Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Dinosaur Snack!

Hello snow day number 8.  Seriously, ya'll.  Over. It.  I mean, I love a good snow day...but we had 7 in a row, went back for 1 day and had today off.  And today????  A HALF INCH OF SNOW!!  People, it's the south, but come on.  This Indiana boy could have driven all of the buses to school today.  A half inch.  Snow day.  Guess what??  All melted by 10 am.    

I'm officially giving this snow day ANGRY ARMS!

Now to the dinosaurs...

How about a super fun and easy dinosaur snack for your dinosaur themes and dinosaur units?!

You can munch on dinosaur bones, dinosaur eggs.....and wait for it....dinosaur droppings!

Here's what you need:

Pretzels=dino bones
Grapes=dino eggs
Nestle Crunch Buncha (or Whoppers)=dino droppings

If you can find Bugles (which I have not been able to...more angry arms..) they can be dinosaur claws!

You also need snack bags and lunch bags.

I put some of each dinosaur snack into the bags and added the labels.

Then I put the bags into the dinosaur snack bag.

BAM!  Dinosaur snacks!

If you'd like the dinosaurs and labels, you can download them for free by clicking on the picture!

These awesome dinosaur toppers are from my sweet and talented Alaskan friend, Teaching In The Tongass!!

And don't forget the Teachers Pay Teachers SUPERHEROES Sale!  It ends at midnight tonight!!  Use the code HEROES to save 28% off all of my creations!

Click on Superman and Spiderman to check out my store!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Differentiated Count The Room FREEBIE!

Happy Snow day number 7!  Seriously!  BUT GUESS WHO GETS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TOMORROW?!?!?!?!  ME!!!!!  I can't wait to see my little 'staches!!!

Who doesn't love a freebie?!  And a differentiated math freebie?!?!?!  

I just finished my March Differentiated Count The Room freebie so I wanted to make sure you all got your freebie!!  Cuz I luffs you!

Just click the picture to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store and download your freebie!

Don't forget to enter for you chance to win a $20 TPT gift certificate!  


The TPT Teachers Are Heroes sale is tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25th!  My store is 20% off and with the code HEROES you can save an extra 10% off!

And tomorrow is also the next SUBMISSIONS FOR SMORGIE LIVE!

We will be discussing all things LITERACY!!!

And we have a mega prize pack from our friends at Scentos to give away!

Wednesday, February 25th 7:00-8:00 pm CENTRAL time (8:00-9:00 eastern)!

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Make And Draw 10

Happy snow day number 6.  Right?!  I spent the day working in my classroom switching out all of my centers and prepping for DINOSAURS!   I'm super excited to get back to the 'staches...but it ain't happening tomorrow.  BREAKING NEWS:  Snow Day 7 tomorrow.  OVER IT!!

So, here's a super fun and easy way to practice and assess making 10 with some fun thrown in.  Learning must be fun.  IT should be fun.  So let's make it fun.  AND EASY!

If you're like me, you have 7,987,342 of these snap cubes.  And I'm convinced that they multiply weekly...they just turn up...taunting me...teasing me and pressuring me to come up with ways to use them...

This activity meets Common Core Standards:  KOA3, KOA4, KCC1
(PER FEEDBACK, I will start including the common core standards for activities I share!  Hope this helps!)

All you need....some of your billions of snap cubes, crayons and paper.  

I poured the cubes into a big pile on the carpet.  Literally.  Dumped them out.

Then I told the 'staches to grab 10 cubes using two different colors.

Then we build our towers of 10.

Then we wrote the equation.

Then we drew the picture.

See that....making 10, adding, writing equations and a little drawing fun!

And now for a giveaway and an announcement!

The BIG TEACERS ARE HEROES SALE at TPT is Wednesday, February 25th!  My creations will be 20% off and with the code HEROES you save another 10%! 

So , who wants $20 to spend during the sale?  Just enter and I'll announce the winner, Wednesday morning!!!    (TELL YOUR FRIENDS!)

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OK, now who's ready for the next installment of Submissions For Smorgie LIVE?!  

We're excited for this one becuase we're trying something a little different.  This time the 1 hour live chat will be all about LITERACY!   So, start planning your questions about all things literacy!   Join us Wednesday, February 25th from 7:00-8:00 PM CENTRAL TIME!  

This month's event is sponsored by SCENTOS!   Scentos has sent over a mega prize pack of goodies for us to give away during the event!!! 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Schedulin Sunday!

Happy Sunday ya'll!!!  Let's try this again....last week was...wait for it...a SNOW WEEK!  That's right.  We were out all week because of ice and snow.  I really anticipate another day off tomorrow...the roads just aren't quite ready yet...but just in case, I am planned for a full week of DINOSAURS!!!

