The month of May in the classroom can be both magical and mayhem. On one hand, May is the last month of school for many of us, and if it’s not, it’s at least close to the end of the year. This brings excitement, relief, joy, and all of the other feelings one may have when looking forward to the end of the year. But on the other hand, with May being the final weeks of school for so many of us, it brings with it absolute chaos. There are assessments to be done, class projects, shows to put on, parent conferences, and the list goes on and on. These May Kindergarten Math and Literacy Centers help turn chaos into learning fun!
During this hectic month, it’s important that we keep our young learners busy. So we make cute projects for Mother’s Day like this Mother’s Day flower craft or this Mother’s Day thumbprint art. We explore learning through flowers with activities like this sunflower addition and subtraction center or by building flowers with sight words. And there’s no better way to explore the month of May than reading some of these books from our bugs and insects collection.
Since we’re approaching the end of the year and we need as many engaging activities as we can get, I love to do at least one of these May science experiments a week to keep everyone interested and excited about learning. To show what they know, our students practice the math and literacy skills that they’ve learned all year with these Daily Math Journals and Spiral Literacy Journals.
But the best tool of all for keeping our kids busy and learning during the month of May is to utilize these May Kindergarten Math and Literacy Centers. These centers have everything you need to keep your students engaged during May. They are a much-needed addition to your May lesson plans!
May Kindergarten Math and Literacy Centers
This pack of centers comes with 40 spring kindergarten centers for you to use with your students during May, or really any month during spring. The adorable clipart includes insects, flowers, gardens, and fun spring and summer animals. These engaging spring learning centers can be used as activities during center or station time, as whole group work, or as small group review. You can even send home some of them for extra at-home review, if needed.
These May kindergarten math and literacy centers are not only available for kindergarten but also for pre-k and first grade. Some teachers have purchased the centers in multiple grades to have many options for differentiation.
The May Math and Literacy Centers Include:
4 weeks of Kindergarten Literacy Activities for May:
- Poetry Centers: 4 poems and sets of activities
- Write & Wipe Activities
- Writing Cards and Writing Center Materials
- Match-Up Activities
- Write the Room Activities
- Pocket Chart Centers
4 weeks of May Kindergarten Math Activities:
- Math Write the Room Centers
- Puzzles and Match-Up Activities
- Write & Wipe Math Activities
- Games to Play with Partners
- Games to Play with Dice
Each type of center comes with multiple options to use, either weekly or however you see fit, throughout the month. With 40 centers in total, you’ll have plenty to choose from!
Skills covered in the Kindergarten Literacy Activities for May:
- Poetry, Writing, Sequencing, Sight Words, Blends, Digraphs, Segmenting Sounds, CVCC Words, Decoding Words…and more!
Skills covered in the May Math Activities for Kindergarten:
- One More/One Less, Coin Identification, Subitizing, Composing/Decomposing Numbers, 2D/3D Shapes, Addition, Subtraction, Place Value, Graphing, Comparing Numbers, Word Problems, Number ID…and more!
Using the May Kindergarten Centers
This pack of spring kindergarten centers is full to the brim with engaging activities to keep your students learning all while having fun this May. After you purchase the May Kindergarten Centers, you’ll want to download and take inventory of all 40 centers. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Look through the centers ahead of time. Make a list of the centers you intend to use and either print or add to a list of things to print. Next, you’ll have to make copies and laminate some of the materials, if that’s what you decide to do. We always suggest laminating anything that can be reused to help your future self!
- Plan out how you will use the centers. Will you put them in your stations all at once or introduce one of each type at a time every week? There is no “right way” to use these activities, so utilize them however they best fit into your classroom instruction.
- Make sure to explicitly model each center for students to help eliminate questions and problems down the line. Set clear expectations for each center type and let students practice a few times with your guidance before setting them free!
Kindergarten Literacy Activities for May
These kindergarten-friendly poems are perfect for using with your students this spring. With poetry journals and notebooks for four different poems, your students will be poetry pros by the end of the month. There are three original May poems about Mother’s Day, spring, and May, and one nursery rhyme, an old favorite – Mary Had a Little Lamb. Students will practice reading, repeating, and finding rhymes and different words in each poem using the center materials.
Write & Wipe Activities and Puzzles
Both of these activity types should definitely make it to your laminate list! For the month of May, you’ll get two puzzles practicing blends and segmenting CVCC words. You’ll also get two write and wipe activities that focus on digraphs and segmenting CVCC words as well. These fun reading activities for kindergarteners will be great to have on hand this spring.
Our monthly centers come with 4 sets of writing cards for each month. May’s writing card topics are as follows: dinosaur words, ocean words, space words, and zoo words. Now, I don’t know about you, but I know when I give my students those topics, I’m going to get some pretty awesome and imaginative stories and pictures. Use the provided writing papers and materials to get you started!
Match-Up Activities and Pocket Chart Centers
These centers are made to be used in pocket charts or somewhere they can be spread out, like on a table or on the floor. With the sequencing activity, students can practice putting the steps of building a sandcastle in order with hands-on materials. Your kindergarten students can practice finding the same middle sound with a CVC pocket chart activity and also practice putting spring sentences together with a sentence scramble activity. Lastly, the sight word hide and seek activity is one of my favorite sight word games for kindergarten.
Write the Room Activities for Literacy
Write the room centers are the best way to get your students out of their seats and reviewing skills. With these May literacy write the room activities, your kindergarten students can practice decoding CVCC and CCVC words, manipulating the middle sound in CVC words, and segmenting CVCC and CCVC words, all themed for May and springtime.
May Kindergarten Math Activities
The May kindergarten dice games cover important math skills like graphing, numbers 10-15, and 3D shapes. Your students will have such an exciting time playing games like roll & graph, color by code, roll a flower, and roll and cover, that they won’t even realize they’re learning!
Do your students and kids love playing games with partners? Mine are always asking if they can work in pairs, so I love that these partner games give me an easy way to bring structure around educational work with partners. The partner games for May cover skills including addition, subtraction, 3D shapes, and place value. With a card game, spinner games, and a board game, students will have a lot of opportunities to work together with classmates!
Match-Ups and Puzzles
Developing early numeracy skills is crucial for our young learners, and these May match-ups and puzzles make it easy to ensure our students are practicing these important skills. With two match-up activities and two puzzles, your kindergarteners can practice adding 1 more to numbers, subitizing, identifying different ways to make numbers, and identifying coins.
Write & Wipe
Write and wipe activities are fun to use and easy to prep. After you laminate these centers or place them in page protectors, your students can practice identifying attributes of 2D and 3D shapes, graphing, and comparing numbers.
Write the Room
You’ll get EIGHT total write the room activities for the month of May, four literacy and four math. That is a lot of write the room centers! The best part of these May math centers for kindergarten is that they can be used as write the room activities, but they can also be used in a center. Simply place the cards on a ring or in a basket and have students use them as task cards. The May math write the room activities cover these math skills: addition, comparing numbers, decomposing, and subtraction.
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