Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bright Idea for Math Facts

This year, my students are working really hard to master their math facts. Each day, they take a 45 second test on a certain set of facts like +1, +2, etc.. If they pass the test, they get to move on to a new test for the next day.  To make this easier for me to keep up with and to show my students their growth, I made a bulletin board using colorful paper plates.

I put my students numbers on the board and when they pass, I just move them to the next plate. They love to see themselves move up and I thought this was a perfect way to use some extra paper plates that I had in my classroom.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Weekly Recap: Valentine's Day

This week, we were all about Valentine's day. I have to admit that Valentine's day is not my favorite at school but my kiddos are always so excited about "Valentime's day."

One of my favorite Valentine's books is "Love, Splat." The kids always get a chuckle out of Splat's crush on Kitten. We practiced Cause and Effect with this book from my new minilesson.

I had some fun drawing Splat on our anchor chart. Coloring is such a stress reliever.

After I read the book, my students wrote a cause and effect from the book on a printable from my pack. My students did such a great job identifying causes and effects in this book.

One of my new favorite books is Crankenstein. We did a sequencing lesson on "A Crankenstein Valentine" from my new minilesson pack

Some of my kiddos have a hard time with sequencing because they want to include every detail in the story. So with this lesson, I kinda combined sequencing and summarizing.

For the anchor chart, I drew Crankenstein but my students helped me come with the important events in the story. After we did this together, they had to write the sequence of the story in their own words.

We also made our owl bags to hold our Valentines. These are my favorite Valentine bags to make because they are so easy to make and they turn out so cute.

For their Valentine treats, I made these great Valentine science bags from Teach-a-roo. Click here to see the pack. My students loved these and they can maybe learn something at home.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Week in Review

This past Monday was our 100th day of school. Like I told you before, I never have made this a big deal in 2nd grade but this year I decided to make it a fun day. I was really inspired by Cara Carroll's ideas for the 100th day. For our 100th day, I did have to change it up a bit and not do anything currently done by the first grade teachers. I definitely don't want to hear, "We did this in first grade."

I cut out the digits for 100 and my kiddos created a picture using the numbers.

Their favorite station of the day was stacking 100 cups. This one proved a little difficult for them but they loved the challenge. 

We played a game where the students rolled their way to 100. This is from Cara Carroll's pack here.

My students also loved making a creation with 100 pattern blocks. This one is a guy in space with stars and aliens. 

This week, we had a late arrival day due to some slick roads from a little snow. I thought this craft would be perfect and they turned out so precious. I got the template for this from A Year of Many Firsts.

I just love this one. He drew braces. So cute!

In other news, my school was completely out of white paper for about a week. I don't make too many copies anyway because I don't do many worksheets. Anyways, I decided to improvise this week so I challenged my students when we were learning about polygons. In the challenge. the cafeteria could only serve foods that were polygons. So they had to create a menu of foods that the cafeteria could serve. The kids loved this and it was a bonus that it took little prep time.

How was your week? Here's hoping for some snow days soon!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Creating a Classroom Economy (Freebie)

Teaching money in 2nd grade is not my favorite thing to do. My students often don't recognize the coins and we are supposed to teach them to count above a dollar in one to two weeks. Fairly impossible for some of them. So, I decided to implement a classroom economy this year to continue practicing money through the second half of the year. 

Each day, students receive credits or fines for their actions in the classroom. My students came up with things that would earn them money and things that would lose money. 

Here's a list of what they came up with to earn and lose. I came up with how much each thing was worth.

I'm glad someone was listening when I'm always fussing about their hands in their mouths. So gross! But believe me, this has worked and we have been fairly healthy as a class. 

I came up with a list of rewards to encourage them to earn. I made them high enough that they really have to work to earn something good.
I made some cards with each credit or fine on them to hand out if needed.

It's actually worked better for me to just have the amounts match up on Class Dojo.  This way, I can quickly see how much money they have earned or lost when they come to the bank at the end of the day. You can see how I've weighted the items on Dojo.

For the last 10 minutes of the day, students come to the bank (me) and get their earnings for the day. We practice trading up coins and they are getting better at it. In a few weeks, I'm going to let one of my students be the banker. 

So, I'm sharing this file with you. I've made it editable so you can make it fit the needs of your class. I would suggest letting your kiddos come up with the credits and fines so they take ownership. 

All I ask is that you leave a comment if you download this file.
Click on the image to download.

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