What to do with 50 2nd graders for 2 hours?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    Another 2nd grade teacher and I are swapping kids on Monday so that the other can do running records. I will have 50 2nd graders in my room for 2 1/2 hours. I plan on spending the last 30 minutes doing buddy reading, but I need to fill the first 2 hours. We have to stay in the classroom, so activities like extra recess or gym time or not possibilities. There are a lot of needy kids in this group (i.e: behavior problems), and I will be alone with them. The other teacher is showing a 2 hour movie (which we're not supposed to do...), so I don't want to do that.

    Any fun, easy, not-too-crazy ideas?
     
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    We've been gearing up for conferences later this week. Usually I've been doing centers, but for a big stretch of time while I assessed I had an "art party". I happen to believe the simple ability to color is dying in the community I teach in.
     
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    That might actually be a fun idea. I have some "extreme dot to dot" pages, and some fun geometric patterns that they could color.
     
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    I love the geometric patterns. It gives detail to color, and the mandala effect seems to be soothing to kids.
     
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    I agree on the art. If there's time you could do hangman with key words, math facts bingo, some form of win lose or draw.
     
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    Why cant you do running records while you have your own classes? I can get through about 5 reading conferences during a workshop period. Over the course of a week that's more than enough time to do a whole class and the rest of class is engaged with meaningful independent reading work while onferences are going on.
     
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    We can, and I do, but our principal wants us to do the switching thing. I'm just going along with it.
     
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    I admit, I'm kind of jealous of the switching thing. I could get so much done if another teacher just took them for awhile.
     
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    Slightly off topic, but are you legally allowed to be alone with FIFTY children at once?? That would not be permitted here for liability reasons. It's next to impossible to appropriately educate and supervise that many kids at once.
     
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    Surprising. Most Ps are concerned about loss of instructional time.
     
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    I'm surprised this is legal. Wonder of wonders.

    It is not realistic that any meaningful teaching will happen with 50 2nd graders. I would sing songs and read stories to them with the pictures under a doc cam.
     
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    I know, I honestly don't understand it...We used to get a whole day without our kids, while they rotated to different centers, specialists, and guest speakers. Now they're doing away with that, and trying this switching thing. I'm really worried about it, because this group of 2nd graders is really tough. Putting 2 classes together seems like a recipe for disaster. One student has major EBD issues, and the class has to evacuate the room quite a bit. That should be fun with 50 kids.

    But I can't really do anything about it. It is what it is and I have to deal with it for 2 1/2 hours. I just don't know what to do with them. My class is so out of control lately that they can barely handle our daily routines.

    I was thinking of doing a MLK Jr. activity of some sort, since January 19th is MLK Jr. Day. We're also starting a famous Americans unit next week, so it would fit right in.
     
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    I can see my principal doing this sort of thing. She comes from a science background and this is her first foray into elementary. She LOVES data and probably would sacrifice instructional time to collect data.
     
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    I had both my first grade class and another first grade class for about two hours a week ago. I just did the normal morning routine. Starting with our beginning of the day meeting. Then I took out specifics of the phonics which needed the workbooks. We did a small spelling thing of word families. Then did shared reading and had them write based on the story the class read. The only differences from our normal routine were the writing early and the lack of workbook page we do most days.

    It made it simple for me and since it was a normal routine for the kids it was not confusing or overly exciting for them.
     
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    We HAVE to do this as well for 3 hours once a month.
    I have 6-30 minute rotations of 5-6 kiddos...
    1. RAZ kids on netbooks
    2. Math fact Bingo
    3. Read to someone or listen to a book on CD
    4. Word search, crossword puzzle, or such
    5. Moby Max Math on netbooks
    6. Battleship or checkers or 100 piece puzzles
     
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    It must be a Wisconsin thing. ;)

    I ended up doing the following:
    -Went over expectations
    -Bathroom break
    -Snack and watched a Bookflix
    -Watched Brainpop Jr. video on MLK Jr.
    -Discussion about MLK Jr., why it's important to treat people equally, etc.
    -Read The Colors of Us
    -I had a posterboard with a MLK Jr. quote in the middle. The kids each traced their hands on a piece of colored construction paper, and glued it to the posterboard. It turned out really cool. :)
    -MLK Jr. word search when finished with hand tracing
    -Buddy reading

    It went really well! Everything aligned with our current social studies unit on famous Americans in history. The other teacher just showed a movie all afternoon, but I was able to complete running records on 6 kids in 2 hours.
     
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    If you have access to computers, try First in Math. My students love that site.
     
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    Or BrainPop!
     

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