Sunday, August 13, 2017

Welcome 2017-18 Second Grade SUPERHEROES!!

We are going to have an AHH-MAZING school year. Second grade is such a fun and awesome grade level. In keeping with out superhero school theme this year, the team name for our grade level this year is... The Fantastic Eight! We have the most incredibly dedicated second grade teachers EVER! I cannot wait to get to know my second grade superheroes, as well as get this school year started!

"Second grade is GREAT with The Fantastic Eight!"

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Force and Motion Catapults


What better way to experiment with force and motion than with popsicle stick catapults and pom poms! 

*AND*... why make a single launcher when we can make a DOUBLE launcher to DOUBLE our fun!! This was literally the most fun we have had in science lab so far this year... and we have had some crazy major fun.

We used popsicle sticks, bottle caps, glue, rubber bands, and pom poms. We made our catapults during science lab yesterday, and got to spend all of today's science lab launching pom poms and having an absolute total blast.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I ain't afraid of no ghost!

My second graders had an absolute blast making ghost rockets on Mad Scientist Day!

First... we used black Sharpies to decorated our film canisters to look like ghosts. SPOOKY!

Then... we mixed some water (about 1/3 of the film canister) and cornstarch (about 1/2 tsp) together in the ghost film canisters.

Last... we went outside (very important to do this outside), put a 1/4 piece of an Alka Seltzer tab in the film canister, put the top on the canister, and turned it top side down onto the ground.

... and now let's see all the fun!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What is a Pangram?

This week we will be using the pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", to help improve our handwriting skills. Now that we are working with the Saxon phonics program each day, being able to write and code the words clearly is essential on both the activities and assessments. By using these worksheets in centers over the next couple of weeks, the students will be able to practice their handwriting skills with lowercase and uppercase letters, and become more aware of how to make their letters proper.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Punchcards for Making Good Choices

Punchcards are so much fun in the classroom, and the students absolutely love them... especially the no homework pass! I use the punchcard system in my classroom to reward the student's *good choices*. If at the end of the day a student's name is not on the board, or they have earned their name off the board for turning their day around (we all deserve second chances), then they will get a punch on their punchcard for making good choices. I am constantly amazed at how well my students keep up with their punchcards, and know how many more days until they get to go to treasure chest or pick a classroom coupon. I also think it is so awesome how my students collect all of the punchcards they have completely filled throughout the school year to see who has the most punches... it really shows just how much they want to make good choices to fill their punchcards.

This year I updated my punchcards to match our school theme ~ "Crown Point Elementary... where superheroes reach for the stars".

My SUPERhero themed punchcards...

After getting five punches on the punch card, the students get to go to the treasure box... and once the punch card is filled with all 10 punches, the students can turn it in for a classroom coupon. What is a classroom coupon you ask? Well, here are the classroom coupons I made for the students to choose from (superhero themed, of course)...

Click here to purchase these classroom coupons from my TpT store

Monday, May 30, 2016

How to draw a dog... WOOF!

during CGA testing, we had to miss our music resource. So I decided to let the class have a little fun during our "music" time, and taught them how to draw a dog from the word dog. 

~ Here are some of our way cool and super awesome creations ~

I came across this fun activity on Pinterest, and found the directions on the website

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It Was So Gross, It Was Awesome!

We got to see the most amazing thing happen in our classroom today... our monarch butterfly caterpillar formed a chrysalis... and we got to see the whole thing happen! It was so gross, it was awesome!! Here is the video we made of the whole thing...

Monday, April 25, 2016

14 Eggs? On One Plant??

Just when I thought our butterfly life cycle unit study couldn't get any more awesome... this happens!

I bought a couple more milkweed plants to make sure we would have enough food for our current *very hungry caterpillars*... and I noticed when I picked them out that one of the plants had a few monarch butterfly caterpillar eggs on it... BONUS! When I got home and took a closer look at the milkweed plants, I discovered that one plant already had a caterpillar, and the other plant had 14 EGGS ON IT! CRAZY!! 14 EGGS!!

We are REALLY going to have some fun in the classroom now!