Thursday, May 25, 2017

Five for Friday

Thanks, Kacey for hosting Five For Friday!  Each week I anticipate reading about the many great things happening in all the classrooms.

1  Seed Germination Investigation - The kiddos had fun investigating the seeds.  

2  Parent Volunteer - This week I had a parent volunteer come in to work on a Father's Day project.  She did a great job organizing the kids so everyone was able to finish their project.  

3 Rainforest Cookies -  Each year during our plant unit or Earth Day unit I make rainforest cookies with the class.  I make chocolate chip cookie with nothing added.  When the kids make their cookie they add mini chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, or cinnamon.  Our parent volunteer also worked with the kids to get their cookies made.  Wow!  The extra hands were great to accomplish two fun learning projects.

4  Bread Baking - We also had another second grade parent visit our classroom.  Mrs. N demonstrate how to make bread.  She did a fantastic job connecting math, science, reading, and occupation skills during her demonstration.  What a yummy treat, fresh baked bread!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Friends!

Our countdown continues, I have 6 days of school left!  I'm very jealous of all of you that are finished with your school year!

As we have been working through our plant unit in science class, I incorporated some rainforest learning.  I wasn't able to find the time to do a lot of Earth Day work with my kiddos but, I want them to have the information.  So the next best thing, the Earth Day information fits in with our plant unit.

My students worked on this rainforest information sheet.  It seems like my kiddos often want the answers to jump off the page.  To combat this I created a non-fiction selection.

Enjoy the freebie.  Stop by my TpT store for more freebies.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Five For Friday

WOW!  The end of the year craziness continues.  Just like Jordan at Team J's Second Grade, even though the days are wild I'm linking up with Kacey for another...

1  Testing/Assessment is in the bag!  Well, documented and closed out.  I finished with my last individual assessments with my kiddos this week.  What a great feeling to have that finished, recorded, and closed out!

2  This was the first year I had the students work with Scholastic to write their own book.  I'm sure many of you have done this already.  I've read about it and thought about the amount of work that it takes to get the book ready to be published.  Well, my thoughts were right!  It is a ton of work but the final product is WONDERFUL!  Mrs Bort, our student teacher took the lead on this project.  The extra hands in the classroom were essential to getting the project completed.  As teachers we all have the student that takes the extra, extra time to get their project completed - those were the students I worked with while Mrs. Bort managed the majority of the class during our Writer's Workshop.

Anyway it is great project offered by Scholastic!  I don't think I will do the project again next year.  I will probably wait a year or two just because of the cost factor.  Many families purchased the books for $19.95, so Scholastic makes money.  I just don't want families to think they have to purchase the books.  I know you feel the same way.

The book is a fantastic keepsake for Mrs. Bort's student teaching experience in our classroom!  I'm so glad we spent the time on this project!

3  How do you keep a lid on antsy kiddos?  Activities, activities, activities!!!  Our math class has been filled with a variety of activities this week.  We have had many schedule changes this past week and more to come in the next nine school days.  

I've enjoyed playing the games with the class also.  It is also enjoyable to win a few times🙂!

4  Our field trip Lake Lundgren Bible Camp is always a super fun time!  The kiddos are not sure about the word Bible in the title of the camp's name.  Once the day is over they all want to go there for summer camp!

Mr. Lorenz is so talented in keeping the attention of the students, while teaching them about the soil.  His hands-on approach is outstanding!

Student involvement and fun were key throughout our day.  We also had Mrs. Bartels present about mammals in Wisconsin.  The kids love touching the pelts and examining the skulls up close!
Check out this tired little ones!  I think know I could have fallen asleep also!

5  Five for Friday will be on summer vacation from June 2-August 4.  I love reading the weekly updates from a wide variety of classrooms!  Next year you should think about linking up with Kacey also!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

The last days of school are rapidly approaching!  I don't know about you but we have 11 days left.  Even my students are in disbelief (mostly) that we have so few days left.  I do love hearing, "No, we won't have you for our teacher anymore!"

Here is a prediction chart that you can use with just about any chapter book.  Currently my whole class is reading Chocolate Fever.  As we are going through the book, the students complete the chart for each chapter.  When students have filled their chart they simply staple another sheet into their notebook and continue to take their notes. 

The text evidence column is a biggie for the kiddos.  My second graders are good at making predictions and inferences but when asked to support their answer with text evidence that took a little more thought.  I did a lot of modeling for identifying text evidence and we have worked on it together.  As we continue through the book they will work on this skill independently.

Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with my Five for Friday.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Five for Friday

Friday, greetings!

How can it be, 14 more days of school!!!  We are still a busy second grade classroom...

1 Biography Project - second graders have been very busy researching a influential person from history.  This week students began working on Google slides presentations.

2 Happy Mother's Day - students completed their Mother's Day gifts.  I love this fun foam project.  My sweet volunteer starts using the die cut in April to get all the letters cut.  One student lives mainly with his grandma, so he made a special I💛You refrigerator magnet.  One mom saw our projects, said she still has hers and her daughter is now a high school sophomore!

3 Science Class - to study for our science test, student groups played a water cycle game.  One student in each group was the leader and had the answer key.  Each group answered questions to study for the test later in the week.

4 Ag Venture Day - Today the elementary students had the opportunity visit a variety of stations to learn about the agriculture industry in our state.  The high school students did an outstanding job organizing, presenting, and engaging the groups of elementary students.  Students visited a petting zoo, horticulture and aquaculture stations, learned about cranberries in Wisconsin, and got up close with a variety of machines that are used on large farms.

5 Prodigy game - Prodigy is a great web based math activity.  There are so many reasons you should sign up your class!  The biggie - it FREE!  Sign up your class, use my classroom code -  You will love having your class work on skills specially selected by you.  Even at the end of the school year students continue to be engaged by this program.

Thank you, Kacey I love your weekly linky party!

Happy Mother's Day, Friends!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Sale

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale begins today!!!  
Stop by my store, everything is on sale.

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Grab a few sale items to finish your school year strong or possibly begin thinking about next school!  Don't forget to use the code:  THANKYOU17.

I would love to have you follow my store!
You don't want to miss the freebies I created just for you!

Happy shopping!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Five For Friday

The month of May continues to speed along!  So much to do and so much fun to be had!

1  Multiplication practice - this week my math students did a lot of practice with arrays, repeated addition, and multiplication.  Partner work is a fun time and their conversations are fun to listen to.

2  Student Teachers - partners researched various types of precipitation, presented their findings, and wrote possible test questions about their topic.  This partner look very serious with notebooks and pencils in hand!

3  Beautiful Weather - here in Northeastern Wisconsin when the warmer weather arrives we take advantage of it.  What's better than having milk break and a quick game outside?

4  Spring Frogs - these little guys perked up our hallway this week.  Thank you, Doodle Bugs for your directed draw pictures!

5  Teacher Appreciation - I love my class!!!  This week I was showered with gifts from my kiddos.
When the sweet girl brought in this cutie she said her mom got it and didn't even know cows are my favorite animal!
 Coffee and chocolate, need I say more?

Thank you, Kacey for your weekly hospitality!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends!

     This week my math kiddos needed more practice with adding three and four 2-digit numbers related to length.  So I whipped up this quick scoot-type activity.

     You know the drill, copy, laminate, ready to use.  The answer key is included.

     Grab you free copy at my TpT store.  While you are there look around for something else you may need for your classroom.  Oh, and don't forget to leave me some love!