Today I had the privilege to teach a math lesson in Kori's 2nd Grade class.  She told me that they were working on Division... I had just ordered a Zombie book from amazon... so a lesson idea was born!  I didn't have time to snap pictures during class, but let me show you what we did! First, we read Zombie in Love (amazon affiliate link).  This book is PRECIOUS.  It has NOTHING to do with math, but that's okay!  The students really enjoyed our read aloud and then we tied zombies into our math lesson!  After reading our story, we solved zombie division problems with zombie cards and brains ;).  I cut Twizzlers up into … [Read more...]

When it comes time for our Penguin Unit in the classroom, I get all kinds of giddy.  Students LOVE researching and learning about the different types of penguins.  You can read more about how I've incorporated penguins HERE, HERE, and HERE!  This year I knew that I wanted to do something math related with penguins... so The Shape Penguin was born! Students create their penguin and describe the characteristics of the shapes used! One of the great things about social media is I get to see how classrooms around the world are using some of our creations!  Look at Valerie Zielinski's class on Twitter!  Her door is so … [Read more...]

Y'all know that I love teaching math.  I don't think that is a secret around here anymore.  When I started teaching second grade over 8 years ago, I knew I had to up the engagement during our math block.  Students felt defeated by the more difficult concepts and I was stumped when it came to getting through to them.  I decided quickly that I needed to incorporate a more hands-on learning approach.  We had done engaging activities before, but we weren't doing them daily.  Why only have fun during math once a week when you can have fun every single day?!  My only regret is that I wish I would have started this thought … [Read more...]

Field Trip – Your child should’ve received a permission slip for our upcoming field trip on February 15, 2018 to Rancho del Rey Middle School. This is the first time we have been able to take our sixth graders to their future school! The students will get to tour the school and meet their new administrators and counselors. They will get insight on life as a middle-schooler and thing about their future classes. We will leave at 9:00 and be back by 11:30. No lunch will be needed since we will be back in time for lunch.

Yearbook Dedications – IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SPECIAL DEDICATION TO YOUR 6TH GRADER IN THIS YEAR’S YEARBOOK, PLEASE SEE THE FLIER SENT HOME TODAY. WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE SO IT WILL STRICTLY BE A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS!!!!

Age 7 or 8 is when many kids are really ready for chapter books. The challenge is finding good books that they'll stick with. Humor and family stories, as well as mystery and fantasy tales, are great for this age group, and we've got plenty of each. Some are series, sure to hook beginning readers and provide hours of reading and adventure.

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Kids become independent readers at their own pace. In a second or third grade classroom there can be a variety of reading levels, ranging from kids who are sounding out words to those flying through the final book in the Harry Potter series.

Students often get assigned a reading level based on assessment tools like Lexile, DRA, or Guided Reading and may be encouraged to read books at their level.

Today I had the privilege to teach a math lesson in Kori's 2nd Grade class.  She told me that they were working on Division... I had just ordered a Zombie book from amazon... so a lesson idea was born!  I didn't have time to snap pictures during class, but let me show you what we did! First, we read Zombie in Love (amazon affiliate link).  This book is PRECIOUS.  It has NOTHING to do with math, but that's okay!  The students really enjoyed our read aloud and then we tied zombies into our math lesson!  After reading our story, we solved zombie division problems with zombie cards and brains ;).  I cut Twizzlers up into … [Read more...]

When it comes time for our Penguin Unit in the classroom, I get all kinds of giddy.  Students LOVE researching and learning about the different types of penguins.  You can read more about how I've incorporated penguins HERE, HERE, and HERE!  This year I knew that I wanted to do something math related with penguins... so The Shape Penguin was born! Students create their penguin and describe the characteristics of the shapes used! One of the great things about social media is I get to see how classrooms around the world are using some of our creations!  Look at Valerie Zielinski's class on Twitter!  Her door is so … [Read more...]

Y'all know that I love teaching math.  I don't think that is a secret around here anymore.  When I started teaching second grade over 8 years ago, I knew I had to up the engagement during our math block.  Students felt defeated by the more difficult concepts and I was stumped when it came to getting through to them.  I decided quickly that I needed to incorporate a more hands-on learning approach.  We had done engaging activities before, but we weren't doing them daily.  Why only have fun during math once a week when you can have fun every single day?!  My only regret is that I wish I would have started this thought … [Read more...]

Field Trip – Your child should’ve received a permission slip for our upcoming field trip on February 15, 2018 to Rancho del Rey Middle School. This is the first time we have been able to take our sixth graders to their future school! The students will get to tour the school and meet their new administrators and counselors. They will get insight on life as a middle-schooler and thing about their future classes. We will leave at 9:00 and be back by 11:30. No lunch will be needed since we will be back in time for lunch.

