Subtraction with Regrouping

This week I am teaching my snazzy second graders how to solve subtraction problems with regrouping. It is a scary and confusing task, but I feel confident that they will get it. Every year I teach my little ones this little poem: More on the top? Don't stop! More on the floor? Go to your neighbor and borrow 10 more! Number's the same? Zero's the game!

I just created these posters to remind them of the regrouping rules. I just put them in my brand new TPT Store. They are only $1 for all three!

Plural Nouns

You have probably seen that 'es' poster for nouns over at The Teacher's Wife. If you haven't go check it out. Along with learning when to add -es, we also learning when to change 'y to i and add es'. I made this poster to go along with the 'es' poster.

Click on the picture to download and print from Google Docs. Enjoy!

Colorful Crayons and a Trip to Space

 If you haven't discovered Pinterest you should check it out. This site is amazing and addicting. I consider myself a crafty person, so I am always looking for easy crafts to make for my classroom. I found this crayon letter craft on Pinterest. It was pretty easy. I started by making a template in Word. I  knew it would be hard to get the curves in the S perfect with crayons, so I looked for a thick, simple font and made an S using Word Art. Then I typed in my name, printed it out on cardstock and was ready to go. I lined up the crayons in the order I wanted, then laid them on the template. I cut the crayons to fit the template using an exacto knife. It was so easy that I made one of my teacher friend, Allison, too! Below is the link to the template in Google Documents.

Here is another Pinterest inspired project. I can't take credit for making this crayon wreath, Allison made it. It is super cute! I added the letter squares after she gave it to me. I made those in Publisher and printed them on cardstock. Crafters beware: if you make this wreath and hang it on your door, expect crayons to be pulled off. Every now and then I find a crayon missing when I arrive at school, but the hot glue gun makes it an easy fix.

 This is Allison and I on Character Day. She was the cat from If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and I was the pig from If You Give a Pig a Pancake.

This is kinda random... it was nothing to do with crayons or Pinterest. We studied the moon recently, and we spent an entire day 'going to the moon'. The kids made helmets from paper bags, laid back in their chairs for Blast Off, and made the phases of the moon using Oreos. At the end of the day, when we arrived at the moon, the students put their astronaut on the moon. Here is the poster I painted that hung above the moon.

We Are Thanksful

Each year, around November, I pull out my giant turkey and have the students list what they are thankful for on construction paper feathers. Usually they include the number (example: 2 parents, 1 sister, 3 best friends) and add them up to get the total. Well, in math right now we are focusing on graphing and I was struggling with how to incorporate this activity into our unit. Whelp, I couldn't figure out a way. And then I had a light bulb moment! We were learning about commas in a series! Together we brainstormed the things that we are thankful for on the board, then the students wrote a sentence listing all the things they were thankful for on the feather. I love my turkey and I must say the kids did a great job with commas in their lists.