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Aloha! Who's happy it's Friday?

It's been a pretty good week, but who can't be happy about Friday!!!

I haven't linked up in awhile with Kasey from Doodle Bugs Teaching and thought it would be fun to share a few pics from my week.

We started off the week with a fun writing activity using M&M's and Skittles.  
I gave each student 5 M&M's and 5 Skittles. They tasted each and
had to decide which was their favorite.  Of course they loved it!

We also started our Magnet unit this week.  
We experimented with different items
and then sorted them into Magnetic and Non-Magnetic 
pockets in our science journals.
In social studies we are working on Economics.  
We learned about Natural, Capital and Human resources.  
This activity was great for students to see how 
producers use all of these resources to make and sell their products.
This week I also went to a 2 day training on the other side of the island.
This is a view from the Pali Highway.  So beautiful! 
Kaneohe is where our training was, which is about an hour from where I live.  
It's always nice to get to other parts of the island.
I spent Thursday and Friday in a Thinking Maps training geared for K-2.
I gained lots of ideas and will be taking them back to my team to share out.
There are so many ways to use them in all areas.  
I look forward to implementing some new ideas right away.
 My youngest daughter is in 6th grade.  This is her last year with me at my school before she heads up to the middle school.  We pulled over on our way home one day to watch some whales spouting.  We actually couldn't see them once we got on the beach because the waves were pretty big.  We still had some fun taking selfies and snapping some pics of the waves.
I am really going to hate driving alone to school next year.  
Who will listen to me ramble on about waves, surfers, whales and tourist traffic?!

I hope you had a fantastic week as well. Head on over to Kasey's blog to check
out some of her cute February activities.

February Resources

This is such a busy month with so many holidays and fun activities.  Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Valentine's Day and President's Day! Phew!

Do you have all your resources lined up and ready to roll?  Maybe I can help.

Chinese New Year is on February 8th.  This year is the Year of the Monkey.  According to the Chinese Zodiac I am a monkey.  We are smart, clever. lively and fun.  I'll take it!

Here is a word search you can use with your class for fun.  Just click on it to grab it in my TpT shop.

We will be making these fun Dragons this week for our school's annual Chinese New Year Parade.

I have some Math and Literacy centers that are perfect for this month too.

10 Different Math skills to use during your math stations or centers.

I just finished these fun Literacy Centers!

8 Different skills to use during center or word work time.

I also have my Monthly Word Problems.

Each set comes with 21 word problems covering a variety of second grade skills.

I really enjoy all of the February activities. Now to just find the time and plan it all out!  Hopefully some of these resources can help you get organized for this month!

100 Days of School

Aloha friends!  I hope your week has been moving along nicely.  Today marked the 100th day of school for us.  Time sure is flying by.
On Wednesdays we have a short day which made it the perfect day to celebrate.
We started off the day by sharing our Mystery Bags.
I glued this onto some white craft bags and sent them home on Monday.  The students had to find 100 items to place in the bag and then write 3 clues.  I had the students sit in a circle and share their clues.  We then passed the bags around the circle and tried to guess what each student brought.

The kids really enjoyed sharing and guessing.  
It was a great way to use our senses as well.

Next we had some fun writing about ourselves.
I gave each student a sheet of paper and told them to write their name in the middle.  Then I challenged them to write 100 things about themselves!  I let them sit wherever they wanted and they had a great time chatting with friends and sharing ideas.

I was amazed at how engaged they all were for a full 30 minutes, lol!  They really enjoyed it.  They didn't come close to writing 100 things, but they were happy that they could work on them another time.

I then did some reading.  I shared a few of my favorite 100 day books.
The Wolf's Chicken Stew is one of my favorites and so cute. We read it and then discussed some other items that the wolf might make for the chicks.  I created a template and had the students finish it.
They wrote some really cute answers, but we ran out of time before lunch and I forgot to take pictures!  If you would like a copy of the writing template just click on the picture above to grab it in Google Docs.

After lunch we had some 100 day math activities.  First I shared the recipe for our 100 Day snack.

I sent a note home last week asking for each student to bring in 200 pieces of a small snack item.  Not every child brought something so it was just enough for our class of 21. I set out 10 plates and placed the different items on each one.  I called a few kids back at a time and they counted out their snacks.

All the snacks were quite tasty!  The kids at their seats were keeping busy with 100 ways to make 100.  

Just click on the picture to grab this one too.

These activities took us through our short afternoon quite quickly. 
My second graders have a great concept of place value and hundreds, but it's always fun to reinforce the concepts.  All my kiddos left smiling and although I didn't get 100 hugs, 20 was good enough for me!  

I hope you can use some of these ideas and activities with your class as well.
When is your 100th day of school?

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