Second Grade Nest: April 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Making Homemade Bird Feeders for Earth Day


Today, we were supposed to go to our 4H outdoor field trip, but it rained all day and thundered a bit, so they came to us! One of the activities they did with us was creating a cheap and easy bird house for Earth Day! 

homemade bird feeders- earth day activities- hands on crafts for kids in the spring

homemade bird feeders- earth day activities- hands on crafts for kids in the spring

homemade bird feeders- earth day activities- hands on crafts for kids in the spring

homemade bird feeders- earth day activities- hands on crafts for kids in the spring


And for last minute ideas for Earth Day:


Friday, April 19, 2013

Three Digit Addition and Subtraction



three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers

We started our three digit addition and subtraction centers for review on Wednesday and repeated them on Thursday. Today was our test and I think the centers really helped them. A LOT of kids still really struggle with the concept for subtraction from 1,000 with all those zeros, but I remember always struggling with that, too. 

Check out my kiddos in action! 
three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
There are 3 printables in the pack!
1 subtraction, 1 addition, and 1 mixed sheet. 
I stapled it together and made it one of my centers. 

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
Here the kids had to race each other to subtract or add three digit numbers. 
(And yes, that is one of my second graders counting on her fingers. GRR....)

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
One of the centers was a spinning a problem center.
The students are asked to spin two numbers, then the function. 

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
Here, we have a matching game, you pull a problem, solve it, match it to their sum or difference. 

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
This is really tough to see, but students are solving their math problems, then sorting the math problems into regrouping or not regrouping sheets. 

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
The students LOVED the little owls on their dice for roll a problem. 
This also helped them wait until the end to set up a subtraction problem, just in case they got a bigger number. This skill is good for future word problems. A lot of students always want to put the first number they see on the top without thinking about how 2450-800 isn't even possible. 

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
Here the students worked with adding and subtracting over the number 1,000. The subtraction problems were 1,000-#, which is still quite hard for the kiddos! The addition problems are sums over 1,000! 

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three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers
(Link: Math Centers)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Clocks and Telling Time Ideas


Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks


This is my first year teaching time. Teaching Kindergarten, I was never allowed to really teach time, so being my first year in 2nd grade, this is a first. It is tough getting the :05 minutes to stick! Practice, practice, practice. It is very draining! But the kids are loving it, they are asking what time we are going to do everything so they can see how far away it is. 

Lakeshore Learning has amazing telling time sets! 10 come per pack. My kids really like them! 
Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocksTelling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks
And the best part of this resource is that you can tier it to the common core standard for your grade level! Second goes to the nearest five minutes, so I can make it harder for my kiddos! 

I found two pins on Pinterest I did in my classroom and my kids LOVED them! 
Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks
This is the original pin I found on Pinterest: you can find it in my math board.
Put a hula hoop up on the board and have students writing the hands. 
Suggestions: 
Use 2 hula hoops and have board races.
Use 2 different colored markers for the minute and hour hand!  

Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks
This is also the original pin from Pinterest, not my own craft, find it here
Use a cut up sentence strip, glue, paper plate, and a brad. 


Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks
 (Link: Time Pack )

Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks
 (Link: Time Pack )

Telling Time activities- hands on math activities to help your students learn how to tell time and work with clocks
 (Link: Time Pack )

(Link: Time Pack )



Friday, April 5, 2013

Getting Ready for Earth Day with a FREEBIE


I had an absolutely wonderful time in San Diego/L.A.! I am so sad that I'm back and my Spring Break is almost over. But I need to get back into school mode for another 8 weeks! I can do this, I can do this! 

While I'm lesson planning and prepping for the rest of the year, I have prepared for our next holiday. Earth Day is at the end of this month, so I have a couple of seasonal items planned!


Here is my CRAFTIVITY!! 
Earth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample page

Earth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample pageEarth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample page



FREE- Earth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample page
^^ I am allowing this page to be a FREEBIE!!^^
Check out my product if you like the quality and would like the craftivity to go with it! 


And here is my CENTERS PACK! 
Earth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample page

5 ELA Math Stations
-Addition w/ Dominoes
-Add 3 Numbers with Dice
-Measurement
-Place Value Blocks
-Telling Time to the Hour
Earth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample page

5 ELA Centers
-Sight Word Matching
-Color by Sight Word
-ABC Order
-Making Words (with 'Earth Day Fun')
-Word Family Sorting 
Earth Day Writing Activities and Crafts- with a freebie writing sample page