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Five for Fraturday: May 20

Hi guys! How are you all doing? I'm taking a little break from report card writing to share with you some things from this week included a free printable that was requested by multiple people on Instagram! Here we go :)


This was such a fun, easy prep activity for the kids! I got this idea from @learninginroom122 on Instagram.  

All you need are some book orders, glue, scissors and blank paper.

Have the students cut out books, glue them on the paper and add them up!

Here's a sample by one of my kiddos:

If addition is too tricky for some of your kids then you can also have them just count and write the number! Easy to differentiate!


I finally had the opportunity to play this game with the kids on Friday!

How to play: Each player starts with 4 hexagons.  Take turns rolling the dice and placing the shape you roll on one of your hexagons.  The first person to cover all 4 hexagons wins!

 It was fun seeing how they negotiate taking turns, following rules etc. and it was also great for me to see their spatial awareness when covering the hexagon.

Balancing the pattern blocks on the hexagon was a bit of a challenge for some of them too! It was great fine motor practice though!


For this activity, I just filled a Vitamin Water bottle with beans and letter beads (A-Z) and set the bottle out with this printable.  The students were asked to find letters, trace them on the sheet and check it off.  The challenge was to try to find all 26 letters.

I shared this activity on Instagram and had multiple people ask if I would share the printable.  So here it is! Click here or on the image below to grab the printable for free:


We started a new inquiry this week so we took down our Earth Day bulletin board.  Earth Day stuff is  not inquiry (I was going to change the heading to "Belonging and Contributing" but ran out of time.. oops) but I used this board for the few weeks we were focusing on it.  I had a lot of fun teaching it this year, maybe because I was well planned and knew I was teaching each activity with intention! I used my new Earth Day unit which has 8 detailed lesson plans and corresponding anchor chart pieces!  I'm hoping to put together a full Earth Day blog post sometime in the near future to show you details of each activity you see on the bulletin board and more!


I was planning my math block for next week on Thursday night and realized I could just pull out my probability unit, print the lesson plans and I would be ready to go for the next week and a half! It saved me so much time and allowed me to focus on writing some COL's instead and maybe actually enjoying my long weekend!

So I thought hey, why not share some of that time saved with people who follow my Instagram? So I'm hosting a quick giveaway over on my Instagram account.  It closes in 3 hours, so hurry!

Click here or look for the photo below on my Instagram page for details on how to enter!

If you missed the giveaway but are interested in either of these units you can find the Telling Time unit here and the Probability unit here.

That's it from me this week!

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Happy long weekend!

Five for Friday: May 12

Hi friends! Can you believe it's already mid-May? I'm here to share with you some new activities from our classroom from the week.  I hope you can use some of the ideas and freebies!


I found these cute letter beads at Walmart and knew I wanted to use them for a literacy centre.  When I came across this image on Pinterest, I knew it was the one I wanted to try with these letter beads!

I was happy to see so many of the kids really engaged at this centre.  The beads are really small which is perfect for extra fine motor practice, especially at this time of the year.  You can grab the cards you can hole punch and attach the pipe cleaner to for free by clicking here or on the image below:


I saw this invitation to create, draw and write on @kinder_owls's Instagram and knew I wanted to try it.  I love open-ended invitations that all kids can participate in! I set out the prompt "Can you make a spring picture?" with a spring themed book and some loose parts (green/clear/pink/blue marbles, green popsicle sticks, bug buttons, word cards that match the bug buttons, rocks and yellow play doh lids).  The kids loved it and many of the kids decided to document their thinking using the recording sheet I provided.

You can grab the recording sheet I used and the mini word cards by clicking here or on the image below:


I printed and laminated a couple new centres to use both as an independent centre and as an activity for guided math.  Composing numbers is an area of need, especially for a lot of my JK's so I printed this "Place and Compose" centre.  The kids take 2 cards off the top of the pile, put them on the boxes and compose the two numbers.

You can grab this centre (and many more) in my Composing Numbers for Kindergarten pack on TpT.  Click here or on the image below if you are interested in checking it out:


Something that is new in the Kindergarten Program this year is translating patterns.  I was struggling with teaching this concept to the kiddos but then my teaching partner told me how she used felt leaves and had the kids translate the patterns with snap cubes.  So I decided to try something similar.  I made these pattern strips and asked the kids to show me the pattern in a different way.  We did it whole group at first and then I set them out with manipulatives for the kids to try.  I thought it was good practice! It is still tricky for some of them but a good challenge for some of my higher kids.

You can grab these pattern cards for free by clicking here or on the image below:


I have been collecting Lunchmate bucks forever! I wanted to share this tip with you in case you didn't know about it.

But first here is $30 worth of school supplies I got for FREE because I got Staples Giftcards by redeeming my Lunchmate bucks!

Ok here is how you get the gift cards:

2. Make an account
3. Enter codes that are on the back of Lunchmates (see below)

4. When you have enough points (you can only redeem 10 codes a day) you can go to the Rewards section and redeem them for gift cards! They have gift cards for Staples, Indigo, Toys R' Us and more! 

It is a little tedious but it only takes a couple minutes of your time everyday and eventually you get some stuff for free! My kids were super excited when I showed them our "special art supplies" we got with our Lunchable points!

Ok that's it from me for this week! I hope you were able to find something you can use from this post!

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Thanks for reading!

Have a great weekend!

- Yukari