In life, it's the little moments that can make your day a bit brighter!  :)  Last night, I had an email from Donors Choose telling me that my latest proposal has been funded.  Since it was for resources to strengthen addition/subtraction with composing/decomposing tens and hundreds (and this is something my students are *struggling* with right now!) I'm so excited to get these resources.  If you haven't checked them out before, you should.  If you're curious about the funded proposals, check out my class giving page at DonorsChoose.org

Teacher Tip: My favorite way to write proposals is to look at other proposals for inspiration!!
Sooooo...  Ever have the feeling that the blogger you've been stalking following really knows you and the problems you face?  I was reading The Clutter-Free Classroom, and her post about Math Workshop Rotations.  I nodded along as I read, thinking, "she understands!"  Check out her method of organizing Math Workshop rotations here!  I especially adore the way her rotations spell the word MATH.
  • M=Math facts
  • A=At your seat
  • T=Teacher's choice
  • H=Hands on manipulatives
Wow... so I really heart the state of Florida, but truly only because of this website.  I mean I lived there for a little bit during my childhood, but it didn't make much of an impression on me.  However, this website from the Florida Center for Reading Research absolutely rocks!  Try out any of the student center activities here, and you'll be hooked, too!
My second grade team has been talking lately about ways to expand our students' vocabularies...  Here are several of my favorite Mentor Texts for Vocabulary Instruction:

  • Miss Alaineus a Vocabulary Disaster, by Debra Frasier. 
  • Donovan's Word Jar, by Monalisa Degross
  • Frindle, bu Andrew Clements
  • Fancy Nancy, by Jane O'Connor
Sooooo, every time I'm asked about the mini lessons to use during Daily 5, I recommend this website.  It breaks down common mini-lessons by grade level and give a suggested timeline for teaching the concepts.  Be sure to bookmark it, as you will find yourself referring back to it often!  :)
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