“Pair it” Parrot Game – Spanish Alphabet

This is a super fun card game that can be used to reinforce Spanish letter recognition. Great for intervention groups or centers.

Learn the Spanish Alphabet with the Pair It Parrot game!Goals of the lesson

Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the Spanish alphabet.

This version of the game includes the Spanish Alphabet. It also includes the original Kat and Squirrel (and Parrot) story. And the bonus Soup ABC order worksheet. Cut out the soup cans and glue them in ABC order in Squirrel’s cupboard. ABCs pronunciation sheet.

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The Pair It Parrot games by Kat and Squirrel

Camping Science – Sound and Light Unit for First Grade

Camping_ScienceKat and Squirrel Go Camping This is an interactive story with pauses after each ‘chapter’ to allow students and teachers time to research topics (nonfiction paired articles are included!), conduct experiments (teacher and student directions included!), do demonstrations (detailed instructions included!), discuss vocabulary (vocab. cards are included!), record observations and conclusions (recording sheets included!), and even play a fun game (rules and graphics included!). All lessons are introduced by a continuing story about Kat and Squirrel’s goofy adventures while on a camping trip. The lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for first grade. And the lessons have been created by an experienced first-grade teacher. The timing will depend upon how long and how often you have science class, but would most likely take 2-3 weeks. This could also be integrated into the reading/language arts curriculum very easily with a few creative teacher additions.
Kat and Squirrel - Get the Lesson!

Goals of the lesson

NGSS Aligned 1-PS4 Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer Students who demonstrate understanding can:

1-PS4-1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate. Clarification Statement: Examples of vibrating materials that make sound could include tuning forks and plucking a stretched string. Examples of how sound can make matter vibrate could include holding a piece of paper near a speaker making sound and holding an object near a vibrating tuning fork.

1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated. Clarification Statement: Examples of observations could include those made in a completely dark room, a pinhole box, and a video of a cave explorer with a flashlight. Illumination could be from an external light source or by an object giving off its own light.

1-PS4-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Clarification Statement: Examples of materials could include those that are transparent (such as clear plastic), translucent (such as wax paper), opaque (such as cardboard), and reflective (such as a mirror).

*Not included in this unit: (But wouldn’t this be a great time to do it?) You could have your students write another chapter to the story where Kat and Squirrel get separated and need to devise a way to find each other. Oooooh, the possibilities….

1-PS4-4. Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. Clarification Statement: Examples of devices could include a light source to send signals, paper cup and string “telephones,” and a pattern of drum beats.

Lesson- Cool the Lemonade (Missing Subtractend to 10)

Missing Subtractend to 10 (Cool the Lemonade) from Kat and SquirrelConcepts to Be Covered
Missing Subtractend to 10

Goals for the Lesson
K.OA Understanding subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

1.OA Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Add and subtract within 20. Work with addition and subtraction equations.

2.OA Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Add and subtract within 20.

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Squirrel took orders around the neighborhood for lemonade including how many ice cubes each person wanted in the glass. Kat carefully counted ice cubes to match each order and filled the glasses with yummy lemonade. As Squirrel was starting to deliver the glasses her friends decided to help. Oh, no! They thought the ice cubes were nuts and took some out of each glass. Squirrel went back to the lemonade stand with the bad news. Squirrel wrote the total needed and how many cubes were left on each glass. Can you help Kat and Squirrel figure out how many ice cubes are needed in each glass?


Lesson – Animal Needs

Animal Needs Lesson from Kat and SquirrelConcepts to Be Covered
Animals have needs: food, water, shelter, oxygen.

Goals for the Lesson
Students will discover that all animals have basic needs such as water, food, oxygen, and shelter.

Students will determine that animal needs are met within the context of their environment.

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Kat and Squirrel are volunteering at a zoo. It is their responsibility to make sure all of the animals in their care have their needs met. Help Kat and Squirrel makes sure all of the animals are properly cared for.


Lesson – “Park the Car” Missing Addends to 10

Park the Car Lesson - Missing Addends to 10Concepts to Be Covered
Missing Addends to 10.

Goals for the Lesson
K.OA.A.4 – For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number

1.OA.8 – Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers.

2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies

Kat and Squirrel Story for the Lesson
Squirrel accidentally cleaned all the numbers off the cars. Help Kat and Squirrel figure out the car’s numbers. Help them find the missing numbers.