Sunday, January 25, 2015

Trade and Grade, freebies and a giveaway...all in one post!

Hello all!  Thanks so much for dropping by!  I can't wait to tell you about this great product by Lisa at:

This unit was AWESOME!  For the first time since I started teaching second grade we had school on Martin Luther King Jr. day!  (It was a built in snow day and we had 2 snows days).  So I was excited to actually get to teach my kiddos about MLK Jr. on his day!

Lisa's unit contains so many great things!  We started with the KWL chart:

My kiddos knew somethings about MLK, but they were very curious to know more.  

The next activity that we did was learn some new vocabulary words:

Her pack comes with a cut and paste activity that you match the words with the definitions.  My kiddos loved making the flaps!  They thought that it was a fun way to practice!

After extensively talking about and practicing the vocab words we read the biography included in her unit.  We have been talking a lot in class about close reading and reading for meaning so we decided to read the questions first, then read the passage.  The kiddos were fascinated!  They did an amazing job reading the biography and answering the questions.
She also included this timeline page.  We have been talking about different features of non-fiction reading and I don't have a lot of books with timelines, so this was a perfect way to show the kiddos what a time line looks like and to give them some experience reading and interpreting one!

Lisa also included several writing activities, a matching game to use with the vocabulary words (which I will be putting out next week during reading as a vocab. review), graphic organziers for facts about Martin Luther King Jr., a cut and paste ABC order page, and a personal connection page!  I wish I had time this week to use all of the activities!

If you would like to try out some of her MLK Jr. activities you can download a couple of freebies here:

If you are interested in the whole unit you can find it here:

As an added bonus Lisa and I are giving away the products that we swapped!  You can enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you are interested in seeing some more fantastic products in action, check out the linky party below!  There are a ton of sample freebies as well! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fun Reading Responses

Hello all!  Today I am going to tell you about a fabulous product that I got to try out from my friend Stephanie Chambers of The Learning Chambers!  We swapped products.  I got to try her Reading Response Flap Books!

This is a very versatile little product!  She has many different choices for different flap books that your kiddos could make!  We were reviewing Story Elements, so we used the Story Elements Flap Book!  

These were easy for the kiddos to make on their own. I am a little possessive of my stapler, so I had to staple them for the kiddos, but they could even do that part on their own!  

After we had assembled our flap books, we went through the different pages to refresh our memories about story elements.

We made sure that we knew what each page was, then I read the book Verdi by Janell Cannon and the kiddos used their flap books to take notes.

We turned and talked to our partners about each page as we were reading.  The kiddos did an amazing job!  They really liked the format of these flap books and enjoyed working on them!

Now that the kiddo have the hang of how these adorable flap books work, we will be using them again during our Reading Response time!  Thanks Stephanie so much for the great product!  If you are interested in trying these for yourself you can find them here:

You can also find Stephanie here at her blog The Learning Chambers:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

We're Back! January Bright Ideas! :)

I am forgetful.  I mean, really forgetful.  While in my classroom I am so focused on the kiddos and teaching that I forget everything.
So, I carry around a clipboard.  All day.  I even created special sheet to keep my on track!

That was fine, but then I would be with my clipboard, but nothing to write with.  Then I found this:

It's called a Pencil Pull.  Carpenters us it to hook onto their pants and then they have a pencil when they need one.  My father in law had one and I got really excited, so he bought me like 5 of them.  I think that they were originally black with a logo, but he even painted them orange for me to complement my clipboard.  The black part is stretchy, so just about any size writing utensil will fit.  You can pull it out, it is on a bungee type string.  I use it to attach a pen to my clipboard!

I love it because I can put the lid part of the pen into the black stretchy thingy (yes, that is the technical term I believe), and then I just uncap the pen and write freely!

That's it!  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!  My father in law got them from Menards, but I have seen them on Amazon as well.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Real Teachers of "Blog" County: New monthly link up!

