Thanksgiving Recap and Jan Brett

Thanksgiving break is finally here. Last week was one of those weeks where I had so much "cute" things planned and didn't even get half of it crud. Here are some of the things I managed to squeeze in.
First we made these little turkey decorations for our family Thanksgiving lunch at school. This was a super easy project to make and they turned out cute.  I cut out leaves using our schools die cut for the leaves. They glued the body and leaves to a toilet paper roll cut in half. Added some googly eyes and there you have it!

We used Creekside Teacher Tales e-book The Trouble With Turkeys for our story this week. If you haven't checked our her audio books, you really need too! I can't wait for the Christmas one! My kids loved the story and activities the activities that went along with it.

We made our I'm Thankful For Puppets!

This year I really wanted to study Native Americans and have my students write about what they learned. Now, my super detailed study that I wanted to do didn't happen...but we did manage to learn more about them. I used Native American Learning Pow-Wow by First Grade and Flip Fops to help me out. We read several stories that I borrowed from our library to help deepen our study.
Here we are working on our rough drafts!

The finished product!

Thank you Queen of the First Grade Jungle for the writing pages and Step into Second Grade for the Native American craft freebie!
I did manage to work on some new things. When we come back from the break we will being our Jan Brett author study. She is one of my favorite authors and I love sharing her books with my class. I created a unit designed around her Snowy Treasure series. This simple unit was designed to last a week (possibly 2). I know these next few weeks before Christmas will be crazy so I wanted to make something simple, yet effective that wouldn't take lots of preparation. You can check out my Jan Brett: A Mini Author Study here.

 This will probably be my last post for awhile. I'm at my parents for a few days then I'm headed up to OKC to spend Thanksgiving with my husbands family. I'm going to take some time away from the computer and enjoy the things I'm thankful for (my followers are one of them!). Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Take Me Back Tuesday: Graphs

I'm linking up with Hope from 2nd Grade Shenanigans for Take Me Back Tuesday! I'll be sharing an "oldie but goodie" post with you today! One of the reasons why I started my blog was to make a "scrapbook" of my teaching career. I'm trying to plan the next several weeks leading up to Christmas and I completely forgot I did this! Here is how I taught graphs last year right before Christmas!

Original Post: December 18th, 2012 

Last week we began our short study on graphs in math! I did not want to start anything new right before Christmas so I tried to keep it short and sweet! Let me tell you we had SO much fun! I'm sure you've seen this idea floating around pinterest and I just had to do it! I was inspired by Oh Good Graph!
I simply took some poster board, made 2 bar graphs and 2 vinn diagrams and laminated them so I can use them year after year. I chose Christmas questions for our display in the hallway! Here's how they turned out. This data was collected by both 2nd grade classes at my school.
What's your favorite Christmas carol?
Do you like hot or cold weather better?
Who's your favorite Christmas character?
Do you like hot chocolate or apple cider better?
I then found this awesome FREEBIE on TPT Graphing Activity: " I Moustache You a Question". "did this on Friday and it was their "test"! Each student had to come up with their own question and answer choices. They then made a moustache using the template provided and a popsicle stick! They had to go around to each student and say "I moustache you a question: followed by their question! They tallied each vote and then graphed their results! They LOVED this and it was so much fun to watch!! Here they are in action!
I hope everyone is surviving this week!! Only 2 1/2 more days for me!!
Marcy :)

Five For Friday: 2 Digit Addtion, Communities, Story Elements and So Much More! (Tons of pictures)

This week we have been busy, busy, busy! I'm linking up with with Doodle Bugs for share my Five for Friday! Get ready for LOTS of pictures!

