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. alphabetical list of themes
 

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August

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  • Back to School
  • What's In a Name?
  • All About Me
  • Me and My Family
  • Friends
  • B Is For Birthday!
  • Nursery Rhymes for Joyful Times
  • Mind Your Manners

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  • Author Study -- P.K. Hallinan




  • School Days Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details

    Happy All Year:  Monthly Poems Featuring Jack O' Happy and Friends ~ $35
    click here for details

    Zip Around The Year:  Thematic Learning Games ~ $20
    click here for details

    Nursery Rhymes For Joyful Times ~ $20
    click here for details

    Good Morning Songs
    includes emergent readers
    Set 1 ~ $35

    click here for details

    First Grade Good Morning Songs ~ $15
    click here for details

     

    September


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  • I Love My ABC's
  • Bears Everywhere
  • Apples
  • A Rainbow of Colors
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Down on the Farm
  • Mud, Mud, We Love Mud! ~ a unit on piggies
  • Crazy About Cows ~ a mini unit on cows
  • Going To Bed Mini Unit

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  • Author Study -- Joy Cowley farm theme stories

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  • Author Study -- Bernard Most

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  • Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop Resource Book --

  • featured themes are Down On The Farm, The Leaves
    Are Falling Down, and Scarecrows Don't Scare Me
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  • Click here to see the KinderKorner Book Club

  • recommendations for September 1999
     
     
     

    Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details

    Farm Theme Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details

    Kindergarten Homework Calendars for the current school year ~ $15
    in English or Spanish
    click here for details

    First Grade Homework Calendars for the current school year ~ $15
    in English or Spanish
    click here for details

    Standards-Based Bingo:  Thematic Learning Games ~ $20
    click here for details
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    October


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  • Welcome To The Pumpkin Patch 
  • Seasons
  • Along Came a Spider
  • Going Batty
  • Halloween
  • Monsters
  • Bones
  • Fire Safety
  • Columbus
  • Animal Report (first of two -- spiders or bats)
  • Just Say No to Drugs

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  • Author Study -- Eve Bunting

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  • Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop Resource Book --

  • featured themes are Down On The Farm, The Leaves
    Are Falling Down, and Scarecrows Don't Scare Me
     
     

    Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details
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    November
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  • Fall
  • Harvest
  • Scarecrow, Scarecrow
  • We Are Thankful
  • The Leaves Are Falling Down
  • Native Americans
  • Food Groups & Nutrition
  • Popcorn
  • Sharing and Helping Others

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  • Author Study -- Clifford stories, Little Critter stories

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  • Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop Resource Book -- featured themes are Down On The Farm, The Leaves Are Falling Down, and Scarecrows Don't Scare Me

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    Fantastic Fall Too! Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details
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    December
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  • G Is For Gingerbread
  • Cookies & Cookie Jars
  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas -- thematic unit 
  • The Polar Express / Trains
  • Christmas Theme Book List
  • Reindeer
  • Hanukkah
  • Winter Celebrations Around the World
  • Winter Themes Book List

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  • Author Study -- Jan Brett  (continues through January)

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  • Winter Wonderland Too! Workshop Resource Book -- featured themes are Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, P Is For Penguin, and G Is For Gingerbread

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  • It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ~ A Thematic Approach To Growing In Language & Literacy -- teacher resource book

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    It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ~ $20
    click here for details

    Christmas Theme  Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $15
    click here for details

    Winter Wonderland Too! Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details
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    January

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  • Snowmen and Mittens
  • It's a Brand New Year!
  • P Is For Penguin
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Winter
  • Let It Snow!
  • Take Care of Your Teeth
  • Dragons and Castles
  • Chinese New Year

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  • Author Study -- Jan Brett

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  • Author Study -- Lois Ehlert

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  • Winter Wonderland Too! Workshop Resource Book-- featured themes are Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, P Is For Penguin, and G Is For Gingerbread

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    Winter Wonderland Too! Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details

    Winter Theme  Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details
    February
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  • Groundhog Day
  • Lincoln and Washington
  • Chinese New Year
  • Black History Month Activities & Stories
  • Valentines Day
  • Post Office
  • The 100th Day of School (mine is usually the same day as Valentine's Day -- I cheat :)
  • Space, Stars, and Astronauts

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  • Author Study -- Marc Brown & Arthur Books

  • Author Study -- Donald Crews




  • February Thematic Literacy Packet ~ Only $8.50
    click here for details

    Winter Wonderland Too! Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details.
    March
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  • Rainbows
  • What Goes Up?  (kites and things that fly)
  • Wind, Rain, and Weather
  • St. Patrick's Day and Leprechauns
  • Going Buggy! (a huge unit that goes through the end of April)
  • Caterpillars & Butterflies
  • Creepy Crawly Bugs
  • The Ants Came Marching
  • Ladybug, Ladybug
  • Buzzing Bees
  • Along Came A Spider (if I didn't do it in October)
  • Oviparous Animals (includes birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians, pond life and Frog & Toad)

