Saturday, November 30, 2013

Daily Calendar Routine

I'm sure you know by now but TPT is having a huge cyber sale very soon. Everything in my little shop will be 20% off plus you can use the code CYBER to get an additional 10% off. Go ahead and get your wish list ready. I know mine is!

I wanted to share something that I think you would really enjoy. I have been using it since last year and it has been marvelous for my classes. It is our Daily Calendar Routine.
Basically I took all of the 2nd grade CCSS and made a routine for our calendar time that changes with each nine weeks. I have it worked out where the skills for each nine weeks are in the order that I need them and that is the great thing about this. You can take the materials that are provided and move them around to use whenever you need them. They do not have to be used in the order that it is presented in.
What my kids love about this is the binders they get to use with dry erase markers. I set my binders up last year and now they are good to go for however long I need to use them. Each page the students need is in a sheet protector and we just erase at the end of our calendar time. Here is what my kids look like during our calendar routine each day.

I have one big bulletin board that is used just for our calendar that looks like this:

Most of the things you see on the board come in the packet. I have all of the materials for each nine weeks organized something like this:

These labels are also included. You will also find several options for setting up your students' calendar notebook.
So for each day we take about 10-20 minutes and cover each skill I want to use in that particular nine weeks. This way my students are getting exposed to these CCSS skills on a daily basis. Here is a breakdown of the skills but remember you don't have to follow this order.
Basic addition and subtraction
Word problems
Even/Odd, number/word/expanded form, place value,10/100 more/less than
Greater than less than
Parts of speech
Sentence correcting

Word problems
Even/Odd, number/word/expanded form, place value,10/100 more/less than
Greater than less than
Parts of speech
Sentence correcting

Word problems
Even/Odd, number/word/expanded form, place value,10/100 more/less than
Greater than less than
Irregular plurals
Sentence correcting

Word problems
Even/Odd, number/word/expanded form, place value,10/100 more/less than
Greater than less than
Parts of speech
Apostrophes in contractions and possessives
Sentence correcting
If you think this is something you might like to try head on over and get it on your wish list so you can grab it up on December 2nd -3rd during the big sale. If you do decide to use this send me some pics of your board and I will share them in a post. Click here to see it on TPT. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Author's Purpose & Telling TIme

 We are finishing up author's purpose this week so we completed an author's purpose gallery walk. How this works is I assign each student either entertain, persuade, or inform and they have to write at least 3 sentences in their speech bubble that matches. Then they draw their self under their speech bubble. Next, the kiddos walk around the room with a page that I will provide for you below where they read each speech bubble and tell what that person is trying to do. For example, they might write Madeline is trying to inform.

After we have visited everyone's desk we read them out loud and tell the class what we were really trying to do as they check their answers. I give them a star with their word (inform, persuade, entertain) and they attach it to their speech bubble and picture. The kids love this. You don't really need a lot but click {HERE} to get what you will need.

 We also finished up time so we did this awesome little activity for a grade. If you haven't noticed I am all about some getting up and moving around. For this I wrote a time for each student on a small slip of paper and had the kids draw the minute and hour hands on a clock face. We attached them to construction paper bands and they had to walk around the room and ask each other "What time is it?" I just gave them a paper with each student's name and they write the time that each clock read. *NOTE* Make sure you check each watch for the correct placement of hands before you begin and write down what time you assign each student if you want to check answers in the end.

Click {HERE} to get the clock faces I used for this. Just ignore the first and last page. You only need page 2.

I also made a telling time to the 5 mintues scoot game that you can download from {HERE} for free as well.

Have a great night. One more day left for me before break. YAY!!
 1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on guard. Stand true to what you believe. Be courageous. Be strong.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Telling Time and Author's Purpose

On Monday I had to throw in one more main idea lesson. I uploaded the revised version of Amy Lemon's main idea pack and found this little gem so we had to use it.
Students sorted supporting details that went with the appropriate main idea.

We also started author's purpose this week so we read Where the Wild Things Are and wrote about how the author entertained us. You can get these templates {HERE}for free.

We started time in math so we made suns with the clock numbers and skip counted by fives and wrote that number under the ray. This came from my time packet that you can see {HERE}. I have to admit it makes me proud when I see them pull these babies out to use them during our math block. This picture would not rotate for some reason.

We made a big clock with index cards and sentence strips. I Had each kid show me a time and we checked them all together.

 Here's a picture I snapped of somebody using their sun clock for help. Yay!

I also wanted to review double digit subtraction so we played this scoot game that you can get {HERE} for free.

Quick question for my blogging buddies. Do you have people writing strange comments on your blog posts about loans? I had about 12 comments on one post from different people about getting loans. Not sure how that happened or how to keep it from happening again. Any suggestions??

Romans 8:31

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Turkey Persuasive Writing Freebie and Pencil Sharpener Giveaway

First off, big congrats to Andrea L. for winning the pencil sharpener in my giveaway!

I don't have much to post tonight except that I wanted to go ahead and share a freebie with you that my class will be working on this week. Since Thanksgiving is coming up I didn't want to wait until after we finished the project to post pics and share because then it would be too late for you to use it with your class.

I found the cutest turkey template for free on TPT that you can get by clicking on the picture.

I wanted to pair it with some persuasive writing so I made an organizer for students to get their thoughts down about why you should eat such and such instead of turkey. The final draft paper is included too. Click on the picture to download this.
I have to get to work preparing my morning work baskets for December since, can you believe it, it's right around the corner. Feels like it was just summer break. You can read more about how I do my morning work routine {HERE} Pick up December's pack by clicking on the picture.

Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fabulous Freebies on the 15th

Happy Friday! I am linking up with Lucky to be in First for Fabulous Freebies on the 15th.
Today I am giving a little freebie you can tuck and save for next month if you prefer because it's winter themed. It's called Money Money Gumdrops. In it you will find money word problems. There is an easier and harder version. Students are required to sort their answers by even or odd when they finish each problem. Click on the image and like my facebook page to get the fan freebie!!/SecondGradePerks

Don't forget you have only a couple of days left to enter to win a pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. Click {HERE} to enter. Make sure you stay tuned because my birthday is the first week in December and I'll have another super awesome giveaway that you don't want to miss. It's actually another item that would be mailed to you if you win.

Happy weekend my friends!

The verse I leave you with today I really need because I had a mom send a note to the principal at my school blaming all of her son's problems on me, his teacher. After trying to help this child succeed as hard as I have it hurts that his mom feels this way and can't see what I have done and am trying to do for her child.

Isaiah 40:31

But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need rest; they will walk and not become tired.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More Main Idea and Possessive Nouns Freebie

I feel like main idea is one of those things that I could teach all year and some of my kids would still be lost. I can't blame them. Sometimes we read a story and even I am asking well was it mainly supposed to be about this or this?? Anyway, so I found more activities I couldn't pass up. The first two here are from Amy Lemons main idea and Henry and Mudge packets. I laminated these cards and placed them around the room and the kiddos went on a little walk and wrote the main idea of each.

 The next day we read a Henry and Mudge book and and wrote the main idea on the pocket and three supporting details on the bones. They did great with this.

We also started covering possessive nouns which is another tough one. Click {HERE} to pick up this freebie. After my kids did this it kinda made more sense to them. They got to pick a picture card with a person or animal and a picture card with an object and then wrote a matching phrase. For example if they had the pictures baby and cake their phrase said "The baby's cake."

So, yesterday I pretty much got to live every teacher's dream. Our county has a program called Feed the Children and basically what it does is allows teachers at low income schools go school supply shopping for FREE. Yep, I got to go in this warehouse and just fill up bags with goodies. I even got a class set of Phineous and Ferb books for free that I plan to give as Christmas gifts. Jealous??
Well, I am in the bed sick, with a field trip planned for tomorrow so no sick day for me. We are seeing the play James and the Giant Peach so maybe I can sneak a nap. Guess I better go get some rest.
Before you leave me for the night don't forget to go enter my giveaway for a pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. Click {HERE} for that giveaway!

Psalm 34:8

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener GIVEAWAY

How many teachers out there HATE the end of the day just because it is time to sharpen pencils? That was me before I ordered the Classroom Friendly Supplies amazing pencil sharpener.
In my room we have one of those hand crank sharpeners on the wall and an electric pencil sharpener that cost well over $100 {both of which did not work at all}. We would spend the last 20 minutes of the day trying to sharpen pencils to be ready for the next morning. I had heard all about this fantastic pencil sharpener at a super cheap price and watched the video on how it worked. I decided to give it a try. Click on the picture to see the video.

After a few days of using this pencil sharpener I emailed the company right away to let them know that it had literally changed my life as a teacher. Now that may sound a bit dramatic but it is no lie. I LOVE this sharpener. It cut our sharpening pencil time in half {plus my hand doesn't hurt now after beating the hand crank one to fix it when tips would get broken off in it}. I now have the privilege of hosting a giveaway for one of these sharpeners. Check out the rafflecopter below to see how you can enter to win the color of your choice. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this one! I'm also throwing a 20% off sale in my TPT shop while this giveaway is going on!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Problem and Solution, Adding Details, and 2 Digit Addition

Happy Friday Friends! Just FYI I have posted all of my common core ELA and Math assessments in my TPT shop with versions that do not include standard posters at a cheaper price. I starting thinking my district does not require us to post our standards and not everyone will need them so there you have it. Search my shop for assessments and locate the one without the posters. There are various grade and subjects available.
In my last post I shared the first of our week that included nouns, main idea, and money. I'm here to finish up the week with what we did yesterday and today.

We reviewed problem and solution by reading A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes and completing these problem and solution puzzle pieces. Grab yours for free {HERE} Not sure why my picture is sideways because it is not saved that way on my computer and it is refusing to rotate. Hmmmm??

We are working on adding details to our writing so I drew a blank rectangle and had the students each add one detail. You always have to have that one student that messes it up for everyone. He drew a big X on the front of the house and when I asked him why he just shrugged his shoulders like he would rather be anywhere else in the world but here....End Rant. Then we wrote a paragraph about our house using the details we added. The students did one on their own next. They wanted to start with a snowman. Don't ask me why. I am not a fan of snow or cold weather and am kinda bummed that winter and snow are both right around the corner. But hey, it's their writing right?

We started double digit addition and they caught on pretty fast. We played this double digit addition spinner game. The kids loved this! Get this little freebie pack {HERE}

Today we continued on with problem and solution. We listened to the story 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch. Then we made this problem and solution pencil. We listed the characters, setting, problem and solution. You can get the templates (each piece in a separate link) by clicking {HERE| and HERE}

We played another double digit addition game in math. Click {HERE} to pick that up.

Check back next week to see what we get into!

Don't forget only one day left to grab my math bundle from Educents. It's my common core math for the year PLUS my math assessments with standard posters for 44% off. You save $11.75. Click on the name of the product above to download the preview and click on the picture below to be taken to the deal on Educents.

I also have a giveaway going on until tomorrow. Enter that {HERE}

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.