Sunday, January 26, 2014

iPad Center

I recently received a new iPad (and case) through a grant I wrote on DonorsChoose. (I absolutely LOVE that website!!!)

I'm always searching for great educational apps that are FREE, appropriate for second grade, and most of all- reinforce a skill I'm teaching in class.  If only I knew how to create my own apps....... 

Anyways, I recently stumbled upon this app. 

Check it out!
It's so AWESOME!!!!

The app will read most of the articles to your students.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Missing Homework

Over the years, I have struggled with an appropriate consequence for students that do not complete their nightly homework.  

Let me be the first to say that I do not believe in a lot of homework.  I think it's so important for kids to have a break and still enjoy free time in the afternoons.  I'm also a mom of three young children.  It breaks my heart when my personal children work so hard in school ALL DAY LONG, come home, and then spend most of their evenings completing homework.  I really could go on AND on AND on about homework, but I promise I'll step off my soap box and continue my post about missing homework.  

If a student does not complete his/her nightly homework, then he/she fills out a "Missing Homework" paper and has to pay me $5 of Lobster Loot.  (Read more about that in this post.)  If a child does not have $5 of Lobster Loot, then the child simply owes me that money until he/she has earned it.  If there is an extreme circumstance of a child who does not complete his/her homework on a daily basis, then I would institute a "Silent Lunch" consequence.  (Luckily, I have not had to do that this year.)

Until next time.....

Monday, January 20, 2014

What is Lobster Loot?

Years ago, one of my friends told me about "Maiolo Moola."  It was her version of classroom money.  She ran copies of fake money and inserted her picture in the center. I loved the idea, so I came up with Lobster Loot. (After all, my students are known as "Lee's Lobsters.")

Lobster Loot is our classroom currency.  Students earn this pretend money and spend it on a variety of different rewards.

I keep a basket of Lobster Loot near my desk.  When a student earns money, the student has to.....

- write his/her name on it.
- write the date.
- write the reason he/she earned the Lobster Loot.

Afterwards, the student places it on my desk.  Later in the day, I check over it to make sure the student is telling the truth.  I quickly add my signature and pass it back to the student.  

I tell students to keep their Lobster Loot somewhere safe.  Most students keep it in their pencil box.  Some students keep it in their backpacks.

I do NOT replace lost Lobster Loot. I do NOT accept Lobster Loot unless it has a student name  on it and my signature.  In addition, students are not allowed to share Lobster Loot.

The ONLY time I take away Lobster Loot is if a student doesn't complete his/her nightly homework.  (Check back soon for a post about "missing homework.")

My kiddos thoroughly enjoy earning AND spending Lobster Loot.

Now you might be wondering.....

"How do students earn Lobster Loot?"

A student can earn $1 of Lobster Loot in many ways.

1.  Be chosen as Student of the Week.
2.  Receive PERFECT ATTENDANCE for one week. 
     * The child must be on time and not leave early!
3.  Receive 100% on a Spelling Test.
4.  Bring in 10 BOXTOPS.
5.  Receive 100%  on a Reading Counts Quiz.
6.  Receive three "Cool Compliments" in one week.

* In addition, I give out $1 of Lobster Loot for special treats.

Here is a list of rewards they can spend their money on.  

Pen Privileges (1 Day) $10

Line Leader Privileges (1 day) $15

Lunch with a friend (1 day)  $20

Lunch with a friend (1 week)   $40 

“Free Choice” Seating (1 week) $50

Lunch with Mrs. Lee $75

** Don't forget.......The ONLY way a child will lose Lobster Loot is if the student does not complete his/her nightly homework.  

TPT Update- Time to Celebrate!

I'm so excited to report that I've hit a very BIG milestone this morning in my TPT Adventure.  I'm just a few days away from my four month TPT anniversary and I'm ecstatic to report that I've just earned $1000.  I've sold 557 units and currently have 45 products listed in my store.  I have 74 followers and will throw my FIRST TPT SALE when I reach 100 followers!

Until next time.....

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Show me the MONEY!

We are currently learning about money, so I've compiled a list of digital resources you can use to help your students master the art of counting money.  This list includes websites, FREE apps, and a list of different activities you can do at  (If you do not have a subscription to that FABULOUS website, then you can sign-up for a FREE 30-day trial.  Or, you can practice 20 problems per day for FREE.)

I also wanted to let you know that I now have 45 items in my TPT Store.  Click here to visit my store.  These items include study packs for StoryTownWonders Reading SeriesGo Math! SeriesQR Code Treasure Hunts, and some different Second Grade Science Packs. 
(Human Body, Types of Energy, and Weather)

Once I reach 100 followers, I will throw my first TPT SALE
Please click "Follow Me" on my TPT Store so you will be
notified via email when I post new items. 
Spread the word to all your second grade teacher friends.  

Until next time.....

Friday, January 3, 2014

My BELOVED Chart Paper

Thank you Mrs. Simons for introducing me to the BEST chart paper around.  I started using this manilla chart paper during my final internship and have never stopped.  It's simply amazing!  It's 2x3 feet, very durable (laminated or not), has lines for writing, and makes for great visuals.  See pictures below.  It comes in a pack of 100 and I promise it's worth every penny.