Monday, December 20, 2010

Welcome to Second Grade!

Clip chart
I use the clip chart management system in my class. I like that it is a positive reinforcer and encourages and rewards my students that are always on task, which then motivates the students who are not quite always on task. Instead of writing the student's name on the clothespin I assigned them each a number. I do this so there is some confidentiality. The students will memorize each other's numbers but outside visitors (parents, teachers, other students) won't necessarily know who's clothespin belongs to whom.The students keep the clip chart daily report sheet in their BEE binder.There is a spot for them to write homework, teacher to make comments, and parents to respond or write comments. 

Job chart
Since community helpers is a big 2nd grade social studies unit, I decided to model my job chart after that. I only made 7 community helpers but use them if you would like. I'll be creating more next year with a larger class. The heads are attached with velcro as we change jobs each week.

This is how I organize most of my math manipulatives. It is 4 shoe organizers stacked on top of each other. I think I originally got them at Walmart. The bins with the blue lids are word work bins labeled 1, 2, and 3. They all contain the same items and are used during Daily 5's word work choice. They contain: colored pencils, markers, alphabet stamps ($1.00 at Target in the back to school bins), magnetic letters, clothespin letters, and dry erase crayons. 

Author of the month
Each month I focus on a specific author. I write the author of the month on this laminated file. As we learn about more authors, we compare/contrast writing styles. The students LOVE finding out who the author is each month. By the end of the month the students are talking about the author like they're best friends. It's great! 

  CAFE board
I implemented Daily 5 and CAFE this year which is off to a great start!

To begin reading, the students sit on the carpet and we spend the first 5 minutes making our reading block choices. This sheet is laminated (you might have to edit/play with the text since the font I used is a downloaded font). I, of course, have guidelines regarding their choices. 

While learning about habitats, we created a fresh water habitat facts bulletin board. The students colored and created pond plants and animals and wrote facts on lily pads. 

  BEE binders
Here is a look inside the BEE binder. This is my first year using this organization system and I think next year I want to use a smaller binder (1inch) and only keep their reading journals in it. 

 My library area
Each bin has a designated number and the back of each book is numbered. Let me tell you, this has made my life so much easier. I rarely have books out of place now. You can't really see it, but on top of my mailboxes I have a "book doctor." This avoids the emergency interruptions during small group instruction to tell me a book has a rip. The students put a sticky note on the page that is ripped then they drop it into the "book doctor" bin. Ahhh love it!
The book shelves are plastic storage shelves but instead of doing them 4 tall, I made them 2 tall and got two sets out of them. Perfect and affordable! 

My students' mailboxes are on the left (very small class this year). The middle section stores birthday pencils and certificates, birthday certificates, absentee forms, and CAFE materials. The section on the right houses a lot of my writing supplies: construction paper, white paper, lined paper, stationery, fancy paper, envelopes, and writing prompts and topics that I change out monthly. 

I made pattern calendar pieces for each month of the year with a variety of difficulties. My students love trying to guess what the pattern will be.

Math/calendar area
 The bags are for the hundred day count. Each day the students put a base ten block into the "ones" when they reach ten they transfer a base ten tens stick into the "tens" bag. When the "tens" bag reaches 100 then the students will transfer a base ten hundreds block into the "hundreds" bag. 

I had several questions about my magnetic pig, so let me explain it in detail. First of all, this was a trial and error project and it's finally working out :) I bought a three piece cookie sheet set. I used the largest of the 3. The other 2 sheets along with a couple other sets are used in my word work station for magnetic letters. I'm not very artistic so normally my fiancé does anything requiring skill for me. He's in law school, so sometimes I'm just stuck doing things on my own... like the pig. That's when I rely on google. I printed this pig template, cut it out, and traced it in pencil on the cookie sheet. I painted the pig using pink acrylic paint. It will take 2-3 coats and you must let each coat dry completely before applying a new one. After the last coat dries you MUST spray it with acrylic spray (can be purchased at any craft store) or the magnets will peel the paint. I have 4 quarters, 10 dimes, 10 nickels, and 10 pennies on the magnet board. The first trial I used the magnetic strips with the sticky back, but the magnets were not heavy enough and the kids would constantly knock them off. I replaced those magnets with disc magnets which are in the school supply section of Walmart and are about 6.00 for a pack of 50, I think.. I couldn't find them online. I used hot glue to attach them to the magnet. I've had no problems since I changed magnets. To attach the heavy cookie sheet to the wall, or in my case the door, I used picture frame velcro grips. They're fantastic! And supposedly, they're supposed to remove easily from the wall, but there hasn't been a need for me to remove them. Lastly, I cut, laminated, and hot glued this tag  onto the magnet board. My school uses Saxon math, so I write the money problem of the day on it and my math leader puts the correct number of coins on the pink pig.  

Writing celebration
We created t-shirts to celebrate our first published writing piece. The kids decorated the front with their name and year. For the back, I scanned each student's published writing piece and printed onto iron transfers. This was A LOT of work.. I'm not going to lie, but worth it ;) 


Ms. Male said...

You are so organized! I love it! Thanks for sharing all of your classroom pictures.

Ms. Durning said...

Thanks :) Consider it a strength and a weakness?!

Kristen said...

Wow! What a beautiful and functional classroom! I love all of your organization! I especially love your habitats bulletin board...what a creative way to display facts. Your class is doing wonderful on the CAFE strategies! We are just starting out. Thank you for sharing your inspiring photos! :)

Paula said...

Your classroom is beautiful!

Valerie said...

Wow! I am so in awe of your classroom! I definitely have some ideas for next year! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Can you show a bigger picture of the writing T-shirts.. such a cute idea!

Ms. Durning said...

Ms. Stewart,
email me and I can send you several pictures.

ashley said...

So many wonderful ideas! I love the writing t-shirts! How cute!

Ms. Margarita said...

I´m a spanish teacher in Bogotá, Colombia... I was just looking for ideas, and this blog have just given me what I was looking for!!

Thank you!!!

Mrs. Pollard said...

I love your magnetic money pig!! I just made one yesterday after seeing it on your site! I hope you don't mind... I'm going to post a picture of it on my blog with a link to your site! AWESOME IDEA! My kids will love it when we introduce money next week.

Unknown said...

Ms Durning,

Quick Question I LOVE your clothes pin idea!!! How did you paint them?! Did you spray paint them?! and how did you get the polka dots on them?! I want to do the clip chart next year!! Thank you so much for all your great ideas!

Alyssa D'Amore

Ms. Durning said...

I used acrylic paint but spray paint would probably be easier. The polka dots is acrylic paint using qtips to make the dots :)

Lindsey said...

Where did you get your rugs lol. I know it sounds silly but I'm in need of some good durable ones!

Unknown said...

I went to the Daily 5 Cafe website, but am unsure upon reading through the site what it is. Is it similar to student selected centers? Can you please explain this?

Anonymous said...

Gosh, I love the pig idea!!! I think I will implement this next school year and definitely give you tons of teacher blog followers! I'm too exhausted to implement another idea, close to the end of the school year, and open house! Thanks again!!!
Rosemary from California

Anonymous said...

Great ideas! I love seeing what other teachers are doing to make learning more enjoyable for the kids and the teachers.

Anonymous said...

I really like you blog! I have gotten some great ideas! I am still a student, but close to graduating! All these valuable resources will help me! Thank you for taking the time to blog! said...

These colourful stickers are very cool and help us to remember some vital things. Thanks a lot.

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