Sunday, August 24, 2014

Visual Plans (August 25th)


It's time for my weekly visual plans. Last week, I was way overplanned. I keep forgetting how long it takes 2nd graders to do anything at the beginning of a school year so I cut back on my activities this week. 

For phonics this week, we will be learning about long vowels with silent e.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GSHBSSzE5VncxX3M/edit?usp=sharing
Reading is all about main idea. Main idea is so hard for 2nd graders that I know that it will not be mastered by most of my students this week.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GSHBSSzE5VncxX3M/edit?usp=sharing
For grammar and writing, we are working on subjects of sentences and writing a personal narrative.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GSHBSSzE5VncxX3M/edit?usp=sharing
We are finishing up our addition strategies unit this week. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GSHBSSzE5VncxX3M/edit?usp=sharing
As always, you can download these plans to get the links to the freebies. 

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share my plans.

http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2014/08/peek-at-my-week-and-classroom-tour.html


Have a great week!
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

T is for Technology (ABCs of 2nd grade)


Today I am sharing some of my favorite pieces of technology with you.


I'm lucky enough to have access to lots of technology in my room. My newest favorite piece of technology is my Apple TV.  I have it hooked up to my Activboard so I can show things from my iPad to the entire class. I love using it to read digital books to my class. I was using the Storia app, which I loved, to read these books. However, Scholastic recently decided to cancel this app so I'm not sure how much longer it will work. I will now use the Kindle app to read books to my class. I love that they can see the words as I read and follow along. You can also use iBooks to read these books too. 

My local library has a digital book collection that you can check out for free. They have a wide variety of fiction books that I can check out. You might want to check with your local library to see if they have a service like this.

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I am a huge fan of PBS kids. I show Electric Company clips all the time because they are fun and feature great content. I just found out that PBS now has some great apps.

Look at all these apps. Some of these are for preschoolers but you can search their site for apps that are appropriate for your age of kids. The age search stops at seven years old but some older kids will also enjoy some of the apps.

http://pbskids.org/apps/filter/app/
http://pbskids.org/apps/filter/app/

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I've made a list of my favorite free apps for kids. You can click on the image to download.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6u8Oi4cDc3GeHFHYy1mNjk2R00/edit?usp=sharing

So what are your favorite apps or pieces of technology?
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Meet the Teacher linky party


I'm linking up with my friend, Stephanie, for her fun linky party. I've really enjoyed reading about all my favorite teacher bloggers. I've finally found some time to link up myself.

http://fallingintofirst.blogspot.com/2014/08/meet-teacher-linky.html

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
 Iced coffee (the new Starbucks one in the bottle is yummy!), teal, Tennessee football, school supplies, Scandal, home decor, summer reading, ice cream, Braves baseball, children's books, HGTV, my Fitbit,  and spin class

IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?

 Depends on the day but I have always wanted to be an interior designer. I also love kids books so maybe a children's librarian.

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.


creative, quiet, motivated

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________, SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"


"Sure, I would love to go to another meeting and waste my plan time," said no teacher ever!!!!

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?


I've always been fascinated with history so maybe Amelia Earhart. I also would love to eat dinner with Peyton Manning. He's my favorite!
 
Q: YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?


Hmm, tough choice but I think I would want to be invisible. I can't go anywhere at school without someone telling me about a computer problem they are having. I just want to work in my room and be left alone sometimes. 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?


"Just keep swimming" Dory from Finding Nemo

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?


I would never ever sing in public but if I had to sing, I would choose Rocky Top.

Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?


I have turned into a morning person. I don't love getting up early but, once I'm up, I'm productive. Teacher hours have led me to hardly ever stay up past 10.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?


It's so hard to pick my favorite because they were all a labor of love. But, I think my ultimate favorite is my Common Core ELA review centers. I love making centers and these are so much fun and cover everything. I loved seeing the fun my kiddos had with these and it made the time I spent on them completely worth it.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-ELA-Review-Centers-for-2nd-grade-659387http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-ELA-Review-Centers-for-2nd-grade-659387
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-ELA-Review-Centers-for-2nd-grade-659387http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-ELA-Review-Centers-for-2nd-grade-659387
 

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!


I was really quiet in school. My parents told me that when I was in Kindergarten, they asked me if I talked at school that day.  I told them that I said, "Here." 

I hate elevators. I got stuck in one once and I only use them if absolutely necessary. 

I am looking for a house. I sold my condo in May and I've been saving money for a house. I'm living with my parents right now and that's been an interesting transition. 


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Monday, August 18, 2014

More classroom photos

I'm back today to bring you more classroom photos. If you missed my previous post showing off my classroom space, click here.

My classroom library. One of these days I'm going to finish labeling all the baskets.


I had the tall bookshelf at my house and I wasn't using it since I moved. I was going to throw away the leveled reader containers but they were too nice. I decided to use the leveled reader containers to house more collections of chapter books.  I plan on covering up the sides and labeling each set.


This is my AR cart with leveled books for reading. I got this cart from Lakeshore.


 I got the idea to decorate my plain white tubs from Queen of the First Grade Jungle. I love how they turned out. Each table has a basket with Clorox wipes, Kleenex, and sanitizer. I also have a set of extra pencils in a cup within the container.  I have been putting things in here like the pages for our back to school book so I don't have to keep handing things out.

I'm hosting a linky part to show off your classroom space. I would love it if you joined in. If you don't blog, you can share your pictures with the #showoffyourspace2014.

 
Click here to join the linky party.


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