Friday, October 9, 2015

Five for Friday!

We had a super week in second grade! Fall was in our classroom and in the air a little this week.


We wrote about pumpkins this week. My students’ writing came out great because they had so much background information from last weeks reading. We even starting writing paragraphs! We wrote about what pumpkins looked like, what pumpkins needed, and what pumpkins could be used for. Today they wrote out their final copies and decorated a pumpkin. I love how they look in our classroom and my students’ our proud to see their working in our room.

This week we worked on point of view in various books that we read. This was the anchor chart I made for point of view. I got the idea from Pinterest.

Today we read “I Need My Monster” as a fun Friday read! We wrote creepy words under the flaps and sequenced the story together. My students had so much fun reading this book and the activities. It was a favorite activity today and they were still excited about it this afternoon. This is from Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons.

We have been working on related facts this week. We did this sort activity this week. I love using colorful paper! It makes their interactive notebooks look great! This is from Learning out Addition Strategies by Amy Lemons.

I thought I’d share with you how I send graded work home. I have green graded folders that I fill with graded work for the week. Every Friday I compile all their graded work in ABC order and put it in their folder. On Monday the folder goes home and they bring the folder back the next day. If they received a failing grade they have the week to redo the work and send back for partial credit. I like sending home the folders separately from other work to make sure parents are seeing their grades.

Hope you all have a beautiful fall weekend. We have big plans to pick out paint colors and paint the nursery this weekend! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Five for Friday {1st week of October}


We had another great week in second grade! This year is flying by already! I can’t believe it is already October and we just had picture day this week.

We learned how to make a ten, double facts and related facts this week in math. We watch a cool doubles fact rap and making a ten video that had the student’s fill in missing numbers in the song! They loved this activity!

They also presented their timeline projects this week. They had to write a sentence for each picture on their timeline and read the sentence aloud to present. I loved learning more about my students’ lives. I had some natural speakers and others that needed a round of applause to get started but they all made it through presenting.

We started interventions this week as a grade level. We sorted out our students who needed extra support. Each teacher will be working with 5 students grouped by ability to help fill in the gaps and get them on grade level. While the teacher is working with these students, the others are reading chapter books, taking AR quizzes, and working on book study/book report work. Since this was the first week, it was a little rocky getting things going. I hope that next week we can prefect our routine.

I’m excited it is fall in our classroom. The weather hasn’t caught up yet. This month we will be reading these two awesome books! I just got them in the mail today from Amazon. I can’t wait to read “I Need My Monster” by Amanda Noll next week.

Speaking of books, I read “Our Teacher’s Having A Baby” by Eve Bunting to my students this week. My kids were very excited to find out I’m having a baby. They had lots of questions and I tried answering them all to take any worries away. I will be out in March and then for the rest of the year so they were sad I would not be coming back. I explained that teachers are moms too and need to be there for their newborns. I told them they would be left in very good hands, I already know who will take over my maternity leave and many of my kids know her as well. Now that the news has settled in a little my girls all want me to have a little girl and want to name the baby. One of my students’ looked at me yesterday and said “Oh, I can see your belly now. There is a baby in there.” They are all very amazed and in awe. I’m glad they know so they can share in the excitement and prepare for later on in the year.

Well I’m off to eat some ice cream and pack for the beach this weekend. Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Happenings in 2nd Grade

I am in LOVE with my second grade class. They are an amazing group of kids. They are so well behaved, have nice manners, are very friendly, are considerate, and participate in everything with a smile on their face. I have had to give our reminders about too much talking or remembering to raise hands. They are a dream class and I feel so lucky to be their teacher!

We are working on getting the Daily 5 up and running. I am seeing overseeing all their rotations and haven’t started working on guided reading groups with them yet. I just finished getting everyone’s independent and instructional reading levels using DRA. 

During Daily 5 writing on Friday my kids wrote to police officers, fire fighters, and soldiers to thank them for their service. Their letters were adorable! Most of my students had a family member or neighbor they could give their letters to. The ones that didn't I took and will be sending out. I got the writing paper free from Erica Bohrer.

We have library time every other Thursday. The students listen to a story from our librarian and then get to check out 2 books. I stay with them the whole time to help them check out books. When my students are checking out books, I ask them to get AR (accelerated reading) books on their level. They are colored coded in the library so it is easier to choose books.

Do you ever have students that just take forever to pick out a book? Some choose so quickly or have an idea of what they are looking for in a book. Some just have no idea what they want though. Library check out rant over.

We have been doing so much science in second grade! We started learning about the science tools and the basics of the scientific method. So far we have done two experiments. My little scientists are loving observing.

The first experiment was making raisins dance. First I poured Sprite into a clear cup for each table. Then each student got to put a raisin in the cup. The raisins then dance up and down in the cup. My students loved doing this experiment! They realized the bubbles from the Sprite made the raisins dance up and down. I got this recording sheet for our science notebook from What the Teacher Wants.

The second experiment was to see what happened when we put Mentos into different sodas. Most of my students already knew that if you put Mentos into soda it bubbled up or exploded. So we did a test to see which one had the biggest explosion and lost the most soda. This is my teammate putting the Mentos into the different sodas. We used orange soda, Sprite, Root Beer, regular Coke, and Diet Coke. If you are wondering which one made the biggest explosion….it was Diet Coke! I was surprised! Root Beer was the next and then Coke. The Sprite and orange soda barely bubbled over. Warning this experiment has to be done outside! It is messy!

My teammate going out in the rain to do our experiment! The rain can't stop our science plans!

This coming week is going to be a super busy one! We have meetings every day during our planning time and Open House on Tuesday night. Thankfully, I’m blessed with a wonderful class and second grade team!

Loving my classroom!

Hope the beginning of your school year is going well! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday: Make Ahead Meals


I have to confess….I don’t cook. I’m sure I could if I really needed to but I don’t. My husband enjoys cooking and taking care of this household chore. He creates different meals each week but here are some of our go-to meals each week.

Go to meals:

Sunday; We have pasta. The sauce is homemade and gets made in bulk on the weekends. It is then put in mason jars and frozen for later use. It’s a family tradition to have pasta on Sunday nights.

Monday: We always eat a salad on Monday night. It’s lettuce, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, peppers, and grilled chicken. The salad dressing changes but it is always a vinaigrette base. We have salad on Monday’s to start the week off healthy and clean.

Tuesday: We usually do Mexican food. This is tacos, rice bowl, or salad. Everything requires the same basic ingredients with turkey ground meat. The difference would be a soft tortilla, brown rice, or more lettuce for the salad. Super easy! I also love tacos and chipotle sauce.

Wednesday-Saturday is anything goes kind of day. My husband will make something from food that was fresh at the farmers market or on sale that week.