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TPT Cyber Sale – Starts Tomorrow!

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The TPT Cyber Sale begins tomorrow, November 27! My entire store – Jordan Johnson – will be on sale for up to 25% with the code CYBER17.  Check out some of my grammar products below…
Check out my Grammar Fix It Products – On Sale using the code CYBER17
Grammar Fix It provides grammar practice perfect for literacy stations, small groups, whole group, assessments, and more.  All Grammar Fix Its are printer friendly and offer 2 printing options.  Each packet offers at least three different versions for skill practice.  Recording sheets and answer keys are included.  For more info, click on the pictures below to see the product in my store.
Grammar Fix It - Capitalization & End Marks        Grammar Fix It - Apostrophes - Possessives and Contractions
 Grammar Fix It - Verb Tense Agreement       Grammar Fix It - Commas        
Grammar Fix It - Spelling High Frequency Words        Grammar Fix It - Quotation Marks

All of the Grammar Fix It’s above can be found in my Grammar Fix It Bundle – also on sale!
Grammar Fix It -  BUNDLE

Happy Shopping!

Class Dojo Videos

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I absolutely love the Class Dojo videos.  I use Class Dojo as a way to grade/track our non-academic standards (conduct, effort, and personal habits).  But, my favorite part of Class Dojo is the videos tab under Big Ideas. You can find it….here
Class Dojo started this a few years ago and started out with their videos on Growth Mindset. They also have videos on perseverance, empathy, gratitude, and mindfulness. All important life skills for students to learn!
My favorite one and the series we always start with is the series about Growth Mindset.  As we know Growth Mindset is a big talking point in education and so important for kids to learn about at a young age. However, it can be quite tricky to explain it in kid friendly terms! But, Class Dojo has done it! They use friendly characters – Katie and Mojo and have them encounter typical kid type issues – making mistakes, not knowing how to do something, wanting to give up, etc. Through these videos it teaches kids that your brain is a muscle that can get stronger, that just because you don’t know how to do something means you don’t know it yet, and more…
I’ve been showing these once a week for Growth Mindset Monday – Morning Meeting. Students greet each other and share growth mindset type questions. For example, what is something you’re good at, what is something that is hard for you, and more.
Students also focus on the videos for their Morning Message. I like to have students respond explaining what they learned in past videos. It’s a great way to jog their memory and lead in to the next video since they build on one another.
Then, for the activity we watch the episode and discuss.  The kids love these videos and I find them applying what we learned in class.  For example, we were working on rounding which was hard for some of my students. We focused on the fact that we just don’t know it “yet,” but the more we practice the better we’ll get at it!
I’m excited to finish up the Growth Mindset series next week and then we’ll be moving on to Empathy.  How do you use Class Dojo videos in your room?  Comment below and let me know!

Why I Love Sit Spots

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I got Sit Spots in my classroom last year and have absolutely loved them! I highly recommend them and don’t know what I’d do without them.  
Here are a few reasons why I love them…
  • They are bright and colorful. They come in many different shapes and options to fit your class decor or needs.
  • They last! I used these last year and then washed them over the summer. I was a little nervous, but they look great! I love that you can wash the to disinfect!
  • They really do stick.  The velcro on the back of these is legit! These things stick.  My room gets vacuumed and the Sit Spots are all where they should be.  
  • It’s not a rug! Don’t get me wrong, I have had a classroom rug for 8 out of my 11 years teaching.  And, I do love a rug, but these are better. Students still each have their own spot and you don’t have the issues with tripping over the rug. I can’t tell you how many times the rug got caught under something and then there was a bump. I was often the victim tripping over the bump or the edge of the rug. But, that is not an issue with Sit Spots.
  • They are inexpensive. When I bought Sit Spots last year, they were $2 per Sit Spot. Not a bad price and like I said they last!