I am super excited to finally get to do a dinosaur unit!!!  I finally put my foot down and threw a glittery tantrum and said WE ARE DOING DINOSAURS THIS YEAR!  It was the glitter that convinced my team...glitter is powerful stuff people.  

As always, you can download a copy of my lesson plans by clicking on the picture!

Here are the books we're reading this week:  (Don't worry, I have about a billion dinosaur books but these are my read alouds for the week...)

We will be using my Dinosaur Research  Creation to become dinosaur experts!

We will study all about dinosaurs and fossils and paleontologists.  Next week, we will study some specific dinosaurs.  

As we research, we will be recording our learning in our dinosaur research journals.

Of course, we're making dinosaur art projects to accompany our learning!

Of course, we cannot start a new unit without a hat.   It's a requirement.  It's a must do.  It's super fun and who doesn't love a class in a silly hat?!?!

This is my awesome TBFF!  He made a template for the hats and modeled for us.  Check her out at The Hartmann Sparkle!  She's pretty dang awesome....and I get to teach next door to her every day.  Yeah!  #jealous

We will be making our own dinosaurs.  Each 'stache will get some construction paper and some basic guidelines and we will create our very own dinosaurs.

We will make ....wait for it....wait for it....SPARKLY DINOSAURS!  Yes people, dinosaurs and GLITTER!!!!

Check out this glittery awesomeness.  These are from The Craft Train.  If you head to their page, you can even get the free templates for the dinosaurs.  Glitter.  Dinosaurs.  OH MY!  I can't...I just can't.  It's too much.  

We will also make DINOSAUR FEET!  Foam sheets.  Some feathers and BAM!  We have dinosaur feet!!!

This idea came from

For Mad Science Friday, we will become a paleontologist.  We will be digging for fossils in a chocolate chip cookie!  

And for Foodie Fun Friday, we're going to have:

this is good stuff...

dino claws (Bugles)
dino eggs (grapes)
dino bones (pretzel sticks)
and....wait for it...

DINO DROPPINGS!  (Whoppers!)

But here's the best part. 

These dino snacks will be delivered by.....


Yes people.  We did this.   We had a mascot made for The Kindergarten Smorgasboard.  This is Smorgie.  A few months ago the mister said, "Hey, what do you think about a mascot for the smorgasboard?!"   UMMMM Who doesn't want their own mascot.  So we found a company and worked with them for two months and BAM!  Smorgie has arrived!!!!

So Friday, Smorgie is delivering our dinosaur snacks for Foodie Fun Friday!!!!!!!!!!    I mean, how much are the 'staches going to love this?!?!?!  And really...that's what it's all about.  Making their days more fun!  

We're also doing math this week.  If you're interested in seeing our place value activities, check out last week's Schedulin Sunday post. 

Here are some freebies for ya!

If you're interested in any of our centers/activities for the week, check them out below!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard In The Bag Subtraction Activity

Snow/ice day #4!  Not to mention it's FREEZING!   I mean below zero which is unheard of here in the south.  And...we're expecting 2 more inches of snow and another 1/4" of ice tomorrow night...I'm kinda over winter.

So today I want to share another fun, hands on, engaging subtraction activity that we did in our class.  Can you tell we're working hard on subtraction?!   

I love this activity because it's easily differentiated.  It's easily put into centers or workstations.  It gets us up and moving and we get to practice not only solving subtraction equations, but also writing those pesky equations!

See all that?!  Work smarter, not harder!!

So you will need  10 paper bags labeled 0-10, flashcards and a recording sheet.
Place the bags in a spot that's easily accessible.  

Place your flashcards into a container.

Student's choose a card, solve the equation and place it in the correct bag.  

We did this in a very quick rotation.  I called 3 students at a time and as soon as one finished, I called the next one.  No one had much downtime between turns.  The fast pace helped keep everyone engaged and focused!

After all the flashcards have been sorted, we checked to see if we were right.

I pulled the cards out of the bag and we solved the equations whole group!

And finally we recorded some answers!

I mean, how freakin' awesome and cute is this?!  Everyone looks so professional and executive with their clipboards!  SO HARD AT WORK!

If you want the materials for this lesson, guess what?!  THEY"RE FREE!!

Just click on the picture to get your freebies!  

And here's another freebie for ya!

Our data shows we need some more practice with 1 more and 1 less so I made a fun I Have Who Has game for us to use during our morning meetings!  

It's free on my Facebook Page!  Just click the picture to go to my page.  On my page, click the FREEBIES tab at the top or on the left side and download your freebie!  (And like my page when you're there....and tell your friends!)

And I have to share my creations from this snow least I've been productive!

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