Second Grade Nest: October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Quick Math Resources

Common Core math isn't always easy to find resources for. Some curriculum is CCSS-aligned, but you find that there are many standards that are not covered. That's why I have made these quick and easy prep resources that cover each specific standard for first and second grade common core math standards.

 So far, I have created printables for every second and first grade standard. I have now started my centers for each standard, too. 

When teaching primary math, there are many must-have manipulatives.
Here are my favorite...
http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Resources-Two-Color-Counters-Set/dp/B0017D9BDG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446215588&sr=8-1&keywords=two+color+countershttp://www.amazon.com/School-Smart-Components-Plastic-Flats/dp/B003U6QL3G/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1446215778&sr=8-6&keywords=tens+and+ones+blocks
http://www.amazon.com/Expo-Low-Odor-Markers-Chisel-12-Pack/dp/B00006JNK2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446215662&sr=8-1&keywords=dry+erase+expohttp://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Laminating-11-4-Inches-200-Pack-TP3854-200/dp/B00CBAWIIY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446215714&sr=8-1&keywords=scotch+laminating+pouches
What I have learned in 7 years of teaching.... use black Expo markers on laminating pouches. You'll scrub for five years if you use the colored markers!! 


On to our resources!!
I started with second grade since that was the grade level I was most comfortable with. However, once I started working on second grade standards and comparing them to first grade standards, I noticed, there were a lot of similarities.

My old school district cut out color ink three years ago. So, if anything was going to be in color for the last few years, it was coming out of my own pocket. I didn't mind printing in color at all, but for all the standards, I thought black and white ink would be best for teachers on a budget! 


Currently, the O.A. centers are the only ones I have completed, but on my calendar, I have set them 3-4 weeks apart to get completed. The next set (NBT) is due out on November 15th. 
If you're interested in investing in the GROWING bundle, which saves you money, click here
The bundle only has one product in it, but by buying it now, you will save money! 
Printables have a great amount of options in the classroom. I have never been the type of teach to hand a student a worksheet and expect that to be a great lesson, but there are great purposes for these resources in the classroom. I used them as homework, morning work, review, assessments, practice, and even used them in centers sometimes. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-Geometry-2177941https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-Measurement-and-Data-2123461   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-NBT-2043932 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-OA-2012704
 If you click each of those printable images, you will be taken to the individual domain packets, but you can save money by buying the bundle here!


Moving on to first grade! 
 

First grade standards are very similar to second grade standards! As I was making these, I was thinking how far first grade has come and how difficult some of the material is. But those first graders can handle it! 


 Much like second grade,  the O.A. centers are the only ones I have completed so far. On my calendar, I have set them 3-4 weeks apart to get completed. The next set (NBT) is due out on November 15th. 
If you're interested in investing in the GROWING bundle, which saves you money, click here
The bundle only has one product in it, but by buying it now, you will save money! 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/1st-Grade-NBT-2044305https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/1st-Grade-Geometry-2177883https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/1st-Grade-OA-2007813  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/1st-Grade-Measurement-and-Data-2123476

If you click each of those printable images, you will be taken to the individual domain packets, but you can save money by buying the bundle here


I hope these resources make your life easier and make common core more engaging for your students! 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-Math-Centers-2178548     https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Second-Grade-Math-Printables-2012708
 Second Grade Math Bundle for centers and Second Grade Math Printables
Click the images to grab them! 


  First Grade Math Bundle for centers and First Grade Math Printables
Click the images to grab them!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Veterans Day Activities for Elementary Students

Veterans Day is a very important holiday to teach and discuss with students. Some schools may hold assemblies and some may not. I loved our school's assembly. It always got me choked up watching all the veterans getting honored and applauded. Teaching primary students all about Veterans Day is a great way to start out their knowledge of respect and appreciation for our military. 



Chat about it....
Outlining what a veteran is is very important! Then, we can start to talk about what Veterans Day is and why we celebrate it.


Read about it....
After you introduce what Veterans Day is and why we celebrate it, make sure your lessons are educational. These two read alouds are great for students to learn more about our troops and other veterans that may have lost their lives at war.

These paired texts include one nonfiction text and one fiction text about Veterans Day. Students read, comprehend, answer questions, and compare texts. The two texts are one of the themed sets of November Paired Passages.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paired-Passages-November-2161856
(Click the image to purchase.)


Get Crafty....
If your school has an assembly for Veterans Day, make sure to get some Veterans Day artwork on the wall. Have students make posters saying Thank You or hand make cards. 
Educational crafts are great for hallway displays. Letting the veterans look through the hallway at what the students are learning about them will bring them joy and pride. 


(Source: JDaniel14's Mom)
(Source: Study at Home Mama

As always, I hope you left with a few ideas or inspiration for teaching Veterans Day!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Math Ideas



Patterning Fun!!! 
The next few items are patterning activities that I got from Oriental Trading. I stocked up knowing that the kiddos would absolutely love these math activities. 
(Disclosure: I received three products for review from Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.)

These stamps from Oriental Trading are amazing! 
Modeling AB, ABC, ABA, and ABB patterns are made simple and fun with these fall stampers!




I made some freebie pages for these patterning activities! 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7mjRwFty62Lb2ZPXzgySE9SX00/view?usp=sharing
 
This craft from Oriental Trading is also really fun for patterning, too.
Put it in one of your math centers during the fall and you're all set.

My niece tried this one. She was SO close!! 




MORE Halloween Math Fun

 
These apple erasers from Oriental Trading make perfect ten frame markers! 
Check out the way I used them for ten frame and teen frames...


These two pages are also included in the freebie. 
Grab it here! 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7mjRwFty62Lb2ZPXzgySE9SX00/view?usp=sharing


And here are a few pages out of my October On-the-Go pack! 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/October-Printables-926316





Enjoy! As always, I hope you walked away with a few good ideas for your classroom! 
Happy teaching!!