Sunday, September 30, 2012

We Will Begin XTRA Math This Week

On Tuesday we will begin XTRA Math.  It is an online math fluency program. Students will go online for a few minutes per day and work at their own pace.  They will begin with addition facts, then subtraction, multiplication and finally division.  The great thing is they will be able to progress as quickly as they know/learn them!  They may also go on XTRA Math at home.  The awesome news...completly FREE!  So check it out teachers!  Click {HERE} to get started.  It is important that students are not getting help as the progress through, because it is about them showing what they know. They will be required to pass a paper/pencil test once they pass each online section.  Once second graders pass addition and subtraction the become astronauts and receive an award at an assembly. Once third graders pass addition, subtraction and multiplication they become knights and receive an award at an assembly.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A video tutorial to help figure out difficult multiplication tables when you're stuck!
This works for 6 X 6 to 10 X 10.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A little sweetie pie (with an infectious laugh) working on her writing!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Worker Bees...

Check out these little cuties working super hard!  Most of them didn't even notice I took their picture.

 You've got to LOVE Skippyjon Jones! 
 I mean...look at those ears.  The kids can't get enough!

 Enjoying the Reading Corner!

"Book Shopping" for our book boxes happens twice per week!

Have you heard of Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  The kids in our class are "Bucket Fillers"!  We love to give each other compliments.  It has really helped build the "family" feel in our class. :-) 
Their buckets are like mini mailboxes.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I forgot to post the super cute pic of Skippyjon Jones, with his book from Kohls.  $5.00 each!

I talked my 15 year old son into spending an hour of his last summer day by helping me glue pencils to a lamp shade.  It definitely wasn't a one person job!  It turned out cute!  The kids love it and is great light during read aloud.

I finally have some pics to share of my classroom.  I made it through the first week!  I have an amazing class this year.  I'm so excited!  I'm teaching a 2nd and 3rd grade split class and they are all independent and hard workers!  Most of my ideas I found on Pinterest and some of the cute things you see I bought or downloaded free on the Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) Store.  I linked each one.

This is our super cute new reading nook!  The kids love it and are begging to read! 
Great problem right? 
Don't you love the lamp? Under $9.00 shade and all at Target!  Woo Hoo!
Here is the link to the FREE (love it, right!?) CAFE sign for Daily 5.

Are all available on the TpT store.  They are too cute!

My welcome bulletin board, "Whooo is in Our Class?"
And some erasers I made for the kids for the first day reminding them that no one is perfect!
And last but not least...our class pet. 
Delta.  He is a Male Delta Fancy Fin Beta Fish.