Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Water Cycle, Clouds and a Winner!

Hi friends! I just wanted to let you know that Patty won a copy of my Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Literacy Unit!

We have started our weather unit and began learning about the water cycle, clouds and weather! Here are some things we are doing this year and/or have done in the past!

Put water in a clear glass. Spray shaving cream on top. This serves as your cloud. Put several drops of food coloring in the shaving cream. This shows students what happens when the clouds get heavy and it starts to precipitate! 

Your kiddos can write about and illustrate the steps of the water cycle!

This our cloud bulletin board. After reading The Cloud Book, you can have your students write about the different clouds and even make their own little cloud people!

After reading It Looked Like Spilt Milk, you can do this cute activity to review symmetry! Give students a blue piece of paper, have them fold it in half, then squirt some white paint in the crease. Have the close the paper and squish the paint around. Open and reveal their symmetrical "cloud!"

Have your students write adjectives to describe clouds around a cloud they make out of cotton balls!

I hope we can get to many of these activities again this year! And maybe you will be able to use some of them in your classroom!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New iTeachSecond Blog! Let's have a GIVEAWAY!

I have a very exciting announcement to make!
I have decided to team up with some of my very best 2nd grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog.

That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome 2nd Grade teachers!

One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out!

I'm SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let's celebrate with a little giveaway! You can win my newest product, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Literacy Unit that I just posted!! 

Would you like to win it?? Enter below!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Penguins, Valentine's, Space...and a SALE!

Hi friends! I have been a bit out of the loop I guess, because I just found out last night about the TpT sale going on! Whoops!! But, better late than never, right? Everything in my store, and many other stores, will be up to 28% off with promo code HEROES. 

I uploaded my newest unit last week for Miss Nelson is Missing! We always do that story toward the end of the year, so I am really excited to use this new pack!!

It seems as though I get around to blogging about once a month. Mia and I have been going to bed around 8:30 or 9 every night, so by the time I pick her up from Nana's, I only have a few short hours to spend with her! She is at such a fun stage...starting to "talk" more, and I am pretty sure we will have a full on crawler any day now! Yikes!

So this month we did our penguin unit! It is always one of my favorites! We used a lot of activities from my Penguin Unit! Of course, I was not the best at documenting... My iPhone storage is always full! Guess I need to put the 238473471 pictures of Mia on the computer...} Anywho, here are a few things we did...

Penguin fact and opinion anchor charts. Then they did the fact and opinion sort in my pack

After reading LOTS of nonfiction texts about penguins, each child made this cute penguin fact book from my pack! Our kids did 5-6 facts each, but you could easily differentiate!!

This is a cool vocabulary booklet I have had since I started teaching 8 years ago! It is always a big hit! Not sure where it came from, but we love it!

For Valentine's Day, we had our kiddos make these adorable sacks again. We have been doing this for several years and they are a huge hit!! I heard one little girl telling her friends, "Everyone is going to be jealous because we get big sacks!"

Not going to lie, we had to do a little crowd control that day. Our specials times were cut short, and I feel like Valentine's party day was a lot crazier than Christmas party day. However, my All You Need is Love! pack came in handy. We had our kids working on these pages while a few passed out their valentines. It worked magically!!

Our kids also reviewed some math with my Valentine's Candy Heart Fun!

We have been working on our space unit for a bit and the kids are really interested! We started with the sun and moon. We made these cute sun fact craftivities!! And as you see, we still need to get around to displaying them in the hall!!

We also did our Oreo moon phases, and moon bubbles writing activity! Here are the direction on how to make the moons!

We will be studying the planets this week! The kids can't wait! Hopefully it won't be another month before I post :) Happy shopping at the sale!!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Snowmen, Main Idea & 100th Day!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, friends! If any of you have been getting a lot of snow, please send it my way :) Mama could use a snow day {or two}! I thought I would give you a little update as to some of the things we have been working on in our classroom the past couple of weeks!

We were hoping we could bring on some snow by doing our snow unit. So far, it hasn't worked. We did our cute snowmen glyph craftivities, and also read The Biggest, Best Snowman and worked on retelling the story with our cute snowmen booklets. We also did some other activities that I forgot to document :)

The word "snowman" lends itself well to reviewing compound words, so we did the compound words pages from Nicole Shelby's Language Interactive Notebook! This is seriously one of my favorite TPT resources I have purchased! 

We have been working on main idea and details. To introduce this topic, I brought in a bag filled with baby stuff {baby shampoo, a bottle, baby food, baby wipes}. As a class, the kids had to come up with the big idea, or main idea. They said it was all about taking care of a baby. The next day, we gave each group their own bag, and as a group, they had to decide what the main idea of their bag was. They did an awesome job!

We will continue working on main idea and details using my pack on TPT, but I think this hands on activity helps the kids understand this concept :)

On Friday we celebrated the 100th Day! Here are a few snapshots of activities we did! They come from my 100th Day Fun pack on TPT!

I got these crowns at the Target Dollar Spot a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I have not seen them since and just used the last of the ones I stocked up on!!

Students rolled a dice 100 times and guessed which number they would roll the most!

Students playing Race to 100!

I cannot believe that February is here! If you need some quick, fun activities, check these ones out! Hope your team wins tonight :) :) 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TPT Milestone Achievement SALE!

Hi friends! I am so excited to announce that I have reached a big milestone on Teachers Pay Teachers! To celebrate, and as a thank you to all of my followers, I am throwing a sale! Everything in my store will be 20% off Jan. 25-28! Click on the image below to shop my store!!

When I started my little store, I never imagined it would come this far! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to every person who has downloaded, purchased or pinned something of mine. It truly means a lot to me!!

Friday, January 16, 2015

MLK & a Winner :)

Thanks to those of you who entered my little giveaway! Like I always do, I just closed my eyes and scrolled up and down to pick the winner :) Congrats to Elizabeth Destephano! I just emailed you a copy of All You Need is LOVE! Enjoy!

This week we have been learning all about Martin Luther King, Jr. I forgot how much I love teaching about him. We had some great discussions and I think our students really understand what tolerance is. To start our week, we did the hardest lesson, which we do every year. It really demonstrates segregation and what it probably felt like. You can read all the details HERE.

These are some books we love to read:

Today we made these craftivities about our own dreams for our school, our community, and our world. This is a freebie from Mrs. Prince that we modified just a bit! We didn't have the time {or the energy} to put the yarn on 48 mobiles, so we made booklets instead. Stapling is way easier :) And as you can see, I just hand drew the cover. I think they still look pretty cute! The kids didn't use templates to make their MLKs, and I love doing it this way! I love seeing the differences in each one. 

All I have to say is that I am very thankful for a three day weekend! I cannot wait to spend time snuggling and playing with this sweet thing! Hope everyone has a great weekend!!