Five for Friday: October 16

Hey hey!
I'm finally linking up with Kacey @ Doodle Bugs Teaching again for her Five for Friday!

 It has been way too long but I finally have 5 random photos to share! Here we go ;)

This past Monday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada so we read "The Thankful Book" by Todd Parr and we brainstormed all the things we were thankful for.  

Then the students worked with me to write their sentence and with my ECE to create this turkey craft.  Of course each student got their own face to stick on their own turkey ;)  

In writer's workshop we formally introduced finger spaces and I made these minion finger spacers to encourage kids to use finger spaces more often in their writing.  


I knew one of my little kiddos was obsessed with minions but the whole class loved these!! I just used popsicle sticks, tempera paint, googly eyes, hot glue, flair pens and a little bit of glitter to make these.  The glitter won't stay for long.. but it will be pretty while it lasts ;)

A easy peasy centre I whipped up one morning (I saw the idea on Pinterest a long time ago but I can't remember the website... if this is your idea let me know so I can give you credit!) was this upper-case, lower-case matching game on geoboards.  It was a surprising hit and one of my kiddos asked for it to be out again tomorrow.  

Music to my ears.  

All I needed was circle labels (I already had some that I bought at Dollarama last year).  I wrote the letters on them with sharpie stuck them to the geoboards and they were ready to go!

A math centre I set out this week was this clothes pin number match.  I hot glued the numbers on the clothes pin.  The kids counted the dots and clipped the number that matched on the rectangle.  I love incorporating fine motor activities into my literacy and numeracy centres whenever I can!

If you like this activity, you can download it for free by clicking here.

And I'm linking up with Teaching Blog Addict for their Freebie Friday link up.

I opened up my new halloween sparkly coloured pom poms (sparkly pom poms are one of my FAVOURITE things!) and had the kids sort them into the clear cups with metal tongs.  The kids loved this new twist on sorting and I was able to assess lots of sorting skills at this table.  The metal tongs made it a great fine motor activity as well!

That's my Five for Friday! Be sure to link up with Kacey to share your five random things from this week too!


  1. I love the little turkeys! I must do this with my kinders this year.
    Jennuine Teaching

  2. Those minions are adorable!!! Love all your ideas!

  3. Love the minion spacers! Just the littlest things can make the difference! Cute!

  4. The minion look great! I am sure your students were super excited to use them!

    1. Hi Casey! Yes they were a huge hit :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  5. How adorable is that thanksgiving craft! SO cute! Your minion finger spaces are fabulous.I have an obsession with sparkly pom poms too- just too cute!

    Teaching Autism

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you like it! It was a last minute thing but it turned out pretty cute :) I love sparkly pom poms.. I just wish they were cheaper so I could buy more! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment :)

  6. Your Minion sticks are to die for!! Your blog is always such a happy place and reading all your great ideas is inspiring! Thanks for sharing! :o)

    1. Thanks Kirsten! Your comment totally filled my bucket :) Thanks for reading!!

  7. Love the minion spacers! The kids must love using them!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  8. I am in love with the minion spacers! Such a creative idea! One of my coworkers has the "Space Men" that you can order that look like little astronauts, but this is a fun, money-saving alternative!

    Carlee Van Ness
    The Kindergarten Press

    1. Hi Carlee! I've seen the space men before! I had a friend who glued laminated astronaut clip art to popsicle sticks! I'm sure that would work too! I just had to try the minions because one of my kids is absolutely obsessed with minions! haha Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!!