Elf Adventures - Week #1

The elf is back! This year we decided to start our elf adventures on December 1! I'll write each Saturday and give you a little update on what our guy has been up to.


Day #1
Our elf made quite the entrance zip lining in our classroom. He apparently is a bit of a daredevil.


Our elf brought us the book The Elf on the Shelf to read as a class and left us a note from Santa.

After reading the book, we needed to name our elf.  After a few different rounds of voting we settled on Snowy the Elf.

Each day we fill out our Elf Watch Journal. I got this from Sunny Days in Second Grade's store on her blog.

Day #2

On Day 2, Snowy got into a little trouble. We've been using candy canes for a science experiment and I and the class specifically told him yesterday to leave the candy canes alone.  Well....apparently...Snowy isn't the best listener.  The kids couldn't believe he got into the candy canes and started eating them.


Snowy also left us a note.  Some of the kids left him notes the previous day and he responded to a few of their questions.

Love the ending to this kiddo's journal - We need those candy canes for our experiment Snowy.  Too cute!

Do you have an elf in your classroom? What did your class name your elf? Reply in the comments...

Five for Friday - December 2

How is it December??? November seemed to fly by and that Thanksgiving break definitely flew by! 10 days went by in a second! I'm linking back up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to show you what we've been up to this week for Five for Friday.



In Writing Workshop, we are working our informational unit and writing like scientists. I love the lab report format WW uses and wanted to add in a holiday-ish themed experiment. I found the Candy Cane Experiment from Lemon Lime Adventures.  It is awesome! Fun, easy, and not too messy! This week we tried out the candy cane in cold water and hot water. Next week, we'll do the final experiment and try it in vinegar. I'll follow up with a blog post next week with some of the lab report results.  The kids are loving it and their reflections and observations are getting better each time. 




Love, love, love my room moms. They always outdo themselves with cute decorations!  

He's baaaaccckkkkk.  Yesterday I started Elf on the Shelf in the classroom. Stay tuned for my blog post tomorrow discussing his first two days of adventures! 


We started working on fact and opinion this week in class to go along with our Journey's story. In small groups, we discussed it and I had students write three of each. Love this little ones first opinion! :-)


It's my favorite time of the year...the holiday season. These are two pictures from Thanksgiving break and since I took a little break from blogging last week, I wanted to share them with you today.  This was my first time ever making Thanksgiving dinner and I have to say it turned out pretty well! No major kitchen mishaps and my husband had a very full plate so he was a happy camper!  I also decorated our Christmas tree! Love having all of the holiday decor up in the house.


Have a wonderful weekend!




Last Day of the TPT Cyber Sale!

Today is the last day of the TPT Cyber Sale! Make sure you've put all those great TPT goodies into your shopping cart! My whole store - Jordan Johnson - is on sale for 28% off with the code CYBER2016.

Check out some of my popular book studies....great for whole group, small groups, or partnership activities.

Surprises According to Humphrey


TPT Cyber Sale Begins Today!

The amazing TPT Cyber Sale begins today! Be sure to stock your shopping carts with all kinds of TPT goodies.  My entire store - Jordan Johnson - will be on sale today and tomorrow! If you use the code CYBER2016, you'll get 28% off!



I also just finished up my next Grammar Fix It product. This Grammar Fix It focuses on using apostrophes correctly with possessives and contractions. It also provides additional practice with capitalization and end marks.  Quick practice for kids and printer friendly! Could be used as Around the Room activity or as a literacy station.

Check it out - here.





TPT Cyber Sale and New Products!

I'm so excited to be joining in for the TPT Cyber Sale on Monday and Tuesday! Be sure to use the code CYBER2016 to get 28% off my entire TPT store - Jordan Johnson.


I also have two new products to share with you today that will be part of the sale!

I love using I Have, Who Has for phonics and spelling skills.  It's a quick way to practice the certain phonics skill and is a game, which makes it more fun than doing a phonics worksheet.

I just uploaded I Have, Who Has Phonics for Short A and Short E Vowels (all CVC words).   I'll be adding short i, o, and u soon.  Check them out below...

Phonics - I Have, Who Has - Short A Vowel Words






Happy Shopping Monday and Tuesday!

Five for Friday - November 18

At noon today we begin Thanskgiving Break! We have the whole week off and I could not be more ready for a whole week break.  For those of you that do not have a whole week off, I am sorry. I know how hard it is to try to teach the 2.5 days before Thanksgiving and keep the little ones on track. Since it was a full week, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Here's what we've been up to...


On Monday, we had a treasure hunt to find out what our next PBL project would be about. We are going to start learning about maps.  After researching maps, students will be creating their own island and then burying their own pirate treasure on it (with directions). The kids had fun on our treasure hunt and got some little goodies at the end!

I love Kahoot. And my kids love Kahoot.  This was our first time trying Kahoot with partners. We've only done it as a whole class before. They did great! We worked on a geometry Kahoot that someone else had made.

Today is Grandparent's Day at our school and my class will be doing a Charlotte's Web Reader's Theater.  We got the scripts yesterday and students highlighted their parts before practicing.  This will be quite a hoot.  I have some very fun, dramatic personalities in my room who have been waiting for their acting debut.



Speaking of Charlotte's Web here are two funny things from it this week.  This first picture is from a student's answer to our morning meeting question "What was your favorite part of Charlotte's Web?" One - I really hope he didn't lick the book. 2 - Apparently we still need to work on our silent e, long vowel type words.
My second student has made up a very interesting name for Henry Fussy.  Have no idea where he got Gribe Grumpson from but it made me laugh.

I have a new post up from this week about teaching elapsed time. Check it out for some ideas and elapsed time story problems.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend! This weekend I'll be decorating for Christmas! Can't wait!!!!



Teaching Elapsed Time

Telling time and elapsed time always seems to be a tricky concept for kiddos.  Even though it is tricky, it's definitely a skill that they will need in the future and one we spend a lot of time on in second grade.  After reviewing telling time, we spend the bulk of our time on elapsed time.  We start by watching a Brainpop Jr on elapsed time and then make an anchor chart together.


Then, we do lots and lots of practice on the white boards. I will give students a start and end time and they have to figure out how much time has passed in between. Or I will give students a start time, how much time passes, and they have to figure out what time it ends. And, the trickiest, I give students an end time, how much time passes, and they have to figure out the beginning time.

After white board practice, I like to put it in real-life situations for them. I think when you can put math into a real life problem, it makes it easier for kids to understand. We worked on the below Elapsed Time Story Problems for two days.  The best part is it is already differentiated! There are three sets of story problems (12 cards each). A beginner, intermediate, and advanced version are included so you can differentiate and meet the needs of all of your students. The cards all have similar story problems, but the numbers are changed to differentiate.

Beginner Version

Intermediate Version

Advanced Version

Student Recording Sheet



This is now for sale in my TPT store. It's called Elapsed Time Story Problems - Differentiated.  Hope it helps your kiddos like it helped mine!