Yearbook Dedications – IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SPECIAL DEDICATION TO YOUR 6TH GRADER IN THIS YEAR’S YEARBOOK, PLEASE SEE THE FLIER SENT HOME TODAY. WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE SO IT WILL STRICTLY BE A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS!!!!

Today I had the privilege to teach a math lesson in Kori's 2nd Grade class.  She told me that they were working on Division... I had just ordered a Zombie book from amazon... so a lesson idea was born!  I didn't have time to snap pictures during class, but let me show you what we did! First, we read Zombie in Love (amazon affiliate link).  This book is PRECIOUS.  It has NOTHING to do with math, but that's okay!  The students really enjoyed our read aloud and then we tied zombies into our math lesson!  After reading our story, we solved zombie division problems with zombie cards and brains ;).  I cut Twizzlers up into … [Read more...]

When it comes time for our Penguin Unit in the classroom, I get all kinds of giddy.  Students LOVE researching and learning about the different types of penguins.  You can read more about how I've incorporated penguins HERE, HERE, and HERE!  This year I knew that I wanted to do something math related with penguins... so The Shape Penguin was born! Students create their penguin and describe the characteristics of the shapes used! One of the great things about social media is I get to see how classrooms around the world are using some of our creations!  Look at Valerie Zielinski's class on Twitter!  Her door is so … [Read more...]

Y'all know that I love teaching math.  I don't think that is a secret around here anymore.  When I started teaching second grade over 8 years ago, I knew I had to up the engagement during our math block.  Students felt defeated by the more difficult concepts and I was stumped when it came to getting through to them.  I decided quickly that I needed to incorporate a more hands-on learning approach.  We had done engaging activities before, but we weren't doing them daily.  Why only have fun during math once a week when you can have fun every single day?!  My only regret is that I wish I would have started this thought … [Read more...]

Today I had the privilege to teach a math lesson in Kori's 2nd Grade class.  She told me that they were working on Division... I had just ordered a Zombie book from amazon... so a lesson idea was born!  I didn't have time to snap pictures during class, but let me show you what we did! First, we read Zombie in Love (amazon affiliate link).  This book is PRECIOUS.  It has NOTHING to do with math, but that's okay!  The students really enjoyed our read aloud and then we tied zombies into our math lesson!  After reading our story, we solved zombie division problems with zombie cards and brains ;).  I cut Twizzlers up into … [Read more...]

When it comes time for our Penguin Unit in the classroom, I get all kinds of giddy.  Students LOVE researching and learning about the different types of penguins.  You can read more about how I've incorporated penguins HERE, HERE, and HERE!  This year I knew that I wanted to do something math related with penguins... so The Shape Penguin was born! Students create their penguin and describe the characteristics of the shapes used! One of the great things about social media is I get to see how classrooms around the world are using some of our creations!  Look at Valerie Zielinski's class on Twitter!  Her door is so … [Read more...]

Y'all know that I love teaching math.  I don't think that is a secret around here anymore.  When I started teaching second grade over 8 years ago, I knew I had to up the engagement during our math block.  Students felt defeated by the more difficult concepts and I was stumped when it came to getting through to them.  I decided quickly that I needed to incorporate a more hands-on learning approach.  We had done engaging activities before, but we weren't doing them daily.  Why only have fun during math once a week when you can have fun every single day?!  My only regret is that I wish I would have started this thought … [Read more...]

Field Trip – Your child should’ve received a permission slip for our upcoming field trip on February 15, 2018 to Rancho del Rey Middle School. This is the first time we have been able to take our sixth graders to their future school! The students will get to tour the school and meet their new administrators and counselors. They will get insight on life as a middle-schooler and thing about their future classes. We will leave at 9:00 and be back by 11:30. No lunch will be needed since we will be back in time for lunch.

Yearbook Dedications – IF YOU WOULD LIKE A SPECIAL DEDICATION TO YOUR 6TH GRADER IN THIS YEAR’S YEARBOOK, PLEASE SEE THE FLIER SENT HOME TODAY. WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE SO IT WILL STRICTLY BE A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS!!!!

Age 7 or 8 is when many kids are really ready for chapter books. The challenge is finding good books that they'll stick with. Humor and family stories, as well as mystery and fantasy tales, are great for this age group, and we've got plenty of each. Some are series, sure to hook beginning readers and provide hours of reading and adventure.

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