Holy.  Long.  Week.  Super Teacher!  Let me just tell you about this week…had to  finish moving everything from the old house.  Had to move said stuff to our friend’s garage.  Had to scrub old house for final walk through.  Closed on old house.  Mister’s birthday.  Yep.  At 9:30 last night we went to bed.  And slept for 10 hours.  No waking up.  No tossing and turning.  I was out.  And boy did it feel good.

Of course, on top of all of that I did some teaching this week!  hehe  OK, a lot of teaching.  OK, some teaching…if you count the time the monsters were talking I did no teaching.  Seriously, they will not be quiet.  All day.  Talking.  Talking.  Talking.  Talking.  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  But I love them!

So, here is our Presidential Week of learning and fun!  (HEY, President Obama, come see the monsters!  THANKS!)

Each day we researched and learned about a different president.  We made a tree map about the president and these super fun craftivities!  Thanks to my friend Katie at Teacher To The Core for the super awesome projects!

We displayed some of the craftivities on the bulletin board!  And the rest have taken over our hallway!  It’s like the Disney Hall of Presidents…but with glitter!

Friday we wrapped our learning by comparing and contrasting the presidents using double bubble thinking maps!  Story time!  Thinking Maps always end with a frame around the map to tell you where/how you learned the information.  I have a monster who always says “TEN FRAME!”  whenever I ask what goes around the thinking map.  I keep telling you we are obsesses with ten frames!
We took all of our research and information about the presidents and did some writing.  Yep.  Common Core Aligned research and writing.  We did it.

This picture is one of my proud proud proud shout it from the rooftop teacher moments.  This is a student with an IEP.  He generated the sentence for our predictable chart and then he wrote the sentence on his paper.  By.  Himself.  HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!  

The finished product for our bulletin board.  Art.  Writing.  Common Core.  CHECK!  CHECK CHECK!  CHECK CHECK CHECK!
Of course, after we spend Friday writing about the presidents, we had to celebrate them with a snack!  It was Foodie Fun Friday after all!
We built log cabins using bananas, graham crackers and chocolate syrup!  

This week we also worked on our addition skills.  This week we worked on using pictures to solve problems and write equations.  I finally got to break out my cherished white board paddles!  Such a simple little tool yet so powerful.  The monsters worked their little fingers off adding and problem solving with these things!

I mean, come on, look at that picture and the engagement in those kids!  YEAH!  Monsters rock!

We also worked on word problems this week.  We used unicorns this week!  They were just as popular and engaging as the dinosaurs!!!  The monsters rocked the word problems again!
And of course, no week in the kindergarten smorgasboard is complete without silly hats!  
This week we did not celebrate or focus on the letters X and V.  V for veggies and X for x-ray!
This week we also had a visit from the CEO of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!  He came on Monday  (teacher workday) to check things out.  I think he was pleased!
Check out what I’ve been working on!
My new March Ten and Twenty Frame Cards!  The basketball set is FREE!  Head over to TPT and download the preview of the March set to get your freebie!
My new St. Patty’s day unit is GLITTERIFIC!  We started using the centers this week and the monsters are loving it!

And here is the Adding Unicorns pack that includes the word problems we used this week!

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Holy tired, Batman!  What a week.  It is my humble opinion that the day after Valentine’s Day (and Halloween) should be a mandated no school day.  Just sayin…

Well, I know you’ve all missed me because I didn’t post anything yesterday….terrible awful I know…and I am CRAZY late posting today.  But I have an excuse.  We moved our house into storage today.  Yep.  Our life is in a 10×20 storage space.  And there was a whole lotta life to cram into the space.  And it’s crammed.  To the ceiling and all the way to the door!  The Kindergarten Smorgasboard World Headquarters has temporarily relocated to a new location courtesy of a friend!  And on March 25, we will move into our shiny new digs!  WOOHOO!

And since I’ve made you wait so long to hear (read!?!) my random and mindless chatter, here is The Saturday Kindergarten Post!

