Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tagzedos and Wordles are so much fun. Here is a Tagzedo created with words generated from the students to describe our class. Each student created his/her own Tagzedo with describing words about him or herself. First, I had the students write describing words about themselves on index cards. They used their index cards as references to type in the words on the computer. I led students throught the process of creating their Tagzedos and uploading them to our class wiki. For this activity, the process of creating, typing, along with writing descriptive words and the product of the Tagzedos were meaningful and fun!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Reading Salad

Check out my students making reading salads at 
They did such a great job showing their thinking. This was lots of fun!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Can't wait to try this AWESOME activity from Keep Calm and Teach on called "Scoot."
It is kind of like the musical math I did below but what I love about this is that you can actually use it as an assessment too: formal or informal. What a super idea!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Meaningful Work

This past week the students participated in some fun and meaningful activities. While working on comparing and contrasting characters, we first worked together and completed a venn diagram about two characters from a big book we read. The the students and I made a list of the adults in the school they know really well- like me and the related arts teachers (since they spend more time with them and me). Partners then selected two people from this list and worked to compare and contrast them. They did fantastic and were quite insightful. This took some higher level thinking for sure.

      Another activity that was a lot of fun and met lots of learning styles was musical math number collection boxes. I prepared large number collection boxes on construction paper- each with a labeled number in the corner. These were placed on various desks throughout the room. I turned on music and students walked around the room. When the music stopped, they went to the nearest collection box and added a name to the box. We continued until students had an opportunity to write in lots of boxes. What fun!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

First Weeks...



My Second Grade Team that I joined this year already had these made...aren't they great?
We are following Covey's Seven Habits of Leadership. Each grade level and class
created mission statements.

I keep those classroom expectations handy!
It is great for a sub to have them on a ring.


The "Reflection Desk"



I LOVE having second graders write their own homework- such independence!


Leader-opoly Incentives (instead of Homework-opoly)


Keeping organized...




Hall Display that my wonderful colleagues created...


First weeks have been spent teaching routines and expectations. Students have explored a book basket a day and will select books this week for their personal book bags. We will begin exploring and discussing how to select a Just Right Book using the I-Pick method in the Daily Five book. We will also begin CAFE from The CAFE book- however, I call it FACE for the 'face of a reader." In math, we use Everyday Math so we follow it as presecribed. In science we are beginning a weatehr unit. i will be searching for weather ideas- please share if you have some! In writing, we are finished a prompted writing that I will use as a beginning assessment point. We will decorate the fronts of our Writer's Notebooks this week and then begin learing Writer's Workshop routines. Lots of modeling going on now! Hope your year is going well. Second is super!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

First Day

Wow- I can't believe the first day is finally here.  All of that "getting ready stuff" pays off in the end... resulting in a fabulous first day. The "getting ready stuff" like getting folders ready, bulletin boards, printing labels, updating the class handbook, cleaning, reviewing long range plans, writing lessons plans...and the list could go on and on and on. But, when you have a successful day and successful students it is all worth it in the end.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Love this idea for the first week...

Who Am I? Riddle Book
Have children share facts about themselves by creating a Who Am I? riddle book. Students write four or five statements about themselves. The last line is a question: "Who Am I?" I put this up as a bulletin board and have students guess who each person is. The first person to guess correctly gets to choose who guesses next.
      Tina Williams, Livingston Park Elementary School; North Brunswick, New Jersey

Monday, May 30, 2011

Math Facts

I LOVE how Lory at Lory's Page organizes math fact practice- awesome!


I can't wait to try Persnickety Pickles idea for a fun landforms activity: It involves eating...need I say more?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


LOVE THIS idea from Miss Powell at 
Wonder how to challenge those kiddos- here's the answer straight from Miss Powell's site ...


Do you want to be part of the fun? Miss Powell's NFL Club is looking for new recruits! The NFL is a club for students who are never finished learning (NFL). NFL members go above and beyond the normal classroom expectations and challenge themselves to do more than what they "have" to do.
Here's how to get started:
  1. Choose any question from the five categories on the challenge list: Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science or Humanities.

  2. Research your topic using reference books or the internet.

  3. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY so you become an expert on your subject.

  4. When you are ready, let me know and I will ask you some questions about your topic.
When you pass the challenge you earn a point in the NFL club! There are different rankings you can earn as you learn.
  • 1-5 points: rookie
  • 6-10 points: starting line-up
  • 11-15 points: pro
  • 16- 25 points: All Star
  • more than 25 points: NFL Hall of Fame
The "Hall of Fame" will be posted in our classroom and on the awards page of this web site as soon as someone earns enough points. Once you're in the Hall of Fame, you're in for life since you are a lifetime learner! You can track your progress on your own NFL tracking sheet.
It's your decision if you would like to be part of the NFL Club. You can be a player and earn points or be a cheerleader and support your friends. The NFL is for students who are never finished learning. It's your call. Are you up for the challenge?

This is just an AWESOME idea! Thanks to Miss Powell for sharing EXCELLENT ideas on her site.  Check out her site at
   I can't wait to implement this in my classroom!

Cursive Handwriting

Great cursive handwriting resource found at Miss Powell's site
Click on the "curriculum" tab at the top and
then click on the "cursive handwriting" tab.

Math Fact Practice Sheets

I have looked and looked an looked and FINALLY found math facts practice sheets thanks to Miss Powell at
This is simply...can you say... A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
Look under "curriculum" tab and then "2 minute drills."