Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!  My Christmas vacation is half over – where does the time go?  Some of my time has gone into just relaxing, reading, sewing, crocheting, and a new product for my TpT store.  Wouldnt it be great to be paid for staying home in pjs, sipping coffee, and not having deadlines to meet?

Since Ive neglected this little blog for the entire month of December here is my whole month in one post.  Sit back, grab a warm beverage, and enjoy... 
We started the month by making our parent gifts.  I love doing this craft with the students!  It is almost a total recycle project - kids bring the clean peanut butter jars. I started asking for the jars in October and still several students said they never got a note! It was in my newsletter a bunch of times.  I had many sweet parents who sent in extra just in case someone forgot their jar.  Bless them!  I now have extra for next year.  The tissue paper came from my students last year - I ask the parents to save the tissue paper from their Christmas gifts and donate it to my classroom.  Last year I had way more than I would use up in a year of projects so I didn't ask the parents for tissue paper this year.  I also use the paper for wrapping the gifts/projects that get sent home during the year.
So far the cost is $0!  I buy one piece of black felt and one piece of orange fun foam, this will last for two school years with this project.  I also bought my fleece last year and probably have enough for next year as well.  Finally, I buy a battery flameless candle for each student to put in the snowman.  The snowman looks sooo cute with the glow of a candle inside. 

Rudolph snacks for Tasty Tuesday was next.  This snack fits right in with our caribou non-fiction unit.  At the beginning of the year parents sign up to bring our ingredients, less stress for me.

We worked with money and lots of two-digit addition.  As part of my daily math routine students are given a dollar amount and they shop the local grocery store ads.  The goal is to come as close to the dollar amount without going over as possible.  This is a great task for money, calculator use, and real life skills.

Our class also did a lot of partner reading.  I loved listening to my students read, share, and giggle over the many Christmas books. 

Our school uses the AR system (Accelerated Reader).  AR is a fantastic way to monitor students' comprehension.  Students log in to their account and take a comprehension test on the book they just read.  They get immediate feedback on their test. 

Don't you just love the notes and cards the students make for you?  Due to very cold temperatures in December, students weren't able to go outside for recess for an entire week!  During this time my kiddos drew lots of pictures, made cards and wrote me notes.  One students gave me this card... I hope I'm not too much of a pest. 

I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I'm Having a Sale...

Monday and Tuesday, December 2 and 3 will be a great sale day!!!

Visit my store at iTeach 2nd 

The sale runs on Cyber Monday and Tuesday.

All you have to do to receive the discount is enter the promo code: CYBER.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 22, 2013

My Six For Friday

Ill get right to my five random things for the week...
1 Everyone enjoyed making their Tasty Tuesday snack - Turkey Tracks.  Does this student need spreading lessons?
2 Fact and Opinion with the Magic School Bus at the First Thanksgiving.  This was a great center for the week.  My students love playing board games.  This product can be found in my TpT store.

3 Math work with greater than, less than, equals, and not equal to.  Today I handed out number cards and instructed the students to find a person that would complete their number sentence.  They did GREAT!  Wonderful math discussions, very good partner talk, and one happy teacher!


4 SNOW - I'm not ready for the white stuff yet.  This was the sight out my window when I woke up.  Even this little "dust" is enough to send the kiddos into a tizzy.  The snow didn't last and many students came to school with boots and snowpants.  Ahhh, it's too early for snow!

5 Readers Theater - several students worked together to perform The Story of the First Thanksgiving.  To put a twist on the performance the students colored puppets and attached them to rulers.  When the performance was over the puppeteers stood and one boy from another group said, "There were only four!  I thought there were more back there."  The puppeteers took that as a major compliment, since that is what they were trying to do, make it seem like different people were talking.

6 A week of vacation!  Our school district is one of the few in our area that get the entire week off.  I have more plans than I have days of vacation but isn't it always that way.
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tried It Tuesday
Tap Roulette - I tried this fun app with my students, it is a great way to pick a student or have students pick a partner.  Hop over to iTunes and grab this free app.
Short and sweet today!
Enjoy the rest of your week,


Friday, November 15, 2013

Five for Friday

     Where did November go?  Our school district has the entire week of Thanksgiving off.  This will be our first break of the school year.  That means that I only have one week to get all the November learning complete that Ive planned.  So again I say, where did November go?
Thank you Doodlebugs for your weekly linky party!
Lots of turkey stuff this week...
     This is a fun snack I like to do with my students.  I was so happy to have Mrs. H do this project with the kids.  I really appreciate Mrs. H, the volunteer who comes into my classroom each week.  She has been volunteering in my classroom for 8 years!
This little guy has his head upside down or is he looking up?
     These cuties are just for fun, uh oh do you sense a pattern happening? I feel that sometimes the students need to express themselves with a little classroom creativity. Everyone wanted to hang their turkey close to their desk, how cute!  It is wonderful to see the wide variety of "turkey" personalities come out.



     Read to a Partner - students partner read a Thanksgiving book and then completed this throw back graphic organizer.  Students focused their discussion around characters, plot, and setting.  The partners also explained their favorite part of the book and told why they liked a certain part.

     Today our school had a special treat, our principal spent 10-15 minutes in each class reading! My 2nd grade class enjoyed listening to a Splat the Cat book.

     Finally, today our Friday Fun consisted of a variety of activities.  One student brought in a matching game, others had a little free time with an iPod or iPad, and others enjoyed a holiday bingo.  There was a little more noise but to see all the students (who completed their work) engaged in an activity put a smile on my face. 
Happy weekend!


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tried It Tuesday

Thanks, Holly for hosting Tried It Tuesday
     As my 2nd graders get more comfortable in the classroom and with each the talking level goes up.  Anyone else noticing that it is time for a classroom tune-up?  
     My kiddos know the rules but still have a hard time with volume control.  Up to now I've used my nice voice and even made a joke or two about their volume.  I was reading Jaime's post about Silent Light.  She is at Technology Up To Speed The lightbulb went off in my head - I sure could use that app. 
       Silent Light monitors the classroom noise level.  I've used the app for two days and my kiddos have been great!  As a class I ask the students how many points they think they can earn in a given period of time, I set the levels, and away we go.  For two days I have not had to remind my 2nd graders that their volume to too loud.  This really frees me up for my GR groups.  If my students meet the goal they set, I add 1 brownie to our brownie behavior pan.  I know that I am giving them more brownies than I usually do but it is totally worth it.  Like all good things I know this will come to an end and I'll have to find something else but until then I'm lovin' it!
     I usually don't buy apps but this one is worth the $3.99.  This app also has a variety of noise level tolerance to choose from, as well as, a numerous time limits.
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five for Friday

Happy Friday!
We built main idea and detail burgers.  Don't you love how the kiddos really get into a project.  We had some burgers filled with 7 different items!

Thank you Mel D - Seusstastic!!!  My students really enjoyed this activity.  Like you I loved listening to all the discussion about their family members that have served in our military.  Thank you, Veterans for your service to our great country!

The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey!  This is one of my very favorite readers theaters.  I know we performed three days after Halloween but the students loved it and our Kindergarten audience loves watching the "big" kids.

Friday Fun!!!  This group of students were able to play holiday bingo because they had all their work from the week finished.  Fifteen minutes of fun and Jolly Rancher prizes = a great morning at school. 

How sweet!  Many of the girls in my classroom are into making duct tape items.  I received this cute little purse.  What a great way to brighten a teacher's day!

Last weekend was another volunteer weekend.  Here is one of the meals we made.  Homemade pizza for 100 guests!  Yum, it is a favorite of many guests at the camp.

Have a super weekend!