Monday, March 31, 2014

You've Got Mail!

Today I taught the class how to email using our class iPads. Of course it took them 2 seconds to learn how! I then asked each partnership to email me a subtraction strategy that they needed more practice on. We will be using email a lot between now and the end of the year! So proud of how easily they adapt to new learning in the class.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Brain Break

After a morning of hard work and assessments, this is how we give our brains a break!



Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Crew

Today "The Crew" made their debut in class as the day came to a close. While the beat is off, the notes are random, and the "spotlight" is hysterical, taking a risk is encouraged and celebrated in my classroom. I couldn't have been more proud of their impromptu performance. One day they could be famous and this video will be PRICELESS! Well... it's priceless anyway! Enjoy!

Monday, March 24, 2014

An Address Has Three Lines!

An address has three lines.
An address has three lines.

And everything is capital.
And everything is capital.

The second line has a number.
The second line has a number.

and it comes at the beginning.
and it comes at the beginning.

The third line has a comma.
The third line has a comma.

And don't forget the zip code.
And don't forget the zip code.

We can write an address.
We can write an address.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monkey Business

I have a board on Pinterest of interesting, unique, and crazy pictures that I have found online. Occasionally, I will pull up the pics and have the students write stories to explain the pic. Today we used this monkey to inspire us. Our title was "Monkey Business". This little guy in the pic sure makes me think he was up to something! Isn't he cute? I explained to them about the what the old saying meant and we learned a new vocabulary word: mischief. I let them make their best mischief face to go with their writings! Students selected the stories they liked best to post to the blog. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2 Digit Subtraction With Negative Numbers

We have several strategies in our subtraction toolbox. Here are 2 students showing you how to subtract with negative numbers. Did I mention they were second grade students?

Presidential Photo

Here it is!!! The official White House Photo of my visit to meet President Obama. 
What a great honor that I wish for every educator!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Marc Brown's Surprise!

This past Friday, I had the honor and privilege to speak with children's book author, Marc Brown. He wrote the Arthur series that inspired our 2nd grade Arthur's Reading Club. There isn't a day that goes by in my class that Mr. Brown isn't mentioned. It was so incredible to have the chance to speak with him! The kids were so excited about my conversation. I told him all about our club, the secret password and handshake, and that we start each club by dancing and singing to the Arthur Theme Song. 

During our conversation, he asked if he could send our club some goodies! Toda... they arrived!!! As you can imagine, the kids were a bit excited, and honestly, so was their teacher! I got my own autographed copy of a book recently illustrated by Mr. Brown and a poster! He sent enough books and goodies so that every class in 1st and 2nd grade received a surprise. 

Mr. Brown, we thank you so much for sharing your talents, your books, and your beloved Arthur with us! Hopefully you can visit us soon! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Subtracting 2 Digit Numbers

Today the kids begged for a subtracting song to go with their addition song from yesterday. This is what we came up with! I love my job!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Adding 2 Digit Numbers

This morning I wrote a little song to help the class remember their 2 digit addition strategies. I am kind of biased, but I think they should be on TV!!!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Oscar Selfie

This morning the SC Department of Education was in our classroom to shoot video footage for the State Teacher of the Year process. A portion of this morning's video will actually be used in the final judging. No doubt, my kids were the stars of the show. They did an incredible job!!!

It seemed only fitting that these stars take their very own version of the famous Oscar selfie. Hope this pic makes you smile as much as it did me.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Penguin Projects

Project-based learning at its finest this morning. Each group is working on their own presentation to share their research about the specific penguin they chose to learn about.

This group is making an info board about the Fairy Penguin.

This group is working on a backdrop for their iMovie about the Emperor Penguin.

This group is gathering photos to insert into their iMovie about the Rockhopper Penguin.

This group is taking screen shots of the Humboldt Penguin to create a puppet show on the Puppet Pals app.

If you walked in right now, you may think its chaotic, but I've met with every group and they are on task and working hard. Every person has a part and has a starring role in the final production. Cannot wait to see how they do. Did I mention that they are 2nd graders?

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