Saturday, October 26, 2013

Super Stars!

This was our first writing project for the year. Believe it or not it was Easy-Peasy! The kiddos jumped right in to writing about their best friend. The board is just so PRETTY! However, I am teaching two ELA classes this year with a total of 43 students. This means there were 43 of these posters taped down our wall!....If I'm not careful I may become known as the "wall hog".

How about this cute fellow? Talk about detail!.....This guy looks like the real Landon....every detail! And this sweetie is just too precious! I love the vocabulary and structure used in their writing.                         

Monday, July 1, 2013

We Are Wild About Being Drug Free! Red Ribbon Week 2012

This post is a little late....To be honest, I just came across the pic. Each year our class creates a banner for RRW. We were doing a book study on Maurice Sendak so I combined the topics and created this "wild thing" banner. I think it was unique and the kiddos loved putting their face on a wild thing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Voki ..... More Tech Fun! it's the end of the year and I'm struggling to keep my students interested in school. Last week my students had been so excited every moment of creating their power point presentations that I wanted to see the excitement on their faces again. So I came up with the idea of letting them create a Voki. This lesson turned out far more beneficial than I ever imagined! Again, I was AMAZED! To provide structure, I followed a similar format as the PPT lesson. This time each student chose an animal, used a book or encyclopedia to list three facts about the animal, then created an avatar/character for their presentation.

Second Grade Power Point Presentations.....Wow!!!

I am so amazed by how much my little ones can do using technology. If it involves a computer or tablet, my kiddos can tackle it. I have witnessed the power of technology this year as my school system implemented BYOT (bring your on technology). Yeah....I was skeptical at first....didn't quite know what would happen when my students walked through the door with a plethora of devices, but we have muddled through the year and learned a little more day by day. Oh yeah, we learned by making plenty of mistakes, but by the end of the year even the most naive students were fairly proficient with technology.
First.....We chose a state to research. This is the foldable we used to organize the information on our state. We used an encyclopedia to research states.

Next.....When the first group of students finished, I had them gather around the computer as I demonstrated how to use the Microsoft Power Point program. They caught on very quickly and went to work creating their own presentation. Once a slide was created for each area on the foldable, I called them back to the computer to demonstrate how to copy and paste images to go with each slide.
As the other students finished they sat with a student at a computer to watch what was going on. Fortunately, we were also scheduled for the computer lab so we were able to save our presentations to our school's user drive and move to the lab to work.....Very nice since it was going to take FOREVER to complete twenty presentations on my five classroom computers. In thirty minutes, everyone had the slides made with images! Unbelievable!!!
Then.......The next day we made revisions and jazzed up the slides. By this time, my kiddos had discovered how to add special effects to the slides. One student added a hyperlink to a video of his state's song! Can I tell you that I was AMAZED!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Let's "Taco" Bout Summer!

Who's ready for summer? We have three more days until summer vacation!!! Yay!!! This board was done by my friend and fellow second grade teacher, Mrs. Melissa Howard. It's too creative to not post. Check it out!
Don't you just love the use of commas in this sentence? Very Yummy!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Loving QR Codes!!!

My class just loves to use QR codes! Talk about engagement!....My kids really get busy and stay on task anytime they can use an iPad to scan a QR code.
     This week we have learned how to use quotation marks. This activity was borrowed from my friend Lindsay at Mrs. Miller's Monkey Business.
     The kiddos scanned the code which took them to a comic strip. They read the comic and copied it, adding quotation marks and the speaker's name.
     I was able to move around the room and give "mini lessons" to those needing help. I have to tell you, they learned more from this 40 minute lesson than they have all week doing the language worksheets we normally do.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!!!

Theodor Seuss Geisel was by far one of the most creative Geniuses of his time! Without a doubt! His birthday is one of my favorite days of the year. We all dressed up as Thing 1 or Thing 2 and listened to his stories all day. What makes a Dr. Suess story sound even better? Having your mom or dad read it to the class.
Which book was our favorite?
We followed up our story time by writing about our favorite Dr. Suess book. I think they did a great job! After all that work we needed a Suessy Snack!
Days like these are excellent opportunities to include families and friends. Mr. John, Mrs. Paige, and Preston made this day extra special for us. I think they enjoyed it too!


Is it possible for second graders to use Edmodo??? I kept hearing my middle and high school teacher friends talk about posting on Edmodo, so I decided to see what all the commotion was about. I set up an Edmodo group, signed my kiddos up, and sha-zam!...they are addicted!!! Really, they are going home, logging in, and posting. I am amazed at how excited they get when I give them a quiz on Edmodo. I can post class presentations for students to review at home, along with assignments and quizzes. There are so many possibilities!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Presidents' Day!

What if you could be President of the United States? If some of my kiddos become the President we will have a carnival every week and have donuts! They can count on my vote!

Love the bulletin board idea from Teacher to the Core.

My students' favorite part was seeing their faces on the dollar bill.

If you like the writing form you can grab it here.

If you like the venn diagram you can grab it here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Exceptional Children's Week

This is my WONDERFUL crew! These girls make my job so much fun!

Changing grade levels can be a bit.......well......Stressful. Not for me......Thanks to these wonderful ladies! They are seriously the nicest people ever!
Anyway....We are celebrating Exceptional Children's Week at our school and our Special Education crew goes all out when it comes to celebrating! T-shirts, posters, special treats...need I say more? I know we are going to have a great month!
A great big thanks to Anna, Deja, Jane, and the fabulous L'vete!!! You ladies Rock!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Let Me Google That For You!

In January, I had the opportunity to attend FETC in Orlando, Florida. Now don't get me wrong, I love technology, but I felt like a fish out of water! Anything and everything you could ever imagine involving edtech was there. One word... OVERWHELMED! I collected a bag full of info and have stayed up late at night trying to get up-to-date with technology. This is a site that our group thought was funny. Any time someone asks you a question, you can go to this site and send the person with the question the link to the answer.
You can even get a shirt....
For my constant stream of questions on how to get this blog thing going, I just tell myself...Let me google that for me! Gotta love Google!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Shape Robots

We are studying geometry. My second graders had a lot of fun with this shape robot project. We used our geometric shapes to create a robot. They drew their robots, added a background, and then wrote a story.
Step 1:  First, we used geometric shapes to create our robot.

Step 2: We drew the robot on our recording form. 

Step 3: We named our robot friend and wrote a story.
Step 4: We told our story using the "Author's Chair". 
This is what my young friend's work looked like! Fabulous!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Anyone else ready to see a sunny day? Since we can't get out and play we're working on creating a blog! My friend Lindsay, over at Mrs. Miller's Monkey Business and I are ready to go out on a limb and try something new! So aBlogging we will go!