Wednesday, October 31, 2012

President for the Day

Let your students be President for the Day with this website!
(Click on the picture)

Blessings to you,

Friday, October 19, 2012

Merry Christmas to Me (& my class!)

Well, not really! But, you would think it was Christmas by this reaction:

What got them uber-excited???

My class is the proud recipients of 8 iPads!! I didn't waste any time putting them to use!
We took AR tests, watched Brainpop videos on our current topics of study, and used Splashmath for math centers-and that was only Day 1!

Oh, the places we'll go....

Blessings to you,

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Noun Town

We have been studying nouns.  One of the best ways that I have found for students to transfer what they have learned is through sticky note response charts.  Anytime the students are in an independent reading time they can add the appropriate sticky notes to the chart.  (I cut the sticky notes in half to help them go further.)

A few of the of rules are: 
1. You may not repeat a sticky note that is already posted. (For example: if the noun "dog" is already posted, you many not also post "dog". Like in the chart below LOL)
2.  If you see a sticky note that you think is placed incorrectly, let Mrs. Hughes know and she will let you know if it is ok to remove it.
3.  You may only add sticky notes to the chart during an independent reading time.  (You may not get up during a whole group instruction time.)

I check the chart daily and if I see a sticky that is not correct, then I explain or ask the whole group why it is incorrect-I use it as a teaching opportunity.  
I had to laugh when I saw the sticky note "bachelorette" placed on the person section.  I may need to check what that child was reading LOL.

Blessings to you,

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Graffiti in the Classroom?

I tried my hand at a graffiti table this week in reading groups.  I think this is a genius idea. (Pinterest-inspired, of course!) It takes a little time to set up at the beginning of the week but it's worth it because of the excitement it generates.  But more importantly, my students were completely engaged during our reading group time!

I used bulletin board paper to make 2 "table covers" for my table and used both sides to accommodate all 4 of my reading groups.

The table covers lasted all week.

I programmed it to fit our specific skills for the week.  You can see the r-controlled vowel chart.  As we read our selection the students looked for words that fit the pattern.  It's funny how putting a marker in their hand and letting them "write on the table" was so exciting.

The boxes were set up for practice with context clues.  They wrote the word from the sentence and what they thought it meant in the boxes.

I think part of the thrill was that each student had their own box ready at their seat.

I will definitely utilize "graffiti tables" on a weekly basis!

Blessings to you,

Monday, October 8, 2012

How to Motivate Your Students To Do Anything-FREEBIE

I just posted a new product on TPT.  It's an instructional printable of one of the classroom management tools I use in my classroom.  It's a point system that I've used with grades 2-5 and is always a success.  It's one of those tried and true techniques of a seasoned teacher. (That would be me LOL)

So...I want to give it to you for FREE!  All you have to do is like I {Heart} Teaching's {new} Facebook page and become a follower of my TPT store.  That's it!  I'll email you the pdf file.  Leave me a comment below that you liked and followed along with your email address.

You can like the FB page in my sidebar.  And you can follow by clicking the picture below.

I hope you were lucky enough to have the day off like I did today!
*If you don't "do" FB,  just let me know below and I'll send you the pdf anyway :)
This giveaway will close on Friday, 10/12/12.

Blessings to you,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to Lock An App on iPad, iPod, or iPhone

Buckle your seat belts, my friends.  I got the official word that I will be receiving 8 iPads for my classroom-EIGHT!! I am more excited than a child on Christmas morning.  This has been a goal of mine for the past year and I can't believe it's finally happening!!  As a result, you will be seeing lots of techy posts on my blog.  I'm learning as I go and I want to share all my new found knowledge, successes, and failures with you. (May my failures be few!).

My first order of business as I prepare for our class iPads is management.  How do I keep my 2nd graders on task so their learning is optimal?
  This "guided access" feature is genius.  (You can also use this same feature on your iPhone to keep your own little ones from calling China!)

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 3:

Step 4:

Step 5:
Open the app you want to lock.  Triple click the home button and you'll see this screen. Click "Start"
(Have you downloaded the Brainpop and Brainpop Jr. apps?

Step 6:  Enter your passcode to enable the lock.  Anytime a child tries to click the home button and leave the app this "Enter Passcode" box will appear.

Step 7:  The student will see this message if they try to leave the app.

Step 8:  Once you triple click the home button and enter your password you can click "End" to exit the app.

To lock a new app, once you've opened the desired app, just triple click the home button and click "Start" (step 5)
What a great feature to keep our little guys on task!

BTW-I was so excited about my iPads and all the great posts to come that I redesigned my blog! Enjoy!

Blessings to you,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Classroom Management Can Be a Treat!

Have you seen these?

At Wendy's, you get 10 free Frosty coupons for $1.  I picked up about 3 of these treasures.  When my kiddos need some extra encouragement to behave, I announce that I am looking for one and only one mystery student.  It's amazing what they'll do for a frosty.  Even Johnny Cantsitstill is on his best behavior! Let me know how it works for you! 

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Writing Traits: Voice

Today we focused on the writing trait of VOICE.  Here's the anchor chart we used.

Visit my TPT store to purchase this 2nd grade newsletter template for your classroom for only $0.75!

Blessings to you,