Covid 19 Challenges

COVID 19 TIPS 

 

This year I am the Learning Support Teacher, so I do not work in a classroom but assist teachers with students that encounter reading and math challenges.

For many of us, it has been a huge learning curve.  We had four days to get packages ready for students.  The photocopier was going 24/7.  I was fortunate to get some printable books and math workbooks copied off.

 

These are the tools that are used by the majority of the classroom teachers in my school.

 

  • All our meetings and communications done through Google Hangouts
  • All work assignments are displayed on Google slides and accessed through Google classroom

 

The tool that was new to me and I am really enjoy using is Screencastify.  I use this tool when I am organizing individual plans.  I can quickly do an instructional video and post a link to it on a Google slide.  It automatically gets saved into my Google drive.  The company is offering free access during this time.

 

It is difficult  to offer advice, as each situation is different.  We have to remember that we are all in this together.  Our health should always take priority.  I will certainly remember my last year of teaching being a challenging one.

 

EVERYBODY STAY STRONG!

 

Kindergarten Math Curriculum Program

I am excited to announce that the new Kindergarten Math Curriculum Program has been completed.  You will find worksheets, workbooks and centre activities that will help you meet the Kindergarten common core math curriculum outcomes. The video below provides a brief overview of the program.

Kindergarten Math Curriculum Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Math Curriculum Program

 

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INDIVIDUAL MATH STRANDS

COUNTING AND CARDINALITY STRAND
The video below outlines the Counting and Cardinality strand.

 

Video Numbers 1-20 Activities

 

 

 

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WORKBOOK AND CENTRE ACTIVITIES FOR DEVELOPING NUMBER SENSE FOR NUMBERS 1-20

Using the math workbooks and centre activities found within these units cover the curriculum outcomes below:

 

  1.  I can count forward starting at any number
  2. I can write numbers 0-20 and show the correct amount of objects for these numbers
  3. I know a number represents an amount of objects
  4. When I count, I know each number I say represents one object
  5. I know the last number I say is the number I say is the number of objects, even if I arrange them differently
  6. I know when I count the number gets bigger
  7. I can count 20 things
  8. I can tell if a group has greater than, less than or an equal amount
  9. I can compare two printed numerals between 1-10
  10. I can decompose numbers by how many tens and ones there are

 

FABULOUS FREEBIES

In the link below you can access the FREE “Number Sets Workbook”

 

Number Sets Workbook

 

OPERATIONS AND ALGEBRAIC THINKING STRAND

Video below gives you a general idea of what this math curriculum strand consists of.

 

 

 

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Accessing Operations and Algebraic Thinking Strand

 

MEETING CURRICULUM OUTCOMES

Using the the math workbooks and centre activities found within this unit covers the curriculum outcomes below:

1.  I can add and subtract in different ways
2.  I can solve addition and subtraction problems up to 10
3.  I can show sums in different ways
4.  I can add and subtract up to 100 using drawings, fingers or manipulatives
5.  I can fluently add and subtract to 5

 

 

FABULOUS FREEBIES

In the link below you will find FREE addition and subtraction sheets

 

Addition Subtraction Sheets

 

MEASUREMENT, DATA AND GEOMETRY

Video below gives you a general idea of what this math curriculum strand consists of.

Measurement, Data, Geometry

Measurement, Data, Geometry

 

 

 

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Accessing Measurement, Data and Geometry Strand

 

MEETING CURRICULUM OUTCOMES

1. I can tell what the height, width and weight of an object by using non-standard measurements

2. I can compare the length and width of two objects and explain the difference

3. I can sort objects into categories

4. I can name shapes no matter which way they are turned

5. I know some shapes are 2-D and 3-D

6. I can describe 2-D and 3-D shapes

7. I can tell you the position of an object using words: above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to

 

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Math Counting Cardinality Strand – Video

REVISING THE MATH CURRICULUM PROGRAM – COUNTING AND CARDINALITY STRAND
Kinderplans is in the process of revising the Kindergarten Math Curriculum ProgramThe Counting and Cardinality strand has just been completed.  The

video below gives you a general idea of what this math curriculum strand consists of.

