Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tell All Tuesday: Summer Recharge





Hi Friends!  
I am linking up with Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Diana from My Day in K for Tell All Tuesday 2.0!


Summertime Recharge for teachers is SO important.  You need some YOU time to relax and rest up for the upcoming school year.  I love summer and lucky for me I live in New England super close to beaches and lakes.  There are a lot of options to enjoy summer!  



I love spending time tanning at the beach, boating, creating stuff for my class, reading, and laughing with my fam and friends!!!!!!!!!  That is how I recharge!!!!!  

I usually do not have time to read for pleasure during the school year, but over the summer I DEF can!!!!  Here are the books that I have read so far... I really LOVED them all ...





Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are recharging and enjoying your summer!

Thursday, July 21, 2016



Hi Friends!

Blogging is so much easier to keep up with in the summer... :)  Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday!  I love summer, there is SO much to do, but I also get some time to rest!

Check out my five for Friday ...




This week I was able to spend time with my cousin, Kendie!  We blew up some ridiculous floats and headed to the beach.  Unfortunately, it was low tide and the waves were not crazy like they usually are!  Next time we will check out the tide schedule before we go.  We also went to a farmer's market.  We walked around and checked out the different vendors.  We bought some fresh veggies for a stir fry.  I love spending time with her!




I really do not like to just sit and do nothing, therefore, I am usually prepping something while watching TV.   Lucky for me I can always find some good help.  Kendie helped me laminate my centers for the beginning of the year.  She gets to watch her youtube videos and help me out!  It is a win all around.




AHHHH!!!  THOSE school supplies ... hahaha  I have a friend who will NOT go to Target with me during B2S time.  She was horrified at the amount of stuff I needed :)!  
Thank you Teaching Maddeness for posting on Instagram those frisbees from Michael's, I obviously went right out to get those for end of the year gifts!!!!  YAY!  

Then, I have been to both Walmart and Target ... notebooks, pencils, crayons, and glue sticks GALORE!  ANDDDD... obviously I had to casually go to Lakeshore Learning... AND ... they conveniently had NEW stuff to go with my theme. :)  What a coincidence :)  

My mom and sister have been on *most* of my B2S shopping trips!  They are very helpful, both telling me that I am being ridiculous and that I don't need that hahhaa AND helping me find what I *really* need.  Searching and digging through boxes to find the same color folders and notebooks.  They know my crazy and help me!

PS - those racecar whiteboard erasers are magnetic and are EVERYTHING! hahaha IF you can get whiteboard erasers that are magnetic ... GET THEM!!!!  




Over the school year, I make a ton of random stuff that I need for my class, but I do not have enough time to finish or make it TpT worthy.  Over the summer, I have time to organize and post new products.  A game that I love and my students love is KABOOM!  We use this game ALL the time in my class for sight words, phonics games, and math facts.  I finally put together my addition fact fluency for all seasons/holidays KABOOM!  The game of KABOOM! is low prep and has HIGH engagement for my students.  





I don't technically work over the summer and I have plenty of time to enjoy myself with friends and family!  We had a new little member enter our clique!  We are obsessed with her cuteness, she is definitely a keeper! :) 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tell All Tuesday: 7-20-16



Hi Friends!  

I know that I am a day late on linking up for Tell All Tuesday... but ask my friends ... they wouldn't be surprised that I am late!  Not my best quality, but I own it! hahaha 

Well anyways, I am linking up with Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Diana from My Day in K for the second week of Tell All Tuesday Summer Snapshot!  

  
Hello Lake Life!  
My best friend's fam has a lake house that I frequent often and I find it SOOOOOO relaxing!  I love waking up to this beautiful view, getting my tan on, and boating with some quiet ones! :) 

Thank you for checking out my Summer Snapshot!!! :)  



Thursday, July 14, 2016




Hi friends!!!!  

We all know that once school starts back up we are going in a million different directions.  So, when there are days I don't have plans or if I know of a rainy day during summer, I like to take advantage and be productive.  Being productive during the summer will make for an easier transition B2S!  

So... I love glow sticks and love a cheesy saying.  So with my love for both those things I made a glow stick tag for all occasions! :)
You can find glow sticks inexpensive at the Dollar Tree or Michael's Craft Store.




They are easy to make and a favorite positive reinforcement with the students!  
PRINT, CUT, AND HOLE PUNCH


Next up:

Alright, where do ALL the pencils go?????????
Why do they break, or not sharpen or go MIA????  



The pencil drama makes me see red! hahaha  I can't keep up with sharpening and I think I go through 982398293829389 pencils a year.  
No, I do not have a remedy for this drama (hahaha) but I do have a system I use to keep my pencil sharpener safe.  :)
Two pails from the dollar spot at Target.  One is labeled pencils, where sharpened pencils will be placed by me.  The other is labeled with need to be sharpened, where students will place their unsharpened/broken pencils.  I will be the *only* person to sharpen pencils!  
Grab the labels here for free!




Take advantage when you feel motivated to get ahead before the crazy B2S schedule begins!!!!!!





Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tell All Tuesday: Two Truths & a Lie

Hi friends!  

