Map Skills – Globe Balls

Map Skills – Globe Balls

A class set of globes allowed for a lot of hands-on learning!  I invested in a class set of these globe balls to help my students with their map skills.  We have been learning about mapping the continents, oceans and various places around the world.  We used maps and books to learn, but I wanted to use something even more hands-on. After learning a bit about different places around the world, we played a game.  Students got a sheet of small stickers and I named a location/country/ocean that was on the globe.  Students had to find it and place a sticker...

Puppet Making

Puppet Making

These were a huge hit!  When one of the kindergarten classes that I cover prep for had an inquiry on puppets I had to give the kids a chance to do some puppet making of their own!  They were able to make any type of puppet they wanted and I just gave them the supplies (and had an adult do the gluing).  Children had the choice between a sock puppet and a paper bag puppet.  Students were excited to have their own puppet to take home and play with! I used this as a centre rather then whole group.  I am always amazed...

Bird Activities for Kindergarten

Bird Activities for Kindergarten

With spring around the corner, one of the classes that I cover prep for in kindergarten are doing a bird inquiry.  I wanted to try some centres with the classes and this what I used for some bird activities for kindergarten.  It included a puzzles, a birds nest, bird books, and snack for the birds activity.  I was thrilled by how many kids ended up looking through the bird books and showing me and their classmates birds that they recognized. Stringing the cereal onto the pipe cleaners was favourite with the kids.  It was also great for hand eye coordination.  When they finished their circle we attached...

STEM Activities – Light

STEM Activities – Light

A laser light show!  When I taught grade 4, one of my favourite units to teach in science was light.  My favourite memory of this science class was my introduction to our light unit.  Since it was my favourite, I decided to try it with my kindergarten classes.   I often try to use STEM activities as a hook to get the kids interested in science and upcoming units of study. With kindergarten, I gave each student a glow stick and asked them to hold it without cracking it. Their curiosity grew as we walked down to our the room. When we got to a...

Hand Puppets

Hand Puppets

Introducing Melody!  If you are looking for a really easy way to bring some excitement and magic into your classroom, I found this the best way!   Students have been studying hand puppets, so I really wanted to show them a dialogue.  However, vantriloquism is not something I felt I could do well – or learn fast!  However, I created a short script between myself and our puppet “Melody” (I also use her for our music class). I recorded a dialogue between my daughter and I and recorded it as a video on my phone. I made a really short script and my...

Shadow Play

Shadow Play

This activity was a new adventure for me, but it was also one of the highlights of my year.  I worked presentation into a puppet inquiry in a kindergarten class.  One of my classes that I cover for kindergarten prep was learning about puppets and the other was learning about animals and hibernation.  I combined both of these inquiries and I created this shadow play.  Using an old television box, I created a stage for my shadow play.  I used parchment paper for the screen; however, attaching parchment paper to a puppet theatre would also work.  I cut out black images for each of...