May 2021

We are starting the month of May with a week filled with Mother's Day crafts, songs, and a tea party!
I will post more pictures as the week goes on.

May 3-7, 2021
This week we will be singing a song all about our moms.  On Friday, before lunch, we invited the moms to join us for a Mother's Day tea.  You can find the poem I Love You Mommy in my May Digital Poems pack.

Here's what we plan on doing to prepare for the party:
Monday -> create invitations
Tuesday -> craft and card
Wednesday -> practice song/run through slideshow
Thursday -> make sandwiches (simple!)
Friday -> tea party!!!

During our small groups this week, I'll be taking some time to ask the students a bit about their moms.  We will be putting together this slideshow!
It's a FREE download in my TpT store if you'd like to grab it!

We also learned to make playdough!  I found this simple recipe from Australia's Best Recipes and retyped it so my students all had a copy.
You can download this recipe for FREE by clicking the picture below.

We will also be learning about Canadian Coins (this is one of my favourite units in math to teach!!!).  Since we are still remote, I'll be using both my Canadian Coins in Kindergarten pack (PDF) as well as my DIGITAL Canadian Coins pack.

Click the picture below to download my plans for this upcoming week!

May 10-14, 2021
This week we will be starting to explore planting!  I think it may be a little challenging given the fact that we are all still remote learning, but we will try!  We will start by discussing the difference between things that are alive and things that are not alive.  I'm going to ask students to bring seeds to plant this week (whatever they have at home - beans, corn, peas, apple seeds, etc.).  We will try planting a seed in soil, one in a bag with no soil but paper tower instead and another in the dark.  Then I will have students record what they notice!
I also showed the students how I planted the ends of lettuce and celery in water and we are watching it grow!  They are amazed!

We also learned about Mother Mary!  We listened to a story all about her, learned how to pray the Hail Mary, and did a directed drawing.  One of the ECEs that work at my school made this video last spring.  It's amazing if you are looking to try it too!

You can find more activities all about Mother Mary (and lots more to carry you throughout the month of May) in my May Religion Pack on TpT.

We also played a bunch of fun coin games to help us wrap up our unit on Canadian Coins.
What's in my hand?  Choose a coin.  Describe it!  This is easy enough that even the students can take turns being the teacher!

Create a menu!  Add prices using the amounts from the coins you taught your students and add larger amounts for students who need a challenge!

Coin rubbings!  To make this activity more challenging, I asked students to write the amounts beside the coin rubbings!

Here are my weekly plans!  

May 17-21, 2021
We will be continuing with planting as we take a closer look at our seeds this week.
The students have also expressed interest in the weather (which is finally starting to warm up again!) so I planned several activities about that!

I introduced telling time this week.  We explored the characteristics of a clock and made our own using simple materials from around our house.

Then we learned how long a second is, how long a minute is and had a great discussion about how sometimes a minute can feel so long and other times it can feel so short!  We also played "Minute to Win It" - students had to complete an activity in a minute and see how many they got (ie. how many times can you write your name in a minute? how many coins/blocks can you stack in a minute? can you move the cookie from your forehead to your mouth in a minute using no hands?)  The last challenge was my favourite!

You can find lots of activities on telling time in both my Telling Time in Kindergarten (PDF pack) or my Telling Time DIGITAL (Google Slides) pack.

For religion this week we learned the song This Little Light of Mine and made our own paper towel/toilet paper candles.  This activity is from my May Religion pack if you are looking for more fun!

Since we planted our own seeds last week, we continued to explore the lifecycle of a plant and I found this amazing video to show students all about how plants get nutrients from water.
Of course we had to try it too!
We put celery in coloured water for a couple of days and observed!
So cool!

Here are my weekly plans if you want to take a closer peek!

May 24-28, 2021
We will continue to learn about telling time (to the hour and half hour) through games and hands-on activities this week.  I will post more pictures by the end of the week!
I also just made these DIGITAL (Google Slides) Telling Time Bingo game which we will play at the end of the week to review time to the hour and half hour.  It's perfect since we are still with distance learning.
We also played a game called "What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf?"
You can read along to this story that I wrote by clicking below:
Then we used the clocks we made last week to show the corresponding time.
You can find the cards and this book in my Telling Time pack on TpT.

We wrapped up our month by continuing to say the Hail Mary each day.
We learned that this prayer is said many times on a rosary, so, of course, we made our own!  If students didn't have pipe cleaners or beads, they could use string/ribbon and pasta!  Works well also!
All of my religion activities throughout the month of May come from my May Religion Pack on TpT.

We are also going to be diving into learning about insects, specifically ones we can find in our backyard (and sometimes even in our house!).  The students have been interested in bees, as some have spent the warmer afternoons outside with their computer, and noticed them flying around.
We made insects using loose parts that we collected from our yard!  How cute did these turn out!?!?

I have a fun Garden (flowers and insects) virtual field trip which will be perfect to introduce later on this week!  I'm hoping students take more of an interest in insects and choose one to research!

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