Thursday, October 17, 2013

That's a Fact Jack!

What do you do with a class full of 15 boys that love hunting, camouflage, and creatures of any kind?  I also have 6 girls that love the outdoors too.  But my boys can tell you when opening day for squirrel hunting is and let's not forget coon season.

I came across some great items on TpT that are Duck Dynasty.  Without a doubt, I knew what to do.  I waited until the kiddos had learned some about facts and opinions and place value before we had a Duck Dynasty kind of day.


And wouldn't you know it, on the candy aisle at Wal-Mart, I found some special treats!  Yummy!!!  That's a Fact Jack!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Eating Our Way through Math

Carb Day in Second Grade, you ask?  By the looks of this, it may seem like it!  
We put up the plastic base ten blocks, and grabbed some food to help us with place value this week. What a yummy way to learn about place value!  We used saltine crackers to represent hundreds, pretzels sticks to show tens, and Cheerios for the ones place.  Each student made their own placemat for place value.  Then we started the fun.  One did a variety of problems. I called out a number, and the students had to show me a way to represent that number using the fewest pieces of food.  Then they had to show me a different way using more pieces.  Students also had to read word form to show some number  and expanded form.  I just wrote a bunch of different problems on the smart board.  Students also partnered up, and I gave them one number to show me two different ways.  Of course, every now and then I would tell them to eat five Cheerios or a cracker.  One of my students even told me that this was a great way to teach math!  Melt my heart!  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Making Words Fun

I love fun apps that are free!  Don't you!  This is one my students, and I love a ton.  Chicktionary is a make words activity.  You make as many words as possible and try to figure out what the mystery word.  The students love the clucking noise.  This is one of the apps we use during Daily 5, and it is a hit!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fun Finger Pointers

Finger pointers are so much fun.  I always tell my students to get their fingers not their pickers ready when we read.  They love this, and if you teach little ones you know they love to pick their noses!  Yuck! Gross!  I know you are picturing that one student right now, hiding behind a book or their hand as they dig for gold!  Anywho, let's get back on topic...finger pointers.  The fall is the best time to pick up these fun things.  I have bat rings, witch fingers, star wands, and skeletons.   So go get you some pointers and try to stop some of those pickers!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Throwback Thursday Fall Freebies

This time of is year is always fun and exciting for us...pumpkins, bats, ghosts, candy corn, treats, tricks, owls, scarecrows, and so much more.  Check out this old post and go grab and an adorable witch writing freebie.  

Who does not love a treat this time of year (anytime of year)?  The other Throwback Fall Freebie I have is sweet to say the least.  It is a fun way to review adjectives and snack on some candy corn too.  Enjoy this tasty treat.

Happy Fall!