Transitional Kindergarten & Pre-K

Distance Learning Lesson Plans and Printables

Welcome

This Transitional Kindergarten & Pre-K Newsletter has been developed by an early childhood curriculum development team within the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office to support teachers and parents with distance learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The newsletter is designed to provide activities, lesson plans and printables that can be utilized to continue distance learning for young students. Our team has created weekly themes that are aligned with the CA Preschool Foundations and that are designed to be supportive and engaging for young learners. All units have been created with distance learning support in mind. There are 9 thematic modules available; please share freely with your friends and colleagues!


Thank you,

Megan, Celia and Malaika

TK- PreK Welcome Video

Bienvenidos!

TK Canvas: Jul 15, 2020 1:48 PM

Parent & Teacher Resource Packet

THEMES

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Children's self esteem and self confidence grows with each experience of successful interactions and through positive words from those around them. It is important to help build a child's belief that they can accomplish anything they set their mind on. High self esteem and self confidence helps children cope with mistakes and helps children try again, even if they fail at first. Having high self esteem and self confidence helps children do better at school, at home, and with friends.

Learning Targets:

  • Language and Literacy Development (Listening & Speaking):Foundation 1.1-Use language to communicate with others.
  • Social Emotional Development (Self Awareness): Foundation 1.1- Describe their physical characteristics, behavior and abilities positively.

  • Math(Number Sense): Foundation 1.0- Children begin to understand numbers and quantities in their everyday environment.

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According to Psychology Today, " Researchers have found strong evidence that very young children innately want to help, and if allowed to do so will continue helping voluntarily, through the rest of childhood and into adulthood." Children acquire valuable skills and feelings of personal empowerment, self-worth, and belonging by contributing to the family.

Learning Targets:

  • Language and Literacy Development (Vocabulary)-Foundation 2.0: Children develop age appropriate vocabulary

  • Social Emotional Learning (Self)-Foundation 4.1:Demonstrate concern for the needs of others

  • Math(Number Sense)-Foundation 1.4:Count up to 5 -10 objects, using one -to -one correspondence (one object for each number word).

  • Science (Observation and investigation)-Foundation 1.4:Compare and contrast objects and events and begin to describe similarities and differences.

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Teaching children about life cycles is a perfect way to help them understand the world around them and connect with nature. Lifecycles are all around us, are a part of us, and a part of all living things. Explaining and illustrating life cycles to children can help them learn how to better respect and care for those around them.

Learning Targets:

  • Language and Literacy Development -Reading : 4.1 - Children demonstrate understanding of age-appropriate text read aloud. Demonstrate knowledge of details in a familiar story, including characters, events, and ordering of events through answering questions (particularly summarizing, predicting, and inferencing), retelling, reenacting, or creating artwork
  • Social Emotional Development -Self Awareness: 1.1 - Compare their characteristics with those of others and display a growing awareness of their psychological characteristics, such as thoughts and feelings.

  • Math- Algebra and Functions (Classification and Patterning): 1.0 - Children expand their understanding of sorting and classifying objects in their everyday environment.

  • Math -Number Sense: 1.0 - Children expand their understanding of numbers and quantities in their everyday environment.

  • Life Sciences -Changes in Living Things: 2.1 - Observe and explore growth in humans, animals, and plants and demonstrate an increased understanding that living things change as they grow and go through transformations related to the life cycle (for example, from caterpillar to butterfly).

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Teaching children about life cycles is a perfect way to help them understand the world around them and connect with nature. Lifecycles are all around us, are a part of us, and a part of all living things. Explaining and illustrating life cycles to children can help them learn how to better respect and care for those around them.

Learning Targets:


  • Language and Literacy Development-Listening and Speaking: 2.2- Understand and use accepted words for categories of objects encountered and used frequently in everyday life.
  • Reading: 3.0-Children begin to recognize letters of the alphabet
  • Reading 3.1-Recognize letters of own name.
  • English Language Development-Listening and Speaking: 1.0-Children use nonverbal and verbal strategies to communicate with others Focus: Vocabulary production
  • 1.2 -Beginning level: Use vocabulary in home language that is age appropriate...

  • -Middle level: Begin to use vocabulary, mainly concrete nouns...

  • -Later level: Use new English vocabulary to share knowledge of concepts
  • Reading: 5.0-Children demonstrate progress in their knowledge of the alphabet in English
  • 5.2- Beginning level: Begin to recognize the first letter in their own name… in home language or English
  • 5.2-Middle level/Later level: Identify some letters of the alphabet in English
  • Social Emotional Learning-Initiative in Learning: 5.1-Enjoy learning and are confident in their abilities to make new discoveries...
  • Social Emotional Learning-Interaction with Familiar Adults: 1.0, 1.1-Interact with familiar adults comfortably and competently(i.e. Ask questions, communicate their experiences, and demonstrate skills)
  • Math-Number Sense: 1.3-Identify without counting, the number of objects in a collection of up to three objects (i.e., subitize).
  • Math-Algebra & Functions (Classification and Patterning): 1.0- Children sort and classify objects in their everyday environment
  • Life Science: 1.1 Identify characteristics of a variety of animals and plants, including appearance and behavior, and begin to categorize them.

