Saturday, November 15, 2014

Directed Turkey Drawing

Yesterday I did a directed turkey drawing activity with my students.  Some students started to panic and said that they couldn't draw.  After some positive encouragement, we began to draw.

We first practiced drawing our turkey with a pencil.  After they felt comfortable drawing their turkey, I gave them a permanent marker so they could draw it again.  Then we used crayons to draw designs on our turkey. 

The last step was to paint the turkey using watercolors.

I love how they turned out.  The best part was the students were so quiet while doing this project and there were no spills!  It was the perfect way to end a Friday afternoon.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Plurals and a Freebie

I love using graphic organizers to help my students learn about plurals. There are so many rules for them to remember.   Graphic organizers really help my students see the pattern on how to make words plural.  I usually introduce two rules at a time.  Once they understand all of the rules, they beg to do more.  We made these Pilgrims and Native Americans to go with our plural graphic organizers.  It was a fun way to end a Friday afternoon.

Click on the Plurals Freebie below for your free copy.

There is a great plural noun rules freebie by Teaching with Love and Laughter over on TPT.

Here is another Thanksgiving freebie for you.  Click on preview for your freebie.  It is a great way to review second grade skills.  It can be used for morning work or homework.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Math Review

Here is a Halloween Math Freebie for you.  Click on the picture below to get your Halloween Math Review for 2nd grade.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Structures and a freebie

Today my students were working in groups to build a structure using toothpicks and pumpkin marshmallows.  They loved trying to see how high they could build it.  Our school just received a grant for our STEM projects.  I can't wait to incorporate more science into my teaching.

We also finished our pumpkin writing.  I got this great idea from Teaching with Love and Laughter.  You can get the writing paper here.

Tomorrow we are going to continue adding two 2-digit numbers with regrouping.  I made these riddles for my students so they can get more addition practice. Click on the Halloween Riddles below for your free copy.

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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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