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Valetnine-Book-Photo 2Valentines and Friendship Writing Project

During the month of February we focused on the importance of friendship and writing about it. I generally started with a patterned sentence where the students were required to add one or two of their own words. A sample of a patterned sentence is outlined below. However, I still encouraged students to write their own if they wished (this varied depending on skill level). If you are a member, the templates to complete this project are provided for you in the Valentines theme unit.


___________ is a _______________friend.




Preparing for Writing Success and Independence

Modeling any activity you wish your students to complete prior to assigning it, is the key to success. Together as a class we would brainstorm for ideas and I would model the writing process.  I would also model how I would plan what to draw.  We would also brainstorm for possible high frequency words that could be used and I would ensure these were readily available for the students as a reference.


Letter Formation and Picture Guide

In observing my students I also learned that that some needed a letter formation guide with a picture clue of what sound that letter makes.   If you are a member, login to your account and access this printing and sound guide from the link “Alphabet Program” and the “Alphabet Pictures”.


Working In Small Groups

I preferred to work in small groups to ensure the children were leaving spaces between words, assisting those children that still needed assistance with proper letter formation and sounding out words.  Sometimes I would swap guided reading small group for guided writing small group.




What Do The Other Students Do When Working With Small Groups?

A dilemma that every teacher faces is what to do with the other students when working in a small group setting.  I still see so much value in play activities that encourage fine-motor development and thinking. These activities are still very educational and require very little intervention and the students view them as fun!  I teach grade one currently and my students are allowed to engage in these activities when they have completed their work.  My favourite activities are outlined below:


1.  lego, duplo and other blocks



2.  pattern blocks

3.  playdough

4.  how to draw sheets and books

5.  colouring sheets

6.  squizs

7.  magformers


All individuals that post an activity that they use to engage their remaining students, while working with a small group, will receive a free theme of their choosing.  Just e-mail me that you posted a comment and I will reply with the information that I need from you.


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Pre-Kindergarten Science

Color Mixing

The Fall season is a great opportunity to introduce the science concept of color mixing. Here is just brief sample lesson plan related to this science concept.


Connection to Literature

Mouse Paint Simple Retelling

Mouse Paint Simple Retelling

Read the book “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh to introduce the concept of color mixing.


Shared and Independent Reading

The emergent reader “Color Magic” found in the “Colors” theme unit is a simple retelling of the story.  It could be used for shared and independent reading.


Colors Theme


Color Mouse Follow-up Experiment

Color Mixing Experiment

Color Mixing Experiment

The students would dab one end of a Q-tip with one color and mix it on the mouse template. After they dab the other end with another color and mix it over top; this will make a new color.


Red and blue makes purple
Yellow and red makes orange
Blue and yellow makes green


After the paintings are dry, they can be cut and glued to the picture frame.  The picture frame can be colored and cut to make a “Color Mouse Magic” display.


More Fun and Independent Science Experiments

The “Kinderplans Science Program” was designed to include:

–  Experiments that align with curriculum outcomes and related themes
–  Experiments that are fun and engaging

Pre-Kindergarten Science Program

Pre-Kindergarten Science Program

–  Experiments are meant to be independently run at the Science Center in a fun and safe environment
–  Follow-up crafts and suggested literature selections included


More Information On the Program

More information on the program can be found in the link below:


Kinderplans Science and Experimentation Program


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Plant and Seed Experiments

Can Seeds Grow Under Different Conditions?

Environmental Experiment

Environmental Experiment

Environmental Experiment One

In the last week my students have been planting lima bean seeds (they grow the fastest).  The students are experimenting to see if the seeds can grow under different conditions. The seeds are planted under the different conditions as described in the book “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle (placed into a cold refrigerator or freezer, water, sand with no water and in a garden like setting).  Observation booklet and explanation of the experiment is found in the link below:


Environmental Seed Experiment Observation Booklet One


Germination Experiment 

Experiment Two

This is another experiment I found to be really interesting.  The students placed a bean seed in a CD case and then watched it grow and labeled the plant parts.  This project is outlined in the link below:


Seed Planted In CD Case Steps


Follow-up Activities  – Observation Booklets

Seed Planted In CD Case

Seed Planted In CD Case

In the links below you will find a simple observation booklet where the children just draw picture of what they observed or draw and describe.


Observation Sheet – Students Draw Pictures of Their Observation


Observation Sheet – Students Draw Pictures and Describe Their Observation


Life Cycle of A Bean Plant Booklet – Cut and Assemble in Order

In the links below you will find two booklets that children can make where they cut and order the pages according to the life cycle of a bean plant.  After the booklet would be stapled together.


Life Cycle of Bean Plant (Cut, Assemble and Staple) Booklet

Life Cycle of Bean Plant (Cut, Assemble and Staple) Booklet

Cut and Order Pages Booklet According to Life Cycle of a Bean Plant- Pictures Labeled


Cut and Order Pages Booklet According to Life Cycle of a Bean Plant – Students Label Pictures


Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

Tiny Seed Literacy Unit

More Plant Theme Ideas – Literacy and Math Connections

More related plant theme ideas can be found in the link below:


More Plant Theme Ideas


More Science Ideas

In the link below you will find more information on the Kinderplans Pre-Kindergarten Science curriculum found in the link below:


Pre-Kindergarten Science Curriculum



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