Friday, June 01, 2018

Weekly Wrap-Up...May 28-June 1 -> Simple provocations for the last month of school...with an insect FREEBIE!

We have a LOT on the go right now with the last month of school starting.
So we wanted these next few weeks to still be meaningful for the students but simple enough to set up for us that we can also focus our time on report card writing, end of year celebration, Father's Day, Play Day and everything else coming up in the next few weeks!

Playdough
The students in our class this year really seem to love Playdough.  So we try and set out a new, simple provocation for them to explore.  This week we invited the students to roll a letter dice and form the letter using Playdough.
*I used a wood burning pen from Michaels to make the letters onto each wooden cube.*

Math Provocations
Although we explored the concept of weight a few months back, we always like to invite students to explore learning concepts on their own.  This provocation had the students roll the dot die and add that many counters to one side of the scale.  Then they rolled again and added the counters to the other side.  They could compare which side was heavierlighter, etc.


We have been learning about Canadian coins over the past two weeks and left this game out, Capture 4, for the students to play either independently or with a friend.  They roll the die that has images of coins on it and cover up a matching coin image.  The object of the game is to "Capture 4" - or get 4 in a row (up, down, diagonal, box, etc.).

I printed a few different price tags with varying amounts and left them at the Dramatic Centre which also has a variety of plastic food.  The students turned this area into a store and were thrilled when I added coins, a wallet and a cash register!  
You can find these activities in my Canadian Coins pack on TpT if you are interested 
(blog post explaining more about this math unit coming soon!) 


Listening Centre
We have been using the iPads as our Listening Centre for the past few months.  They are so easy to use!  Students love scanning the QR Code and listening to a new book.  The June pack was set up today and was an instant hit!
 You can find this here if you are interested.

Planting
If you read my weekly post from last week you will know that we started planting simple seeds (beans, carrots, radishes) in our classroom....and this week they started growing!
Each day we choose a students to water the plants and many of them rush over to the windows first thing in the morning to see if they grew.  They love looking for their roots!


Insects
Last week we noticed our students really taking an interest in the insects they saw outside (lots of worms from the rain, butterflies and flies!).  We started reading some books on insects and set out this provocation inviting them to draw their favourite bugs.


You can download these insect vocabulary cards I made for FREE by clicking {here}.

Father's Day
Here's a sneak peak of our Father's Day gift (one of them anyway!).
We made the same books for our Mother's last month and they were a hit so I decided to make them again but for the dads.  

I'll post all about Father's Day this weekend and include these as a freebie!

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