Five for Friday April 17

It's five or fraturday since I started my post last night and forgot to finish!

In all honesty I really do not have that much to share. My week was pretty ho-hum.


We made these little money butterflies to add some color to our room and review our money counting skills after spring break (which was last week.)



I'm back to my diet and visiting my nutritionist every week again!! I've been a bad bad eater for about a month and chocolate is my go to food. Isn't it funny that there is a vitamin water zero right next to 25 chocolate munchkin donut holes! #irony 


I did officially launch and an Etsy shop too! That was exciting! I don't expect to get rich off of it but I do love making prints and I figured I could share them! And a lot of them will be things I make for my school, classroom, or home office so here's a lot of teachery things. You can use the code WELLHELLO at any time as a blog reader to get a discount!! 




 
So I had to get a new printer too. Obviously. This is like the only laser printer that is color and wireless...my 2 must haves! AND I only paid around $200! 

HP LaserJet Pro 200 M251nw Wireless Color Printer (CF147A#BGJ)



And...it's officially baseball season around here! Now that middle lamb is 10, we get later games. Monday's game was called at 10pm. And we were only in the fourth inning! I like to be in the bed watching tv or reading by 8, so this will not conducive to my sleep cycle! Which at the moment is like 2am-12pm...so it's not too conducive to my job either!

I hope your week was a little more exciting than mine. Here's to the weekend! Go link up with kacey too!

#2getherwearebetter linky My SCHEDULE

I'm joining Schroeder's Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners for a new monthly series #2getherwearebetter 
Our first hot topic:  SCHEDULES and RESOURCES!


So let's get started!  I am a 2nd grade teacher in a Title I school with a class of 19 students:  11 boys and 8 girls. Don't be jealous of 19 kids. It's 19 PERSONALITIES too! Here is basically what our daily schedule looks like minus the fact that this was made in August and some times have shifted!

I've posted about our schedule before here, here, and here
I'm sure you are in the same boat, but we have a different schedule each year.
Each grade level rotates specials time and lunch time so no one gets the shaft every year...aka-the 10:30 lunch time!

yes, you read that correctly...7 AM!
For morning work my grade level uses Early Bird Common Core books from 2nd Story window. They are in a predictable pattern and not too easy. I quite like them!
My class loves to read this year, so I have to make sure they actually DO the morning work and not just stash it to get their books. wow. sad world, huh?!
We check it together every single morning since the point is to review and spiral. 

I just restarted number of the day this week. I chose a student to lead it and that helped out immensely! He tosses 3 to 4 of these beanbags out and we add them up to make the number. I will have to get some bigger numbers towards the end of the year, but adding these is great mental math strategy practice!
This is our last year with Math Expressions. I can't say I teach by the book, but since it was all I had when I moved to 2nd grade 5 years ago, I do use many of the strategies. Trust me when I say I had no clue what I was doing for awhile! Now that I'm comfy and cozy in second, I make a lot of activities for extra practice.  I also purchased Blair's Interactive notebooking bundle and it is amazing! I like to see how others interpret the standards to change how I present it too. It's completely worth the money. 

click here to see all my math resources in the shop. A lot are free since I mainly use our required stuff, but I am starting to create a lot more not that I know what I'm doing! ha!

Stuff like this! Math Expressions doesn't begin to cover 2nd grade measurement standards...so I make lots of graphing practice. I am such a visual person. I love graphs! Way more than numbers! And I like combining subjects and themes anytime I can!
I just started a growing bundles for graphing too!


