Sunday, November 8, 2015

Red Ribbon Week

We had so much fun during Red Ribbon Week! The students showed that they "team up against drugs" by wearing their favorite team jerseys, wore their brightest neon colors because they are "too bright to do drugs", sported some pretty amazing mustaches to say, "we mustache you not to do drugs", dressed up in ties since we "don't get tied up in drugs", and finally, they finished up the week and showed their Panther Pride and school spirit by wearing Crown Point shirts.

Our Dr. Seuss themed doors for Red Ribbon Week also turned out great. The students did an awesome job decorating their Just Say No pledges. I am so proud of all their hard work and school spirit during Red Ribbon Week!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Yeah... We just did that!

Murphy O'Meyer... there was so much excitement during math today. The students were working on 1 more/1 less and 10 more/10 less... and as each student came up to the board to work on their two or three digit number, all I kept hearing was, "These are so easy, Mrs. Kearson". So... challenge accepted. I changed up our 1 more/1 less and 10 more/10 less to include 100 more and "upped the ante" to the thousands! 

Well, one of my amazing mathletes (initials N.M.) accepted my challenge and KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK! The whole class was standing up and cheering his name as he worked his way across the board. We were loud, and we were proud! When our math-maniac finished, the entire room erupted in applause! BRILLIANT!!

I just love my second grade super stars!! They remind me every single day why I absolutely la-la-love teaching!! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Open House

I would like to thank all my parents for making our Open House such an amazing success. We had 16 out of our 19 families able to attend. We covered quite a bit of information during our Open House, and I wanted to take this opportunity to bring up a couple of reminders...

Please be sure to sign up to receive the Box Tops newsletter at and use school ID # 152861. Crown Point Elementary will receive $0.50 for each person that signs up for the Box Tops newsletter.

Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Taylor, is the Girl Scout Troop Leader for troop 02356, and all second and third graders are welcome to sign up and join.. Troop 02356 will host each Girl Scout meeting at Crown Point Elementary for your convenience. The first Girl Scout meeting is scheduled for the first week of October. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Taylor at (904) 260-5808.

Again, I want to thank everyone for braving the rain and traffic, and spending the evening attending our Open House. I feel so blessed to have such involved parents. I am really looking forward to all the incredible things we will accomplish this school year.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Back to School... All About Me

It's almost that time of year again... BACK TO SCHOOL! I created these *All About Me* posters as a fun back to school activity to help break the ice and get my second graders sharing all the amazingly wonderful things about themselves. The students will not only have a great time filling out and coloring these posters, but they will also enjoy having the opportunity to share the one thing they want everyone to know most of all.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Figures of Speech

This is a collection of cute little mini-anchor charts to have in your Literacy Center or posted during Writer's Workshop to help show your students the different figures of speech, how to identify them, and examples of how to use them in writing.

I made mini-anchor charts for the following figures of speech...
- Alliterations
- Similes & Metaphors
- Onomatopoeia
- Hyperboles
- Idioms
- Personification

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This is going to be a great resource in the classroom literacy centers during our unit on figures of speech this upcoming school year!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Thank You for an Amazing Teacher Appreciation Week

I would like to give a super big THANK YOU to all my amazing students and incredibly awesome parents for the most wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week ever! All the hugs, cards, flowers, sweeties, school supplies, and gifts were absolutely swonderfully smarvelous! I am so very truly blessed to have the best second grade class of all time. I la-la-love each and every one of you!! 

And if all the goodies were not enough, one of my most incredibly amazing classroom parents... who has volunteered every morning in the classroom during breakfast this entire school year... nominated me for teacher appreciation day through Scholastic. I don't know what she said in her letter, but out of over 30,000 nominations, I was one of the 100 lucky teachers picked to receive these amazing chocolate covered strawberries! Thank you, Rhonda Dye... my cup truly runneth over! <insert crazy tears of joy here>

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stretching a Sentence

Our class video for Writing Wednesday on the morning announcements this past week showed Crown Point Elementary students how to *S-T-R-E-T-C-H* a sentence. My amazing second graders demonstrated how to add sparkle words and details to a sentence to inform the reader about... who, is doing what, when, where, and why.

The class did an awesome job!!

Be sure to watch the entire video so you can enjoy our filming bloopers at the end. I think the bloopers were the students favorite part... TOO CUTE!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FSA Parade Day!

Q: What did one egg say to the other egg?
A: Let's get cracking on the FSA!

