Friday, March 24, 2017

MATH with 4 corners

Here's a quick, fun game we played this past week to review and practice understanding our numbers. I labeled each corner in the room with a sticky note that said EXPANDED FORM, WORD FORM, STANDARD FORM, MODEL FORM....and then I had one more spot in the room for the kids to go,  SHOW IT ANOTHER WAY. 🙃

First, I showed the kids a number in any particular form on the board. Next, kids had to decide quickly how they were going to represent that number on a whiteboard. Then they would walk nicely to the corner of the room that I labeled with a sticky note: EXPANDED FORM, WORD FORM, STANDARD FORM, MODEL FORM. 

Example: I write 200+10+2. They choose a way to represent that number. Let's say they choose standard. They write 212 on their board and walked to the corner labeled STANDARD.

Finally I roll the dry erase dice that I labeled with each corner plus I added a LUCKY YOU which means no one gets out.

We have since changed the game a little to no one gets out to you earn a star if your corner is rolled.  

100 MORE, 100 LESS, 10 MORE, 10 LESS, LESS, MORE

Seriously my kids cannot get enough of 4 corners.  They even asked begged to play during my most recent walk-through. This time we used digit dice (number dice :) to roll and put in a place value chart.

After the students wrote the number, they then had to decide how they wanted to change it.  Either by 100 more or less, 10 more or less and walk to the corner of the room marked with a sticky note with what they did.   

Side note:  I write on mine with a Sharpie so that when I roll it  doesn't come off.   When I want to change it I write over the Sharpie with a Dry Erase marker and it comes right off. ;-)

These things are great!  You can get some here. I marked on the dice 100 more, 100 less, 10 more, 10 less, more, and less.  I roll the dice and whatever it lands on then those students get to draw a star on their board. If it lands on more then the kids that showed more 10 or 100 get to add a star and if it lands on less the kids that showed 10 or 100 less get to add a star.  

You could easily do this with paper dice but it is a fun way to get out of your seat and quickly review previously taught skills.  It also allows you to quickly see who is struggling but this game allows them to participate and learn from their peers too.  

I hope your kids enjoy it as much as mine do.

Have fun!!


Monday, February 13, 2017

What I LOVE about YOU

Well, it's a good thing that Valentine's Day is tomorrow because my kids need a reminder of what is so GREAT about each other.  

We will spend the VERY first part of our morning making and then PROUDLY wearing our necklaces. 

I will place 6 colored hearts on each child's desk.  The students will BE CHALLENGED to silently walk around the room and write "what they LOVE" about each other on the hearts. Once all hearts have been written on they will go back to their desks, cut out their hearts and string them on a necklace to share with everyone.

You can get the template for the hearts here.

I hope you have a LOVELY day.:-)

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"Times" for Multiplication and Division

I LOVE teaching my 2nd graders the beginning of multiplication and division.  They feel all grown up and like true mathematicians!!  Their littles eyes light up and they act like they can now conquer the world.  Nothing else matters as far they are concerned.  Adding, subtracting, regrouping, borrowing...who needs that?!  We can multiply and divide.

I think I enjoy teaching this to the kids because it is a nice break from borrowing and regrouping -- which is a gray hair creator for teachers.  And if you asked 9 out of 10 second graders what they want to learn in 2nd grade they will say "times", which means multiplication.

We used Laura Numeroff books to get us started.  First we read If You Give a Pig a Pancake and then make a list of all the things that we could put on top of a pancake and create their multiplication problem with a craftivity to match her books.

I've created templates for a variety of her books, math work mats to help work out the problems, and templates for students to write their very own word problems.

You can pick these up in my tpt store. 

I hope y'all have a blessed week! 

Monday, January 16, 2017


Hi friends!  This past week we were learning about dramas and plays but I wanted to talk with the kiddos about MLK, Jr. before we were out for school.  I hit the jackpot when I found this little gem.

