Saturday, March 25, 2017

Five for Friday


Happy Weekend!

     Another busy week in my little corner of the world!  I know you had busy weeks too.  Thanks, Kacey for hosting Five for Friday!

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     Sewing project - Last weekend we had a wonderful, weekend visit our daughter and son-in-law.  Stacy and I pulled out our stash of leftover springy/Easter color fabric.  Working together cutting, ironing, and sewing we created two of these fun Easter table runners.  They were very easy to make, if interested do a quick Pinterest search for directions.

2
     Unexpected gift this week -  A student brought me this gift and touching card this week.  What a nice treat on a gray day in March!  The family wanted to thank me for everything I do for their son. 


3
     More learning for our second grade student teacher - I got a new student this week and my teaching partner gets a new student next week.  Our student teacher spends the morning with me for Reading/LA and the afternoon in the other 2nd grade room for Math and SC/SS.  She will experience both new students and the assimilation process of a new student late in the school year.  It is hard, probably hardest on the students having to come into a totally new situation.

4
     Active learning in math class - on Thursday I wrote about working with place value and a quick game we play in our classroom using a deck of cards.  For another place value game we played this week, I made large number cards, 0-9.  I copied them in two different colors and randomly handed them out to students.  Next, I used number word cards from another activity and displayed one card at a time under the document camera.  When the number word card was displayed, students on both teams walked to the front of the room to make the number.  Students were not allowed to tell others where to stand to make the number.  I started with two-digit numbers and worked up to five-digit numbers.  This was a great activity for all students reading number words and silently organizing themselves.
     I was engaged in the activity and I didn't take any pictures.  Sorry.  Here are the number cards I used.  I've added a comma card for four- and five-digit numbers.


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     Finally, our week ended with a pizza party!  Our second grade students worked on a reading program - Lexia.  Lexia is a fantastic program for getting students to focus on skills at their just right level.  Skills encompass all reading standards and present it in a game type format.
     Anyway, both of our classrooms entered the Lexia Learning contest.  Students had to show progress through the levels and complete usage minutes for two rounds.  Mrs. G (my teaching partner) won the first round and our class came in third in the second round.  As the winning class Mrs. G was awarded a $100 gift card for a pizza party.
     Our class had a special treat when Mrs. G's class shared their pizza party with us!  Thank you, Mrs. G and class!!!
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     In the picture above most of the students are wearing black and white clothing.  Our music and band teachers worked hard this week to have a great, "Music in Our Schools" week.  We had a week of dress-up days with black and white (look like sheet music/piano keys) Friday and an elementary musical assembly.  During the assembly 2nd found out they came in second for the dress-up week competition.  Congratulations, First Grade for winning the competition!

Have a super weekend!
Judy


     

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


Hi Friends!

     As I looked through my past posts I noticed that I haven't shared any place value activities with you.  The activities are super easy and thrifty.  The required materials are individual whiteboards, dry erase markers, and a deck of cards.

     To warm up, I ask students to write a two-digit number on their board.  Then I select three students to line themselves according to number sequence.  As we work through more numbers (two-, three-, and four-digit numbers) I increase the number of students in the sequence.  For the final round I have all the students sequence themselves.  If students have the same number, one student stands behind the other student.

     Build a number activity - I use a deck of cards (minus the face cards) and whiteboards.  Students make three squares on their board.  I flip over one card at a time.  I tell the number, students write the number in a square (once the number is written it cannot be erased and moved).  Students try to build the biggest number they can.  Points can be awarded if desired. 

     A twist to this activity - have one student at the front of the room.  As the numbers are called this player writes in their numbers without anyone seeing.  At the end, players who have a number greater than this player earn points.  If this player has a greater number than everyone they earn a point for every student in the class!

     Another twist - once students have their number, call out, "add 100", "subtract 100", "add 10", or "subtract 10".  Students will tell their numbers to see who has the biggest number in class.

     During both of the activities, occasionally I will direct the students to show the number on their board in various ways:  expanded form, base ten blocks, or number words.

Judy

     

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


     Another Thursday is here!  When I look at the calendar there are not many Thursdays left in the school year.  My, oh, my, where did the school year go!

     This week I'm getting materials ready for next week when we start a place value unit (using larger numbers).  As part of the unit I plan to have students work in their notebooks.  One of the notebook activities involves completing problems using expanded form; hundreds, tens, ones blocks; number words; and adding ten or one hundred.


     To give you a start with your interactive math notebook, here is a freebie for my loyal readers, three pages of Word Problems ready to copy and use in your notebooks.  I love copying the problems on bright color paper so it adds a little pop to the student notebooks.  By using a variety of paper colors I can quickly check to see if students have all the problems in their notebooks and if they are completing the activity each day.

