Kindergarten Week Four Themes and Lessons

Hello! Welcome to Week Four of Kindergarten. If you are new to my blog, click here to start at Kindergarten Week One or click here to see last week, Kindergarten Week Three
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
I love this picture, Pete is so cool and groovy, you can almost hear the jazz music playing in the background! So many great ideas for week four, but I highly recommend you make this your Pete the Cat Week! You will love it, your students will love it... win - win! 
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
You will hear this song in your sleep! I still find myself waking up and singing, my buttons, my buttons... as you continue to read this blog post, I have a variety of sizes of buttons for you and your class to print, cut, and act out this great song!

That being said, these Kindergarten Weekly blog posts are designed to let me help make your Kindergarten year a little bit easier with FREEBIES and kindergarten resources - worksheets, color by number pages, coloring pages, classroom games, lesson plans, center games, task cards, activities, color by code pages, and so much more! The day to day teaching you do is so very HARD, let me help. Pin this page to remember to come back at the start of each school year as I update each week with more downloads for your classroom!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat!
Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
These Pete the Cat buttons are my FREEBIE to you this week! I've created them in four different blackline master styles...
  • one large button to a page
  • two big buttons to a page
  • four medium buttons to a page and 
  • twenty small buttons to a page
There are multiple ways to use this blackline master, print four large buttons per child all the way to printing four small buttons to a child. You can print four large buttons and then have your students come up to the front and roleplay Pete the Cat losing his buttons during the song. 

I have printed my samples on construction paper, I found this great pack on Amazon because I live in the middle of no-where and basically now get everything from Amazon! <Insert Big Smile> Click here to see the pack of construction paper I used.

You can also just print these buttons on white paper and let your boys and girls color them in to act out the song. But basically, make sure everyone has four buttons in front of them and take away one button at a time when Pete's button pops off of his coat. We would do this at the end of the day. To encourage them to clean up and pack up quickly, we would sing this song as a reward. If you continue to read this post, you will see more pictures of the button sizes and a link to download the button blackline resource!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat!
Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!

Please note that not all of these ideas may be practical during the 2021-2022 face-to-face, hybrid, or distance learning school year. But hopefully you can return year after year for some new ideas and think, "This would be wonderful for my boys and girls this year!"

Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
This is Pete that my husband painted over our classroom library when I last taught kindergarten. The students loved him, the parents loved photographing their children with Pete, click here to read more.  
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Did you know they also have Pete the Cat rugs now? Good thing I'm retired or I would be so broke, I love Pete that much!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
"REAL LIFE" I created the letters ahead of time at home without measuring it, so the C in COOL hangs over into the window area, oh well! It sure is cute still!


Here are some SUGGESTIONS for themes for the 4th Week of Kindergarten. None of these are hard set in stone, but I'm writing this list and making suggestions for you JUST IN CASE...
  • the year is crazy and you need help planning, 
  • or you are the only Kindergarten Teacher at your school with no one to plan with, 
  • or you have been transferred from third grade to Kindergarten after the third week due to low enrollment... 
I could continue to type all sorts of real world examples, but you get the picture, I'm here to help! ♥  
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
My husband also painted Pete the Cat on a large board my neighbor teacher had, so that we could use him over and over and move him around as needed! Then she and her Dad painted the board. We loved it! The kids loved it! Cute, cute, cute! If you know someone who can draw, ask them to help you create your favorite book characters or use you digital camera to project and trace. It will be something you enjoy in your classroom year after year!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
These are some of my personal Pete the Cat books, they are not perfect since they have been in my classroom library, but you can build your Pete the Cat library for week four from garage sales, Goodwill stores, Salvation Army stores, thrift stores, etc. I love when Kohl's Department Store has a certain author I love for their Kohl's Cares display. The hardback books and this Pete the Cat stuffed animal all came from Kohl's. I've also include many Amazon links for you and sometimes they run a FREE Kindle version of a book, so you can get a free book that way and show it on your classroom overhead camera / projector set up! 
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!

Main Theme for the Fourth Week of Kindergarten
Yes, I bet you can guess, Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons
This is also a great week to start teaching the FOUR seasons with the start of FALL with apples and apple trees. Continuing on with "All About Me" "All About My Family" and "All About My Grandparents" are wonderful start of the year themes too. Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, so depending when your first day of school is, this might hit Week Four nicely! 

When it comes to Pete the Cat, there are now so many wonderful books for your and your students. More than enough for a read aloud a day and then some!

Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!
Pete the Cat! Say No More Pete is All About Week Four!

Additional Themes For the Fourth Week of Kindergarten
* Squares and rectangles have four sides
* Continue with retelling of stories - click here for retelling lessons from week three.  Your students will love retelling all the Pete the Cat stories you read to them!
* The number 4, how to write a 4 and how "4" represents four items.
* Nursery Rhyme - Sing a Song of Sixpence


Squares
Facts for Teachers (Square. plane figure with four equal sides and four right (90°) angles. A square has four axes of symmetry, and its two finite diagonals (as with any rectangle) are equal.)

Teaching squares and rectangles is so much fun if you are allowed to have food in your district.

Step one, give your students FOUR stick pretzels and let them figure it out themselves. 

Next, give them FOUR mini-marshmallows to use at the FOUR angles of the square. Boom! Stem lesson just.like.that! Look at you go Kindergarten Teacher! After they eat their square, come together as a group and document on chart paper or your overhead camera everything they learned about triangles!

Rectangles
Facts for Teachers (Rectangle. A 4-sided flat shape with straight sides where all interior angles are right angles (90°). Also opposite sides are parallel and of equal length. Example: A square is a special type of rectangle.)

Step one, give your students TWO stick pretzels and TWO pretzel rods, click here to see what I mean by the pretzel rods. Let your students create a rectangle and discuss the attributes of a rectangle, and how one table might have made them "standing tall" and another table might have made them "laying down" etc. but they are all still rectangles! 

Next, give them FOUR mini-marshmallows to use at the FOUR angles of the rectangle

Want to take it even further for your higher students?
Review triangles and angles. Tri- means three, so a triangle has three angles. "Any other tri- words that have three of something in it that you might know boys and girls? tricycle, tripod, etc. 
Next rect- comes from the Latin rectus, which means "right" or "straight" because the right angles makes the sides straight, so rectangle is four angles.

During the next four days, you can review squares with Cheez-Its, square pretzels, crackers, waffles, bread, toast, lots of square foods! Squares have never tasted so good. 
Square Foods - A Two Minute Video of Pure Fun!

*** Note, by planning ahead you can ask for parents help with these square food items in your WEEK THREE newsletter. So many parents want to help, they just don't know what you need unless you ask them! :) ***

Squares Needed For Your Shape Museum!
Last week I talked about starting a class "Shape Museum" click here to read about it. This week ask your students to bring in square shaped items. Each week your museum will continue to grow with each shape! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Nursery Rhymes for the Week
Sing a Song of Sixpence and Hickory Dickory Dock are wonderful sing-song type of Nursery Rhymes for this week and many of your students should be able to memorize the first paragraph of each.

Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
FOUR and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey,
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

Alternate last line if you consider "pecked off" too violent for your class, {When down came a blackbird and pecked on her toes!}

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck two, the mouse said “BOO!”
Hickory dickory dock.
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck three, the mouse said “WHEE!”
Hickory dickory dock.
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck FOUR, the mouse said “No more!”
Hickory dickory dock.

You Can Grab Some of These Resources For Week Four For Your Classroom This Week!
Click Here for This Color By Code Know Your Shapes Transportation Resource With a Bonus Free Coloring Page Too!

Click Here to Download This Alphabet Matching Centers with a Humpty Dumpty Theme for Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Alphabet Matching Literacy Center for Uppercase and Lowercase Letters with a Castle Theme for Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Alphabet Clip Card Literacy Center for Uppercase and Lowercase Letters with a Wonderful September Back to School Theme Bundle for Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Color By Number Animals For Kindergarten Know Your Numbers Resource For Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Color By Code Apple Themed For Kindergarten Know Your Colors Resource For Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This All About Me Page That is a New Addition to my Back to School Coloring Pages Resource For Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This FREEBIE - Fall Football and Cheerleading Coloring Pages Resource For Your Classroom Today!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alphabet-Color-By-Code-Remediation-There-Was-An-Old-Woman-Who-Lived-in-a-Shoe-6529945

Click Here to Download This Apples Coloring Pages Resource For Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Alphabet Initial Sounds Matching Literacy Center Resource For Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Color By Code A - Z Sight Words Alphabet Book Resource For Your Classroom Today!

Click Here to Download This Color By Code A - Z Sight Words Alphabet Book Resource For Your Classroom Today!


I hope this post was able to give you a fresh, new idea or two and that you are able to enjoy some of the downloads with your students! Have a wonderful week!

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