Thursday, June 28, 2012

2nd Grade Bright Word Wall!

We will be implementing the use of Fry Words next year and I have been doing some creating! I have come up with a bright word wall that includes the 3rd 100 Fry Words in word wall format. There are 31 pages of words, letter, and "word wall" cards. Click the link below to pick up a set at my TPT store! :) I am in the process of creating a set for Kdg, 1st and 3rd grades! I hope to have them up soon!

          2nd Grade Word Wall

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Check out this amazing give away at One Extra Degree! What a great resource to integrate into your classroom :)

Ooo La La... Luna! Another Giveaway?!

I know I am not the first blogger to write about Learning Resources' Luna Interactive Projection Camera, but I am enthusiastic nonetheless!  A nice solid dose of real life slowed down my review process last spring, but it didn't slow down my exploration process.   This little gadget is a teacher's dream.  Let me explain.

Life before Luna looked something like this:
I fell in love with Elmos during my undergrad experience, and I continued to daydream about them often once I started teaching.  I even wrote a Donor's Choose grant for an Elmo... and it flopped.  I had written a handful of grants for books, and they had been fully funded.  However, "Project Elmo" never really made it off of the ground.  I was absolutely crushed, because they are a little out of my price range.  (Of course we all know how much money we spend on our classrooms as teachers, and I admit that I occasionally get carried away with decorating, books, and other classroom goodies, so if I'm saying that it's out of my price range, then you know it's serious!)  Still, I couldn't stop thinking about all of the ways I could use a document projector in my classroom.

Fast-forward a year:
Luna popped up on the radar.  I knew that I just had to have it.  First of all, the Luna is reasonably priced at $199.99. (It's not nearly as expensive as the Elmo... and that leaves a lot more money in the bank... and in my closet! Ha!)  It is compact, but mighty, and it plugs right in to your computer, so you can use it with your SMARTboard or existing projectors.  It is absolutely wonderful for taking a closer look at a mentor text, modeling a math lesson, and pretty much any kind of demonstration you can think of.  I honestly think the sky is the limit.  I have not tried it yet, but you can actually create a video narration! How great would that be for pod-casting?!  You could add a little podcast to your classroom website to help support your kiddos at home, and they could watch your lesson a second time.  I love, love, love the versatility of this product!

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for:
You have an opportunity to score a Luna for YOUR classroom!  Here's what you need to do!

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Follow my lil' ole slice of cyberspace, and share how you plan to use the recorder with your kiddos. :)
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The winner will be drawn next Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012.  Make sure to check back in for the winner!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2nd Grade Word Wall Words-Fry

This year we will be implementing the Fry Sight Words into our curriculum. I plan to revamp my word wall this year by using these newly created cards! I hope you enjoy them! Click on the link below to download my first freebie :)

                                2nd Grade Fry Word Wall Words

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Earth Day Glog

Hi Second Graders!
For your final creation, we are going to put together our findings on how to save the Earth, and Earth Day. We have been reading about ways to protect our Earth, Rain forests, and Earth Day. With your partner, I want you to search for pictures to put in a glog. Think about all that you have learned this far, pick the most important findings and paste a picture into the blog. We will be completing this with our partners in the computer lab. I will demonstrate how to insert a picture into the Glog. Have fun and be creative!