Second Grade Nest: May 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

May Happenings



What a week!!! 

1. Started off with a wonderful blogger meet up in Northern Ohio at Gervasi Winery.
Christina DeCarbo from Second Grade Sugar and Spice organized it all! 
The rest of us were...
Amanda Nickerson from One Extra Degree
Lisa from Fourth and Ten









2. Starting our memory books....
We started this week. We still have two weeks left, but I figured if the kids did 1 or 2 pages a day that would be better than all in one week. 


End of the year memory book

I am mixing two products in one for my memory books.
I am using my writing sheets from my K-5 Memory Book and interactive pieces from my Flip Book Memory Book




3. Balloon Rewards!! 
Last year, I posted about doing balloon rewards and my second graders fell in love.
I HAD to do it with my first graders, too! 

behavior management activities for the end of the year- end of the year balloon pop


behavior management activities for the end of the year- end of the year balloon pop



4. Teacher Organizing Binders
I cannot wait to get these printed out and start organizing.
I made 3 different sets so far! 

Here is the polka dot set....

Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life    Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life

Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life    Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life



  
Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life     Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life


Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching lifeTeaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life





Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching lifeTeaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life


Teaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching lifeTeaching Binder- editable teacher binder to organize your teaching life





5. And for my final Five for Friday post....
Happy Survival, teachers.
I have 7 days left with kids, then 4 training days after that...
That equals 12 days until my summer vacation (which actually is interrupted by 2 weeks of summer gifted/talented camp teaching) AH!!! 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

End of Year Gifts


I love giving gifts at the end of the year! 
Here are a few ideas for gifts this year....

Two gift idea for the kiddos:

1. Wordles
These wordles are free to make. The frames are $1 from the Dollar Tree.
Making a unique one for each kid really makes them feel special.
One idea to try- have the students write one or two adjectives about each of the kids in the class, then use those adjectives in their Wordle!

End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year

End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year
$1 document holder

End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year





2. Picture Frames
Pictures were printed from my printer at home. If printed at a store, it costs about $5. The frames are from the Dollar Tree for $1! It isn't the fanciest thing, but the kids love that they have a forever memory of their teacher!
End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year

End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year
$1 Frame
Card Stock
Pictures
Puffy Paint
Glue



One gift idea for parents:
For all our wonderful parents.... we appreciate you.
I will be putting a plant in these pots with a gift card to show my gratitude for my room moms!
End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year

End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year
$4 pot from Michaels
Ribbon
Acrylic Paint
Puffy Paint

End of the year gifts for students- inexpensive ways to gift give at the end of the year



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Memory Books


MEMORY BOOKS

Book #1

I am MOST excited for my first one. I just finished it last night.
My kids were crazy about their interactive notebooks this year. They loved the ability to cut, color, and blue while they were learning. I thought making a memory book incorporating this would be great for my students. 


Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year





Book #2

Shared ABC Book
-For my Kinder and Firstie friends-

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Step 1- Choose MY or OUR, meaning it can be an individual kid's book, or a classroom shared writing book. 
Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year       Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Step 2- Choose if you want blank words or the word given to the kiddos.

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year     Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year





Book #3

And last, but not least, my trusty memory book from last year! 

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year

Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year       Memory books for the end of the year- interactive memory books to help students wrap up their year