Hello all!  Welcome to the Real Teachers of "Blog" County link up!  I wanted to start this because most of the time on teacher blogs you see all of the wonderful things that teachers are doing in their classrooms!  I know when I post I only post the best and shiniest pictures I can take!  But, we are also real teachers...I can't speak for anyone else, but I am FAR from perfect!  So, without further ado, welcome to The Real Teachers of "Blog" County!

This month we are linking up "The junk drawer" or another problem spot in your classroom that collects....well...junk.  I know I have several spots in my room, but this one is the worst offender:

Honestly, I don't even know what is all in this drawer anymore: Littlest Pet Shop toys (I am a collector...don't judge), that green bag I think is full of pencil top erasers, an extension cord, a picture frame, some know all of those random things essential to being a teacher!

I always plan to clean it out, but I really have other things to do!  

Would you like to join us and link up?  Here are the "rules": 

1. Use the graphic above at the top of your blog post.

2.Once you link up please visit 2 other blogs and leave meaningful comments!  We all love comments!

3. Please link up your "The Real Teachers of "Blog County" post directly.  Please don't link to products or your store!  

Thank you Real Teacher Bloggers!  

Next month's topic will be: Hoarder Series:  What is the teacher supply you can't get enough of? I will be post on second Wednesday of each month. Next month will be Feb. 11!  Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Peek at Last Week: Jan. 5-9.

Well, here in Indiana last week it was a bit cold.  Like -34 degree wind chill cold!

This was a picture I took out of my front door.
So, we only had 3 days of school this week!

If you haven't read this book yet, you need to!  It is hysterical!  My darling Hubba got it for me for Christmas and I couldn't wait to come back to school to read it to my darlings! They LOVED it! I highly recommend it!  (you can get yours from Amazon by clicking on the picture).

Our poem of the week this week is "The Island of Lost Socks" by Arden Davidson.  So, after reading the poem we decided to make a map of the Island of Lost Socks.  The kiddos loved it and were very creative!

Because of the cold weather, the days that we did have school we had indoor recess!  Thank heavens for Go Noodle!  If you haven't heard of it, it is a free page with great brain breaks!  You need to go visit and sign up now! I'll wait...did I mention it's free?

So, I wish I could say that I was super productive on the 2 "Holy #$*#& it' cold outside, stay in your home for goodness sakes" days, but...
I did have an adorable little helper though...he tried!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my weekly ramblings!  If you are interested, I am participating in a fun little giveaway over at Mrs. Groom's Room!  

Enjoy your weekend!  

Stop back by on Wednesday and link up for the first ever:
The first "Real Teacher" topic will be "Junk Drawer" or another messy spot in your classroom that needs a little work.  Hope to see you on Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What? A $1 Snow Day Sale? Why yes, thank you!

So, here in Indiana the Polar Vortex is making homebodies of us again.  Can you really call that a snow day?  More like a "Holy #%$^& it's cold outside" day!  I can't think of a better way to spend my day inside than getting some amazing $1 deals can you? 
So!  Presenting...from Second Grade is Out of This World!:


But WAIT!  There's more!  Act now and you could also get amazing $1 deals from some other Fantastic Teacher Authors in the link up below!  Stay warm my friends!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Peek at Last Week: Dec. 29-Jan.4!

Happy New Year everyone!

I don't know about you, but my teacher bag pretty stared at me all this week.  I opened it and found that I had an overdue library book in there.  Oops!

I remembered on Tuesday what my desk looked like when I left for Christmas vacation:

Is there even a desk there?  There is even a mess underneath!  Gasp!

So, I went into work for a couple of hours!

As you can see, I got a lot done!

And today, surprise, surprise:


Too bad it wasn't around for Christmas!

This week I am also participating in a giveaway:

I have a deal for my ULTIMATE Pick a Prompt Bundle going on over at Educents: 
The Ultimate Pick a Prompt Bundle!

But WAIT!  There is more: 

One of my Pick a Prompt products is on sale for $1 today!  You will have to go visit my store to find out which one!  

AND...I will send my January Pick a Prompts to the first 3 people to comment on this post with their e-mail addresses and how they feel about snow!

Thanks so much for reading all of my ramblings!  :)

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