Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zoo to You this Two for Tuesday

It's Two for Tuesday! I know you'll like what I have to offer and it is such a good deal

First item is a fun zoo unit!
Here's a description

Students get to use the information they have learned and engage in five activities about graphing while taking a survey about students' favorite animals, repeated addition while counting animal legs and making a zoo map, adding money while making a menu for the zoo snack bar, and presenting information about an animal at the zoo theater. These are 2nd grade C.C. standards, but can be a great review for 3rd graders.

Here is a sample activity:
 Classroom tested. Student approved.
This product for $5.00 $2.50

Next item is also filled with various activities.
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In this unit students add dollar amounts while grocery shopping, identify the attributes of solid figures while making a sand castle, make an array with sea creatures, make a kite while identifying plane shapes, and writing a post card telling about the fun they had at their Day at the Beach.

Here is a sample activity:
These are also 2nd grade standards, but can be used as a fun way to review with 3rd graders.

This product for $5.00 $2.50

Also going on. . .
Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Writing Table: The Color Dictionary

All of my students are familiar with the writing table. It's my favorite place in the classroom. It has so many great resources. It probably has too much stuff on it. I probably need a bigger writing table.

The writing table is where kids go to make their writing better, to find some cool writing supplies, and to sit if they need a time out . . . I don't have another place for them to sit.

So what's on the writing table that makes it my favorite place in the classroom? I'll show you!

This week, I'll tell you about the Color Dictionary. 

 To make your own Color Dictionary you'll need a box of 64 or more Crayola crayons, some blank paper, and a folder or something to store your dictionary. I don't buy crayons other than Crayola so I'm not sure if you can use other brands. It's all about the color names that Crayola uses.
On separate sheets of paper, write or print out basic colors--red, pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and brown.

Pour out all of your crayons and separate them into piles based on color. As you can see, I put my crayons in cups.

Take one of the piles and the matching sheet of paper. For example, the paper that reads "orange" and all of the shades of orange crayons.
Color a sample of the crayon color on the page. Next to the sample, write the color that is written on the side of the crayon. I typed the colors out because I'm a perfectionist.
 Continue repeating this with each shade of the color you are working on. Do the same with each color.
 Finally put the Color Dictionary together in a folder or binder.
 I have done this activity with my entire class and gave each group a color to work on together. It worked out fine.

So how does this Color Dictionary work?

When student's are in the revising stage of writing, they go to the writing table to make their writing better. One way they do this is by adding color detail. If a student is describing his brown dog, he goes to the Color Dictionary and turns to the Brown page, looks through all of the shades of brown then decides which shade of brown his dog matches. 

So instead of writing My brown dog is the best!, he would write My brown chestnut brown dog is the best!

Kids absolutely love using the Color Dictionary. It's probably one of the best ways to teach revising. I mean how many times have you asked your kids if there's anything they can add to make their writing better? With the Color Dictionary, you can remind them to add colors to make their writing better.

As you're reading your student's writing, you'll be so entertained. You'll actually want to read it! Did I just say that? Come on, you know their writing can get a little boring. With the Color Dictionary, kids will have more fun and it'll shine through!

If you liked this idea, check out this post.

I have made the color dictionary available:


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two For Tuesday--7/22

I'm linkin' up with The Teacher Tribune for Two for Tuesday!

This week I'm offering Unit 1: Narrative Writing in 2nd Grade. This product includes engaging activities to get students writing a narrative. 
Narrative Writing in 2nd Grade
 Beginning with story structure, students will practice identifying characters, setting, and plot in order to get them ready for their own narratives. Following are lessons and activities intended to focus students' attention on writing strong beginnings and endings for narratives. Finally, using what they have learned, students will write a narrative with guidance and independently. 

Sale Price: $4!

The second product I'm offering is Dinosaurs: Informational Text for the Common Core.

Dinosaurs! Informational Text for the Common Core

In this product, students will learn about fossils, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor. 

There at total of 5 leveled articles for students to read, take notes, and compare and contrast. 

Students can use the information to sort dinosaur facts, write an opinion or narrative from provided prompts and/or write a research report using the book included in this product.

Sale Price: $2.50! 
 Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 21, 2014

How Sweet It Is!

This week's Monday Made It was inspired by two blog posts from last week.

I loved the "Caught bee-having" bucket idea from Miss Nelson. I had to work my creative magic so the bucket could fit in my room. This is what I came up with!

I took it a step further . . .I have a glass jar filled with Smarties in my classroom. About once a day I ask the kids a "smarty question," which is a question that is higher order and requires some thinking. If a student gets the smarty question correct, she gets a Smartie. So I made this new bucket for Smarties. I've made it available at my TpT store for free if you're interested.

Sweet Candy Theme Classroom Decor
The next idea I found at  Foreman Teaches. She made a bucket for mentor text, which students can read after she reads to the class. I loved the idea because my students also love to read my books after I have read them. With this idea, the books are in one basket and the students can read them independently when they are finished with their work.



Next I made a behavior clip chart to match the sweetness theme that I have going on in my classroom.
This is also found for free in my TpT store :)

And it doesn't end there! I also printed and laminated my grammar anchor charts. I color code them so students know when they're looking at red, that means nouns (blue=verbs, purple=pronouns and yellow=adjectives). I clipped them to coordinating ribbon, but plan on using Velcro to attach them.

 Grammar Anchor Charts {Common Core Aligned}
That's it! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Listen Up!


I'm linking up with Mrs. Jump's Class once again for Book Talk Tuesday!

I want to share one of the first books I read to my class (excluding all of those first day of school favorites :)), Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! written by Wynton Marsalis.
 Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure
Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! is a book about the sounds heard through a busy neighborhood. From the sound of a door opening to the sound of trucks rumbling and the sound of music playing.

When I saw this book, I thought it would be perfect for teaching writing.
 We always begin the year with writing a narrative about the first day of school. I like to get my kids started right away with Bold Beginnings--types of leads which make writing awesome! The lead, or Bold Beginning, I introduce to my kiddos is "Listen Up!"
I tell the kids we can start our writing with a sound, which will make our writing more interesting. Generally, they have no idea what this means. Who can blame them, they're six and seven. So I read the book and they hear and see the sounds the author is describing.
After reading the book, we discuss the sounds they heard in the story. We talk about how the author gets to decided how to spell the sounds and there is no right way. Then the kids get to practice! I give them this worksheet and let them make up some sounds.
 After they get the hang of this, we write our class narrative, which begins with a "Listen Up!" beginning.The kids use "Listen Up!" all year long. As soon as I read their first sentences, I'm hooked!

Here are some student samples from their narrative writing:
Blop! Blop! I can hear the fish making bubbles.
Yay! Whoo hoo! I heard excited kids.
Boom! Boom! I hear my favorite band.
Please! Please! Please! I hear myself whining. 

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