Our week kicked off with a celebration of the Chinese New Year.  I showed to monsters where China was located using Google Earth.  Best.  Idea.  Ever.  They thought that was the most amazing thing ever.  We will definitely be using that toy some more!  
I read the book Ruby’s Wish to my class and we talked about Ruby’s Wish to go to university and how we all wanted to go to college!  YES!  This is huge for the population of students that I serve!  I was so glad that they already had that idea planted.  We also compared and contrasted Ruby and her school to us and our school.  I highly recommend this book for comparing and contrasting, women’s history month or even for a book about equality.  
Of course, we don’t just party in the kindergarten smorgasboard (no really, it only looks like that…I promise that we learn stuff and it’s researched based.  And common core aligned.  True story.) so we did this awesome addition project to help us kick off the year of the snake (snake, really?!  Why not a panda bear, China?!).  The monsters loved this project and they did so well.  If you want to do this project you can get your free copy on the freebies page!

We also did a super fun art project with paper and paint!  I gave the monsters a piece of paper and told them to wad it up.  Then I gave them some red and yellow paint and modeled how to dip the paper in the paint.  We then painted our snakes with our paper wad!  And of course we added glitter!  These turned out super cute!  Paper wad painting.  Glitter.  I am thinking this will happen many more times in  Monsters, Inc.

Chopsticks and Ramen Noodles.  A Chinese new year FEAST!  There is nothing better than 5 years olds eating with chopsticks!  I do love that this snack cost me a whopping $2.  Thank you Ramen Noodles and the nice Chinese restaurant for the free chop sticks!  
And people, don’t panic!  You know that not a holiday (or even semi-quasi holiday…or even a regular day..) goes by without a silly hat!  This adorable hat is being modeled by “Oprah” and “Gayle!”  

And yes, my kids are always, 100% of the time, that calm and that engaged.  Always.  No, really. Always.  OK, not always.  But sometimes they’re engaged!  Usually…

This week we also introduced word problems!  People, this went so well I might or might not have hypothetically jumped on the table and did a dance.  We used my Dino-Myte addition pack and little rubber dinosaurs I found at Wal-Mart way back at Halloween (I tell the mister I am not a teacher hoarder…these things actually are inspirations for my crazy genius…and they get used…) so they were perfect!  We used these work mats and the word problems were projected on the Smart Board.  We read through the problem and the monsters were off and running.  They very quickly picked up on the numbers in the problem and were solving problems before I could finish reading.  I totally think it’s because they’re teacher ROCKS of the dinosaurs.  Next week, we will do the same thing but with unicorns.  You know. for the boys who don’t like dinosaurs, but love unicorns.  
I have had tons of questions about the work mat, so I am sharing it with you!  It’s included in my Lego Addition Freebie!  Head to the freebies page to grab your copy!  (You can also get some free dinosaur and unicorn ten frame cards to go with the dinosaur and unicorn adding packs!)  

After we addressed those Common Core standards with our word problem magic, we went back to partying…er..more learning.  Who says you can’t learn while partying?!
So, let’s address the big pink elephant in the week.  The dreaded V day.  Why is this day so crazy for kindergarteners!?  I am glad it’s over.  Here are a few snapshots from our V day celebration!
We love common core standards!

We love tree maps!
We love sequencing!  And we love the old lady books!  This cute There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose activity is from Primary Graffiti! And yes, she swallows glitter!  Oh, if only…

We love sugar before we go home!

We love our love bugs hat!

And it’s true.  My monsters knock my socks off EVERY.  SINGLE.  DAY.
We ended our week of LOVE with some puppy love!  How cute are these?!  I found them on Pinterest of course.  The monsters loved that every piece was a heart!  And I love them because they’re doggies!
And that’s our week!  Lots of fun.  Lots of learning.  And one exhausted Mr. Greg
Be sure to check back tomorrow for some super freebies that I’m working on to go with my presidential writing creation!

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Hello weekend!!!  Another week down.  Sadly, I am back in the sick chair.  It’s the big green comfy chair upstairs where I go when I feel icky.  I left school early yesterday for a visit to the clinic.  Luckily, no strep.  Just a virus.  So here we are again.  Seriously, I NEVER get sick.  Then all of a sudden this year BAM my body has let me down.  ANGRY ARMS!  But I digress…and on to bigger and better things!

It’s Saturday.  I know you’re on pins and needles to hear all about the chaos of Room 114!  So here goes!

We kicked off our week with GROUND HOG DAY!  (I always say it like the movie…most.  annoying. movie.  ever.)  Yes, I realize it was after the fact, but that’s OK.  Better late than never.  

