Sunday, October 30, 2016

Five for Friday

Whaaat!  Sunday already!  Every weekend is sooo busy. Isn't the weekend time to relax and catch up on a couple of things?  The life of a teacher, we lament over the busy weeks and busy weekends but in the end...

We LOVE our profession!!!

We went batty with non-fiction work this week.  Creating diagrams, researching facts, looking for information on our anchor chart - it is so rewarding to see the kids engaged in learning so many different ways.

Why do kids love to paint?  Some teachers many cringe at the thought but I enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces and the accomplishment in their voice, "Look what I did Mrs. Brown!" 

These don't look like much yet, hopefully next week our final bat projects will WOW you!


The kids really enjoyed created their graphs will the Skull & Bones I picked up at Dollar Tree.  Now that I look at this picture I don't see any graphs, hmmm.  

Anyway, when they completed their graphs, the kiddos were able to create.  The little guy in the blue shirt was the trend setter.  When his classmates heard me say how creative he was with the skulls and bones, many others joined in the fun!

You can grab your Skulls & Bones freebie at my TpT store to be ready for next Halloween season.  If you would, please leave a positive comment I really would appreciate it.

Thanks, Kasey!  I appreciate all the creative ideas from teaching friends across the country!

Enjoy your Halloween party tomorrow!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


Perseverance and hard work are key, daily components in our math workshop.  As part of our workshop time I offer a variety of learning games and activities.  These activities help my students practice and review skills.  The kids enjoy interacting with a partner and they are "teaching" each other while completing the activity.

Here is an activity we did in our classroom this week.  Grab your freebie in my TpT store.  This resource is ready for you to print and play!  I'd appreciate if you would leave a positive comment!  


Friday, October 21, 2016

Five For Friday

Happy weekend!
      Fun with apples!  Does an apple float?  Is there part of an apple that doesn't float?  These were the science questions explored by my little scientists.  I love doing investigations with the kids!

     The beginning of each school year we begin with Henry and Mudge books.  The stories are wonderful and students can connect with many of the story lines.  To bring the Henry and Mudge craze to close we celebrated by making our dandy dog treats.  Thank you Pinterest for the idea.  I found the original post here -  Our dogs had mini M&M eyes and jumbo M&M noses.  Our school is not under a total peanut butter ban like other schools in our area, so we were able to use the nutter butter cookies.

     Fire Prevention Day is a big event for students in grades 1, 2, and 3.  The firemen are all volunteers and take a vacation day to spend the time with our students.  These men and women are great at giving the students lots of hands on activities and a wealth of information.  Thank you volunteer fire fighters!

     My school is fortunate to be able to get Scholastic News for all the students in second grade.  This fantastic resource provides for many learning opportunities.  Day one, we work through the article and questions on the back of the paper.  Then I extend the use of the Scholastic News by connecting it to a reading strategy.  Of course, we always watch the videos and play the online games provided by Scholastic.

     Last year our school district received a grant and raised matching funds to be able to install new equipment for all to enjoy.  Many thanks to everyone who worked to make this project a success!

Have are super weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Friends!

Nothing more thrifty than FREE!!!  Here is web site that I want to share with you - .  

Just a sample of the games and activities available on

I discovered this site this summer and have had my classroom volunteers busy making the activities since the beginning of the year.  There are so many easy to complete activities and games.  They are perfect for my struggling students, game is the same but the words are different.  As my second graders work on reading fluency, more practice with words, creates better readers.

Visit to create activities and games just right for your little learners!

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday!

   My math students continue to do a great job during our workshop time.  We have been taking things a little slower than usual but, as long as I see progress I don't mind.

   This week we have spent some time working on doubles facts.  There are a few students that need a little more practice but most of the kiddos have the facts down.

   To work at a higher level, I made a number cube with the numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.  The game board has the numbers 8 to 18.

   Since I want the students practicing and practicing, each student has their own board.  The students have two different color counters and take turns with each color.  When the students finished a game, they made a tally mark on the white board for the winning color.  Students enjoyed seeing which color was the winning color.

   Grab your freebie here.

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Another Thursday, already!!! 

My students have been doing a fantastic job during our writer's workshop time!  Today I hated stopping them because it was time phy ed class.  This happy teacher heard some moans because they wanted to keep writing!!!  WHAT - phy ed is one of their favorite classes!  How cool!

My teaching partner and I have started slow with our writer's workshop this year.   We have been very deliberate expanding sentences and adding details.  I've had my students work as a whole group to write super, expanded sentences.  

Then I had the students add another sentence to their story.  This only made for a two sentence story.  Many students have gone on to write fantastic, detailed filled stories!  

I'm sharing my fall expanding sentences with you.  Work on  expanding these sentences with your great writers and wait for the magic to happen in your writer's workshop time.

Click on the image to grab your freebie.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Five for Friday

Thanks, Doodle Bugs for hosting!

This week students at our high school had their SYATP (see you a the pole) before school prayer time.  This is an event all across the country.  It was so great to drive past the high school and see this bunch of students in prayer for our school, community, country, and world.

I love having student leaders in my classroom.  As the school year begins, I begin developing the students' skills at speaking in front of the class.  The biggest challenge is always reminding the students to pay attention to the speaker.  Often the speaker/leader will start talking when several students are still chatting with their neighbor.  (When do they learn to not visit?!?)

Our math workshop is up and running for the most part.  I say for the most part because on Monday a new classroom aide will be added to our mix.  The new person will definitely be welcomed!  

Our new book check out system is great!  Grab my iPad and snap the student's picture with their book.  They love getting their pictures taken and I have a super quick way to document who has books checked out of our classroom.  Most of the students are very good at showing me the book when they return it and then I delete their picture.  Every so often I check through my pictures and ask if a book has been returned.  No more hand written lists!

Finally, a weekend with no activities!  The forecast is rainy so maybe I'll get some inside task accomplished.

Enjoy your weekend!