Second Grade Plays and Paper Bag Princess

Adorable

Adorable

The above picture is something I snapped from one of my student’s yesterday. They were working in their first grade memory books and one of the pages was about their teacher (me) and what they would miss most.

This little girl called me over and said so sincerely, with big round eyes, “Ms. Tasch, I wrote that you are an angel from heaven” and it was just about the sweetest thing ever! I gave her a big hug and read the rest of what she wrote…. she will miss my smell and my hugs 🙂 I’m hoping it’s a good smell she’s referring to! 😉

Second Grade Reader’s Theater

As we continue to wrap up the school year, different things are going on around the school. One of those things is the second grade’s reader theater plays. Each year I look forward to seeing their performances and seeing all of my kiddlets from the previous year. They are always sooooo big!!! It both breaks my heart and melts it, all at the same time 🙂

Reader Theater Play

Reader Theater Play

Reader Theater Play

Reader Theater Play

We got to visit two of the second grade rooms and see their amazing plays. How cool are those costumes?

Reader Theater Play

Reader Theater Play

My kids also loved the fact that one of these rooms and teachers is where they are headed next year. I think it made them feel very cool to go in there and see where they might be.

Reader Theater Play

Reader Theater Play

Paper Bag Princess

P.B.P.

P.B.P.

At the end of the school year when things are getting chaotic when things are getting busy, I try to add some fun, engaging activities for us to do. One of those things is reading the book The Paper Bag Princess and making a craft to go along with it.

It’s very simple and the perfect end of the year activity.

Of course we start by reading the book, which the kids love. It’s a great moral and we had a good talk about not judging people by the way they look.

Then, I passed out paper bags and the kiddos made their own princesses or princes. They used markers, crayons, and colored pencils, as well as construction paper. Their imaginations went wild!

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Oh my goodness, they turned out so cute! Some of the details they added were adorable and totally fitting with the theme.

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Isn’t that dragon just the best?

By the way- this whole time we listened to the Disney Pandora station, which was also very fitting. As each new song came on, the kids couldn’t wait to hear and discuss what movie it was from. (And any “love” song, the boys groaned and said “This is a princess song”) 🙂

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

Paper Bag Princess (or prince)

It was a great morning! The kids are in music right now, and the rest of the afternoon should be busy with our Desk Clean-up! See you on Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards and Guess Who Day

Happy Monday Tuesday! Not having school on Monday always throws me off. I say things all day like “I’m going to see my Monday group during guided reading” and the kids all groan and say “It’s TUUUUUESDAY!” They are such smarties 🙂

How was everyone’s weekend? Don’t three day weekends always go by so fast? My time was spent a lot like this…

The boy and I

The boy and I

and with these two characters…

Puppies

Puppies

and then a lot of this….

 

Cake!

Cake!

I CANNOT believe my little nephew is already one year old! How is that possible? We all love him so much and had a blast celebrating him this weekend!

Back to reality…

Currently the kiddlets are at their last Intervention class of the school year so I am taking some time to update you on the awards for fourth quarter and how our Guess Who day went.

Fourth Quarter Awards

At the end of each quarter, grade levels get together with the other classes and the principal/ vice principal to celebrate students who had perfect attendance that quarter, who reached their goals, etc.

This quarter, students got awards who were here all quarter…

Attendance

Attendance

and three of those kids were here ALL YEAR- PERFECT ATTENDANCE! WHOO-OOO!

All year!

All year!

I’m really proud of them! (They even did better than me!!!) 😉

Of course we had our leadership awards, for the three students who are leaders in and out of the classroom…

Leaders

Leaders

and the students who had great citizenship qualities all year long…

Good qualities!

Good qualities!

and the students who had excellent academics all year…

Academics

Academics

I’m so proud of all of the kids! They have all grown so much and I look forward to watching them grow over the upcoming years!

Guess Who Day?

Continuing our SECOND GRADE countdown (where everyday is something special as we count down the days of school), today was letter G, guess who day. The students each brought in a picture of themselves as a little kid or baby. We showed each picture to the class and everyone had so much fun guessing who was who.

After, we attached (I only used tape- it won’t ruin any pictures!!!) them to a picture of the kids today. I think they are so cute!

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Guess Who Day

Parents- thanks so much for sending these in! I PROMISE they will be sent home on Friday! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Grade Countdown and Field Day!

