A Peek at my Week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I am so excited about our theme this week: DOGS!  The kids always love this one because who can't relate to those adorable, sweet dogs!  Our comprehension skill that we will be focusing on is author's purpose-one of my absolute favorites!  We will also be meeting our new friend, sneaky e and making some cute puppets.  


The author's purpose and ELA materials come from these two units.

       

I found the cute dog craftivity on Pinterest but cannot find the original source.  I just drew up my own template for next week.  The sneaky e puppets came from First Grade Wow.  We will also be practicing handwriting with our Saxon Phonics, which I need to go back in and add.


My teaching partner puts together morning meeting.  She got her template from the Promethium board site.  We will be using our math series along with Learning our Subtraction Strategies to continue practicing simple subtraction.  We also do a problem a day in our math journals from the Singapore Math modeled drawings book.


We use the same centers for two weeks, so I don't have to change them out every week.  I have them working in pairs or groups of three and that works for me.  Centers are always a review of past skills from the previous two weeks.  Getting that extra practice and keeping them consistent and makes all the difference in mastering those skills.

Thanks to Mrs. Wills for hosting the Peek at my Week Linky.  Be sure to stop by her blog to check out everyone else's plans for the week!






Weekly Wrap-Up

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I feel like we are finally starting to get into a normal routine.  Those first few weeks of school are all about establishing routines and some groups just take longer than others. ;)  In reading this week, we were talking all about families.  We compared and contrasted our families to the family of Camila in our anchor text My Family from the Journeys reading series.  


We added this little flap book to our new Interactive Reading Notebooks.  


We are all about reading like detectives.  This week, I introduced them to their first Reader's Case File.  They were so excited about it!  They were begging to do another one the next day.  This will be a weekly routine for them.  Each case file has three text dependent questions in which they have to provide text evidence to support their answer.  We did it all together this week, because this skill takes LOTS of modeling.  They were so excited to get their little magnifying glasses, too.  Each week, I will introduce some new detective garb to keep it exciting.  


   

As you can see, we need some handwriting and proofreading help!  They are using random uppercase letters like crazy!  We will work on breaking that more this week.  


Our amazing intervention team performed their DRA tests this week.  That made it the perfect time to introduce how to choose a book.   I always read the book Those Shoes to them before we choose books.  We then made the little sneakers above.  I let them choose 2 on their level and then one of high interest from my classroom library.  They also get to choose 3 from the school library so they always have 6 books to choose from in their chair pockets.


We also talked about building our reading stamina.  They usually have no idea what that is when I get them, so I like to read the book Dex: The Heart of a Hero to explain what stamina is.  


The first day we practiced, their goal was two minutes but they made it four minutes so we shaded in our graph.  Now I have students asking, "When can we work on our stamina, Mrs. Gannon?" Super cute!


We did a little sentence, not a sentence sort to introduce sentences this past week.  They did really well with this!  We worked a little on run-on sentences, too.  You can see the original idea here.

In math, we have been working on subtraction strategies, and I forgot to take pics!  Math is first thing in the morning, so I don't think I am quite awake yet!  We used lots of activities from this awesome unit.  I don't know what I would do in math without Amy Lemons' units!  

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to take a Peek at my Week!  Have an awesome three-day weekend!






My Classroom Digs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I haven't made a whole lot of changes to my classroom this year.  I do a total transformation last so I just stuck with it.  I also had finally figured out a classroom arrangement that worked for me.  




The chair pockets were made by a sweet grandparent.  I love them!  I am trying the little drawers at  my tables this year.  So far, it's going well.  I need to add labels to the drawers.  


This next board is where they will pin their exit tickets at the end of a lesson.  




That's their word wall above that they mainly refer to during writer's workshop.  Below is our behavior board.  They can buy things every two weeks with the cub cash they have earned for positive behavior.


This is our math focus wall.  The shapes and colors are from Cara Carroll.  The numbers are {HERE}.


Anchor charts will go on this board.  I divided each section with washi tape and cut the letters with my Cameo.


This is our writing workstation.  You can find the printables {HERE}.  I have put fabric around all my tables.  I am a stuffer, so I can hide plenty underneath the tables now!  Next, I am going to fabric my guided reading table.  But no stuffing there!


I got this pendant banner at Target and added clothespins.


The guided reading area that needs fabric!



Finally, my sad little desk that always feels neglected!  ;(  


That's it!  Time to check out everyone else's digs!  Happy Tuesday!



















Who Am I?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello, friends!  I can't believe it's already time for Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week again!  I don't usually share much about myself on the blog.  I am a pretty shy, quiet person which you might can tell by my blog!  So, here we go!

I've been married to this guy for seven years now.  We were in the same class in high school but didn't meet each other until our senior year.  We started dating that year and have been together ever since!  We are a perfect balance for each other.  The travel bug has bitten us over the last few years, so that's become our favorite thing to do together.



We don't have children yet, but we do have these two sweet dogs.



I am incredibly blessed with the best family.  I was raised to put Jesus Christ above all, and I am so thankful to have a family that instilled those Christian values in me.  I am also blessed to have some of the most amazing friends!  I don't know what I would do without them!


Thanks to Amy for this cute little graphic!



Sorry that this post was super quick!  I can't wait to read about everyone else!  I hope you all have a great week!  Come back tomorrow to check out my digs!





A Peek at my Week

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We survived the first week of second grade last week!  I have a really sweet class.  I know we are going to have a great year.  It seems like at the beginning of the year, it takes so long to complete each activity and you just never know from year to year how each class will be.  The first two weeks are all about teaching procedures and getting acclimated with one another.  

The first story in our reading series, Journeys, is Henry and Mudge.  We will be treating it more like a thematic unit this week doing lots of fun activities to go along with the classic stories.  

I am also starting to teach the Daily 5 routine this week, and we will be completing some little craftivities to get the kiddos excited about it.  

We are still up in the air about how to do spelling this year.  We have done the words that go along with the series in the past.  We have also tried Words Their Way.  What do you all use for spelling? 



Resources:

I am also starting Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop this week.  We just adopted her newest series and I am so excited about using it!


I had to miss a couple of days last week, so I am playing catch-up in Math this week.  We will also be learning how to play lots of math games that will be found in the Dessert Tub the next week.


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I can't wait to check out everyone else's lesson plans!  Be sure to link up or stop by Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten!


A Peek at My Week!

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's back to school time again and time to share our lesson plans!  Our first day was Friday, so I am including those plans, too.  There isn't too much on them, because we do lots of school wide activities on the first day.


Super in Second


Back to School with Books
Beginning the the Year Activities (2nd Grade)




Be sure to hop on over to Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten to link up or to see tons of other teachers' lesson plans.  Have a great week!!!


Back to School Fun and a Sale!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

It's that time again!  We have inservice the next two days and registration is on Wednesday. Our first full day is on Friday.  I will post my first day of school plans this week.  I just finished up some more back to school craftivities last week for that first week of school.  I totally focus on procedures that first week of school.  It makes your year go so much smoother when you take the time to teach your expectations and get them in a routine.  I love these books to use that first week of school.

 

 


We will be making these craftivities to go along with each of these books.







The huge Teachers Pay Teachers Back to Sale starts tomorrow!  My cart is full!  There are so many great products out there by some amazing teachers.  If you need some more things to add to your cart, here are some ideas.

      

      




       


     

     

I am finishing up posting units 5 and 6 bundled tonight so you can have get them during the sale.

 

Have a great week!