Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Today, in Second Grade Welcomes Fall!

Hi Everyone,
I'm so excited and my kiddies are thrilled because we are embracing the warm colors and cool weather and L-O-V-I-N-G Fall! Now, I know it's been around for a little while now, but we decorated our class today and we are SUPER pumped!

Who knew 30$ could get you a "Classroom Patch" of pumpkins!!! Hehehe!!!

We even have some goofy friends! 
Names will be chosen, attachments will be made!

Here are a few more shots of our little pumpkin display! 

A few years back we made these babies! It was so much fun and really added some Fall colors to our classroom! I'm thinking we are going to need to make some this year too!!!

These are going to make one cuuuuuuute bulletin board!!!
Check out this craftivity right HERE!

Last picture, I promise!
My good friend and I are heading the BB committee (also known as the Bulletin Board Committee). 
In short, we are in charge of beautifying our school. We made a bright and green tree for our school entrance at the beginning of the school year and now it's embraced the Fall!!!

I looooooove it!
Only a teacher could appreciate a paper tree!! Hehehe!!!

Until next time...

Monday, 20 October 2014

Stinky Poems

Hello Everyone,
How was your Monday? Mine was, well STINKY! Yes, your read right! STINKY! 
We had soooooo much fun writing Stinky Poems today. 

First, we started off by picking gross, stinky, disgusting words out of our Frankenstein heads.

The words were meant to describe different aspects of our Halloween character. The students had the choice between a Werewolf, Frankenstein, a Witch, and a Vampire.

Would you like to take a guess as to which character was the most popular!!!!???? 
The Werewolf was all the rage and won by a landslide! 

So, after picking their character, students picked words out of 6 Frankenstein Heads (love the Dollar Store). One to describe the character, one to describe its attire, one to describe what it smells like, one to describe what it feels like, one to describe what it sounds like, and one to describe how it makes the student feel. 

The kiddies had soooooo much fun picking the words out and 
"EWE" and "YUCK" were exclaimed all morning long! 

This was such a great way to review synonyms and learn some new vocabulary. 

After we filled out our sheets, we recopied our poems and completed our crafts. 
Here  is the finished product and a taste of some of our Stinky Poems!

Click on the pictures to enlarge and read the poems!

You can find my Stinky Poems Halloween Craftivity right over HERE!

Until next time...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Using Stamps in Centers

Good Morning Everyone, 
I'm so excited to link up (AGAIN) with some F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S bloggers in yet another amazing Bright Ideas Blog Hop! 

This is such a great way to get, well, BRIGHT ideas!

This month's BRIGHT idea is one that I use all year round. It is also a great tool to use in any classroom and at any grade level.

I call it: Stamping Fun! 
Stop at your local Dollar Store and grab yourself a basket!

I use them for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G and the kiddies get a real kick out of it!

I love to integrate manipulatives and fun trinkets in my lessons. I feel that it makes the activities more meaningful and fun. 

The students are engaged when they can “play” during a lesson. 

This past week we have been learning about patterns in math. This has proven to be quite a difficult concept to grasp. The use of shapes, colors, Smartboard, etc... was just not cutting it! 

I decided to mix things up a little and use Halloween stamps (since Halloween is coming up) to practice. 

The mere fact that they were doing something “different” made the kiddies more interested in what they were doing. They were interested and in turn, took the lesson very seriously. 

All I did was create a simple worksheet with some basic pattern rules and gave each group of students the appropriate stamps needed to complete the sheet.

Voila! Instant, fun, inexpensive, math center!
Oh, and I let each kiddie keep a stamp!

You can use them for absolutely anything (well maybe not anything, but ALMOST)! 
Be sure to make it interesting!

  • Spelling Centers (alphabet stamps)
  • Number Lines (number stamps)
  • Story Starters
  • Sequencing Activities
  • Number Correspondence
And many, many more!

As I mentioned, the possibilities are endless!

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Until next time...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Haunted Halloween Literacy Centers

Hi Friends,
I hope you are all doing well! Wow! Thursday already! The weeks just keep flying by... 
I think it's because we are having soooooooooooo much fun!!!!! 

Yesterday, we began our Haunted Halloween Literacy Centers. They are proving to be loads of fun and excitement. The kiddies are engaged and learning to read and write Halloween vocabulary words. 

Here are some actions shots of our centers.

Bingo and Reading Comprehension

ABC Order

Word Detective (my personal fave!)

Spelling with Window Writers (another popular one!)

Costume Writing

This pack also includes a Memory Game Center and a Word Search Center. There is a 39 word Halloween themed word wall and most centers (8 in all) include the 39 theme words. This ensures that the students recognize and write these new vocabulary words by the end of the center rotation.

I am loving how engaged they are during centers because I get to do some guided reading while they work! I am soooooo loving this group! They are amazing and love to learn!

Check out this pack right over HERE!

Until next time...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Primary Powers!

Hey Everyone!
I am THRILLED to tell you all about Primary Powers! It's a collaborative blog that I am proud to be a part of! There are so many amazing and inspiring bloggers and teachers working together to share wonderful ideas with all of you! 

Today is our big launch! We finally go live and are so excited to get started! To welcome all of you to our new blog we have an AMAZING giveaway going on!

Stop by Primary Powers today through the 21st to enter to win FABULOUS prizes!

And the news gets even better because we are celebrating the launch of Primary Powers with an exclusive deal with Educents!

21 instant downloads, over 1,000 pages of materials that are ready to use, and variety of topics to pull your through months of teaching!  $100.75 retail value available for a limited time for $29.99 which is 70% off!  Extreme value alert!

Concepts covered are:  addition, subtraction, graphing, time, money, reading, fluency, spelling, writing, close reading, grammar, story element in fiction and nonfiction, and much, much more!  

Products are thematically correct for the upcoming seasons!  
- spiders and camping for October
- turkeys, Thanksgiving, scarecrows for November
- winter, penguins, the holidays, and New Years for December

Other great items include:
- a calendar that could be used as a parent gift
- a data folder to track student growth
- literacy and math centers
- printables
- units of study

Check out the previews below...   

So don't forget to stop by Primary Powers and get some SUPER ideas!

Until next time...