Get Up and Go!

Our story for the week was Get Up and Go!

It's a cute story about a girl who gets ready for school, and her dog makes a timeline to help keep track of the passing time.  So naturally we had to make timelines of our mornings.  I gave each child squares of paper.  They were supposed to write their activity, and how long it took (in minutes).  Then they added all the times together to see how long it takes them to get ready in the morning.  We had quite the range!  One boy got ready in 3 minutes, and one took 89 minutes.  

Close ups

Click here to download my timelines packet.

For one of our activities during Intervention (the time we split all the 2nd graders up based on reading abilities) we played Phonics Lotto.  

I love this game!  It has four game boards, ranging in levels of difficulty.  I put my kiddos in groups and let them work together to finish their game boards.  They took turns choosing a card, and then how to figure out what word their card finished.  They had a lot of fun, and I was impressed by how well they did.  That fourth game board is super hard!  Especially for this time of the year.

We just finished the first month of school!!  I love being back into a routine, with our relatively normal schedule.  And this year already feels so much better than last year.  I have a lot less piles and can find things pretty much right when I need them!  

That being said, this is my favorite some e card, and will ALWAYS be true!  

Regardless of all I still have to do, I am going to enjoy my hard-earned three day weekend!  
I hope you all do, too!!  :)


Classroom Pics!

The winners of the handprint calendar were PIPPI and SARAH.   Sarah, please contact me to receive the packet.  Thank you!

Get ready for a picture overload!!!  :)  

It's about three weeks into school and I finally have my classroom looking pretty darn wonderful!  I had some really great helpers and together we worked MAGIC in my room!  I really love the way it all came together.  

Here are the views from around the room.   




And here are some close-ups!
I just started this this year, and it has been a LIFESAVER!  
I get so tired of those no-name papers...

World's Best Sharpener: Staples, $50 well spent!  

My desk area.

Thanks to The Teacher Wife for this great organization idea!  
(True story..... I've never been 5 weeks ahead, but I have BIG dreams!)

I got this little bus at the Renaissance Festival last year and I love it!

Our district has us post the Topic, Do, and Level of Thinking for each subject.  
The kiddos love seeing how high up the Bloom's Chart we will be working at each day.
(Bloom's Posters purchased here.) 

I LOVE how this wall turned out!  

These cute t-shirts came from Rachelle's This Year Will Be T-Rrific {Back to School Writing} packet!


LOOOOOOVE this rug from Target!  It is such a pretty color and is SO SOFT!  
(And as a bonus, it hides all my cords really well.)

My simple lesson plan layout. 
Each subject has a more detailed lesson plan, with standards, objectives, topic/do/level of thinking, etc.  

Our school gives awards for students who make Blue Zone (reading 117 or more wpm on DIBELS), Word Wise (Read and Spell at Dolch Words through 2nd grade and use their, there, they're, right, write, which correctly in a sentence), and Math Masters (answering 60 addition and 60 subtraction problems correctly in 4 minutes each).  

My favorite decoration comes from The Teacher Wife!