Friday, January 10, 2014

Fortune Teller Antonym Practice

Growing up in the 90's fortune tellers folded from paper were all the rage.  As I was trying to come up with a fun way for my students to practice antonyms they came back to mind. 

Monday my students will get to put 8 different antonyms in these fortune tellers.  They will then practice away!

Here is what it might sound like:

Student 1: Give me a number
Student 2: 7
Student 1: (moves the fortune teller back and forth on their fingers 7 times) 1, 3, 5, or 7 (I numbered the words so that they could pick the word without saying it)
Student 2: 3
Student 1:  What is the antonym of happy?
Student 2: Sad

This would also work great with synonyms!  I hope that you can put this idea to use in your own class!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Place Value

We have been studying place value.  This is our last week and we are just reinforcing and doing activities that give the students some extra practice.  My birthday is this week and I figured that it would be fun to do a birthday place value activity.  Here is what I came up with.  The students get a piece of paper with a cake, candles, and sprinkles for them to color.  They then cut them out. and glue them on a piece of paper.  The layers in their cake represent 100's, the candles represent 10's and the sprinkles represent 1's.

Students them write how much their cake is worth.  They also write it in expanded form and word form. 

If you would like to use this activity with your class whether it be for a birthday or not,  grab a copy here

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Place Value Boo!

Wow, it has been a while.  It has been a busy beginning of the school year,  I feel very fortunate however to have an amazing class this year!  They are so sweet and good, that has definitely made it easier since it has been so busy!

We have been talking about place value for the past few weeks.  This next week we will be doing some fun review.  I decided to make a "Place Value Boo!" game.  It is essentially the game "Bang", but I changed it to go along with Halloween to motivate the kids!

Here is how you play:
Students have a set of cards in a bag.  They take turns picking out cards and answering the questions.  If they answer the question correctly they get to keep the question card, if they answer it incorrectly they have to put it back in the bag.  If a student pulls out a "Boo!" card they must put all their questions cards back.  Whichever student has the most cards at the end of the allotted time wins!
Grab a free copy of the game here!
Try it out, let me know what you think : )

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hard and Soft C and G Word Sort

We are talking about hard and soft c and g this week.  I figured a word sort would give the kids some good practice determining whether a word has a hard or soft c or g sound and it would also help them to realize when a letter makes the hard sound and when it makes the soft sound.  Grab my freebie HERE!

Here is a picture of what it looks like: 
The kids did great with it and had a lot of fun : )
We also did our describing fish today!  These were a favorite from last year, so I had to do them again.  Read about it here.  Here were some of my favorites from this year!  They look awesome in the hall and the kids are so proud of them. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Superheroes for the year!

Traditionally in Second Grade at our school we teach about relationships and consequences as part of our communities unit (teaching the kids how to be a good citizen/member of a community).  This year I decided to do communities and relationships and consequences at the very beginning of the school year.  It's something that I wanted the kids to get right from the beginning of the year and not in the middle somewhere.  I had a three day unit and the kids LOVED every day!

Day 1:  Emotions

I put up a list of emotions on the board.  We went through all of them.  I had the kids show me what they looked like and we talked about when we feel the different emotions.  We played the "mirror game" where two students stand across from each other.  One student would have to use their body and facial expressions to display an emotion.  The other student had to mirror (copy) them and then guess what the emotion was.  Each partner got to lead a few times.    After  that activity I had a bunch of pictures of people displaying different emotions.  The kids had to decide which emotion each picture was showing.  After this we talked about how we should react and interact with people when they were feeling each of the different emotions.  We then broke up into groups and each group was assigned an emotion.  The group had to come up with a skit with some people showing the assigned emotion and others reacting to it.  The kids loved the lesson and I think they really took it to heart. 

Day 2:  Consequences

I started by sharing a PowerPoint.  There were pictures that had clear consequences (for example a glass sitting on the very edge of a table).  I had the students raise their hands and tell me what they thought the consequence would be of each picture.  Through this we learned what the word consequence really meant.  After we were done with the PowerPoint we talked about how consequences can be bad or good.  I gave the students some scenarios and they told me what the consequence might be and whether it was bad or good.  After this I held up an egg (not boiled) and asked what the consequence would be if I dropped it (into a bowl of course).  There were audible gasps, I don't think they believed I would actually do it - but I did : ) Of course the egg cracked.  We talked about how I might be able to clean up the mess, but I could NEVER put the egg exactly back how it was.  That is how it is when we make a mean comment to someone, bully someone, or hurt them.  We may be able to say sorry or make up, but the damage has been done and we can't completely un do it.  I think this analogy really hit home for the kids and it made them realize that their actions are important.  It was a powerful teaching moment.

Day 3:  Kids can be superheroes!

Our school counselors have a superheroes theme this year and that is what got the thought process going on this lesson.  My final lesson about relationships and consequences began with a discussion about superheroes and what my students knew about them.  They were excited to answer and they shared a lot of great characteristics that they knew superheroes had.  I then asked them if they thought kids could be superheroes.  I was surprised that almost all of them said yes right away.  We talked about what kids could do to be superheroes and made a list of what they would do specifically this year to be superheroes.  We then went back to our desks and I showed them a couple of videos from a website called Kids are Heroes.  Find some of the videos here.  After that of course we had to make our own superhero faces!  When they were finished I put them around the superhero pledge we had made.  It turned out great and I am going to love looking at it in my classroom all year long.  It will also be a great reminder to the kids of the type of person they need to try to be this year!

Here is a picture of the pledge and the superhero faces:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Back to School

Well, it was back to work today!  We had our opening institute this morning and the keynote speaker was great!  He shared this quote from Rudyard Kipling:

No printed word, nor spoken plea can teach young minds what they should be.
Not all the books on all the shelves – but what the teachers are themselves.

I absolutely love this!  It is definitely good food for thought at the beginning of another year. 
After a great summer it feels good to be back, now I just can't wait for the kids to get here!

As promised here are some pictures of my classroom:

The board is all ready for our Open House on Wednesday:

(description of what is on the desks, what to take home and what to sign and leave)
(Sign ups for helping with class parties and volunteering during centers)
On each desk there is a packet of information about myself, my management plan, rules, procedures etc.  There is also a letter to the parents about the importance of reading with their child at home.  Attached to it is the first reading calendar along with some information on how to help students with reading at home, questions to ask students during reading, and a bingo board for some extra motivation.
 I can't wait to meet my students!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School Gift

In the past I have given my students smarties on the first day of school with a little note on them.  See them here.  I decided to make it a little more exciting this year and add a pencil as well since I was able to buy 30 for $2.50 at Walmart. 

The note now says: 

I am so glad to have such a "sharp" student in my class.  What a "smartie" you are!  Welcome to second grade.  We are going to have a great year!
Miss Paul

Here is a picture:

I am moving apartments so I have spent the past few days working on packing, but I will be back to my classroom on Friday to add some finishing touches before I go back to work on Monday.  Classroom pictures will be up soon!