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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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,...

Blends and Digraphs

Blends and digraphs are a very challenging concept for young readers and writers. It is not expected that students fully be able to...

Science

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...
Water is a huge topic to cover in science and is touched on in many grades throughout a child’s life. In kindergarten I try and introduce my students to the key understandings of water through fun, hands-on experiments and activities. All of these activities...
One of the main focuses in kindergarten science is understanding life cycles. What is a better way to learn about life cycles than to observe them?! One of the easiest life cycles to observe is of insects because each part of the cycle does...
One of the major overarching science standards for kindergarten is to learn about life cycles. In my district, we teach this through observation of ladybugs, plants, chicks, and tadpoles. The students observe the eggs turn into tadpoles and the tadpoles grow legs and front legs. Once they start...
Notice, Think, Wonder When I start my unit on the plant life cycle, I always want to see what students know and I want to generate interest in the topic. I start by putting out all different kinds of seeds...
Key Water Ideas I love teaching science with my students. I try to teach it in a way that is explorative, where I offer my students experiments that shape their thinking and deepen their understanding. For our unit on water,...