 

Video Numbers 1-20 Activities

 

 

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WORKBOOK AND CENTRE ACTIVITIES FOR DEVELOPING NUMBER SENSE FOR NUMBERS 1-20

Using the the math workbooks and centre activities found within these units cover the curriculum outcomes below:

 

  1.  I can count forward starting at any number
  2. I can write numbers 0-20 and show the correct amount of objects for these numbers
  3. I know a number represents an amount of objects
  4. When I count, I know each number I say represents one object
  5. I know the last number I say is the number I say is the number of objects, even if I arrange them differently
  6. I know when I count the number gets bigger
  7. I can count 20 things
  8. I can tell if a group has greater than, less than or an equal amount
  9. I can compare two printed numerals between 1-10
  10. I can decompose numbers by how many tens and ones there are

 

Hands-One Centre Activities

 

ACCESSING THE NUMBERS 1-20 STRAND OF THE MATH CURRICULUM PROGRAM

To access the workbooks and centre activities click on the link below:

 

Accessing Resources

 

FABULOUS FREEBIES

In the link below you can access the FREE  “Number Sets Workbook”

 

Number Sets Workbook on Kinderplans Website

 

Number Sets Workbook on Teachers Pay Teachers

Numbers Sets Sample Pages

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Pre-K and Kindergarten Ten-Frame Activities

USING TEN FRAME CARDS TO DEVELOP NUMBER SENSE

Using ten-frame card math activities to develop number sense is an effective teaching strategy to use in your classroom.  In the video below I outline some activities that can be implemented using ten-frame cards to effectively teach number sense.

 

Ten Frames Video

 

 

 

View Video On How To Use the Ten Frames

 

 

 

 

ACCESSING THE TEN FRAME RESOURCES

Click the link below to access the materials from my Teacher Pay Teachers Store

 

Accessing the Resources

 

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This music video effectively introduces numbers 1-10 through music and visuals.

 

 

Numbers to 10 Song on Youtube

 

Numbers to 10 Song on SchoolTube 

 

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES AFTER WATCHING THE VIDEO
ACTIVITY ONE

The students cut and paste the correct picture that is related to the video and text.

 

ACTIVITY TWO
The students will count and color the pictures according to the text.

 

 

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES AFTER WATCHING THE TEEN VIDEO

This music video effectively introduces 10-20 through music and visuals.

 

 

Teen Numbers Song on YouTube

 

Teen Numbers Song on SchoolTube

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES AFTER WATCHING THE VIDEO

Students complete the ten frames with faces to make the teen number indicated.

 

Count and Color Teen Numbers

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Kinderplans Retiring

MY TEACHING RETIREMENT

After 39 years of teaching, I have decided this will be my last year of teaching.  I am looking forward to new adventures ahead.  This will include developing teaching materials, but on a different platform.

 

KINDERPLANS SITE RETIRING JUNE 30TH, 2020

I will also be retiring the Kinderplans site on June 30th, 2020.  The materials will no longer be available on the membership site after this date.  If you are a member, I would suggest you copy all the materials you use regularly, as they will not be available after this date.  I wanted to give you advance notification to allow you plenty of time to do so.  I have changed the date from my previous notification because the construction of my new site is ready to go live, but I wanted to give members plenty of time to download the materials they use frequently.

I will be spending my retirement moving the materials over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I will also be developing new materials.  Maintaining the site has been costly and a considerable amount of work; it is for this reason I will be changing the platform.

 

KINDERPLANS BLOG AND E-MAIL NOTIFICATIONS WILL CONTINUE
I will continue to maintain my new site, blog and e-mail.

 

50% DISCOUNT ON MEMBERSHIP
It is for this reason I am offering a 50% discount on a membership.  This allows you to access and save all the materials until the end of June.

 

https://kinderplans.com/Membership/

Mouse Paint, Go Away Big Green Monster Literacy

The “Sight Words Alphabet Program” was revised last summer.  All learning outcomes are based on related literature selections.  In this mini-unit the literature selections “Mouse Paint, Go Away Big Green Monster and The Nose Book” are used to successfully introduce key learning outcomes that are outlined below.

