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Holidays Around the World: Little Thinkers UNIT 3


Hey all! 
This blog post is going to explain all about the third unit in my
Little Thinkers Social Studies Curriculum for Kindergarten.
Unit 3: Holidays Around the World teaches kids all about holidays and traditions across the globe.

If you are not familiar with Little Thinkers, it is a complete Social Studies curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of the
Kindergarten Social Studies Standards of many different U.S. states. 
It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

 Here is an outline of all units that will be included in this complete curriculum:
UNIT 4: My Community (Coming Soon!)
UNIT 5: Our World (Coming Soon!)

I'm going to walk you through Unit 3: Holidays Around the World
This unit teaches about traditions and customs and teaches all about holidays in 9 different countries: Mexico, Germany, Italy, Sweden, India, Israel, Australia, the United States and Canada.

Let's take a closer look at what is included!


This is a complete unit that consists of twelve 35-minute scripted lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:

12 Complete, Scripted Lesson Plans:

 HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD


A full Teacher Guide to help you plan.



Read Alouds: printable books that are included!



Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:



Anchor Charts, a Parent Letter, and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 



Whole Group Activities with Games and Craftivities:



Student Workbook with activities to follow each lesson:


Directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language. Quick Checks for every lesson to check for understanding. 



A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:




Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:


I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 


As always, let me know if you have any questions! 

*The full curriculum (Units 1-5) will not be sold in a pre-order bundle. Each unit will be listed on sale for 48 hours after posting. Follow me on TPT so that you can get the bundle price as they are released and not have to wait!*

Little Thinkers UNIT 2: Then and Now


Hey all! 
This blog post is going to explain all about the second unit in my
Little Thinkers Social Studies Curriculum for Kindergarten.
Unit 2:  Then and Now is, all about life long ago. 

If you are not familiar with Little Thinkers, it is a complete Social Studies curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of the
Kindergarten Social Studies Standards of many different U.S. states. 
It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

 Here is an outline of all units that will be included in this complete curriculum:
UNIT 2: Then & Now 
UNIT 3: My Community (Coming Soon!)
UNIT 4: Holidays Around the World (Coming Soon!)
UNIT 5: Our World (Coming Soon!)

I'm going to walk you through Unit 2: Then and Now.
This unit takes kids back a couple of hundred years, to see what life was like for people similar to the early settlers in the United States. Please note that this unit doesn't specify time frames, specific groups or locations (to follow along with Kindergarten standards). We are really focusing on the concept of time (past-present-future) and what life was like long ago for people who didn't have the things that we have today.

Let's take a closer look at what is included!


The six-week unit is meant to be taught bi-weekly (twice a week) with 25-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:



A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:



Read Alouds: printable books that are included and one text recommendation.
If You Lived in Colonial Times, by Ann McGovern



Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans:


Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:



Anchor Charts, a Parent Letter, and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 



Games and Craftivities:



Student Workbook with activities to follow each lesson:

Directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language


Quick Checks for every lesson to check for understanding:


A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:



Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:

I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 


As always, let me know if you have any questions! 

*The full curriculum (Units 1-5) will not be sold in a pre-order bundle. Each unit will be listed on sale for 48 hours after posting. Follow me on TPT so that you can get the bundle price as they are released and not have to wait!*

Full-Year Kindergarten Curriculum Map

Hey all!  I hope that you are enjoying your last few days of summer.

I've had some questions lately from both new and veteran teachers alike about year-long pacing of curriculum. How can you make sure that you fit it all in?  How do you pace the topics that you are teaching? What exactly should our students be able to do by the end of the year?

long range planner for kindergarten


I created this Year-Long Kindergarten Curriculum Map to help give you a general overview of *one* possible sequence of teaching. I've included a blank/editable version and one that you can take and use. I've also included some recommended resources that I think you will find helpful so that you can get right to what you are meant to do... TEACH! :)

(Be sure to download it-- not just view it-- in order to utilize the editable feature)




Little Thinkers: A Social Studies Curriculum Just for Kinders

Hey all! 
This blog post is going to explain all about my brand new curriculum called 
Little Thinkers

Little Thinkers is a complete Social Studies curriculum specifically for Kindergarten
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your kinder friends. 
It is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of Kindergarten Social Studies Standards. 
This curriculum is 100% created by me, (and I can promise you that my products are never outsourced!). It contains everything you need in a neat, organized package.
It's totally teacher friendly and student-approved! 

I'm going to walk you through the format of the entire curriculum. First, let's look at the units.
UNIT 1: Citizenship
UNIT 2: Then & Now (Coming Soon!)
UNIT 3: My Community (Coming Soon!)
UNIT 4: Our World (Coming Soon!)

Unit 1 is now complete and available here. Let's take a closer look at what is included!
Little thinkers Unit 1

kindergarten social studies curriculum

Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The six-week unit is meant to be taught bi-weekly (twice a week) with 25-minute lessons. I know that your time is valuable and you need to make the most of every minute, so each lesson is jam packed with content and engagement
The lessons are quick-paced, written in teacher language, and Kinder-friendly. You could give these plans to a sub or student teacher, and there would be no question as to what they need to do! It's all there for you.

Here are the components of the unit:

little thinkers unit 1

A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:

social studies for kindergarten

Text List for read-alouds:

social studies for kindergarten

Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans:

social studies for kindergarten

Parent Letter:

social studies for kindergarten

Essential Question and Learning Targets for each lesson 
that can be posted on a Focus Wall:

social studies for kindergarten

social studies for kindergarten

Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 
social studies for kindergarten

Games and Craftivities:
social studies for kindergarten


Student Workbook with activities to follow each lesson:

social studies for kindergarten

Directions and activities written in kinder-friendly language
social studies for kindergarten

social studies for kindergarten

Quick Checks for every lesson to check for understanding:

social studies for kindergarten

A COMPLETE UNIT Powerpoint to guide your teaching during EACH and EVERY Lesson!
Pull up the PowerPoint on your Smart Board or on a projector:
social studies for kindergarten



A Kinder-appropriate Assessment and Rubric:
social studies for kindergarten


I can assure you that this curriculum is VERY easy to use. Just print and teach! 


As always, let me know if you have any questions! 

*The full curriculum (Units 1-4) will not be sold in a pre-order bundle. Each unit will be listed on sale for 48 hours after posting. Follow me on TPT so that you can get the bundle price as they are released and not have to wait!*

Upcoming FREE Professional Development Webinars

Here is a list of my upcoming free professional development webinars.

(These will not be recorded, so no replay will be available!)


ENHANCING INSTRUCTION WITH INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS DATE:


Wednesday, January 11th at 8:30pm EST/5:30pm PST (Click here to register)
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All are free to attend. If you have never attended a webinar before, here is the deal! Once you sign up, you'll receive an email confirmation. If you don't get the email (it should come within 1-2 minutes of registering), check your spam or junk folder.

The day before the webinar, you will also receive an email reminder with a link to join the webinar and to download the free workbook. Print the workbook to help you follow along with the content as it's presented. Once you click the link in the email, it opens up the webinar platform, called GoToWebinar. You accept the download (which you need to do in order to attend) and in about 10 seconds you'll be there! You will be brought to the waiting room, and will remain there until the webinar begins. Once I begin, you will see my screen and hear me talking, but you won't see me...just my presentation. I won't see you or hear you, but we will be able to communicate via the chat box.

Hope to see you soon!
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