Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Everyone!

Is it possible this is the last Thursday in July?  In teacher language that means August is next week and most of us I'll be in full back to school mode. (Insert my sad face here.)  It's not that I don't want to go back to school, because really it is exciting and fun but, don't you just love SUMMER!!!  Enough of that.

This week I'm attending a Developing Numeracy workshop.  It has really opened my eyes for lots of different activities and ways to teach number sense.  Our instructor has stressed the importance of a solid number sense base in the early grades.  A solid number base will allow the student to make sense of two-digit addition and subtraction later in the school year.  And these skills will develop quicker.

Here is my thrifty way (I didn't even have to go to my classroom for the supplies.) to make bead sticks for my small group time.  Our instructor uses these all the time with her students and especially the struggling students.

2 different color pony beads
bamboo skewers
pom poms
hot glue gun

As I searched the house I found clothes pins and thought they would work also.  You can probably find colored clothes pins or use markers to make five pins a different color.

Another thought - attach pictures to the pins for a more concrete visual.  Example - clip pictures of apples into each clothes pin.  I have 3 apples.  Sam gives me 4 apples. How many do I have now?
If you just clip the pictures into the clothes pins you can change them out to go with your story problems.

I'm off to our last workshop day, hopefully I'll be back with more developing numeracy ideas with a thrifty twist!

Happy Thursday! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Teacher Friends!

I made a quick project for my word wall today.  I've seen a lot of paint chip/sample projects on Pinterest.  I've been thinking about my writer's workshop for the coming school year and some changes/additions I plan to make.  Sooo, I made this handy synonym finder.  My second graders will be able to grab this when they need to come up with a better, more interesting, stronger word.

To make the synonym finder, I just searched for a synonym list and used the words that I thought were appropriate for second graders.  
Grab some paint chips/samples and make your own synonym finders.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!

I'm a little late with my post today.  Most of the time I have this completed on Wednesday evening.  But like you, summer time is a relaxed time in the teacher world!  Insert a big sigh here!  So sometimes I just lose track of time.

I went to my favorite Dollar Tree last week and also this week.  I scored a great find with these books!  I love the National Geographic Kids books and so do my students.  I do cringe a little when I see my books getting folded, bent, tattered well used and loved.  I did pick up two copies of the Planes, Trucks, and Trains books because I enjoy seeing students partner reading and sharing the information they read.

I have noticed that for the past two school years my students have really been into non-fiction books.  I think they really like acting/being an "expert" in many different areas.  Along with being an expert, if you've read about some of my anchor charts, often our class discussions will start with students telling me what they already know about a certain subject.  So I guess the non-fiction connection fits.

The Just Joking books will be used for a special area in my classroom.  More on that special area later this summer.

Happy Thursday!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Solid Read Aloud - Good Neighbor Day

Hello Friends!

Just a quick post to tell you about the Solid Read Aloud - Good Neighbor Day product that Rachel and I created.  You can get your copy for 50% off for the next 48 hours!

To give you a little background...

When my 2nd grade teammates and I were working on the CCSS we found that poetry was not sufficiently covered in our curriculum.  Like you, our team went into brainstorming mode to come up with a solution.

The solution came in the form of a read aloud.  The read aloud is designed to be completed in a short 15 minute time period of the classroom day.  The read aloud incorporates poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.  Also, included is an art connection project, anchor chart sample, non-fiction story comprehension page, good neighbor/friend activity, and more.

This was a great solution to our CCSS problem.  I would love for you to take a peek at this product.  It will be a great back to school read aloud for your class! 

Solid Read Aloud is a monthly activity.  Here is a preview of what is to come:
October - Bats
October - Reptile Awareness
November - Sundae Day

You may be thinking the topics are a little strange.  I guess you're right but I wanted to include topics that didn't focus on the typical monthly themes teachers may use.  The topics correspond to National Observance Days.  It would be easy to use the Solid Read Aloud during a different month that would relate to a specific topic you are teaching.

Until next time,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

I'm back!  How did June disappear right before my eyes?  Like many of you, my summer is such a busy time.  Have you taken time for some fun?  Even with all the many things to do this summer, I have enjoyed reading on the beach, playing with my grandson, and working on some craft projects.

Today I have a "back to blogging" freebie for you - Hot Diggity Dog Math Mountains.  I plan to use this activity during my first week back to school.  I guess you can never plan too early!

To get your freebie stop by my TpT store.  I'd love it if you left a positive comment after you downloaded your freebie.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back again next week for another Thrifty Thursday-Teacher Style.