Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Haunted Houses in 2nd Grade

Halloween Haunted Houses in 2nd Grade
Friends~The Halloween spirit is in full swing in 2nd grade.  We had tons of fun with a pumpkin contraction sort that my sweet student teacher did with our kiddos today.  Tomorrow we will join in on a Candy Corn Science rotation.  We made our goggles today to prepare!  The whole 2nd grade is a buzz about what tomorrow will bring.  
Halloween Haunted Houses in 2nd Grade, The Schroeder Page
I was so excited today when I went into my teammate's classroom and saw her kiddos working on one of my Halloween Packets.  They were making these amazing haunted houses and then using my persuasive writing packet:  Sell that House!

Check out how their spooky houses turned out below!  I love that their teacher modeled for them how to make the houses but had them tear the paper so each one is very different!  Thanks to my 2nd grade neighbors for letting me photograph and share their haunted houses! 
Halloween Haunted Houses in 2nd Grade, The Schroeder Page

Their sales flyer cracked me up.  Some of them had their houses up for $0.01 and some for a million.  I can't wait to see what else they come up with.  

On another note, here is Henry the Hedgehog's first Halloween pumpkin carving picture.  He slept through most of it!
Halloween Haunted Houses in 2nd Grade, The Schroeder Page
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Primary Science: The Wooly Bear Caterpillar

Primary Science: The Wooly Bear Caterpillar 
Friends~We had the best teachable moment at recess today.  During our afternoon recess,  a sweet 2nd grader brought us a wooly bear caterpillar.  She had a huge smile on her face.  Check her out below!
It seems like a hundred years since I had seen a wooly bear or even thought about one.  One of my teammates told me a cool myth about the wooly bear.  Legend says that you can predict the winter weather by the coloring on the wooly bear. 

The legend says,  if the brown hairs on the wooly bear cover more of the caterpillar it will be a mild winter. Our little guy was covered in brown with only a little black on his head and end.  The kiddos were bit disappointed because in NC we are always hoping for snow!

 We had a great mini lesson on how we could test this legend.   As a class,  we have decided to keep our eyes open and look for more wooly bear caterpillars and tally our findings.  

We did find out that the wooly bear becomes a Tiger Moth when it completes it's metamorphosis. Click HERE to read more about this cute wooly guy!  I love how science just happens!

Thinking about caterpillars reminds me of one of my very favorite caterpillar book. Click the book cover to watch this sweet book.  

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brain Break with The Phonics Dance

The Phonics Dance: 
Hunking and Chunking Words
Friends~I always get a ton of questions at the beginning of the year about our Phonics Dance.  It is one of my very favorite ways to reinforce phonics skills. I was lucky enough to be trained years ago by Ginny Dowd the creator of the dance.  Click the link above to check out her site. You can purchase all the materials to get it started in your classroom! 
Brain Break with The Phonics Dance, The Schroeder Page
In a nutshell, The Phonics dance is made up of word attack skills, daily word work, sound spelling, modeling, and conferencing with students on the various letter combinations such as blends and diagraphs.  

The best part about this program is that it is fun and active.  It is a great Brain Break for students. Students learn the chunks through repetition of a fun dance and chant.   Each diagraph has it's own distinctive chant.  Once introduced, it is danced daily.  We dance the dance every morning after calendar.  Watch my kiddos in action below!
Brain Breaks with The Phonics Dance, The Schroeder Page

I made this little tutorial for my parents this year.  It walks you through hunking and chunking a word.  (I made the distinction between hunks and chunks for my students.) 
Just click the image below to watch the tutorial. 
You can also watch my True Story of Magic e.  My kiddos loved working in centers with Magic e!


My students always make tons of growth in their writing first and then their Phonics Dance knowledge carries over into their reading. 

I am also really excited to off my new Standard Based check sheets up as a Facebook Freebie.  Just head over to my Facebook Page and like The Schroeder Page.  Then head to Facebook Freebies to grab your file.  I have the pages copied for each student and I have then in binders for each subject.  Then I am able to keep notes on their growth within the standards. You will receive math, reading, and writing check sheets plus conference note forms.  
Standard Based Freebie from The Schroeder Page

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Classroom Management: My top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks PLUS 3 Freebies!

Classroom Management: My Top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks PLUS 3 Freebies!
Friends~Dismissal is always a touchy area in elementary classrooms.  Here are tips that I have used from the past to help get your kiddos out the door in an orderly fashion.  

