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October Fun - FREEBIES

Holy. Cannoli.

October is just a whirl wind!! It's super crazy, in the teacher world and the mom world. I'm not sure which direction I'm going anymore - does anyone else feel that way??

I just wanted to drop in a share a few things that we've been doing... I haven't blogged about anything we've done in October yet... but you can check out some older posts I've done for October. (some of these are 1st grade, but some have links from when I taught 2nd gradet too!)

We've had a lot of fun learning with....

and Owls!  
(You can see some older posts on each of those by click on those links...)

Today we read the book, Monster Trouble, and did a prediction activity to go with it. I'm really trying to get them to USE THE TEXT to help them answer questions... WHY oh why is it so hard to do? 

You can click HERE to grab the Monster Trouble Prediction paper. 

We also took some time to review 2-digit numbers, since we're adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers now... it's always good to review!

You can click HERE to download the template. 

 And this week, we'll be doing a lot of Pumpkin activities!! You can see previous years' activities in THIS post.

We'll be working a LOT in our Pumpkin Book...

And for our actual Pumpkin Day, we'll be doing a few of these activities...

Tomorrow is Halloween and our school is doing Book-O-Ween... I'm dressing up as the witch from Room on the Broom - who would you dress up as??

Number Sense with 2-Digit Numbers

So we're FINALLY into a routine....

And we're finally into a grove with our learning... and we're really getting into using our math notebooks as a resource - not just a math journal. 

One of the first things we did was glue in our hundreds chart. I had them highlight the columns, as we talked about odd and even.

... and we've been diving straight into number sense and 2-digit numbers.  I'm not even going to lie. I have missed teaching 2nd grade math. I love teaching 2nd grade math. 1st grade math was not my favorite. 2nd and 3rd grade?? They're my jam. 

So, here are some things we did with our 2-digit number sense. 

We've been working on building, expanding, and writing out numbers....

Then we moved to all the different way to express numbers....

We did how many tens and ones, drawing out the base ten blocks, the expanded form, and word form. THEN we did the hundreds chart addition and subtraction problems.... I'll do this activity again with 3-digit numbers a little differently. 

I had them write out the hundreds chart math problems in their math notebooks first, then they got to do the posters. 

Click HERE to download the wanted sign. 

Here are some of the center activities they've been doing to reinforce their 2-digit skills.

Click HERE to check out my Number sense centers. 

Click HERE to check out my Math with a Deck of Cards activities. 

We've now moved into 3-digit number sense!  These kids are really getting the hang of it!

(these mats come from Anna's Math units)

Have I said how much I love teaching 2nd grade math?! 

Growth Mindset Unit

So, this was my first year of really focusing on Growth Mindset, as a unit of study... I just kind of pieced things together for my unit. Here are a few things I did through the 2 weeks....

These are the books I used for that week...

We always make a folder for our "unit" study. I usually have a cute picture they color or create to put under the title card, but I forgot to take a picture after that...

We started with Giraffes Can't Dance. I love that book!

Then we made a list of things we can't do YET as a class... They wrote about what they LOVE to do, but what they can't do yet...

I found this cute idea HERE  and the cute giraffe parts HERE

We also read the books Ish and Dot... and talked about how there's no such thing as perfect!! And sometimes mistakes can turn into great things.

We made super cute ISH paintings and hung them in our "Ish Gallery."  (great vocabulary practice!)

I just love them! I never want to take them down. lol 

Somewhere in there, I had them decorate their "can" word any way they wanted, and pick a color to have as the background. 

We made our T-Chart comparing Fixed Mindset to Growth Mindset dialogue.

We made these flap posters, where they colored their brain and then wrote 1 or 2 examples of dialogue for each side. 

Then, to wind up the unit, we did a fun little dialogue activity.


They picked their favorite quite from the Growth Mindset column to put in the speech bubble, then we practiced writing with quotation marks.  They always love getting their picture taken, and when I make them pose all silly for the activity, they are highly amused. haha

Since this was my first year doing it, there was a lot of note taking of on things I want to change or add next year... but I'm really glad I added this into my beginning of year plans. It took longer than I thought it would (2 weeks, actually), but hopefully that just means it'll stick longer, right?!

You can download some of these activities on this post HERE.

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