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.