Saturday, May 25, 2019

Weekly Wrap-Up -> May 20-24

This week we continued to learn about Canadian coins.  

Canadian Coins - Going Shopping
After reading this book, Going Shopping, we discussed how we use money to pay for items. 
We set up a play "store" on a table and had students choose an item to buy, look at the price tag and choose a coin(s) to pay for it.
Students then completed their own Going Shopping booklets where they had to cut and paste the corresponding coin.

Canadian Coins - Roll and Say
We played a game where students rolled the money dice and had to describe the coin they rolled 
(i.e. quarter and 25 cents)

You can find these activities (and so much more!) in my Canadian Coins in Kindergarten pack on TpT.



Magnetic Maze
We invited students to use Plasticine to create a maze.  With the magnetic wands, they could make their marble travel through the maze. 

Math Game
Students used a variety of math manipulatives to create their own math game.  We even added a timer to this provocation!

Stamping Sight Words
Using these alphabet stampers, students read and stamped sight words.

Exploring Capacity at the Sand Table
On this shelf near the sand table, students explored capacity.  They filled bottles and buckets of different sizes using measuring cups, spoons, etc.

Flower Shop Dramatic Play
Now that spring is here, and we are continuing with our Planting Inquiry, we set up a Flower Shop in our Dramatic Play Centre.

You can find this in my Flower Shop Dramatic Play pack on TpT.

Bingo Daubing Letters
In our fine motor group this week, we had students use bingo daubers to carefully daub the letters of the alphabet on this large poster.

Cartoon Bob Sketches
We will be celebrating our Year 2 students at our Growing Celebration in a few weeks.  We had Cartoon Bob come in to sketch the children, which we will display on the walls of the gym for our celebration.


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 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):