Angry Birds and Dr. Seuss

As I posted yesterday we are heading full force into the Angry Bird writing project.  I made some examples of the birds for my kiddos to see that are birds featured in the game.  These are examples because they can't copy the birds in the game, they have to create their own NEW Angry Bird.  But they are pretty cool.

We also wrote some about MLK which began with "I have a dream..." of course! They came out pretty great. The best was one little boy whose dream was that "everyone would have a friend because friends are hard to find even at school and everyone should have a friend for sleepovers." I have been all about writing lately!  Tomorrow I have a half day sub to help me complete my assessments but since I am a little bit OCD I have already finished.  Therefore, I'm supposed to spend my time planning.  I plan on creating/gathering some new resources for small group comprehension since this is what I believe will help boost my kiddos reading comprehension the most.  I will post what I find, stay tuned!

Make your own Angry Bird

Okay, so I am sharing something that I totally didn't make but I think it's so cool that I wanted to share it with everyone.  Smart Chick Teacher posted a FREE unit with writing activities about Angry Birds.  I don't know about you but my kids LOVE those sling-shooting little feathered friends. I downloaded the packet and plan to spend the next 2-3 weeks completing the activities (theres that many!!).  Click on the picture to head over to her teacher's notebook store and check it out!!


my classroom lately, according to my iPhone

One of my favorite blogs, Rockstar Diaries always has posts that are according to her iPhone and they are just so cute that I thought I would do a school edition.

Math journal foldable for even and odd review.  I used part of a paper bag that was leftover from a Bag Ladies project.  They cut it up the middle, wrote even and odd on each side.  On the inside they had to draw a set of shapes or symbols that we either even or odd as you can see above.  They could choose any number they wanted.

We introduced and studied triple venn diagrams.

 I saw this on pinterest as a "tattle monster" but since I teach 2nd grade where usually tattling isn't too bad I use it as an "AR monster".  We are big into A.R. at our school. Whenever they get a 100% on a test they fill out a slip of paper and "feed the AR monster". At the end of the week we draw names for each grade level and they get to go to the treasure box.  

This is my nobi friend where I do all of my mClass assessment.  It's very high tech and exciting : )  This is the first full year we are using mClass (we started in the middle of the year last year) and this little guy has been getting quite a workout.  Before him (as in the beginning of last year) I was using good ol' fashion carbon copy running records!  But just when I get good at using the nobi, we are supposed to be getting a bamboo tablet pad thing instead.  I'm kinda bummed because the nobi is usually pretty nice to me and learning something new is always tough. 

Right before break when my kiddos were bouncing off the walls I gave in a did a fun glyph (gasp!). I know, I know where's the rigor or the common core alignment???  Since I felt bad doing something that wasn't so academic, they also wrote imaginary stories to go with their gingerbread men and we read several versions of the story as a class.  The glyph is from Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade and is a free download from her TPT store! 
This is technically the hallway but here is a picture of our 2012 new years resolution flip books.  I know I made a cute copy and all but I forgot to copy it and wanted to do it RIGHT THEN so I just used construction paper. 

And finally....we have been talking solid shapes this past week and each kiddo created their own set of solid shapes.  They were free from super teacher worksheets but as you may have read in my previous post, they are no longer free.  Although, I didn't last very long and already became a member.  : )


The Flat Stanley Project 2.0

In the next few weeks I will be completing ALOT of assessment for the middle of the year.  After that I plan on having a little fun with The Flat Stanley Project!  You have more than likely heard of this before since it has become quite popular among schools.

Last year I looped with my kiddos from 1st to 2nd grade and had a problem.  I had already done The Flat Stanley project in 1st and didn't want to do the same thing again for 2nd grade.  So, my wonderful teacher assistant and I put our heads together and came up with The Flat Stanley project 2.0.  It is not your normal send in an address and mail him off project.  Instead it became a research project with an opportunity to increase our global awareness by learning about amazing places all around the world that each Flat Stanley "visited".  I also had already read the original book by Jeff Brown but found that there is a whole series of Flat Stanley worldwide adventures.  The African Safari book was on sale for $1.00 through scholastic and I ordered a class set which we read instead of the original.  There are more that have been published since then that are also available through the scholastic book orders. The kids LOVED the book and project. They went well above and beyond.

I created a packet of materials that are needed to complete the project and posted it to TPT!  You can get the project by clicking on the picture below if you're interested .  And a big THANK YOU to Amy Lemons over at Step Into Second Grade for her power point tutorials.  I used to make all my stuff in Microsoft word but she showed me how easy powerpoint is! Hope you had a nice weekend and are ready for the week ahead!

*UPDATE: This packet has been updated in October 2012.  Please check out the new packet on TPT*