Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Before I begin this post, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with those of you in the north who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. I just can't get over the images of New York City on the news. God bless you!

Happy Halloween everyone! Congratulations on surviving the school day! Halloween in the middle of the week is probably every teacher's nightmare.

We've been working on some crafts over the past week or so and I finally changed my front bulletin board.

I just added the crafts to my tree so I didn't have to take it down. I'm trying to think of a good way to decorate it for Christmas so I don't have to take it down again.

Today we had a visit from the Candy Corn bandit. The kids had so much fun but they about wore me out trying to figure out who the Candy Corn bandit really is. You always have those kids who think through everything and I knew one of them would ask me how I would have these papers ready if I didn't know about it. But they ended up believing my story that the Candy Corn bandit must have left all of the papers too. One of my boys even said that the candy corn bandit stole our candy so we could have something fun to do. Haha!

We also made inferences using The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. The kids really liked this activity and especially reading the book.

We are also working on possessive nouns this week which I think is incredibly hard skill for 2nd graders. Since it's fairly boring, I tried to jazz it up a bit. I drew Frankenstein on a piece of chart paper then we brainstormed as a class all the things that Frankenstein could have or own. I told the kids that they could include things that they made up so that's why McDonald's and sunglasses are on the chart.
After we made this chart yesterday, we used it to write about Frankenstein using the writing paper found in Amy Lemon's Halloween unit. 

These are some of my favorites:

I hope you have a great Halloween night! Only 2 more days of school! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reading Response Prompts (Unit 3)

Happy Sunday! I'm spending the day watching football and my recorded TV shows that I never have time to watch during the week. I just finished the next set of reading response prompts for Unit 3 stories. Since I had such a good response to these, I plan on continuing to do them for the rest of the units.

Don't forget that everything in my TPT shop is on sale through midnight tonight. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Freebie and Sale

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm so glad this past week is over. It's been crazy with parent conferences, pumpkin book reports, and a PTA event last night.

I had a great post planned but I forgot to take pictures because of all the craziness.

So I just decided to post a freebie for y'all for Halloweeen. We have been working on proper nouns all week so I made a page to review.

Clipart from DJ Inkers

Click on the image to download from Google Drive. When you get to Google Drive, there is no need to click on "Share." This file has already been shared with you. Just click "Download" and you will have it on your computer.

After seeing so many other shops throwing sales this weekend, I decided to join in.

Click on the image to head over to my TPT shop.

Font from DJ Inkers

Have a great Saturday friends!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bats All Around and Some Seals Too

I officially survived my first observation. It went pretty well but I am so excited that I don't have to worry about it anymore. I was worried all the way up to when it started and then I was fine. Shew! I don't think it ever gets any easier.

This week is a short week due to Fall Break. Tomorrow is our last school day of the week. So excited about that! Since it's a short week, we've been learning about bats as has almost everyone else in blog land it seems. During my observation, I read "Stellaluna" and we talked about it. Today, we focused more on bat facts. We did this fun activity by Jodi Southard at Fun in First. The students cut out 600 mosquitoes to show how many a bat can eat in an hour. Crazy when you see all of them together!

We also read a great bat book. 

This book is full of great facts.

We will be using this book plus other nonfiction books on bats to make our own bat books.

This book is designed to be printed front and back. It's a pet peeve of mine when books don't print correctly front and back. I hate having to cut out the pages and assemble them before copying.
I also included vocabulary cards to help the students fill in the blanks.

You can pick this up for free in my TPT store.

In other news, we made our seals last week to go along with our story "A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up." They turned out so cute!

I love using these color by codes from Kathy Law. The kids love them and they are great practice for them. On Friday, I gave them one that features Superman.

It's really funny to hear them guess what the picture is before it's fully colored. On Friday, I heard this conversation:

Girl 1: I really think it's probably Mitt Romney.

Girl 2: Yeah.

Girl 1: Or Matt Lauer.

