Kindergarten Winter Math Centers-Measurement

Hello!

I love teaching measurement because there are many opportunities for hands-on activities. I like that in Kindergarten we use non-standard measuring tools as we can use all kinds of fun materials to get students interested in measurement. Today, I have some fun winter measurement center ideas!

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 It is always interesting teaching with non-standard measuring tools because students can see that measurements can differ depending of the size of the material they are measuring with! It can be hard for them to understand so putting two materials side by side and getting them to really think about "the snowman is 6 snowflakes tall, but only 4 bells tall" is helpful. Most times they can figure out why the measurements are different but it really does challenge their thinking! I had students use the snowmen that they created in their literacy centers, you can find that post  here . You can find similar bells with snowflake cut-outs on Amazon  here . 

It is always interesting teaching with non-standard measuring tools because students can see that measurements can differ depending of the size of the material they are measuring with! It can be hard for them to understand so putting two materials side by side and getting them to really think about "the snowman is 6 snowflakes tall, but only 4 bells tall" is helpful. Most times they can figure out why the measurements are different but it really does challenge their thinking! I had students use the snowmen that they created in their literacy centers, you can find that post here. You can find similar bells with snowflake cut-outs on Amazon here

 I like to use math manipulatives to measure as well as more traditional looking measuring strips-with a fun twist! I find that this is the next step to introducing students to traditional rulers and measuring tapes. In this center I had students measuring objects around the room with these snowman measuring strips. There were also different sized strips with snowflakes and mittens on them, you can find them all  here . 

I like to use math manipulatives to measure as well as more traditional looking measuring strips-with a fun twist! I find that this is the next step to introducing students to traditional rulers and measuring tapes. In this center I had students measuring objects around the room with these snowman measuring strips. There were also different sized strips with snowflakes and mittens on them, you can find them all here

 I used these cute winter pictures for students to measure as well, each card had a diffrerent sized winter object on it. I had students estimate how tall they thought the item might be and then record their measurements. You can find this activity  here . 

I used these cute winter pictures for students to measure as well, each card had a diffrerent sized winter object on it. I had students estimate how tall they thought the item might be and then record their measurements. You can find this activity here

 I find that when students are asked to measure they focus more on the height of the object versus the width so I try to include opportunities that encourage students to practise measuring width as well. Again, I like to have them measure with two different items so they can make the connection between measuring with object of different sizes. You can find similar blue gems on Amazon  here . 

I find that when students are asked to measure they focus more on the height of the object versus the width so I try to include opportunities that encourage students to practise measuring width as well. Again, I like to have them measure with two different items so they can make the connection between measuring with object of different sizes. You can find similar blue gems on Amazon here

 I find that introducing area to young students is easier when they can experiment with the concept. In this center, each mitten is a different size and they have to record how many pom poms it took to fill up each mitten. I find area harder to teach than length and width because there are more variables ie. did they fill up the entire space, were the pom poms close enough, can they fill the space completely etc. The main idea though is to connect the concept and material to something real that they can understand. 

I find that introducing area to young students is easier when they can experiment with the concept. In this center, each mitten is a different size and they have to record how many pom poms it took to fill up each mitten. I find area harder to teach than length and width because there are more variables ie. did they fill up the entire space, were the pom poms close enough, can they fill the space completely etc. The main idea though is to connect the concept and material to something real that they can understand. 

To see more centers like the ones I talked about in this blog post check out my math centers set. To see more information about the set click the image below. To check out the set in French click here

Thank you for reading! Check out my other winter math posts below for more fun center ideas! 

Penny 

Kindergarten Winter Math Centers-Patterning

Kindergarten Winter Math Centers-Patterning

I hope you enjoyed my series on Christmas math centers. With this post I would like to introduce you to the next series of centers- Winter centers! I will be showing you different ideas and materials I will be using that you could use as an inspiration for your own centers. I would love to know in the comments what ideas and materials you love to use this time of year. This week I will be focusing on patterning! 

Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Sorting

Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Sorting

Hello/Bonjour! 

Welcome to the last post in my Christmas math center series. Today I will be showcasing some easy sorting ideas using the same materials as in the last posts. These ideas are all fun and easy for the students to complete on their own. I have included some free materials to aid you in creating the centers such as the colour labels, size labels and wreaths. The labels are in English and French!

Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Counting

Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Counting

Hello/Bonjour! 

Today is the third installment of my Christmas math center ideas using Christmas items.  These are simple and low-prep ideas that your students will have a lot of fun with whilst being engaged in learning. I have also included free printables to help you set up your counting centers with any materials that you want to use. I have used the same materials as the last series of posts to show how the same items can be re-purposed for different centers. 

