11 April 2014

Five for Friday

Can I just say that  I am the proud winner of this awesome pack by Shelly from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade!!!! I was super excited when I checked my email and saw that I had won something!!!  It is jammed packed with spring themed math printables that covers a variety of  the common core skills I teach.  If you are looking for a great set of math printables to use to help reinforce everyday math skills you should definitely check out this pack {click on image to visit Shelly's TpT shop}.  Also be sure to stop by Smiling and Shining in Second Grade's blog to pick up some other great ideas.  

The second thing I am super pumped up about this Friday is that state testing is finally over.   Can I get a hallelujah and an amen???   Even though I do not have to administer the test to my sweet second graders staying extremely quiet at all times and missing enrichment times can start to feel like we are stuck taking the test too!!!  I know that my fellow 3-5 grade teachers are relived that it over too.  I have a good feeling that are school did well.   All that is left is make up testing today, and then we are officially finished {yippee}!!!!

My third thing that I am totally lovin' this Friday is the novel that my class and I are reading, "Ramona Quimby, Age 8".  This is the first time I have read this novel with one of my second grade classes.  The group I have this year is a higher performing group {this does not always happen because we are leveled at my school and it rotates from year to year} and I knew that they would love getting to read a higher level book.  They are eating it up!!!!  We are currently on chapter 5.   I have made questions and vocabulary to go with each chapter.  I am amazed at how well they are doing with the vocabulary.   I haven't decided what our next novel study will be, but I will have to make sure that they love it just as much.

This week in math we have been learning about money.  We have played a few games that involved counting coins.  We have also made list showing different ways to show the same amounts.  We are currently working on counting amounts over a $1.00, adding, and subtracting money.   So far they have done really well with counting money.   If I could just get them to stop jingling all the plastic coins during math time when we are using manipulatives.  

I know it is a little late, but I wanted to share a few pictures from our last minute Spring Break trip to New Orleans!  We had a good time.  Since I live in the northern part of Louisiana it is only about a 5 hour drive for us.   Just perfect for a weekend getaway!

I hope that everyone enjoys their Friday!!!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!



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