Saturday, August 30, 2014

Overheard in 2nd Grade

Hello! I survived our first full week of school! To say I am exhausted would be an understatement but I am enjoying getting to know my students and I am very excited to watch them grow and learn this year! How was your first week?

After spending a full week with second graders, I was reminded of how much they make me laugh. Here are just a few of my favorite things I heard this week in 2nd grade.

Student (on the 2nd day of school): You are the best second grade teacher I've ever had!
Me: I'm the only second grade teacher you've had.
Student: I know but you are still the best!

How sweet is that?

After we had a bug in our classroom and I was in the process of helping it return to nature, some students were outraged and afraid I was going to kill it. One student commented with "It's okay guys, flys like to die." 

Sitting at lunch, after finishing an ice cream sandwich first and did not eat anything else on their plate: "Can I go buy some more ice cream?"

Of course my all time favorite was a note from a student 2 years ago during teacher appreciation week. He wrote: "Dear Mrs. Joy, Thanks for being a great chicken."

I am looking forward to many more laughs and giggles this year as well as lots of learning!

Here is a panoramic of my tiny mobile classroom (of course I've already changed the seating arrangement). I always feel like The Genie when I talk about my classroom size it is an "itty bitty learning space."

Which comment or note from one of your students makes you laugh?

Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY Bulletin Board Banner

This week I worked on creating a banner for the bulletin board in my classroom. I was a little tired of the die cut letters and thought it was time to try something new! This banner was easy to make. The time it takes all depends on how many pieces you need. 

Chipboard pennants 
(from Hobby Lobby, they had a lot of different shapes and sizes to pick from)
Washi tape
Xacto Knife
Scallop Punch out
Double Sided tape
Hot glue gun
Letter stickers

The first thing I did was cover each of my chipboard pieces in washi tape. 

I put washi tape all the way across and all the way down. I placed mine straight across, you could also do it diagonally. I liked to line up each strip of washi tape to help it look like a cohesive pattern. 

Then I flipped the chipboard piece over and used my Xacto knife to slice along the edge. This took off the extra washi tape. 

I made a total of 24 pieces for my banner. 

After having each piece covered in washi tape, I used a scalloped punch on ivory cardstock. 

Then I used my best friend (aka double sided tape) to attach these scallops to each banner piece. 
How did I ever live without double sided tape?

Next it was time for stickers! I probably spent way too much time analyzing which pieces couldn't go next to each other and exactly what I wanted my banner to say. I also bought my stickers at Hobby Lobby. 

I placed a sticker on each scalloped piece for my almost finished product! 

The last thing to do was add the ribbon or twine to the back. Make sure you double check that each piece is in the right order when you flip them over. I used hot glue to add the twine to the back of each piece and then my project was finished!! 

If you try this I would love to see your take on it! 
I am trying to figure out where else I can hang banners like this. I am obsessed with this project. Maybe one with my name on it for my desk? 

Happy crafting! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Made It

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics this week for Monday Made It! 

One of my goals in life is to visit all 50 states! Right now I think I am only at 15, all mostly on the East Coast. I decided to make a scrapbook of all of our state adventures. 

So far I have the title page done and a page for New York with pictures from our honeymoon! 
Next on my list are Florida, South Carolina, and Washington D.C. I just need to get pictures printed! 

Last night I uploaded my first Science Product to TPT. I am still really excited about it! This product uses QR codes to help students safely research habitats and animals. There are 12 different websites for students to visit and learn from. My students love using QR codes and it makes it much easier on me as a teacher! Click on the picture to check it out! 

I have been looking for a way to spruce up some of my clipboards at school. I decided the best way to do that was with washi tape! Are you obsessed with it yet? I definitely am. I used a mini-clipboard to test it out before I took the time to update my classroom clipboards. I love the way it turned out! This will be a great way to update my old clipboards! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Displaying Student Work

There are a handful of things I do not enjoy about being in a mobile classroom (mostly insects), there are also a lot of things I really like about it. 

In my classroom I have one bulletin board and do not have a bulletin board in the hallway. So where am I supposed to display all of my student work? Constantly taping student work to the walls did sound like a great idea. 

One of the things I really like about my mobile classroom is that I have "carpeted" walls (please ignore the color of them). This means that thumbtacks or staples will go directly into the wall! I decided to make Glitter Clothespins to help me display student work.

 I used hot glue to attach thumbtacks to the back of the clothespins and then all I had to do was push them into the wall! It was very easy and it makes changing student work throughout the year easy as well! You could add a magnet instead of a clothespin or even use these on a bulletin board. This will be my third year using them and I absolutely love them! Might be time for some new colors. :)

How do you display student work in your classroom?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

After we spent two days at Disney World, we went to Universal Studios! Of course we are all huge fans of Harry Potter so we made sure we visited Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts. It was wonderful to see one of my favorite book worlds come to life. 

Of course we tried Butterbeer! We ordered it frozen and it was quite delicious! 

 We rode the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade to King Cross Station and back again! It was really fun! 

We also got to travel inside Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley. The inside was amazing! It was better than anything I could have imagined. 

I loved spending time in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Since we have been back, we have watched all of the movies. As we watched, I kept saying "we were just there!" Can't wait to go back! 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Disney World Vacation!

A few weeks ago we spent a week in Orlando, Florida. We visited Disney World and Universal Studios! This was my first ever trip to Disney World and oh my goodness. I am obsessed. It really is the happiest place on earth. It was so much more than I expected it to me. I had so much fun spending time there with our family. 

We went to Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot! It rained just a little bit (actually a lot) on our second day while we explored Hollywood Studios and Epcot, but we still had a lot of fun. 

I loved seeing all of the princess castles! They were one of my many favorite things, especially Rapunzel! She is my new favorite princess after Cinderella. I loved that bathroom was painted like the inside of her tower (see pictures below)!

We stayed at the Magic Kingdom all day (9 am to 12 am). I am very glad we stayed for the fireworks and the electrical parade at the end of the day. I almost cried after the fireworks show because I was so happy! I can't wait to go back to visit, hopefully we won't stay away too long. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Currently

I am linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for August's Currently!

Head on over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to link up as well! 

Happy August!