I am linking up with Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Diana from My Day in K for Tell All Tuesday 2.0!  :)


  So here goes... my 2 Truths and 1 lie!

1.  I strongly dislike ... more like... will never go to a Dunkin Donuts... EVER!  

2.  Cheese is its own food group in my eyes!  I love all types of cheese!  

3.  I am an urban school teacher and I have only taught 2nd grade!  


***** Edited *****  soooo #3 is my lie!  I taught special education for 8 years before moving to 2nd grade!!!!!  Yes, a girl from MA does not like DD!  I know, I love my flavored iced coffee brewed ... none of those liquid flavor shots for this girl!  

Leave a comment letting me know which one you believe to be a lie!  Good luck! :)  I will post the lie on Friday.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016



Well... hello summer!  
180 days CHECK!
Year 10 CHECK! 
One tired teacher CHECK!

I made it!  I LOVE teaching and give it my all ... so I think that is it TOTALLY fine to LOVE my summer break, too!  I earn that! :)  The last few months (aka my lack of blogging or instagramming) have been SUPER busy.  I have been teaching with all that end of the year entails, coaching my cousin's softball team, attending my other cousin's high school softball games, 2 proms for my cousins, a graduation, and so many birthdays.  Clearly, my cousins are so important to me!  AND yes, tons of stuff going on ... this blogging regularly stuff is difficult!  For those of you who keep up with it ... #sojealous!!!!!  :)




No rest for the weary ... cue the to-do lists!
I completely understand that I am so dramatic ... 
But, I have already started a to do list.  I have about 2982382932 projects that I think I am going to get done ... 
REAL TALK:  I will be lucky if I motivate to do 5 ... HAHAHA somehow summer flies by :) 
#timeflieswhenyouarehavingfun

But ... I like having lists of reminders and things that I need to get done ... holds me accountable.

Snag this summer to-do list freebie




This is the first time in a couple years that I have no set vacations planned and I am totally okay with it.  I am excited to take the summer one day at time.  Getting back to the gym and eating healthy is definitely on the "ME TIME" list.  I know I will spend some time at the Cape and some time in Maine, but other than that ... who knows!!!!  
BRING on the spontaneity! :)


Sooo... even though I was crazy busy outside of work ... we were doing a lot of work inside the classroom.  I had a class that really bought into everything I was selling teaching.  It is very motivating for me when my students have such excitement about learning.  When I think ... hmm... not sure if they will be into this ... AND then ... they ARE ... TOTAL WIN!  For example, we read different versions of Cinderella, that were from different cultures, and we worked on comparing/contrasting.  I wasn't sure that they would be into it.  But, they could NOT get a enough ... and I love a fairy tale, so I was totally onboard.  

Let's talk about their work, work, work, work, work!

So fairy tales ... we spent a lot of time writing our own ... and this beginning is top notch!  


I did slack on taking pictures ... I wish I had more to show!!!!!!!!!    
 But, we did use Write On!  Fairy Tales by Amy Lemons and Hope King.  We took the time to go through the entire writing process, ALL 24 students, and they were very PROUD of their fairy tales!  

On to math...

We finished up 2nd grade math with multiplicative thinking.  

So ... we start this off by teaching columns and rows.  I have them move both their arms vertically to show columns and spread their arms horizontally to show rows.  We practice that everyday.  When they are working at their desks independently, I can see them using those gestures to help them.

When working with multiplicative thinking we do a lot of work around the sentence frames:

 _____ groups of _____
_____ rows of _____
_____ columns of _____

AND

repeated addition sentences.

We use manipulatives to help my students visualize with a concrete model:  rows, columns, and what repeated addition *multiplication* is.   



I love tying in what I am doing in other subject areas to all subjects ... so I added Cinderella to our multiplication story problem.  (Yes, they LOVED it)


I projected steps for my students to do for a warm up.  Each child gets a dry erase pocket (if you don't have these ... GET THEM... amazing for all areas)  a bag of cubes, and a dry erase marker.  They start working on this on the rug, turn and check with their partner, and then we talk about it as a class.


 Woooo... that is a lot!  Summer is here, take time for you! :)



Friday, April 8, 2016

Five For Friday: April 8th


Well, hello there!  
I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.  


Alright... I will OWN IT... I love loathe mealworms.  UGH... but for my 24 Scientists in training, I am acting like it is my MOST favorite unit.  My students are LOVING having their own mealworm, they have named them, they feed them, and observe them like crazy.  They share with their friends all their observations.  We observe the life cycle of the mealworms and I created a class "instagram" so we can document all of our observations. The pages flip up on their cell phones!  Obviously, I am IN LOVE with the cuteness hahaha ... and check out my EMOJI borders!  My students went WILD over them! :)

#itISthelittlethings


Do you use a schema chart in your classroom?  It is very similar to the KWL chart.  I use a schema chart before I start any new topic in all subject areas.  It can usually fit on one chart, but we *had* a lot of schema on mealworms! :)  
The chart:
1.  Schema=Background Knowledge
What you think you know?
I ask students to tell me what they think they know about a topic.

