Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas: Challenge Cans

Hi friends! My Bright Ideas post this week is about using recycled materials for math enrichment with Challenge Cans!



To construct Challenge cans you will simply need a few tin cans, duct tape & clear tape.

I wrapped each can in duct tape and stuck the word "Challenge" on the front of each one with clear tape.

 I was working on these during morning arrival and my kids were oooohing and ahhing over these bad boys. I was surprised at how excited they were about duct tape wrapped cans, but they SO were!

Inside of each can I placed a challenge problem related to our current fraction study. I also counted out some counting chips and placed those in each can to give them a little extra oompf. 


Eventually I am aiming to have about 10 cans so that they are not in constant rotation, currently I have 6. I guess I should stock up on canned vegetables!

Be sure to check out more Bright Ideas at the blogs linked up below! :)




Monday, March 31, 2014

April Fool's Day Fun!

Try not to judge me, but I LOVE tricking my kids on April Fool's Day.


Bright an early Tuesday morning I will be giving my kiddos this special word search. NONE of the words in the word bank are actually in the word search. (bwahaha!)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q9yojv949dgnigc/AprilFoolsDaySecure.pdf

 Click here to download your own copy. 

I will also be bringing back the Lirpaloof Bird this year. Read all about this elusive creature here at Sunny Day's in Second Grade. 





AND, the Brown E's may make an appearance . . . 




For more April Fool's Day ideas for the classroom click here, and here.

What does April Fool's Day look like in YOUR classroom? I would love to hear about it! Comment below. :) 



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Second Grade Product Swap: Shopping at the School Store!



Welcome to the second grade product swap and blog hop!  EIGHTEEN wonderful second grade bloggers have joined together to swap and review each other's products.  Best of all, we are giving away all of the products to one lucky winner!  

This is the beginning of the hop! Be sure to click the "Next Stop" button at the bottom of this post to keep hopping! As you check out all the fabulous products, make sure to follow each blog on Bloglovin' as well.  There will be a Rafflecopter at the last stop.  This is where you can enter to win all of the products being reviewed!

I was lucky enough to swap products with Jean over at Diving into 2nd Grade. I chose her Shopping at the School Store set with my kiddos in mind. They LOVE pretending to shop in magazines or catalogs so I knew they would enjoy this set.



This product is very versatile and included SEVERAL different sets of directions that can be used with the same set of school supplies. I chose the directions that had my kiddos adding two of the products together. 

 
The above picture shows one of the direction pages with some of the two-digit school supply cards.

Something I really like about all of the school supply cards is they are pretty closely reflective of how much things cost in the real world. No scissors for 2¢ with this center, people!

 There are also several recording sheets included. They are great, but copies are like gold at my school so I decided that my kiddos could use their math journals to record their answers. 

Along with 2-digit school supply cards, there were also cards with 3-digits. I tossed these into a Challenge Can. I know my kiddos can add 3-digit numbers, but I felt like it would be a boost of confidence for them to be able to add all of the Challenge Can numbers. :)



There was VERY little prep involved in putting all of this together. I extended the time a little bit wrapping that can in duct tape, but other than that it took me 3 minutes tops to print and cut out the cards. I tossed everything into a gallon bag (can included) and placed the bag in one of my math station tubs. Easy Peasy.




You can find this product over at Diving into 2nd Grade on Teachers Pay Teachers.


Click the button below to head over to the Diving into 2nd Grade blog and see what Jean had to say about my Math Stations & Journal Prompts for April.  Happy Hopping! Don't forget to go ALL the way to the end and enter the Rafflecopter! :)
http://mrsrobinson2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2014/03/2nd-grade-product-swap-and-blog-hop.html

Thanks to Jessica from Literacy Spark for putting this fantastic hop together!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Math Stations & Journal Prompts for April

Math Stations & Journal Prompts for April are ready just in time to start planning your math centers for the coming month. :)

There are 7 engaging math stations with directions & recording sheets, as well as 20 journal prompts. 





All of the centers & prompts are aligned to CCSS for Second Grade.

Read about how I organize math stations in my classroom on this previous post.

Click here to view my Math Stations & Journal Prompts for April at my TPT store. :)


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mystery Box, March!

March is roaring in like a lion for sure!

Especially cuz the Mystery Box is baaaack!!!

Hopefully you'll win the GRAND PRIZE worth over $200 or even one of the fabulous Runner Up Prizes. 

Now wouldn't that sure make March go out like a lamb!
Mystery box 2014 BOX

We Mystery Box Babes aim to please and we think you will Luh Uh Uhv this month's box, too!!!

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What's inside this box is SURE to put a smile on your face! It's just happiness...boxed up!

WAAAAY more!!


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Are you squealing yet?

We are!

Here's our BIG deal-i-o giveaway this month!

We're beyond thrilled to have teamed up with Learning A-Z for March.

Guess what...



Yes...you read that correctly!!!

As a Grand Prize Winner...

You'll get to choose a one year subscription to either Raz-Kids OR Reading A-Z!

A subscription to Reading A-Z includes THOUSANDS of downloadable, printable, projectable teacher materials on a huge variety of topics and skills.

A subscription to Raz-Kids includes loads of ebooks for your child to read and progress through. There are comprehension questions, points and contests. It is very motivating to readers and beneficial, too!!



ANNNNND, you'll also receive a one year subscription to 

Vocabulary A-Z!!!

It's designed to support vocabulary instruction and has words GA. LORE!



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Hope you're loving this March Mystery Box as much as we are!!!

In case you're wondering...
Last month's box



It was a real joy to put together this Mystery Box. I went in search of earthy, colorful, and girly things to put a smile on our winners lips. Last month's sweet winner got a chevron box on her doorstep, a note from me, and these sweet little gifts...






 





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Feel free to copy and paste your answer to the question above in the comment section on each blog. 

There is no need to retype every time. 

Please follow each blog while you are hopping through. 


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