I have gotten a lot of questions about my kindergarten scope and sequence and, honestly, I had never thought to post it before. But I realized it might be helpful to you as you start to think of your own August scope and sequence for kindergarten.
So, I decided to start posting my monthly scope and sequence for you. I will also be posting what the full weekly lesson plans for the next week would look like each Sunday.
Now, I begin teaching in September. But I realized that many of you are going back to school already. So if you start in September like me, you can just bump these lesson plans to that month.
August Plans for Kindergarten
You can grab my scope and sequence and an editable version here.
If you want to read more about our daily schedule, you can do that here. In this blog post, I will go briefly into what we will do in each subject area this month. However, I will go more in depth when I post our weekly lesson plans.
August Reading Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
We will be using the Little Readers August lesson plans for reading. This focuses on one close read each week.
These lesson plans also include basic skills such as carpet expectations, name practice, and concepts of print. Since we do not have much independence yet at the beginning of the year, this will be nice to break up our reading time into smaller chunks.
We will start introducing centers the first full week of kindergarten. Usually I just start with discussing how to treat a book and use our library.
You can grab these free book care posters here.
The next few weeks I slowly introduce our basket centers and then center choice centers. You can read more about how I introduce centers here. I wait until my students are independent in centers before I begin guided reading groups.
August Phonics Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
I think that it is so important to establish a routine as soon as possible, so we begin teaching phonics the first full week of kindergarten. We introduce a letter a day using the Little Readers Phonics lesson plans.
Each day we will introduce the letter and sound, introduce the letter motion, practice identifying beginning sounds, make our letter craft, and learn the letter path of motion.
If I miss a day for any reason, I don’t worry about it. That letter just gets pushed to the next day.
Sight Words in Kindergarten
We begin introducing sight words slowly and start with words that can easily go together to create simple sentences.
I love these sight word cards from Eyewords to help my students remember the words. They have a picture and motion for each word.
Every Friday ,we fix mixed up sentences with our target sight words and read them together for fluency whole group. Then, my students mix and fix the sentences in their own notebooks and practice reading them.
August Writing Activities for Kindergarten
Again, I want my students to get into a routine as quickly as possible, so we begin Writer’s Workshop the first full week of kindergarten.
We begin with Speaking and Listening. This is so important! Students cannot write a story before they can tell it!
After two weeks, we begin telling our stories with pictures. This is also when students begin building their writing stamina.
August Math Lesson Plans for Kindergarten
The first few days of kindergarten, I just want my students to explore manipulatives and learn how to use them correctly.
I will show my students how to use the manipulative and then have them practice following directions by asking them to count out a certain amount. This is also a good informal assessment for me.
We do this for only about five minutes and then I give them time to just play and explore!
After a few days, we will begin learning numbers to 5. After that, my district asks us to teach 2D shapes, so I pull those lessons from Unit 7.
Science and Social Studies
We spend the first few weeks building classroom community and talking about rules and showing respect to our classmates. I think this is one of my favorite times!
After a few weeks, we then introduce science by talking about what a scientist is and how we can be scientists this year.
Crafts and Extras
We love to make this back to school name craft the first week of school! These name crafts are a great way to personalize your classroom. We make a new one to hang up each month.
Many of the name activities we do are from Little Readers Kindergarten, but I also love these fine motor name mats. These are great to put in centers or do as a class!
I hope this August scope and sequence was helpful! If you have any suggestions or questions for future months, let me know below.