Sunday, January 8, 2012

Partner Wheel Freebies

Hey Friends!
I wanted to follow up last week's post about partner wheels with some freebies for you. My awesome techy husband worked on these partner wheels for me, and I am passing them on to you!! =) When you print, make sure you print 2 of them, one for the front wheel, and one for the back. You may also want to print them in two different colors. There are wheels for classes of 18, 20, 22, and 30. To read more about the partner wheels be sure to check out my "pinspiration", Karen and her awesome blog Flamingo Fabulous in 2nd Grade. Have a wonderful week!!

Happy Blogging!!!
partner wheel 18 students
partner wheel 20 students
Partner Wheel 22 students
Partner Wheel 30 students

Monday, January 2, 2012

This might be the best Pinterest find yet!!

Hey Bloggy Friends!!
As I was "pinning" a few nights ago, I came across an amazing way to quickly pair students up. Karen from Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade shared her partner wheel with the blogging community. I thought this was the absolute best thing since sliced bread, but her version was for 24 kids, and I only have 18. My very awesome husband designed a wheel for me with 18 spots. I LOVE it! I am taking Karen's word that the kids who shouldn't be paired up will never catch on to my sneaky scheme!

To print my copy out, click on the picture of the wheel, and right click on it. Copy the image and paste it to a word doc. You can then make it bigger if you'd like to. Print 2 copies of it. Make sure the button "fit picture to frame" is checked. Cut out the small wheel and fasten it to the larger wheel with a brad fastener.

Be sure to check out Karen's Awesome Blog and fabulous ideas! Thanks Karen!! =)

It's time for the BACHELOR... who is Ben going to pick this season?? I can't wait to find out!
Happy Blogging!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year and Math Workstation Freebie!

Happy New Year!
As much as I wanted to lay around and be lazy during my winter break, I just couldn't! My first week off was spent shopping (last minute of course!) and cleaning the house to get ready for Christmas.
The major teacher geek (ultimate professional) in me asked Santa for 2 books, The Book Whisperer and Debbie Diller's Math Workstations. Santa was SO wonderful and brought both of them to me! Hopefully he didn't have to search through too many stores to find them. I know they're hard to come by.
Anyway, I just couldn't wait to read them both! I started (both of them) once my family left and little one went to bed. I alternated books as I finished reading each chapter. You could say I was "voraciously" reading!
In order to get my mind wrapped around the math workstations, I did lots of brainstorming and pinning lots of great ideas. In my head I know what I need to do when we start back in order to have a smooth transition into the stations. It'll be a little tricky starting them up in the middle of the year, but I figure it's better late than never!
The last math skill that my students were working on before break was adding two digit numbers with or without regrouping. I wanted to adapt the game "trade or no trade" to fit my class and previous teaching. Help yourself to my version of the game. Please let me know what you think. It's nothing fancy (I haven't invested in way cute clip art), but it'll get the job done. I plan on making the same game with subtraction, and hundreds for my high achievers.
May you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!!
Addition Regroup or Don't Regroup
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