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  • Author Study -- Eric Carle and Jonathan London (Froggy stories)

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  • Celebrate Spring Workshop Packet -- featured themes are Come Into The Garden, Going Buggy, and It's Picnic Time

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    Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details

    Spring Theme Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details

    Going Buggy  Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details
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    April
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  • Spring Has Sprung
  • Growing Beans and Seeds
  • Food Groups
  • Flowers
  • Come Into the Garden
  • Butterflies and Caterpillars (continued from April)
  • Earth Day/Ecology/Recycling
  • Fairy Tales & Fables
  • Second Animal Report
  • April is also testing month for us, so we sneak in lots of short, fun activities

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  • Illustrator Study -- Monet

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  • Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book-- featured themes are Come Into The Garden, Going Buggy, and It's Picnic Time

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    Garden Theme Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details

    Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details
    May
     

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  • Flowers and Garden themes continue
  • Under The Sea
  • Rain Forest
  • Trees
  • Jungle Animals / Africa
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Pets

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  • Author Study -- Jane Yolen

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  • Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book -- featured themes are Come Into The Garden, Going Buggy, and It's Picnic Time

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  • Under The Sea Workshop Resource Book

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    Ocean Theme Emergent Readers & Big Books Set ~ $25
    click here for details

    Under The Sea Thematic Unit / Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details

    Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details
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    June
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  • Under The Sea
  • Sinking & Floating

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  • Author Study -- Dr. Seuss

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  • Under The Sea Workshop Resource Book




  • Under The Sea Thematic Unit / Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    click here for details
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    July

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  • A Camping We Will Go
  • It's Picnic Time!
  • The Ants Came Marching (revisited)
  • Wonderful Watermelons
  • Food Groups
  • Proud To Be An American
  • Patriotic Symbols

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  • Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book-- featured themes are Come Into The Garden, Going Buggy, and It's Picnic Time

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    Celebrate Spring Workshop Resource Book ~ $35
    Revisit Picnics & Ants
    click here for details
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    NOTES:
     
  • All underlined items on this page are links.  If a unit is not underlined, it simply means that the unit and activities are not on my website.
     
  • I vary my themes a bit from year to year, and I don't usually teach them all every year.

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  • Because I often teach a multi-age K-1 class or loop from kindergarten to first grade then back again, I sometimes have the same children two years in a row.  They enjoy revisiting familiar themes and stories, and there are always new activities, stories, and poems being added, which makes it extra fun.  The students who stay with me for two years do the work on a much higher level than they did the year before, and get more from the experience.

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  • I usually work on two to four -- or more -- themes at the same time, and there's a lot of overlap in some areas.  This allows each student to find a theme or topic they're interested in exploring more deeply.  If the kids are very interested in a particular area or theme, we spend more time on it and I eliminate or shorten something else.

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  • Most of my themes stretch last four to six weeks, though you may choose to spend less time, depending on the amount of materials you already own for each theme.

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  • Many of the basic themes -- like colors and patterns -- are woven throughout the year, and most themes carry over from one month to the next.

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  • In addition to our many themes, we also focus on one or two authors, illustrators, and/or story characters each month.

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    Books to Help You Plan Your Year

    The Scholastic Integrated Language Arts Resource Book:  Complete, Thematic, Cross-Curricular

    Thematic Units for Kindergarten
    cover
    Inside The Classroom:
    Teaching Kindergarten and First Grade

    A Poem a Day:
    180 Thematic Poems and Activities That Teach and Delight All Year Long

    Daily Poetry
    Never Too Early To Write:
    Adventures In the K-1 Writing Workshop

    30 Collaborative Books
    For Your Class to Make and Share!


    101 Surefire Ways
    To Start the School Year

    25 Read and Write Mini Books
    That Teach Word Families

    Easy Lessons For Teaching Word Families


    70 Wonderful Word Family Poems

    On Solid Ground:
    Strategies for Teaching Reading K-3
    By Sharon Taberski
    The best book I've ever read about HOW to teach reading and create independent workers.
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    Back to School
    The First Day of School
    First Day of School Stories
    Beginning of Year Assessment
    Back to School Poems & Activities
    My Daily Schedule
    Setting Up Your Room
    First Day Checklist
    Author Study - P.K. Hallinan
    Photos ~ Setting Up My Room
    In My Room
    Classroom Photos Index
    More Favorite School Stories
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