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!

12 Books of Christmas Giveaway

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just  around the corner.  I am teaming up with 11 other AMAZING bloggers to share some of our favorite Christmas and holiday books in a fun 12 Books of Christmas Blog Hop.

Along with ideas and FREEBIES for each book, the winner will get a copy of each book.  Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post to find out how to WIN!

My book is the Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll.  It is about two mice that fall in love with the same Christmas tree.  They work together to find a solution to their problem.

I am sharing a story elements FREEBIE to go with the book.  I have my students cut it out and glue into their interactive notebooks.  I like to have my students write as much as possible.

I like to have my students write as much as possible.  Here is a FREE retelling flip journal to go with the story.

Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time to collect my number and head on over to my dear friend, Allyson from Going Strong in 2nd Grade.  

Each blogger will have a number at the end of their post.  Collect all the numbers along the way and add them up at the end of the blog hop.  Enter the total number into the rafflecopter below.

Thanksgiving in the Classroom

My students have been busy this week with making Thanksgiving crafts and testing.  My students did some writing on how to cook a turkey.  It was a fun FREEBIE that I got from Just a Primary Girl.  Click here to get the FREEBIE.

We did the Turkey Dance to get our wiggles out.


My students favorite project was making minions for Thanksgiving.  I bought this adorable craft from The Not so Common Classroom.  This craft includes 4 types of Minions.  We made the Turkey and Native American.  I didn't like the feathers, so I changed mine. 

We played Three in a Row to help us learn our math facts.

At the end of the day, we decorated sugar cookies as a turkey.  We were running out of time, so I didn't get to take any pictures of the finished product.  

Here is a little math review freebie for you to use with your students.  Click on the picture of the Thanksgiving math review for your FREE copy.

Free second grade math review

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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All About Bats

My students love learning about bats!  There are so many great resources on bats.  Our favorite read aloud is Stellaluna.  I found this free online storytelling of this book by Pamela Reed.  She does an amazing job reading the story and the students are mesmerized while listening to the story.

After listening to the story, we compared and contrasted bats to birds.

Here are a few videos we watched in class.

We read many books on bats and wrote about bats.  My students know so many facts about bats!

  Click here for a copy of the bat graphic organizer.

Click here for copy of the bat writing paper.

We also had fun drawing bats.

Halloween Math Freebies for Second Grade and More

My students are enjoying my Halloween math worksheets that I have created over the years.  I decided to make it a little easier for you to access them because we all have too many things to do.  There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done.  My students love riddles.  Hopefully, I will get some extra time to make more Halloween math riddles with simple addition with regrouping.
Free Halloween math for second grade

Click here for Halloween Math Freebie #1  This math freebie includes expanded form, comparing numbers, place value, and skip counting for second grade. 

Click here for Halloween Math Freebie #2  This Halloween math freebie includes mental math, missing addends, and comparing numbers.

Click here for Halloween Math Riddles  These Halloween math riddles include 2-digit addition with regrouping.  They are a fun Halloween activity for students.

My students are enjoying all the great Halloween books.  We finished writing about The Bumpy Little Pumpkin.  It is about a little girl that makes a jack-o-lantern with the help of her animal friends.  The message in this story is that like people, jack-o-lanterns come in all different shapes and sizes.  After listening to this book, my students all want a lumpy, bumpy pumpkin.  Here is an affiliate link to purchase The Bumpy Little Pumpkin from Amazon.  

Here are a few pages from my monthly Common Core Morning Work packets.   Click here to go to my TPT store and click on the preview for a few  FREE sample pages.

Second grade morning work

We made jack-o-lanterns for fun.

I had to buy costumes for my dogs.  Hunter doesn't look too excited about his costume.  I am hoping they will wear them for Halloween when I have to pass out candy to a hundred or more trick-or-treaters.

Head on over to Teaching Blog Addict for some more freebies.
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