Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Family Fun Night!

It was indeed a family fun night at WHES! In 2nd grade we participated in "Poppin' Place Value!" Kids and their families examined the pumpkin and estimated how many pieces of popcorn were on it.

Then, they wrote their estimate on the board.

Next, Mrs. James passed out the popcorn, and they counted and counted!

After they counted the pieces, they converted their number of pieces into tens and ones with unifix cubes.

Finally, we compiled all of our tens and ones on a big place value mat. We regrouped all of our tens to make 100s. Grand total-1,603 pieces of popcorn. The closest estimate was 1,335! Way to go!

It was great fun, and we sang 3 raps along the way. Did I mention we also did the popcorn dance? I am exhausted! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hanging With Spike

Today, Spike made it around the room for some one on one time with the kiddos. They LOVED it, and something tells me so did Spike.

Whispering encouragement!

Helping out with a reading assessment.

This one made fore a great mini lesson on camouflage! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Spike Loves To Eat

Watch our class Bearded Dragon, Spike, eat his Saturday lunch! I filmed it yesterday when I stopped by the class to catch up on some work.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Woody Wow: Pizza Making

Students work together in the hallway, at recess, and related arts classes to be the best they can be. When they get a compliment from another teacher or the principal for being awesome, I give them a "Woody Wow" point.

Woody the Wildcat is our school mascot. I have pics of him and post them in the class as they earn them.

When students earn 10 we have a Woody Wow Celebration. Today was the first one...pizza making. I try to make every celebration super fun, yet filled with teachable moments. Making pizza is a great sequencing activity that lends itself to some pretty awesome writing with first, next, then, and last. Writing will happen Monday. Today was for pizza!!!

Big thanks to Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Hansen for helping and to all the parents who sent in needed items. Days like this a hard without you.