January 2022

I hope that everyone had a very happy new year!
Although school started last week (online), I was off because my we had a family emergency.  I'm back this week and have my weekly plans prepped and ready to go!  Remote learning isn't easy but we are all trying to make it the best possible experience for our students!

January 10-14, 2022
Our schedule changed slightly due to the switch to remote.  We will still be focusing on literacy in the morning and math in the afternoon.
This week we will be diving into a winter inquiry focusing on snow and ice.  The weather here is cold!  More snow is on the way so why not get outside and explore what snow and ice are all about!

In religion we are going to watch this short video about how snowflakes are formed (it's amazing!) and then make our own cutting a square piece of paper.

There's a beautiful poem we will learn all about how God created each of us unique, just like snowflakes!
You can find this activity (and lots more!) in my January Religion pack on TpT.

We will also be reading The Snowy Day and discussing why the snowball melted in Peter's pocket.  There's a fabulous book I have called All About Matter.  We will be talking more about solids, liquids and gases and trying a few experiments with things we have at home.

We play a LOT of games online - it helps give students a break and they love it!
Some of my favourites we are going to play this week include...

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
We learn a new letter each week and this game is great!  Students can find something around their house that begins with different letters!

Guess What? Winter
Who doesn't love a guessing game?  Listen to the clues and try and guess what the item hiding is!

I Spy...Colors
This game is a typical "I Spy" game but using colors!  How many items can you spot in that color?

I made this fun game to play with the students also...it's similar to the game Headbands - where you hold up a picture without looking and have others give you clues for you to guess what it is.
You can download this for FREE by clicking the picture below.

In math we are learning about graphing.  I love this unit and it can easily be modified for home!
Here are a few things we will be doing...

graphing a collection -> grab 2 different loose parts (i.e. buttons, pasta, shells, Lego - whatever you have at home!) and compare
You can even try using 3 different items!
creating surveys -> I'll be surveying students first to model how to complete a graph and then they will try at home
brainstorming questions -> what questions can we ask our family and friends?
You can find all of these activities and more in my Graphing in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

If you are looking for DIGITAL (Google Slides) activities to assign your students, you might want to check out this pack -> Graphing - An Interactive Math Mini Unit!
This pack has mini-lessons ready for you to teach online and assign!
 
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January 17-21, 2022
We are heading back into the classroom this week so lots of fun things planned around winter and snow!

When we were on remote learning last week we had great discussion around snow and ice and how snowflakes were made.  I wanted to continue that this week so I chose a few books to help us find out more.


Even our games are all about snow and winter!
These Find It! games are always a hit! We use our pocket chart to place the cards in and hide one snowman card behind.  I've included numbers and sight words but this pack is editable so you can change the cards to whatever you'd like!

Here's another fun game you can easily project on your whiteboard - secret words. Students have to use the Alphabet Code to crack the secret winter word!

I just made this game, Blizzard, yesterday actually because my students often visit the "imaginary carpet" and play teacher (so sweet!). This sight word game is a class fav!  I change it up every season so I had to make one for winter.
It's actually a great way to practise sight words and, best part is, this makes for a wonderful comment for the Communication of Learning (report cards in FDK).
Place all of the cards in a basket/box/tin (I got this cute snowman tin at Dollarama).  Students choose a card, read the word on the snowman, and keep it! BUT....if you get the BLIZZARD card you have to put all of the cards back!


A new game we have been playing recently is all about using a Cartesian Plane.  Kids love it!
Choose a letter and a number. Move your fingers together to find the coordinate and move the box out o the way.  Is the picture hiding underneath? Can you find all of the hidden pictures?

In math our focus is going to be on Composing Numbers this week.
We will be learning to use the words "and" and "make".

We will also be making our own booklets to show our thinking.
These mats and cards are great practise for students to try using loose parts. I'll be adding them to my Math Centre.
This game is always a hit!
Shake and spill double sided counters and record your answers.  Were any the same? How many different ways can you show the number 5? 
Grab a card, read it, build it!
To end the week we will be playing "What's in my hand?"
Count out that many counters. Hide some in your hand and show your other hand. How many are hiding?

You can find all of these activities (and SO MUCH MORE!) in my Composing Numbers in Kindergarten pack on TpT.

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January 24-28, 2022
This week our focus is on fair share (a basic introduction to fractions) in math. We don't teach fractions in kindergarten but before the winter break we have noticed, specifically at the Dramatic Centre, that students have been talking about sharing food equally so we thought it would be a great idea to introduce this concept formally.
We are going to start by having two students come up, choose a number and try to share the cookies equally.  Sometimes it works and other times it doesn't! Why? Any ideas on how to share equally?
We will also be introducing the word "equal".