Literacy Follow-up

Literacy Follow-up

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Monster Parade” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

 

Alphabet Letters:  Mm and Nn

 

Sight Words:  blue, red, yellow and come

 

All Pre-primer sight words are introduced within the program.  They are introduced in meaningful context followed-up with interactive games.  In this reader and color words and identifying shapes are the key focus.

 

Literacy Follow-up Emergent Reader Black and White Version

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture they landed on.

 

Draw and Print

Students draw a picture card and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture.

 

Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity

Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities.  The students would put a nose on the letter “n” template representing that letter and sound.  They would place a mouse head on the letter “m” as displayed in the photograph below.

 

Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities

Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units.  This unit includes suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Literacy Mouse Paint

Literacy Mouse Paint

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the sight word.

 

Roll and Print

In this game focus sight words are printed on a blank die.  Students roll the die and print the focus sight word on the templates provided.

 

Roll, Move and Say

Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly and must say the word landed on.

 

Draw and Say

Playing partners take turns drawing a word and saying the word displayed.  They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.

Sight Word Activities

Sight Word Activities

 

Writing and Simple Follow-Up Crafts

In this craft activity the students would mix paint colors to make a new color using the mouse template below.  This activity would also coincide with your Science outcomes.  The students would use the mouse template displayed below that is provided within.  As a follow-up writing activity the students would draw a monster and describe it as displayed in the photograph below using the template provided.  This activity is a follow-up to reading the book “Go Away, Big Green Monster”.

Craft 1

Craft 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Mouse Paint, Go Away Green Monster and The Nose Book Activities to Meet Curriculum Outcomes

 

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Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Pete the Cat Scuba Cat” written by James Dean.  Other similar selections written by this author could also be used for instructional purposes.  This unit is included in the Alphabet Program, which covers the majority of the Pre-Kindergarten outcomes.  All the alphabet letters and Pre-primer Dolch sight words are introduced within this program.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Literacy

 

Modeled Reading or Reading Workshop

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using popular literature selections for modeled reading or reading workshop.  In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use “Pete the Cat Scuba Cat” and other similar literature selections written by this author.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Exploring the Ocean with Ollie Octopus” would be used a follow-up to reading the literature selection.  The color version of the reader would be projected for all the students to view.  The teacher would model the reading process teaching early reading skills, the focus alphabet letters and sight words.

 

Alphabet Letters:  Oo for “octopus and ocean”,  Jj for “jellyfish” and Ww for “whale” 

 

Pre-Primer Sight Words:  this unit is a review one

 

Exploring the Ocean Reader

Exploring the Ocean BW Reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

The games outlined below are follow-up activities that are used to reinforce what has been taught using the emergent reader as an introduction to the focus skills.  A collage of the activities/games are provided in the photograph below.

 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture they landed on.

 

Draw and Print

Students draw a picture card and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound displayed in the picture collage below.

 

Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity

Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities as displayed in the photograph below.

 

Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities

Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units.  These are related to the reading selections.

Pete the Cat Scuba Cat Collage copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities

Suggested review sight word games are included.  The games in this unit do not have specific words attached to it.  The purpose of this lesson plan unit is to review words introduced previously.

Review Sight Word Games

Review Sight Word Games

 

Writing Activity and Craft Activity

All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the crafts outlined in the unit and write facts about what they learned about these ocean animals.

 

whale craft

Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 7.00.38 PMjellyfish craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

More Pete the Cat Literacy Units

 

Pete the Cat Literacy Lesson Plans Unit

 

More Pete the Cat Literacy Units

 

Alphabet and Sight Word Program Information

 

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High Frequency Word Activities for Pre-K

Sight Word Alphabet Program and Addressing Pre-K Sight Word Knowledge

Each mini literacy unit includes activities that encompass learning all Pre-Primer Dolch sight words in a balanced literacy approach.  Listed below is the order in which these units are suggested to teach and also the focus sight words addressed in each unit.  Each unit relates to popular literature selections and include accompanying emergent readers that make use of these sight words.

