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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day Celebration!

We love our moms! They are amazing and we wanted to celebrate them so we had a fun little celebration for them yesterday. Our classroom looked so good with bright colored table cloths and some flowers to brighten it up.

We made them necklaces.I took a picture of each student with a sign that said I love you mom, printed it 1" by 1". I used modge podge to adhere it to the back of these glass tiles. I added a bail using E6000 craft glue and we put them on ball chain. I got a spool of chain from Michaels and we cut it into 20" pieces. This made 15 necklaces and we had a lot left over. They turned out so cute and our mom's loved them!

We also made cards. Again I took pictures of the kids holding a sign that said "I love you because..." we put these on the front of the card. Inside it says "Top Ten Reasons I Love You" and they each wrote ten things about their moms. Adorable! They are all so unique and I love the things they came up with. We wrapped the necklaces in these little favor boxes I got at Dollar Tree, they were in the wedding stuff. They were just plain white so the kids decorated them.

Finally we made a video. I recorded each of them saying what they loved most about their mom and clip them all together in imovie on the ipad. It was the sweetest thing. The moms loved it.

It was fun to watch them interact with their mothers! We had a great time. I am so glad I took the time to make this day special for all of them.How do you celebrate Mother's day with your class? I'd love to read your ideas!
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Monday, May 11, 2015

How can it be Mid-May?

I can't believe we are already working our way through May! We only have 13 days of school left in this school year, time has flown! It's been a busy couple of months. We've published books, completed a unit all about animals, taken a field trip, and celebrated Mother's day! To much to share in one post so let me just show you what we've done with our animal unit! It's been great!

I am using Hope King's Animal Safari Unit as a basis for our study. It is Amazing!! You should check it out!

We started off by getting our animal expert badges!

Each group was given an animal classification group to study and report on. They worked together reading books and using the ipad to find information about their class. They created posters that we displayed around the room, one person from each group stayed with their poster to be the reporter while the others traveled around to learn about the other classes. The person with the poster was the teacher. They did such a great job. We then of course traded places so everyone got a turn learning about each class of animal. They loved becoming experts and teaching others!

Once we were experts on animal classes we studied biomes animals live in. Hope's unit has a GREAT biome flip book activity which we did. It turned out so well. I really was excited to send them home with the kids because I knew they were excited to share them with their families, and they had learned SO MUCH by making these!

Each student picked a biome and created a biome box as an at home project to share with the class. Again they turned out amazing. I was impressed with all the work they put into these.

We also took a look at animal life cycles and enjoyed watching caterpillars transform into butterflies! It was amazing to watch the process and again kept the kids so engaged, they came in every morning excited to learn more and see if anything had changed for our "pets". They even named them! Of course we don't whose who but they think they do!

I ordered our Butterfly Garden from Insectlore. It was a great buy, very easy to use, and great online resources including emails to keep us updated on what we should be expecting along the way.

Finally we wrapped up our unit with a fun field trip to a local park where the Naturalists taught us about Mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that are native to our area. We got to see some animals up close, and take a hike through the woods to find them in their natural environment. It was a beautiful day, and such a great end to an exciting unit.

I have so much more to share with you! I promise it won't take me as long to do it this time! We are celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow. I hope to share our day with you sometime this week, along with end of the year projects and other fun things we've done along the way.

Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Five For Friday 2/27

How can it already be the end of February?? This year is just going by so fast! We've been super busy, and getting a lot of learning done, but I haven't had time to share it all here. I'm back this week with a quick look at what's been going on in our classroom recently - Doodlebug Teacher Style!

1.) We started our young authors books this week. Everyone is super excited to get their "Bare Books" and start writing and illustrating them! We are planning a publishing party in March!
2.) Our art teacher was out this week so we did a little directed drawing/watercolor project in the classroom! I love how these little lambs turned out and the springish feeling they are bringing to our classroom!

3.) We are working on Literature circles, and recording our thinking in our sticky note files! I love this time everyday when little groups of 2nd graders are feverishly reading and recording amazing thinking!

