If you are here, it's because you love Christina and all that she shares with you. That's exactly why I'm here. Christina was instrumental in getting me started in blogging over a year ago. She and I have met at several different training sessions in our county. (She even wanted to teach in my building. . . That's another story, and one that I wish would have happened. Can you imagine if you got to teach in the same building as her!) And that my friends was the beginning of our friendship. I truly love having her in my back pocket, knowing she is there to help me anytime that I need it.
Christina is on a long over due VACA and she asked me. . . ME. . . ME to fill in for her while she's gone. Talk about a boost to my ego! Thank YOU Miss Christina for allowing me this gift to write for you today.
My name is Patty and I have been teaching 2nd grade (and only 2nd grade) for 34 years. Yea, that's a long time and also probably a lot longer than some of your ages! I started my blog, Second in Line, last winter when I had a student teacher and some extra time on my hands. In August I decided to start selling the stuff that I made on TPT. I only have about 39 things in there, but those things are labors of love and things that have helped my 2nd graders a lot.
Today I want to highlight one of my most recent activities that I made. (I actually have to give credit to my teaching partner Cathie who teaches across the hall from me. She has a way of thinking of things in a very logical way that gets to the core of what kids need.)
I like this idea because it benefits both the reader and the math-er (is that a real word? If one who reads is called a reader, then what do you call one who does math? . . a math-er!) Kids need to know how to read the words and where to put them in the place value positions. I believe this activity gets this practice in for kids.
I am going to give this activity to Christina as a gift for allowing me to guest blog for her. But I would also like to give it to 3 other people. All you have to do is to go over to my blog, leave a comment with your name, email address, and the grade you teach. I too am on vacation right now, so when I return, I'll have my husband pick 3 random numbers that match up to your replies and I'll get them sent to you, probably on Sunday or Monday.