It's a reader's theater with 3 different versions and a comprehension check to use at the end of the week.  The kids enjoyed it and took it very serious to practice reading their parts so that they were reading effortlessly and sounding fluent.  You can pick this up here.

I always find it a little hard to teach because the kids are so young and they really DO NOT understand that there was a time when things were different and people were judged by their skin color.  It is hard for them to wrap their heads around this.  Some of the books that I read this past week were:

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We are constantly working on social skills at my school so we discussed "Just" and "Unjust" situations that they could relate to.  We made an anchor chart....(no picture-sorry) and sorted through and placed situational cards based on our discussion in the JUST or UNJUST column.  

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My kids sat knee to knee and eye to eye while I read a card.  Then they had 2 minutes to discuss why or why not this situation was fair (just) or unfair (unjust).  Wow!-they had very deep and personal discussions and I LOVED listening to them share their thoughts, opinions, experiences, and feelings.  

Then a fun writing and craftivity to wrap it all up is perfect.  How do you teach your kids about MLK?

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I spent a full lazy day on the couch yesterday putting together some reading activities for Main Idea, Buddy Reading, and Reading Response activities.  If you are looking for anything like this hop over to my last blog posts {here} for the links.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Couch Work = Reading {{GOODIES}}

There is nothing better than rainy, dreary days so you can just sit on the couch and play on the computer, read books, surf Pinterest, catch up on crafts, and EAT. Yea, that's what today has been like.  

Here's a little of what I've been up to:

I cleaned up and added a few things to my Story Activities unit.  I will use the Buddy Reading spinners for my Reading Station and for buddy reading.  We have buddies (another grade level) come read with us and this will be a great way to lead a discussion with them about what was just read.

How about a travel brochure for the setting of your book??

The kids LOVE the idea of creating a travel brochure all about the setting of their story.  They are so creative and very convincing.  You can pick these up and others at my tpt store.

I wanted to make something for my kids to practice main idea and details.  This is a struggle for some of them and the more they do it the better they will be....right?!  I made these to work on in stations, with a buddy and in small group instruction.

The kids will need to find the right roof with correct main idea.  Then they will need to find the shrub, window, and chimney with the details.  Just another way to practice. 😜 You can pick this up here.

...and since we've been doing a little reading cleaning, I decided to clean up My Sticky Recall.  These were some activities that I made while working on my masters.  

Use the cards below to make necklaces for the kiddos to wear.  The teacher gets to interview the characters from the story.  This would be great to do after learning about character traits.

The student/teacher could use the question cards provided to ask the student/characters questions.  This is a great way for students to really think about what they are reading and respond from the character's point of view.  You can get all of this here.

Well, I think that it's time for me to move from the couch...😏.  


Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year, New Fonts

Are you looking for new ways to spice up your lessons, newsletters, games, or LOVE notes??  Stop by my tpt store to get some NEW FONTS.

These cute HEART fonts would be great to use for {I LOVE ... } notes for your students or your class Valentine cards. ;-)  

Enjoy these fonts this week for FREE. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gingerbread Everything and FREEBIE for this week ONLY

We decided to make Gingerbread men but our cookies will be have decided to leave our school.  Our Gingerbread men will be traveling all the way to Rockwall, Texas to Mrs. Beasley's class. In order for her students to determine whose cookie belongs to whom we must pay attention to the details as we write to her class describing our Gingerbread.  We reviewed adjectives to make sure that we write using words that will create a clear, picture in our reader's mind.
Look at these little cuties!!  There's not a doubt in my mind that their writing will be just a creative and detailed.  We will be writing tomorrow.  EEEKK!

Before math today we read The Gingerbread Baby and discussed the kind of Gingerbread house we would create for him.  The only problem was they had to use base 10 blocks AND they had to be able to tell the NUMBER that they used.  Look at some of these super cute homes for the baby.

A little math fun for everyone has kept us busy this week too.  

You can pick these up this week for FREE at my tpt store.