Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun!

We had a great Halloween day at school.  The students were busy in the afternoon with the parade and parties, so we made our morning fun as well.  We worked in stations to review and practice concepts that we have been working on.
This group is playing in the haunted castle.  They had to find pictures  that matched sound clues.  Lots of fun!

This group worked on a spooky subtraction game.  They earned "candy" cards for each correct answer.  The person with the most "candy" at the end was the winner.

This group worked to do a Halloween cloze activity.  Cloze is  a comprehension activity where students have to fill in blanks with pictures or words that make sense in the context of the sentence (or story).

This group of second and third graders had so much fun with this money race game.  They had to roll a dice to determine how many pennies they would get from the banker (Mrs. Berry).  They were able to trade coins on each turn on their race to get to a quarter.  It was a really good activity and the students learned a great deal about trading coins. They asked if they could play again, which is always  a sign of success in my book!

Someone traded 5 pennies and a nickel for a dime.  Good trade!

Gatlin was ready for a trade!

What a fun way to end an exciting week!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Chase, Emily, and Marissa - We Are So Proud!

Watch this video and see how well these students are reading.  They have come a long way and we couldn't be more proud of them!  Way to go!

Monday, October 22, 2012


The students have been working on sequencing in reading class. Understanding the order of things, and how that effects understanding of what we read is a very important skill.  As a quick check, Mrs.Head put the students into teams.  They were given a set of words that had to be sequenced into a sentence that expressed a complete thought and made sense.  It was a challenge, but the students worked together to figure it out.  It turns out that the girls took the first round and the boys took the second they were all winners!  Great job!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Did You Know...?

Did you know that we have some great links on our blog?  One thing you may not have noticed is that we have some links at the top of our blog where you can find math and reading videos.  If you click on those videos you will find some resources to help your child with daily practice.  For example, if your child is new to our school and doesn't know about how we learn letters with keywords and sounds, there is a great video under the "reading videos" that shows our students doing a practice activity with this very skill.  Your child could watch this video each night (less than five minutes of practice) to strengthen this skill.  Perhaps your child is struggling to count to 100.  If you click on the "math videos" link you will find a fantastic video that we use in class to practice this skill.  Your child could do this every night (again, less than five minutes of practice!).

Just thought you might like to check them out.  We will add more as the year goes on.  If you have a concept for which you would like video help feel free to leave a comment and we will try to add one for you!  :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Strongest One

The second grade class recently read a play entitled, "The Strongest One."  They  practiced reading fluently and tracking to follow parts in a play.  Here is a clip of the first scene of this play.  We thought they did a nice job!

Skip Counting

The blue math group has been working on skip counting.  To put this skill into practice, they had to work in teams to take a set of cards, determine how they were skip counting (2s, 5s, or 10s), and then put their cards in order.  They were allowed to use any tools they wanted to complete the task.  Several of the groups used their skip counting posters in their binders to help with the process.  It was a great activity for them to look at a set of data and interpret it to determine what patterns were present.