Kindergarten Christmas Math-Addition Centers

Kindergarten Christmas Math-Addition Centers

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In this post I will be continuing my math center series by showing different ways I have set up Christmas themed addition centers. I used the same items as in the last post to show how I create multiple centers using simple and fun materials. I also included a free printable that can be used to add structure to the centers if needed. For younger students, simply exploring the materials may be enough. 

Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Patterning

Kindergarten Christmas Math Centers-Patterning

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Since it is officially November we can start talking about Christmas centers right? 

In this post I want to share with you the ways that I have created Christmas patterning centers with a few simple and fun materials. I will be continuing this Christmas math series with different centers so come back to see how you can create weeks worth of math centers with little prep and without breaking the bank by re-using the same materials in other ways. 

Kindergarten Fall Math Centers

Kindergarten Fall Math Centers

I am loving these Fall center ideas and I can't wait to use them again this year! I love Fall because of the natural materials you can bring into the classroom such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, acorns, apples etc. The season provides many opportunities for observation, play and discovery. I will be showing you in this post how to use math centres to engage your students in learning. 

Exploration ideas for Kindergarten

Exploration ideas for Kindergarten

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Today I will be showcasing some easy ideas to use for exploration time in Kindergarten.  This can mean free time or I.C.E. time depending on what you call it in your classroom; usually they are inquiry-based open activities that students can freely explore. I love having un-structured centers  because children can use their imagination to explore and create according to their interests. The key is to provide many different materials for students to use including sensory, fine-motor, loose parts, nature materials, craft and building materials etc. 

Easy Kindergarten Sensory Bin Ideas

Easy Kindergarten Sensory Bin Ideas

Fun sensory bins that children will learn from do not need to be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. We have all seen the beautiful Pinterest and Instagram worthy creations out there with gorgeous toys and hand-dyed sensory materials. I would love to play in those bins myself but as a teacher with a limited personal budget and no money from the school to buy sensory bin materials I need to find simple, cheap ideas that I do not need to spend a whole night creating. 

I love sensory bins because they incorporate different skills such as fine-motor, social, communication, co-operation, literacy and math. 

Creating a Kingdom/Castle themed Dramatic Play Center

Creating a Kingdom/Castle themed Dramatic Play Center

 

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Today I want to show you how I set up a kingdom/castle themed dramatic play center. 

I love dramatic play areas as they are an excellent way to foster communication, socialization, imagination and literacy/math skills. 

There are many items I have sourced over the years to bring out when I create this center, those items include:
*fabric for capes
*plastic crowns
*old halloween costumes for Princesses/Princes or knights
*stuffed dragon/horses
*jewels for sensory bin

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 2- Write the room and Math around the room

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 2- Write the room and Math around the room

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Welcome to part 2 of my back to school math and literacy series. In my last post which you can read here, I talked about how to use my back to school math centres in the first few weeks of school. 

Today I am talking about an exciting series of sets that your students will love! Students enjoy these around the room sets as they are active, engaging and fun! 

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 1- Math Centers

Back to School Math and Literacy Part 1- Math Centers

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It's that time again...back to school! As much as teachers want to enjoy their summer, we know that getting things accomplished during the summer break makes going back that much smoother.  

That is why I like to prep and organize activities for the first few weeks so I can concentrate on learning about my new students, observing and assessing their abilities and laying the groundwork for a successful year. 

These literacy and math back to school centers are engaging for students and are available in English and French! I will use pictures of both sets throughout the post but the sets are the same no matter the language. 

Fun French Fall and Halloween Activities for the Primary Classroom





Looking for some fun math and literacy activities to use in your primary French classrooms this Fall and Halloween?


I love this time of year, especially in the classroom, there is so much learning to be done!

I love letting the students explore pumpkins up close. I usually cut the tops off the pumpkins and allow them to scoop out the insides so they can smell and feel all the elements. After their sensory exploration there is the opportunity to use the pumpkin seeds for hands on math inquiries.




If you want something less messy for your Fall and Halloween math activities check out these math around the room sets. These sets will have your students engaged while they are practising their shape recognition and patterning skills.











I made this pumpkin slime from a recipe I found on Pinterest (I don't remember the exact ingredients but there are a lot of different recipes on there). I like students to describe in words what the slime feels like so they can practice using French adjectives.



If students need some practice with their Fall and Halloween words these write the room sets are perfect for learning vocabulary. 










Let me know in the comments your favourite way to incorporate French into your Fall and Halloween activities.

Penny