1.  Library Lion Literacy

Guided Reading Sight Word Program

Guided Reading Sight Word Program

Sight words:  a, in, is

 

2.  Rainbow Fish Literacy

Sight words:  see, the, you

 

3.  Hands Are Not For Hitting Literacy

Sight words:  can, we, help, I

 

4.  Mouse Paint, Go Away Big Green Monster, The Nose Book Literacy

Sight words:  blue, red, yellow, come

 

5.  Little Cloud Literacy

Sight words:  look, up, and, find

Alphabet Sight Word Emergent Readers

Alphabet Sight Word Emergent Readers

 

6.  Ten Apples Up On Top Literacy

Sight words:  one, two, three

 

7.  Good Night Gorilla Literacy

Sight words:  here, run, away, not

 

8.  Green Eggs and Ham Literacy

Sight words:  where, here, go, red

 

9.  Clifford Literacy 

Sight Words: big, jump, play, funny

Literature Selections

Literature Selections

 

10.  I Wanna Iguana Literacy

Sight words:  make, me, for, my

 

11.  Pete the Cat the Scuba Cat Literacy

Sight words:  review

 

12.  The Day it Rained Valentine Hearts Literacy

Sight words:  it, the, down, yellow

 

13.  How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin Literacy

Sight words:  review

 

14.  Mo Willems Pigeon Literacy

Sight words:  go, to, find, little

 

Word Wall Words and Dictionary Booklets

Below are links to the versions of the dictionaries your students could use as a reference for writing.

 

Version 1:  Is meant to be copied as a full-page book format.  It has lines where you can print your own words

 

Version 2:  Is meant to be copied as a half-page book format.  It also has lines where you can print your own words.

 

Version 3:  Is meant to be copied as a full-page book format.  It includes the words displayed above.

Spelling Dictionary

 

Version 4:  Is meant to be copied as a half-page book format.  It includes the words displayed above.  This is the one I use.

 

Word Wall Dictionary – Blank Page – Booklet Cut in Half

Word Wall Dictionary – Blank Page – Full Page Booklet

 

Word Wall Dictionary – Word Wall Words Included – Half Page

 

Word Wall Dictionary – Word Wall Words Included – Full Page

 

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Guided Reading Sight Word – Alphabet Program

Explanation of the Guided Reading Sight Word – Alphabet Program

An explanation of the program can be found in the video below:

Alphabet Program Explained

Alphabet Program Explained

 

Sample Lesson Plan Unit

Literature Selection for Developing Key Reading Skills and Reading Workshop

The literature selection for this specific lesson plan unit is based on the book Library Lion written by Michelle Knudsen.  These literature selections and follow-up Alphabet/Sight Word emergent readers are used to introduce skills required for learning key reading concepts.  They can also be used for Reading Workshop focusing on making connections, asking questions, visualizing or drawing inferences.library_lion 2

Metacognition Thinking Prompts

-I’m thinking…

-I’m wondering..

-I’m picturing…

-It reminds me of…

-Maybe…

-I never though about…

-I just learned…

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up Emergent Reading

The companion emergent reader “Lion Likes to Read” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce early reading skills in a balanced literacy approach.

 

Colour Version

Colour Version

Black and White Version

Black and White Version

Booklet Version

Booklet Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Component

All black and white versions of the readers include an interactive and non-interactive option.  This interactive option adds another layer of developing reading comprehension and word skills.  In this unit the students cut an paste the correct “b” pictures to match that displayed in the text.

Interactive Component Lion Likes to Read
Lion Likes to Read Interactive Reader

 Booklet Version

New A booklet version of the readers has been recently added.  This version would be run through the copier, folded and stapled with the teacher instructing the copier to do so.  Instructions on how to do this are found within the program outline.  This will vary depending on your copier’s capabilities.  This allows educators to quickly reproduce a quality reading selection that addresses key curriculum outcomes in a balanced literacy approach.

