Thursday, February 25, 2016

Read Across America Day


Many teachers were planning ahead and mentioned
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY is next week!
It is such a fun celebration.  
The kiddos love Dr. Seuss and all of his rhymes and nonsense.


We have a full day or two of activities planned...
Including a schoolwide read-a-thon on Wednesday.
We plan to prepare a pot of Dr. Seuss Soup to enjoy while reading around the room.
You can see in the pot above... the mixture is Seussical and a perfect snack for the day.



We are always looking for ways to improve our math skills...
so of course we have a few Seussical game boards also. 


I shared the celebration from the past 2 years here and here




Here is to a fabulous, Seussical Day!!
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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Literacy Centers SALE



Both styles of Literacy Centers are 20% off in the store this week.
Enjoy the sunshine and your down time this weekend ;)

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Friday, February 19, 2016

President Day Writing and Drawing


This week we took a break from our reading program since it was a short week.
It was fun to be able to spend time reading and writing about past presidents.
The kiddos loved learning about Abe and George ;)
We enjoyed many books and the little Brain Pop Jr. videos on each.
After reading and watching we created a rough draft on each president.
Then we use Doodle Bugs directed drawing activity.  The kids LOVED this and
they did such a great job on their reports.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Word Family StepBooks


We've been having all sorts of fun with word families lately.


The growing bundle was just posted. 
 It includes 37 word families with many more to come in the near future.



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Monday, February 1, 2016

Simple Spirals

This month I'm not sharing anything new or earth shattering... just something that I have learned to appreciate as a busy, second grade teacher.



Each Back to School I purchase each of my students a spiral notebook.  They are usually very inexpensive and easy to find.  I buy a few of each color so that I can correct/ look through 4-5 at a time vs. the entire class at a time.  Red is handed in on Monday, Blue on Tuesday, Green on Wednesday, Yellow on Thursday and Purple on Friday.


 I buy one for myself also.  I usually complete part (if not all) of the assignment with the kiddos using the document camera so they can see the format etc.
However, that is about it for structure...
other than the date... we always date our work.


I love the spirals because we can just pull them out...
 turn to the next free page and get to work.
I don't need to plan ahead with a worksheet or graphic organizer... 
we can make our own.

We use them for spelling, reading,


math, grammar, science, quick jots, math scratch.... ANYTHING!


They are not fancy or decorated (I guess they could be though Mrs. Evans ;)
The students LOVE them.  
They are a slow progress and portfolio of their work throughout the year. 
 They love to show their parents at conference time.
 It is nice to have something ready to be shown and seen by parents...
especially when it doesn't require extra time and effort from me at that crazy time.


These are a few samples pages... 
truly it is endless what can and is in this little notebook.
I wish I would have felt more inclined or empowered to do more informal activities like these earlier in my teaching career.
It is not realistic to have everything perfectly formatted in cute font with darling clipart and bordered in adorable art for EVERYTHING we use in our classroom.
Let go... for yourself and the kids.
My suggestion ... try a simple SPIRAL... they work.



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