Second Grade Nest: December 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

New Year's Planning


I'm getting ready for New Year's plans for my classroom. I am going to do a New Year's craftivity and writing work about the holiday. I created a product to help out with my classroom plans. It is for sale at my TPT store!
New Year's Eve Craft and Writing Activities

In the craftivity and writing pack, there are 6 writing pieces including a Making Words recording sheet for 'New Year's Resolutions'. Here is what the craftivity looks like.

Here is my girl option...
New Year's Eve Craft and Writing Activities

And here is my boy option... 
New Year's Eve Craft and Writing Activities


I also made a K/1 pack for my friends in Kindergarten!
This pack is filled with 10 centers- 5 for math and 5 for literacy.

New Year's Eve Centers for Primary students

A few samples of what is inside...

Missing Middles
New Year's Eve Centers for Primary students

ABC Order 
New Year's Eve Centers for Primary students

Addition Match Up 
New Year's Eve Centers for Primary students


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These two products can be found in my TPT store.

New Year's Writing Craft- for resolutions and other goal setting fun    New Years centers for ELA and Math
(Link: Writing Craft)
(Link: Centers)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last Day of School Before Winter Break


Last day before winter break- Pajama Party and Polar Express- move all the desks and watch the movie on the last day of school

My Suggestions:
-Pajamas
-1/2 Day of Hands On Educational Fun
-1/2 Day of Polar Express

The last day before our Christmas break, my students participated in centers. We did the Literacy centers on Monday with the recording sheets, then the Math centers on Tuesday with the recording sheets, then on Wednesday, we did all ten centers without any recording sheets!
This was just a fun, relaxed time where they worked together to "play", but learn at the same time to keep the last day educational.
We pushed all the desks out of the way and did centers on the floor all morning.


Common and Proper noun sort 
Common and proper noun sort- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Addition Facts 
Addition facts- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Plural Sort 
plural nouns- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Even/Odd Sort 
even and odd numbers- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Commutative Property 
commutative property- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Long Vowels vs. Short Vowels  
long and short vowels- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Expanded Notation 
expanded notation- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Past, Present, Future sentences 
past, present, and future- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

Doubles Facts 
doubles facts- Holly Jolly Holiday Centers in Action

All of these activities come from my Holly Jolly Holiday Centers.
Holiday Centers


Then, at the end of the day, we moved out our desks and chairs and watched The Polar Express.  
Pajama Party and Polar Express- move all the desks and watch the movie on the last day of school

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Place Value Activities and Centers


Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies


Last week, I finished up my place value to 100 unit with my kids. 
I used a few of the centers activities from my Place Value Down on the Farm unit. 
The kids really enjoyed it.
 I set up 6 stations that included different place value strategies. 
{There are MORE in my place value pack, but we haven't gotten to thousands yet, so I'll save the rest for later!}

Station 1: Word and Number Word matching

Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies   Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies

Station 2: Identify hundreds/tens/ones houses
Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategiesPlace Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies

Station 3: Representing 3 digit numbers with place value blocks
Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies

Station 4: Represents hundreds, tens, and ones from a 3 digit number 
Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies

Station 5: Identifying how many hundreds, tens, and ones 
Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies

Stations 6: Counting place value blocks 
Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategiesPlace Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies


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All of these centers are included in my Place Value Down on the Farm pack! 
Place Value Activities for 2nd graders- centers and hands on activities to learn place value math strategies

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

Christmas is getting closer! A few of our teachers at our schools have decorated their doors for Christmas and it's really exciting!
Here is my door...
Santa Owls!
Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

One of the Kindergarten doors.
Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

Another Kindergarten door 

Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

And a third Kindergarten door...

Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

These doors have the kids really excited for Christmas.
We also have other decorations throughout the school, but I just wanted to share those.

I did a wants and needs unit in my class and we finished the week off with a magazine wants/needs hunt for our wants and needs stockings. They turned out pretty cute.
A few of the kids had difficulty separating the two! I had some mixed up stockings!

Wants and Needs- stocking cut outs- magazine cut and glue

And finally, here is a picture of the ornaments I made each of my kids this year!
I added Santa faces for confidentiality purposes, but you get the point...

I took their school pictures, glued it to cardstock, laminated, hotglued crayons around the edge, and tied a string around it.

The turned out really cute. I've put them on our Christmas tree outside out classrooms and the kids really love them.
Thanks Pinterest! 


Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

Christmas Door Decorations and Ornaments

Merry Christmas everyone!