Friday, March 1, 2013

Five for Friday

Good gosh y'all... what a week. It went by fast, but boy did it feel like the longest week EVER! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday fun! 

Here's a little peek at my week...

1. Monday we went on a field trip to the Fire Safety Village. My kiddos had.a.blast! All second and fourth graders in my district have the opportunity to visit the Fire Safety Village. It is such a great experience! They learn about everything from fire safety to bike safety to pool safety. Y'all they even have a model living room and bedroom, and the kids get to practice escaping from a "fire". There is even fake smoke! So cool and educational!

2. Last night our school hosted a Technology Night for our parents to check out the ways we use technology in the classroom. Our second grade team spoke about BrainPOP Jr. and Sheppard Software. Have you used these resources? They are awesome! We seriously use them all.the.time! We also showed our parents this video on the history of technology in education...

3. I also wanted to share my textbook from one of my Master's reading classes. I normally HATE textbooks, but this one is full of useful information! Just in case you're looking for a little professional reading...

4. This week we have been working on identifying and comparing amounts of money. I used a game to reinforce the concept of comparing amounts of money. I got the idea for the game from the talented Cara Carroll over at The First Grade Parade. You can check out her version here. I tweaked it a little to make it appropriate for my second graders. I had one student pick up as many pieces of paper as they could in five seconds. After that, we counted their "money". The green pieces of paper were the dollars. The orange pieces were the dimes, and the brown pieces were the pennies. Once we counted the money, the student wrote their amount on a white board and then had to show it using money manipulatives. I had another student do the exact same thing. Then, I called on someone to change our money eating alligator (popsicle sticks) to show the alligator eating the bigger number. Then they had to say the number sentence using the correct terms (less than, greater than, equal to). They had a blast! Learning and having fun at the same time... score! Whew... clear as mud right! 

Here's a picture... 

5. Keeping on my video theme... a little laugh for you...

You're welcome!


  1. I enjoyed reading your post and your blog look is adorable. I will have to check out those techy resources. Following you now:)

    My Teacher Friend

  2. Welcome to the teacher blogging world friend...I just started my blog back in January and getting ready to do my 100 (will 101 really) follower giveaway. I know it's kinda hard to start getting followers. Keep doing linky parties and giveaways if you have any yet. Let me know if you want to be a part of my giveaway to get your blog out in blog land a little more :)
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

  3. We love BrainPop jr too... I love how it gives them appropriate information in a fun format!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  4. So nice to meet you through the linky party! I LOVE the Strategies That Work series! I have an older version but the content is the same! Great resource!
    Happy to be your newest follower! Stop by!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  5. Any chance of getting "follow by email" enabled on your blog? Would love to follow! Thanks

    1. I enabled it! I didn't know it wasn't working. :) Thank you for stopping by!

  6. I just found you on Five for Friday. I love your bright and colorful blog-too cute! :)

    Granny Goes to School
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  7. I love BrainPop jr and both of the Strategies That Work books. Another awesome reading comprehension books is Comprehension Connections by Tammy McGregor.

    You have a very cute blog. I love the polka dots. =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit when you get the chance.

    Heather's Heart