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Little Thinkers Social Studies for 1st grade

Hey all! 
This blog post is to explain all about the next level in my
Little Thinkers Social Studies curriculum. FIRST GRADE is here!

Little Thinkers is a complete Social Studies curriculum specifically for primary kids
It's everything you need to introduce, teach, practice, and assess your primary friends. 
The first grade edition is cross-referenced and aligned to the main topics of 1st grade Social Studies Standards from states across the country. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, designed, and created by me, Karen Jones.
. 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: Responsible Citizenship
UNIT 2: Customs & Traditions
UNIT 3: Holidays Around the World
UNIT 4: Community Economics
UNIT 5: Geography


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




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 primary-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:


Texts for read-alouds:


Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans that mirror best practices in primary instruction:


Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 






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



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:





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! 

Little Thinkers SCIENCE!

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

Little Thinkers is a complete Science 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 state Kindergarten Social Studies Standards as well as NGSS. 
This curriculum is 100% researched, written and created by me (and I can promise you that I never hire people to create my curriculum!). 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: Our Senses
UNIT 2: Seasons and Weather
UNIT 3: Properties
UNIT 4: Plants
UNIT 5: Animal Life Cycles
UNIT 6: Force & Motion

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

senses unit for kindergarten

Here is the breakdown of the major components of each unit. 
The four-week unit is meant to be taught three times per week with 35-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:

senses unit for kindergarten

A full Teacher Guide to help you plan:

science unit for kindergarten


NINE Texts are INCLUDED for read-alouds:



Print and use *complete* Lesson Plans:


Parent Letter:



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




Anchor Charts and TONS of materials and activities to guide your teaching: 




Science STATIONS




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! 

--------------Find UNIT 1 HERE!--------------

*This curriculum will not be sold in a growing/pre-order bundle. The units will be posted as I complete them and offered for a discount for the first 48 hours so that you can get the bundle pricing without waiting! Thanks so much!*

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




Reading Kits

Hey all!
I'm here to tell you a little bit about Reading Kits!


guided reading for kindergarten 

guided reading 1st grade


Reading Kits are a fun way to incorporate repeated practice in skills that are at each student's Guided Reading Level.  Each level will contain task cards that address targeted skills and tasks that are specifically designed to support students at their reading level and assist them in moving on to the next level.




These Reading Kits are designed to work alongside my Guided Reading Curriculum. The skills and word work practice in each leveled set is specifically made to work alongside each level in my curriculum. 



These versatile reading kits can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom. Use them as a center activity, with teacher support as an intervention, as an early finisher task, or even in your Guided Reading groups… the possibilities are endless! 


reading kits


guided reading level b


 guided reading kits kindergarten








A little bit about setup.... it's seriously easy. I wanted to make sure that these kits were something you could prep quickly and put to use right away.

My kits are organized using these rainbow containers from The Container Store.  You could also store the materials in manila envelopes if you don't want to purchase an organizer case.



 Setup is as easy as copying and taping in the container labels, copying, cutting and putting the task cards on a ring clip, and copying and stapling the student Tracker booklets. That's it! 


guided reading, kindergarten 

Each kit contains 2 different sets of 24 task cards per level.... 48 in all. The tasks and recording booklets are specific to each reading level and can be used for independent or partner work, centers, or in your small groups.  The recording booklets and tasks will change and progress with each level.



The LEVEL A KIT includes practice in these skills:
Beginning sounds
Rhyming
Letters
Concepts of Print
Sight Words

The LEVEL B Kit includes practice in:
Beginning and Ending Sounds
Decoding with Picture Clues
Rhyming
Syllables
Punctuation
1:1 Tracking and Predictable Sentences
Sight Words

The LEVEL C Kit includes practice in:
Phoneme Segmentation
Discriminating between vowel sounds
Attending to print
Word families
Capitalization and punctuation
Sounds in words
Reading dialogue
Characters/Setting

The LEVEL D Kit includes practice in:
Substituting phonemes
Attending to print
CVCe/Long Vowels
Long vowel word families
Word Endings (ed/ing)
L/R/S Blends
CVC Sentences
Sight Words
Story Elements (F)
Details in a Text (NF)

The LEVEL E Kit includes practice in:
Long vowels
Short vs Long vowel sounds
Beginning and ending digraphs
L, R, S Blends
Double consonants
Compound words
Attending to print
Substituting sounds in words
Fluency
Illustrations in a text
Text details
Compare and contrast

The LEVEL F Kit includes practice in:
Beginning and ending blends and digraphs
Consonant clusters and trigraphs
R-Controlled Vowels
Regular and Irregular long vowel patterns
Plurals
Contractions
Visualizing
Story Elements

The LEVEL G Kit includes practice in:
R-Controlled Vowels
Long and Short Vowel Patterns
Compound Words
Prefixes
Inflectional Endings
Word Chunks
Syllables
Plot
Sequencing
Important Details
Summarizing
Compare/Contrast

The LEVEL H Kit includes practice in:
Long Vowel Teams
Diphthongs
Silent Letter Pairs
Plurals
Possessives
Suffixes
Building Words
Fluency
Inferring
Predicting
Drawing Conclusions
Main Idea
Text Evidence

The LEVEL I Kit includes practice in:
Long Vowel Teams
Diphthongs
Homophones
Synonyms
Antonyms
Contractions
Suffixes (sion/tion)
Reading for Details
Character Traits
Cause and Effect
Fact and Opinion

The LEVEL J Kit includes practice in:
Inflectional Endings (-ed/-ing) with silent e and double consonant
Commas in a Series
Plural vs. Possessive
Plural Possessives
Short and Long Vowels
Fluency
Characters
Setting
Problem
Solution
Story Elements
Synthesizing
Author's Purpose
Theme


If you'd like to purchase the KINDERGARTEN  BUNDLE of  Reading KITS that includes Levels A-E, you can grab that here for a discount! 

You can find the FIRST GRADE BUNDLE of Reading Kits for Levels F-J HERE! 


I also have a MEGA BUNDLE if you would like to get ALL of my Reading Kits for LEVELS A-J! 
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