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Friday, October 26, 2012

Freebie Friday: Halloween!

Happy Friday everyone! This week has gone by quickly for me even though we've had two days of indoor recess! Wednesday most of the classes were able to go out but then it started raining *right* before my class was scheduled. My kiddos were quite happy with having a little choice time, though! Thursday started out rainy and soon turned to SNOW after the kids arrived. Remember that beautiful, big window in my room? It made for a small distraction for, well, the whole day. Luckily it was just wet snow and didn't stick!

Next week will be crazy for me- I have conferences Tues. and Thurs. evening and Friday afternoon. I'm sure the kids will be fantastic and mellow with Halloween and all...yeah right! We are having a PJ day that day. Maybe it will make them think they are tired? ;) Here are some Halloween freebies that I have found from around the internet. Have a great weekend!
Witches' Brew Adjective Activity from Clutter-Free Classroom

Halloween Roundup on Second Story Window- cute stuff here!

Boo Bump and other freebies from Sunny Days in Second Grade

Draw a Monster game from Expressive Monkey

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Class update!

Phew! I can' believe that it has been so long since I have regularly posted. I'm so sorry. I have been having a fantastically busy school year and, with a son in kindergarten and one that *almost* toddling, it's been quite hectic!

I know I will post more regularly now that we are into the swing of things. I've been trying to schedule some bloggy time on the calendar (which will be easy how that it's football season for the hubs).

I think I have gotten myself into something new- not just a "dip your toe in" but more of a "jump in with both feet" kinda thing. My principal went to visit a school that was using personalized learning and asked some of us at a meeting if we were interested in trying it out in our school. It sounds really awesome! Do any of you do personalized learning? I'd love to hear your thoughts. I really want to do a school visit to the school that my principal went to...I'm trying to get on the list for the next crew to go.

This week we only have 3 days of school because there is an Education Minnesota conference (our union here) on Thursday and Friday. Here are a few things I'm doing this week:

Nate the Great book clubs in reading using this awesome packet by Judy Kvaale on TPT (which is on sale right now!)

Since I couldn't find enough copies of one Nate the Great book I've got about 6 kids reading each Nate the Great title I could wrangle and they are all doing the same packet from this product.

We are also doing some descriptive writing about haunted houses with this packet from Clutter-Free Classroom on TPT. This was the first thing I ever bought on Teachers Pay Teachers and my kiddos LOVED it last year. They did such a fantastic job with the writing and the pictures. I invited a mom who was a realtor to come in and she taught the kids some of the things that they need to include in a description for a house. 
We will also be making this art project to add to our calendars. We make calendars for families for our holiday gift in second grade. I will share more about these when we finish them up. 

We will be busy but I love these 3-day weeks because I get to do a lot of fun stuff that we normally don't have time to do. :)