Kindergarten Cafe

Welcome to Kindergarten Cafe - your home for teaching ideas, activities, and strategies across all content areas! I am Zeba McGibbon and I love creating resources for teachers and sharing my teaching experience with others. Kindergarten Cafe is aimed for kindergarten, but teachers of Preschool-First grade can find resources here for their students! I love to connect with other teachers so please reach out and say hello!

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Non-Fiction Reading

Teaching non-fiction reading is a key literacy skill in the younger grades. Students need to understand that there are different kinds of books and...

Teaching Social Studies Mapping Standards

A major social studies standard for younger children is to understand maps and why we use them. Students are asked to explain the difference...

Expected and Unexpected Choices

A lot of kindergarten is learning what are the expected choices for school and what are some unexpected choices. Students learn this...

Planting Inquiry in Kindergarten

Planting is an important and reoccurring science unit in the younger grades. I prefer to take an inquiry approach to planting. I’ve...

Exploring and Understanding 3-D Shapes

In the fall, one of our first math units is all about 2-D shapes. But now that the year is moving along,...

Classroom Activities and Lessons

Teaching non-fiction reading is a key literacy skill in the younger grades. Students need to understand that there are different kinds of books and that some books are teaching books. Children should be exposed to non-fiction books, and most likely already are, long before explicitly teaching non-fiction reading...
A major social studies standard for younger children is to understand maps and why we use them. Students are asked to explain the difference between maps and globes. Students are also expected to identify, with support, their town and their school. Also, students should be able to...
Planting is an important and reoccurring science unit in the younger grades. I prefer to take an inquiry approach to planting. I’ve already outlined my planting unit, but I want to go into more detail about the key experiment in this unit, available in...
In the fall, one of our first math units is all about 2-D shapes. But now that the year is moving along, my students are ready for a deep dive into 3-D shapes. I love helping them to investigate the 3D shapes and their...
Blends and digraphs are a very challenging concept for young readers and writers. It is not expected that students fully be able to read and write these sounds until second grade, however kindergarteners and first grade students should be exposed to these sounds, in order to progress...
Number relations is a huge understanding for kindergarteners – they need to know how the numbers fit together. They need to know what number will come next or what number came first, without having to count all the way to that number to figure it out. They...
Explicitly teaching reading strategies is important when students are learning to read. I love using a PowerPoint to model for the whole class how I use a strategy to help me read and then give my students a chance to practice it as a...
Teaching addition and subtraction is a huge part of kindergarten math and there are a lot of fun ways to teach it! I love to use books, games, and real word problems to teach and practice addition and subtraction. Check out my Addition and...
Valentine’s Day is a busy and exciting day in any classroom, but especially an early childhood classroom! There are so many fun things you can do with your students! I am going to show you what I love to do in my classroom –...
I love using a book club with some of my students, but it could also be used as a whole class. Book clubs are a great way to practice different comprehension skills, as well as give students a chance to take leadership over their...