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Learning Resources

Rising School classrooms will be resources with up-to-date learning and innovation opportunities for our students.  Each classroom will have smart board technology as well as access to iPads for learning.

Rising School KG1-G2 classrooms will provide “centered-learning” classroom layouts in the lower grades to promote tactile discovery.  They include role-play areas, individual and group areas, welcome and goodbye locations as well as science discovery and wet/dry play areas and of course a book or literacy area.  We will have classrooms that are bright and inviting.  We will also have areas clearly marked with names and pictures.  We want these classrooms to represent all families and cultures and be inclusive of Islamic and Arabic values.

In later years, the layout becomes a little more structured but still inviting to learning.  Reading areas with ample reading resources, small group instruction areas, and full group instruction areas are important to the set up.  Promoting routines and procedures are important in these age groups and having ample space for bulletin boards, white boards, and even smart boards is important.

A rotating collection of high quality children’s literature which includes a range of genre and dual language books or books in first language

Display shelf for books

Containers for storing books for independent reading, and books sorted by levels that contain a variety of genres

A variety of book formats e.g. class made books, pop-up books

Furniture for children to sit comfortably e.g., pillows, cushions, small rocking chairs

Alphabet chart

Puppets – fingers, hand, stick

Bulletin board for posting work

File boxes and folders for storing work

Shelves for a variety of paper and writing materials

Upper- and lowercase alphabet

Different sizes, colors, lined and unlined and of different quality

Envelopes, cancelled stamps, advertisement stamps, and stickers

Greeting cards and postcards

Memo pads, Notebooks, Sticky notes

Pencils (primary and standard size)

Markers (large and small)

Colored pencils

Crayons of different size

Alphabet cards with pictures of initial sound

Class list or name cards

Alphabet letters e.g., magnetic, wooden

Letters of various textures

Individual alphabet strip placed on table

Date stamp and stamp pad

Letter, number, and design stamps

Rulers, Scissors, Stapler and staples

Children in the kindergarten classroom need a variety of different manipulatives that they can access. Ensure that children have access to:

Materials for measuring: scales, thermometer (sturdy and encased), graduated cylinders, materials for standard (meter stick) and non-standard measurement (straws, tongue depressors for liner measurement and cubes for volume/capacity), play clocks

Materials for patterning (commercial and found): pattern blocks, attribute blocks, coloured blocks, buttons

Materials for sorting (commercial and found which lend themselves to sorting by color, size and shape): counters, buttons, yogurt containers, models of animals, beads, logic/attribute blocks Materials for exploring number: plastic/wooden numerals, number line, number books, materials for counting and grouping, hundreds board

Materials for exploring geometry and spatial sense: attribute blocks, three dimensional shapes, puzzles of different sizes and difficulty, large geoboards 5×5

Materials for ordering e.g., nesting cups

Materials for matching

Play money

Books that explore mathematical concepts and problem solving

Large wooden, hollow or foam building blocks

Hardwood unit blocks (medium size)

Paper, pencils, crayons for making signs and writing plans

A variety of construction materials: commercial e.g., small colored building blocks, Duplo, Sonos, Lasy, Mobilo, train set; and found materials (there should be at least 6 different ones) e.g., yogurt containers, ice cream tubs, spools or reels

Models of people (multicultural families, community workers), models of animals e.g., pets, farm, zoo, dinosaurs

Vehicles (airplanes, boats, cars, spacecraft, trucks)

Books (related to the building interest)

Props that relate to the building e.g., fire hose, boots

Water table on legs with drain or a plastic transparent water tub that fits on a table

Shelf or table for organizing materials

Books related to the center: water cycle, water life, shells, and boats

Standard and non-standard measuring containers: graduated cylinders, measuring cups, buckets, pitchers, yogurt containers, empty plastic juice containers

Paper, pencils and crayons for writing signs and recording experiments

Water wheel, Materials for exploring sinking and floating, Siphons, tubing, water pumps

Soap and bubble making tools, Props e.g., boats for fish

Large sand table on legs (if possible one for wet and one for dry)

Shelf or table for organizing materials

Standard and non-standard containers for measuring e.g., graduated containers, yogurt cups, empty sugar bags

Standard and non-standard tools for moving the sand e.g., graduated containers, measuring cups, buckets and pitchers

Paper, pencils and crayons for writing signs and recording experiments

Tools for digging and shaping – scoops, shovels, molds, spoons

Sifters and funnels

Broom and dustpan

Equipment for dramatic play center can be supplemented by adding materials found in the classroom, objects found at home, or made from recycled materials at school.


Full length mirror, hand mirrors, stove, fridge, sink unit, chest of drawers, hutch of utensils

Dolls (multiracial and a variety of sizes)

Clothing for dolls (from various cultures)

Dish, cutlery, cooking utensils (include materials representative of the cultures in the classroom e.g., woks, chopsticks)

Table and chairs set

Cleaning equipment e.g., broom, dustpan

Reading and writing materials (newspapers, coupons, writing paper, notepads for lists, pencils, class list)

Telephones and telephone book

Dress up clothes

**All materials should represent many cultures

Puppets and puppet theatre

A variety of props for retelling familiar stories

Felt board and felt props for retelling

Materials for observation and exploration e.g., magnifying glasses, simple microscopes, view finders, bug boxes, color paddles, prisms, Materials to sort and classify e.g., rocks, shells, nuts

Materials to support children caring for living things e.g., terrarium/aquarium, plants

Materials for standard and non-standard measurement e.g., scales, thermometer (sturdy and encased, alcohol), graduated containers, timers, Materials to explore technology concepts e.g., pulleys, construction materials with gears, wheels and axles