School is just around the corner. Where did the summer go? I need to get myself motivated and start getting my classroom ready. I just finished a PowerPoint presentation for Back To School night. I saw great ideas on the web and basically just retyped the ABC's of school and added clip art.
Now I am off to type up a brochure for my parents. Our district is trying something new and is having Back to School Night before school starts. What do you do for Back to School Night? I would love to hear from you.
I am have been busy creating things for my classroom. I just finished typing up a Second Grade Common Core Math Standards Checklist. Our district is implementing Common Core for math this year and English Language Arts next year. We use Envision Math which is not aligned with the Common Core Math Standards so I guess that means I will be creating many new things and buying things from TPT. What math series does your district use? Is it aligned with the Common Core Standards? What resources do you use to supplement your math? I would love to hear from you.
This afternoon I did a little school shopping. I stocked up on pencils, glue sticks, etc. for my classroom. I found these adorable Dr. Seuss pencils, erasers, and bookmarks from Target.
Click on the picture below for your free copy of 2nd Grade Common Core Math Standards Checklist.
What fun purchases have you made for classroom? I would love to hear your comments!
I am busy planning for the upcoming school year. Summer is going by way too fast! I made this math reference page for my student's binders/folders. I am going to put them in sheet protectors so they can use them all year long and I don't have to worry about them losing it. I am still debating whether to color the shapes or to leave them white.
Click on the math reference page below to get your free copy.
I am also going to print the days of the week on bright colored paper and put in their binder. I usually have charts up around my room for my students to use but I want to teach them to refer to their binders.
I just returned from my vacation from the New York City and the Hamptons late last night. We had a great time visiting friends and making new friends. Now it is time to start thinking of getting my classroom ready. I need to run off my new Daily Practice for Second Grade that I made this summer. It is has 44 pages of math and English Language Arts practice sheets you can use throughout the month of August. It is aligned with the Common Core Standards for second grade. They are great for morning work, independent practice, or homework. I have seen great improvement in my students when I use spiral reviews and daily practice sheets. It also gives them more confidence in themselves. To celebrate 500 followers on TPT, I am giving away one Daily Practice for Second Grade-August Edition and September Edition.
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Click on the picture below for a sample page of the Daily Practice for Second Grade.
Here are a few pictures from our vacation.
I am joining Ashley Reed's Ten Pin Linky at Just Reed. Here are a few science pins. Sorry but I don't have any social studies pins.
1. This is a simple experiment using a balloon and vinegar to teach students about carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect.
2. What's the difference between salt water and fresh water? Here is a simple experiment using eggs.
3. Invisible ink with lemon juice looks like an activity students would really enjoy. They could write secret codes and messages to their friends and pretend to be a secret agents.
4. Discovery bottles for preschooler. This looks like a fun one for little ones using pipe cleaners and a magnet.
5. This water transfer experiment would be a good one to teach capillary action.
6. Here are some great scientific posters that you can get for free at Krazee 4 Kindergarten. There is a total of 6 posters.
This year I have been creating many things for Common Core Math Standards. I just completed kid friendly "I Can" statements. These posters are the perfect way to display the Common Core standards being taught in your room. Each standard is written in kid friendly language and in a large font for easy reading. This set includes 'I Can' statements for 2nd grade Common Core Math Standards. I worded many of the standards different ways to suit your style. You pick and choose the wording that you like. The posters are on a full sized page so your students can read them from a distance. Click on the picture below to purchase them at TPT.
I also retyped and color coded the Common Core Math Standards for second grade to go with the "I Can" posters. I like to print several copies so I can have a set in my grade book, one by my computer, and one in my binder for our school's PLC's. Click on the picture below for your free copy of the Common Core Math Standards.
Hope you are having a great summer!
I am linking up with Cara at First Grade Parade to show you some of my favorite pins. I can spend hours stalking Pinterest!
Here is a cool science experiment on friction. If you do it correctly, when you lift up the pencil the entire bottle of rice lifts up also. The friction between the rice and the pencil is strong enough to hold the pencil in place when you lift the bottle with it. Click on the picture for more information on this science experiment.
Here is a great idea for Open House. I want to take pictures of my students and make this bouquet.
Here is a anchor chart that I really like on sequencing words.
Here is an adorable monster behavior chart.
These mini chocolate drizzled peanut butter cheesecakes look amazing. I want to make these the next time I am in the baking mood. Click on the picture below for the recipe.
What are some of your favorite pins?
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation. I love not having to wake up at the crack of dawn. It is wonderful to sleep in and leisurely have my morning coffee and play on my computer. I finished my September Daily Practice for Second Grade for Language Arts and Math. It is aligned with second grade common core standards. They are great for morning work, independent practice, or homework for second grade. It is a great way to review second grade math and English Language Arts skills daily.
Click on the Math or English Language Arts practice page for a sample of my Daily Practice for Second Grade.
Happy 4th of July!