Happy Snow/Ice Day number 2~   We were forecast for 6-8 inches of snow.   Well, that snow didn’t happen but we have an ice storm.  It’s a nasty mess out there.  We haven’t let that keep us down.  We’ve had Smorgie1 out and about.  We’ve been sledding.   We’ve been napping.  
My prediction:  we will be off all week!
So, I want to share a super fun, super engaging, super effective subtraction lesson that we did in our classroom last week.  People, if it involves play dough and smashing something, you know it’s a hit!
For real.  Smashing things.
So my ‘staches are still struggling with the concept of subtraction.  We’re addition experts but subtraction is…well…not our friend.
I found this idea on Pinterest so I just had to try it.
You’ll need some play dough and some flashcards.  You can get these fun play dough cards by clicking on the picture.
Students make the correct number of play dough balls and then they smash the correct number to take away.
It’s fun.  It’s smashing things.  It’s engaging.  
Check out our video of smashing subtractions!

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Howdy people!   It’s time for another super fun morning meeting greeting for your classroom.  And it involves SHOES!
Have students remove one shoe and pile the shoes in the middle of your circle or carpet.  Student chooses a shoe, finds the shoe’s owner and greets that person.  Continue until everyone has been greeted!

I also had to share this super fun Valentine center (we can’t call them centers anymore so we call them hippopotamuses!).  I found these heart boxes at the Dollar Tree and Walgreens so I snagged about 100 of these Cuz you can never have enough….
I put letters in the boxes.  They open a box and say the sound.  Then the student colors the picture on the recording sheet!  BAM!  It’s a huge hit in the classroom!
You can get the recording sheet on the freebies page!  (click the picture!)

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It’s time for another Kindergarten Smorgasboard classroom video.
This video is a request!  Remember, ask and ye shall receive!
We start each day with our morning meeting.  The morning message is a vital part of that meeting.  The message contains a greeting and the date (Good Morning Mr. Greg’s Mustaches.  Today is Monday, February 2, 2015), the message which tells about what’s happening that day, a closing (Love, Mr. Greg) and a math/literacy activity.  
Our morning message is very interactive.  Starting on day 1 of school, the students are involved.  Very quickly I like to turn the writing of the greeting and closing to the students.  At this point in the year, the message part of the meeting is almost completely independent.  If you were to watch our morning meeting, you would see me in the back watching.  The students do the writing and for the most part, reading of the message.    I do differentiate the message.  Depending on whose turn it is to right, I might leave more or less blanks in the greeting and closing. 
The message is a great way to work on handwriting, beginning sounds, stretching words, and sight words.
Today’s video is a “close up” of students writing the greeting.  You will see two different clips of two students writing the message.  This gives you a glimpse of how it looks on different days.

If you’re interested in our morning messages, you can check out my morning message creations.
There are 2 sets:  set 1 and set 2.  There is also a bundle!
AND how about a super fun freebie?!
You asked ….see, ask and ye shall receive!
It’s a February Count The Room freebie!

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  • Reply ronnie February 18, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply russellla63 February 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    The Smashin' Subtraction activity is brilliant!!! I did it for my observation with my administrator and it was absolutely perfect! The kids just loved it and the best part, they really get subtraction now!!! Thanks so much for this wonderful activity. This is definitely one of my favorites!!!

  • Reply Greg Smedley March 6, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Yay! So glad it was helpful!!

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