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Friday, September 30, 2011

Even and Odd

Yeah... it is October... I love this time of year... bring on the witches, brew, pumpkins etc.

We reviewed our even and odd numbers with fun literature and activities. I love the stories Even Steven and Odd Todd and Missing Mittens. Monday my kiddos are going to get this halloween fun on their desks :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Double Fun... FREEBIE

We are working on our doubles in math right now... We had a great time with this booklet and game and then reviewed a bit of our graphing skills. It was a good day in math ;) We also read 2 fun DOUBLES books titled... Two of Everything and Double the Ducks... cute literature :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Columbus Day Fun

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue...

This picture book is one of my favorites to read to my kids about Columbus...

Fact Family Fun

I know there are many fact family activities floating around the blogosphere and this is by no means a fabulous one... however, my kiddos have a good time rotating around the various desks to discover a new schoolhouse of fact families. Once they identified the 3 numerals they had to create the 2 addition and 2 subtraction number sentences. When they were finished, they stood up, tucked in the chair and waited to for the whistle to find a different desk in the class and another new set of digits.

We also played Fabulous Families and took it home for homework to play with our fabulous families... it's free on my TpT.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Silly Scarecrow... FREEBIE

I may have posted this last fall, however, my kiddos had a kick playing it today. Anyone up for a little subtraction game?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Halloween ... one of my favorites!

So you can fight the holiday or embrace it! I've learned to love it ;) There are so many learning activities you can do with the kiddos... this is one of our favorites. This download has everything you will need for a fun, Halloween graphing activity. Create the bar graph on your white board or poster board... print and cut the pieces... your title, numbers, categories and voting cards. Invite your students to vote for their favorite Halloween costume. Then your students can complete a 4 page graphing review independently or as a class after looking over your class data.
Wahoo... teaching WITH the holidays ;)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Math Center/Station System

I'm logging off my computer RIGHT NOW and beginning my weekend, however, I have a quick bit to share regarding my stations/cards. We've been doing stations for a couple weeks now and things are running smoothly. This past week we used this card to help with the system and directions and it has saved me. They are becoming more independent and determined to figure out the goal at each station. If this idea might help anyone... I pass it on with a smile!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Student Driven Data

This is not a real important post, however, last year my principal encouraged all of her teachers to create a student driven data program... meaning students are aware of their goals and see their progress as they work toward their goal. I was very happy with the results and noticed a greater responsibility among the students... so I thought I'd share her idea.

My 2nd grade team wanted to focus on 3 subjects areas. We chose math facts (PIG Math), Reading Folder (Light Steps; phonics, fluency, comprehension program) and AR testing.
I created a one page sheet to go home each week. On Fridays, the kids color in their progress, take the report home to mom and dad to review with them and return to school Monday. The yearly goal is shown on the sheet, however, each term goal is represented with a star. I found that when everyone (teacher, student and parent) realized the goal and were held accountable to achieving the goal... everyone tried a little harder and made my job more enjoyable!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fire Safety

Okay so we have a few weeks before FIRE SAFETY awareness week, however, I gathered my files for the weekend and decided to update the materials. I'm excited to cover this curriculum with my kiddos in a fun, exciting way. I'd love to share this unit with the first 3 friendly followers... leave me a note!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Graphing Review with Alvin and the Chipmunks

I left a package on my desk when the kiddos returned from recess the other day and they were so excited!! I'd emptied my boxes of Alvin fruit snacks and placed copies of the graphing activity inside... it doesn't take much to get the energy flowing ;) They did a great job and it served as a great review of bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, tallies, etc. I think we're ready to move on to the next chapter ;)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FREEBIE...Word Family Unit addition... ig

I received a sweet request from a kind blogger and Tpt shopper for an additional word family chunk... ig... it is!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Halloween Math Fun... FREEBIE!

I'm breaking all sorts of blogging etiquette today... I apologize! I love the holidays and when I was able to purchase Halloween items while running my errands yesterday... the ideas began to fly. SO... If you live near a Sam's Club (I'm sure it's little sister store... Walmart, too) grab yourself a box of Betty Crocker Halloween Fruit Snacks and download a copy. We can all stash it in our cabinets until the goblins, witches and bats begin to fly!!

Halloween Hallapalooza

I love the holidays and I know this may be a little early, however, it just came together. I'm still working on the final touches of the materials the students will need to stay organized during these math stations. I'll post that as a freebie ASAP. For anyone else that is excited for the upcoming Halloween holiday you can check it out at Tpt.

Friday, September 2, 2011


This week we studied homophones. After reading a couple of fun books and completing a few activities we created a classroom Homophone book. This is sort of a tricky concept for little second graders, however, they did a great job and seemed to understand the various pairs of homophones. I'd love to hear your ideas and activities to teach this concept. If you can use these pages... I'd love to share!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Houghton Mifflin Spelling Unit 1 Update

Lory 'HAS' made a mistake (not my first and I'm sure not my last!!) Months ago I loaded a file for the Houghton Mifflin Spelling Program in 2nd grade. I have to apologize that the first word search for the story DRAGON GETS BY was missing the word 'has'.

Not a great way to start the new year. It has been fixed and uploaded... if you downloaded it before please be sure to get a current/correct addition!