Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Here is a very, slow movie that was posted on You Tube. It shows the underwings of a ladybug - and how the ladybug uses their wings to fly.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Missing addend "mind reading" (Grades 1-3)

In this game for three players, one student is the leader and the other two are the players. The two players each draw a card and, without looking at it, hold it up to their foreheads so that everyone else can see it. The leader announces the sum of the two cards. Each player must figure out which card is on his or her own forehead.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Modeled Drawing

Here is another way to set up the unit bar to show the Part - to - Whole relationship. Have your child explain to you the way that they solved this problem today!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Class List
Jackson P.
Jackson W.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Shared Writing

WOW! I can’t believe we did it! We won a Monster iMac for our classroom. Here is how we did it.
First, we played health and nutritional games on Next, we blogged our comments, of what we learned, on our teacher’s blog. After that, we interviewed Cathy Pierson, our Cafeteria Manager about the Food Guide Pyramid. We learned that to be healthy, people need to have a well-balanced diet based on a 1,600 calories a day. After our research, we worked together to find pictures of healthy foods and uploaded them to Some of us even made trading cards at to inform people of the different types of food groups: fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, grains, oils, and desserts. Lastly, we submitted our projects to
We still enjoy every minute of playing their games. We even are making better choices of what we eat. Thank you Playnormous! We are living better because of your website!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2nd Grade News, February 2, 2010

♥ Important Reminders:
Please send 5 pictures of your child to school by Friday, February 5th. We are learning about timelines in Social Studies. We would like for the pictures to go in a progression from birth/baby picture until now. The pictures will be returned to you.

♥ Please continue to send a warm jacket with your child each day. Often times our classrooms are chilly.

♥Social Studies - We are wrapping up our unit on hero’s and the characteristics of real hero’s. We will also be wrapping up our timelines with the photos that you send.

♥Science - We are continuing our unit on living and non-living. This will include both plants and animals. The kids are loving this!!!

♥Language Arts - We are moving into understanding about book reviews and what goes into critiquing a book effectively and constructively. We will consume LOTS of reviews before we branch out on our own. This takes practice.

♥Math – While we continue to get the hang of subtracting with regrouping, we are moving into fractions. Please remember to practice those math facts each evening for 5 minutes. Our goal is for the kids to be able to do 20 simple facts in a minute.

☺Thanks for sharing your children with us each day. They are treasured!


I am SO excited to announce that we won the Playnormous challenge! Here is the email that I received yesterday: