Monday, July 21, 2014

Learning the RULES can be F.U.N.!

Hi Friends... Thanks so much for stopping by today! I am so excited because I am in the midst of my summer vacation and I don't start school until September 2nd!  Can I get a WOOT-WOOT!!!

Even though I am on summer break, I LOVE using my time to "THINK" about school and create new activities and lessons that I will use in my classroom with my students.

One of the MOST IMPORTANT things that I work on with my students is creating and learning the rules of the classroom!  This is something we review all of the time and even refer back to our Behavior Anchor Chart throughout the year.

On the first day of school, I read the story called Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes.  It is one of my favorites to read to my class.

After I read the story to them, we always brainstorm ideas of how our classroom can stay safe, fun, and happy for everyone in it.  And so begins the creation of our Classroom Rules!  I allow my students to create the rules and I ensure that I word them in a positive way.  For example, we might write....Share with your friends... Work quietly.... Raise your hand to speak, etc.  I never word them with negative words like... Don't talk during independent work....or  Don't kick or hit your friends, etc.  We also state our rules in a positive way!  I am always looking for a FUN way to have my students learn and write about the new classroom rules that we will be following throughout the year...and of is going to be done using a flip flap book!  This will be the first one my students do on the first day of school!  I can't wait to show it to them...well..maybe I can wait a bit longer :)  LOL

Here is a tiny peek to what's in store for your little ones as they work through my
School Rules Flip Flap Book!

So....if you are getting ready to go back to school or are just "THINKING" about school, take a peek at my School Rules Flip Flap Book to add a little fun to your Rule Making Mojo :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pearson Reading Street Resources 50% OFF Today ONLY!

Hi Friends.... I have decided to offer my 
Pearson Reading Street Supplemental Resources for Grade 2 for 

These resources normally sell for $16.00 and today they are only $8.00!  That is a HUGE DISCOUNT  for the amount of resources in each unit!!!!

Check them out!!!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guided Math & Math Stations {Part 2}

Hi Friends.... I hope this post finds you all well.  Back in March, I did a blog post about how I implemented Guided Math and Math Stations in my classroom.  Which you can check out by clicking the picture below.  My previous post explains exactly how I implement my guided math program.  So check that out first before downloading the freebies at the bottom :)

I was soooooooooooo happy that I received so many e-mails thanking me for sharing my post.  However, I also received many requests for the resources that I use during my math stations and some of my organizational tools.  So, I decided to create a FREEBIE just for Y.O.U.

Click this image below to download the freebie that contains my Math Stations Recording Sheet, my 10-drawer circle labels, my math log labels and links to the resources that I utilize for my Math Stations.  I hope you enjoy using them in your classroom!

UPDATE:  I have no idea how to make an editable PDF so I am adding my Math Log Labels here in a PPT File so that you can add text boxes to add your students' names.

Thanks  so much for stopping by!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ahhhh! Vegas and a SALE!!!

GUYS! For real. Lots of excitement going on! 

I am in THE Las Vegas for the 1st ever TeachersPayTeachers Conference!
This place is amaaaaaazing! 
I am here meeting up with teachers and bloggers from around the WORLD.
How cool is that?! 
Not to mention, my girls (and Greg) from The Primary Chalkboard are here! 

If you can't be here with us, what better way to celebrate than with a SALE?! 
We are hosting a *Las Vegas Style* Double or Nothing Sale!

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Branches of Government & a Freebie!

Hi Friends....Hope this blog post finds you well!  We just started our unit on the Branches of Government in class this past week and my little ones are really enjoying it.  I have always found that teaching this subject is somewhat difficult for my students to understand and I hadn't found any materials that I felt did this topic justice....sooooo...I got to work and created a Branches of Government unit that I am really happy with.  I wanted to create a mini-book which would allow me to add the information that I needed my students to learn, but with language they would understand.  Therefore, I created an 8-page mini-book that explains how and why the branches of government were created, what the responsibilities are for each branch and how checks and balances creates equal power among all three branches.

Then....OF COURSE...I had to create a flip flap book for them to write their information in.  We have done so many different flip flap books this year that I haven't had to give ONE direction on how to to complete the book!  My little ones have become soooo proficient...I am going to be so sad to see them leave me in June :(

I also showed them a few short videos about the Branches of Government.  Click the images below to head on over to check them out.

