Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


As the school year comes to a close and the weather continues to warm up, it can be difficult to keep the kids engaged. Since we are doing some dinosaur work this week I thought I would create this activity for my math class.

My math class likes to 'Scoot' along, I think it is mostly because of the movement in class. We have been working a lot on 3-digit addition and subtraction problems. But for this activity I made it mixed practice.

Click here for your freebie. I hope you can use this freebie in your class. Please leave a comment if your students enjoy this activity.

Happy Thursday!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Five for Friday - Busy Week

Thank you, Kacey for hosting!

Here are my Five for Friday...

This week our 2nd graders enjoyed having High School guest teachers.  The Child Development class worked with small groups of students to teach them nursery rhymes and complete activities.


More high school visitors!  The chemistry and physics classes put on a wonderful demonstration for our entire elementary school.  The kids went wild with "elephant toothpaste", color changing water, explosion of ping pong balls, and more.


Our last science unit of the year is a plant unit.  On Monday we placed bean seeds on wet paper towels in plastic bags.  Most of the kiddos forgot about them, a few kids checked them and didn't notice any changes.  Friday we did a little "bean observing".  This little guy was classic - just what this teacher wanted her 2nd grade scientists to observe.  The kids slipped off the seed coat, found the tiny leaves inside, and used a hand lens to investigate.


Our school read 100 million words this school year!  How does a school celebrate 100 million words read?  All the classrooms created posters to carry on the walk.  Then the entire elementary school walked to a nearby park, played games, enjoyed ice cream, and then had a tired walk back to school.

We made a tasty treat this week to help anchor in our flower part learning.  Thank you Dollar Tree for having these "tulip shaped" cookies.  The cookies fit the bill for the flower petals but the taste wasn't so great.  Cheetos are perfect for showing pollen and how the pollen sticks to bees, butterflies, and birds.

Only 8 1/2 more days for us, how about you?

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Only two more Thursdays for me and another school year will be finished.  What is your last day of school?

If your class is like mine we have several thank you notes to write before the end of the year.  I like to send thank you notes to the farm we visit, to several special guest speakers, and a few people within our school building.

To help my kiddos with the thank you notes I made these.  I print them on bright paper and the kids add their special message inside.  Or I print them on white paper and the kids add some color.  With the variety of notes and paper, every note is unique.

I hope you find this freebie useful for your class!

Happy Thursday,

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Five For Friday

How is it that the weeks seem to be getting filled up with more and more things to do?  Isn't it called winding down the school year?

Here goes my five things from the week...

1 - Our 2nd grade spent a fantastic day at Lake Lundgren for one of our end of the year field trips.  Mr. Lorenz did a great job keeping the student entertained while he taught them and me a lot about the soil in Wisconsin.

Mrs. Bartels once again entertained our 2nd graders with her skins and skulls discussion.  The hands on time is always the favorite part.  We really appreciate Mrs. Bartels for bringing this great presentation to us!

2 - We worked on arrays this week.  Graph paper and funny little green things made for interesting learning time.

3 - AR reading - the kiddos have been working hard all year!  As students pass a particular level they are awarded a ribbon or a jewel.  This student went above and beyond and read numerous higher level books from an assigned list.  

This 2nd grade teacher is very proud of the accomplishments of her students!
Thank you Mrs. Mongin for taking the extra time to manage the ribbons and jewels at our elementary school!

4 - My week ended with a call from the director at the M&M Foundation.  Two co-workers and I wrote a grant to fund two family literacy nights for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our grant was funded!!!
It will be a blessing to have the events funded and not have the teachers and staff come up with donations. 
Thank you, M&M Foundation!!!

5 - Check out my new math product - Let's Get Buggy Math Centers - it is ready to print and go (well maybe laminate, then go).  The centers will be perfect for the end of the year and review many 2nd grade skills.
You can grab your copy for 50% off in my TpT store!

Thanks for hosting!

Enjoy the weekend,

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Today I'm sharing a new product I created for the end of the year math classes.  Let's Get Buggy Math Centers is half price for the next four days!  I know I always appreciate a good sale!

Let's Get Buggy Math Centers is ready to print, laminate, and use.  The product includes answer keys and recording sheets.  This preview is just a sampling of the 30 pages in this product.  

Visit my TpT store to grab this half price product.

Happy Thursday!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Five for Friday

Thank you, Kacey!  I love Five for Friday!!!

We're finally finished with our Earth Day poetry project.  Even though we're a little late, the projects look wonderful outside the classroom!

This week we focused on Fairy Tales.  How fun to spend our time reading the many, many different versions of fairy tales.  The kiddos spent time writing their very own fairy tales!  It was very interesting reading the many different ideas they came up with.

Hopefully, the students will have their fairy tales ready to publish next week.  A huge thank you to our keyboarding teacher who is helping the students accomplish our publishing goal.
I don't remember where I found these resources.  If they are yours please let me know and I'll give you credit.

To finish out our week we worked on this fantastic STEM project by Kelly Smith at Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten.  We made a couple of modifications to the project.

Students worked with a partner to build their houses.  There were so many ideas flying around the room.  Some of them didn't even look like houses - more arch-like.  When I reminded them the house had to stand by itself and have the pig inside, the arch builders made modifications.  This is a sampling of some of the houses.

After the houses were built, we used a hair dryer to "blow the houses down"!  We had a couple of house slide across the paper plate.  One house flipped on it's side and a few didn't move at all.  It was interesting to see the excitement build as the wolf got closer and closer to each house.

As a follow up to the house building, we borrowed materials from the early childhood room and set off for more design work.  The conversations were great and cooperation was at it's peak!  A teacher's dream project!
When the engineers were finished with their designs the big bad wolf entered.  We knew we couldn't blow a leggo house down with a hair dryer so, what if we tried to crush the house instead?!   The students enjoyed piling dictionaries on top of the various houses.  Some house were able to withstand the pressures of the big bad wolf and others not so much.

I love hearing, "This is the best project we've ever done!"  I just smile to myself because I heard that same comment the last time we did a big hands on STEM project!

No pictures to share but this teacher is doing a happy dance now that her testing is complete!!!  I can hear your amens - many of you have been in assessment mode also.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday, Friends!

Today I'm sharing a math freebie with you.  My kiddos are in need of additional practice with 3-digit subtraction.  To help my kiddos progress with this skill I created this freebie for my class and yours.