Friday, February 24, 2017

Five for Friday

Short week for me - professional day and a vacation day.  Three day weekends are always welcome!

Here are a few things from my week...

Our school has all students working on Lexia Learning Reading program.  My class is currently trying to win a pizza party.  Lots of achievements this week!  So proud of everyone. #LexiaLearning   #contest   #MrsBrowns2ndGradeRocks

Expanding Sentences - Since we had a short week, I had the class working on expanding sentences.  One day the kiddos worked with a partner to create sentences on the folded papers (Pinterest idea).  I quickly drew the choice menu on the board and added the spinner (found a Dollar Tree).  

Students started with a simple sentence - They play.  With each spin, students moved to a new piece of paper to add that part to the current sentence.  You get the idea from the image.  Students were able to write super sentences by adding various parts (who, what, when, where, how, why) to previous sentence.

This a great activity for your class.  I love when I hear, "This is so much fun!"  Partner work is always a favorite time in our class.

Our hallway clips were empty (changing of the projects/display) so to give the kiddos a change we set up the scoot activity on the clips.  The student diligently worked at figuring out subject-verb agreement on each card.

I was able to work with the students in the hallway, while the student teacher worked with students in the classroom.  I really enjoy working with/mentoring teachers and helping them fill their 'bag of tricks'.  Hallway scoot just went into the bag!
Thanks, Kacey for hosting another Five for Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday! It is a happy Thursday for me - we have a vacation day tomorrow.  Today was a professional day, so I was in meetings all day.

Here is a super thrifty idea!  In fact, there is no cost involved only time.

This great idea comes from Peppy Zesty Teacherista. Thank you, Amber for your fantastic example!  Check out her original post here.

Amber's post inspired me to make a set of colorful word cards for my classroom.  At first I thought maybe a set for every desk group but my second thought was the kiddos aren't always the best at sharing.  So I created a set to hang near my High Frequency Word Wall.

To make the colorful word cards I wrote the word at the top of the card.  Following, the synonyms were written in the various spaces down the paint chip card.  I also left space at the bottom of some cards so we can add more words as the year goes on.

Pinterest also has bunches of ideas like this for shades of meaning for words.

Enjoy your day,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Five for Friday - Valentine Week!

Super busy week, I know your week was busy too.  Valentine's day, 100th Day, Tasty Treat day, and budgets are due (too soon)!  Even though the week was hectic, there was a lot learning going on and smiles on many faces.

Thanks, Kacey for hosting...

Here's a look into our busy week.

Valentine's Day started with a flurry of activity centered around delivering valentine cards.
Our class moved on to our STEM activity - Candy Heart Zipline.  The task - create a container that will hold and carry 40 conversation hearts to the bottom of the zipline.  Lots of ideas, lots of engineering, lots of partner work!
Later in the day, my math students rotated through a series of 100th Day and Valentine centers.
Cupid's Coins - Check out my Thrifty Thursday post from February 16th for your free money amount cards.
Tangrams - Students worked on creating hearts, flowers, and even a snowflake.
Clothespin Structure - Students attempted to make a structure using 100 clothespins.  This was more difficult than the kiddos thought it was going to be.
Cup Stacking - Partners stacked 100 small cups to make a tower.
Calculator Work - Students read the number word cards, wrote the number, and used a calculator to add two 3-digit numbers.  This was a favorite center, I think it was using the calculator to get the answer.
During our special center day, students also tried to stack 100 conversation hearts and complete the Perfect Match cards.  Perfect Match had students match the equation card to the answer card.  Stop by my TpT store for your copy.

On tasty treat day students made Washington's Cherry Pie.  Even though it wasn't President's Day, I wanted to take advantage of the extra set of hands my faithful classroom volunteer brings each week.  The students scooped graham cracker crumbs into the their cup, added scoops of cherry pie filling, and topped their pie with whipped topping!

Finally, I have to figure out my classroom budget for next year.  Hmmm, what should I put on my budget?  Teachers spend so much of their own money, sometimes I feel guilty putting the little extras on my budget.  I'd love to hear some of the things you include on your budget. 

Have a super weekend!  Here in my little corner of Wisconsin we'll be enjoying 50+ degrees!!!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy 2 days after Valentine's Day!

     What a busy week, more to come about that on my Five for Friday!  So stop on back tomorrow.  This week was especially busy with Valentine's Day and the 100th Day both on the 14th.  I was happy to have both on the same day, make it just one big activity day.

     The thrifty idea this comes from our math class and our activities for the 100th and Valentine celebrations.  To make the day special in math class, I set up eight different centers around the room (more about that tomorrow).  One of the centers was - Cupid's Coins.  Students selected a card and used the coins to make the money amount. 

     Here is a copy of the money amount cards.  Guess what?  I didn't put hearts and cupids on the cards so you can use them in a center for a different holiday, maybe - Leprechaun Loot or Bunny's Money Bag or you get the idea.  The cards can be used again and again.  I know I will be using the cards again for another special center day.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

I hope your Thursday will be or has been a great day!

     STEM activities are always mostly a wonderful partner activity!  I love observing and listening to the conversations between the pair as they try to figure out the best way to meet the challenge.  This past week two strong-willed students were randomly paired together.  As you can imagine there was a time of silence, a time of "not like that", "do it this way", and then time of coming together to accomplish the task.

     Today I'm sharing my Candy Heart Boat engineering challenge with you.  I hope your students enjoy the activity as much as our class did.

     Grab your two page freebie.  Click on the image below.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Five for Friday

Another week of great posts by so many wonderful educators!  Thank you, Kacey for hosting!

     Be sure to visit my TpT store for the site wide sale!  Don't forget to use the sale code: LOVETpT

     Fun STEM activity!  My students became engineers on Friday.  Their task build a boat to hold candy (conversation) hearts.  Stop by on Thursday to grab your free Candy Heart Boat challenge task sheet.  The sheet will have the complete instructions for the engineering activity.
     One pair of students created a newspaper boat that was able to hold 61 candy hearts!

     Our second grade has a fantastic group of parents!  Following a quick facebook post we had all the ingredients to make these cute little guys for our tasty treat on Thursday.

     Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Friends!

     Everyone likes a clean and tidy classroom.  This is so true for me and many of my teaching pals at school.  To keep our classroom neat and tidy, my students do the straightening up at the end of the day.

     I've tried several different methods and have finally settled on one that works great for me.  Each day about 5 minutes before the students are to be dismissed, I call out either, "Girls clean," or "Boys clean."  Each group knows if it is their turn they do all the work and the other group gets ready to go for the day.  With everyone working together it only takes the students a couple of minutes to get the job accomplished.

     As part of the clean up tasks, students pick up any paper scraps on the floor, plug in the iPads and Chromebooks, return stray pencils to the cup, and straighten the desks.  If they don't do it, then I do it because I don't think the custodian should have to vacuum up bunches of little paper scraps.  Our cleaning just makes her job so much easier.  I also continually remind the students, if they make a mess they clean the mess.

     I would love to hear how you and your students take care of your classroom at the end of the day.