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Learning Targets

Language and Literacy Development - Listening and Speaking (Vocabulary) 2.0
2.1 Understand and use accepted words for objects, actions, and attributes encountered frequently in both real and symbolic contexts.
English Language Development -Speaking (Conversation)1.0
Beginning level: 1.3 Converse in the home language
Middle level: 1.3 Begin to converse with others, using English vocabulary but may code switch
Later level: 1.3 Sustain a conversation in English about a variety of topics

Math/Science
Math- Algebra and Functions
Foundation 1.1 Sort and classify objects by one attribute into two or more groups, with increasing accuracy.
Science- Physical Science
Foundation 1.1 Observe, investigate, and identify the characteristics and physical properties of objects and of solid and nonsolid materials (size, weight,
shape, color, texture and sound.
Social Emotional Learning
Self, Social Interaction, Relationships 4.0 Empathy and Caring
Foundation 4.1 Demonstrate concern for the needs of others and people in distress
History Social Science- 3.0 Social Roles and Occupations
Foundation 3.1 Play Familiar adult social roles and occupations (such as parent, teacher, doctor) consistent with their developing knowledge
of these roles.

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Learning Targets:

Language and Literacy Development
Speaking / Vocabulary 2.3

Understand and use both simple and complex words that describe the relations between objects.
English Language Development
Speaking- Focus: Vocabulary production 1.2
Beginning: Use age appropriate vocabulary in home language
Middle: Begin to use English vocabulary, mainly consisting of concrete nouns and with some verbs and pronouns.
Later: Use new English vocabulary to share knowledge of concepts.


Social-Emotional Learning

Relationships 1.1
Take greater initiative in seeking support from their primary family attachment figures.
Math
Measurement 1.1
Children compare, order and measure objects by size, length, weight, or capacity.
Geometry 1.1
Identify, describe and construct a variety of different shapes, including a circle, triangle, rectangle, square and other shapes.


Science

Observation and Investigation 1.2
Observe objects and events in the environment and describe them in greater detail.


History/Social Science

Understanding Past Events 1.1
Recall past experiences easily and enjoy hearing stories about the past, but need adult help to determine when past events occurred in relation to
each other and connect them with current experience.
Historical Changes in People and the World 4.1
Develop an interest in family history (i.e., when family members were children) as well as events from “long ago” and begin to understand when
these events occurred in relation to each other.

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Learning Targets:

Language and Literacy Development
Writing 1.2 Children write using scribbles that are different from pictures, and letters or letter- like shapes to represent words or ideas.
English Language Development
Writing 1.2 Focus: Writing to represent words or ideas
Beginning level: Begin to demonstrate awareness that written language can be in the home language or English.
Middle level: Begin to use marks or symbols to represent spoken language in the home language or English.
Later level: Continue to develop writing by using letters or letter- like shapes to represent their ideas in English.
Social Emotional Learning
Self 3.1 Social and Emotional Understanding
Seek to understand people’s feelings and behavior, notice diversity in human characteristics, and are interested in how people are similar and different.
Math/Science
Math- Algebra & Functions (Classification and Patterning) 2.1
Children begin to identify, recognize and duplicate simple repeating patterns.
Science- Life Science 1.2
Indicate greater knowledge of body parts and processes (e.g., eating, sleeping, breathing, walking) in humans and other animals.
Health
Basic Hygiene 1.1

Demonstrate knowledge of some steps in the hand washing routine.
Nutrition 1.1 Identify a larger variety of foods and may know some of the related food groups.

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Learning Targets:

Language and Literacy Development
Reading 4.1 Children demonstrate understanding of age-appropriate text read aloud (knowledge of details, characters, events, summarize, predict, inference, retell, reenact, or create artwork based on the text).


English Language Development

Reading 2.0 Children show an increasing understanding of book reading.
2.2 Beginning level: Retell a story in home language...with assistance.
Middle level: Retell a story using the home language and some English when read or told a story in English.
Later level: Retell in English the majority of a story read or told in English.


Social Emotional Learning

Social Interaction: 1.0 Interactions with Familiar Adults:

1.1 Participation in longer interactions with familiar adults while taking a greater initiative in social interaction.

Self : 5.0 Initiative in Learning:

5.1 Take greater initiative in making new discoveries, identifying new solutions, and persisting in trying to figure things out.


Math

Measurement 1.0 Children expand their understanding of comparing, ordering, and measuring objects.
Algebra and Functions: 1.0 Children expand their understanding of sorting and classifying objects in their everyday environment.
Mathematical Reasoning: 1.0 Children expand the use of mathematical thinking to solve problems that arise in their everyday environment.


Science

Scientific Inquiry 1.0 Observation and Investigation: 1.3 Begin to identify and use, with adult support, some observation and measurement tools.
Physical Science 1.1 Observe, investigate, and identify the characteristics and physical properties of objects and of solid and nonsolid materials (size,
weight, shape, color, texture, and sound).

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Learning Targets

Language and Literacy Development
Speaking/Vocabulary 2.1 Understand and use accepted words for objects, actions, and attributes encountered frequently in both real and symbolic contexts.


English Language Development

Speaking 1.0 Children use nonverbal and verbal strategies to communicate with others. Focus- Vocabulary Production

Beginning: Use vocabulary in home language that is age-appropriate…
Middle: Begin to use English vocabulary, mainly consisting of concrete nouns and with some verbs and pronouns.
Later level: Use new English vocabulary to share knowledge of concepts.


Social-Emotional Learning

Self-Awareness 1.1 Describe their physical characteristics, behavior, and abilities positively.


Math

Algebra & Functioning 1.1 Sort and classify objects by one or more attributes, into two or more groups with increasing accuracy.


Science

Physical Science 1.1 Observe, investigate, and identify the characteristics and physical properties of objects and of solid and non solid materials (size, weight, shape, color,
texture and sound).

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