Thursday, October 9, 2014

Halloween Math for Second Grade

I made these Halloween math worksheets for my students so they don't forget the math concepts that I have taught them.  They get so excited to see the seasonal worksheets that I create for them.  The Halloween worksheets include place value, mental math, ordering numbers, fact families and missing addends.  They can be used for morning work, homework, or extra practice as you work with a small group. Click on the picture of the Halloween Math Freebie for your free copy.

Now to order some books for Halloween.  What are some of your favorite books to read for Halloween?  I always enjoy reading the "The Little Old Lady That Wasn't Afraid of Anything".  I would love to hear your suggestions.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Fun with Arrays

We are learning about arrays in second grade.  Since Halloween is just around the corner, we did an art project and made arrays to get some extra math practice.   I can make a quick informal assessment to see which students are having difficulty with this concept.

Click on the picture of the Fun with Arrays for your free copy.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Place Value Scarecrows and a Fall Freebie

We finished our place value unit in math and made these scarecrows.  This idea came from Bertha Acosta who has many great ideas and is a great addition to our second grade team.  I used it as a quick informal assessment to see which students needed additional support on this concept.


Mrs. Acosta's classroom theme is space so she made these adorable astronaut and aliens.  She bought some clip art and enlarged it for the students to color.  I like how she mounted it on blue paper so they would stand out better on the bulletin board.

I just finished creating Fall Math for Second Grade.  Some of the common core math skills covered in it are:
 10 more and 10 less
100 more and 100 less
telling time
comparing numbers ( 2-digit and 3-digit)
skip counting
place value
expanded form
number words
fact families
word problems
ordering numbers
counting money
simple addition and subtraction
adding 3 numbers
2-digit addition and subtraction
missing addends

Here is a Fall Math Freebie for you to celebrate the new fall season.  Click on the Fall Math Freebie picture below for your fall freebie.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Place Value

My second graders have been working on place value for the last several weeks.  I want to share some of my favorite resources for teaching place value.

Here is a great video to introduce place value.

I love Mrs. Olson's interactive notebooks.  I like to use these for a quick assessment to see which of my students need extra practice with me on on a specific skill.  My students loved working on their interactive notebook.  Click on the place value pictures below for your freebie from Mrs. Olson's Lucky Little Learners.

For a quick review, I like to use this SMART Board activity with my students from FlapJack Educational Resources.

A few weeks ago we made these adorable place value monsters.  At the time, we were only working with tens and ones. They would be really cute if you added arms and legs to the monsters.   Click here for the patterns for the place value monsters.  Click here for the I am Expanding form.  

My class is also busy solving math journals prompts by drawing models.  Click here for your free math journal prompts for second grade.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Skip Counting Freebie

Skip counting is an important skill for 2nd grade because it is needed for telling time, counting money, and multiplication.  Here is a skip counting freebie that I would like to share with you.   It is great for morning work or homework for your second graders.  Click on the picture below for your skip counting freebie.

A cute song for skip counting is Bingo, Bango, Bongo by Shari Sloane.  You can buy the song for 99 cents from iTunes.  I project the words on my SMART Board while my students sing the song.

My students love singing this Count by 5s song by Mr. R.  It has a very catching tune.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Classroom Pictures

I moved into a new classroom this year.   Here are some BEFORE pictures of my second grade classroom.

I wanted to throw away as much as I could and not just shove things into my cabinets.  Why is it so difficult for us to throw things away?  Why do I need to keep my kindergarten materials from six years ago when  I now teach second grade?

My theme this year is monsters.  I had my students pretend they had a monster for a friend.  They loved making their monsters and writing about their monster friend.

We made these adorable monsters for math.  We are learning about place value and the different ways to write a number.   I wanted to do a fun activity with my students so we made these place value monsters.

Click here for the template for the monsters.  Click here for the I am Expanding template.

Click here for your  free copy of Melonheadz drawer files.  The monster behavior chart is by Kindergarten Lifestyles.

The first day of school I read the students the book called "The Kissing Hand."  We did an art project and wrote about how we felt on our first day of school.

This summer I made a Classroom Helper chart using Melonheadz clip art.

I would love to put my alphabet above my whiteboard but we aren't allowed.  We cannot have bulletin boards go all the way to the ceiling.   Our bulletin boards have to be 18 inches from the ceiling.

A few years ago, my chair was worn thin and the staples were showing.  I had a parent volunteer recover my chair for me. 

At our school we have to use equity sticks or a random generator on our SMART Board.  We are not suppose to have students raise their hands to answer a question.  You can get the numbers here.

Our school implements the PBIS behavior system.   I love these positive behavior posters from A Burst in First.

Here is a snapshot of my Whole Brain classroom rules

My windows look a little bare.  I need to find a parent volunteer to sew some valances for them. 

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for their "Where" linky party.

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