January Blog Challenge Day 21

This week, I want to CELEBRATE the Grand Opening of The Very Hungry Kindergarten Restaurant with my class.  I’m a little late with this post because I knew something big was going to happen when…

…we voted to change the dramatic play area from housekeeping to a restaurant.   I didn’t worry about which of the CCSS it connected to.  To be honest, if I had worried about the standards and had  thought about neatly typing them up into a perfect lesson plan, submitted them electonically to sit in a shared folder for no one, I wouldn’t have bothered.

With the below zero temperatures forcing us to stay inside day after day, it seemed like the right move.  Change things up a bit.  Have some fun!  Here is the blog post I shared on our Kid Blog for parents to read about and see all the fun we have while learning together in our class.  http://kidblog.org/MrsNaultsKindergarten/8a511a02-9a4d-430d-b4f7-a380dfdaefc1/welcome-to-our-restaurant/

 The kids had fun.  I had fun.  And for fun’s sake, I went to my Common Core App just to see which of the standards   applied to this intentionally designed play area in our classroom.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1a Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1b Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2 Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.6 Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1a Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1b Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1c Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1d Understand and use question words (interrogatives) (e.g., who, what, where, when, why, how).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1e Use the most frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., to, from, in, out, on, off, for, of, by, with).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1f Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2a Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2b Recognize and name end punctuation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2c Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2d Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4a Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.4b Use the most frequently occurring inflections and affixes (e.g., -ed, -s, re-, un-, pre-, -ful, -less) as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5 With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5a Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5b Demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites (antonyms).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5c Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at school that are colorful).
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.5d Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs describing the same general action (e.g., walk, march, strut, prance) by acting out the meanings.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.

That’s only the ELA standards.  I haven’t even gotten to the Math Standards.  But do I really need to?  I know you skimmed right over the ELA ones.  The point is… children can learn and have fun through well planned and thought out play centers.  I don’t want to spend my time writing it all down for others.  I want to spend my time planning, organizing, collecting, gathering, counting, writing, reading, speaking, listening, sharing, pretending, inviting, questioning, greeting, and celebrating with my students.




3 thoughts on “January Blog Challenge Day 21

  1. Great Post! Yes I skimmed those #ccss connections, but then I went back and did a little ‘close reading’ (did you smile?)
    You’ve got a wealth of information in there and I intend to use it with my administration.

    • Thanks Katherine! This was my first post that I finally felt my true opinion expressed. Up until now I’ve been playing it safe, keeping my opinions to myself. I guess I was just too darn excited about all the fun we having at out restaurant. Good luck with your admin. My principal understands ands supports the importance of play for young learners. Guided, intentional play increases learning. I’m fortunate. I wouldn’t be surprised if she shows up at our restaurant someday and orders a cup of tea! (Smile). I appreciate your comment.

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