Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!

Today I want to share my latest Dollar Tree find!  
 Dollar Tree is my favorite dollar store.  This week I had the time to visit the store and wander up and down the aisles.
I found these great Button File Bags!  There are three bags/envelopes in a package.  The bags are a medium weight plastic, a little like a ziploc bag.  The bags are big enough to fit a sheet of paper with some room to spare.  I like this because sometimes a ziploc bag just doesn't do the job for me.  I plan to use individual bags for various math and reading activities/games.
This isn't a new find for anyone but I wanted to share.  I went into my classroom this week after a five day Easter break and was greeted by a fresh scent.  Then I remembered that I put out a fresh one of these.  Here in northern Wisconsin after a winter of wet snowpants and gloves a fresh scent is good for the nose in a classroom!

Stop back tomorrow for my Five for Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

 Happy Thursday!

Just a quick freebie for you!
 Write-On Spelling
I used this sheet to practice spelling words last week.  Day one, students wrote their words, that's it.  Next I had a student helper walk around the room checking the lists.  She was very sweet when a student had something wrong.  She quietly whispered to them to fix their mistake. Then the papers were handed in just because I didn't want them to get lost.
Day two, students did the next column, rainbow write.  Same process, student helper checking, hand in.  Day three, students finished the last column.  Students handed in their papers and I did the final check.
Quick, easy, organized practice.  Oh, one more thing, the students' grades were very good last week!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Five for Friday

Thanks Doodlebugs for hosting!

 Partner work - I love when I hear students gently teaching each other during a partner activity!  Pairs were allowed to select their own special place to work - rather interesting choices.  I know you can relate and smile about the selections your students make!

More Partner Work - two heads are better than one (sometimes).  All week long the students worked on the app Winning Words - Synonyms.  Check it out I snapped it up when it was free.  There are other Winning Words apps for Antonyms, Homophones, and Double Letters.

Science this week found us working with heat energy.  My kiddos love the hands on part of science investigations!  We are almost finished with our force and motion unit.

Our focus story this week in reading talked about an assistant signmaker who caused a little trouble.  We've learned that students in our school cafeteria have been causing a little trouble too.  So our class made signs to remind everyone about the proper things to do in the cafeteria.  Just like the signmaker's assistant, went in the cafeteria (without the lights on) and put up our signs!  Fellow second graders were surprised to see the signs and find out our class put them up!  It was enjoyable to hear the explanations from my students.

Since we had the paint out and things were a mess anyway, students cut out extra large eggs and decorated them for the hallway.

Since it's Sunday and I'm just now posting my five for last week, I'll wish you a great short week!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends, Rachel here with my Thrifty Thursday post.  

Earth day is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning!  

Where do you start when trying to incorporate Earth Day into your daily lesson plans. The second grade standards that incorporate poetry are: RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song; and RL.2.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.  

To help you integrate these standards into your lesson plans, I wrote this original acrostic poem. Enjoy this poetry freebie to use in your Earth Day lessons.

Stay tuned for more about infusing poetry into your daily lesson plans!


Friday, March 11, 2016

Five for Friday

I'm loving how our Selfie project turned out!  Yesterday's Thrifty Thursday post gave the details for our project.

I have been trying to have no worksheet Wednesdays in our classroom.  So far it has been a success.  The trick is to keep everyone engaged in reading activities.  Success again!  Often if you visit my classroom you will see students quietly reading, students completing a word work activity, students working with task cards, and many, many more activities.  Friends, I know that you all have totally engaged students in your classrooms also (I've been reading your blogs!)

Nothing new here - students practiced changing y to i and adding es to various words.  The twist - we used plastic plates and dry erase markers to record answers.  This teacher smiles to herself knowing the students are doing an equivalent amount of work as a worksheet.  The smile continues when I hear, "This is fun!" "This is cool!"

Thursday was our last try at the exploding sticks project.  We started our journey in January with lots of youtube videos and some small/short trials.  
Our final trial enlisted the assistance of 7th grade students.  This really helped my 2nd graders accomplish the goal of creating a long chain of sticks.
Some groups struggled a bit and it was fun to see my 2nd graders instructing their much older partners.

More work from our Force and Motion science unit.  Today was magnet day!  First, students completed the activity to identify objects that were attracted to magnets.  Next, students were given a few minutes to explore with magnets, nails, and screws.  The kiddos were really into creating things using the magnets.  So fun to watch 16 pairs of busy hands and even better everyone cooperating!  Here is the result of the exploration time.

Until next time,

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

How can it be Thursday already?!  Do you feel the same way I do?  It seems like the weeks just fly by.

This week I'm sharing a writing idea.  To connect with our story from the Journeys reading series I came up with this activity, My Name is ____ ... Selfie!

Here is what we did...
We talked about selfies.  I learned that second graders have varied experiences with selfies.  
Student took selfies with my iPad and emailed the picture to themselves.
Then students wrote a list on 10 adjectives about themselves.  I had a conference with each student.
Next, following their conference students used a thesaurus to find stronger synonyms for some adjectives.  At this point the students also had the opportunity to use an adjective list to add to their list.
Finally, students incorporated their keyboarding skills and Chromebook knowledge to insert their picture and type their list of adjectives.  Also, they printed their document to have it ready for the final project.

Today the students will cut out their selfie, words, and title and assemble everything for a finished project.  Stop by for my Five for Friday to see the finished projects.

Until next time,

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Five for Friday

We prepared for Read Across America Day by making these cute Things for our hallway. Here is the blogsite that inspired our Things.

Our class opted to highlight our favorite books and tweet about them.

 On Wednesday our class spent time reading with 6th graders!  It was fun for me to see many students that I had in second grade.  The 6th graders made bookmarks for everyone in my class.  It was a great cooperative activity.
 We began a new Science unit this week - Force and Motion.  To keep the kiddos organized we usually make a booklet that keeps all our flip flaps, notes, pictures, investigations, etc.  After our lesson introduction, students used toy cars to to demonstrate the effects of force.  You can find many lesson ideas here.  The car activity is near the bottom of the page.

 To reinforce our Force and Motion lesson for the day, students had time to explore to activities on-line.  
Thanks to Dragon's Den for tons of links and ideas. 
It was fun to observe the students as they worked through various tasks using push or pull forces. 

I think you would have ended your week the same way I did...
Laryngitis crept up on me once again, second time this school year.  Since my voice was pretty much shot by the end of the day and I was tired of trying to get the kids attention without talking, I grabbed a few extra chromebooks from the lab and everyone had time to explore some learning activities.  My other choice would have been a movie but my kiddos like time to explore new games recommended by their classmates.

Thanks Doodlebugs for your Five for Friday!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!
Rachel here with a freebie for you!  

March can be month full of notorious weather.  One day can bring eight inches of snow and the next day may be filled with sunshine and sixty degree temperatures!
So much for the weather... to help you usher in the spring and brighten up your products I created these cute little fish.  These little guys will be perfect for your spring and summer products!  Click here and these little guys will swim into your products!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tech Connection Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by for
Tech Connection Tuesday!

Connecting teachers and tech ideas

Maybe you have already been using Plickers but my class just started today!  
LOVE those Plickers!

Check out Who's Who and Who's New blog post about Plickers.  Debbie does a superb job of decribing how to use Plickers.

Today I used Plickers as a quick class assessment.  I gave the students a multiple choice question about sequence of events in a story, 13 out of 16 students got the correct answer.

Immediate feedback is a positive for the Plickers app.  As a teacher I can quickly see who understands the material and who may need extra help.
My students keep their Plicker cards inside their reading notebooks.  Hopefully this will be a safe place for their cards.