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All About the Number and a FREEBIE

So now that we are coming to the end of the first trimester, our 2nd grade team has noticed that their students are really having a hard time with the concept of numbers, and understanding how to express numbers in different ways. After talking with our 1st grade team, we all decided to use an All About the Number anchor chart during our morning meetings, selecting a number for the week to work on, with the goal being to cover up to 30 by the end of the school year. We wanted to make sure that each day at the morning meeting we were covering different aspects of expressing a number.
Here is a sample of the All About the Number anchor chart that I am using in my class. It is also being offered as a FREEBIE in my TPT store. I have decided to use a smaller version of this chart in my math centers for my 2nd grade students to work independently with numbers. The students will get a laminated copy of the chart, a white board marker, eraser, and number cards for 0-20, with the idea that th…

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Searching for Time, Scavenger Hunt FREEBIE!

This week my 2nd grade students have been learning how to tell time to the hour. I found some really great videos to share with them from YouTube, and they really started to grasp the concept. To help reinforce it...yup, you guessed it...we did a scavenger hunt entitled:
I found photos of 12 different types of clocks each depicting a different hour. I matched them up with letters and hid them around the room. The students had to write the time in both digital and analog form. The winner of the search got to be Mr. Wolf when we played outside with "What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?"
Here are some photos below and the link to my TPT store for the FREEBIE!

(Please note that this products is aligned with Grade 1 Common Core Standard)

How Many Feet? Measuring

I currently do a 1st/2nd split and so half my day is now spent teaching 2nd grade. Not only that but one day a week the entire grade 2 team switches students based on math abilities, so that they get a full 90 minutes of Math Intervention. We assess the students based on their needs in math, and place them in groups to help strengthen the skills that they may be struggling with. Each teacher can do either math centers related to current subjects, work in small groups, whole group instruction, or plan hands on, interactive lessons.

Our grade 2 students briefly touched on measurement in grade 1 and so we took this week to work on that particular skill. I chose to do a scavenger hunt around the room where the students had to locate different items and measure them with a provided unit of measurement. I created some simple shoe outlines that the students used to measure the length and/or width of certain items in the classroom. They really liked it when they got to measure a friend!

Visiting to the Shape Museum

Our students have spent the last 2 weeks learning 2D and 3D shapes. They knew the 2D shapes really well from Kindergarten, but learning about abstract 3D shapes was a little bit harder. The vocabulary was difficult for them to say, as well as trying to make connections to real world items for examples. So...the first grade team asked students to bring some household items from home that are good examples of 3D shapes. I got all sorts of things, some that I wouldn't have even thought of. Once we discussed the different items and sorted them based on their 3D shape, I set displays up around the classroom with 3D shape vocabulary cards. The students then got the chance to visit each "display" in the shape museum, and draw one example from each. They really enjoy any activities where they get to talk to each other, move around the room, and drawing.

I was impressed with some of the drawings that the students did, a few took great care to add lots of details that matched the…

I Am Thankful

I wanted to write a quick post while we are still easing into the month of November. Since Thanksgiving is approaching, along with the rest of the winter holidays, I wanted to say that I am thankful. I appreciate all the lovely comments and emails I get, as well as the wonderful parents I have this year as part of my class community. In honor of all the great people I am surrounded with, I am throwing an I am Thankful sale in my TPT store, where EVERYTHING is 20%. 
Click Here to be transported to my store to get your Thanksgiving discounted items!

Story Retelling Literacy Center

One of the things we have to teach the students is sequencing of a story. As I teach ELL or second language learners, using visual aids or whole body teaching really benefits their learning and ability to understand the concept. We use a large story road for doing whole group retells.

Please see photos Here from another post.

This was such a big success that I have now implemented independent story road retell in the literacy centers. Each student gets a laminated road and story character (whatever story we are working on), to practice retelling the story as they move the character along the road. This is great practice for Speaking and Listening in English, but in time we will add a recording sheet.

Here is a look at the roads the kiddos use!

To get your own story road retell activity  click here

Rolling for Ten Frames

So this morning I was doing a simple lesson on using ten frames to do counting, as well as adding to 10. It was also the first try out of the LARGE dice. These were made from large cardboard boxes wrapped in butcher paper. Then I took plastic sleeves, cut them in half, and taped them to the 6 faces of the box. I originally wanted my dice to look like traditional dice with dots, but this way they can be more versatile and can be used for different subjects. The kids really enjoyed the lesson and were 100% engaged. We started by doing a few practice rolls in the classroom, and practicing counting how many were in the ten frame. Then we took our papers, pencils and dice out into the hall so we had more room to throw.

Student Self Assessment

Assessment, self assessment, checklists, documentation, observation...and the list goes on. It seems to be quite a common trend now that schools are quite demanding in the area relating to types of assessment. More to the point, administrators want to see proof that students are active in their knowledge and learning in the classroom. It was a tricky skill in the beginning of my teaching was I going to get 4-6 year olds to tell me what they thought of their work? And now that I am teaching complete English Language Learners, how would they understand the concepts let alone be able to explain their opinions on their work in the class?

After much research, perusing the internet, and conferencing with other teachers, it began to dawn on me that this was Early Childhood, not college. Early Childhood is all about keeping things simple and to the point for young learners; simplicity is key!

My team and I decided at the end of last year that we wanted to have one book for writi…