Can you believe that we only have 5 days left in this school year? It’s gone by so fast that it doesn’t seem possible for it all to be over. I want to let all parents out there know just how much I’ve enjoyed having your child in my classroom. And through all the coloring, laughing, reading, erasing, cutting, fighting, gluing, and smiling, we’ve done it together and had an amazing time!

Butterflies

The caterpillars we were raising turned into beautiful butterflies. The day came this week that we had to left them go and the kids were both happy and sad to see them fly away.

Butterflies

Butterflies

We gathered around the cage and opened it up to watch them fly away. Lucky for us, some of them flew very close to us and we got an up close view.

Butterflies

Butterflies

Outside to Read Day

We’re counting down the last days of first grade with a “SECOND GRADE” countdown. Each letter stands for something special we do on that day as we cross off the remaining days of school.

On “O” day this week, it was Outside to read day and the kiddlets brought in towels so we could take our Daily 5 Read to Self time outside for the day.

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

It couldn’t have been a prettier day! The kids were so cute spreading out their towels/blankets and spent twenty minutes reading outside in the warm spring sun.

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Outside to Read

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

It was Field Day today! I’m so happy the weather turned out as it did (I’ve experienced two field day rain outs in the past and that was NO fun) and the adults kids had a blast running around, playing games, and getting soaked through the different stations.

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

The stations were very fun and each one had a different game. The kids especially loved “When pigs fly” (throwing rubber pigs as far as they could), the potato sack race, tug-o-war, and the water stations.

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

How cute as all these pictures? I love all their faces!

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

And of course, there was the break station!

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

Field Day

I’ll be back next week with some of our final activities! Have a wonderful three day weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compare and Contrast Butterfly Projects

Working

Working

GOOOOOOOD MORNING!

This post is all about a compare and contrast project my students did last week. We have been learning all about butterflies. The kids know the process and vocabulary words inside and out- so it was time to put that knowledge to good use!

The students got to pick any other animal they wanted to compare to a butterfly. Using a top hat organizer, the students listed all the facts they knew about butterflies on one side, all the facts about the animal they chose on the other, and then included reasons/way they are the same.

Working

Working

Working

Working

This is a great way to differentiate because it includes student choice and student interest into their work. When kids get to choose to work on something that interests them, in this case their favorite animal, they are immediately engaged and focused.

After they had written down all their facts, we reviewed the projects rubric together. The student knew they had to use their facts to make a project, which had to include 4 things: butterfly facts, the other animal facts, how they are the same, and effort.

The kids got options on how to present their information… did they want to make a book? A poster? Writing? Or did they want to use the iPads to create a Doceri video? A Chatterpix video? A Haiku Deck presentation?

I only have 6 iPads in the room, so only 6 kids used them, the rest picked one of the other choices.

They got to work right away!

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

The kids spread out all over the room and got started on their project. They were very busy, excited, and focused during this time. I spent the time walking around and facilitating, reminding students to include all the things that are on the rubric.

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

Working on presentations

As a side note, this was a 3 day process. We only had about 25 minutes each day to work on the projects, so in total, they probably had about an hour of work time. It was definitely not done in one day’s time!

Finally it was time to present! The kids got their projects and spent 5 minutes on their own practicing what to say. I wrote sentence starters on the board for them, like “I made _________ about the animals ________”. It was a good reminder for them when they were introducing their projects.

Presenting

Presenting

Presenting

Presenting

The kids who used iPads reflected the image onto the board so that we could all see what they had created.

Presenting

Presenting

 

Presenting

Presenting

Other students read and shared their projects out loud.

Presenting

Presenting

Presenting

Presenting

Here is a quick glimpse at some of the presentations…

I was so proud of each one of these kiddos. They were so well spoken in front of the room and shared with the class so many wonderful facts. Not only did they apply their knowledge about butterflies to a great creative project, but they also taught the class facts about their favorite animal. It was fantastic and a wonderful project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smule App (turning voices into raps)

Hello hello!

Thanks for checking back in to our class blog as the school year is winding down- and yet still just as busy as ever 🙂

I hope your kids have been telling you everything we’ve been observing in class, including plants and butterflies. The students rush into the classroom each morning, so excited to check on their seeds and the caterpillars (who are currently chrysalis’).

During science, we’re talking and learning all about life cycles, specifically about plant life cycles and butterfly life cycles. The kids work with sequence cards, have discussions, and write and draw all about the life cycles of each one mentioned.

