Sample of a Kindergarten Curriculum Map

Exploration and Literacy Centers
Week 1: (August)
Welcome: teacher, class rules, classroom map, school map, school helpers Creative drama (play school) school sign, reading pointer, writing center, flag, calendar, song charts, poem chart, etc.
Week 2: (September)
Me: names, similarities/differences, name graph, name puzzles, name sorting Student photos, name matching tub, rhythm sticks for name clapping, name alphabet graph, picture cards to sort beginning sound of name (Mary, mop, moon, monkey)
Week 3: (September)
Safety: home, playground, car, good touch, bad touch, substances Signs, environmental print tub (stop sign, pedestrian crossing, school zone, etc.), clipboards, camera to photograph environmental print, container labels
Week 4: (September)
Body Care: cleanliness, rest, physical activity, first aid, dental care Barber shop, stethoscope for heartbeat, obstacle course, dolls, model of teeth, toothbrushes (dentist may donate), shampoo, lotion, toothpaste (discuss print on containers)
Week 5: (September)
Food is Fuel: fruits and vegetables, grains, dairy products, meats, marginal foods Plastic food, play dishes, cookbooks, recipe cards, empty food containers, food pictures or plastic foods to go on paper plates, food pyramid floor puzzle
Week 6: (October)
Change Over Time: height, weight, new skills, problem solving, contributions Scales, measuring tape, unifix cubes, body tracing, wall chart for measuring height, pictures of children of various ages, number cards, foot-long footprints for measuring
Week 7: (October)
Fall: clipboard walk, signs of fall, pumpkins, apples, corn, insects Insect tub, pumpkins, scales, apples, wooden apples, fall items, grocery ads of fall produce, labels of apple products, fall books
Week 8: (October)
Fall: bird migration, people and animal adaptation, fall activities, fall foods, fall poems Leaves, pumpkins, seeds, dried corn, gourds, map for migration to Mexico, globe, fall books, books about Mexico
Week 9: (October)
Fall: harvest, weather, leaf sorting, leaf patterns, frost Chestnuts, harvest products, laminated leaf patterns, materials for leaf rubbings, nuts, nutcracker, thermometer, weather charts from newspaper, fall books
Week 10: (October)
Five Senses (sight): colors, sight boxes, color goggles, reflections, shadows, magnification Sight boxes, color goggles, mirrors, magnifiers, microscope, materials for color mixing (food coloring, water, eye droppers, white egg carton), color recipe cards, sight books
Week 11: (November)
Five Senses (touch and smell): texture identification, comparison of fingertip sensitivity to sensitivity of other parts of the body, identification of classmates by touch, odor identification, noses Ink fingerprints, magnifiers, gack, clay dough, smelling cans, smelling paint (tempera paint with fragrance added), sniff art (boxes of gelatin, glue), texture books, scratch and sniff books, scratch and sniff stickers, books about touch and smell
Week 12: (November)
Five Senses (taste): identification of taste, favorite taste, characteristics of tongue, names of tastes, tasting table Tasting table, mirrors, tongue map, magazines, scissors, new foods to try (kiwi, star fruit, pomegranate), grocery store drama center, food ads, shopping list, cash register, coupons
Week 13: (November)
Five Senses (hearing): vibration, rhythm band, hearing loss, noise pollution Rhythm instruments, stethoscope, whisper tube, phonemic enhancer, noise station, tin can telephone, xylophone (place numbered stickers on each note, write numbered sheet music for familiar melodies), tape recorder, microphone
Week 14: (November)
Family Traditions: holidays, foods, family seasonal activities, family graph, family members Flannel board family, family masks, family graph, blank books for student sharing of family traditions, family books, family word cards, holiday books, seasonal books
Week 15: (December)
Family Contributions: mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, grandparents, babies, their contributions to a family Flannel board family, family masks, family graph, blank books for student drawing and writing about their own family, family word cards, magazines, family books
Week 16: (December)
Cultural Traditions: introduction to globe, water, land, USA, places of cultures in our class on globe, Utah Globe, maps, sand trough, relief maps, play rug map, toys for play rug, inflatable globe, cultural pictures, multicultural books, song charts, tradition table, label cards for traditions
Week 17: (December)
Family: word families, color families, my family, animal families, classroom family Letter magnets, word family books, color mixing, animal family flashcards (such as pictures of animals in the cat family or dog family), family photos
Week 18: (January)
Winter: clipboard walk, winter words, snowflakes, snowmen, icicles Winter dictionary, pre-folded tissue paper for snowflakes, snow trough, clay dough or soap flakes for snowmen, icicles, winter books, compound word cards (snowman, snowflake, snowball), pocket chart, winter words, weather chart
Week 19: (January)
Winter: winter weather, dressing for winter, animals in winter, plants in winter, winter problems Winter clothes, animal pictures, animal word cards, plastic animals in snow trough, soap flakes, shaving cream writing, winter books, snowplow or snow blower operator, weather report from newspaper, winter articles, thermometer
Week 20: (January)
Winter: thermometers, winter fun, snowballs, The Mitten, by Jan Brett, winter festival Thermometers, giant mitten and headbands, winter books, blank books to record ideas for winter fun, winter Olympic pictures, print from ski, skating, snowmobile shops
Week 21: (January)
Community Resources (people): police, fire, hospital, business, services provided by community helpers Community play rug, toy trucks, people pictures, environmental print from local area (hospital, police department, fire department, etc.)