Look at all those notes!

4.) We've started a Leader in Me book study at our school and I've been excited to start teaching my students the 7 Habits! We've been talking about being proactive and made these cute "I'm being proactive when..." craftivities you can get free HERE.

5.) I'm super excited to be participating in a blogging book study that starts tomorrow! 
I'm enjoying the easy read so far and getting great ideas for active engagement in the classroom. Some amazing bloggers are hosting the study over the next few weeks. You can find out more about it HERE!

Don't forget to head on over to Kacey's blog to see what everyone else is up to this week! Thanks for reading, Happy Friday!
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers are Heroes!

Teachers truly are heroes, and TPT is celebrating all of you with a big sale!

Come on over to my store and get great deals on all my resources! Thanks for all you do Teacher Friends!!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Five for Friday!

It's been a while since I've found the time to share what we've been up to!  It's been a busy start to 2015. We had two snow days and several delays, the flu and colds are making their rounds, and everyone has been feeling sorta out of sink I think.

This week we are finally getting back on track. I'm sharing some of the highlights from our classroom linking up with Doddle Bugs Teaching for...


1.) We've started our first science unit. We are studying plants, and having so much fun!! We've been using lots of activities from Stephanie Stewart's Plants unit.

The vocabulary cards, reading passages, and activities are great. It's organized in a really user friendly format, that makes it easy to plan and carry out engaging science lessons!

We planted beans and are anxiously awaiting our sprouts! We are keeping observations logs, hoping there is more than soil to look at soon!

2.) We are learning all about regrouping with addition. Amy Lemon's Addition with Regrouping pack is amazing. We made these "pockets', and I was completely impressed by how quickly my students picked up this concept.

3.) We had a few celebrations going on this week! First on Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. We read books about MLK, and made these adorable colorful dreams craftivities adapted from The Bubbly Blonde's Free resource.

4.) Today we celebrated the 100th day of school. We wrote numbers to 100, 100 words, wrote about what we would do if we had 100 dollars, and made these adorable 100 days smarter crowns. These resources are from Mrs. Jones and Julie Lee.

Then we worked together to build a 100 cube line. Actually it ended up being a 400 cube line! They were so excited about it, we even took a video where they explained how they built it!

5.) Today was also pajama day and we had a celebration because these smarties have memorized 30 bible verses this year! It's Friday, and Pajama day, can't get much better than that!! Right?!?!
It's been a great week/month! Now time to enjoy the weekend, and get ready for another great week! Head on over to Kacey's blog to see what everyone else has been up to this week!  Thanks for reading. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spectacular Secret Santa!

Some of us second grade bloggers decided it would be fun to be Secret Santa's this year. I love shopping for other teachers, and getting a surprise package in the mail is the best!! It's even more fun when you make a new friend and find a new blog to follow!! So I was super excited for this exchange. First let me tell you who ...
Mrs. Palmer was so thoughtful! She did a wonderful job picking gifts that were so me! She wrapped each one with a special little note, such a nice personal touch!!

I was like a little kid opening each one! I love all of it!

The playing cards are awesome, coming from Mrs. Palmer's home state. My students are going to love playing games with them. The canvas is so perfect, she even personalized it with buttons and ribbon in my favorite color!
 I already have plans for the super cute table cover, and that cup is going to get a lot of use too!

The glade plug is will keep our classroom smelling yummy this winter! I already have it up and love it!! The little notebook is for jotting down TPT ideas :)
Leaf sticky notes, right up my alley! I use these things all the time, already thinking of how we can use them next year! You can never have enough cute tape around these two rolls are adorable and have already been put to good use!

This snowman and snowflakes will keep our classroom cute and sparkly all winter!
Thanks you so much Mrs. Palmer! I loved everything and can't wait to use it all!

If you haven't seen Mrs. Palmer's blog Teachin' Thrifty you should head on over and check it out, she's got some great ideas for you!!

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