Second Grade Nest: October 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Student Teacher's First Lesson

This is my first year with a student teacher. I absolutely love having her in the classroom, but I will say, it is difficult to give up and let things happen! I just want to fix everything, but I know I need to let go and let her learn. I am usually such a structured and routine person and my class this year is rowdy! It kills me already that things aren't going perfectly. However, my student teacher planned and taught her first lesson today. I gave the little kids a pep talk and possibly promised them a Power Pellet (M&M Mini's- brilliant idea from Haley at My Silly Firsties). 

My student teacher rocked it! 
And the kids did pretty well, too! 

She started with a CUBES poster. This is not the one we created for the classroom. I forgot to snag a picture of that, but we made it look very similar! 

The kids started out with spiderweb Ziploc baggies with story word problems. 

The kids marked up their word problems with a pencil using the CUBES method, then used their markers to solve! 

We have resorted to markers on the table because our white board baggies have become a very dramatic issue for my second graders. (They are [fist] fighting over bags with colored markers in them, I've lost boards, I've lost socks, missing markers. It's just chaos. So for now, we are writing on our tables.)

These students were very engaged! 

The one on the right NEVER works w/ a partner. 
He usually refuses to move out of his seat when we assign partners, but we allowed students to pick their own partners today instead of our magic cup partner sticks. He actually participated and he got a clip up and a Power Pellet for it!

And after a long day of teaching and mentoring, I am off to work on my new product. 
I am SO EXCITED about this new one! It'll be out next week.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Interactive Notebook Set Up

Last week, I blogged over at the Primary Chalkboard. 
I discussed the different ways I have done interactive notebooks in my classroom. 

Flip-flap style


Input/Output writing style

Want to learn more about these two styles. I talk about both of them in more detail at the Primary Chalkboard.
Check out the blog post here

It outlines both styles! 
Let me know which you like the best! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday (Learning Targets)

Ms. DeCarbo made my life easy! 
Wednesday blog post with no words! Wordless Wednesday. Just answer the question in the comments! 

How in depth and detailed is your school/district with daily/hourly learning targets?

 (As you can see, my answer is VERY detailed.)

Hop over and check out other Wordless Wednesday posts.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Interactive Writing

Coming at ya from Starbucks this morning!
Blogging and Starbucks brings me much joy! 
Today's blog focuses on interactive writing pieces. Check them out!

The three sets you'll see are for the 3 standards in common core.
If you are a non-CC state, these are still important skills to hit with your students! 
You'll see informational writing, opinion writing, and narrative writing below. 

Opinion Writing: 
Students pick the topic they like better, cut it out, write reasons why they like it better, add an introduction and conclusion, then transfer it over to a final draft. 




Informational Writing: 
Students pick the topic they want to research, spend time researching with books or the internet, write 3 facts, add a conclusion and introduction, then transfer it into a final draft. 





Narrative Writing:
Students cut three pictures out and arrange them into a way that makes sequential sense for their narrative story. They'll write their beginning, middle, and end, then rewrite it into final draft mode. 

Sorry, it is sideways! 

ALL of these packs come with primary line option or intermediate line option.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Five for Friday

Five things that happened to me this week...
And here I go! 

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I'm finally adjusting to the way my new school works. It's SO different from what I am used to. Here is a peak at two things that are new for me. 

Targets: WAY more focus! 
I am used to posting them on Monday, reading them on Monday, and not really looking into them until Friday (or end of unit), where we check for success. 
At my new school, we focus on targets every single day, we talk about power verbs, identify and define tricky words (such as main idea in the idea below), and even do some phonics and foundations at the same time. 
It definitely helps.

Interactive Notebooks: WAY more structured.
I'm used to doing my phonics INB or reading response INB or Blair's math INBs. My new school calls these ICNs for Interactive Content Notebooks. 
There is an INPUT and OUTPUT for each entry.
Input is our guided activity where we look at a graphic organizer or anchor chart (usually from Pinterest). Output is our short answer response, with a constructed short answer! 
Our entire school uses this format. 
Target is always written at the top of each page.

Input options: 
Graphic organizer or anchor chart image 

Short answer or constructed response

Regrouping.... I have NOT missed you! 
They either get it, or they don't.
Am I right? It's either simple, easy-peasy. 
Or it is the most confusing concept kids have ever heard of. 

I will be busting out my Double Digit addition centers next week to help us practice! 

Shame on me... I've been using an IKEA chair for my computer chair for years. 
It was hard, uncomfortable, and gave me extreme backaches, especially when I spend time working on making TPT products.
I decided I needed an office chair. I went to Staples and splurged. 
I highly suggest it!! 

Personal life fun... I have had a busy week! It was my fall break, so I had Friday and Monday off.
Here are some of the fun things I did. 
To celebrate Mitch's birthday, we spent our day outside.
We started our day with a 20 mile bikeride on the Loveland bike trail.
It was amazing! It was the best fall weather, too! 

We rented two bikes from a bike store and went on our way. 

We rode by this spooky abandoned warehouse. Oh my goodness, I was in awe and I have NO idea why. I loved it, haha! So spooky for Halloween. 

We also went to Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse for dinner. Amazing! 
Happy birthday, Mitch! 

I took some time out of my day for a total house clean... 
This involved cleaning my Keurig. If you haven't done so in a while, do it. My coffee is better than ever. But schedule a big chunk of your day for this! It took forever! 

I also spent time with this little nugget! 
I'm in love! 

My friend came up for the weekend.
We went downtown, to the aquarium, to King's Island, and to the casino.
It was a blast! 

And of course, some coffee and TPT time. 

Check out other great week's at Doodle Bug's Teaching.