Monday, May 2, 2016

I Appreciate YOU!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, sweet friends! I just wanted you all to know how much I have appreciated your support over the past several years that I have had this little blog and a TpT store! To show my appreciation, everything in my store will be up to 28% with code CELEBRATE at checkout! 

Below are some of my new products, as well as some great year end activities to check out! Click on each picture to check them out! Happy shopping!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April Fools Day FREEBIE!

Hey sweet friends! April Fools Day is a little over a week away! Do you like to play pranks on people? Or do you just try to go about your day like normal? I usually don't even bring up the fact that it's April Fools Day to my students, just to avoid some unnecessary craziness :) However, I did just make this fun little following directions page  to do with our kiddos for morning work that day! It will have your kids doing some silly things, if they do not read very carefully! Pick up your freebie by clicking HERE or on the picture below! Let me know how your class does if you try it out next week!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February Photo Dump!

Hey friends! Can you believe February is just about over? I feel like it was just Christmas break, and I blinked and now it's almost March!

We've been having fun in 2nd grade! We learned all about penguins and celebrated Valentine's Day and the 100th Day! Take a peek at what we've been up to :)

We started our penguin unit by having our students infer what "regurgitate" means. A few knew what it meant, but most were shocked and disgusted by what it meant :)

Then throughout the week we read lots and lots of books, especially nonfiction text, about PENGUINS! We kept track of some new vocabulary words as we learned their meanings. 

We reviewed facts and opinions and recorded our ideas on these adorable anchor charts. 

We made penguins out of butcher paper, and the kids measured the heights of all 17 species of penguins. This was a huge hit! 

And of course we had to write all we learned about penguins! Sometimes you have limited copy counts, so you can't use cutesy paper :) We did a quick directed drawing to go with our writing instead! They turned out pretty stinking cute!

We also celebrated Valentine's Day! We had our very first Valentine's breakfast, and then we made our giant heart sacks to store our valentines. While kids handed out their valentines, they worked on several pages from my valentine printables. Then in the afternoon, we opened up valentines and did some candy heart fun!

It was also the 100th Day! Students were greeted with a banner, which was just the coolest thing ever!

The class had to come up with 100 ways to make 100. We gave them each a couple of sticky notes and displayed them on this poster made out of butcher paper. 

We had the kids estimate how many times they could write their name, how many smiley faces they could draw, and how many 100s they could write in 100 seconds. This was just a quick little time filler, but was fun! Nothing fancy :)

We did several activities from my 100th Day Fun pack, too!

We also used the Aging Booth App and had our kids write about themselves when they are 100. This is what Mr. Hubby gets to look forward to, HA!

We started our space unit this week and have had lots of fun learning about the sun and moon! Next week will be all about a special Dr. :)


Monday, February 1, 2016

Free, Low Prep 100th Day Activities

Hey, sweet friends! I wanted to share a few free, low prep ideas for the 100th Day! Our 100th Day is coming up on Monday, and I can't wait!

We like for our kids to come in that morning to a banner, and butcher paper does the trick! Quick and easy, and the kids think it's the coolest thing ever! Here are a couple versions we have done.

One activity we always like to do is 100 Ways to Make 100! All you need to do is hang up a big piece of butcher paper and let the kids write 100 ways to make 100! You can do this a couple of ways... let them come up throughout the day and write their ways to make 100, or give them each a couple of sticky notes to stick up. I personally like giving them sticky notes, that way they aren't having to wait on each other and it's done a lot quicker :)

And of course, we have to make ourselves when we are 100 and then write about it! I know there are old age "photobooth" apps you can use now, but here are some easy peasy craftivities if you don't have time to print photos of your kiddos! Or you could always do both :) You just need some construction paper and cotton balls to make these cuties!

We do lots more activities all day long, but those were just some free, low prep/low copy ones :) You can read more about our past 100th Days that have more ideas by clicking here

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired... With a SALE!

Hey friends! Get inspired this new year with a SALE! Everything in my store will be up to 28% off with code START16 at checkout! Click on the image below to check it out.

Here are some fun winter goodies that I am sure you and your students will love! Click on each picture to check them out :)  Happy shopping!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy MLK Day!

Hey there, sweet friends! I know it has been a sweet minute since I have posted!! I miss blogging and TPTing, but my 17 month old keeps me very busy! I am trying super hard to balance everything, and boy, can it be tough! But here I am :)

I have enjoyed my day off, and felt that it'd be a great time to share how we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at school. I really love teaching about him, because he was a man of amazing character! We read several books about him. Here are a couple of our favorites:

We always start our study doing a tough lesson to demonstrate segregation. After we picked our class up from recess, we told them we were looking for the "good" kids and that we had a treat for them. The "good" kids ended up being all the girls and none of our boys. We told the "good" kids that they got to sit in the front on the carpet and that they could enjoy their treat (a few Skittles). Then we told the rest of the kids to go sit in the back. Then we read My Brother, Martin

As Amy read the book to the kids, they slowly started to understand what was going on. We stopped in the middle of the book when Martin's friends told him that they couldn't play with him anymore because they were white and he was black. That is when it really clicked, and they realized we were segregating our class. We had our boys tell us how they were feeling... They were sad, mad, and thought it was just unfair. Many of our girls said they felt bad for the boys, and they wanted to share their Skittles but thought they might get in trouble for sharing food. It was a great lesson that let our kids get a peek into how it must have felt to live during MLK's time. 

Then we used a white egg and brown egg to show our kids that we are all same on the inside. I was shocked by how many had never seen the inside of a brown egg before!

Throughout the week we read several books, and close-read biographies about him. It was also a great time to really focus on character traits. 

At the end of the week, we made our MLK craftivity. This is a no-template craftivity, and I always LOVE how different they turn out! We also added in some writing using Mrs. Prince's freebie, and just modified it a bit. They wrote about their dreams for the school, their community, and their world. It sure makes for a cute display :)