Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday Tattles - New Stuff!

tuesday tattles

This checklist helps students edit their own persuasive letters. Did I have a strong opinion? Does my letter have a greeting, body, and closing? FREE
"My Persuasive Letter" Checklist" Freebie
A cute but simple checklist for students to self-assess their persuasive letters. Does it have a greeting, body, and closing? Did I include a strong opinion? Did I use strong words? Get it for free here!

This science journal packet has everything you need to study light with your students! Colors of the rainbow, photons, visible light, etc.
"Learning About Light" Science Journal
I love this lesson. This packet introduces the concepts of visible light, the colors of the rainbow, photons, and light sources. It also includes the directions for completing the "indoor rainbow" experiment with your students. For this packet, I also included a teacher's guide with notes and ideas from my personal teaching experience with this unit. Check it out here!   


Monday, April 29, 2013

Five For Friday! (On Monday)

Like I said in my last post, I have been a little lotta out of the blogging world for the past month or so. Student teaching/spring busy-ness got pretty crazy! But I am happy to be back and sharing five things from my last week in 2nd grade.

 1. Earth Day Cupcakes! I got the idea off of Pinterest to make little edible earths for my kiddos. They loved them! Just use regular cake mix (I reccomend white) and blue and green food coloring. Layer the two together (do not mix or swirl) and bake away! I also suggest using lots of food coloring to make the colors really stand out ;)
 2. Last Day Fun! After spending most of the day performing our fairy tales puppet shows (which were awesome), my second graders teamed up with their teacher to throw a little goodbye party for me on Friday. They were so excited about surprising me. We ate ice cream and partied by watching Magic School Bus. My kinda afternoon ;)

3. My kiddos and teacher also surprised me with a basket full of teaching goodies for my classroom! It was full of stickers, posters, supplies, and other fun stuff! I am so set to get a job and get to teaching ;) Big thanks to my class for their sweet gifts, hugs, and memories. 
 4. Last Day Letters. My kids all wrote me letters for my last day. They wanted to read them to me, but I waited until I got home so I could cry in peace ;) They were so sweet and thoughtful. I resisted (somewhat) the urge to correct their spelling/grammar/letter writing skills and just cherished their adorable words.

5. Weekend Fun! After a crazy last week of school, I celebrated being done with my husband and little sister. We rented Les Miserable, ate lots of cookie dough, and spent the weekend being incredibly lazy. Perfect end to an awesome week! :)

Anddddd those are my five!

Math Center Freebie! and Earth Day

freebies and earth day

Hello all! It has been forever since I've blogged on here! April has been such a crazy month! However, I've finished up student teaching, will be graduating this week (hallelujah!), and am officially on summer vacation! So expect to see a whole lot more of me ;)

To celebrate my return to the land of living, I am posting a math center freebie! "I Can Write Word Problems" is a lesson follow-up math center that I created for my second graders way back when. We were focusing on solving three digit word problems, so this math center has them writing and solving their own original problems. They love to be "authors" and solve each others :)

Check it out here.

Last week, we also celebrated Earth Day! I loved spending the day talking about recycling, resourcefulness, and helping the environment. To celebrate, we completed the All About Earth Day packet I made for them (reading passage, fill in the blank worksheet, writing prompt, and comprehension questions). I also made Earth Day cupcakes! I got the idea off of Pinterest (like always) and they turned out awesome! I'd love to hear how you and your littles celebrated as well!

Have a great week! It's good to be back :)