Math Fun & Testing

Aaahhh!!! My internet at home has been down for 3+ days!!!! I HATE YOU COX. I forgive you, Cox.

We've been in full-force put-your-serious-face-on test mode for the last 3 days too! So, needless to say, it's been a loooonnnggg three days!!!

Whoever was brilliant enough to think 20+ seven year olds can sit still, and silent, and calm, and focused for 2 hours each morning is CraZy!!!!! We try to be nice and bribe the kids to do their best make it a little less painful by giving the kids snacks throughout the test. I put the snacks on a plate in the morning, and then pass them out once testing has begun. 

Well, when they kiddies are finished, they have to sit there and be silent so their friends who are staring aimlessly off into space doing their best thinking can finish The Test. This can get interesting because kids can only stay quiet and still for so long, no matter how many "looks" you give 'em. 

Take, for example, this friend. He got creative and used his plate to do this:

To, I guess, show me how he really feels about testing. (I feel the same way.) Which he then used to distract/stare down/and make me all of his friends around him laugh. Who then decided to made their own masks. Good times. 

We don't start math testing until Friday, so I've been trying to cram as much math math math as I can into their little brains.

We are doing multiplication!!! Fun!!! We made "Stars and Circles" books using dice and smelly markers! It doesn't get any better than that in 2nd grade!!!

We used Amy Lemon's adorable multiplication craftivity: 

And we've been measuring!!! Measuring with cubes and rulers.

(Yes, I let the kids lay on the floor. No, I did not think about the possibility of lice. Until someone pointed it out to me. :-/ Only time will tell now...)

This was fun. Although I did find myself saying "I'm sorry??? Are rulers used as swords!?!?! I didn't think so!" quite a few times. 

Now I'm off to catch up on your blogs!!! I'm 3 days behind!!! Yikes!!! I'm sorry!!!


  1. Ha!!! I hear echoes of our time with measurement every year! Why do second graders always manage to come up with the most creative (dangerous) uses for rulers every year! I always start of my measurement unit with a talk about how rulers are not helicopter blades, swords, pool noodles, sunglasses, etc. Basically whatever they have used them as in the past. Yet they ALWAYS manage to come up with a new use for those stinkin rulers! :)

  2. Good luck with the testing. Think of how great you'll (the kids) will feel when it's all over! :)
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  3. I want to do the multiplication craft with adding!!!


  4. I found myself saying the same thing with Unifex Cubes Swords this week!


  5. We're doing multiplication too and played circles and dots too! :) We also did one of Mrs. Lemon's math craftivity too! :)
    Stories From Second

  6. I'm surprised at all the testing that's going on with such young kids. We don't do that here (BC), at least not to that extent.
    I enjoyed your cute pictures:)

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