Fraction Action

This week we are learning all about fractions!! Fractions are pieces of an entire object. They can also be parts of a set. Second graders need to be able to divide shapes and sets of objects into two, three, and four equal parts and identify those parts as halves, thirds, and fourths. Learning fractions can be fun!! Check out this incredible powerpoint on the basics of fractions:


Enjoy watching this fabulous fractions movie from NASA KSNN video… then check out the links to go bowling for fractions and take an online quiz to see how much you really know about fractions!!

fractions quiz

20 Questions Gameshow Quizzes Our Comprehension

The remarkable readers in our classroom are using many fabulous strategies to help them comprehend their reading! One of these strategies is QUESTIONING. Good readers ask questions! Good readers ask DEEP questions before, during, and after reading text. “What will this book be about?” “Does that sentence make sense?” “Does this word sound right?” “What is the author’s purpose for writing this book?”

Good readers don’t just stop at ASKING the questions- they try and find the answers! “Can I infer this word’s meaning?” “Do I need to look in a dictionary?” “Is there another book that would have the answer to my question?” (Good readers don’t mind a little research to better their understanding)

The powerpoint for this week is a 20 questions gameshow- where YOU come up with the questions for each reading scenario! Remember- good readers ask many thin and thick questions!!


listen to our questioning song:



Compound Round-Up~ Understanding Compound Words

The powerpoint for this week is a FABULOUS teaching and review presentation on compound words and is brought to us from Kathy Isom. I like it a lot because it teaches a great strategy- if you can draw a picture of each word, then it is a great compound word!


Here is a link to a fun interactive mini-movie on compound words. Watch the video, then help Gus round-up the compound words! 🙂

Play a snowman compound word game:

Graphs, Graphs, & More Graphs!

We are studying about data collecting and graphing this week in math. We can collect data and make simple graphs on ANY subject… just think of a question, ask that question to others (this is called a survey), and then put that information, or data, in an easy to read form. There are all sorts of ways to represent your data- bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs, pie graphs, and Venn diagrams.

imgp3877.JPG imgp3880.JPGOur powerpoint this week comes from Monica Yuskaitis and helps us to understand more about graphing basics. graphs.ppt

Follow these links to play a variety of data collection/graphing games:

What is the Commutative and Associative Property? Ask Us- We’ll Tell You!

Two properties of math that we are learning about are associative and commutative. These properties are like rules that describe how math works. This powerpoint describes what these properties are and give some great visuals to explain how they work.


Our class recorded a podcast today on the commutative and associative properties. I recorded our learning for all to hear!!! Enjoy!



All About ME!!

Our powerpoint this week comes from Vicki Blackwell. This is a powerpoint presentation for you to create at home- and then we’ll show it in class and post in on your wiki. It’s an all about me slide show- where you can fill in your own information! At the very end of the slide show, you can write a quiz to see how well we really know you!!!

I can’t wait to see your amazing work!! 🙂


Missing Addends Add Up to a Challenge

Our powerpoint for this week is another gameshow spin-off reviewing Missing Addends. This topic can be tricky and we have learned a few strategies to help us in class.

1. Count up- Look at the other addend and COUNT UP while drawing tally marks or using counters until you reach the sum.

2. Count back- Start at the sum and then subtract the other addend in the addition sentence.

3. Memorize the fact family! If you know that 2,3, and 5 are all in the same fact family, then finding the missing addend for 2 + x = 5 will be a breeze! This is the best strategy and ultimately what second graders should be doing by the end of the year. It shows automaticity with math facts which will be a great benefit to them next year in third grade.

I hope these strategies help- good luck!


Who Wants to be a Millionaire? You can- if you remember our phonics goals!!

Recently our class reviewed our phonics goals for the year with a class power point based on the television game show- “Who wants to be a millionaire?” It was hard for some of us to remember what we learned back in September, so we needed the review. I am going to put a link to the power point show so you can play the game at home. You do need Microsoft power point or another presentation viewer software in order to view.

Good luck- and I hope that you get the million dollars!!


who wants to be a millionaire? phonics review power point