Monday, July 9, 2012

What day is it???? (and a freebie)

Oh my goodness! I am kind of embarassed because as I was getting ready to write this post today I was looking over the last one that I had written. The post is titled Friday Freebie, which would be fine, except for the fact that it was written and posted on SATURDAY! I think I am losing track of time!

Does anyone else have this problem?? I am so used to putting up my power point on my screen with the date written on it and then having a kiddo write the date on the white board first thing every morning. Without the ritual of typing the date and then having a little cherub ask me if they can be the one to write the date on the board, I have lost all track of what day it is! I went all day today (MONDAY!!)thinking that it was Tuesday! I am going to have to go back to school before long just so that I know what day it is!! I'm hoping that it isn't just me and that other teachers lose track of time in the summer too! :)

We have a couple of math freebies for you today. We used to have the numbers that went around our clock that counted by 5 so that our kiddos could figure out the minutes quicker when we were working on time. With our new Common Core Math Curriculum and our, oh so lovely, Envision program we are now concentrating on language such as quarter to, quarter past, half past, etc. So Katie revamped what will go around our clocks to match what we are now teaching.
We would love to share so if you are doing the same thing for time and would like to grab a copy just click here!

One of my favorite telling time activities is one that I started back when High School Musical was the best thing my second graders had ever seen! At the time it was all they could talk about and to them one of the best classroom rewards was the chance to have me play the High School Musical soundtrack while they worked. (I LOVE how easy it is to make a 7 or 8 year olds day!)

So I decided to combine a quick time check activity with one of the songs that they loved! This is my What Time Is It? activity. It is SUPER easy to use and the kiddos love it. You just give each kiddo a What Time Is It? sheet to keep at their desk. I usually start them off with a paper as they come in and after the first time they know exactly what to do with it! They just put it in the corner of their desk and go about their regular work. Then any time during the day when I hit play on the High School Musical song What Time Is It they stop whatever they are doing and look at the clock and write down the time that they think it is. This happens 6 times during the day. Then you can choose to collect and check the sheets or to go over the correct times as a class.
This has been a hit in my class every year so I hope you enjoy!!!
Click here to get the What Time Is It activity!

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  1. OH my goodness! I love your What Time is It? activity! I will be a first year 2nd grade teacher this year and know my kids will love that! If only I had none about that when was teaching time during my student teaching a few months ago! Thanks for sharing! I'm not sure I've ever heard that High School Musical song... but I'll check it out! Thanks again!

    That's So Second Grade

  2. Thanks for sharing!
    I am your newest follower! I am a new blogger and love connecting with other teachers!

    Fancy Free in Fourth

  3. What a cute activity! And you're not the only one losing track of time. I never know what day it is any more. I hate to admit it, but I even missed my Grandma's birthday on Saturday. I honestly had no clue I had missed it until late Sunday night. I felt horrible!!

    Teach on a Limb

  4. What a cute activity. Don't worry, you're not alone, I hardly ever keep track of the day during the summer.
    Where Seconds Count 2nd grade blog

  5. Oh my goodness...this is such a great idea! I am out blogstalking and when I read this post, I knew I had to follow your blog.

  6. Thanks! I always mean to do this, and never actually make a form. Putting this in my files NOW!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  7. Adorable idea! I love it! Thanks for posting!!

    Second Grade Sparkle

  8. I love the clock idea. Always say I am going to do this...but it never gets done:)

    Found your blog by way of EduKate! I am your newest follower.

    The Resourceful Apple