    Tip #1: Hang any dismissal reminders on your classroom door frame or use a wipe board so that when changes are made you don't forget anything.  
Classroom Management: My top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks! , The Schroeder Page
 Tip #2: I always have my students pull out anything that they need from their desks and place it on top before coming to the floor for our afternoon meeting. 
      Tip #3: Always have an afternoon meeting.  Even if it is only a couple seconds.  Students need some time to decompress before packing up and it is a great time for you to go over reminders. 
      Tip #4: Send them back by rows or tables so that you don't have a mad rush at the mailboxes or cubbies.  I often will send one row to get their mail first and the next row I will have them grab their book bags first.  That way we are all packing up but in different locations. 
     Tip #5: Have your table captains straighten up caddies and stack chairs.  My captains also fold up my rugs and stack my stools so the custodians can sweep.  It is just one less thing I have to take card of when I get back.  
     Tip #6: Often I will end our afternoon meeting by beginning our chapter book read aloud so that they can listen while they pack.  My students are always into our read aloud books so they try really hard to be extra quiet so that they can hear.  The best part is, when they are packed they come to the carpet- I am still reading.  It makes the end of our day a little less chaotic. 
We just finished the book Waiting for Magic!
Classroom Management: My top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks!, The Schroeder Page
     Tip #7: Do some kind of exit slip.  For me, I have a hard time having enough time for students to do any writing.  I use this chant instead.  I start the chant and the class echoes back.  I then get to ask 5 different questions from throughout the day.  
Tip#8: Once you get your kiddos lined up or even in the hall.  Use a song or chant to help remind them of good hallway behavior.  (When we dismiss, we all line up outside our classrooms and wait for the bell.)  Our hallway wait is usually a little crazy so I taught our 2nd graders the songs below.  They have become pretty popular.  Our thirds graders are starting to join in. 
Download all these songs and chants by clicking the image below and heading to my September Freebies!



Classroom Management: My top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks!, The Schroeder Page
 We also love Teacher Tipster's Hallway songs!


     Tip#9: Reflect on your day. Take a minute and think about what was great and what needed work.  Set goals for yourself as a teacher for the next day.  I always leave my desk tidy with a note on top with items that I need to accomplish but also goals for the next day.

Classroom Management: My top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks!, The Schroeder Page
     Tip #10: Before you shut your door.  Compliment a student or 2.  Sometimes I send a quick email to a parent telling what their kiddo did that was extra special.  Sometimes write a note on their desk with a dry erase marker.  I love seeing their smiling faces when they see a message at their seat. 
Classroom Management: My top 10 Dismissal Tips and Tricks!, The Schroeder Page
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

What Fine Motor Skills and Learning with Rainbow Loom?

What Fine Motor Skills and Learning with Rainbow Loom?
Friends~ Are you looming?  Are your kid looming? Are your students looming?  Well, if not,  they will be!
  Rainbow Loom has been a HOT ticket in my house and at school.  
What Fine Motor Skills and Learning with Rainbow Loom?, The Schroeder Page

My own Ian spends time weaving beautiful colored rubber bands in and out on his loom for hours. His focus is amazing!
What Fine Motor Skills and Learning with Rainbow Loom?
 The end result are super fun bracelets
What Fine Motor Skills and Learning with Rainbow Loom?!, The Schroeder Page
This is just a small sample of his collection.  He even makes them extra long to hold his name tag at school and to wear as necklaces.  It is quite a craze! 
Check out these wild Rainbow Loom shoes! 
What Fine Motor Skills and Learning with Rainbow Loom?!, The Schroeder Page
Please ignore those dirty toes and legs...he was playing outside all day!
Along with this craze, we have had some struggles with the Rainbow Loom obsession.  Ian becomes so focused on his weaving that I have to pull him away at dinner time or for homework.   
At school, teachers have been having issues with students playing with the rubber bands, trading, stealing, and arguing about these stretchy things.  Many teachers have put a ban on bracelets in the classroom.  

Do you want to know why I have not?

Rainbow Looms are not video games! 
They teach mathematical and fine motor skills. 
Children are being creative and problem solving while making their unique designs.  
Children are shooting their own how to videos with diagrams! 
Hello...speaking and listening skills in play!  
Children are selling pre made bracelets at craft shows-starting their own little business.  
I had a sweet student make a bracelet for another student in our building with special needs.  

I did put a ban on Silly bands but I will not put a ban on Rainbow Loom.
I will teach my students how to manage this fantastic fad while they learn in the classroom.  
Will you ban the Rainbow Loom?

