Friday, October 17, 2014

Moonlight The Halloween Cat

This is a very cute book by Cynthia Rylant about a cat that loves Halloween. We created cat art and then wrote about 3 reasons why we like or do not like Halloween.

The art idea is from the book Art for all Seasons. I traced the head and body and then they cut paper for the rest. We folded a strip of paper and then cut the corner to create the fence.
This is my sample.

We also learned about bats and then made a paper plate bat.

We are working on tally marks in math and I found this cute bat activity to go it.

Click HERE for a free copy from
Smiling and Shining in Second Grade.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Prints

We practiced drawing Jack-o-Lanterns and then we sketched them onto scratch foam. We rolled on orange paint and then turned it over onto yellow construction paper to create a print. I had a parent pull students one at a time to print which made it very easy on me.

Here are some sample sketches.

This is what it looks like before we turn it over to print.
Here is a great Free Pumpkin Life Cycle to go with it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Five Little Ghosts

I read this cute felt board story to the class and then we did a little math with ghosts. It was a nice change to use something other than a picture book.
This is the clip art I used for the ghost templates.

We followed the story with some Ghost Estimation and Counting

 Math Coach's Corner has a cute making ten game with ghosts.
Here is another felt board story idea:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Poetry in Partners

In partners, students practiced reading a poem and then drew a picture to match. I put their picture on the document camera to see if the other students could guess the main idea and then they read the poem together practicing prosody.

This picture goes with the poem below:

Here are a few examples of poems we read:

This one was about lemonade. I thought it was cute!
I got them all from this book:
This is also a great book of poems:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Counting on Activities

We have been doing a lot of counting on. We started with dominos, moved to a numeral and dot dice and then rolled a dice and counted on...on the hundred chart.

Roll and Count on a Hundreds Chart
120 Chart

Roll, Write and Count On:
Click HERE to print a copy.

Next, we chose a double digit numeral card and dot dice to count on:

Halloween Math

We used marshmallows to estimate and count 3 different size ghosts and then grouped them into tens and ones.

We used Halloween themed hole punches to make 8. You could also use Halloween themed confetti.
Ghost Estimation

Monday, September 29, 2014

Counting Syllables

Student Book Samples

My class absolutely LOVED making this book today. We learned how to draw simple animals and objects to create a syllable book. When we were done drawing we put stickers on the page to show how many syllables were in the word. We added a cover page and stapled them all together to create a "Counting Syllables" book.