Friday, January 30

This Week, in Second Grade...

Busy week!

100th Day

I decided to make a 100th day shirt this year, a little blue monster with 100 eyeballs. Then I drew 100 tally marks on the back. I meant to have a 100th day snack but forgot them on the kitchen counter. Sad face. It turned out ok, though, because we ate 101st day snacks, instead, during our Reading NWEA test.

Since I teach 2nd grade, we don't do a whole lot with the 100th day. In our writing center, though, we did some "When I'm 100 years old..." writing. I used some recent photos of the kids to age them in the Aging Booth app. They thought that was fun. People have enjoyed looking at their pictures (and probably mine too) and their writing in the hallway.


We've spent an awful lot of time on measuring, it seems. Centimeters, meters, and now inches, feet, yards. Will unit 3 ever end, I wonder sometimes. Our Math block is shorter this year, only about 55 minutes, so every lesson and unit seems to take longer than normal.

Here we are measuring how many feet across our whiteboard. It took the whole class plus a few extra rulers...

NWEA Testing

As part of our evaluation over growth measures this year, we have to NWEA test three times a year instead of two. Hip hip hooray for testing day, cheered no teacher... ever.

101st day cookies and Kansas sunflower cookies make NWEA testing just a little bit more tolerable, though, that's for sure. AND I'm proud of the hard work that my kids put into their tests because, so far, everyone's scores have improved. Persevere is our school's word of the month, and boy, did they persevere this week through those long, awful tests!

Kansas' Birthday

Kansas turned 154 years old this year, in case you were wondering. This year, my class is almost finished making a Kansas State Book to send to our pen pals in Washington to teach them some facts about Kansas. We also had a couple centers dedicated to our great state.

The best part about Kansas' birthday, in second grade, is the big birthday party we throw after school for our students who are able to stay. We sing "Happy Birthday," eat cupcakes, play, and watch an episode of Little House on the Prairie. It's a blast!

It's been a busy week, and I won't deny I'm glad it's over, but it's been great. I hope you've had a great week too. 

Happy Friday!!!
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