: Create a class book of students’ favorite memories or lessons learned. […]


June 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: For help with reviewing letter writing, find a YouTube video or PowerPoint to help out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoLYICPFXhY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOdwHvtOmic classroom.jc-schools.net/waltkek/FriendlyLetter.ppt https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/writing-letters-6289786 Great ways to share and recall memories is with books.  Especially favorite stories read during the school year. Think about using this great list as a guide, or even sending a copy home, with your […]


May 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

K-1 Lesson of the Month: Class PowerPoint about a vacation spot Objective: The class will participate in a shared writing and technology project to increase their knowledge and inspire informative writing. (whole class format) Materials: computer, PowerPoint, projector/Smartboard, internet Procedure: Have students vote on a vacation spot. Use internet links to show them different places […]


May 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Virtual field trips are an amazing way to bring the outside world to your students. Check out these sites for a vacation project and find many more with a simple search: http://www.earlychildhoodeducationzone.com/virtual-field-trips/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj0eqK4I9MU https://www.dpisd.org/Page/24590 And our own resource THE HUB also has amazing field trips linked to instruction, like this one.


April 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections – Quick Writes Remember to reach for our little teaching toolbox – “Daily Quick Writes” – that contain just the little brushstroke of an activity that can both fill an instructional need and fill a few spare minutes in a productive way. Use this particular Quick Write to get kids experimenting with the parts of speech, honing their wordcraft and writing!


April 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Spring is in the air! With the increase of sunshine and warm weather we also see bugs – no doubt to the delight of many young children! This month’s K1 lesson is all about the creepy crawlers! K1 Lesson of the Month: Expository Pillar & Expository/Informative Writing Objective: Students use a combination of drawing, labeling, […]