100th Day of School Craft

We got to make our portraits this week and they were so much fun!! My kids loved it.  I will definitely keep doing this one every year.

This is what our display looked like:

 They all turned out really cute but here were some of my favorites:

 I love this fashionable old lady with her houndstooth dress, red earrings, chunky white necklace and enormous flower :)

Here are some tips if you are interested in doing this with your kids:
1. It's really difficult to find paper that is skin colored so I headed to Joann's and bought individual 12X12 scrapbook paper that was skin colored.  It was inexpensive and each sheet provided enough paper for four students. 
2. Have lots of cotton and googly eyes on hand. 
3. Provide a variety of scrapbook papers for clothes.

We are also studying penguins and we are reading Mr. Popper's Penguins for fun.
When I was reading about it online, it says it's on a 4th-5th grade reading level, but it's been perfect as a read aloud for 2nd graders.  The kids have been enjoying Captain Cook so far! 

I am linking up with Teaching Maddeness for Flashback Friday.  Make sure to link up!


Busy Week

This was such a busy week.  There was so much to do but my kids had a blast.

We started the week with MLK introductions.  I was really surprised that this year NONE of my kids knew who he was.  I was saddened by it but we took care of business and learned all about Dr. King.  We read Scholastic Weekly Reader and Time For Kids.  These magazines save me!  So much information and it's always presented in the most interesting way for my kids. 

Then we made these awesome snow globes that were floating on Pinterest land.  Thank goodness for helpful parents because they did most of the work in assembling them with a hot glue gun.

We got started with penguins finally!  I usually start the first day of the third quarter but I wanted to finish up my mammals unit before moving on to penguins.  Time flies third quarter!
Then, late this week, the materials from my Donors Choose grant came in!  
I was really looking forward to using this one about penguins.  Gail Gibbons is awesome!  She is my partner when tackling the CCSS.
We also continued working on elements of literature and dug deep into character.  This graphic organizer was perfect for my kids!  This is one of my ELL's work.  She has improved so much. Still have a lot of work ahead of us, but she is able to do this independently now which is great!
This is from The Teacher Wife's unit in the Reading Comprehension Two packet. 
Ok, so those were some of our activities that we did this week.  Now link up over at Teaching Maddeness and share what you did this week:)

Elements of Literature

I taught elements of literature a while back and I'm noticing that my kids are not identifying things like setting and characters etc. correctly so I thought it was time for a refresher.  This could also have something to do with the fact that I have several new students.  (I hope)
We started with the Teacher Wife's File called Reading Comprehension Two and made our chart.  Excuse the non-cuteness of my chart.  I made it super quick with the kids. 
We then identified the setting in our book Pete the Cat Saves Christmas.  I used the setting poster from the file and shrunk it down to fit 4 to a page so that each student could have a copy in their journals.  Then they documented the setting with me.
At the end of the week we read Hooway for Wodney Wat and the kids were in charge of telling me what the settings were and what their clues were from the illustrations.  This worked amazingly well! My students themselves said that they needed to add more details to their books in writer's workshop so that the other kids would know what their setting was during sharing time. Amazing!

I am linking up with Teaching Maddeness for Flashback Friday.  Make sure to link up your week's activities!

Best Books for Boys Linky Party

I am so glad Courtney of Swimming Into Second thought of this linky!  It can be difficult to find books geared towards boys or that boys will like in general.

Here are some of my favorites:

What boy or girl can resist El Skippito Friskito?  My kids obsess over Skippy every single year.  They can't get enough of him.  I highly recommend the whole series, I think there are six now.  My favorite being Lost in Spice.

This one is a must have!  It's a poetry book geared towards boys, but the girls like it too.  It makes teaching poetry easy and it's easy to incorporate into other academic areas.  I like reading it when we are reading about outdoor animals or camping.

Dav Pilkey is just awesome!  This is my go to book when I get a boy who doesn't enjoy reading.  There isn't an overwhelming amount of text on each page but it's still a chapter book.  They devour this book and get so excited when they realize there are more in the series!  I wish there were more books written like this.

Another Dav Pilkey creation.  All my kids enjoy this one!  I use it to teach voice and it doesn't hurt that he is one of our authors in our anthology so they get lots of exposure to his writing.

Now it's your turn to link up with Courtney and share your picks!

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