Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for her "Five for Friday" link up party. Here are five random things that happened in my classroom this week:
1. BTF - it must be the new BFF! Don't know what it means? Check out number 2 below.
2. BTF Explained - Seriously, aren't they the sweetest?!
3. We've been studying the /ar/ phoneme in phonics. (I wish I could include the sound instead of just typing it - just say it out loud like a pirate to get the full effect!) We had so much fun making up pirate riddles and speaking like pirates - major emphasis on the "AR!" Some students brought in eye patches to add to the pirate themed fun. I love having them make up their own riddles because it forces them to think about words that have the /ar/ sound.
Here are a few riddles my students created:
Q: How does a pirate get from place to place?
A: he drives his car
Q: What is a pirate's favorite vegetable?
A: an artichoke
Q: Where does a pirate buy his fruit?
A: at the market
Q: What is a pirate's favorite animal?
A: a shark
After making up several riddles, we made our /ar/ words walk the plank. I created the simple pirate template using the bottom of a Clorox wipe container. (Where's a compass when you need one?) Then, they had to brainstorm 15 words that have the /ar/ sound. I think they turned out pretty cute and I love how they are all unique - different words, smiles and one student chose to add waves to the bottom of his picture. A few parents told me their children have been making up pirate riddles all week!
5. National Lutheran Schools Week! We had a great time celebrating this week. You can read my post about specific activities here. Some highlights included - an all school sing along, a visit from the San Francisco Zoo Mobile, skyping with a 2nd grade class in Michigan, relay races and popsicles outside (it's January in California!), a Veggie Tales movie in the gym and perhaps their most favorite part of the week - they didn't have to wear their school uniforms!
What a fun week in 2nd grade and here's to a fun weekend ahead - Go 49ers! Speaking of football - head over to 2nd Grade Shenanigans for some cute football inspired lessons. Her class predicted the Ravens to win - my class is cheering for the San Francisco 49ers. The city is already painted red!