This we dove head first in to double digit addition without regrouping. This makes addition a little tricky when another digit is thrown in there. We used my Double Digit Addition and Subtraction Unit throughout the week. They got the hang of it pretty quick! Here are some activities we did.
Find Someone Who is a partner game that is a class favorite! They had to find a partner and ask them to solve a problem on each others papers. When I say switch, the have to find a new partner. I have an odd number of students in my class so I play too. When they came to me, they got to solve a problem projected onto the whiteboard. (I make the circle the ones place first. I hit the paper and moved it a little. They really can circle the ones place correctly!)
Monday was Veteran's Day. We used this fantastic freebie from Mel D at Seusstastic.
We have been working hard all year on mastering story elements. I think we finally have it down. Earlier in the week I took my story element beach ball out of my cabinet and it had a hole in it. I was so mad because I hadn't had it very long. So I decided to improvise! Don't you just love those spur of the moment teacher ideas with something totally unplanned?!? Here's what I did....I took an empty tissue box and added a story element on each side using an index card! Took less than 5 minutes to make, didn't cost me anything, and the kids thought it was so cool!
The past few weeks we have been studying Communities in Social Studies. I really like to teach S.S. but it always seems to get pushed to the side. Plus our curriculum is probably 20 years old. I try to make it as fun as possible for the kids. Thank goodness for TPT right! We've been using Sarah Cooley's My Community Scrapbook and I the kids just love it! We're not quiet finished with them yet but I'll share them next week when we wrap them up. Anyways, Sarah has this great freebie to go along with her scrapbook. Its a Flat Chip/Flat Chelsea Community Project inspired by Flat Stanley! This is one of my favorite projects to do with the kids all year. The colored their Chip or Chelsea. Then they had to go around town, find somewhere in our community, take a picture with Chip/Chelsea and write why that place is important to our community! Their projects turned out great! With that being said....get ready for lots of pictures!!!
I LOVE the last sentence of this next one!
The parking is very close to the store and the check out is very fast! HAHA!
Ok, I'll stop! Didn't they turn out GREAT!!!
I gave them the option to make a poster or to use the writing paper I provided. You can get that and the rubric I used to grade their projects with here. They aren't very "cutesy" since I made them in all of 5 minutes but they did the job and that's all that matters!
I'm sure I'll get some "its not even Thanksgiving yet" comments for this (LOL) but I'm obsessed with Christmas! I put my tree up this week and just love it! Last January, I bought an 8 1/2 foot, pre-lit tree at Garden Ridge for 85% off! That's right folks! I got this beauty for $16!!! We are super busy starting this weekend for the next several weeks over the holidays. I honestly don't know when I would have gotten the chance. So yes my tree is up before Thanksgiving! I am very THANKFUL for my tree! :)
I told you there'd be lots of pictures! Have a good weekend everyone!

Five for Friday {November 8th, 2013}

It's Friday ya'll Woohoo! I'm linking back up with Doodle Bugs  for Five for Friday. This week was so scattered so bare with me.
We've been working on time in 5 minute increments the past 2 weeks. My kids were really struggling with the quarter and half hours. I created this little poem to help out. You can get it for free in my TPT store. They are slowly but surely getting it. Today we played "3 corners" where I called out a time and they had to go to the matching corner to show their answer. I heard several of them saying/using their poem to help them figure out the answer. We still have a long ways to go though but this has definitely helped.
My husband has been out of town for work all week so its given me a lot of time to create some new products and update some old ones.
Next week we are starting 2 digit addition without regrouping. My Double Digit Addition and Subtraction Without Regrouping unit got a big make over! I added 2 new activities and updated the fonts and frames. I love this unit because its "printer friendly"!
I also made a Thanksgiving Mix It Up! This is an interactive activity for reviewing complete and incomplete sentences. You can read all about my October Mix It Up here. It was a favorite in my classroom for the month of October. I'm going to be making a set of these each month. The Thanksgiving edition includes 10 Thanksgiving themed sentences and a response sheet.
On Monday, we played verb charades to review action verbs from my Verbs: Action Packed Unit. Each student drew a verb card and then they had to act it out while the audience tried to guess the verb. They got so into their performances! This one was my favorite...his word was "kneeling" but everyone's first guess was proposing! He was so embarrassed!
Our spelling test is every Friday. Before the test we always plays some sort of game to review our words for the week. We usually play sparkle because its the kids favorite but today I introduced spelling races! This was one of those activities were you get "Mrs. Bernethy you're the best teacher ever" responses. I'm sure you all know how to play but just in case you don't I'll explain.
I split my class up into two teams. 2 kids come up to the board at a time and I call out a spelling word. The first person to spell it correctly gets a point for their team. If you follow me on instagram you can see a video of my kids playing today. Here's a few pictures. It was hard to get a good shot and focus on them all at the same time.
I think spelling races may have beaten out sparkle for the favorite spelling game in my classroom!
I'm celebrating my 1 year "blog"aversary this week! Click here to read all about it and check out the giveaway! You can enter to win over 20 amazing units from some awesome teacher bloggers out there who have helped me over the last year. Click here to check it out.
You know you want to go enter! Have a good weekend everyone!

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