I've included a variety of mats for students to explore sharing amounts in different ways.
We are going to learn the word "half" and use a Popsicle stick to show us what half looks like.
I included a few lessons on fractions (more for my grade 1 colleagues) for those students who would like a challenge in the class.  The students can build a pizza with different amounts, by looking at the fraction.
You can find these activities (and so much MORE!) in my new Fair Share (An Introduction to Fractions) in Kindergarten math unit in my TpT store.



December 2021

It's nearly Christmas!!!  The countdown is on!

November 29-December 3, 2021
Our students are so very excited for all things Santa that we wanted to start the new month by reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.  We created this large class Advent calendar!  Each day we will remove a "door" (number) and try the challenge underneath.  What I like about this is that some challenges extend to the families so students can try it at home!


I just added this to my December Religion pack so if you already own that please go back and re-download (I also added a few other fun activities/printables/lessons).

We will be starting with Measurement in math.  Our focus in Term 1 is only on length and height (which is actually so much fun to teach!).  I know it's probably one of the harder units for the students but we make our activities hands-on so they are all eager to try!

We start by using our names to discuss longer/shorter.
We build a co-created rules for measurement chart and refer to it often during the week.  I like to use my hands to show students where to start and stop.
This is one of the activities we start off with in small groups - using the pre-made Unifix cube strips (or you can use real ones) to measure zoo animals.  I also like to leave out a basket of plastic animals and various measurement tools and have students try it on their own.
For those students that need a little extra practise we will use these cards which already show how each item is measured (students have to count to find out answer) but I like these because we can reinforce our 4 measurement rules.
You can read more about how I teach measurement and download your 1-week lesson plans for FREE by clicking HERE

We will also be playing this fun game (all month long LOL!) - Christmas Cookie CRUNCH!
Reach into the tin and pull out a cookie.  Read the word - get a point!  But if you get the CRUNCH cookie you have to put all of your cookies back!


Here are a couple of provocations I set up for this week!
I thought the students would be interested in learning about magnets.

Who doesn't love Christmas time!?!?  Let's tell a Christmas story on this play mat (which is just a large piece of white felt I bought at Michaels years ago).  I painted extra blocks with acrylic paint to resemble houses.  And the plastic Christmas village pieces are from Dollarama a few years back.
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December 6-10, 2021
We are in full Christmas mode in the classroom!
With only a couple of weeks left before the holidays, we are finishing our Christmas presents to our families (shhhh....pictures coming soon!) and wrapping up a few more small units in math.  This week it's all about number lines!
I love teaching number lines because the activities are very hands on.
We will start by building a large class number line together then work on rebuilding it in small groups (you can even print these one per student to make).
A fun game to play is guess my number!

My students love the end of the day because I usually set aside 15-20 minutes to play a game, read a book, or do a fun activity.  I made this Guess What? Christmas game over the weekend to get ready for Christmas!
I project the slide on my interactive whiteboard and read the clues.  
Then I slide the bar to reveal the answer!



Here's another favourite we play throughout the year - I just switch the theme - this one is all about Santa!  It's called Find It! Santa -> you hide the Santa picture behind one card, students choose a card and read it, then reveal what's behind! If they find Santa they win!
*These packs are EDITABLE and also come with ready-made cards including 30 sight words and number cards to 10 in a variety of ways (numerals, tally marks, dice, etc.)*

Next week we are gearing up for a big VIRTUAL field trip...to the North Pole! SHHHHH it's top secret!
This will take us a couple of days to do as there are SOOOOOO many activities included! I can't wait!

We made Christmas wrapping paper to wrap our presents for our family!


We have been learning how to draw pictures using simple shapes over the past few months.  We practiced drawing simple Christmas pictures (even students tried!) and wrote a simple sentence using our sentence strips to help us.
You can find these sentence strips in my "I Can Write #1" pack in my TpT store.  I like to leave these out at my Writing Centre and in each table top bin.

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December 13-17, 2021
It's the LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL before the Winter Break!  WHOOOO HOOOOO!
We plan on making this week so much fun!

Our focus in religion is on celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus.  We will be reading more stories about Christmas and completing our own Nativity book to take home and retell to our families.
You can find so many activities/lessons/printables in my December Religion pack if you are looking for things to do to celebrate Christmas.

We will be focusing on list writing again (it's just the perfect time of year for that!) - I am bringing in a bunch of toy flyers and having students write their favourite toys on a list.  They can draw or cut/paste the pictures beside the words they write.
All of my writing activities come from my "I Can Write!" packs.

In math we are started a new mini-unit all about Comparing Sets.  Last week we learned about number lines so this is the perfect compliment to that unit!
We will start by learning new vocabulary with the help of these posters (there are 9 different vocabulary posters included!).


Here are some of the fun games we will be playing!
We will start the week using numbers to 5 -> which sets are MORE (or greater) than 5 and which are LESS than 5.
Students will partner up and play flip it, build it and compare.
We will roll the die and build sets that are LESS than and GREATER than the number we rolled.

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Wishing everyone a very happy holiday break and see you back in 2022!