Saturday, December 13, 2014

Deck the Classroom

I finally got around to taking some pictures of the projects we having been doing in our classroom.  We have been busy with some holiday fun. We wrote letters to Santa trying to persuade him to choose them for his reindeer.





I read The Mouse Before Christmas to my students and then we made our own little mouse.  


You can get the pattern from the talented Glyph Girls.







We made these snowman ornaments for gifts to their parents.  I put each students' picture in the center.  I bought the snowman kits from Oriental Trading Company.  This year I wanted a simple gift for them to make for their parents.


Every day my student look forward to finding Frosty our elf. Sometime he leaves treats for the students who follow directions in class.  I am the only one in our school that has an elf in the classroom.  It is fun to hear the other students ask about our elf and tell me stories about our elf.  


Head on over to my TPT store for your Christmas Freebie.  It includes missing addends, addition and subtraction with regrouping, 2-step word problem, comparing numbers, identifying verbs, making contractions, and end punctuation.


I am linking up with Amy Lemons at Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons to showcase a few of things we have been doing in our classroom.

Friday, November 28, 2014

MobyMax Giveaway

Have your heard of MobyMax?  I have been using it in my classroom for several weeks and love it!  MobyMax is a web-based Common Core Curriculum that assesses your students and then diagnoses areas of weakness. The best part of MobyMax is that it differentiates instruction based on the needs of each student.  MobyMax automatically assigns the appropriate lessons to target each student's missing skills.  


Here is a look at the dashboard when you sign in.
The student chooses a subject to work on or the teacher can give them assignments.

It is motivating because students earn a star for each practice set they complete.  After 10 stars, they earn a badge. Students also earn game time for correct answers.  Teachers have the flexibility to reward more game time, determine when students are allowed to play, or disable games if they choose.  For an additional incentive, I let my students go in the treasure box for every 5 badges they earn. 

As the child completes a lesson, it gives instant feedback.   Students learn instantly from their mistakes. 

Another great feature is that students can work on it at home and parents can check their child's progress.  This engages parent involvement.

In addition to being fun and engaging for students, MobyMax is easy to use for the teacher.  It allows teachers to set goals for students and to monitor their progress.  This feature is great for IEPs.  


It is only $99 for a year subscription with no limit to the number of students you can add to your roster.  The best part is MobyMax is giving away a free one-year subscription to one of my readers!! 

I will announce the winner on my Facebook page.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Math Freebie

I created these review math worksheets for my students.  My students benefit greatly when we constantly review the math skills they have been taught.  I have this week off so I am busy organizing my files and trying to throw away papers.  It is amazing how many papers came accumulate in various piles!  Click on the Thanksgiving math freebie picture below for your free copy.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0SPeY_PyGOoRHdWczljdlVpdms/view?usp=sharing
Second Grade Thanksgiving Math

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.





http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2014/11/novembers-first-freebie-friday.html


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

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.



Freebie Fridays