Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Friends~Calling all!  I am hooking up with some awesome bloggers and hosting a Spring Cleaning Sale on TPT.  It is a great time to grab some great items from your favorite sellers! 
Be sure to check out my Spring Favorites below!      Just give the pictures a quick click and you will be on your way!

Click the image to check out some more items on sale in my shop! 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Science:Raising Butterflies

Friends~I love teaching Spring science with butterflies. It is one of the most amazing learning opportunities that you can give your kiddos about life cycles. Raising Butterflies is super easy to do.  Follow along and I will show you some of my very favorite activities!
The first thing you will need to do is order your babies!
I usually order Painted Lady Caterpillars.  You can click the picture to check out the Insect Lore Kit I have used in the past. 
This kit has everything that you need. 
 (You will have to order the caterpillars with the included certificate after you get your kit.)  
Check out some of my other favorite butterfly products by clicking HERE!
Here are the projects that my kiddos work on while we wait for the babies to hatch. 
Stage 1: We use a cut out of a leaf and an egg carton.  It is the perfect shape because it mimics the reticulation that are present on the egg. 
 Stage 2: Hot glue some gummy worms to card stock and let your little learners label the caterpillar's body parts.  
 Stage 3: Grab some cotton for the button and crumble a small rectangle of green construction paper.  In the past,  I have hot glued a stick to the card stock to attach the button too. 
Stage 4: Make water color butterflies with coffee filters and pipe cleaners. (Simply have your students water color the coffee filters.  Let them dry and pinch the centers.  Twist a pipe cleaner around the pinch. )

Take a quick peek at what our caterpillars look like just before they head into the pupa state!

Sure hope you give one or all of these ideas a shot.  It really is an amazing process and your kiddos will love it! 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bright Idea: Personal Slates

Friends~So I have a HUGE and I mean HUGE collection of folders from past years.  I have been trying to figure out just what to do with them. I love saving money and paper in my classroom.  This is what I came up with. 
1.Take one folder with prongs. 
2. Add one plastic sheet protector.  
3. Slide in a sheet of copy paper.
4. Add dry erase markers and that's it!
(I hot glued pom poms to the sides as erasers.  I never wanted to hot glue to the tops because then my students couldn't put the tops on the markers when they were working.  The sides work perfectly!)
 These babies have transformed my classroom.  My kiddos used tons of notebook paper and composition books in the past.  I was constantly drowning in PAPER!
With these slates, my students are able to respond to our classroom lessons easily and without excess paper.  
Plus: My students are crazy about them!
I have students that I have struggled to get to participate writing on their slates to answer questions during our lessons. WHAT?????????
They are portable so my kiddos take them everywhere! 
Check out some of the places our personal slates have gone in just a week's time!

Check out another Bright Idea all about with Sandy Patterson over at Soaring Through Second Grade.  
Whiteboard Adhesive Table!
Soaring Through Second


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Math Problem Solving Scavenger Hunt

Friends~Are your kiddos having trouble with Problem Solving?
Mine are!  I have been racking my brain to find ways for my students to look at a word problem and understand how to solve it. 
I have created the following videos to support them in the process. 
The next one is on double digit subtraction. Another tricky topic in 2nd grade. 

Both have helped but I think today's Problem Solving Scavenger Hunt was a home run!
Here is how it all went down.  My teammate and I created 10 different word problems and wrote them on sentence strips.  We numbered the backs of the sentence strips from 1-10.  We then scattered them throughout our 2 classrooms.  The students were then numbered 1-10.  
Once they were numbered, we passed out the Problem Solving Scavenger Hunt sheet below. 
The groups then headed out to locate all of the sentence strips that went with their problem.  They worked to solve the problem in their group by filling out the form above.  Give it a click to download a FREE copy from my Facebook Fan Page under Facebook Freebies!  
Once the form was completed, they worked to solve the problem on the back.  Each student had their own strategy.  We shared at the end and I was amazed at how much the students learned from each other.  
Check out one of our groups working to find the extra information in their word problem.