November 2021

I can't believe that November is just about here!  We focus a lot on seasonal changes, peace and kindness throughout the month.  Take a closer look at my weekly plans!

Nov. 1-5, 2021
We will be starting the new month learning about the virtue of justice.  This is always a hard one so we've prepared a couple of great books and a fun game where students can act out different scenarios.

All of the activities we will be using for religion this month (including the one above) are from my November Religion pack.

My students LOVE games so I actually tweaked my weekly schedule to include a block nearly every day (at the end of the day) to play some whole group games.  We did this last year and they also enjoyed it!
Our focus is on learning simple sight words.  We learn a handful each month through our weekly poems, literacy games and more. 
I just made this game, Find Those Acorns!  Cut out sight word acorns and place in basket.  Students reach in and choose acorn.  Read the sight word and keep the card.  But....if you get a squirrel, place all of your cards back!

This week, during Writer's Workshop, we will be doing one of my favourite lessons - labelling!
I hand students a variety of stickers (which is always a hit) and they can label any pictures they like.  Most are able to write the beginning sound they hear and some Year 2 students can try and write the whole word!

You can find this lesson (and so much more!) in my "I Can Write #1" pack.

In math we are continuing to learn about patterning.
You can read all about how I teach patterning HERE.

This week we will be learning more about what a pattern core is by exploring AB, ABC, AAB, ABB and more complex patterns.  Students will be identifying, extending and creating their own patterns.
I set up a variety of provocations for students to try on their own.

This will be set up at our light table using loose parts.
Our culminating task will be to create a variety of patterns on our own using bingo dabbers.

We used these Google Slides interactive patterning templates to review patterns this week!  I put them up on our interactive whiteboard and had the students come up and make a whole bunch of them!
They were such a hit!
You can download these straight to your Google Drive for FREE by clicking the picture below.

You can download my weekly plans for FREE by clicking the picture below.

Nov. 8-12, 2021
This week we will be focusing on Remembrance Day (which falls on November 11).  Students will learn about the significance of the poppy and how to be peacemakers.

Here's our fun poem for this week!  This is a pocket chart activity you can set up where you have your students re-build the poem, word by word.

A few years ago we had "Peace Week" in our class.  We read the book Peace Week in Miss Fox's Class.  Each time we showed an act of kindness, we wrote/drew it on a strip of paper to create a chain.  It was amazing how long our chain was at the end of the week!
You can read more about it HERE.

We will be making these Peace Doves!
You can find this activity in my November Religion pack.

We also created some beautiful pieces of art!

Click HERE to see other ideas we did for Remembrance Day!

This is always a hit - Write the Room Remembrance Day

In our weekly Writer's Workshop lesson, we are learning to label our picture using beginning sounds and more!  I put this picture on our interactive whiteboard to model for the students before they tried it on their own:
You can find this in my I Can Write #1 pack in my TpT store.

Here's a fun and easy provocation we set up this week:
How many black beads can you pick up using the tweezers in one minute?
(One student even set up a chart to record answers!)

We will also be learning about seasonal changes.  Students have been enjoying time outside and have been noticing the leaves changing colours and falling down, the weather becoming much colder, and days getting longer.  I put together some fun, FREE activities you can download if you're interested!
We will be sorting trees, clothing and things that happen in each season.

There are wonderful books all about seasons available as a free download on Hoopla Digital.  
You need to sign up with your library card to access these amazing books.

You can download my weekly plans for FREE by clicking the picture below.

Nov. 15-19, 2021
This is a short week for me as we have parent-teacher interviews coming up Thursday evening and Friday morning.  We are also switching up our math units - for the next 2 weeks we will be teaching 2-dimensional shapes and moving our measurement (length & height) unit to December.  

We are going on a shape hunt!  Grab an iPad or clipboard and document all of the shapes you find!  You can do this activity either in your classroom/school or even outside!
We are going to be using these fun pointers to help us.

We will also be playing a few fun games including Roll & Cover and (my personal favourite...) What's In My Bag?

You can find these fun activities (and so much more!) in my 2-D Shapes in Kindergarten unit.

We are learning all about writing lists!  We brought in a grocery store flyer and brainstormed things we like to eat.  Then we learned to write them on a list!
You can find this in my I Can Write #1 pack in my TpT store.

In religion one of my favourite (and probably most useful!) lessons is on tattling versus telling.  Our health/drama teacher, Mrs. Benjamin, always does a few lessons on this as well, and I think it's so important for these little ones to know!
You can find more on this lesson from my November Religion pack on TpT.

We also set up this provocation - can you build a marble run?  I love this wooden set.  It's so durable and the children can create all kinds of different paths for the marble to travel.

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Nov. 22-26, 2021
This coming week we are starting to discuss Advent (which actually begins on November 28).
We will be creating these beautiful Advent wreaths!  
You can find this activity in my December Religion Pack.

We are also continuing with our 2D Shapes unit in math!
If you own this pack, please be sure to re-download it as I added in a few more fun activities, including these Bingo games!  One is matching shapes and the other is connecting real-life objects to each shape.

One of our fun provocations we set out this week (which goes so well with our shapes unit) is creating pictures using attribute blocks.  The story Mouse Shapes is one of my favs!

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