Second Grade Nest: May 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Paper Mache... (Yes, l Have Lost My Mind)

A team teacher and I decided that we wanted to do something unique for the end of the year. Our Art funding has been cut tremendously at our district (which I'm sure you're experiencing a similar cut). Our students had one quarter of art because we share our art teacher with our entire district. I thought it would be really fun if we could do something artsy with the kids.

So, we tried it out! And the kids loved it.

Materials Needed:
Balloons
Flour
Water
Newspaper
Tissue Paper

Make sure you cut up LOTS of newspaper and tissue paper for the kids. 


Day 1
Kids get their balloons.
Make the flour and hot water paste. 
Students dip strips of newspaper into the mixture.
Criss-Cross the newspaper strips around the balloon to interlock them for security.
Allow to dry. 




Day 2:
If balloons are dried... use the same paste and get the balloon wet. 
*Do not dip the tissue paper into the flour/water mixture because we found it just dissolves.**
Students put tissue paper squares on the wet balloon and use wet fingers to flatten down to the ball. 




Finished Product! 

Allow to dry over night. 

Tomorrow, I am turning them into hot air balloons by attaching painted milk cartons to the bottom with string! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fun and Easy Tie-Dye


I had so much fun with those kids, that I really thought I wanted to experience that with my kiddos in my regular classroom, too. Starting in February, I started requesting plain white t-shirts. They slowly came in over the last few months. 
I also stocked on a massive amount of Sharpie markers. 
easy to do tie-dye shirts
Materials needs: Sharpies, cups, rubber bands, shirts, rubbing alcohol.

**Make sure that you do this in an open, outdoor area. The rubbing alcohol gets too strong in a small room.**

1.
I wrapped the kids up in garbage bags so their clothes were protected from the Sharpies. Each kid got to cut their own t-shirt out of a garbage bag. I had to staple a lot of them back up because they don't know how little their heads are. :-)
2.
The students sat in groups of 3-5 with an array of markers in front of them. If they needed another color, they were allowed to get up and go get them.

3.
Kids put the cup inside the shirt and wrap a rubber band around the rim. Color a nice DARK design with multiple colors.

easy to do tie-dye shirts

easy to do tie-dye shirts

4.
Adult must pour rubber alcohol onto the circle.
Students swirl and roll around the alcohol on the top of the shirt to make the design spread.
easy to do tie-dye shirts

5. 
Dry the shirts for 45 minute on high before sending home to kids. This helps set in the marker and alcohol. Internet said that they should be washer safe, but I am still advising parents to wash by hand for the first couple of wears! 
easy to do tie-dye shirts

easy to do tie-dye shirts

easy to do tie-dye shirts

**Note to teachers... this will give you the "best teacher ever" title for the rest of the year. My kids were so excited and their behavior was absolutely fantastic.** 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer Step-Up Folders


 I may be crazy, but I'm sending home a folder of work for students to practice some step-up to third grade skills. It, in no way, is required, but I know a ton of students that will massively benefit from continuing to work for just half an hour over the summer! 


 send-home folders for students to work on over the summer- prevent the summer slide

My Folders Include:

  • Parent Letter
  • Reading Log (from Faith Wheeler's packet)
  • Practice Sheets
  • Step Up Math
  • Reading Comprehension Practice 
  • Goodie Bag congratulating students on passing! 
  • (I found my bag of fish idea on Pinterest- genius place that is)

Summer Reading Comprehension PackL.Arts & Math - Summer Fun Packet (2nd Grade)

Envision Math has a "Step Up to 3rd Grade" set of booklets for the students to work on. I will be sending those home. Also, Faith Wheeler has created a great 2nd Grade Summer Packet. 
And lastly, I'm sending home a reading comprehension packet (part of my Summer Reading) that will help kids with their comprehension skills which is very necessary in 3rd. 


send-home folders for students to work on over the summer- prevent the summer slide
Prepped and ready to go! Folders, reading packets, math packets, review packets. 


send-home folders for students to work on over the summer- prevent the summer slide
My assembly line on my bedroom floor Saturday morning! 

 
send-home folders for students to work on over the summer- prevent the summer slide
Don't forget your parent letter explaining the meaningfulness of summer learning. Kids lose so much knowledge over these 2 months and it is important for them to help out! 

I am IN LOVE with my treat bags. I saw these on Pinterest last summer and decided to try to make my own! I think they turned out pretty cute.
send-home folders for students to work on over the summer- prevent the summer slide


I know I'm aiming big, but I really hope that these students can have some motivation to work over the summer and be responsible, however, if they don't, I hope that they AT LEAST explore outside and enjoy their summer. :-) 



Monday, May 13, 2013

Balloon Popping Our Way to the End of the Year


end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year


We are OFFICIALLY in the single digit countdown. Once I hit single digits, I promised myself I would  do the balloon popping idea I found on Pinterest last year! I'm so excited that it is finally up and ready! 

