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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Happy Summer!!

What an amazing school year! I thanked the kids for being my very first class of second graders and the last day was bittersweet! We had a great time together and I have to admit though I was nervous I LOVED second grade! I am so happy to be there again next year! And already have some great things planned. It's also exciting because I have the potential of some familiar faces on my list since this is a group I also taught as kindergartners. 

Here are a few pictures of our last few days together and a couple I found that I had never posted...

Each student was greeted with a small gift the last day. 

Loved this project, each child wrote an adjective for every friend. 

Field Day view from our class window!

Drawing upsidown like Michelangelo

Sharing some writing

Sorting money

Have a wonderful summer!!

Click the link below for the song I played on the last day of school

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Brag Tags

By FAR one of my student favorite things this year has been "brag tags." After seeing several interpretations of reward tag type activities I decided to create one that worked for me and my classroom. I wanted to share it here in hopes that others may be looking for something new. 

Over the summer I bought Velcro, name tag badges designed for kids (they were in the school aisle but also sold online)  

Then in the place where the name would go I wrote and decorated different phrases like: "I was a great helper today" or "Math Superstar"  "I have big news" 
 Great listener, great partner, great friend also made the list. 

When a student did something great they would be given a tag to wear. They wore it proudly all over the school and could also be the line leader that day too so that everyone could see their tag. 

At the end of the day they retuned the tag but would get a post-it note with their name on it. The name went into the  wall and was proudly hung there for the entire school year. 

On every end of the year survey and writing piece about second grade, I have seen over and over students talk about how they loved having a brag tag. This simple and inexpensive motivator was a huge hit and one I'm excited to continue for years to come! 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Earth Spirit!

We had an amazing visit from Earth spirit! We learned about the nature and animals in our own backyard! It was a hands on learning experience the entire day! We had an amazing time!