Oh my goodness! I got hit with a cold/flu bug and boy did it do a number on me. I missed Five for Friday last week because of it and have spent this week trying to get rid of it. Anyone else in the sickness boat?? Anyways, enough of the pity me time, I’m back for another Five for Friday. We’ve been very busy this week so I’m linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching to show you what we’ve been up to….
Yay for a 3 day weekend!! These weeks have been crazy and Spring Break is still far away, but a 3 day weekend will help for now! I’m linking up with Kacey over at Doodle Bugs Teaching for another week of Five for Friday…
The new year is finally here! I think I’ve managed to write 2017 correctly all week….which is a big deal lol. I’m back linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. See what I’ve been up to the past week below….
So how cute are these! Melonheadz made these adorable New Year’s Resolutions sheets and my kiddos did a great job coming up with goals. They were detailed and made goals that fit them, their interests, and needs. I was proud of how hard they worked on it and it’ll make the perfect bulletin board for the New Year. Check out Melonheadz freebie here….
New Year’s Resolution here. Not too specific – but I need balance and I need to find time to work on me. The gym is calling my name this weekend as is some meal prep! Looking forward to making healthier choices this year (after our staff happy hour today lol).
In Writing Workshop, we’re currently working on our second Lucy Calkin’s book called Lab Reports and Science Books. The kids have loved doing experiments and I thought it would be fun to do one as a class that is more holiday themed. I found this Candy Cane Experiment on Lemon Lime Adventures and we’ve been having a blast working on it!
We are still following the Writing Workshop model for lab reports and are spreading it out over about a week.
On Day 1, we discussed our question, materials, and kids came up with a hypothesis.
On Day 2, we came up with the procedures and students wrote down the steps we would take to complete the experiment.
On Day 3, we conducted the experiment with cold water. The color quickly came off of the candy cane, but the dissolving of the candy cane took a bit. The kids enjoyed watching it throughout the entire process. (I highly recommend clear cups if you do this so the kids can really see everything happening).
On Day 4, we conducted the experiment with hot water. Same results as Day 2, but super fast. The whole candy cane was dissolved in about a half hour when the day before it took over an hour.
On Day 5, we conducted the experiment using vinegar. The vinegar smelled, which we all agreed on and worked quicker than the cold water, but slower than the hot water.
The kids had a lot of fun and have done an amazing job writing their lab reports. I love seeing the growth that I’ve seen this year while we’ve used Writing Workshop! In January, we’ll be starting opinion writing!
How is it December??? November seemed to fly by and that Thanksgiving break definitely flew by! 10 days went by in a second! I’m linking back up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to show you what we’ve been up to this week for Five for Friday.
We started working on fact and opinion this week in class to go along with our Journey’s story. In small groups, we discussed it and I had students write three of each. Love this little ones first opinion! 🙂
The amazing TPT Cyber Sale begins today! Be sure to stock your shopping carts with all kinds of TPT goodies. My entire store – Jordan Johnson – will be on sale today and tomorrow! If you use the code CYBER2016, you’ll get 28% off!
I also just finished up my next Grammar Fix It product. This Grammar Fix It focuses on using apostrophes correctly with possessives and contractions. It also provides additional practice with capitalization and end marks. Quick practice for kids and printer friendly! Could be used as Around the Room activity or as a literacy station.
Check it out – here.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to have today off! We have today off for Nevada Day. We haven’t had a day off since Labor Day. This teacher…needed…a…day…off. Especially to prepare for what will be a crazy Monday with Halloween parties and Halloween. For reals – why does Halloween have to be on a Monday. Anyways…I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Here’s what we’ve been up to this week….
This was the answer to my Morning Message question – Why is it important for us to know how to tell time? It cracked me up! I don’t think I ever had a professor ask me in college if I knew how to tell time lol.
We finished up our first unit of Writing Workshop and it was time to celebrate! Last week we had our Author’s Celebration and I wanted to share it with all of you!
Our first unit in Writing Workshop was narrative writing. Students have been working so hard on writing a small moment story while incorporating craft moves from mentor authors that we studied. Not an easy feat for 2nd graders (I don’t ever remember writing things like this in 2nd grade), but they rocked it! We worked on interesting beginnings, strong word choice, stretching your story across the pages, dialogue, and adding details to make the reader feel like they are there.
For our celebration, each student got to share their story under the document camera and read it out loud to the class. Then, each student picked 2 kids to give them a compliment. I then, also gave multiple compliments and we applauded. Each kiddo had a chance to share and at the end we celebrated with some yummy cookies.
Here are a few photos from our celebration.
What a week. This one felt like a very long one for some reason. The full moon on Sunday/Monday night didn’t help things either. I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another round of Five for Friday. Here’s what we were up to this week…