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  • Math - Hugs and Tallies

    A memorable way for remembering how to make tally marks that equal 5.  Four students stand close together in a row, and a fifth student faces them with outstretched arms and gives them a group … View Full Lesson →

  • Writing - Macaroni Quotation Marks

    This lesson is to help students remember HOW to make quotation marks and WHEN to use them.  It combines an artsy aspect that makes it a little more fun.  After gluing the quotes in order, … View Full Lesson →

  • Homework Book Example

    Writing - Homework Books

    This is an activity I do with my grade 1’s and 2’s at the end of each day.  It’s a way to communicate with parents, letting them know what’s been done during the day.  (It’s … View Full Lesson →

  • Reading - Rhyming Word Poems

    Use poetry to find and identify rhyming words. Students highlight rhyming words on their own copy of the poem glued in their Poem Book, with each rhyming word pair highlighted in a different colour. View Full Lesson →

  • Adding And Subtracting

    Math - Finger Counting

    Hands are used to get students to identify 5 fingers quickly, or 3 fingers, or 7 fingers.  Once students can recognize the number of fingers you are holding up, change it to “what’s missing?”.  If … View Full Lesson →

  • Math - Bingo Dabbing By 5′s

    Prerequisite: Previous experience counting by 5’s Objective: counting by 5’s to 100 (for grade 1’s) counting by 5’s to 200 (for grade 2’s) Materials: One bingo dabber for each student Recycled paper, like once used … View Full Lesson →

  • Counting With Tally Marks

    Math - Popsicle Stick Regrouping Fun

    Objectives: Learning and practising regrouping Print examples of regrouping in student math journals Learn term names:  minuend take away subtrahend equals difference/answer (for subtraction) and addend plus addend equals sum/answer (for addition) Materials for each group … View Full Lesson →

  • Reading - Contraction Caterpillars

    Making the caterpillars is a very fun way to practise and use contractions. View Full Lesson →

  • Art - Paul Gauguin (Go-gan) Art: Opposite Colour Masterpieces

    Landscapes are drawn with a horizon line, overlapping mountains, trees near and far, a stream or lake, and a sun, but they are coloured differently. Gauguin painted yellow skies, with orange grass and red mountains, and students follow this method of using opposing colours. What a fun twist on the normal! View Full Lesson →

  • Math - Toothpick Art/Math Shapes

    Objectives: review primary colors practise using ruler to make straight lines make simple shapes, at least as large as a toothpick:  triangles, squares, rectangles review/use math words: parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, diagonal reinforcement of math shape … View Full Lesson →