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How Big is a “Foot”

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Today was yet another cold day at the school with temperatures around -12 to 6 degrees throughout the day. The students were bundled up and made it safely to school. We began the day as usual with DLR and then the students worked on their spelling packets while I went around the room and answered questions. Today’s math lesson was really fun! We learned about how to measure in not only inches but feet as well. I drew a bunch of lines on the board and had the students answer questions about how long each line was in feet and in inches. The students also saw the connection between inches to feet and multiplication, such as 2 feet is 24 inches (12 x 2=24). In their small groups, the students then were asked to measure certain objects around the room and tell me about how long their object was in feet and inches. The students measured the height of the trashcan, length of the bookcase, length of their desks, height of the door and more! Finally to conclude the lesson we lined up 11 rulers on the floor and the students each walked heal to heal beside the rulers to see about how long their “foot” is compared to the 12 inches “foot”. 

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Snowy Day Back

OneSnowyDay01Not too much to report for today. Since we missed Friday’s class we did a lot of make-up work today as well as finish the Abraham Lincoln biographies. It has been really windy all day with the snow blowing in our faces as we exit the school. We started a very fun graphing activity today about what students will miss most about winter and what they look forward to in spring. Other than make up work and the usual math lessons, today wasn’t too exciting.

Although in science we did play a really fun predator vs. prey game that taught the students what happens in live situations with animals. We really got the full experience of living in different climates as we walked through the blowing snow to another building on school grounds to play the game. Since it was so cold, we talked about fur, shelter and big feet as adaptations animals in cold weather environment need. I am hoping the wind stops tonight as I really do not want another snow day tomorrow. The students are going to be starting an exciting timeline biography project tomorrow and I want them to have as much time as possible to work on it. Sorry I did not write more than this today, I am quite tired from grading and the snow on top of an upset stomach leads me to feeling tired and ready for bed!

Till tomorrow, have a wonderful night everyone!

-Laura Hill

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Tests, Tests Everywhere- Farklempt, Quarters and More!

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The week has once again flown by rather quickly as we come to Friday of this week. Today was quite a long day for the students as they had to take three different tests today. Their first test was of course the weekly spelling test which takes place on Friday. My spelling group had some very difficult challenge words such as farklempt (which came from a book we read). If you don’t know what farklempt is.. Why not go look it up right now and find out? The students had to use their challenge words to create their own sentences using each word per sentence. The students seemed to understand the words and did a nice job overall on the unit 20 spelling test. As for the other two tests, one was in reading and the third was the last of the ed performance tests. Since this week was the wrap up of unit 4, the students took their reading test about the animals unit. The test involved multiple choice, cause and effect charts and writing a two paragraph research topic. The main readings in the test were about spiders, which excited many of the students since they knew a lot about spiders already. Continue reading

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Mighty Regrouping Dinosaurs

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It was a very challenging Wednesday for the students today. During our math time, the students once again visited the new realm of two-digit subtraction using regrouping. This time I showed the students another way to count numbers and regroup using base ten blocks. The students were given some subtraction problem examples and we would work through the regrouping process as a class. This is a brand new concept to the students so they once again had a very tough time figuring it out. I will say that I am very proud for how hard the second graders worked during math yesterday. We were doing math for a long time to just keep practicing. I could really start to see improvement and some “light bulbs” go off in the students throughout the day. Towards the end of the day, I had a one-on-one conference with many of the students to go over regrouping and sure enough many of them had figured out regrouping and were able to do some problems on their own with guidance!! I couldn’t be more happier when each student had their breakthrough with regrouping subtraction. Now the key is for me to keep letting the students practice so that they will all have regrouping mastered. It is going to take quite some time for that, but it is a goal I know the students can reach.

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Colorful Tile Day

Yet another day has gone by really fast. The students worked really hard today and we got through a lot of material in math. The day started off with the Daily Language Review again and the students turned them in for their weekly grade. We have been working on using an apostrophe for showing possession, so that was a main component of the DLR. As far as math goes,  the objectives for lesson 83 were to learn how to read and draw fractional parts of a set. The kids had a wonderful time today using square colored tiles to learn about fractional parts of a set. We talked about how the different colors in the tiles represented certain fractions up through sixths. So the students had the opportunity to have some fun with manipulatives while learning fractions at the same time! Continue reading