I started laughing. Then, I realized that they were talking about a picture of Brian Williams from NBC News on our Activboard.  One of my colleagues told me to show my kids the video of a walrus being rescued from NBC news and they were talking about it. I was wondering why in the world they thought Matt Lauer was on their morning sheet.

You can see the video below. It's very cute!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Money, Money, Money (freebies)

Happy Sunday friends! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend. I have my first observation on Monday morning so I've been stressing about it this weekend. I'm ready for Monday to be over. Fall break starts on Thursday so I am definitely ready for that. We only get two days but it's better than nothing.

I have been teaching money for the past week. It is not my favorite math unit to teach. For some reason, first grade doesn't teach money in our math series so it's been very slow going.  I've been looking for anything that will help my kiddos count money.

One idea that I have found that helps is Hairy Money. This is not my idea but whoever thought of it is a genius.

Font from Rowdy in Room 300, Clipart from DJ Inkers, Frame from JW Illustrations
The kids add a hair to help them count each coin by fives. I told my kids that the poor penny is bald because he doesn't have any hair and the nickel has a mohawk. They got a kick out of how hairy the half dollar is. This has really helped them count coin combinations.

I also created a math practice sheet to see if they remember how to count money after the weekend.

Font from Rowdy in Room 300, Clipart from DJ Inkers

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Place Value Freebies

My class has been working on place value for the last few weeks. It's a really long unit in our math series but I'm okay with that because there is so much that you can do with it.

I've started implementing math groups so I can meet the needs of all my students. It's also been helpful because I can see exactly where they are making mistakes on a daily basis.

I have some freebies for you that I've been using with my math groups.

This first page is great for a pretest on place value.

Click on the pictures to grab a copy.
We have also been working on number words. This is always really hard for my second graders because they don't want to take the time to learn how to spell the words correctly.

Click on the picture to grab a copy.

I really like using dice in math because the kids will think any activity is a game.  For this next page, I gave each child one die and they rolled it to come up with the tens digit and ones digit of their number. Then, they used that number to say what comes before, what comes after, and what is the number between.

As with anything I create and place on Google Drive, there is no need to click on "Share." I have already shared it with you. Click on "File" and go down to "Download." This will allow you to download the file for yourself.

Hope you are having a good Sunday!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Currently October

 I love the book "What Was I Scared Of?" I love to see how my students react to the twist at the end. I also like this book because it is one of Dr. Seuss' shorter books. Some of his books make my mouth hurt from all the words. 

I'm linking up with Farley for her monthly Currently linky party. I love reading these!

Yesterday was my 30th birthday! It was a good day. I got sung to about 10 times by my students until I finally told them that they didn't have to sing anymore. They decided to sing "Rocky Top" to me instead. My parents surprised me by sending me flowers at school.

Aren't they pretty? I love calla lilies so these were perfect. I had a great day at school (no meetings! Yeah!) and had a wonderful birthday dinner.

Hope you have a great Friday friends!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Commas and Nouns

This week, one of our focus skills is commas in a series. I had some inspiration yesterday for a little poem to use with commas. For some reason, I always think of poems or songs for my class in the shower. I'm not sure why but I hope I'm not the only one.

We are also working on nouns this week. I love teaching nouns! There is so much that you can do with it. Since this is our first week on nouns, we have been making anchor charts to use during the year.

Today we worked on people and places. It's interesting what they come up with sometimes. 

Tomorrow we are doing things and animals. I know that some people include animals as things but that is often hard for kids to see. They get confused if they are people or things so we are making a separate anchor chart for these things.

We finally got our owl paintings finished last week and I hung them up today. They turned out pretty good.  I experimented with hanging them with extra strength tape. We'll see how many are up when I go back to school tomorrow.

In other news, I went to see my beloved Braves this weekend in Atlanta for an early birthday present. It was Chipper Jones' last home game. It was a rainy day but a fun game.

Tomorrow's my birthday and I am turning the big 3-0. Ugh! One my kiddos put it in perspective for me though. He told me that he wished my birthday wasn't on Wednesday and I said, "Why not?" He said, "You are going to think you are old but you aren't." Made me feel a little bit better!

Have a good night friends!