Grinch Day

Our last day before break we had Grinch Day.  We read the story and drew the Grinch with some help from Art for Kids Hub.

Grinch Directed Drawing

My students love learning how to draw from Art for Kids Hub.  We first practiced and then I give them a black marker to draw their final one.

            




I gave my students a candy cane and water with a special label on it.   I made the water bottle labels.  My students screamed in delight when they saw them sitting on their desk.  It was music to my ears to hear them so excited.  Many of them ran up to me and gave me hugs.  I survived the long week and ended it with lots of joy and laughter with my students.


 The cute poem for the candy canes are from Valerie King.  Click here for the poem. 


Christmas Stem Activites

Today we had STEM Fest at our school.  We were little engineers all day long.  My class made a shelf for an elf, a parachute for Santa and watched a candy cane experiment. I purchased this awesome December STEM  packet from Brooke Brown on TPT.  The activities are challenging and recording sheets are provided in the packet.  My students loved doing science experiments all day long.  

The candy cane experiment was a FREEBIE from Guide Teach Inspire.  The students enjoyed watching how candy canes are made.

They enjoyed all the activities, but creating a parachute for Santa was their favorite.  They first started making the parachute with a coffee filter.  Then I gave them more materials and they had to improve on their design.  They used wrapping paper for the parachute and Popsicle sticks to help keep the paper open.  

science projects in the classroom

They enjoyed all the activities, but creating a parachute for Santa was their favorite.  They first started making the parachute with a coffee filter.  Then I gave them more materials and they had to improve on their design.  They used wrapping paper for the parachute and Popsicle sticks to help keep the paper open.  


Everyone was actively involved and engaged in the activities which made my day so easy!  These activities are great for this time of the year!


What type of science experiments do you do in your classroom?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Olaf Directed Drawing

My students love to do directed drawings.  I saw a cute picture of Olaf posted on Facebook from Laugh Eat Learn.  I knew immediately that my students would love doing this project.  

Directed Drawing

We first practiced drawing on our whiteboards several times.  The next day, we drew it first with pencil and then the students traced over it with black crayon.  We finished our picture by painting with watercolors. After they dried, a few of the pictures needed touch up with the black crayon.

 I am so busy with teaching that I forget to take pictures while they are doing the project.  I did remember to snap one picture at the very end.



The students enjoy drawing so much that they are going home and searching the internet for more drawing lessons.  

December Ideas and Freebies

I am linking up with many wonderful second grade teachers to give you some ideas for the month of December.


December is always a fun and busy month with lots of crafts and writing.  Our first writing activity for the month is retelling a Christmas story.  


December is always a fun and busy month with lots of crafts and writing.  Our first writing activity for the month we read the Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll.  Today we put the book together.  My students will practice retelling the story by writing complete sentences.  Flip books are a fun way to practice this important skill.  You can get a FREE copy of The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by clicking here.



I have been teaching for many years and get tired of doing the same activities year after year.  I love surfing the web for new ideas.  I found this cute Santa Pete the Cat from School is a Happy Place.  You can get the pattern FREE.  Click here to get the pattern.






Of course, I need to think of an idea for our party in a few weeks.  I went shopping and bought items to make reindeer.  Now to decide which one to make for my students.




Here are some freebies that I have created over the years.  This year I made a new Roll & Cover dice game for my students.  They roll 2 dice and add the numbers together.  The first students to get all of their numbers covered up wins the game.  I made four versions of this game to share with you.  Click on the picture below for your FREE copy of Roll & Cover.


Here is a Christmas Freebie from my TPT store that includes identifying verbs, end punctuation, missing addends, comparing numbers, addition and subtraction with regrouping, and 2-step word problems.  Click on the picture below to get your FREE copy of Christmas Print and Go.


 Here is a math spiral review that reviews many second grade skills.  Click on the picture of Christmas Math for a FREE copy.


Task cards are another great way for students to review the skills they have learned.  You can put them in a center or post them around the room so the students can walk around the room to complete them.

I hope you can use some of these ideas in your classroom.  Head on over to Angela Olson's from Lucky Little Learners for more wonderful Christmas ideas.



Happy Holidays!