I am so proud of all the things the monsters learned about groundhogs!!!  

Groundhogs can help you meet common core standards.  True story.

And no celebration (let’s be honest…no regular, ordinary day) is complete without a silly hat!
This week we have also been learning about teeth and dental health!  Fo sho, my monsters are convinced that the dentist gives you gold teeth.  No.  Really.  He doesn’t.  That’s not good monsters.  One of my favorite activities this week was painting teeth with toothbrushes!  (Later in the year, we use the toothbrushes for splatter painting!  True story.  We splatter paint!)  

Here is our Tooth Fairy can/have/are tree map.  I was so proud of the monsters responses.  Sneaky…little hands…a night person!!  Such great ideas.  Those monsters are so smart!

Here is a craftivity that made the monsters giggle and giggle and giggle. We had so much fun!  These came from A Cupcake For The Teacher.    We have made several of her craftivities and they are so cute and fun!  Thanks for the giggles!
This week we also worked on making 10 using my Snappin Numbers creation.  The monsters were awesome!!!  We are ready for two weeks of addition and word problems now!    But really, who doesn’t love Legos?!  It’s like playing with toys.  And learning.  And when I tell the monsters to “build 10” it’s like giving them permission to play.  But guess what monsters?!  You’re learning.  HAHAHAHAH Sneaky Mr. Greg!

We also worked on compound words this week!  The monsters loved this center from my dear blogger friend Kim at Kindergarten365!  I was so pleased at how quickly they picked up on the concept!  We will continue building on this skill next week!  
This week we also rolled out some new centers!!!  Do your kids go CRAY CRAY for new centers?  I think we’re going to roll out new centers a lot more so we can build that enthusiasm.  Mine especially love when I tell them that I “made” new centers for them to use to learn.  They think it’s so awesome that Mr. Greg is making things that make them smarter.  Friday, I was printing centers and they all were memorized by the printer because they knew it meant new centers!  
We worked on medial sounds (and um, we will be doing that more…YIKES!  No good news on that front.  Teacher fail.)  so I made this Smart Board center.  LOVE! 

We also rolled out our Write The Room books.  The monsters LOVE it!  They learn ABC skills that will build into dictionary skills in a few weeks!  Get ready!  Kindergartners and dictionaries!

We also got out new Valentine’s Day (lame holiday.) centers from my I Heart Valentine’s Day Pack!
That’s our week!  We did make a tooth fairy and do some tooth fairy writing but since I left early we didn’t get to finish!  We will finish those Monday and I will post them!
If you’re interested in any of these resources, click on the picture!  

And in case you missed the Mardi Gras freebie, you can get some Mardi Gras Ten Frame cards here!

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It’s here!  The Saturday Kindergarten Post!  It’s the weekly wrap up of all things common core at the Kindergarten Smorgasboard!  Sadly, you will not see our groundhog day fun because we had a SNOW DAY on Friday!  Hooray for a 3 day weekend but sad we missed out on our big groundhog plans.  No worries, we’re still going to do it all on Monday!  HEHE!
This week we had a Super Bowl week of learning!  The monsters were thrilled when I announced that we had new centers and they were football centers!  They were so engaged and having a blast.  Darn those monsters…having fun and learning AGAIN!  How dare we?!  Note to self:  make more sports themed centers.  

Counting helmets!

Writing CVC words!
Yep.  That darn I and E is tricky.  Gets ya everytime!

More CVC words!

Football player craftivity!
This week we were also going to spend the week working on greater than and less than.  On Monday I introduced the concept (we have been doing it daily during calendar time) and WHOOP!  (Does anyone get the reference from the show, The Middle?!) they mastered it on day one.  We did spend another day on the skill just to be sure but the monsters are experts at which number that alligator wants to eat!

The cute greater than/less than cards came from A Cupcake For The Teacher! 

I used this activity with my 3 students who needed a bit more reinforcement in greater than/less than. They loved it!  They also used a recording sheet with these work mats!  You can find the recording sheet on the freebies page!

