Back to School Tips, Ideas, and Freebies

This week my students are having fun learning at school with Pete the Cat.  We started our first day of school reading Pete the Cat:  Rocking in My School Shoes. After we read the book, we went on a school tour.  We followed the clues that Pete the Cat left us and went over a few rules along the way.  The first few weeks is all about rules and procedures.  

 I got the tour cards from Inspired by Kindergarten.   A few of my students were so serious and asked me if Pete the Cat is real?  I love moments like that!


When we returned to our classroom, Pete the Cat left us a little snack of goldfish crackers.  I was so busy preparing for school that I forgot to take pictures.

In math, we played Three in a Row.  It is a fun way for the students to get extra practice learning math facts.  I love the quiet dice!
Math games for second grade

I gave my students a spiral math review to see what math skills they remembered from first grade.  You can get a FREE copy by clicking the picture below.

Math Spiral review for second grade

Here are a few pictures from Open House.  The links are for the various resources are listed below.




I am always looking for new ideas on Pinterest.  Here are the links to the following resources that I give to my parents at Back to School Night.

Sign in sheet- from Smiling and Shining in Second Grade-FREE
Why Can't We Skip Reading Tonight?-FREE
Popcorn labels from Mrs. Beattie's Classroom-FREE
10 Free Learning Web for Kids from A Year of Many Firsts -FREE
Reading at Home by All Students Can Shine-FREE
My 2nd Grade Goals by Melissa Moran-Paid item

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Back to School Tips

Back to school is just around the corner and I am slowly beginning to prepare things for the first week of school.  It is hard to believe that this will be my 29th year of teaching.  Here are some tips for a successful school beginning.

Teaching is demanding and exhausting.  A teacher could work 24 hours a day and still not get everything done.  Here are a few tips to make your job just a little bit easier.

Procedures.  The first few weeks of school is all about teaching rules and procedures.  Your students need to know the expectations and procedures foe EVERYTHING you do in the classroom.  Be very clear on how you what your students to line up, ask to use the restroom, sharpening pencils, etc.  

Make sure you compliment your students for a job well done.  Students respond better to praise than to negative feedback.  The more time you take to teach them the procedures, the smoother your school year will go.  Make sure to MODEL, MODEL, MODEL.

Don't try to do it all.  There are so many great teaching ideas and resources that we want to do them all.  This is not realistic.  Choose a few new thing to try each school year and do them well.  If you try too many new things, it will not work.    

 Ask for  help.  Try to get parent volunteers to help you with copying papers or getting art projects ready.  Don't be afraid to ask your colleagues foe help and advice.  They might have some great advice on handling a challenging student or teaching a concept a different way.  

Become friends with your custodian and secretary.  They may a time when you are in a bind and you need the help of your custodian and secretary.  They are more likely to help them if you take the time to know them and treat them with respect.  Give them a little treat from time to time and let them know that you appreciate them.

Be positive and make a connection with your students.  Many of my students do not get the attention they need at home.  My most difficult students respond the best to me when I take the time to get to know them and I am positive with them.  They know that I truly care about them and want what is best for them.  Being positive with your students goes a long way.

Find time for yourself.  You can easily run yourself down and get teacher burn out.  Take a break and read a book, go to a movie, or find a hobby.  I take dance classes on a regular basis so I get plenty of exercise and hang around people that aren't just teachers.  I love teaching but I don't want to be talking about it all of the time.  It is important to find some time for yourself to stay healthy and happy.  Teaching is HARD and DEMANDING work but the rewards are well worth it!  I could not imagine doing anything else.

Back to School Freebie

I hope you are enjoying your summer and getting some time to relax.  Before you know it, summer will be over and school will be beginning.  I created a Back to School Math FREEBIE to share with you.  It is simple addition and subtraction to help your students practice math facts.

Simple addition and subtraction for second grade

Click on the picture below for your Back to School Math FREEBIE.


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I am teaming up with many other amazing bloggers that have many freebies to share with you.  We are also giving away 5 gift cards.  Make sure you enter the giveaway below.






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Morning Work for First Grade

Many people have asked me to make morning work packets for first grade.  Here is a FREE sample of my newest creation.  It can be used for morning work or homework.  It is a spiral review of the first grade Common Core Standards.  Click on the picture of the morning work for your FREE sample pages.  


First grade worksheets

Free morning work

Free morning work

You can purchase the packet by clicking HERE.

Spring Book Giveaway

I am teaming up with my wonderful blogger friends for a Spring Book Giveaway.  I hope you get many great ideas and freebies to use in your classroom.

The lucky winner will receive these 8 books.


Earth Day is just around the corner.  How to Help the Earth---by the Lorax is a great way to introduce Earth Day.  This book suggests ways to reduce waste by donating clothes, carrying a lunch box, recycling cans and bottles, and sharing magazines with friends.  The  Lorax also gives examples for saving energy.


I have a writing FREEBIE to go with the book.  


Click the picture below to get your Earth Day writing freebie.


I was going through my old posts and found these money task cards for Earth Day.  Click  here for your FREE copy of money task cards.
Free task cards for second grade

Now for the giveaway details! Here is how you can enter to win 8 books for your classroom. Grab my number before heading on over to my sweet friend, Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness.   Each blogger will have a number at the end of his/her post. Collect all the numbers along the way, and when you're done, add them all up and enter the sum in the Rafflecopter below!


Happy hopping and I hope you get some great ideas!

Spring Math for Second Grade

I love springtime.  The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer.  It is difficult to sit at the computer or grade papers when the weather is so nice.  I am putting a few of my favorite freebies all in one place so you don't have to spend time looking all over the place.   I purchased a license from Scrappin Doodles so I can offer some of my freebies on my blog rather than downloading a preview from my TPT store. 

I need to constantly review with my students so they will remember all of the skills that I have taught them.  While my students are doing their morning work, I can make a quick assessment on who needs extra help on a specific skill.  Click here for your FREE sample pages of morning work for April.  You can check out the packet in my TPT store.

Bell work for second grade
Morning work for 2nd grade

From time to time, I like to give a math review for homework.  Click on here or on the picture of second grade math review for your FREE copy.

second grade math
Math Spiral Review for Second Grade


math for second grade

Morning work freebie for second grade

Here is a sample of my newest product.  It is a spiral review with math and language arts all on one page.  It is in black and white to save on ink.  Click here for your FREE sample pages of morning work for second grade.  It is aligned with the Common Core Standards and is a great way to start your day while you take attendance and lunch count.  You can purchase the entire packet in my TPT store.  I have it on sale for the next few days.
Math for second grade


Easter Math for Second Grade

My students love it when I change our math centers.  Here are a few ideas for math centers for Easter.


Math centers for second grade

My students love doing bunny equations.  I tell them it is simple algebra and they want to do it so they can be like the big kids.    You can get the Easter math in my TPT store.  The Egg Hunt is a freebie from Teacher Tam.
 
Skip counting math center for second grade

Math centers for second grade


Easter Math that includes 3-digit addition, word problems, skip counting, and more
You can get the Easter FREEBIE by clicking HERE.