Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Product Swap & Five for Friday a Wee Bit Late!! :)

It is time again for the Product Swap! Yay!!!! This is our 2nd time participating and it is just as fun as the first time around!


We were paired with Nicole Rios this time around too.

We were excited about this because she is so great and has such wonderful products!  We were so excited to get to review another one of her items! We chose to review Nicole's Multiplication- Circles and "Spring Things" Practice Book.  (Click on the product name or the picture of the cover to check it out on TPT!!)

This is a great packet!  We are so excited to get to use this with our 2nd graders because we are just about to start looking at multiplication with repeated addition!  This is such a great  resource because it really scaffolds their learning and gives them time to slowly move from looking at great examples of groups of pictures and then moving them to creating their own groups of pictures.
Here are some pics of how the book shows examples and then gradually releases the responsibility of creating the groups to the kiddos.  The packet even ends with a great and quick way to review what students have learned!

Katie has her very own 2nd grader at home and took this to her house to test drive with her son before we started it in class.  (He has been absolutely dying to learn how to multiply so he was very excited when she told him she was bringing this home!)  Here he is in action with Nicole's packet!

Don't forget, if you want to check out this AWE.SOME packet then just head over to TPT and you can grab your own!!!

We are also linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!  A little bit late, but Katie was in charge of pics this week and on Friday her phone decided to become completely possessed!!!!!  She had to get a new phone and let her old one charge all night to get enough battery on it to transfer the pics from the evil phone to her laptop! :)

Here are 5 random things about our week!

 1. Brain Breaks....Thank heavens for these little bits of bribery!!   We can generally get our kiddos to work quietly for at least 15 minutes at a stretch if we tell them they can earn a brain break.  They are SUCH an active grade level this year that we sometimes feel desperate for anything that will allow them to concentrate for small stretches of time! :)  We love the Just Dance Disney on You tube.  Soooo easy to pull up and the kiddo love them. It might also be an absolute crack up for us to watch them get so into doing all the moves for a High School Musical song or Calling all the Monsters!  Soooooooo funny!!!  This pic is one of my favorite action shots!

2. Field Trip!!!!  We went to Science City this week and we always have either a picture of one of us on the bike or Katie in the Mister E Cafe looking like she is just a floating head. So we had to continue the tradition because the kiddos at school love it and so do Katie's kiddos at home!  (We really do also have pics of our kiddos enjoying the field trip too, this one was just the funniest!!!)

3. Inservice.....booo....hisss.....  Great info, but they added an extra session this year so we went to 1230.  Way too long for us when we are used to getting out at 1115 and heading straight to lunch!  ( Mind you we had snacks and drinks to keep are energy up but it just wasn't enough to last us through that last added hour!!)  So we had to console ourselves with one of our favorite inservice lunches!  We went to Jose Peppers and scarfed up some chips, salsa, and of course a Pollo Magnifico!  Yum!!!!

4. Measurement Mania
We are working on measurement right now and anything that involves our kiddos moving is always a hit!  Here is Katie's class in action checking out some measurement around her classroom.

5.  Electronics Party
One of the items that our kiddos can buy with their stars (our class behavior system) is an electronics party.  Such a big hit! They get to bring in any of their own school appropriate electronics and play them for an hour.  So easy to plan and no mess to clean up for us!  Love it!  This pic cracked us both up because for some reason or other almost half of Katie's class decided to take their electronics and camp out RIGHT in front of Katie's desk!  Mind you, they had the entire room to spread out in, but decided to squish themselves as close as they could to Katie's desk!  Go figure!!!!!

We also just finished our First Grade Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards and Posters.  We have these for 2nd grade and use them ALL the time!  Our first grade mentioned to us that they loved them and would love to have the first grade version for themselves.  So of course we got right to work!  We just finished them up and our first grade is already using them.  You can grab them at our TPT store!
We will also be having a giveaway on Facebook for our Common Core Second Grade Language Arts and Math Homework 4th Quarter Bundle that Nicole is reviewing and also a giveaway for our First Grade Common Core Math Vocabulary Cards and Posters!  So be on the lookout!

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  1. Hi!
    Visiting from Doodle Bugs! Love the Disney brain breaks. I will be checking those out for sure this week!! And I just wishlisted your Math vocab cards! They look awesome.
    A Burst of First

  2. Found you through Five for Friday and I am your newest follower!

    Check out my blog over at I spent today making my theme for next year, Under the Sea! I have a little give away on my first post from today so don't miss out!

    If You Give a Teacher a Treat