Sunday, March 30, 2014

2nd Grade Product Swap & Blog Hop



Welcome to the second grade product swap and blog hop!  EIGHTEEN wonderful second grade bloggers have joined together to swap and review each other's products.  Best of all, we are giving away all of the products to one lucky winner!  

If you are looking for the start of the hop, head over to see Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac {Click Here! to start hopping.  As you check out all the fabulous products, make sure to follow each blog on Bloglovin' as well.  There will be a Rafflecopter at the last stop.  This is where you can enter to win all of the products being reviewed!

Before I begin, I have to send some big {{{Hugs}}} and thanks to Jessica from Literacy Spark for putting this fantastic hop together! I am looking forward to doing some hopping myself!  You've lined up some great bloggers with fantastic products!

I was super excited to be reviewing a product from Julie over at Second Grade Style! This year, we started using the Investigations Math program, which is VERY heavy on the word problems.  My kids have had plenty of practice solving problems, so Julie's packet for creating problems was a perfect and refreshing change. 

Before beginning, I explained to my class what a "Product Swap" is! They LOVED the idea of teachers sharing like this! It kinda blew their minds that students somewhere else were using a packet that I made while we were using another teacher's product! They wanted to know if Julie and her class would see their work!  They worked super hard as I took lots of pictures! 

In these first few pictures you will see her Story Problem Book Mat.  This is how the kids stayed organized (Yay! Organized Kids!) as they worked on their story problems.  I wanted them to do one addition problem and one subtraction problem, so I copied the equations onto different colored card stock. Julie has included a TON of cute "Objects" that the kids can use for their problems. They are all kid-friendly and high-interest too!

Everything began face down on the mat.  I had the kids work in tables.  It turned out great because we ended up with 4 different word problem books filled with all sorts of problems! They are on my book display shelf right now!  I have a feeling that they will be read over and over again during Independent Reading time...and how great will that be?? Kids reading and processing math stories just for fun!

So it went like this:
The kids flipped a number sentence card and then flipped an object card.  
Then they got to work on their story problem!


What I really love about this product is that the kids have the opportunity to show their work in 2 different ways.  Perfect, because that is exactly where most of my kids are right now...although they are moving on to more advanced strategies such as "partial sums" and "open number line," many of them still rely on using the Base 10 block illustrations to check their work. Take a look at them go!!!

My kids (and I!!!) really enjoyed this activity. In fact, they even wanted to become pen pals with Julie's class!  I know your kids will love this too...so be sure to grab it in Julie's store {Click Here!}

HAVE FUN ON THIS HOP, EVERYONE! 
Remember to enter the rafflecopter at the end for a chance to win everyone's fantastic items!

WANT TO KNOW WHAT I AM RAFFLING?
For that, you'll have to stop by Julie's Blog! :)


Click the button below to head over to Second Grade Style for a review of my product!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

56 comments:

  1. Great post, Tracey! My kids LOVE to know when we're using one of my "teacher friend's" products!! :) Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Ashley
    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

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  2. I love all the space the kids have to work out their problem and show their work. Great review! :)

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  3. Oh I will have to check out this product. I love that these product swaps give a realistic portrayal of a product that just a description or pictures on TPT don't do. Great job Tracey!

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  4. This looks great! I love how there is SO much SPACE for kiddos to solve those problems. Awesome review, and I really like this product!

    Casey
    Second Grade Math Maniac

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  5. Hi Tracey,

    Thanks for participating! Love how you shared the idea of a swap with the kids. I don't teach math this year, but this product looks great since they have to come up with their own problem and solve it in different ways.

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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  6. Great post Tracey! I had to smile when you mention that your students were explained about this product swap. This is the 2nd swap that I have participated in and after telling my kids about this, we had to pull down our map, look at where the teacher was from. I even went as far as showing my students the pictures from the other teacher's blog because they wanted to use our products being used by other kids. You provided a great review of this product...it seems as though kids could always use the extra practice with word problems!
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