Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Groundhog Day

What are doing on Groundhog Day? It's so hard to fit in these little extras into our busy days.  But how can I let a special day that revolves around a cute furry thing pass us by???
The official Groundhog Day site has a great facts page.  Click the picture to go to the site:

Using the fun fact site, my students will work in groups and complete these adorable graphic organizers from Classroom Freebies.

We will also make these thumbprint groundhogs that I found on the official Groundhog Day site as well.  Click the picture to get the pdf file.

I also made some little baggies of cookies similar to these.
Click here to go to the original site to get her free printables.

I'm so thankful to all of my bloggy friends for sharing!  
Happy Groundhog Day!!

Blessings to you, 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I'm Teaching Wednesday

Teaching division to 2nd graders is no easy task!  I think in most programs this concept is introduced in 3rd grade.  But that's neither here nor there.  I knew this would have to be a hands on lesson or I wouldn't stand  a chance to get through to my students.  So here's how we dove into division today!

I made this anchor chart to teach the concept:

I love using food to teach math.  Luckily, I don't have any allergy issues in my room this year so I can have at it!!
I gave each student 10 popcorn papers and a baggie of popcorn seeds.
We practiced dividing the seeds between the allotted number of popcorn papers.

Then, the students wrote the division problems 3 ways on their whiteboard.

Then, the fun part! We popped popcorn!  My favorite part was seeing their faces as they watched it pop.  I think many of them have never seen anything BUT microwave popcorn!

Lastly, we divided popped popcorn and practiced writing more division sentences!

It was a great lesson and the kids got it!!! Everyone understood the concept by the end of our popcorn division!  It doesn't get any better than that!

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Our word work involved trigraphs this week.
So we made these tri-flap books.

The students categorized their spelling words on the inside of the booklet.
They also went on a word hunt to find words with trigraphs in their decodeable readers.

I find that when I do these sorts of activities with our spelling pattern each week, the students are so much more aware of other words with the same pattern.  I had at least 5 students come up to me and show me words with trigraphs in their books that they were reading during silent reading time!
 I love that!

Blessings to you,

Friday, January 6, 2012

MLK Research Project

I wanted to share my first printable that I created! A Martin Luther King Jr. Research project!


Blessings to you,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Our Christmas break is coming to an end in 48 short hours.  I've enjoyed every minute of our vacation.  But apparently I'm ready to get back into the swing of things because I wasted, I mean spent last night reorganizing my Pinterest boards!  When I originally set up my boards, I only had one board for teaching. But as time has gone on, I've realized what an invaluable resource Pinterest is.  So, I needed to recategorize my teaching boards.  I'm sharing links to my individual boards with you today!  Leave me a comment if you have "teaching" boards on Pinterest so I can follow you!

Here's a list of my boards:

I {Heart}Teaching -general resources that I haven't categorized (yet)

New Years for the Classroom
Creative Writing
Social Studies
Science Stuff
100th Day
Mom's Day
Word Work
Reading Skills
Thanksgiving in the Classroom
Graphic Organizers
Bulletin Boards
Presidents' Day
Language Arts
Christmas in the Classroom
Dr. Seuss
Groundhog Day

Happy Pinning!