Famous Americans: Benjamin Franklin

We are in the midst of our very long famous people unit in Social Studies. In Virginia, second graders have to know George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Helen Keller, and Christopher Columbus. So that I don't overwhelm them, I taught Columbus around Columbus Day in October and MLK last week and this week around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will save Washington and Lincoln for Presidents Day in February.
The first person we covered this month was Benjamin Franklin. Since he was part of the Social Studies curriculum for first graders and I taught first grade for 8 years, I just grabbed my notebook off the first grade shelf! (I taught a combination of first and second for 2 years and now, thankfully, this year I have just second grade.)

Some of the books that I used are:
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And here's the unit I created, which includes a reader, word search, vocabulary words with picture cards, and comprehension questions. 
Benjamin Franklin mini-unit

This year I made a pocket in our Social Studies notebook to keep our reader safe. {See the picture above.}

Math: 10 More, 10 Less, 100 More, and 100 Less

We are working hard through our number sense unit this month. We have covered rounding, comparing numbers, and using base ten blocks through the thousands. This week we are working on 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, and 100 less up to 999.

Yesterday we began with 10 more and 10 less using a hundreds chart. We started with two digits numbers and then moved to three digit numbers. This mini unit has a set of task cards with recording page and 7 printables. If you aren't sure about purchasing the unit, download this one page freebie which is similar to what is in the packet.
This will finish up our number sense unit, just in time to take our second quarter math assessment and have a couple of fun math days before Christmas break!

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I wanted to thank YOU with a gift! We have been working on alphabetical order to the second and third letter in order to work on guide words, so I created this Christmas tree package sorting activity to practice. Included are 6 trees with presents to sort with the correct tree. I put 2 trees in a bag, making 3 centers. I have also included an alphabetical order cut, sort, glue printable, and a guide word cut, sort, glue printable in this freebie. Click here or on the center picture below to download!
One of my reading groups is working on my Rudolph reader this week.
And we are continuing to work on number sense in math. Today we began rounding. About half of my class "got it" in the first couple of numbers. Hopefully tomorrow we will have light bulbs going off everywhere! I have a rounding activity in my Christmas Place Value Unit, but I also created 2 sets of task cards and some printables in my Rounding to the Nearest Ten Unit.

I have 12 more school days until Christmas break! Here's to the countdown!

Christmas Math Centers

After two years of a first/second combination, I am back to teaching just one grade level - second! As much as I loved first grade, I love second, also. They become more independent and my class just loves read-to-self!

Tomorrow we begin our place value unit for the next three weeks, which puts us in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I had to make our task cards cutesy! 😃 Here's some of the things that we are going to be working on.

identifying the place value of a given digit

identify the value of a given digit

rounding 2 digit numbers to the nearest ten

identifying numbers larger than or smaller than a given number

greater than, less than, and equal to

10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less

tens and ones

greater than, less than, or equal to
My students this year really benefit from getting up and moving around, especially since our math time is after recess and lunch. I try to have at least one activity a day to have them up and moving. Having these task cards with accompanying recording pages is going to be perfect!

This all comes from my Christmas Place Value Unit. It will be on sale on November 27 and 28 for the TpT Cyber Day Sale!

Click here or on the TpT sale picture to shop my store!

But wait! Need some extra activities to review rounding? Check out this new unit!

set #1 of rounding task cards

set #2 of rounding task cards

rounding printable

rounding printable
And a Cyber Monday freebie for you! Two activities similar to the place value task cards in the Christmas Place Value Unit for free! Click here or on any of the images to download the Christmas Place Value Freebie!
Included are 2 sets of task cards (one page from each is pictured below) with recording pages and answer keys.


I hope you have a great week back after Thanksgiving! Here's to the Christmas countdown!
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