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Friday, October 18, 2013

The States of our Country: Social Studies

The States of our Country: Social Studies
Friends~I am not sure that this can be any cuter!  I love the idea of having students travel through the USA and investigate each state. They create their own luggage and follow a travel guide while taking notes on the different countries. 

The States of our Country: Social Studies, The Schroeder Page

Each state has their own information card plus templates for making the luggage. The state cards can be hung up in the classroom to add to the lesson. 
The students store their information cards inside their luggage.  

The States of our Country: Social Studies, The Schroeder Page
The boarding passes are really neat because they help the students spread out while studying the states. I can just image my kiddos moving around the room reading about each state, recording information and storing their new found facts in their luggage. 

You can read more about this unit in the 3-5 EDUCENTS Bundle! Just click the picture below and then scroll to The States of our Country!
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Are You Looking for a Bundle of Learning Fun for Your Classroom?

Friends~ Are You Looking for a Bundle of 
Learning Fun for Your Classroom?
Are You Looking for a Bundle of Learning Fun for your Classroom?
I am very excited to be a part of this bundle with Educents! 
 I know you will love my 51 pages of Candy Corn Science!

Included you will find directions for making your own safety goggles for the experiments with your kiddos. 
(There are even video directions for the goggles!) 
Are You Looking for a Bundle of Learning Fun for Your Classroom, candy corn science
Check out these fun experiments below. 

Candy Corn Sink or Float 

The Dissolving Candy Corn 

A Fizzy Candy Corn 

Are You Looking for a Bundle of Learning Fun for Your Classroom, candy corn science




There are 35 other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  Literacy, math, science, social studies, and so much more!   Hop along to see all the goodies you will get!  



But that's not all!  
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(You  win any item from my store.) 
 Pin any image from my blog and enter below to win!

The deal won't last long so head over now!


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Getting CLOSE with Math Problem Solving and a Freebie!

Getting CLOSE with Math Problem Solving   and a Freebie!
Friends~Room 331 has been working on solving one and two step word problems.  Let me tell you, it has not been easy.  I don't know what happens when you mix words and numbers but it sure has my kiddos spinning in circles.  
After teaching a lesson last week, I went home thinking about what I could do to make this lesson better for my kiddos.  How could I help them problem solve with confidence and then it hit me.  We had just done a CLOSE reading using my Getting Close with a Book bookmarks and my 2nd graders did great! The bookmarks really helped them stay on track and focused with their passage.  
Check them out below!
Getting CLOSE with Math Problem Solving and a Freebie, Close reading
 I decided that since they did so well with the close reading we were going to get CLOSE with word problems too! 
Check out me kiddos in action.  The did a great job sorting out one stepper and 2 stepper problems.
Underlining questions and coming up with solutions.  
I made those Getting CLOSE with Problem Solving bookmarks for them so that they could stay on track.
Getting Close with Math Problem Solving and a Freebie

Getting Close with Math Problem Solving and a Freebie

I even made this little tutorial for them to watch and review on our classroom computers and ipads.
Check out this cool site Educreations!
                            
Grab a FREE copy of my Getting CLOSE with Problem Solving bookmarks below!  
Just click HERE and head to my October Freebies to download! 
Be sure to check out my Getting CLOSE with Problem Solving file below!

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Teachers Pay Teachers Facebook Flash Sale


Teachers Pay Teachers Facebook Flash Sale is going on now! I have all my items {20% off my store} too! 

Head on over now, friends!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall QR Code: Online Reading Center Idea & Freebie!

Fall QR Code: Online Reading Center Idea and a Freebie!
Friends~I have been working on a little project for my kiddos and I am so excited to share part of it with you.  Below you can see my QR Code Listening Center books. 
I have been reading my fall books into a voice recorder at Vocaroo.  I then placed the code generated by Vocaroo into a QR Generator  and out pops my Listening Center Codes.
I still have tons to go but you can download a FREE copy of my codes below!  


My plan is to make small cards for students to scan with our classroom ipad and tablet.  They will then be able to practice visualization while listening to the story or using the book to listen to the story to practice retelling. 
Here are a few I have done.  See the codes on the books?

I am placing the cards in my Listening Center and the books will go on our theme shelf in the classroom.  
I am hoping to be able to do this seasonally for my class!
I also passed on the codes to our librarian and I am hoping she will add them to the copies in the library!
I love reading your comments!
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