Saturday, February 3, 2018

Look What We've Been Doing...

     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.   

Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Hi Friends!

     It is so hard to believe that our Christmas vacation is coming to an end!  I've read many of your blogs, IG posts, and watched your vlogs.  It seems like everyone has had a wonderful, restful vacation.

     Just in time for our second semester (in a few weeks), I've finished another novel study.  My students LOVE reading the Stink and Judy Moody books.  To be honest, I really enjoy reading the books along with the kids.  You can't help but love the humor of the Moody kiddos!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Look What We've Been Doing...

Another busy week... time to sit back and relax, well maybe (now it's time to do things around the house).  With all the elves popping up everywhere, don't you wonder why they aren't the ones doing the laundry, running errands, and taking care of the odds and ends of things around the house!

Even though our week was filled, I can't believe that I didn't take more pictures!  When I sat down to visit with you and scrolled through my pics I noticed there wasn't much to choose from.  So sorry, I'll have to do better next week.

This board has been up in my classroom for two weeks.  A few days ago a student said, "Oh, I get it 'whole' lot of learning!  Good one Mrs. Brown!"  The little things that make us smile.

Second grade continued the 12 Days of Christmas gifts this week.  The students chewed gum in the classroom, moved their desks to sit by a buddy, they got a holiday pencil, wore slippers/crazy socks/no shoes, and enjoyed hot cocoa while watching a movie.

One mother commented, how wonderful she thought the activities we were doing for the 12 days of Christmas.  Her son comes home and raves about what they got to do in school today!  

I love the Rudolph directed draw found all over Pinterest!  These cuties will be hanging outside our classroom.  As the students complete the snowflake rubbing background, they ooo and ah over how it changes their picture.  I just love the simple joys in the classroom!

Our STEAM area is a popular spot in the classroom.  Students work independently to complete the activities on the task cards.  They select their own materials to work with. To keep the students accountable for their time spent in the area, they write their name on a piece of paper and use the iPad to take a picture of their project.  This week students created with play dough, toothpicks, legos, pattern blocks, and more.  Many thanks to Rifenburg's Room for the task card product.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Look What We've Been Doing...

     How can so many school days fly by?  Are you feeling it too?  Christmas is right around the corner and my class has only begun their projects.  We are very fortunate at our school to be able to enjoy the holiday season with all its sights, sounds, and tastes!

     This week we had a whole lot of gingerbread learning going on.  The kids loved it!  Everyday they would check the anchor chart to see a hint of the new gingerbread book would we be reading.  Love the comparing and contrasting discussions!

     On the third day of Christmas my teacher gave to me... gingerbread house designing and a gingerbread movie (only 12 minutes long).  The past few years my creative teaching partner and I give our students 12 Christmas gifts.  Friday the students got a plate of gingerbread house designing materials and turned on their creative juices.  What a fun activity for Friday - treats, giggles, and a cartoon!

     One sweet student had her mother make gingerbread cookies for her birthday treat!  The tasty gingerbread men fit just right in the houses the students made!  Regan was so happy when she saw her birthday treat inside the houses of her friends.  It was perfect - I can tell that Regan talks to her family about what we are learning in school.

     The students had a blast with Gingerbread Coding from Brooke Brown at Teach Outside the Box.  At first the kiddos didn't seem too sure about their ability to follow the code.  But we started slow with just 5 directions.  Then we went to 10 and finally finished with 15!  One student would write the code on the sheet protector (reduced the number of copies), then take it to a friend to have them figure it out.  Another heartwarming teacher moment - conversation about the code and its success or need to change something.

     Parent volunteers! Yeah!!!  This mom has agreed to help in our classroom for three Fridays!  It is so wonderful to have the extra set of hands to complete extra activities.  Mrs. R has gone home with glittered clothing for the past two Fridays.  She loves coming in to work and visit with the students.  Hats off to parent volunteers!

     Finally, it is always a treat to get a note from a student.  This note was written on the back of a quiz.

Happy Sunday, Friends!


Friday, November 24, 2017

Gingerbread Man Scoot 2-Digit Addition with Regrouping

Thanks to everyone who visits my little corner of the education world!  Enjoy this limited time freebie!  

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Once again, thanks for following me on my second grade journey!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Look What We've Been Doing...

     Where did the week go?  I looked through my iPad and couldn't believe that I didn't take many pictures this week! 

     Conferences and report cards all in one week!  Enough said, you know what that is like!  After all the conversations with parents and explaining what "really" goes on in 2nd grade, some kiddos had a little time to evaluate their quarterly goals.

     When the students arrived this morning they saw this on our daily schedule.  "Mrs. Brown, what are we going to do?" was asked again and again.  I kept them in suspense for most of the day and throughout the day there was a lot of catch up work going on.  The something special time finally came.  Students who met all the weekly goals were able to enjoy chewing gum and playing Thanksgiving bingo!  Then the students have a little free time with our Chromebooks!

     Added bonus... while the kiddos were enjoying their free time, I had a few minutes to wrap up my things from the week.  And I was able to leave work early on time. 
     These cute treats were enjoyed by the everyone!  Our Owl S'mores was another recipe we added to our recipe books this week. Yum!

     That is a little look at what we were doing this week.  Stop by again for another visit.

Enjoy your weekend!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Look What We've Been Doing!

Happy Friday!

     Each week flies by!  So many activities and so many activities I want to do!  I guess that's why my second graders say, "It's the end of the day already!"  That statement always makes me smile and I can't help but think, "I'm so glad you feel that way.  I must be doing something right."

     Enrichment Group - I am having so much fun with these students.  This is a group of students who have opportunity  to participate in a wide variety of activities while other students are in intervention groups.  This week the students started working on a ZOMBIE unit!  When I first mentioned we would work on zombies, the giggles came out!  Thursday the group had to draw conclusions as to where the zombie outbreak possibly started!  Each group had a lot of discussion and explaining their answers.

     I want to give Tristen Dixon a huge shout out for her fantastic unit.  You can find her unit in her TpT store.
       Working with place value - I love to see the kiddos engaged in our classroom activities!  Our school uses Expressions Math, so you will notice the secret code cards.  It was tedious laminating and cutting out the cards but, so worth it as each student has a set they can use.  More place value activities planned for next week.

     Also, just as we were starting this activity, our admin team (yes 2 administrators) stopped in for an informal evaluation.  I was so pleased the kids were so into our activity they didn't even notice our visitors! 
      Keyboarding Time - This week our second grade students began keyboarding time.  The students use the Typing Agent program.  This isn't an ideal situation, last year we had a qualified keyboarding teacher work with our students.  She was much more qualified to instruct the students in the proper finger/hand form and keyboarding process.  I can only manage the students and they are all at a varying levels within the program.
     You know as well as I do, as teachers we do the best we can with the challenges presented to us.

     Finally, God is so good!  Look at the beautiful sunrise I saw on my way to school one morning.  That sentence made me chuckle, on my way to school watching the sun rise!  I can see many of you nodding your head in agreement.
Have a great weekend!