North Pole Breakfast: Classroom Style

Saturday, December 13, 2014

We got a special delivery at the beginning of this week from the one and only, Santa Claus!!!  


They were in awe by this little delivery even in second grade.  Even my non-believers had that twinkle in their eye.  ;)  Thanks to Cara Carroll for her cute Elf on the Shelf download.  


They decided to go with the name Anna in keeping with their Frozen obsession.  I had to talk them out of Bambi and Little Red Riding Hood.  Where they come up with these things, I can't figure out!  


The kids got incentive cash for good behavior, so she had to get some, too.  Then, she started making her list for Santa Claus later in the week.  They were pretty worried when the list was gone the next day and they didn't get to see who made the nice list!  


We go to school only until about 10:00 next Friday, so we always do our Christmas parties on that abbreviated day.   I have had to miss a lot this year with sickness, so I wanted to make it up to them with a big party!  I decided we would do our own version of a North Pole breakfast in our classroom.  


Instead of doing a breakfast to welcome our Elf, we are going to do one to send her away.  I have seen so many cute North Pole breakfasts on blogs, that I couldn't resist throwing one of my own.  I have been pinning some ideas for decorations and food.  You can click any of the pics below to see the original sources.

I love the trees in this one.  We aren't doing hot cocoa that day but are doing that a couple of days before.  


We have to have these little doughnuts!  How clever are they?!


I love all the red and green in this one with the chalkboard.  This is the color scheme I am going for at our breakfast.


This milk is just darling!  I am not going this far, but we are doing clear cups with the paper straws.


You can find the letter below that I have sent home to my parents.  I have included it along with some other versions for a boy elf and versions with blanks to fill in.  You can click the letters to download your own if you need a quick idea for a Christmas party.


You can also download the labels I have made for the food.  They are a foldable and should be printed on card stock so they can stand up on their own.  

 

I can't wait to share photos of our very own North Pole Breakfast!  Thanks to Amy for hosting a fun Christmas Linky!  Be sure to stop by her blog to see what everyone else is doing in their classrooms to celebrate this fun season!













Place Value with The Three Little Pigs

Thursday, October 23, 2014

We have really been drilling place value.  It's so important to have a deep understanding of place value in order to move on to other concepts like double-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  We spent about two weeks on tens and ones and another two weeks on hundreds.  We used our EnVision a lot and supplemented with Amy's Playing Around with Place Value resource during whole and small groups.  

Last week, I felt it was time to break out The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  I have posted about it before, but I wanted to share it again.  


This activity took about three days in its entirety.  The first day, we kicked off the lesson with Race to 100.  Anything involving a race always gets them excited!


The place value mat is from the Playing Around with Place Value pack.  I like it because it has visuals for the ones, tens, and hundreds.  


Each child has a set of place value manipulatives and a number cube.  They roll the number cube.  If they roll 3, they add 3 ones to the mat.  They keep rolling, adding that number to the mat each time.  When they have ten ones, they need to bundle those ones and trade them for a ten.  They continue until they have reached 100.  This game is a true assessment to see who actually understands how and when to regroup.  

After the race, I read The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.  Then, I like to model how to build a pig house.


Once I have modeled, they go back to their seats and I give them three digit numbers.  They then get to practice building their own houses with their place value blocks.

The following day, we practice again by building pig houses with the manipulatives.  Once I feel they are good, I give them the paper versions.


I gave them each a three-digit number to build.  You could let them make up their own.  Once they built their house, they had to label the number in standard, word, and expanded form.  


The next day, I took them out into the hallway to make our even and odd street.  They first had to determine whether their house number was even or odd.  Next, they had to order their houses from least to greatest down the street.  I loved listening to their conversations while doing this.  



Finally, we put them up on the wall.  Once I got my street up there, I realized how much it looked more like a river!  Bad color choice!  Oh well!





We also practiced place value concepts during centers.  


We ordered dominos from least to greatest, as well as greatest to least in another center.


They had to match standard form, expanded form, and base ten blocks.


Secret Number is my favorite!  One group member has the clue cards and gives clues to the other kids about the secret number.  There are mini hundreds charts included for them to eliminate numbers as they get new clues.  You could do this whole group, too.


Someone destroyed my other number cube the day I made pics.  :(  We have been working on comparing numbers, too.


And who doesn't love a good game of Bingo?!  

All of the centers are from my Place Value Learning Centers pack.  This pack is only for tens and ones.  I am going to adapt one for hundreds, as well, so stay tuned if that's something your little ones need.    

  
If you have any fun ways of teaching place value or if you've tried the Pig Houses activity, I would love to hear about it!

Apples, Apples, and More Apples!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hello, friends!  I am finally back after my LONG absence.  I have been wanting to share my weekly plans, but it would have been a picture of me on the couch or in the bed!  I have had mono for the past month and it took me down, y'all!!!  I have never been so thankful for my health!  I went back to work last week, and we are on fall break this week.  We finally got to have our apple week last week, so I wanted to share some of what we did.

Here are my visual plans for ELA.  Of course, I over-planned as usual.  I have got to get that under control!!



We started our apple unit with a KWL.  Then, we went on to build our background knowledge and vocabulary related to apples.  



You can get the free apple vocabulary cards {HERE}.

We talked a lot about how labels can help us better understand informative text.  The anchor charts are Cara Carroll inspired.


The next picture is one of me being attacked by seven year olds with post-it notes.  I let them label me before labeling our apples.  Not sure what I was thinking but the little giggles were totally worth it.  They are labeling my hair in this one. 


Next, we made these apple craftivities and labeled the parts of an apple.


This week was a review week of previous comprehension skills.  We reviewed sequence of events one day and made these apple timelines.  I found this idea {HERE}.


We were in love with this Mr. Harry's Kindergarten video.


The kids were so intrigued by the tale of Johnny Appleseed.  We learned more about him everyday.  We used him to practice main idea and details, which we need lots of practice with!




They got to make these Johnny Appleseed hats.  You can get them for free {HERE}.  There are several comprehension strategies included with this freebie so you can adapt for whatever skill you are working on.

I absolutely LOVE directed drawing!  I need to do it more often.  I think it's just because I get to color! ;)  But it's great for teaching following directions, too!  We did this before working on author's purpose with another Johnny Appleseed text.  You can find the directed drawing {HERE}.



We wrapped up the week with Sarah Cooley's Apple Taste Testing Party.  It's a must-have!  




I will share all about our week in math in my next blog post about place value.


We finished up our Apple Themed Literacy and Math Centers this past week, too.




If you would like to check it out, click on the pic below.  :)


I hope you all are having a great week!  It's time to work on some landscaping outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!