Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Timeline of Our Day

Every year I look forward to the class creating a timeline of their day.

Every student got a different time of day and had to determine with what we do during that period of the day. Then, they needed to show that time on the clock, write sentences to explain the activity and finally, illustrate it. 

I'm low on space this time of the year - so we posted it on our classroom door :)

Poetry Journals

Ah, April - How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Today is the official close of poetry month, though a few of us -ahem- need a another day to finish our journals. 

But, what I've seen so far, looks spectacular!

A fish moves
Like a lizard in
The desert.
When you grab it
It shakes like
A dancer in the

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dinosaur Projects

Oh my goodness did we have a great time learning about dinosaurs! 

My students spent a good chunk of Reader's Workshop reading about all kinds of dinosaurs and then privately chose their favorites. Amazingly, they all chose the same four -- T-Rex, Brachiosaurus, Iguanadon and Triceratops. I was secretly rooting for Pterodactyl!

Once chosen, during Writer's Workshop they worked in groups to research their dinosaur and then wrote individual reports. These reports were AMAZING! 

My students included a double bubble Thinking Map to compare their dinosaur to another kind and also created fantastic skeletal diagrams with labels.

Click here to see a finished report

Aye, aye, aye - they even created a glossary, table of contents and an index! They really got into this project so we extended it.

My students made little dioramas reflecting habitat out of cardstock. Then we painted coffee filters in sort of an Eric Carle sorta way. Once dry, the students drew their dinosaur onto the coffee filter, cut it out and placed it in its habitat. 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Tweeting for Good!

#140Difference had a challenge - 

Tweet a grant proposal in 140 characters or less. Always up for a challenge I tweeted something close to my heart...

Entry: veg teacher to provide organic fruits/veg monthly – for tasting – to title I kids as part of org/non-gmo healthy/real food edu #140difference

Photo by: Roxanna Dixon

photo 2

I'm really excited about this because with this grant I can give my students the chance to taste lots of healthy, organic and non-GMO fruits and vegetables.

We'll focus on one a month and learn about the nutrition in each locally grown fruit or vegetable. We'll also learn about why taking care of our bodies and our planet through organic gardening is so important.

Thank you, So Delicious! 

Students, persuade me to do something that is really important to you. 
Write me a note in 140 characters or less and I'll pick a winner Friday!So Delicious Dairy Free

Friday, April 25, 2014

Brain Breaks!

Whoo-hooo! Excited for Monday! 

I found this awesome, super fun site  where we can do some really interesting, new brain breaks in class!

Kids - you'll have to wait alllllllllll weekend for it! ;)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

We spent the last couple days learning about ways we can protect the earth in celebration of Earth Day!

We read some interesting informational texts and did a few great activities from Amy Lemon's and also

And we read The Wump World - gets me every time! The connections students make after hearing that story are - incredible!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Poetry Doors

Today we got into observing the world with a poet's eye!

Wow! Did we get into observing our scissors! I love poetry because even ELL's or reluctant writers can produce a pretty awesome piece of writing and feel quick accomplishment!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring break fun!

Having a way too much fun with contact paper!

You know that teacher store that gives away planners with purchase each summer?  I ❤️ The format but hate those cartoony bright covers. Fixed that!
How sick is it to already be thinking about next school years' planner!? 
What do you use contact paper for in your classroom?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What Type of Typist Are You?

Well, in 2nd grade we probably aren't the best typists - yet! But we can be - practicing typing is so much fun! Did you know in 3rd grade you get to take a fun test on the computer? 

But, first we have to learn to type. Here are a couple (FREE) links you can use to practice keyboarding at home!

And this one is so much fun! Plus you can practice a fun English accent!

Current Wishlist

Parents, if you need ideas on how to get your hours in, here is our current Wish List :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Taxes done? In the mood to donate to a worthy cause?

We have a couple great projects in the works at

If you'd like to make a difference in the life of a 2nd grader, check out the site and let your heart be your guide.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thinking Maps

We are a Thinking Maps classroom and my kids love them! 

They always show such enthusiasm when I tell them they will be creating a Thinking Map and they get to choose the map based on their thinking. This is an example of a Tree Map one of my smarties created for our Healthy Eating unit.

I love kids art so much! Check out these illustrations!

How do you use Thinking Maps?


We are just now delving into our unit on reading and writing poetry.

My students have loved creating haiku poems about everything from spring to their favorite food to Mr. Dixon's broken foot. 

They don't realize they are becoming syllable-counting masters as they let their creative inner poets roam free!

Takin' it Outside!

I love taking learning outside of the classroom!

So far this year, we've been able to do some incredible activities at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a local farm. Having this LACMA exhibit to ourselves to do some really fun work was tremendous!

Then, we also got to enjoy a beautiful day learning about the life and growth cycle of fruits and vegetables. 

My students devoured a veggie tray a couple weeks ago as a prize for complete homework (I know!) so they loved this field trip! Where have you gone this year?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Winner, Winner, Tofurkey Dinner!

Kicking off Spring Break with a little PD in Camarillo - EdCamp was a blast! 

And I won a new Chromebook from Acer, which the kids are going to L.O.V.E! Learned all about Twitter (yeah, I'm late to that party) and more about blogging. Actually, this is the first post on my renewed blog - promise to keep up with it this time...

Also, I learned some super cool ways to have an interactive class without SMART or Promethian boards. I'm writing a letter to the Tech Fairy tonight! 
Have you ever been to an EdCamp?