*** On our mealworms schema chart, I was laughing on the inside because I knew they were going to be so SURPRISED when we started learning about them! *** :)

2.   What you learned?
I use this as part of my wrap up of the lessons.  We think, pair, and then share out.

3.  Misconceptions
What we thought we knew in our schema, may not be accurate, once we start our learning.  And guess what... IT IS OKAY to CHANGE your thinking!  



We have been working on 3 digit subtraction!    My students have been working *SUPER* hard on their subtraction strategies.  I whipped up some task cards that had chips and salsa clipart.  Umm... because I was so excited about the clipart, my students were too!  








Those are my NEW sparkly Kate Spade Keds! I see hearts in my eyes over those shoes... haha!

AND then... pics of me with my mom at the World Figure Skating Championship!  We both LOVE figure skating and had an AMAZING time!  :)


Play ball!  The baseball season has officially begun... if you ever come to visit Boston, Fenway Park is a must!!!!!! :)

<3 Red Sox <3

Thanks for stopping by and reading my 5 for Friday!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Hi Friends!  Here in MA we are on VACATION!!!!  So exciiiiiiited for a little break.  I am blogging today about addition strategies, which I am a HUGE fan of.  It allows ALL my students to be successful at addition.  Yes, I said ALL!!!!!!  ***I have other posts and anchor charts that you can read ... here ...with a freebie!***

  Do you teach strategies for addition or the standard algorithm?  I am going to talk about two strategies that the majority of my class use.  I teach about five strategies, and my students are currently using two.  They can use any strategy that they want, and last year my students used different strategies tha my students this year.  So interesting the strategies that the students choose to use.  



The first strategy:  Place Value Chart


Students can draw their own chart or you can give them a paper/template to help them stay organized.  Students begin by drawing out both addends, using base ten blocks.


Students count the value in each place value column (in expanded form).  At this time, students will notice that they have too many in the ones column and need to compose or regroup to make a new ten.


How do they show composing to make a new ten?  Students circle ten ones, draw an arrow to show that they are moving ten ones to a new column, to compose a new ten.  Students can count up the hundreds, tens, and ones in expanded form below the chart. 

The Second Strategy:  Addition Split


Addition split... students start by drawing arrows and decomposing (splitting) both addends into hundreds, tens, and ones.  Then they write both numbers in expanded form.  


    Then you add the ones, tens, and hundreds vertically.  



Students will notice that they have too many ones.  They can compose a new ten.  My students slash out and rewrite below when they are regouping.  The numbers are written in expanded form, which students know to put that number together to get the answer.

These strategies can be used with regrouping in the hundreds, tens, and ones column.  Using strategies, helps students understand the process and they are able to articulate composing, decomposing, regrouping.  

I will be back soon to go over some subtraction strategies!  :)  
I hope this helps you.  Thank you for stopping by.



Saturday, January 9, 2016



Hi Friends!  Well... this girl survived her first week back!  We went right back into our routines and schedule, no wasting any time! :)  Since the beginning of the year we have been focusing on fiction and we just switched over to nonfiction, and my 2nd graders ARE loving it.  I was not expecting them to be THIS engaged and enthusiastic ... but it is AMAZING! 

There is such high energy and a buzz in my room with ALL these ... 

Hey ... did you know?
LOOK at this ...
Miss VonKahle ... I learned ...
Look at this text feature...

My students want to share, share, and share some more about all their new knowledge.  AND ... hey I am becoming an expert on sooooooo many things as well! 


My students are HUGE fans of partner reading and when I looked up from my reading group and saw this ... I just had to snap a picture.  They were so involved with learning about the solar system!!!! :)  


We started nonfiction in writing as well.  This week we worked together as a class on how to research.  We read information about sharks and started to organize our thoughts.  We will begin to write our own All About __________ books soon.  I had my student each pick an animal they wanted to learn more about!  YES!  Second graders are researching and writing!  :):):)  I will post more about this later!!!! 


Soooo... here is the real teacher talk ... as much as I am LOVING my students excitement and engagement with their nonfiction books.  They are learning A LOT but I am overwhelmed.  They keep coming up to me AND wanting to tell me what they learned or a new text feature that they noticed. All VERY important stuff, but it can be disruptive to their classmates and me when I am teaching a guided reading group.  Loving the excitement... but wow!  (If you teach 24 excited friends, you know how I am feeling)

So what is a teacher to do?!?!?!  



I learned this in a class along the way and this was the perfect USE!  When launching my guided reading on Friday, I asked them to hold onto their learning and not share it, I would give them some time to at the end.  So ... this is a little messy (our first time trying this out).  There are two circles an inner and outer and they are partnered up.  They each share a fact, something interesting, a text feature... what they were so excited about during their reading with the partner they are sitting across from.  Then I say slide... the outer circle moves to the right to the next partner... they share again ... 

They have time to share their new interesting learning ... I get to teach uninterrupted guided reading.  :)


Alright, I am off to do 1492489284 things :)  orrrrrr lie back in bed and watch Law & Order! :)