Sunday, April 26, 2015

If You Give a Teacher a Gift Card... $100 Teacher Appreciation GIVEAWAY!

What teacher doesn't love gift cards?! Well, my bloggy buddies over iTeachSecond and I are giving away gift cards to four of our favorite places to show how much we appreciate all of the awesome teachers out there! So, what if you gave me gift cards to some of my favorite places? Here's what I'd get :)

If you gave me a gift card to Starbucks, I would use it on Java Chip Frappuccinos! I am not a coffee drinker, so this is a yummy treat :)

If you gave me a gift card to Target, I would stock up on lots of classroom goodies from the Dollar Spot!

If you gave me a gift card to Amazon, I would buy more books to fill my classroom library!

If you gave me a gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers, I would stock up on clip art from these two!


So here's how YOU can win! Go on over to iTeachSecond, follow us, and enter on Rafflecopter between April 26th and May 2nd! We will announce our winners on May 3rd! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Get Ready for a Big Giveaway!!

Stay tuned tomorrow, April 26th, to find out about a fun giveaway that me and some of my bloggy buddies are hosting on iTeachSecond! Here's a little hint :) 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Magnet Investigation FREEBIE!

Well, I survived another 2nd grade field trip! We went to the Oklahoma Science Museum and the kids had a really fun time! To get the kids pumped for the Science Museum, we did our mini-unit on inventors. We focused on Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers. Their inventions helped us tie in some science skills {sound, light, force/motion}. As we learned about each inventor, we recorded our learning in our inventors journal that sweet Cara shared awhile back!

We also did our magnet investigation! It is always a hit. Before we read anything about magnets or even talk about them, we set up about 20 stations around our room. **We team teach and have 49 students! If you have a "normal" sized class, you could use less stations!** The students visited each station to test out different items to see if a magnet would attract them.

At each station, we put two note cards; one with the name of the item, and one that said "magnet." When students were done testing each item, they had to put everything back on the note cards. That way, no one walked off with any items!

Students filled out a record sheet as they visited each station. They wrote the name of the item (Bonus! The note cards ensured that they spelled it correctly!), made a prediction, then recorded the results!

The students had a great time, and were surprised by the results of some items, like the the brass brad and the pipe cleaner! This activity doesn't take a lot of prep on your part! 

Just find any items you have lying around your classroom or at home, make some note cards, and print the record sheet! I have made a record sheet that you can download for free! Click HERE or on the picture below!

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 :) :)