Second Grade Nest: November 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Last Saturday Art Class

For the last 5 weeks, I have done a Gifted and Talented program on Saturday mornings at NKU. I had a group of K-2 students and we would learn about different groups of animals and make fun art crafts.
I have Pinterest and TPT to thanks for a lot of the inspiration!!
Farm Week

Rainforest Week

Pesky Critters Week
(missing a picture of a raccoon craft done Andy Warhol style)

(Sorry its sideways- I'm blogging on the road and can't shift it now.)

I have a fabulous time. It was tough to be motivated to get up on a Saturday and teach, but it was worth it. And I get to do it all over again in March!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Link-Up

These last two weeks have been so fun to teach. And next Monday and Tuesday will be fantastic. I love teaching by theme. So whenever October through December roll around, I'm a happy teacher.

I have plans to use two of my Thanksgiving materials in class Monday and Tuesday and do literacy and math centers all day. I'd LOVE to know what you guys have planned that I could throw into my centers!

What I'm using...
Morning Work and Literacy Center groups

I use these during Work on Writing in my Daily 5 group



I had a laminating party after school last week. I used an ENTIRE pack of laminate. Broke my heart, but it's worth it!

Then, I always like making stuff for my Kindergarten friend, Jessica! I taught Kindergarten for three years, so I certainly love creating for them! 

I would love to see what you have planned for next week.
Link up with a blog post or a TPT link! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nook Piloting!

I was one of the 5 teachers at my school chosen to pilot Nooks for the month of November! We get 12 Nooks to test out from Barnes and Noble with UNLIMITED downloads of any book, magazine, or app that we want!!

We went to a training where they walked us through how to download, charge, and incorporate these into our rooms. 

I created the schedule for when each teacher gets their 6 for the morning/afternoon. We will get them almost every day the month of November! My students LOVE them! 

I am going to be absolutely heart broken when we have to give these back. I really hope our school can work out something to purchase them after our positive feedback. 

The kids LOVED the Smurfs book! 

How timely... the students read Duck for President!

The boys picking out Duck for President! 

Another group reading the Smurfs book. 

A nonfiction animal book.

These students really respond well to new technological changes. 
If your school has the extra money, I would suggest it! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Point of View (and a view at my Veteran's Day plans)

Second grade is the introductory year to point of view. We are not introducing the 1st person and 3rd person yet, but we are introducing to these kids how characters think and feel about what is happening in the story. 

If you are going to introduce point of view, I HIGHLY recommend using these books! 

Start by reading the traditional folk tale/fairy tale, then read the fractured fairy tale and your kids will really respond well to it. 

We responded in our Reader's Workbook notebooks about the differences between the two. 

It's a fun week of reading lessons! Your kids will love it! 

3 day week ahead:

Next week, we get to focus on nonfiction Veteran's Day information since its just a 3 day weekend.

Wednesday: poem and questions on Veteran's Day

{I found this poem on a Google search and loved it}
We will practice our fluency with it.

Thursday: craftivity on Veterans
This is found at my TPT store! My kids really took well to the first craftivity we did, so I am going to try another one!! 

Friday: Veteran's Day assembly
If any of the families at our school have Veterans they know, we honor them in an assembly as a whole school.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Week of Election Stuff and November Currently!

I'll start with my November Currently. I LOVE these!! 
Thanks to Ms. Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade, November's Currently is here.

I am the type of teacher that absolutely adores teaching based around themes. So, September through January for me is basically amazing. :-) There are some teachers who prefer other ways of teaching, but there is nothing I love more than teaching week by week on a different seasonal theme! 

This past week, we learned about Election Day (this kids won't be at school Monday or Tuesday). We did some fun activities, including a mock election and a craftivity. 

Check out these cute boys and girls. :-) 

The craftivity is at my TPT store! 

Then, we had our mock election between Grace, Duck, and My Teacher. 
My kids loved this! 

I started by Reading Duck for President, Grace for President, and My Teacher for President.
Then, I split my kids up into campaign teams.
They made posters for their candidate.
Then, we held a mock election. 

Campaign posters for My Teacher for President.

Campaign Posters for Duck for President

Campaign Posters for Grace for President

If they wanted to vote, they had to fill out a voter registration. (I was appalled with how many 2nd graders didn't know their birthday, address, city, and state.....) 

The ballot box isn't very patriotic, but all teachers know and understand that sometimes, you just have to make things work when time is limited. :-)