Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard And Primary Chalkboard VEGAS GIVEAWAY!

 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS? 

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference?

Primary Chalkboard is giving away YOUR CHOICE of a 1 day session at SDE!

So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the newly added I Teach 2nd? 

How fun is that?

BUT, that's not all, we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore, CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about  
to help you out with that?!?!?

NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.

Hop through our Facebook pages and collect a tip for your (possible) visit to Vegas.
Be sure to "like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
Add the numbers together and enter the sum  on the Rafflecopter on the Primary Chalkboard blog for a chance to win.
Be sure to add a comment and include #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas.

For an extra chance to win this, take a selfie, post it on IG with #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas 
Don't forget to tag us in your picture! @primarychalkboard

The winner will be picked on April the evening of April 5th.

A HUGE thank you to SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for their kind and generous donation!

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Plastic Eggs Math And Literacy Centers!

People, it's plastic egg week here at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard World Headquarters!    Seriously...It's been all about the plastic eggs!!

There are so many uses for these amazing teaching devices.   And they're SO cheap.     Seriously...will be using eggs all year!

Today I have two more centers (workstations/hippopotamuses) using our plastic eggs! 

More fun, engaging, hands on activities with eggs and meeting Common Core Standards!


First up, sight words!

I labeled each half of an egg with the same sight word.  The 'staches will have to find the two 
matching parts.  They will use the recording sheets to record their words.  To differentiate the center, they can either color the word or write the word.  

(I am actually using this in my sensory bin.  I filled it with Easter basket grass and will put the egg pieces in the bin.  They will find the pieces and match them and record their answers!)

(Click the pictures to download your freebies!)

Next up...those tricky, pesky teen numbers!

There is something about those teen numbers that are just so hard for kiddos.  Maybe it's just "teen" anything...we all remember how hard our "teens."  

On one half of the egg write a 1.  On the other half write 0-9.  This will make eggs for 10-20.  

Students can make a teen number using any colors they want!  That's part of the fun!  The colors don't have to match!  Who wants to match anyway??  Matching is boring.  Have you seen my outfits?!  I'm all about the colors!

Students can use the recording sheet to color the ten frame to match the number or color the number!  (See....differentiation....)

(Click the picture to download your freebie!)

Make sure you check back here at 8:00 am central time on Sunday, March 29 for a HUGE announcement!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard of Chick Subtraction

Hello.  It's me...the plastic egg hoarder again.  And I'm back with another fun math center using plastic eggs.  See...all of these eggs keep multiplying so I need to put them to use!!!!! class needs practice with subtraction so I made a little subtraction activity using these adorable chick eggs from...wait for it...THE DOLLAR TREE!!!!

These guys come 3 in a pack for $1.  BAM!  Super cheap fun!!

I also used these fun erasers from the Target dollar sport.  60 erasers for $1.  Can we say cheap???!!!

So, I decided that we would be subtracting chicks from carrots!  

In each egg I put some carrots and chicks.  There are more carrots than chicks in each egg.  This keeps in consistent so we remember that the big number comes first.  (The recording sheet is set up like this too!)

Students grab an egg, open  the egg.  Count the carrots.  Write.  Count the chicks.  Write.  Subtract.

BAM!  Fun, engaging subtraction center!  AND CHEAP!


Throw the chicks in a cute bucket.  Add in the recording sheet and you're ready to meet common core math standards in a fun, hands on engaging way!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Of EGG-CELLENT Addition!

People, I admit it.  I have a problem.

My name is Greg and I am a plastic egg hoarder.  Seriously.  I am finding them in my my my office...they're everywhere.  And then I go to the store and buy more.  I just love them.  And want more.  Is that bad??  Is it bad to use them all year round??  Is it bad that I want to run to Wal-Mart right now and buy more?????  HELP YA'LL!

Anyways...I am putting those eggs to use.  (OK...SOME of the eggs...)
You know we're going to need some seriously hardcore engaging activities to keep the 'staches focused the last 2 months of I'm hoping some egg centers will help.  But let's be honest...I'll be peeling them off of the ceiling from here on out...and I'm ok with that!

You need:
plastic eggs ($2 for 48 at WalMart)
egg trays (Wal-Mart $1)
labels (freebie included)
bucket (WalMart $1)

For my labels I used the small AVERY CLEAR EASY PEEL RETURN ADDRESS LABLES (#5667)  (Click the link to order from Amazon!)

You can download the printable PDF addition equations and answers by clicking the links!


Print the labels.

Put the equations on the eggs. 
Place the answers on the egg trays.  I used 4 egg trays.  

Put the eggs in a cute bucket.  AND BAM!  Adding to 10 center!   Hands on, engaging, fun!   Common Core math is fun!!


