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What our day looks like in 2nd grade {Schedule Freebie}

I'm so glad to be linking up with my friends Ashley and Angie to share what our schedule looks like and how our day runs. 
I try to keep our schedule pretty consistent because it helps our class run smoothly. Every morning, students come in take out their journal and answer the prompt on the board. Sometimes, it's just a question, a story starter, or something where they have to show their understand of what we're doing in science, social studies, math, or grammar.  On Wednesdays, they do "Wednesday Whatever," and write about anything at all.

While kiddos are writing, I take attendance, answer any parent e mails, and all of that other morning business that's required. 
When the timer goes off, students are trained to put all materials down and share with their partner. I use my number shaker and call on 3 friends to share with the class, for a chance to earn the writing award. 
They put their journals away and look at our daily schedule. If I forget to change it, they'll definitely let me know. These schedule cards are so easy to use. I just laminated them and stuck a piece of maget from my magnetic roll.
This is an old photo, but I've updated my schedule cards that I use this year.  I use the turquoise ones {as seen below}.

Here's a sample of our entire day
We always do a Go Noodle brain break before we start Phonics. 

With Common Core, we are lacking curriculum from a publisher, so our district has created it and it's pretty good. Each week, students are introduced to a new sound and spelling for Phonics, as well as six sight words. We play different games each morning to reinforce the skill. They love ANYTHING from my HFW packets!

I come up with random ideas during lessons, so we use our whiteboards often. Kiddos keep their "whiteboard" materials at their desk for easy access.

We also work on Word Study at this time. To meet the needs of all of my friends, I've got 5 different Word Study groups.  I've been using this program from Kathy Ganske for 9 years and it's amazing. I love that everything is differentiated.

Time is a bit limited so we don't spend as much time with Shared Reading. I love using this Project GLAD process grid. It's a great visual to keep track of the skills we're learning.

Literacy Workshop, or Centers is my most favorite time of the day. It's organized chaos where so much learning is going on. I have 5 table groups, which means 5 centers for the ENTIRE week. The groups are heterogenous and I love that because they are responsible for their team. Each team has a container with their tasks and they work on it together.

I'm all about Balanced Literacy so the tasks look like this:
Here's a short video that shows how I organize the materials for the week.


When students are done with their work, they put it in the turn in basket according to their number. No more "There's no name, whose is this?"
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Students know to complete any unfinished work and then choose a literacy box, which is like a may-do center and includes things from my "I'm Through, What to Do" resource. Administrators and other teachers are always so impressed how independent my kids are. I especially love that they never ask me what to do. It makes running reading groups so much easier. I never have to worry about what so and so is doing across the room.

When the timer goes off, students clean up automatically. I walk over to our Literacy Workshop area and I let the team who cleaned up the best, walk to lunch independently, which is a BIG treat in our class. 
We have a duty-free 45 minute lunch. I make sure the room is cool and music is playing when lunch is over. The lights are off and the kiddos come in and put their heads down to decompress. I loved when my teachers did this growing up. When the lights come on, I do a Read Aloud and my friends with unfinished work, complete it. Once the story is over, we do another brain break. That's the cue for my little slow pokes to put their work away and join us.

We start math with a number talk, which has revolutionized how my students think about numbers and use mental math. We typically do a lesson and then work independently or with a partner. Not having a proper math book has been a huge adjustment because I have to make so many copies. I got tired of it so I've cut back and use whiteboards, task cards, and math centers.

I fell in love with math centers when I taught a combo last year. I keep them in our math area and kiddos pick one when they're finished with their work. They're great for early finishers. Find out how I set math centers up.

After math, we transition into writing.  We do a weekly writing process piece based on what we're learning in class.  Since we're teaching narrative, informative, and opinion writing throughout the year, we tie that in as best as we can.  At my school, we're big on cross-curricular teaching, in order to fit everything in.  We're fortunate to have chrome books once a week so we use them to create our drafting piece.
After recess, we typically have our specials, which include Art, P.E., Computer Lab, Music, and Science Lab.  When the kiddos don't have pull outs, we are working on Science and Social Studies.  I'm big on hands-on activities that are engaging and fun.
I hope you were able to learn a few things while you snuck a peek into our day.  I'd love to help you get organized with a set of schedule cards.
Click on the above photo to download them.
Join some of my other friends to see how they set up their day!

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Are you READY to Start a Class Instagram?

This week, there's been a lot of hype over at my teaching Instagram over my Class Instagram posts!  Are you wanting to create one but don't know how?  Head on over to The Primary Pack to see how to set up a class account, get parent permission, let students be in charge, and make a fun bulletin board that everyone will love!

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Organize and manage your iPads {plus numbered screensavers}e

This is my first year being in a district that absolutely believes in the importance of technology and I feel so dang lucky.  I'm lucky enough to have 5 computers, 2 Chromebooks thanks to Donors Choose, and 2 iPads.  I wanted a better way to mange who is working on what...so I created these fun screen savers for you!

I love pretty things so I created these little things.  One set has a pretty aqua burlap background and the second set has a pink acrylic paint background.  Each set has numbers one through eight.
  • All you have to do is download the freebie onto your device.
  • Then, just save the image you want as your wallpaper.
Since I have 2 iPads, I'll just use the number one and two photos.  Now, you can just tell your kiddo to grab the #1 iPad!  I know for me, I have different apps on each iPad.  So when I need a friend to bring me the iPad that has what I need, all I have to do is ask.  No more "Which iPad do you want?" and then describing the cover.  Easy peasy way to manage some of the technology in your classroom!
How do you organize technology in your classroom?

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Go Noodle Directed Drawing

I'm happy to team up with Go Noodle to bring you a fun art project that your students will love! We are a complete Go Noodle classroom!  We use Go Noodle to transition from journal writing to phonics and our read aloud to math.  If I forget our brain break, they most definitely will remind me! My friends beg for Go Noodle and have many of the brain breaks memorized.  Since my students love art, especially directed drawings, I thought it would be fun to create one using our latest champ, Rad Chad!
See how we made this little art project and grab the step-by-step direction over at The Primary Pack.
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What's on your WISH LIST?

If you're like me, you love a good sale!  I need one too because I looked at my 2014 TpT spending statement and I'm pretty sure I've spent more on resources for my class than myself last year!
Here are a few of the items that have been in my cart and are ready to be purchased in time for the BIG sale.  Don't miss the sale and remember to use the Promo Code HEROES
Redeem your feedback credits to put towards your purchase.  After shopping, leave feedback to earn more credits to spend!

I have been eyeing these addition (and her subtraction) posters for some time!  Anchor charts take up too much room so these will be perfect!

All of Jen Jones, from Hello Literacy's products are rigorous and easy to use.  I've had this in my cart for about 6 months and am ready to finally buy it!

Our district created our math curriculum so we don't have printables or many resources that look as fun as this!  I think these games will be a perfect way to reinforce fractions!

 I want to challenge my highest reading group when we begin Charlotte's Web and I think this will be perfect!

My friend Kayla from Meet Miss Parker has amazing reading comprehension passages.  I already own her winter and spring pack, and have been wanting these for some time.  We're heading into our habitat unit so I know these will be a perfect fit for my little readers!

I love these Scrappy Kids from Graphics from the Pond!  I already own a few sets and their sweet little smiles and wonky eyes make my heart feel warm and fuzzy!  I must own this huge set!

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