     I would love to hear from you!

     Enjoy your Thursday!

     Judy



Friday, March 10, 2017

Five for Friday


Happy Friday!

Thank you, Kacey! I appreciate you hosting this weekly linky.

1
More Force and Motion activities - the kiddos loved working with magnets.  Even though many students played around with magnets it is always fun to work with a partner and complete a science investigation.
2
Field trip - our second grade attended the Odd Squad production at the performing arts center.  So fun!  It was a great performance with lots of audience interaction.

3
Parent Teacher conferences - it is fun to visit with families and share the good growth their children have made.  One parent said, "I just feel like I should be bringing you a gift for everything that you have done for my son!"  So sweet!  Just hearing the appreciative words is gift enough for me.  Even with positive comments and good interactions conferences are still exhausting.

4
Research time - the students started working on their animal research presentations.  We are a Google school, so their final products will be completed in Google slides.  The excitement level was high when students were allowed to begin putting their information on the slides!

5
New books - this week I was able to put some new books into our classroom library.  Exciting!  I really wish I would have done that sooner and sparked their interest for new chapter books.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Judy




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

Thanks, Kacey for hosting!


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     My week started with the flu!  You know the feeling, no description needed.  Not fun being sick on a vacation weekend and then playing catch up all week.  I went back on Wednesday and probably should have stayed home another day or two.  Anyway, I made it through!

2
     When I got back to school I found out my class (#MrsBrowns2ndGradeRocks) is very close to winning the #LexiaLearning #contest!!!  The students were beyond excited and really put in some hard work the last three days of the contest.
Please, please if you have a Twitter account would you consider helping us by Tweeting all the hashtags listed above.  If you just say YOU CAN DO IT in your Tweet that would be fantastic! 
We are so close!
Thanks for your help!
3
     We continued our Science Force and Motion unit with a marble investigation.  I truly enjoy observing the kiddos as they work together to complete each investigation we do in class.  Just the words, "We're doing an investigation," brings cheers from the class.  Such happiness for this teacher. 
     As we follow up and discuss the investigation, the connections the students make increase.  That's the reason this teacher always works to do more for the kiddos.

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     My students love 🎔 making special snacks in class.  Since they were working so hard and focusing on trying to win the #LexiaLearning #contest, I thought a little reward in the form of a force and motion snack would be great.
     I didn't have much research time but, I found this cute little guy in a car.  Not a healthy snack but fun!  Once again, I was so proud of my students for making the connections to our science vocabulary.
That's a wrap on my short week!
Until next time,

Judy

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


Hi Teacher Friends!

     Our class is starting a new science unit - Force and Motion.  The kiddos get so excited to do new STEM activities. Even a simple activity is great fun when your friends are involved and your teacher is squirting water!  This investigation is a great connection to the heat, light, sound energy portion of the unit.


     Here is a freebie for you and your STEM activity.  When my kiddos work on the STEM activities I like to ensure accountability by having them complete an observation sheet.

     Download your freebie and if you would, leave a comment!  Bunches of thanks to you!

Judy

Friday, February 24, 2017

Five for Friday



Short week for me - professional day and a vacation day.  Three day weekends are always welcome!

Here are a few things from my week...

1
Our school has all students working on Lexia Learning Reading program.  My class is currently trying to win a pizza party.  Lots of achievements this week!  So proud of everyone. #LexiaLearning   #contest   #MrsBrowns2ndGradeRocks


2 
Expanding Sentences - Since we had a short week, I had the class working on expanding sentences.  One day the kiddos worked with a partner to create sentences on the folded papers (Pinterest idea).  I quickly drew the choice menu on the board and added the spinner (found a Dollar Tree).  

Students started with a simple sentence - They play.  With each spin, students moved to a new piece of paper to add that part to the current sentence.  You get the idea from the image.  Students were able to write super sentences by adding various parts (who, what, when, where, how, why) to previous sentence.

This a great activity for your class.  I love when I hear, "This is so much fun!"  Partner work is always a favorite time in our class.

3
Our hallway clips were empty (changing of the projects/display) so to give the kiddos a change we set up the scoot activity on the clips.  The student diligently worked at figuring out subject-verb agreement on each card.

I was able to work with the students in the hallway, while the student teacher worked with students in the classroom.  I really enjoy working with/mentoring teachers and helping them fill their 'bag of tricks'.  Hallway scoot just went into the bag!
Thanks, Kacey for hosting another Five for Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Judy