Week 22: (January)
Community Resources (places): post office, stores, restaurants, park, university Community play rug, toy trucks, people pictures, creative drama (kids help select theme, create print and equipment) environmental print from local area (post office, stores, restaurants, etc.)
Week 23: (February)
Maps: community mapping (play rug with logos of local businesses, university, zoo, school, etc.) Community play rug, classroom map, schoolyard map, direction cards, creative drama center such as post office or fire department that use mapping in occupation (kids help create center and maps for using in center)
Week 24: (February)
Friendship: making friends, my friends, attributes of friends, problem solving, activities together Class photos, student name cards, books about friends, blank books to write about friends ("I like _____" or "I like to ___ with _____.")
Week 25: (February)
Friendship: charting sequence of new friends for the week, friend finders festival (students work with a new friend each day) Class photos, student name cards, books about friends, blank books, name graph, class books and poems (students enjoy identifying authors)
Week 26: (February)
Citizenship: national symbols, Lincoln, Washington, USA (teach meaning of initials), students initials, characteristics of good citizens Patriotic rubbings, flags, blank paper, USA (standing for United States of America), national symbols, coins, name cards with first and last names, books about USA and other counties, maps, globe
Week 27: (March)
Books (emphasis on rhyme): Mother Goose, poetry, rhyming words, word families, poem writing Rhyming word picture sort, word family books, word family magnets, flannel board poems, pocket chart, rhyming picture and word cards, blank books, writing center (add new markers, stickers, paint set, colored pencils), add Mother Goose and poetry books to classroom library
Week 28: (March)
Books (elements of books): alphabet books, number books, authors, illustrators, fairy tales and their characters Alphabet stamps, number stamps, blank books, flannel board fairy tale characters, alphabet stamp markers, blank alphabet books, magazines, puppets, theater, billboard, tickets, programs
Week 29: (March)
Books (emphasis on nonfiction): biographies, animal books, how-to books, field guides, make a book Blank books, animal books, field guides with objects (insects, shells, rocks, etc.) biographies, how-to books, cookbooks, objects to build projects with, posters to record instructions or sequence "how to build a castle"
Week 30: (March)
Spring: clipboard walk, signs of spring, plants, seeds, colors Seeds, potted plants, pussy willows, cuttings in water, paper towel stapled in baggie to place seeds, gardening supplies, spring books, books about plants, water color paints, paper
Week 31: (March)
Spring: baby animals, birds returning, eggs, weather, activities Seeds, potted plants, pussy willows, cuttings in water, blank books to record growth of baggie seeds, baby animal picture cards, word cards, books about spring and animals
Week 32: (April)
Animal Differences: animal coverings, sizes, unique features, movements, sounds Fur, seashells, snake skin, feathers, animal skins, animal cards, life-size animal outline (such as a giraffe or grizzly bear) to compare with size of students, footlong footprints for measuring size, animal books, brochures from zoo, plastic animals, plastic tablecloth for kids to make animal habitats
Week 33: (April)
Birds: bird facts, names and birdcalls, kinds of birds, nests, bird watching Nests, bird books, bird cards, binoculars, bird blind, bird feeder, field guides, bird name cards, bird call cards
Week 34: (April)
Reptiles and Amphibians: snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, alligators Snake skin, turtle shell, tube of fabric to try to shed skin, pantyhose snakes, water trough, plastic animals, big rocks in trough, books about reptiles and amphibians, pocket chart, animal name cards, animal movement cards
Week 35: (April)
Farm Animals: cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, horses Plastic animals, wooden barn, tablecloth or play rug farm, farm animal books, animal name cards, animal sound cards
Week 36: (May)
Pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, what would you wish for? Pebble Books by Capstone, plastic animals, pet food containers, plastic cages (or baskets), pet store drama center, animal name cards, picture cards, animal sound cards, books about pets, pictures of pets, magazines, blank books
Week 37: (May)
Mammals: mammal facts, camels, bears, monkeys, bats Animal masks (put on and tell class name of animal and if it is a mammal), plastic animals, animal pictures for sorting and matching, animal word cards, animal fact books
Week 38: (May)
Water Animals: whale, fish, octopus, shark, ocean animal mural Tub of water, plastic ocean animals, blank mural paper, blue and green finger paint, drawing paper, books about ocean animals and water animals
Week 39: (May)
Zoo Animals: zebra, gorilla, elephant, giraffe, kangaroo Plastic zoo animals, plastic tablecloth zoo with cages for sorting, animal cards, zoo books, animal books, word cards
Week 40: (June)
Kindergarten Memories: friends, activities, field trips, books, etc. Pictures of the year's activities, name graph, blank books
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