If you are interested in buying them, check out the Sit Spots website…here.

iPad Tip

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We are super lucky at my school and are 1-to-1 with iPads in the classroom! This is amazing and I’m so grateful that we have technology at everyone’s finger tips! This year I wanted each child to use the exact same iPad every time. It helps with log-ins and makes it easier when students are working on iMovie and Keynote type projects.  To help make this easier and manageable in the classroom, I’ve done two things.

1. I put a number label on the back of each iPad. Yes, simple, I know.  I just took an Avery address label and numbered every iPad.  Each child has their own number in class and now they know which iPad is their iPad.

2.  I can’t show a full picture of this due to privacy, but I also came up with another way of “labeling” the iPads.  For the locked screen, I put a picture of the child whose iPad it is. In that picture they are also holding up their number.  So, there are two identifying factors. This makes it easy for my iPad helpers to quickly pass out the iPads.

TPT Back to School Bonus Sale – Tuesday ONLY & a Giveaway

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Great news! TPT is having a Back to School Bonus Sale.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22nd my store – Jordan Johnson – will be up to 25% off with the code BTSBONUS.  Check out a few of my favorite products below! These are all included in the sale.

Opinion Writing Prompts Cards – Perfect for teaching the opinion standards – W1.1 and W2.1.  Includes 30 different writing prompt cards.
Opinion Writing Prompt Cards
Would You Rather – Opinion Writing Prompts – This is one of my newer products. It also covers the opinion standard. This packet includes 60 writing prompts. Each writing prompt is a different would you rather question and the topics include school, home, sports, animals, and more.
Would You Rather... - Opinion Writing Prompt Cards
Graphing Galore Bundle – This bundle includes my 3 very popular graphing products – Graphing in 2nd Grade, Learning About Line Plots, and Create Your Own Graph Project. Perfect to cover all of your second grade graphing standards!
Graphing Galore BUNDLE
Surprises According to Humphrey Book Study – My students always love working on book studies during small group time.  The Humphrey book is always popular because who can resist a cute hamster.  I also have other book studies available in my store…
Surprises According to Humphrey - Book Study
I’m also hosting a giveaway for a $10 TPT Gift Card that could be used during the boost sale tomorrow. Head to my Instagram account to enter….Team J’s Second Grade Fun Instagram

Friday Favorites – Postponed this week

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Due to Meet the Teacher today and school starting Monday, this week was a little busier than planned.  I’m going to postpone my scheduled Friday Favorites and move it to next week. So, next week check back for my favorite ideas for building classroom community.

Have a great weekend!

How I use IPEVO In My Classroom

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I was very lucky at past schools to have a document camera and a Smart Board. At my current school, when I first arrived we didn’t have either. We did have a projector, an awesome Mac Computer, and an iPad. I could live without a Smart Board, but the whole not having a document camera threw me.  I was used to being able to project worksheets, projects, activities, etc up on the board so students could see exactly what it was like. It was weird not being able to do that.  But, two technology pieces came to the rescue (well three if you include the iPad I already had) – the Just Stand and the app IPEVO.

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With the app IPEVO, the stand, and my iPad, I now had the makings of a document camera. The Just Stand is amazing!  You can move it, turn it, etc, but I tend to keep it level and use it only as a document camera. My iPad fits in the top and using the camera or the IPEVO app you can project whatever is below it.
Here my student is projecting her story on the board using the Just Stand, app IPEVO on camera mode, and the iPad.
As you can see from the picture above it works pretty much like a document camera would. It projects whatever is underneath it. I can use it to project student work and can use it to write and show kids something we’re working on! I love that I’m now able to have the functions of a document camera.
It also has another option that let’s you actually write on the iPad.  You can do this in camera mode or just on a blank white board of sorts.  I use this all the time for spelling and phonics activities and for math.  I’ll just write a problem on my “white board” (iPad with IPEVO app) and then the kids will solve it on their white boards.  It’s much quicker to erase than writing it on the real white board and I can walk around and monitor the room while I’m writing.
So there was a quick peek at how I use the IPEVO app.  Do you have a document camera in your classroom or do you use other tech pieces? Comment below….

