Sunday, March 31, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Mar. 25-29

We are anxiously awaiting spring to come (although we had more snow this weekend!) and so we set up some provocations to get ready!

SIGHT WORD FLOWERS
Students matched the letter flowers in the sensory bin (which is filled with black beans) to the words on the pots.  They recorded all the words they could read on the paper.

FEED THE FROG - RHYMING WORDS
With the whole class, we reviewed rhyming words by playing this fun game.  Can you find a matching pair of rhyming cards and feed the frog?

LETTER SWAT
To review letters and sounds, we played "Letter Swat".  The students used fly swatters (from Dollarama) to swat the letter/sound that was called out.

You can find these activities in my *NEW* Let's Play - Spring pack on TpT.

FLOWER MAKING
This was a fun activity to work on fine motor skills.  Students made flower arrangements using plastic flowers and colanders.

KEVA BLOCKS
We recently ordered KEVA Blocks (from Wintergreen Learning) and set them out this week.  Students explored building different structures!



EXPLORING 3-D FIGURES
We sent a letter home last week asking for students to bring in 3D figures from around their house.  We invited them to sort them onto the mats.


This provocation had students exploring ways to build using 3D figures.




We played "What's in my Bag?"
I invited students to come up, reach into the bag and choose a 3D figure, and describe it on this worksheet.

Our Year 2 (SK) students worked on a mystery book.  What a hit!
Choose a 3D figure and glue the picture on the bottom.  Cover it using a flap.  Write a clue (i.e. It has a point) and give an example (i.e. Party hat).  When they completed their books, they quizzed their friends!

You can find these activities in my 3-D Figures in Kindergarten pack on TpT if you'd like to see more.

ROLL-A-LETTER GAME
In our letter/sound identification small group, students rolled the letter dice and wrote the letter into this graph.  I made the dice using small wooden blocks (you can find them at Michaels).  This game is editable so you can choose which letters you want to focus on and add those.  Or make different games and have students play a few times.
You can download this editable game for FREE by clicking the picture below.

Click the picture below to download this freebie!
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):


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> Mar. 18-22

We are back from March Break and welcomed spring with lots of fun provocations and activities!

What do you wonder about spring?
At our Science and Discovery Centre, we set out a few plants, flowers and bulbs asking what the students wonder about spring.  We noticed that they were very interested in drawing and painting the flowers too!

Spring Playdough Cookie Cutters
I found cute spring playdough cookie cutters (rainbow, rabbit, egg, flower) at the Walmart in Buffalo last week when I went and thought they would be perfect to set out this week!  
As the week went on, we added various colours of playdough.  Next week we plan on adding to this centre by setting up small plastic flowers, bugs and birds.

How many bugs can you pick up?
I love leaving out activities that focus on fine motor so I placed a bunch of plastic bugs (you can find these at Dollarama or Michaels) along with tweezers and a 30-second timer.  Students try to pick up as many bugs as possible before the time runs out!


Spring Loose Parts Story
We added a bunch of loose parts to this provocation (plastic flowers, birds, fairies, etc.) and invited students to think of a story about spring.


Our Giving Tree
Each year at the start of Lent, we read the story The Giving Tree.  We discuss how Lent is the perfect time to show others how we can be helpful, kind, respectful and caring.  Each time a student does something for someone else (i.e. helping a friend open their snack), that student can write/draw on a leaf and we tape them to our classroom giving tree (on the door).  I have been doing this activity for years and love it!
You can read more about it by clicking here.

Water Beads - Sensory Bin
In our sensory bin, I added water beads in spring colours (you can find these at Dollar Tree in the floral section) along with bottles, scoops, bowls and spoons.  This is a great activity to document students' thinking about capacity!


Sneaky Snake
Sneaky Snake is a great game to work on subitizing!  Students roll the dot die and pick up that piece of the snake.  They continue rolling and building their snake until they have both a head (piece #1) and a tail (piece #2).  The person with the longest snake wins!
*I printed the pieces on transparency to use at the light table but you can also use this game at a table*
You can find this in my Fun With Dice! {Math Games} on TpT.
Here is how I documented the students playing: 

How tall can you build a tower?
We noticed our students building towers on the carpet quite a bit before March Break so we set up this provocation.

You can print the pages of the structures book you see below here.


Space Centre Dramatic Play
Our Space Inquiry wrapped up just before March Break.  We decided to hang the paper mache planets the students made in our Dramatic Centre.  We also left out lots of tin foil, boxes and the telescope.  The students loved turning our Dramatic Centre into a Space Centre this week!


3-D Figures
We started our 3-D figures unit in math this week.  I like to start this unit by reading the book 3-D Shapes and discussing that they are fat not flat.  Students always laugh when we say that!
We also co-create this chart throughout the week as we learn more about these figures.



We worked in small groups with this challenge:  Can you build it?  Yes or no. 




You can find these activities in my 3-D Figures in Kindergarten unit on TpT.

We will continue to work on 3-D figures next week so stay tuned for what other activities and lessons are planned!

I also left out this fun Q-tip alphabet dot painting activity to work on both fine motor skills and letter/sound identification.
Click the picture below to download this freebie!

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):