Sunday Rewind and a FREEBIE

Last week was super duper crazy. We had to get in our final graded writing prompt for our administration {yes…in February…insert slight sigh}, along with assemblies, full moons, my student teacher’s first observation where a mouse ran across the floor while her supervisor was observing her, followed by one of my sweet neighbors chasing it with a trash can {yes…that really happened}, etc. etc. etc. But…I am ready for another week of this craziness that I call teaching! Ha! I love it!

So in the midst of all of that craziness, I did not have the necessary time to take many pictures, but here are a few activities that we enjoyed last week.

In math, we are still working on learning and understanding basic division. We worked with repeated subtraction on Friday and I was completely amazed at how the students completely picked up on it and applied this strategy when solving basic division facts. Earlier in the week, we learned about dividing a number by 1 and by itself. Since these are probably the two easiest division rules, I really wanted the students to discover the rule on their own so that it would stick. We participated in a little exploration and a game of guess my rule.

Slide1 We set up several rotations where the students were dividing a given number of hearts by itself.



After the students participated with about 9 different numbers, they went back to their seats with their partner and defined the rule. We followed this same routine for dividing numbers by 1.



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In writing, we continued our unit on persuasive writing by thinking of things that are important to us. We discussed the importance of a strong opinion when trying to persuade an audience. I thought their heart maps turned out super cute and were perfect for this upcoming season of love! :)

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And in social studies, we have been trying to wrap up our unit on continents and major landforms of the U.S. We made square flipbooks inspired by several ideas on Pinterest. We included our planet, continent, country, state, and town.


Then to help the students identify and locate major landforms and bodies of water across the U.S., we created a food model that allowed them to become completely hands-on with landforms. I really  wanted to make cookies but could not find a cookie cutter of the U.S.A. anywhere. Hobby Lobby completely let me down this time! Ha! However, after the project, I am so glad that we didn’t.  Those would have needed to be some huge cookies! We used edible markers to trace the shape of our country and then used several different food related objects to represent the Rocky Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, Grand Canyon, the Great Plains, the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.


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The kiddos ate it up…literally! Ha!

I will be back tomorrow to share some of our Valentine’s activities that we will be working on this week! Happy Sunday!

Now…back to the Grammy Awards!


  1. You have been busy! I love the heart maps, we did them at the beginning of the year and then I glued them onto the front of my student's writing folders.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  2. We do edible landforms, too!! The kids LOVE it :)

  3. I love those heart maps and the food model. How fun and engaging!

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  4. Love the food model -- I have never heard of edible markers!!! YUM!!!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. Adorable! I love the heart maps and the edible landforms. So cute!! I'll be adding those projects to the "to do" list. :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  6. Love it all! Love, Love, Love the flip books, and I honestly have a little crush on that green wall!!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  7. Thanks for the AWESOME ideas! I am using the heart maps on Tuesday! :)

    Second Grade Math Maniac

  8. The edible maps are so cute! What a fun idea :) Have a great start to your week :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  9. I am doing second grade and you are my inspiration to do a classroom edible map. They have to use candy to make a map of the classroom including students desks, teacher desk, book shelves, computers, chalkboard, and door. Thank you!