Saturday, December 31, 2011

Soil: Unit 4, Week 3

Happy New Year!  I can't believe how fast the holidays flew by!  Tomorrow we are heading back to school and ready for another week of Reading Street.  This week we are studying Reading Street's story Soil.  Here is the game board that I created to go along with the spelling pattern for the week:  dipthongs ow, oi, oy, and ou.  Click on the picture to download this game.

Here's the Comprehension Questions we will also use.

Here is a Trifold that Cary Short created.

Here is a Soil Test that Cary Short created.

Have an awesome year!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I have been very lazy enjoying my time off this week.  I just had to share a Christmas song, The First Noel that our talented music teacher made.  Mr. Gier sings and plays the music in this song.  I hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas!

Also, thanks to K. Mo at Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade, she awarded me the Liebster Award.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gingerbread Houses

On Monday my 2nd graders brought in there Gingerbread Houses for our December Take Home Project.  Here are some of them.
Adobe house with lights

They were very proud of how great their houses turned out!

2 and 1/2 more days until my Winter Vacation begins!!!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Froggy Fable Unit 4

Our last week before starting winter break we will be reading A Froggy Fable from Reading Street's Unit 4 Week 1.  Here's my weekly game board that practices the final syllable -le.

We will also do activities from Pearson Successnet as well as Comprehension Questions found here.

Here is also a Trifold that Cary Short created and shared.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Around the World

We successfully completed our first week of Christmas Around the World from Christina Bainbridge's website.  Despite having a snow day on Tuesday, we still managed to get through many of the activities.  Here are some of the projects we have been working on.
Here is our Christmas Tree.  Each day the kids have been writing how to say Merry Christmas from the Country of the day on their ornament.
Here are the ornaments we made when visiting America.

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments
I used a slightly different recipe to make the ornaments.  It was simple and turned out great.  Here's the recipe we used.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments
3 cups cinnamon             
2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup glue.
You may need to add a little water to this: it needs to be the consistency of thick cookie dough. Have the children pound out to 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters. If you do not have time to let them dry naturally you can stick them in the oven at 275 for 45 minutes x 3. Flip after each 45 minutes. I always do it in conjunction with math lessons on measurement. Makes 21 ornaments with a little left over. 

Here are how our Poinsettias turned out for Mexico!
Here are the fireworks from Brazil!

We have 5 days of school left.  Everyone's so excited for Christmas here, especially since we received snow in the NM desert.  Normally we are lucky to see a couple of inches a year.  We got about 4-5 inches and still have some on the ground in the shady areas.  

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Weed Is A Flower Game Board

Wow this has been one busy week!  One of those week's when you wake and ask yourself what day is it?  Everything really ran together for me.  I have been completely immersed at home with reading the Twilight Series after watching the latest movie.  I told myself that I just couldn't wait until next year to see how it all ends.  I finished book one Friday night and have already started book 2 on my Kindle.

Then there was the scare from my expecting pregnant best friend.  She left the school Monday as soon as her students were gone with pains.  She delivered a healthy baby boy an hour and a half later!  Yes, you read right!  No one could hardly believe that one!

To end the week, my daughter who turns 3 in a few weeks, must have eaten something bad at lunch on Thursday.  She got sick in the night.  My husband and I were changing vomited sheets and cleaning her up in the dead of the night.

So that brings me to Saturday.  We've had a cold spell come through the desert.  It's wet and cold outside.  I think I will spend the day cleaning, reading, and wrapping Christmas Presents.  But, before I get started on that,  here is my weekly Game Board.

We are reading the story A Weed Is A Flower from our Reading Street series.

This week's game board covers the skill Comparative Endings -er -est.

Enjoy your week!  I know I am really looking forward to the next 2 weeks and starting Christina Bainbridges Christmas Around the World Unit!