Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Are you looking for some new ideas for your Writing Workshop time?  Look no further, have I got the deal for you!  Right now on Educents, you can get this amazing bundle of writing stuff for 69% off!  
Beginning of the Year Writing Bundle

This bundle includes my:
 Story Friends product (you can read more about it HERE).
My Classroom Publishing Set (HERE)
My Beginning of the School Year Pick a Prompt Bundle (which includes fun prompts for Back to School, October, November and Anytime)! (HERE)

Right now you get this huge bundle O' writing goodness for $9.99!
But you will need to hurry, because the deal ends tomorrow!
Thanks for check me out!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

First day of school!

Phew!  I know that all of you can sympathize.  I get so tired of hearing myself talk at the beginning of the year!  I always forget how many things there are to teach my new cherubs!  I no sooner start explaining one procedure, when I realize that I have to teach another one!  It's exhausting!

So, let me share with you one of my favorite things to do for the first few days of school.  Playdough!  Now, I know that I am not the only one who does this, but giving the kiddos a small tub of playdough for morning work has been a miracle in my classroom!  Not only does it give them something to do and talk about for morning work on the first day, but when you have early finishers and have not set up your "I'm Done! Now What?" procedures they have something to do at their seats!  This is the second year in a row that I have done this, and it has been awesome!

So, here are a few pics of my classroom for the first day!  I have a smaller class this year (21 vs 26) and I feel like I have a lot more space!  I also have space this year for my "table islands!"  I missed them so much last year.  If you would like to read more about them you can find my original post HERE.

All in all my first day went really, really well!  I have a very adorable group, and I have already had my first birthday celebration for this year!  Have you started school yet?  How did your first day go?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bright Ideas! Attaching a dry-erase board to a bulletin board!

So, I was working in my classroom (We get kiddos next week!) and was putting my math bulletin board together when inspiration hit!  I wanted dry-erase boards, but couldn't figure out how to get them on my bulletin board.  So, here is the solution I came up with!  You need a small dry-erase board, a binderclip and a pushpin.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Here you can see it in action on my math bulletin board:

This also works using a Command Hook!

Here is a zoomed out photo!

This little green board is dry-erase and magnetic!
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Shark Week Blog Hop!

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!

One way that I get my students involved and engaged is by giving them choices whenever I can.  During reading workshop they can choose what order they would like to do their "rounds" in and where they sit to complete their reading tasks.  During Writer's workshop (most of the time) they can choose where to write and what they would like to write about.  During Math Workshop, they can choose their activities based on their math goals.  They are more likely to buy in without a fight because they have a choice!

Another way that I keep them involved and engaged is by doing frequent brain breaks!  This one seems appropriate for this blog hop!

Of course, picking topics the students are interested in always helps, too!
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My Shark Week freebie is a subtraction game called: Shark Attack!  This is a Bang! type game.
It has subtraction facts from 12-12 to 0-0! 
It can be played with any # of players
Teacher directions
Student directions
Fish (for the backs of ALL the cards)
Subtraction cards 
1 page of Shark Cards!
How to play:
1st player takes a card and answers the question. If he or she is correct, they keep the card. If they are not correct, they put the card back on the bottom of the stack. 
Play follows for next player.
If a player chooses a ZOMBIE card, he/she must put all of their cards back on the bottom of the pile. 
Whoever has the most cards at the end WINS!
 Shark Attack!  A fun subtraction game!

Click HERE to try it out!

Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  : )

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Triple Scoop of Second Grade!

Calling all second grade teachers!  Today I teamed up with some other amazing second grade teacher bloggers to bring you a Triple Scoop of Second Grade!

The first scoop is my best selling product:  Commas to the Rescue!
I created this a while back when my kiddos were having some trouble with the comma rules!

Here is what is included:

Posters for each of the comma rules 
(commas between words in a series, in compound sentences, to set off a speakers words, between city and state, between day and year, and in letters) 
Practice pages for each of the comma rules
Quiz for all of the comma rules.
Answer keys 
(some pages will vary by student response).

My kiddos really got a kick out of Captain Comma!  He helps Suzy and Stanley Citizen with their comma dilemmas!  

One teacher who left sweet feedback said that she actually had a cape and pretended to be Captain Comma!

The Second Scoop is my first "bundled" product!

First let me say that I am not usually a writing prompt teacher.  I believe in letting the kiddos write about whatever they chose.
That being said have you ever heard:
"I don't know what to write about!"
"I just can't think of anything!"
Yeah, me too.

So, in the interest of preserving choice for the kiddos while giving them some guidance, I created Pick-a-Prompts!

This one is from my Anytime Pick-a-Prompts.

The idea is really simple.  The kiddos chose on item from each category (characters, setting, and plot) and then write a story!

They can be used in centers, for fast finishers, as homework, or an easy way to leave a writing assignment for a guest teacher!)

I have also included other types of prompts in my products.  You will find: (read product descriptions for which prompts you will find in each product)

Friendly Letter
Challenge Prompts (write a story using certain words)
Funny Prompts:
This is from my October Pick-a-Prompt

Compare and Contrast 
Opinion Writing
Make Your Own Pick-a-Prompt

I have several Pick-a-Prompt products in my Teacher's Pay Teachers store. 
Each one has a free prompt in the preview! 
Except for the Beginning of the school year bundle!



My Beginning of the Year Product has: Anytime, Back to school, October, and November all in one bundle for 25% off the price of buying each one individually! 

And in celebration of the Triple Scoop Linky Party, both of these products are on sale in my store today for 20% off!

For my third scoop I did a product swap with Kelsey from Aloha to Second!
She sent me her amazing:
Morning Poetry Packet

Here is what is included in this very versatile pack:
Word Sort Worksheet
Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
Comprehension Worksheet
Skill Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Worksheet
Retelling Worksheet
Fluency Race Recording Sheet
Poetry “Voice” Cards

There are a myriad of ways that this pack can be used!  (I just love the word myriad)!  It could be used for whole group instruction, small group instruction, homework, or at a poetry center!

I have been doing a poem a week in my classroom for years and this pack is perfect for working with our poems!  Thanks so much Kelsey!

Please don't forget that I also have a giveaway for an adorable pair of earrings from the Trashy Crafter!  You can find that post here!

You can get the scoop on the other Second Grade teachers here:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Adorable! Giveaway and a coupon code!

So, as you may or may not know, I am a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter books!  My family and I just got back from Universal Studios in Florida, where we spent most of the time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and their new addition, Diagon Alley!  It was really amazing!  

I was very excited when I got home and found this adorable package from Kim
The Trashy Crafter!  

It is a set of bracelets made from a recycled copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  Beads made from a favorite book, plus recycling!  What more could you want!  Not to mention they are absolutely adorable!
Kim makes the beads from recycled paper!  She can use books, music, letters, long as it is paper!  Her jewelry is hand rolled and sealed.  The are durable, but are not waterproof. Rumor has it, that she learned this craft from a teacher!  :)

You can find Kim in any of these places!  Go check out her stuff, you won't be sorry! Plus, this week you can get 15% off all of her adorable jewelry on Etsy using this coupon code: tc2014

Instagram: Trashy Crafter

She also does custom orders!  You can contact Kim via e-mail: 

Plus, being the sweetie that she is, she is giving away a set of her earrings!  Use the rafflecoptor below!  Good luck!
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