Monday, January 21, 2019

A Peek at Our Week

What a fun week!  Even though we started and finished our assessment season, we still had many learning opportunities.

1 - Geometry - We worked on 2D and 3D shapes.  Interactive notebook pages, games, and hands-on cube building all happened last week.  What better way to create a 3D cube than with pretzels and marshmallows?  Of course, eating it is equally fun.

2 - Westward Expansion is our focus in Social Studies.  Everyday we add to our Pioneer board.

3 - Snowman Stories - Students worked with the writing prompt, "What made the snowman smile?"  They had a fun time trying to figure out what caused the snowman to smile.  Let me just say there was a lot of kisses being thrown around the snowmen!

The kiddos did a great job creating their snowman pictures. 

4 - Yummy Snowmen - We added to our fun last week with a yummy snowman snack!  The students always enjoy making our special classroom snacks.

5 - 2D & 3D Shape Race Game - I created these freebies just for you!  Well, and me too!  My students enjoy playing the games when they finish with their regular math work or during our math workshop rotations.

Visit my TpT store to get your 2D & 3D Shape Race Games.

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year! & Sunday 6

How is it possible that 2019 is here!  It seems like I just got accustom to writing 2018 (not really but you know what I mean).  

Like many of you my Christmas vacation came to an end much too soon.  Christmas and other holidays is such a wonderful time to relax and spend with family.

1- I'm going to jump up on my soap box for a few seconds... I always enjoy visiting the blogs of other teachers and checking out what is going on in their classrooms.  Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade is usually one of my first stops even though I teach 2nd grade.  Not too long ago many teacher bloggers were linking up with others and the information/support system was fantastic. I know many now utilize FB and IG to put out their ideas.  I guess I'm just wishfully thinking about the good old days.

2 - I finally finished a new Stink book companion, Stink Hamlet and Cheese.  Check out this new product in my TpT store - Stink Hamlet and Cheese.

3 - We started our measurement unit this week!  It seems like it took so long to finish our multi-digit addition unit.  I'm glad we are on to something new!
You can see my friends are using both standard and non-standard (fingers) units of measurement.  I love seeing the intent looks on faces and dedication to their work!

4 - Making inferences was another skill we worked on this week.  Students put on their badges and became detectives, as they read the stories and made inferences about each.  Great partner activity, complete with partner discussion about each short story.

5 - Yup, just like Mrs. Wheeler my Christmas tree is still up!  I love the lights and sparkle it adds to the dark January days in Wisconsin.  I have taken down some of my Christmas decorations, but my snowmen are out in full force even though there is no snow on the ground as I write this.  Very strange for WI not to have snow in January.

6 - We've been enjoying our instant pot Christmas gift.  I didn't think I would really use it that much.  Boy, was I wrong!  So many yummy recipes on Pinterest.  The IP is perfect for our busy schedule.

Have a wonderful week!  Stop back again to visit!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

TpT Cyber Sale!!!

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Everyone loves a sale!!!  Pop over to my TpT store to find everything on sale.  Be sure to use the promo code: CYBER18 when you check out.

Don't forget to watch for my new freebies at 
The site where everything is always FREE!

Back to school on Monday.  Just like you I'm not ready to give up my Thanksgiving vacation yet!  Maybe watching Christmas movies will ease my Sunday blah feeling.

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Freebie - The Infamous Ratsos

Here is a freebie I created just for you! 

The Infamous Ratsos  live in the big city, where there is always something to do.  How do Louie and Ralphie occupy their time? You and your students will enjoy the kindness twist in the story!

Sharing a book with a close group of friends is a special time in my classroom. Students love the closeness of the small group and reading a book chosen just for them!

Included in the packet:
 -comprehension questions for each chapter
 -vocabulary word/s for most chapters (9 total vocabulary words)
 -answer key for chapter questions

The Infamous Ratsos is an AR level 3.5 book.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation!


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Jigsaw Jones & a Freebie

Good Sunday Evening, Teacher Friends!

I just want to share a literature packet I put out this week.  Jigsaw Jones is a favorite character in my classroom.  I have to admit I enjoy reading the Jigsaw mysteries too.

Grab a copy of The Case of the Mummy Mystery at my TpT store.

I also have a freebie for you!  My kiddos needed more practice with 3- and 4-addend equations. So rather than assigning a worksheet, I created a scoot activity for the class.

An added bonus, one of my students who almost never finishes his math work on time was able to complete almost all the scoot cards!  Win for me and the student!

Enjoy your Halloween week!


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Freckle Juice

Happy Saturday, Friends!

Just a quick post to let you know about a new literature packet I put out this week.

Freckle Juice!  If you haven't read this oldie but goodie book, you must.  It is a great story about second grade life.  I can totally see this happening in second grade.

Hop over to my TpT store to get your copy of this literature packet today!

Until next time,

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Math Mountain - Ice Cream Cones

Happy Sunday, Friends!

Like many of you, I enjoyed the warm relaxing days of summer.  Sipping coffee instead of gulping cold coffee on the run, reading novels in the sunshine instead of correcting papers while trying to stay awake on the couch, playing with my grandchildren, ahhh remember summer!  Well, back to reality and the school groove.

Here in northeastern Wisconsin we have been blessed with beautiful weather and warm sunshine for the past week and a half.  I know our bad weather is coming, so enjoy it while it lasts.

I finished a math product and wanted to share it with you!  I hope you find it as helpful as I have for my math kiddos.

Math mountains are an important tool to show the total and two partners for addition problems.  When using a math mountain tool students look for partners/addends of a given number.
Math Mountain Ice Cream Cones will energize your guided math groups.  Students will assemble/arrange the scoops to make a math mountain arrangement.  The activity cards are open-ended and can be used in various ways.  

Students can play a go fish type game with the cards.  Student pairs can work together to make an array of math mountain ice cream cones. The scoops can be dealt out to play an old maid type game.

Two versions are in my TpT store - a free version with only numbers 0-10 and a full version with numbers 0-20.  The full version also includes ink saving blackline masters.

Thanks for visiting,