We have block classes at 9:30 so after that is snack and close reads time. Technically we are not doing close reads, but when we had them printed over the summer that was the intent. And Lord knows I better call them what the cover says! We used Little Red's amazeballs Daily Reading bundles. I actually have a kiddo chose the one we will read for the day and we reads and highlight the questions together. Then they work on it for seat work when they are not in a guided reading group. 
Now, for the guided reading...we are required to meet with every student every day. We are also required to use Fountas and Pinnell LLI kits. Soooo, those lessons are approx. 40 minutes long. What I'm getting at here is there is almost zero whole group ELA lessons. It's been tough because this was always my favorite part of teaching. But it is what it is and I'ma rule follower when it comes to my admin. Luckily I do have an amaizing tutor who comes in and does two groups while I do two groups. We trade kids among the grade level too and that helps. I always seem to have a group way below and way above grade level and nothing in between! 
Now that we are a tad more independent, I began adding a few more seat work options. I know it's an anti-worksheet world these days, but golly geez kids have got to learn to sit and work. I cannot think of many jobs where they can run around the room and piddle all day. I have mixed in some of Denise's Ready, Set, Print printables, my own  No-Prep printables, Amanda's and Amy's spelling practice sheets, and Denise's word work. Obviously I don't use all of this every day. In fact most days I do not use any of it. But we are doing more independent work!
And now on to my favorite 15 minutes of the day!
After Recess (noon) and lunch (noon thirty!) we return to the classroom and I read aloud from a chapter book. I leave the lights off. Kids may draw at their seat or lie on the rug, but nobody, absolutely no one talks. They know that's like my sacred time! So far we've read The BFG, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Stone Fox, I Survived the Japanese Tsunami of 2011, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Seriously...my favorite time. Also, RtI groups are pulled at this time, so I do not really do much since I wouldn't want them to miss anything.
Then I have to change it up a little each day. Nonfiction focus just means working with Scholastic News or an article from one of my science units. Our spelling lessons are from Letterland (also required). And science lessons are from my units. I LOVE Science! 

Well, I hope this sheds some light on how our days go and what I use! If you have any questions about something, just ask!
Happy Good Friday!




Easter Freebies!

I'm posting over at Blog Hoppin' today and sharing my favorite Easter freebies!
PLUS, a new little endeavor, too!


Happy Spring friends!

Five for Friday Seuss Week Edition! {freebie!}

This was our first FULL week in almost a month! Between Leader in Me Symposium, Leadership Day visits, and SNOW it's been kinda crazy. And it's been exhausting too! Nothing like returning work full swing on Read Across America Week! So here's what we were up to this week!


It's an EXTREMELY busy board, but I love it and everyone stops by to check it out! I bought the Seuss Camera app two years ago and I always use it, but this year I had them printed at Walgreens! So cute! and perfect for these little mini expert books! They range from a few about Pokemon, to chicken (as in the food), to Darth Vader (that's mine!) Here's a little tutorial on accordion folds if you need it, but it's really a no brainer! None of mine were perfect! I made 3 per sheet of white construction paper. They just worked on them while they were not in a guided reading group.




I love these! We are adding a little Leader in Me writing to them too, but here's where they hang their art as they finish! They love putting it on the board for "inspiration"! Download it here! You don't have to be a Leader in Me school to use it! I only added the 7 Habits to the large size writing paper! I also included ways my kiddos and I thought the Cat used the habits!





We had a different theme each day! But this is the only one I got a picture of! boo!



happy weekend!
and don't forget the Iditarod Sled Dog Race begins MONDAY! (they moved it back due to weather). So go grab my classroom activities file while there's still a freebie inside!!


what I'm teaching in march

I missed last month...like where did February go?! But here's what I'll be teaching this month! I noted the standards taught if you're curious.

and here's most of the units I use to teach them! We use Math Expressions (2007) for math and supplement a few times per week with partner games, notebooking (I use Blair Turner's interactive notebook and love it!) and extra practice, so these are not the units I use to teach the core of my math. 
I snuck a little writing activity into this unit if you purchase before the race begins on March 7!



I pick and choose lots of activities from this unit. We will use the pot o' coins activity to work on coin counting over $1 for sure! and I love the Blarney Stone writing! perfect for opinion!


more nonfiction practice! We loved learning about Saint Valentine, too!

I struggled finding 2nd grade appropriate tall tales, so I made this! Life saver! and I love reading tall tales!

I love Cara's mystery pictures for practice!

Amy's unit has lots of activities to accompany my lessons!


happy March!

Sitewide TpT Sale!

As I'm sue you know, tpt is having a little sale...
YIPPEE!!
Because Lord knows I don't have enough resources and clipart! ha! I have so much goodness from my friends at TpT, I don't even know what I have anymore!
But that has never stopped me before!



Here's a few March-y things I'll be using!


I love a graphic organizer, Yes I do! I bet you would love this pack of them too!


Tons of silly activities and centers for your special stories!



We started our weather unit this week!



If you loved my Saint Valentine unit, this one is just like it! LOVE these little holiday history lessons!





We'll be getting our Mush on the second week of March! I have these centers for your littles (1st and 2nd grade).


and here's a collection of my most favorite activities with the Iditarod in mind! It also comes with a big freebie tucked away inside! At least until March 7!





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