I used 9 balloons and filled them up with 9 different positive rewards for the next day.
If the students can behave all day, we pop the balloons at the end of the day.


Here are all my materials: 
(And actually I didn't use string- our school ladder was in use, so I ended up NOT hanging them up from the ceiling). 
end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year
Rewards:
Bubble Gum Chewing Allowed
Pick Your Own Seat Tomorrow
Lunch Bunch Tomorrow
Sidewalk Chalk Tomorrow at Recess
Outside Reading Tomorrow
10 Extra Minutes of Recess
Play With Bubbles Tomorrow
Movie and Popcorn Tomorrow (schedule to pop this second to the last day)
Special Treat Day (schedule to pop this the last day)

end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year
After four balloons popped on me, I was light headed and flustered! 

end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year
Like I said before, my school ladder was busy being utilized and I promised my kids they would be up  when they got back from Specials, so in a bit of a time crunch, I just stapled them to my cork board on the top of my white board. I kind of like them better here than hanging from the ceiling because they are easier to get to and I don't have to climb! 

end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year

end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year
Here is a close up of the staples and corkboard!
Make sure you don't staple the balloon or it'll pop on you!! 

end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year
The finished product! 
We are TOO excited! 

end of the year balloon pop countdown- free ideas to get your behavior management perfected at the end of the year
(Link: Freebie)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mother's Day Ideas


Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities

I can't wait for my kids to do some Mother's Day fun. They are all getting extremely restless and they are driving me nuts. I want to get them creatively thinking and having some fun with art! 

First, we will start with some art connected to writing. 
Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities

Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities


These two templates are found here: 
Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities
Click here for that craft.


Here is another craft.
This craft has more reading and comprehending involved. The two crafts could be sent home. The previous one is much easier and quicker to work on, while this one has more activities within it. 
Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities



Then....
I found several awesome ideas on Pinterest. 
I'm creating a running list of ideas that I would love to do next week for Mother's Day.
Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities
This is a FREEBIE from my friend Mel D. at Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations. 
(Source: Classroom Freebies)

Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities
This is an adorable craft from Christi Fultz (who actually designed my blog)!
(Source: Ms. Fultz's Corner)

Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities
This would be rather expensive, but an idea for next year to start collecting jars from families throughout the year! 
(Source not found- if you know the owner, please let me know!)

Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities
All you need is construction paper and cupcake liners! Easy! 
(Source: CleverClassroom)

Mother's day ideas for kids- sending home hands-on crafts as gifts for mother's day- quick and easy activities
Making tape and paint. Amazing! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Teacher Linky Party

Welcome to my 'A Day in the Life of a Teacher' linky party! 
I would love to guide you through a teacher's day from start to finish! 
Check out the bottom of this blog post to see other blogger's days as well! 

If YOU want to join this party:
1. Take pictures of your day.
2. Create a blog post guiding us through your day using your pictures!
3. Grab this picture below and link back to my blog.
Link up at the button with the inklinz button!


Here is my day! 

I wake up at 6:00 and get ready! 
My Keurig coffee is a necessity! 

Math time is our first big lesson of the day.
During a daily math lesson, the kids get a guided lesson with me, partner work with manipulatives, then independent time in their workbooks. To the right, you'll see the huge stack of workbooks for me to grade. 

After our math session, we have Daily 5. My favorite time of the day.
At this time in the year, Daily 5 in incredibly independent and self-running. This is a great time for me to conference and work one-on-one. 

LUNCH! 
Break time from Daily 5! We stop around Round 2.
My lunch break is usually making calls or copying papers that I need for that day or tomorrow! 
And I eat as I run around the school. 


Afternoon time between lunch and specials is always a good spelling and vocab study session.
We love using our white boards to practice spelling patterns! 

Continuing our vocabulary practice. We read the story from where our vocab words came from.
Then we made flash cards for partitioning shapes for our test! 

To the left: my bags all packed up and ready to go. 
To the right, gym clothes out and ready to change! And yes, I must have my Kindle while I work on the eliptical. My mind is A.D.D. (I blame teaching) and I can't handle being on a machine for 30 minutes without something to do. 

Lesson plans and grading papers. 
People think we are kidding when we say we bring it all home.... we are not!!

Finally some TPT time!! 
This week, I worked on my Summer Reading Comprehension Pack

And what a fantastic way to end a night: mud mask, manicure, wine, and Pinterest