Sunday, May 19, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> May 13-17

Spring is here!  
Here's a look at what we did this week:

Symmetrical Butterfly
Can you make both side of the butterfly symmetrical?  We used loose parts and let students explore.

Building with Wedgits
Whenever we put out these Wedgits the students love them!  A parent donated them years ago but I have seen them online (Amazon) and in some toy stores.

Strawberry Squish - Playdough Centre
At our Playdough Centre we left out this activity - roll "strawberries" (or balls of Playdough) and read subtraction question.  Squish the strawberries that you don't need to solve the question.

You can find this in my Subtraction in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

Planting!
We left out soil, shovels, seeds and bulbs for students to explore planting!

Syllable Sort
We play lots of games together in class and Syllable Sort is one of our favourites!
Students put on these gardening gloves (I labelled them "1" and "2" so they choose one of each and put them on).  They choose a card and clap and count the syllables.
After playing a few times, I set up the same activity at our Pocket Chart centre.

You can find this activity in my Syllable Sort pack on TpT.

Canadian Coins
This week we introduced our new unit in math - Canadian Coins.
I started by showing the class my wallet and the money I had inside.  We talked about "bills" and "coins".  What an interesting conversation we had about what money is, where it comes from, how it's made and more!
I also read this amazing book to the students as we started to build our pocket chart all about coins - names and values.

In small groups, we had students spend time looking closely at coins and sort them. 

These activities are from my Canadian Coins in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

*Many people have been asking if I will come out with a US Coins pack - stay tuned!  I'm working on that now.  I will add it as a FREE ZIP file to the Kindergarten Math Bundle if you already own that.  I'll also be uploading the Measurement in Kindergarten pack by next weekend so be sure to re-download.*

We also recited poems to help us learn the names and values of each coin.
You can download these posters for FREE by clicking on the picture below.
*BOTH CANADIAN AND US COINS INCLUDED*
(This is a ZIP file so you can choose which file you would like to download)

Sight Words
I love to leave out activities/provocations/centres that focus on reading and spelling sight words.
Students could use old keyboards to type in and spell sight words.

 We used these large chalkboards to "paint" sight words with water.

You can download these sight word cards for FREE by clicking on the picture below.

Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:
You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version{here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.
I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> May 6-10 ... Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day!
We made these adorable magnets - 4 in total - picture of student, "mom", "love" and a flower.



RETELL The Very Hungry Caterpillar
We set out a variety of different props for students to use to retell the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Can you Make a Treasure Map?

Fine Motor - Place the golf balls on the tees

Mother Mary
We learned the prayer Hail Mary and did a directed drawing of Mother Mary.

Alphabet Sort
I have a bunch of small plastic toys that are part of a large set from Wintergreen Learning.  Students sorted the objects by beginning sounds.

Subtraction Fun!
In our math blocks this week, we continued with subtraction.  We had students use the number line to help solve simple questions.  We also worked on subtraction booklets.


You can find these activities in my Subtraction in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

Alphabet Hole Punching
Using the hole punch, students had to punch the letters out - they could punch their name or letters that they chose.  It was a difficult task but they persevered!
I saw this activity on "J'adore Kinder" on Instagram and knew it would be a hit in our classroom too!

***You can download the alphabet hole punch activity for FREE by clicking on the picture below***

Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version{here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.
I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Apr. 29 - May 3

Our students are eagerly awaiting spring but with chilly temperatures this week, we may have to wait another week!

Here's a look at some of the centres, activities and provocations we set out for this week:

POCKET CHART - BUTTERFLY
This week, our pocket chart centre focused on reading the predictable text and matching the coloured butterfly.  Even our Year 1 students could do this!  There's also a worksheet were students can fill in the missing sight word and colour the butterfly to match.


You can find this in my All Year Long - Pocket Chart Fun! product on TpT.

LEGO MAZE
Our students love Lego, so when we asked them to create a maze for the marbles to travel through, they were eager to get started!

SPRING PROVOCATION - LIGHT TABLE
At the Light Table, I set out green mats (Dollarama) and a bowl full of flowers.  On the shelf nearby I left some translucent plastic bugs and jewels.  Students could use these loose parts to tell a Spring story. 

GUESS WHO?
I love using games in the classroom.  Sometimes we invite a small group of children to play and we teach them to take turns, how to have patience, winning and losing.  It's a huge thing in Kindergarten!  We left out the game "Guess Who?" for them to play together.

INVENTIVE SPELLING
One of my morning whole-group lessons this past week was encouraging students to use inventive spelling.  I find that sometimes they are reluctant to write on their own and need to build confidence!  We played this fun game - choose a picture, sound it out and write it on the easel.  They had so much fun!  These magnetic pictures are from Scholastic (see photo below).

SUBTRACTION
We just started introducing subtraction.  I love the song "5 Little Ducks" and so we played a game where I chose 5 students to be "ducks" (they got to wear these badges) and as we sang the song, one sat down.
We also used small plastic ducks (Dollarama) and practiced the same thing in small groups. 

Students also got to use jewels to solve simple subtraction sentences.  Stay tuned for next week's blog post where you'll see more hands-on activities!
You can find these activities and lots more in my new Subtraction in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

TOWER UP!
The game "Tower Up!" has always been one of my favourites to play.  Roll the die, count that many cubes and build a tower on top of the number on your mat.  When you get the same amount of cubes as the number, you knock over your tower and continue to build others!  It's a little tricky at first but once the students got the hang of it they loved it!
***You can download this game for FREE by clicking on the picture below***


Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version{here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.
I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Apr. 22-26

This was such a short week - we were off on Monday (Easter Monday) and on Friday we were on a field trip for more than half the day!  
We did manage to squeeze in some fun learning activities and provocations.

EARTH DAY
To celebrate Earth Day we set out this provocation.  Students looked closely at the globe and created their own.  Lots of discussions around how much water in on our planet!
You can download the Earth Day poster you see in this picture for FREE here (I posted all about it last year).

SIGHT WORD BUILDING
We laid out letter tiles and had students build sight words.

NUMBER STORIES
Can you build a number story?  This was a great provocation because it was so open ended!  The students even brought over some small plastic animals from the Blocks Centre to add to their creations.

SENSORY BIN - WASHING
I usually put out a "washing" centre out at the end of the year, but we were gifted new Lego and the students were eager to wash them and use them!  
Soap, sponges and water go a long way!

ROCK PATHWAYS
The RECE I work with, Mrs. Petrone, made these rocks years ago.  I wish I had a close up picture but there are different lines drawn all over them.  Students could connect them to build pathways.

Lots of fun things coming up this week....Mother's Day sneak peek, STREAM (Science Technology Religion Engineering Arts Math) Expo fast approaching and more!  Stay tuned!

Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:

You can download the Week-at-a-Glance PDF version{here}.  
If you would like the editable version to modify this for your own class click {here}.  
You will need Power Point to edit.
I used the following fonts if you wish to keep it the same (free to download):