# Tag Archives: second grade

## Idea 238: Quickfire Dice!

A very simple and very enjoyable activity with a wide range of uses. Teach this near the beginning of the school year and it can be used as a warmer throughout. One die needed between each pair of children. Let’s … Continue reading

## Idea 223: Reading Comprehension ‘Twisted’ Father Christmas Lesson with FREE Resources

This lesson is aimed at dealing with a problem I’ve encountered when teaching reading comprehension: when reading a piece of text about something they have encountered before, many of the children tend to use their pre-existing knowledge to answer questions … Continue reading

## Idea 218: Pick a pair! Maths Starter/Discussion Activity

A nice mathematical reasoning warmer you can have on the board as your class come in for them to do on whiteboards. They have to choose any two numbers and see if they can find two (or more!) reasons they … Continue reading

## Idea 217: Problem Solving Lesson With Number Lines, ‘Find the Fibs!’

I showed the children a number line, then added in the numbers in green. Children could work with a partner to discuss which numbers they thought were not in the right place. We had a discussion about HOW they were … Continue reading

## Idea 216: ‘Number Elimination’. Problem Solving Lesson With Place Value, Activity for All Primary Ages

Sometimes (rarely!) I get a bit of a creative spark for a lesson which actually works out, and that’s exactly what happened here! I made grids of numbers for my children along with a list of instructions for how to … Continue reading

## Ideas 214 and 215: Simple Ideas for Teaching Place Value / Ordering Numbers

This is a good quick activity. Everyone in the class gets to write down a three-digit number (use larger or smaller number of digits as needed depending on the age you teach), perhaps on their mini-whiteboard or a scrap of … Continue reading

## Idea 209: End-of-Day Routine ‘Draw What You’ve Learned’

I was reflecting on my routines in the classroom and thought there had to be a way to get the children ready to go home in a better manner. All of my class piling into our small(ish) cloakroom at once … Continue reading

## Idea 208: Poem a day

I’m trying to find as many ways as possible to slip little ‘extra bits’ of learning into the school day wherever I can, as I’m aware of how powerful it is for children’s long-term retention if I am able to … Continue reading

## Idea 206: Simultaneous Show and Tell

Show and tell is a common classroom activity (particularly with early primary) where children can bring in something from home and then tell the class about it. I found recently that due to having so many things to fit in, … Continue reading

## Idea 199: Using Entry and Exit Slips in a Primary Classroom

This is an idea I saw online which I thought sounded worth a go. Basically at the start of the lesson you have the children fill in an ‘entry’ slip which shows what they already know. Then regardless of what … Continue reading