How I use Code.org In My Classroom

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Do you use coding in your classroom? If not, you have to try Code.org.  Coding is such an important part of technology. And, as we know, jobs that our students will be doing in the future most of them will heavily rely on technology.  I always thought coding was just a bunch of numbers and gibberish and never quite understood it. However, after using Code.org myself (I made myself a student account) I’ve learned right along with my students.

Set-Up:
Set-up is super easy and free.  Go to Code.org, click sign-in, and click on create a free account. It is free which is amazing because the lessons are valuable and there are many levels.  Once you create a teacher account you are able to create a class account and then student accounts. It is simple to do and once it’s done you are ready to go!  
How I Use It:
The first time my students worked on coding I modeled step by step how to log in.  Once they were logged in, they were good to go on their own.  Code.org starts students in Course 1 and moves them through at their own pace.  I teach second grade so Course 1 was a good starting point for my students and myself.  Code.org provides videos to explain what to do and has fun activities for practice. For example, some of the activities require them to set-up code to move the characters around from Angry Birds.  Each lesson builds and gets more complicated as it goes.  
Students loved it and wanted to code during free time, which I was fine with. Some even chose to work on coding during Fun Friday.  I did have a dedicated block of time each week for coding.  During Morning Meeting, on Tuesdays, I called it “Tech Tuesday” and kids would code for the activity.  Students can also work on it at home. There is a little slip you can print that has the log-in information for home use.

Certificates:
Once a student finishes a course level there is a certificate you can print out. The kids love being recognized for their hard work!

Do you use Code.org? If so, what is your favorite part? Write me in the comments below…

How I Use Kahoot in My Classroom

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Today I’m excited to share one of my favorite apps with you that I mentioned in my Friday Favorites – Favorite Tech Apps – Kahoot! Kahoot is an app that is new to me this year and the kids and I both fell in love with it! They would request that we used it and they’d be disappointed on days when we didn’t.

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I used Kahoot as a way to review content that I had already taught in the classroom.  It’s a great way to do review without the kids having to do 20 problems on a worksheet.  Our school is 1-to-1 with iPads, which helps, but Kahoot can be done as a whole class, partnerships, teams, or independently.  I have used the multiple choice type questions, but I know they have other options too.
I like Kahoot because you can create your own quizzes.  They do have a bank where you can search for already made Kahoots, but I often prefer to create my own.  Creating your own is nice because you can tailor it to the specific way you’ve taught, specific vocabulary you’ve used, and your school’s specific standards.
Below is an example of one of the Kahoots I created for my class.  I would create a new one each week that went along with our Journey’s story.  We would do the Kahoot on Thursday to help review for the test on Friday. I would include vocabulary questions, grammar questions, and phonics questions.  
Below you’ll see all of the Kahoots I’ve created. The wonderful thing is these are saved for next year.  So once you’ve created it, you’ll have it to use year after year and won’t have to recreate things.  
Here is an example of what the questions and answer options look like.  When you are creating the Kahoot, you have an option to have 2-4 answer choices.  You can also have more than one correct answer.
Below is an example of one of the searches I did on Kahoot. We do a unit on 3D shapes and I thought it would be fun to review the shape names and attributes using Kahoot.  It did work well, but I suggest you look closely at the Kahoot before the kids complete it.  Since these are created by other people, there are sometimes mistakes and often they don’t teach the exact content you teach so you want to make sure it fits your class.
I know this was a quick post, but I want to leave you with a few of the reasons why I love using Kahoot in my classroom…
  • The kids love it and they are engaged.
  • It provides instant feedback. Once the answers are in or the time is up, the correct answer is shown.
  • All students can play and participate. Sometimes too it’s fun to break it up into teams and partners. They get quite competitive with the points!
  • Great review of content and it’s not a worksheet. I’m not a fan of worksheets. While I know paper is necessary for some tasks, I don’t think kids need to be doing worksheets all day long. I love that Kahoot reviews the content, but in a different format then a worksheet.
  • Quick and easy to make!