Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard OCTOBER COUNT THE ROOM FREEBIE!

Math the room or count the room is one our favorite math hippopotamus or centers!   

I love that it's engaging for the 'staches.  It gets them up and moving.  They're counting.  And it's differentiated so it's meeting their needs.


And you know how I feel about fun and learning!   More fun means more learning!


Here's a FREE and differentiated Halloween count the room for you!  

Students will count to 10, 15 or 20!  

Click on the picture to download the freebie!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard: SmorgieVision: Knock Knock Morning Meeting

It's time for a new SmorgieVision classroom video featuring the 'staches!   

This video shows a morning meeting in our classroom featuring a new greeting!   

Knock Knock is our greeting and it goes like this:

Student:  "Knock, knock"
Class: " Who's there?"
Student:   (Says their name)
Class:  "name who?"
Student:  "(says their name (first and last or just first again)"
Class:  "Good morning,  name!"

In our video you'll hear some of us with our first names only and some of us use both names!   It was their choice.

The day before we recorded the video, some of us were being silly and made up last names!   So we had Genesis Cookie and Luis Candy!   Super fun and super OK with me!   Ain't nothing wrong with some spontaneous creativity and giggles! 

You'll also hear us sharing in this video and you'll hear the 'staches asking questions.  This is our first week of questioning during sharing time so I'm super excited about how well they do!  

And mark your calendars for the next Submissions For Smorgie LIVE!

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard of Halloween Math Center Ideas!

It's October so that means it's time to break out the Halloween fun!!!   And since I know so many of us cannot celebrate Halloween in our classrooms, I decided to share a couple of ideas for some Halloween not Halloween center ideas!  See...bones and eyeballs are still creepy fun but not Halloween fun...just bones and eyes!   

These can be done very quickly and very cheaply!   And what teacher doesn't love cheap and fast?

And they're glittery.  Who doesn't love glitter?!

And I made differentiated recording sheets.  

And...well, and they're fun!   You know...i'm all about bringing fun back into kindergarten!

So...let's recap.  Cheap.  Easy.  Glitter.  Differentiated.  Fun.  Sounds pretty freakin' awesome huh?!  

How about glitter bones for counting?!

You need:
black plates ($1 at Wal-Mart)
glitter bones stickers ($5 at Target)

Simply stick the bones on the plate to make quantities 1-20.  

Pretty easy  huh!?

(As the numbers get higher, you gotta get creative to get all the bones on!)

Students can count the bones and color the number for number recognition practice!

Or they can count the bones and make the ten frame!  Great for 1 to 1 correspondence!

Click the pictures to download your free recording sheets!

Differentiation thought!  You could put some bones in a bag using just 2 colors.  Students can add the bones and write an equation.  Or you could use the 2 colors to make 10.  

See...all of those math standards being covered and we're still having fun!

This next activity was a request from my sweet friend Jonna!

At the Dollar Tree (you know...teacher heaven...) they have packages of googly eyes that are different colors!  So why not sort and graph these fun eye balls?!

You need 3 or 4 bags of eyeballs!  That's all.  

Students sort the eyeballs and graph how many of each color.  They can also write the number to show how many!

BAM!  Numbers...number many standards, so much fun!  

I did a set to 10....and a set to 20!   See...differentiation!

And you know what...again...they could be used for adding and making 10.  And making patterns!  

And for making fun monster art projects!   

And for gluing on your forehead!  

click the pictures to get your free recording sheets!

And if you still want more Halloween fun, check out these other freebies!  Just click the pictures to get your freebies!  

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Schedulin Sunday!

It's Schedulin Sunday!   BUT Mr. Greg is on fall break for the week so there are no lesson plans for me to write!

BUT I did wanna share some fire safety goodies with you!  

These cute firefighters are from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten!

Firetruck cookies!

And some freebies!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard Of Wednesday Centers

Happy Wednesday!  Wednesday can only mean 1 thing:  WEDNESDAY CENTERS!   

It's your peek into what we've been working on in our center/workstation/hippopotamus time!

If you want more info on how I run my hippos, you can check out my center management post!

Clip the sound!  Beginning sounds and a little fine motor work!  

Building CVC Words!   This is a great into to CVC words!   And who doesn't love playing with Scrabble tiles!?

Clip a sound!   Say the sound, clip the clothespin.  Sounds?  Yep.  Fine motor?  Yep!  

Clippin sight words!   Great for sight words.  Fine motor.  And after they build the sight word, they write the word with a smelly marker!   

Fire sounds!   Put out the fire by matching the house to the picture using your sounds!  

Sounds and graphing?!   BAM!  

Light table sounds!   Who doesn't love learning sounds in the gentle glow of a DIY lightbox?!
(Click the picture for this freebie!)

Monster truck letters!   Zoomin on the down the road to letter recognition!

Pocket chart concentration!  Matching those letters!  (PS  Love the black pocket chart!)

Pumpkin CVC words!   Read the words.  Write the words.  Glitter pumpkins!

Spin a pumpkin sound!   

Differentiated Cubes!  Toss, say the word, color the sound!   
(Click the picture for this freebie!)

Smashing Pumpkins!   Count the seeds.  Match the number and yell SMASH!   What more could you ask for?!

Toss the bag.  Say the letter.  Color.   And if you're having a bad can take out the frustrations when you throw the bag!
(Click the picture for this freebie!)

Write the room.  Writing.  Vocabulary.  Movement!  BAM!


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