Where do the weeks go? Can it possibly be Friday again?!
Thanks, Doodlebugs for hosting Five for Friday!
Fun reading activities! Students played a Mayflower board game using fall/Thanksgiving words. Learning Palette is always a favorite activity with my students. I love the Learning Palette - it has a wonderful self-checking feature.
This week our Thanksgiving science activity was a Mayflower Ship Building Engineering activity. The original activity used modeling clay and I didn't want to purchase any extra materials so we used foil to make our Mayflower ships. I modified Andrea Knight's activity just a little. Thank you, Andrea for your creativness!
I love our classroom Thanksgiving time treats. Here is another treat of the month.
We made pumpkin muffins. During our mixing/ preparing session we made lots of science connections - five senses, chemical reactions, and liquids and solids.
Like many of you our school has a week long vacation for Thanksgiving! Time to sit back and enjoy a slower pace to the day.
I added a new product to my TpT store. Magic Tree House book #1 Dinosaurs Before Dark. Stop by my store to grab your copy of this literature unit. The unit is in a half page format. The unit contains lots of spiral review options for the student. For example, long vowels, hard and soft c & g, r-blends, syllables, -ing words, and more.
Just a quick post to share a freebie just for you!
My 2nd graders are working on 2- and 3-digit addition without regrouping this week. As the days approach vacation, the kiddos get a little more antsy. To help with their antsy-ness I created this turkey scoot. I'm sharing it with you and hoping you will be able to use it in your classroom.
Trot on over my TpT store to gobble up your freebie!
These little guys perked up the hallway outside our classroom!
My students did a fantastic job with their storm reports. For those 2nd grade teachers who use the Journeys reading series, the reports were a homework assignment that connected with the unit.
Each student presented their storm brochure. It is always a great activity to have the students get up in front of their peers to "teach" them. We used a product from Emilie Education TpT store. Emilie has wonderful products that enhance the Journeys reading series (for those of us that have to follow a series).
One student said his mom helped with the writing and his dad made the tornado bottle. He was so proud when he gave his presentation and everyone "oooo-ed" at sight of his tornado! This is a little guy who could really use the extra attention from his peers.
The presentations connect to the speaking and listening standards. Before we start the presentations we go over our PBIS expectations for an assembly-listen to the speaker, manners, etc.
Everyone loves tasty treat day! Thank you Pinterest for so many great ideas. Today we made Owl S'mores.
I have been putting science on the back burner day after day. I'm sure you can relate to not having time for certain activities. Friday I wasn't letting science go or maybe not letting the kiddos go until we finished (not really, I need my Friday after school prep time). Anyway, we used Andrea Knight's TpT product to complete our experiment. I did have to modify it a bit to fit the foods I had on hand. Next week we'll be doing another of her science activities. I'm so glad I discovered her products. Check out her science activities suitable for December.
Following the activity everyone went back to their seats to complete the T-chart. At this point I stressed that they are scientists and as part of a scientist job they work quietly (this is a chatty group) to document the experiment. These few words put a little more value in their work and some took it more serious and did a better job with their T-chart. I did put on some Kidz Bop music because we guessed that scientists probably listen to music when they work!
We had another great week of reading! I've talked before about our AR reading program. Many students moved up in their certification levels.
Everyone, well I think every teacher loves finding a great Dollar Tree find. Here are my favorites from this fall... Plastic Sleeves - outstanding bargain at $1 each. My teaching partner uses these all the time - he inserts a worksheet. The students completes the sheet, shows the peer tutor, wipes it clean, and then gets ready for the next sheet. He is doing a great job saving paper and mostly his time. What a thrifty idea!
Egg Holder - check out my Egg-cellent Words post here. Plastic Folders & Sheet Protectors - I use these all the time. Great durability, fun colors, easy to locate on my shelves. I've been getting away from the manila-type folders for storing/organizing my information. I love the pockets in these folders. Frequently I use the plastic sheet protectors in these folders also. Bus & Frog Magnets - So cute that I couldn't pass these up. The bus magnet will be used to write reminder 'going home' notes on them. You know when the school secretary calls you to tell you so and so is getting picked up 10 minutes early. Generally I would scribble a post-it note to myself and hopefully remember it. This year my students are involved, they remind me when they see the bus on our board.
Those are some of my Dollar Tree finds this past fall.