We had many conversations about the framers of the Constitution and why the Constitution was created. We discussed each branch of government, their responsibilities, and how citizens become part of that branch of government.  While we were talking about the Senate's responsibilities and roles, I had to explain what the word "impeached" meant.  Well...this was an interesting conversation that I quickly had to end when one of my little boys said that one of our presidents was impeached because he cheated on his wife...needless to say I hid my desire to laugh and quickly changed the subject to the Judicial Branch!  I have a class full of very bright students..and sometimes they come out with comments that make me giggle on the inside!

Anywhooooo....they did a FABULOUS job on their flip flap books and learned a ton of information about our government.  Here are some samples of their work.

This is how they look on my bulletin board!

So....that's our Branches of Government unit in a nutshell!

If you would like to check it out on TPT, click the image below...

Now...onto the FREEBIE....

I made a quick little writing page for your kiddos to write about The Legislative Branch.  I hope you enjoy using it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

Brain Breaks with GoNoodle

Hi Friends... Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I recently started doing Brain Breaks in my classroom with my kiddos and I LOVE them...but more importantly, my KIDS LOVE THEM!  I have a wonderful class of little ones this year, but many of them have the wiggly squiggles :)  so Brain Breaks are just the ticket to keeping my sanity to help my little ones stay focused on the task at hand!

I found this AWESOME site that takes Brain Breaks to a new level and is a bit more interactive and educational for my kiddos as well.  It is called GoNoodle!  Have you heard of it?  If not, click the image below to check it out!

This website is a FREE brain break resource for teachers to use in their classrooms.  All you need is a computer, a projector, and an internet connection and you are ready to get your Noodle on!
It offers a wide variety of brain breaks that include walking, dancing, running, and deep breathing.  Many teachers use it to transition to the next activity in class..I use it to get the wiggly squiggles out of their systems :)  And research has shown that short bursts of classroom physical activity improves student performance!  My kiddos have begged me every day this week to do a brain break in class...and I was able to get my wiggly squiggles out myself!

I wish I could show you a picture of my little ones Brain Breaking it out with GONOODLE, but I am not allowed :(  sadsville :(  So you get me instead :)

Go Noodle has the cutest graphics and adorable little GoNoodle helpers that record our time that we brain break.

So...I hope you find some time to check out their free website and give GoNoodle's Brain Breaks a try!

And.... GUESS WHAT??  You have a chance to WIN a free GONOODLE Membership!  How cool is that!  Head on over to the Primary Chalkboard to join in on the Giveaway!  Click the image below to head on over....


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

End of the Year Activities = FUN!

Hi Friends... I hope this blog post finds you well.  I wanted to share a few activities that I do with my kiddos during the last few weeks of school.  I don't finish my year until the last week of June, but I know that many schools end in May so I thought I would share my end of the year activities a bit earlier this year :)

I always have done some type of scrapbook with my students every year, so last year I decided to make something new and a bit different.   

This is what the cover will look like...But I am going to add a picture of myself with my little ones on the cover for a keepsake :)

This is what the lapbook will look like when it's opened.  I printed my flip-flap books in color but I have black and white versions for my little ones to color.  Each flip-flap book has lines inside of them where the students will write.  I am just totally lovin' this one :)  And I think my kiddos are going to love it too! 

If you want to take a look at this unit, check it out in my TPT Store when you get a chance :) Just click the image below to get there!

I wanted to do some type of project that my students could do on the First Day of School and then again on the Last Day of School to show their growth in their writing and how they have "literally" grown by adding a picture of them to the

From Beginning to End 
was born :)

And for those of you who know me by has to contain some type of Flip-Flap Book...LOL

During the last week of school, my little ones do the last part of my From Beginning to End unit.  The first day of school we work on The First Day of SECOND Grade flip flap book.  It is a great activity to see what skills they have and what they need to work on as well.  Then at the end of the year, they complete the last part of this activity where they do The Last Day of SECOND Grade flip flap book.  It is INCREDIBLE to see their growth within their writing skills!  The parents absolutely LOVED it last year!

This is what the Flip-Flap Book looks like when each page is opened!

The Flip-Flap Book for the End of the Year has different sentences in the booklet that has the students writing about memories and things they have learned...and of course, a picture on the last page of the book to show how they have grown through the year.

This is the example of the Third Grade project!

So...If you haven't planned your End of the Year Activity yet, I hope you give this unit a try!

Here are some pictures of my little ones completing the project...

So...that's a fun little ditty that we did at the end of the school year :)

If you're interested in using this in your classroom, you can pick it up in my TPT Store!

Click the images below for your grade level!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!


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