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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:

Tuesday, October 4th at 9pm EST/6pm 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!

Interactive Sight Word Notebooks

Teaching sight words in Kindergarten is something I've always loved. Learning just a few sight words often gives young learners the springboard that they need to begin to read and write simple sentences. 

While there is no exact science to teaching sight words, I often utilize a variety of materials and teaching strategies and to tend to go for multi-sensory practice to help them stick. 

At the end of this post I have a freebie with the order that I teach the first 25 sight words in kindergarten. 


popcorn words

sight words
Sight words in shaving cream!

sight words
Use pom poms to spell sight words

kindergarten sight words


sight word notebook for kindergarten

This interactive sight word notebook has been a part of my weekly homework routine for many years. It's a great independent routine for your students to practice their sight words at home or at school. It could be used for morning work or in a literacy center.


sight word notebook
sight word notebook for kindergarten


 sight word notebook

Students get practice writing their sight word, building it with cut out letters, and writing the word in a sentence.



If you are looking for a place to start, this list is my go-to in the beginning of the year. The order provides a good starting point for beginning sentences, and my kids have been very successful with sequential, explicit teaching. 


(Click the image to download)


Happy teaching! :)

Up and Coming Webinars!

Hey there!

I wanted to let you know about some up and coming opportunities for Professional Development that I'm hosting online in the coming month.

The first session of Kindergarten 101: Five Steps to First Week Success is going to be held on THURSDAY, July 7th at 7pm EST.


You can register here: REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OVER CAPACITY.

Due to a high demand, I'm going to be hosting some additional sessions in July and August. Please check my Facebook page, Mrs. Jones's Class for future dates and times and to register.


Hope to see you there!
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