 

Skill Focus

Alphabet Letters:  Ll for “lion” and Bb for “bear”

 

Dolch Pre Primer Sight Words:  a, in, is

 

Word Family:  ap

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

The games outlined below are follow-up activities that are used to reinforce what has been taught using the emergent reader as an introduction to the focus skills.  A collage of the activities/games are provided in the photograph below.

 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture they landed on.

 

Draw and Print

Students draw a picture card and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound displayed in the picture collage below.

 

Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity

Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities as displayed in the photograph below.

 

Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities

Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units.  These lesson plans include suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Library Lion Collage copy

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities – All Dolch Pre-primer Sight Words Are Addressed In Program

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (a, in, is).

Dice

 

Roll and Print

In this game focus sight words are printed on a blank die.  Students roll the die and print the focus sight word on the templates provided.

 

Roll, Move and Say

Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly on the game board provided.  They must say the sight word that they landed on.

 

Draw and Say

Playing partners take turns drawing a word card and saying the word displayed.  They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.

Library Lion Collage

 Writing/Craft Activity

All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed below. The templates to complete this activity are found within the unit.  The teacher copies the book template onto colored paper, students draw a picture of what they like reading about and add it to the cover of the book.  A head shot and hands would be added as displayed in the photograph displayed below.  The writing component would also be completed.

Lion Likes to Read Writing Craft

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Guided Reading, Sight Word/Alphabet Program

 

 

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Good Night Gorilla Literacy

This mini-theme is based on the literacy selection “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann. This lesson plan is part of a nine-week Good Night Gorilla Literacyprogram (or longer) to meet the majority of the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten curriculum outcomes.  A balanced literacy approach is used within the Kinderplans teaching resources.  This approach has proven to be the most effective model used in teaching today.

 

Modeled Reading

All alphabet letters/sounds and sight words begin with using  popular literature selections for modeled reading.  In this set of lesson plans, the teacher would use “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann.

 

Shared Reading Follow-Up

The companion emergent reader “Zoo Escape” would be used as a follow-up to model the reading process and to introduce the following:

Good Night Gorilla BW

Good Night Gorilla BW

Good Night Gorilla Reader Color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet Letters:  Gg for “gorilla” and Zz for “zebra”

 

Pre Primer Sight Words:  here, run, away, not

 

Alphabet and Rhyming Literacy Center Games and Activities

The games outlined below are follow-up activities that are used to reinforce what has been taught using the emergent reader as an introduction to the focus skills.  A collage of the activities/games are provided in the photograph below.

 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound represented in the picture they landed on.

 

Draw and Print

Students draw a picture card and print the letter of the focus initial letter sound displayed in the picture collage below.

 

Picture Mnemonic Printing Activity

Students will be involved with focus letter picture mnemonic printing activities as displayed in the photograph below.

 

Phonemic Awareness, Phonological Awareness and Rhyming Activities

Rhyming, phonemic and phonological awareness activities are always addressed within the units.  These lesson plans include suggestions and activities in relation to developing these skills.

Alphabet Goodnight Gorilla Alphabet Activities

 

Sight Word Literacy Center Games and Activities for 

Spin and Print

Playing partners spin and print the focus sight words (here, run, away, not).

 

Roll and Printsight word game rolling die

In this game focus sight words are printed on a blank die.  Students roll the die and print the focus sight word on the templates provided.

 

Roll, Move and Say

Playing partners take turns rolling a die and moving their game players accordingly on the game board provided.  They must say the sight word that they landed on.

 

Draw and Say

Playing partners take turns drawing a word card and saying the word displayed.  They get to keep the card if it is read correctly.

 

Sight Words for Goodnight Gorilla

Writing/Craft Activity

All lesson plan themes include a follow-up writing and craft activity. The students would complete the craft/writing activity displayed below. The templates to complete this activity is found within the unit.  The students would colour and cut out the zoo quilt of the featured zoo animals.

Good Night Gorilla Craft:Art

 

Where Can I Access These Resources?

You can access the resources from the link below

 

Good Night Gorilla Literacy Lesson Plans

 

 

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