Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dr. Suess Fun

Saturday is the birthday of Dr. Seuss. This week I have been reading his stories. On Friday we are going to celebrate his birthday. One of the activities we will be doing is to have the students pick one character from a story we read and make a costume of the character and say something the character would say.I am going to give each student a sheet to write and draw on. Then they will show their costumes they have made and say what their character would say. The rest of the class will guess the character. Click here for the sheet.

Monday, February 25, 2013


I got a great unit on graphs from TPT. The unit is by Michell Harper. She gives pictures of the completed graphs. Here is a picture of how our graph turned out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Daily Five

This year I have been doing the daily five. My students really enjoy it and I have seen great gains in their reading abilities. Here are some pictures of what they do when they are working on words.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Common Core

I am always looking ideas on the common core. I found a wonderful blog with great ideas.
HoJo's Teaching Adventures

Monday, February 11, 2013

Math Hearts

Here is a picture of the math facts completed hearts. i really like how they turned out.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Math Facts

Today I am going to the teacher store. I made some addition facts to put in the hearts I got in the dollar store. I going to laminate them at the teacher store, cut them apart, and fold them to put in the hearts. I am going to label the hearts with numbers and the back of the addition fact with corresponding numbers. Then students can number their papers and write the correct answer on their sheet. I am also thinking of making two sets and putting a timer in the center so students can challenge each other. I am trying to think of ways for my students to practice their facts since common core states that students in second grade should know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers. This afternoon I will be working on the answer sheet and post it. If you would like to get it click here.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Five For Friday

1. I love having a smart board. Tomorrow the teacher store is having buy 1 get 1 for half price on their software. I am going to buy some new games for the board.
2. This is some clothes I found at the thrift store after work. I wore the sweater dress to work and received lots of compliments. The total cost of both items was five dollars. I have another blog on dressing with style at a low cost. Click here to see it.
3. My daughter loves Dr. Seuss. She is the one that suggested I do Dr. Seuss in my classroom. I bought her a matching game of the characters from his books. I figure when she get tired of it, I will take it to school. The cat also had to play. I don't think he liked it.
4. We have a four day weekend in our school district!
5. We made character people for the book Alexander and The Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. You can find the pattern at the following link. Plus a lot of other materials to use in your classroom. http://www.fcrr.org

Donors Choose

Have you ever gone on Donors Choose web site? I wrote a donors choose grant for my students to receive around 200 dollars worth of materials. On the site companies and individuals can donate money toward whatever your requested. Here are some pictures of the materials I got. I also got 2 games for the smart board and big magnetic money.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Dollar Store Finds

I picked these up at the dollar store today. I am going to make little letters to go inside them so they can make their spelling words.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Five For Friday

1. We worked on cause and effect this week. This is the paper I made for the students to do on their independent books. They did a really good job on the papers.
2. My students loved doing this activity. I got the activity from TPT www.joyinthejourney.blogspot.com
3. This is Woody, my cat, helping me get motivated to makes some charts for school.
4. Thinking of warmer days!
5. My baby in the tent that is now in my classroom.

Concrete Poems

Today my students made concrete poems. A concrete poem is a poem that makes a picture. We focused on Valentine's Day words. I traced the shape of a heart very faintly onto the papers for the students. Then they picked words to use in their poems. I had them write using thin markers. I always get compliments when I have the students make these poems. I have also done it at Christmas.