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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"Teacher, I'm Done!" Task Cards

 I received a few questions about how, where and when I use my task cards. 

You know the students that ALWAYS have everything done correct and quick?
They are the friends that have a TASK CARD booklet in their desk!
 (Right now I have 9 students in my classroom using them...
many are improving their work to get one ;)
Whenever they have completed their assignment and are caught up with everything they are invited to
walk over to the wall and choose a set of task cards they have not completed in their monthly booklet.
Yes... I said wall... I'm all for simplicity. 
 Each set is on a silver ring and each ring is hanging on a pushpin.
Easy to get... easy to return. 

Switching out the months is just as easy!  I grab a dozen rubber bands, take off the ring... rubber band the set... put the  new set on the ring and hang it up!

1st Grade                                             2nd Grade

Monday, January 30, 2017

100th Day of School Note

This is the week!!!
The 100th Day of School.
Can't wait to see what my little peeps bring to class!!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

100th Day of School

We are keeping things semi-simple this year in my class.
Each child is bringing 100 items in a baggie to measure, weigh etc.
We'll complete this step book before and after making our 
Froot Loop necklace.

If you're looking for more activities... you might like this larger file below.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Candy Heart Math

 Valentine's Day is around the corner ;) 

This is always one of my favorite activities to do with my kiddos.
I actually give the candy hearts as my valentine to
 each child and then we do a bit of math with them...

This little activity started it's first year with a darling lion...

 then, a rugged robot...

And now thanks to Creative Clips... the newest version is a Valentine Monster.
I just adore him.
Good news... If you've purchased this file before... just go re-download it...
all 3 versions are included.

Any brand of candy hearts will work.
I included white and blue... knowing that students can use the number 0 to represent a color not used in the box or bag.
Hope your kiddos love it as much as my class.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

$1 Snow Day Banner

I love to add a bit of classroom decor each month.
These banners happen to be my favorite for a couple of reasons.

First... the darling, colorful clipart. 
 I am so grateful for these talented artists.

Second... the simple, quick ability to create this banner.
Print, cut, staple to ribbon and hang.

Third... the inspiration they offer my little ones
 in their writing and conversations with each other.

Check out  #2017dollardeals now!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Windy Snowman Art Project

Last week we had a ball creating these adorable snowmen.
It is fun to see each student's personality come out in their work.

The idea and steps for this project is found on © www.artprojectsforkids.org

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2nd Grade WONDERS - Morning Work

Hello friends!!
We are beginning Unit 4 next week... and I thought that I needed to add a bit to my morning routine. I wanted it to include our WONDERS program with it.

 My kids are familiar with coming in the morning, organizing their tools and preparing for the day. Then they begin their journal and share in front of the room with the microphone.  They do this while I take roll, answer questions etc. It is automatic, they know the routine, expectations and it makes for a nice start to the day.

I plan to collate and bind Unit 4 for each of my students.
(Next year, I plan to collate the entire year in a 3 ring binder. 
 I plan to include a tab for WONDERS Weekly Writing Assessments also.)
There are 4 pages per week. 

The pages include the Unit and Week and Essential Question.
The 15 spelling words are also listed with a couple of activities to complete.
There is a vocabulary word and definition section and 
an opportunity to work on sentence structure.
I have included grammar standards that are focused during the week.

I listed the High Frequency Words, also.  I plan to have the kids read and pass these off to me (as I walk around and monitor) while they are working on their morning work.
Many kids will not have to work real hard to do this, however, I think it is a good idea for them to be exposed to these sight words.

The final 2 pages are sort of optional... 
my students DO NOT have great handwriting... and it drives me crazy!!! 
 I have always had them 'polish' this skill up knowing that they will be introduced to cursive in 3rd grade.
Monday and Tuesday offer spelling word practice WITH a handwriting font and opportunity to write 2 sentences using their spelling words.
Wednesday and Thursday offer spelling practice on their own.

I am excited to present this to my kids and see how they embrace it. 
I'm anxious to see the difference it makes in their weekly study.

You'll have to let me know ;)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2nd Grade Wonders Unit 4 BUNDLE

I have received many requests to bundle my various WONDERS products...
I took the challenge... UNIT 4 Bundle is posted!!