Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time Flies!

Wow! I apologize for the lack of blogging! It has been a crazy last few months! I have my very first student teacher working with me in my classroom this half of the year. She is almost done and I have loved every minute of it! We will all miss her when she leaves!

While she has been teaching full days, I have been able to work a little bit on creating some activities for my kiddos and for my TPT store. All of the things I have been working on have been geared toward second grade, since I have gotten official word that I will be in second grade AGAIN next year! Yeah! This will be my FIRST TIME in 7 years that I was able to stay in the same grade level for more than one year in a row! I am excited to continue to "master" the second grade!

If you go to my store (here), you will notice a bunch of new things. The biggest thing I have been working on is my math packets. I have created math packets with common core aligned activities to help make the transition a little more easy and a little more fun. I have made these for my own classroom because we haven't been able to settle on (or really find, for that matter) a math curriculum that is common core written/aligned well enough for our liking. If ANYONE has any ideas, I would love to hear them from you! Do you have a common core math curriculum at your school? It was the big discussion at our staff meeting this morning, and it was very frustrating! There will be 14 math packs total, and I just completed #6. I will have all 14 created by the beginning of next school year. We had used my created packs for math, and then we heard about Eureka math, so we decided to give it a try for the second semester, and its not really our "cup of tea", so we will be going back to just pulling and implementing our own math activities. I think I like that a little more, it gives the students a chance to have more hands-on activities and games, and they seem to enjoy it more, too. Thank goodness for Pinterest!

I am also creating HARCOURT STORY TOWN powerpoint presentations (on Notebook software) for each day/lesson to use in my classroom next year. I had been using the PCBOE website powerpoints, but they shut down and since I am new to second grade this year, I don't have them all. They will be $.50/day. Just $2.50 per lesson! I have begun creating them, and I will add them to my store as I make them. They will all be completed by the beginning of next school year.

Since my last blog post, I have also added a new fantasy writing outline. I created this because I couldn't find any outline that I could adapt to my class to cover the fantasy portion of our writing curriculum, so I just created one and it seemed to work great. You should have read some of the fun fantasy stories my kiddos came up with! You can find that here.

I have also added "At Home Copies" to my store... A list of each lessons (Harcourt Story Town) spelling words, challenge words, sight words, vocabulary words to keep at home to study and use as a reference. That is $2 and you can find it here.

I hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather. We will be hitting the 60's today! Major change from just two months ago when it was -40 without the windchill! North Dakota winter was BRUTAL this year! Thank goodness it's over...hopefully I didn't just jinx it! We had a storm on April 15 of last year. We are finally seeing grass, making me anxious for our High School Golf season! Take care and God Bless!

Monday, December 16, 2013

StoryTown Proofreading Packet




Last year when I taught first grade, I create three packets that allowed students to edit and illustrate the proofreading sentences provided by Harcourt's StoryTown curriculum. Now that I am in second grade, I have created a proofreading packet for the provided sentences. However, this one does not have a place for illustrations, but it does have smaller writing lines to focus more on proper handwriting. This pack contains all 30 lessons, 5 days per lesson. All 5 days can be found on one sheet with writing lines. The pack for all 30 lessons is only $1.50 in my TPT store. Even if you don't have the Harcourt StoryTown curriculum, your students will benefit from this pack. Not only will they get practice fixing grammar errors, they will also work on their handwriting as well. 

To get this pack for ONLY $1.50, click here.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Second Grade Common Core Math Pack #4

We have been trucking right along in our math class using the common core math packs I have created. It seems as though I can't make them fast enough, but I am managing as best as I can. Last night I finished pack #4 and put it on my teachers pay teachers store for $10. When you're there checking it out, don't forget to check out my first three math packs as well. There will be 14 total, with 4 review packs at the end. Each pack comes with:

*10 common core based math activities
*10 common core based in-class worksheets
*10 common core based skills review homework worksheets  
*10 fact practice in-class worksheets
 *10 fact homework worksheets  
*1 common core skills assessment
*1 fact assessment
*1 math journal (10 lessons)  
*1 Assessment Recording sheet  
*1 Standards hit checklist

The lessons in the pack include: Comparing two and three digit numbers using <, >, =. Creating and interpreting bar graphs (creating a large bar graph by reviewing smaller bar graphs and using the information), three-digit place value, and writing numbers in expanded form. 










I enjoy making these packs and I enjoy feedback. If there are any questions or concerns regarding these math packs, my email is provided below. 

mycolorfulclassroom@gmail.com

To view my math pack and my TPT store, click here

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Writing, Writing, Writing...

If you're like me, you have a love/hate relationship with writing in the classroom. When my kids are pumped up and into it (writing stories for example)...I absolutely love to teach writing. But for those not-so-exciting writing assignments, I feel like I am pulling teeth to get quality writing out of my kiddos. Because of this, last year I took all of the Story Town (Harcourt) writing lessons from FIRST GRADE and created user-friendly, easy-to-use packets for kids to use and build their writing skills, while still staying with our writing curriculum. I have noticed that lots and lots of people have been using my writing packets (3 packets, 10 lessons each). Since I am teaching SECOND GRADE this year, and now that I have some extra time, I have created the first packet for the SECOND GRADE STORY TOWN WRITING LESSONS 1-10. You can find the packet here.




Monday, October 28, 2013

Second Grade Common Core Math Pack is HERE!

Here is the newest pack of my 18-pack common core series. In this pack, you will find standards based lessons that work with graphs, three-digit place value, and money word problems. In every pack you can find 110++ pages of:

*10 common core based math activities
*10 common core based in-class worksheets
*10 common core based skills review homework worksheets
*10 fact practice in-class worksheets
*10 fact homework worksheets
*1 common core skills assessment
*1 fact assessment
*1 math journal (10 lessons)
*1 Assessment Recording sheet
*1 Standards hit checklist

To check this item out, or view my TPT store, click here. (Or you can click the picture, if that's what you really want to do:))








 

Second Grade Common Core Resources

Hello all- I have been adding several packs and bundles to my site full of common core ideas. Check it out! (Click on the picture)

Friday, October 11, 2013

TPT Birthday Sale!

My birthday is Monday, October 21. In celebration of my birthday, I am throwing a 20% off sale on EVERYTHING in my TPT store. Don't forget to drop by and check out all of my items! And remember to mark your calendars for Monday, October 21. 20% off...how awesome! :)ALL ITEMS! Click the picture below to view my TPT store.