25 February 2015

A New Product on a Snow Day

We are on SNOW day number 3.  Actually the first two days were just that yucky ice stuff that cause chaos in the south.  {I know my northern friends have a big chuckle when they see all of us southerns in complete chaos with ice}!!!  However, today it actually snowed, I mean REAL FLUFFY snow!  I haven't seen snowflakes this size in Louisiana in probably five years!  We actually have enough snow the we could even build a snowman.  Believe me folks, that is almost unheard of down here!  So of course we have been playing in it all morning, because who knows when the next chance will come back around.


But since I have been off for three days, I did mange to get my ready to go subtraction printable bundle set complete.  It is ready just in time for today's big sale!!   I have already completed the addition set, now the basic subtraction set it completed too!   I may as well get something accomplished, because it is not going to be housework with all these kiddos running in and out of the house.  Be sure to stop by and check it out in my TpT store!





And of course ...  you are all heroes in my eyes!!!

Now I am back off to enjoy the rest of my snow day, because I am almost certain it is back to the grind tomorrow!!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!


           





19 February 2015

A Little Catch Up

We have been working like crazy in my class.   I have been such a slacker with blogging that I decided to catch you up on what has been going on in Room 202!

In math we are getting very close to finishing up addition and subtraction with and without regrouping.  Should I dare say that we have "mostly" mastered 2-digit numbers, now we are currently working on 3-digit numbers.   It is so funny how the kiddos can easily pick up on addition with regrouping, but when it comes to subtraction there are few of them that are all over the place.   We have played games and used manipulatives to help.  Do you ever use dominoes in math??  Even though we are getting ready to start our Geometry Unit very soon, I will not abandoned this skill.  I make a point to keep working on this for the rest of the year.



In reading we recently read the story, "The Night the Moon Fell".  I love the drawings in this story.  They are so bright and colorful.  We even drew our on version of the moon using oil pastels.  The class loved doing this activity.  Here are a few of the pictures that some of my kids designed.  




Recently we also read the story, "Soil".  We made soil scrolls to correlate with the story.  The class demonstrated the layers of soil and what living matter can be found within each layer.  Then we wrote a paragraph about the layers.


Do you use Pearson Success Reading Street as your series?   Well if you do I have packs in my TpT shop that correlate with every story in the second grade series.   Be sure to check them out.



We had our Valentine's Day party and it was fun with a complete sugar overload.  We made our sacks with the pack from the Teacher Wife.  The little monsters turned out so cute.  We also used her candy sort to take a break and have a little fun Valentine's Day math.



My homeroom mom came up with the cutest, easiest craft ever.   It actually matched our monster bags (although we did not plan it that way).  I wanted to share it with you just in case you are looking for something to do next year.


I am also so sad to say that one of my teammates is moving.  Her husband is in the military and they recieved orders to move to a new base.   Oh, the life of a military family, the sacrafices they make.   She is use to it, because this is not their first move and probably will not be the last.   We are going to miss her so much.  It is so hard when you have such an awesome group of people to work with and then the dynmaic gets changed up.   We took her out for a good-by celebration.  Excuse my photo, my phone camera was not cooperating.


Ok, enough about teaching stuff - this is what has been going on on the home front.  The hubs and I recently returned from a weekend trip from New Orleans (one of my favorite places to visit).  And get this ... we actually went by ourselves without the kiddos.   It is only like the third time since we have had kids to go on a trip without them.  I love my kiddos more than anything, but it was nice to have some alone time with my husband.  We said we are going to try and make more of a point to take breaks more often.

But now we are back and in the swing of things and my state is all things Mardi Gras right now.  This past weekend we spent time at a few of our local parades with friends.   My kiddos love this time of year!   Teachers who live in the southern part of my state actually get vacation days for this holiday.  Since I live in the northern part of Louisiana we don't take a "no school day" for Mardi Gras, but we do still celebrate.  However, I have been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and I must admit there is not anything anywhere else like it.   There is not anywhere else that can compare!


Well that about wraps it up for me!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!


            




16 February 2015

Observation Time and a Freebie

Before I get to my observation and freebie, I wanted to share with you a fairly new product I have in my shop.   It took me a while to get it completed, but I am so glad I did.  It is a huge pack/set of Addition Printables that cover basic addition facts: numbers 0-20.   I wish so bad I had started working on this at the beginning of the year when we were covering basic addition, but I found that I am still able to use it with my lower learners, plus it makes for a great review.  I my opinion you can never have to much practice with your basic facts.   This set would be perfect for kindergarten and first grade practice or review too.  Be sure to click on it to check out the preview.   I am currently in the process of making a subtraction set and I hope to have it up very soon.




Now on to my blog post and freebie!!!

It is that time again ... the dreaded, official, formal observation time!   I really don't know why observations are so nerve racking.   I have never had a bad observation, but for some reason they always just add a little bit more stress to my life.

Last year my formal observation came toward the beginning of the year.  This time around it happened at the beginning of February.   My class and I were well into ... or should I say knee deep in 2-digit subtraction with regrouping.   So for my observation I just stuck with what we were doing.   There was not any dog and pony show, just real teaching taking place folks.

For my introduction I used my Subtraction with regrouping cards/mat set.  It takes about 10 minutes to  use and it gives you a sense real quick who is still struggling with subtraction with regrouping.   I have the students to work with their face partners (Kagan Strategy).  Each person takes a card and sets it down on the mat.   Then the partners have to determine which number goes on top and solve. Believe it or not many students still want to write the smaller number on top in subtraction.  So we have a discussion about why it is important to place the bigger number on top.


I have this small, simple, but effective set for you - for free.  Just click on the image to download it from my TpT shop.


The rest of my observation was spent with the kiddos working and explaining to one another the process of regrouping.   I finished up my observation with a game.  Overall it went very well and I am so relieved the "official" observation is over.  How do you feel about observations?  Do you get a little nervous too?

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.  I can't wait to hear how you feel about observations too!


            











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