Student's choose an egg, solve the equation and place the egg on the correct answer!

They can then record their answer on the recording sheet.

Add fun pens or markers or Scentos Sugar Rush Twisty Crayons for even more fun!

Here is a free recording sheet for ya!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Joy Cowley Classroom Giveaway

Happy spring break day 2!  I am super pumped to be sharing some awesome new books with you today and giving you the chance to win some books.  $1,000 in books for you classroom.  WHOA, right?!?!    I am teaming up with my friends at Hameray Publishing to give away a Mrs. Wishy Washy big book and you can enter the contest for the $1000 in books!  Keep reading...

First of all, who doesn't love Mrs. Wishy Washy?!   She is one of the favorites in my classroom year after year!    She's funny, she's energetic and she likes to clean.  Mrs. Wishy Washy and I are total opposites in that regard.  I'm not the cleaner of our family.  Sad but true.

Joy Cowley, the brains behind Mrs. Wishy Washy has a new collection of books, The Joy Cowley Collection, with lots of fun characters and great new stories.    Another thing that I love about this collection is that the books are great for punctuation, rhyming, opposites, comparing and contrasting and many other skills.

My favorite books in the new collection are the gruesome series.  Why?  Because the monsters will appeal to boys!!  It's so hard to find books to appeal to boys, so I love any books that will get my boys excited about reading.

I love the Mr. Tang series because of his different adventures which allows comparing and contrasting and allows students to make some text to self connections.

I love the Barbie (the sheep, not the plastic doll...) books because the main character is a lamb.  AWE!  A lamb who has lots of adventures!

So, who wants some books?

I am giving away one copy of the big book, Do Whacky Do!

Hameray Publishing is hosting the 2015 Joy Cowley Giveaway!    Someone will win $1000 in prizes including ninety leveled readers, nineteen big books, figure puppets and more!!!!  

Click the picture to go to contest page and enter!  You have until March 31st!  GOOD LUCK!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Test Tube Sight Words

Happy Day 1 of Spring Break to me!!!  Of course, the two doodles don't understand spring break so I was up at 7 a.m.  Thanks dogs!   But at least I can be productive!!!'s the last two months of the school year...we're all looking for ways to keep our kiddos engaged and somewhat manageable.  You between peeling them off the I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and activities to make learning fun.  I happened to come across this really awesome sight word wand idea at Heidi Songs!  (She's brilliant by the make sure you're following her!)  Well, you know me....I'm always up for making something and doing new things.  I mean, what's the word that can happen?!   It could be an epic fail...and that's ok.  We learn from it.  We fix it and we move forward.   (A tantrum is ok too....if necessary...)

So...I'm a big Common Core standards supporter (standards....not testing...don't get me started...) So I am on a mission to show ways to make Common Core fun and developmentally appropriate.  #commoncoreisfun  #artiscommoncore    Seriously ya'll...don't the CC take your fun.   If you need help, just holla!  

Anyways...back to my project...

Are ya ready for some TEST TUBE SIGHT WORDS?!?!?!?!?!?!    I know....right?!?!   

These are going to be an epic hit in my classroom!   

This project took me about 30 minutes to complete and cost me about $15.

You will need:

Test Tubes-click the link to get the tubes I used from Amazon.  The size matters.  You don't want your letter beads getting out of order. 

Letter Beads-click the link to use the beads I used.  I went with colorful beads because I love colors.  The brighter the better.  (Tip:  Order 2 packages so you have enough letters.....just sayin.  Learn from me!)

Waterproof Glue-You know...because no 5 year old in my class would EVER open the lid and pour the water out.  Never.  Ever.  

Glitter-everything is better with glitter.


The first thing I did was determine which sight words to use.  Guess what I did?!?!  I used ....wait for it...DATA!  I went to my ESGI assessment and pulled our sight word data and used the words we missed the most.  BAM!  See...a fun, engaging activity using data.  #commoncoreisfun

Then you can start assembling your test tube sight words.

First, you want to spell out your word.   This makes putting it in the tube easier.

I put each word in the tube the same way.  The word reads from the top down.  So when you put the beads into the tube, put them in backwards.  Each tube is the same so they all read top down.

Next, add water.  Be sure to leave some space at the top for the lid.  And the air allows the glitter and beads to float more freely.

Then use the waterproof glue to seal the lid in the tube.  I used a paintbrush to keep it clean and neat.  I brushed a little glue around the top rim of the tube and then inserted the lid.  

I used three different colors of glitter so really I could differentiate the activity based on glitter colors.  Also, this is a challenging activity so I wouldn't use it with students who haven't mastered sight words.  I would use it as a challenge for students who need a little more rigor with sight words.

And of course, there is a recording sheet!   

Click the picture to get your freebie!

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