Friday, February 26, 2016

Five for Friday

Thank you, Doodle Bugs!
Five for Friday is always a wonderful place to share and learn!
 Practicing with pronouns - anchor chart, Scoot, and coloring/highlighting our worksheet to put in our reading notebook. (Thank you for sharing your ideas on Pinterest!)  The activities paid off, our assessment was successful!

 Have you heard about Naeir?  As an educator you can order a wide variety of materials at a fraction of the original cost.  Here is part of my first order - erasers, stress balls, post-its, post-it labels, and tape dispensers. 

 I don't know how to feel about this note from a sweet girl in my class...
Maybe I will think about the nice parts of our days and not the "mad" parts.  Or maybe our class will do a little more work with synonyms.
I'd love to hear about your notes!
A great way to end February...
Thursday and Friday no school days!
As teachers we love our students and the work we do each day but a couple vacation days are always wonderful!

Have a great weekend!  Until next week!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday!

I'll be enjoying two days off from school!  We didn't have any snow days to make up so happy teachers with a couple days of vacation!

This week we worked on 2-digit subtraction without regrouping.  Here is one of our activities from the week.  I'm sharing this freebie with you!

Grab your freebie here.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Five for Friday

Thank you, Doodlebugs for hosting this weekly linky!

I'll get right to it...

I know this picture is a week late but I thought I'd share anyway.  My kiddos were excited to find this Pinterest inspired Valentine idea.

Monday (2/8) was Chinese New Year!  Several years ago my hubby and I traveled to China so I have lots of things to show the kids.  I displayed the items on our SS bulletin board.  The kids enjoyed treating our display like a museum.  For our tasty treat we made rice krispie sushi.  So cute! And yummy too!

During Chinese New Year we talked about Chinese inventions.  Fireworks were an interesting topic for the kiddos.  So after a little research and watching some very interesting videos with exploding sticks we were ready to improvise our classroom fireworks.

Our class worked hard on putting the sticks together.  We found that in 15 minutes we cannot get a lot of sticks together and this is an activity that is total partner work.  Our second grade is hoping to have all three classrooms work together to make a large exploding stick display!  We've got our fingers crossed!

This month also found the students in our class working a president research project.  They used to find facts in school.  The students also had a homework connection - work with your parents to find more information about your president.  They could use books, magazines or the Internet to complete the homework.

The final product is a Google Slides presentation.  In January the students completed a biography presentation using Google Slides, so this product was a quickly finished and without too many questions for me.

Finally, the students have off today.  The teachers have an in-service day.  Maybe anticipating a day is the reason my kiddos were so squirrely today?!?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday, Teacher Friends!

Just a quick post about a super simple project for your students.  Last our second grade made bird feeders as a parent Valentine gift.  Thanks, Mr. E for taking care of the details!
Here is the recipe for the bird seed mixture, we found it at Birds and Blooms.  We used heart shaped cookie cutters for our project.

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups bird seed (your choice!)
Heat water, gelatin and corn syrup together over a low heat. No need to boil. Mix flour and seed together and then slowly add to gelatin mixture. While cooling, put out parchment paper on our counter, and choose your favorite cookie cutters. Spray those cookie cutters with cooking spray. Next, fill the cutters with the gelatin mixture, pressing in the mixture tightly. Before you remove the ornament, use a straw or toothpick to poke a hole through the ornament (for hanging). Then remove from cookie cutters and let dry for several hours. Once dry, you can attach ribbon or string and hang for the birds!

After we made the parent gifts we decided to make bird feeders for all the bus drivers. Here is our finished product ready to deliver to the bus drivers!

I have mine hanging in a tree near our other bird feeders. It looks pretty cute!

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Today I'm sharing two freebies I created for my math class.

This week we worked on line plots.  To begin the week, we started with a video showing how a line plot is made.  Very easy for the kiddos to understand and apply to the cupcake project.

I hope you can use these hands on activities in your math workshop.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

I hope your week is going well!

Last week I promised a STEM freebie.  Here is the activity investigation page from our snowflake crystals.

This was such a great investigation.  When the students took their crystals out of the borax solution it was just like they were opening the best gift ever!

I would love to see your snowflake crystals.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tech Connection Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by for my
Tech Connection Tuesday!

Connecting teachers and tech ideas

Happy Groundhog Day!
To celebrate we worked on facts and opinions with Kahoot.  Here is the link to our Kahoot activity - Groundhog Facts and Opinions by dawn.brown.

Kahoot is a super engaging activity for your entire class.  I am fortunate to have enough devices (if I let a student use my phone) for my whole class.  If you don't have enough devices partners work well also.

Kahoot is free, so sign up today!  So many fun, ready-made activities or you can create your own.