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OPS At Home Learning: Kindergarten

Grade level resources

Math

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minute

10 minutes of math activities (choose one below)

10 minutes of Khan Academy (see suggested grade level starting point)

Activities:

  • Sort and organize coins into pennies, nickels, and dimes. Then count how many of each coin.  
  • Play a game following positional directions to place household objects in different locations using directional words above, beside, below, between, etc. Collect objects in nature— leaves, rocks, shells, etc. When you get home, sort them by color, size, or type. How many different categories can you find? How many objects are in more than 1 category? 
  • Investigate the length of different objects. Ask questions about length; for example, “What do you think the longest part of a shoe box is? Do you think a shoe box is longer than a puzzle box? How could you find out?”  
  • Investigate the length of shoes at home. Trace shoe outlines on paper, and then use paper clips (or another same sized item such as blocks or toothpicks) to measure the length of the outline from the heel to the toes.  Put the shoe lengths in order from the shortest to the longest.  
  • Lay out 10 small objects like buttons or pennies and count them. Then, while a family member or guardian covers their eyes, hide some of the objects. Show the objects that are not hidden and ask, “How many am I hiding?” Encourage your partner to explain their thinking. Switch roles. After playing a few rounds, you can change the total number (from 6 to 12 total) and start again.  
  • Choose an object or distance and measure it with your hands (wrist to fingertip) or feet (heel-to-toe steps). Then record each object as a specific number of hands or feet. As an extension, compare the measurements that other people in your house get when using their hands or feet. 
  • Challenge yourself to start counting at a given number, such as 13 or 28. Practice more by starting with different numbers.  
  • Find examples around the house of bigger, more, smaller, fewer, and equal. 
  • Put objects into groups to count and compare how many are in each group using the words greater than or less than (e.g. forks and spoons, shoes, etc.).   
  • Show ways to make a number by drawing a picture of cats and dogs to show different combinations of 5. Repeat this for other numbers through 10. 
  • Use small toys to show ways to make a group of 5. Repeat this for other numbers through 10. 

 

Resources

Social Studies

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Listen to this read aloud of Roxaboxen.  Go outside and collect rocks, sticks, leaves, etc with permission of an adult.  Use your imagination to create a small-town.  Be sure to include things like homes, stores, roads, etc. 
  • Draw a picture of what it would be like to visit a beach or draw a picture of what it would look like to visit the mountains.  Write three things you would like to do while visiting. 
  • Write a poem about living in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Make a list of things you want to do before starting back to school. 
  • Read this book Let's Have a Picnic then go out and have a picnic with your some adult members of your household. 

Resources:    

Epic eBook - Lilly Learns about Wants and Needs - explore how Lily learns the difference between wants and needs 

Epic eBook - Want it or Need it? - This eBook shows how people make choices between needs and wants. 

PBS Learning Media - What is Money?  This video teaches the difference between dollars/cents and their value.  Also talks about things people can do with their money.

Language Arts / Reading

Recommended minutes per day: 45 minutes

  • Make a gameboard using a piece of paper. Put sights words into the boxes. Play the game and read the word when you land on your spaces.  

  • Create a rhyming word ladder with chalk. Draw out a ladder and put rhyming words in it. Have your child jump to each word and say them out loud.  

  • Review letters and sounds daily. Throw a ball back and forth with a family member and go through all the letters of the alphabet naming them and telling what sound the letter makes. 
  • Think of all of the words that end in “ash”. Have a contest with someone in your family until you run out of words. Write them in your journal. (e.g. smash, crash) 
  • In your journal write about your favorite animal that you have seen and why it is your favorite. My favorite animal I have seen is__________. It is my favorite because_________.  
  • Make a bingo game by drawing with BINGO at the top and draw 5 boxes under each letter. In each of your boxes write one letter. Have someone in your house say a letter you have to find in on your BINGO card. 

Resources:

PBS Learning-Early Elementary Engaging and interactive online resources for students to use at home

Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books

Sight Word List Use this list to create sight word flashcards for daily review.   

Science

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Draw a plant, label its essential parts and tell someone in your family what each part does. Record your sharing. 
  • Research facts about your favorite animal. Write five facts and include a detailed illustration of your animal in its habitat. 
  • Draw a diagram of a circuit that includes a wire, a battery, and a light bulb. 
  • Choose an animal from your ecosystem and create a food web showing the transfer of energy between organisms. 

Resources: 

These websites provide interactive learning opportunities, virtual field trips, and videos for your students:

Mystery Science

Exploratorium

PBS Learning Science

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