On Wednesday, Crown Point Elementary had their FSA Parade so that all the K-2 classes could show their support for the third & fourth graders that will be FSA testing for the next several days. Each of the K-2 classes lined up in the halls and held up posters they made for their FSA Buddy classroom. We clapped, gave high fives, and yelled *Good Luck* to every class in the parade... IT WAS A BLAST!! This year, Kearson's Classroom has buddied up with Mrs. Evans fourth graders. We made our GOOD LUCK poster for Mrs. Evans EGGstraordinary Class, and each of the students decorated an "egg" with words of encouragement. My second graders did such an amazing job creating this awesome poster to show their support!!

My class could hardly wait to show off the poster we made for Mrs. Evans fourth grade class. As Mrs. Evans and her students came down our hallway, my second graders absolutely erupted with excitement to be able to show them the poster we made... and I have to say, Mrs. Evans reaction was nothing short of priceless...

Our Crown Point Panther, Jackson even joined in on the fun to support and encourage the third and fourth grade FSA parade! The students absolutely la-la-loved getting to give Jackson a high-five!!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

We Are Good Citizens

Just before Spring Break we started our unit on communities and what it means to be a good citizen in our neighborhood community, school community, city community, and so forth. The students had some amazing ideas about not only what it means to be a good citizen, but what he/she can do to show their community that they are good citizens.

After we read in our Social Studies book about making a difference in our community, as well as what our responsibilities are as a citizen, we asked ourselves what was something we could do to make a positive difference in our school community.

First, we identified a problem we noticed in our school. On our way back from lunch we saw that there was a lot of trash on the ground in the courtyard around the picnic tables. Next, we brainstormed different ways we could solve this problem by making a positive difference. Then we agreed on a plan to solve our problem. Last, we made a positive difference by solving the problem. How, you ask?

Well, we put sandwich bags over our hands to use as gloves. Each table captain was given a 2-gallon zip lock bag for their table's trash collection. I told the students we would see which table collected the most trash... which, led to the question, "What will the table that collects the most trash get as a prize?". My reply? Why, an extra punch on their punchcards, of course! Well, that was all the students needed to hear to spark even more excitement in, "Operation School Pride".

So, which one of the four tables won the extra punches? Well, when all was said and done, we had four full bags of trash, and 20 students that worked really hard and took great pride in Crown Point Elementary by cleaning the courtyard. It was really hard to choose one table above the others. The students waited anxiously as I announced........ EVERYONE GETS AN EXTRA PUNCH ON THEIR PUNCHCARD!!!! The classroom erupted, and I think that the whole school heard their excitement!!

I have to say, what an amazing day we had. I couldn't be prouder of my swonderfully smarvelous awesomely amazing second graders. I la-la-love them to the moon and back!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

First Aid Friday!

We continued our severe weather study in science on Friday by making a severe weather plan. I brought in one of my emergency kits and showed the students all the goodies inside it. We listened to my weather radio and talked about why I chose to have each of these things in my emergency kit. Then I surprised the students and gave them first aid kits to start an emergency kit of their own. The students were so excited! We explored what was in the first aid kits, and I gave each of them a label to decorate and stick on their first aid kit.

I was so impressed when the students started asking me to put their parent's cell phone numbers on the labels! Some of the students already knew their parent's cell phone numbers, and I helped those that did not. It was so super awesome to see the class remember one of our severe weather plan items... "Make sure you know or know where to find a list of emergency numbers (neighbor, relative, family friend, and parents cell phones)".

My second graders showed me that they really *know their stuff* when it comes to being prepared for severe weather!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Big Bad Wolf Compare & Contrast

As we continue working with compare and contrast this week in the classroom... this is a fun activity to compare/contrast the Big Bad Wolf character in the fairy tales, "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs". The mini-anchor chart will help your students remember what compare and contrast mean. You can also use the Wanted Poster for any fairy tale villain you are reading about with your class. 

In addition to comparing and contrasting, I have also included some other activities for story sequencing, retelling, and more.

Included in this activity...
~ Wanted Poster for your fairy tale villain
~ Example of how to create a wanted poster for the Big Bad Wolf (Three Little Pigs)
~ Example of how to create a wanted poster for the Big Bad Wolf (Little Red Riding Hood)
~ Big Bad Wolf compare/contrast Venn Diagram activity
~ Compare/Contrast mini-anchor chart
~ Story retelling for The Three Little Pigs
~ Story retelling for Little Red Riding Hood
~ Author's Corner writing activity for The Three Little Pigs
~ Author's Corner writing activity for Little Red Riding Hood
~ Story sequencing for The Three Little Pigs
~ Story sequencing for Little Red Riding Hood
~ Big Bad Wolf ABC order activity

The Venn Diagram activity, story retelling, and story sequencing are a great way to assess your student's comprehension and understanding of the characters, events, and main ideas of these fairy tales.

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