We had a blast using our large heart dice from Target for greater than and less than practice!  
This week we also spent some more time on numbers to 20.  We will spend even more time on numbers to 20 next week.  I want them to have an unbreakable foundation with numbers.    For math review (we use balanced math, so we have mental math, math review, mini lesson, independent practice, groups and closure) we introduced the All About Number poster!  We will do this every day for 21 days (for numbers 0-20).  I choose a random monster to give us the number and we do the chart together.  It’s a quick and easy way to review numbers.  

We read The Mitten this week so we used mittens to practice number ordering.  I was VERY pleased with the progress we made on this skill.  I am seeing HUGE gains in this area, especially from my students who are still working hard on numbers.  I think we will be doing this a bit more frequently to get them more practice!  

We also had fun working on our new number puzzle centers!  One of my monsters said, “this is hard!” and another monster yelled back (from across the room, because that’s how we roll!) and said “No it’s not!”  I like when they do my job for me!
We also practiced measuring with my Wintry Mix of Measurement Unit!  The monsters love measuring things!  And this time they did a fantastic job of measuring from the bottom of the ruler and the bottom of the picture.  We have done 3 of these measuring units and they’ve been frustrating (Mr. Greg might have curled up under a table and cried….) because they were really struggling with the idea of the bottom of the ruler going on the bottom of the picture.  But this time they got it!!!  I was so excited!!  I will definitely be creating more of these units because the progress I have seen in our measuring skills is powerful!  (You’re welcome 1st grade teachers!)  
Story:  As we were going over our recording sheet, one of the monsters, (“Oprah” of the duo of “Oprah” and “Gayle”) said, “Hey ya’ll Mr. Greg’s name is on this paper!”  They finally discovered the copyright on something I created.  I am now even more of a rock star to them.  They are now convinced that everything in our classroom was made by me.  

This week we read The Mitten by Jan Brett.  We did a flow map (sorry forgot to take pictures!), we wrote about what would go in our mitten!  We also made tissue paper mittens.  We also read The Hat and did a flow map.  (Picture?  Nope.)  And we created a double bubble map to compare and contrast the stories.  We will be working on this skill much more.  About half the monsters totally get it and the other half get it a little.  What are your favorite stories to compare and contrast?!

We started our groundhog fun on Thursday with some crafts and stories.  To be continued Monday! 
The monsters thought it was HILARIOUS that we turned a toilet paper roll into a groundhog.  Or as we learned, a whistle pig!  

This cute groundhog craftivity is from Just Wild About Teaching!
And of course, no week in the Kindergarten Smorgasboard is complete without silly hats!  This week we did not celebrate the letter U.  (Does anyone else’s students struggle with u and y sounds?!  Shew…)  So we made an umbrella hat!  Who doesn’t love a good umbrella hat?!
If you can get my adorable face, notice how engaged the monsters are.  They don’t even care that Mr. Greg is snapping a picture of himself.  (TRUTH:  They’re so used to me doing weird things, that they just ignore me.  “What’s the big grownup weirdo doing over there NOW?!”)
And that is our week!
I heard something about a football game this week?!  Men hitting each other and fighting over a ball?  True story.  Yep, it’s Super Bowl weekend and that’s great news for everyone!  It’s a reason to be grownups and throw a party.  AND THROW A SALE!  
My Teachers Pay Teachers shop and all of my common core aligned creations are on sale Sunday and Monday!  Everything is 20% off and if you use the code SUPER you get an extra 10% off!!!  Fill those carts!  


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  • Reply Jessica Fredrickson February 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Greg, I want to know how you do so much. Every week you make great plans, have awesome activities in your classroom, and blog lots. You are like Superman! I think you should finish my 13 page progress reports for me while you're at it. 🙂

    Anywho, love what your class has been up to! Looks like you had a great week. Love the log cabin snack!

    Fun in PreK-1

  • Reply Melissa Machan February 23, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Congrats on a new house! It's exciting but stressful at the same time. Hope you are able to relax this weekend 🙂

    First Grade Smiles

  • Reply Haley February 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Doodles make the BEST CEOS! My sweet Tucker comes up to school with me too! So glad I found your amazing blog.

  • Reply Jackie and Danielle February 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats on your new house!! =) I sooo wish you could be my daughter's Kindergarten teacher next year! Your kids always look like they're having a BLAST and learning SOOO much at the same time!! That balance is so hard in K and you rock it!! =)
    Sister Teachers

  • Reply Ms.M February 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Those presidents are precious!!!

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