Then last week, I presented at a professional development session on technology. Also there was an AMAZING teacher from Chicago Public Schools, named Kristen Ziemke. Not only does she use technology with her first graders, but she’s also the co-author of the book Connecting Comprehension and Technology, FOUND HERE!

Book

Book

Her presentation blew my mind and I went home thinking of all the ways I could begin to introduce some of the things she uses into my classroom.

One of the apps she talked about was Songify…. however, that’s not free, and also only an i-phone app, not for i-pads. So, after looking, I found Smule, which is essentially the same thing- ONLY FREE!

It’s very simple to use. First, the app records your voice. You just talk normally and record whatever it is that you want to say.

Then, the app turns your voice into a auto-tuned rap song. Yes, you heard me right. Your recording automatically becomes a song. It’s pretty amazing! I knew we could use this in our classroom and the kids would have fun, but also be engaged in their learning.

Since we are learning about the butterfly life cycle, the students wrote informative pieces about the stages in a butterfly life cycle. They wrote about each step in the process, including as many details as they could. After they’d written their pieces, they got together in a small group (I made six groups because we have 6 i-pads to work with).

The students took turns reading what they wrote and recording themselves using the Smule app.

Recording

Recording

Recording

Recording

The other students were listening when the one member of their group was recording.

After recording, one button push and it’s a song! The group’s job was to listen to each persons song and listen for all the facts they could hear about the process.

 

Listening

Listening

While listening to the songs, the classroom was both quiet and full of smiles/giggles. When the kids were listening, they were focused, but also full of smiles at this awesome app and the amazing songs!

When we all finished, we played a few as a whole class and recorded the facts we heard in the songs.

Here is a video example of one in progress…

Reading his informative piece

And here is a link to the reading turned into a rap song…

Smule app song

All in all, it’s a very very awesome app and lets kids turn their learning into something they never imagined! It’s a creative way to allow students to show their knowledge and could be used in a variety of different ways for different subjects.

Thanks for checking in with us!

 

Eric Carle Projects, Writing, and QR Codes

First things first, here are some quick photo updates on what we’ve been doing:

Movies

Movies

Movies

Movies

1. We went to Disney’s Bears last week as a whole school. It was an adorable movie and a really fun experience to go a movie with the entire school. The kids had so much fun!

Movie

Movie

Movie

Movie

Bus

Bus

Movie

Movie

2. We are learning all about life cycles in class- butterflies and plants! So, we’ve been raising caterpillars, who are already chrysalis’, and planting seeds!

Caterpillar Cup

Caterpillar Cup

Plants

Plants

That brings us to our Eric Carle projects.

Brown bea

Brown bea

During our bear unit, we did a mini author study on Eric Carle, specially all of this bear books, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Panda Bear, Panda Bear and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, and Baby Bear, Baby Bear. Whew! Did you know there were so many?

We talked a lot about how he illustrates his books. He paints several pieces of paper, all different shades and textures. Then, he cuts out pieces and puts them together to create a picture that is unique.

We created our own Eric Carle bear pictures by doing the same thing! The kids painted papers in various shades of brown. Then they used forks, straws, and paper to texture their papers.

The next day, we cut out the painted paper. To make our projects fun and a variety of shades, we mixed up the pieces we cut out, so everyone had pieces that were from other people. This made the end product fun shades and textures!

Gluing

Gluing

The kids worked to glue together the pieces and add a face.

Bear

Bear

Bear

Bear

Bear

Bear

Bear

Bear

You can see on their desks a writing paper. The day before, we’d used the writing prompt “First Grader, First Graders, what do you see?”, similar to Eric Carle’s books. The kids had so much fun writing about the things they see in our classroom and school.

The bears were glued to their writing papers to make the project.

Project

Project

Project

Project

Project

Project

Project

Project

The best part? Do you see the QR code? When scanned, you will hear that student reading their writing that is shown. WHAT!? Isn’t that just the coolest thing ever? I KNOW 🙂

It’s called vocaroo.

Vocaroo

Vocaroo

It’s a website where students can record themselves talking and turn it into a QR code. When scanned, you hear what was recorded.

The catch- it has to be recorded from a computer, no an iPad. Which isn’t that big of a deal, but it’s something to know. I just called the kids over one at a time and had them read their writing. What’s great is that there is no limit, the kids read their whole writing and it wasn’t cut off at all!

They love being able to scan each others and hear what they say. It was a great project and really fun to make!

Thanks for checking in!