Busy January!!! I know that your days in your classroom are full also. The weeks in our classroom fly by. As much as the students like to switch things up, they also like the regularity of a schedule. Here's what we've been busy doing...
Second graders begin multi-digit subtraction. Our class started with the count on method, then moved to the expanded method, and finally students worked on the ungroup method. We started slow and have been practicing and practicing! Dry erase markers and whiteboards are a blessing - so easy to correct mistakes.
Our class did some digging into Pioneer Times in the USA. I like to set up an area in the classroom each time we begin a new unit. The pioneer unit was fun, we had a classroom museum! Throughout the unit I added various items to the table and invited students to handle the items! The kiddos got a kick out of looking at the books and even the pamphlets I gathered from my travels west.
One unit assignment - partners had to visit each area, tear off a sentence, and decide what type of hardship the sentence identified (on the trail, building a home, growing crops). This assignment could have been done on a worksheet but, how fun to work with a partner, dashing through the classroom, tearing paper! When I explained the process to the students some of them had never seen this type of "ad" in a grocery store or on a public bulletin board. As a teacher it is always fun to bring new things to the kids.Here in northeastern Wisconsin snow = fun! The boys with the Tonka trucks were so cute.
Enrichment students enjoyed launching eggs as a culminating activity in our "time travel" unit. Success was measured in length of the time capsule trip and safety of the passenger (hard boiled egg). The safest trip was 45 feet long and no cracks!The loud hum of students reading together warms this teacher's heart. It pleasantly surprises me when I hear the students acting as reading coaches with their friends.
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