Place Value for Second Grade

I am linking up with Angie from Lucky Little Learners and Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in Second.  This month we are talking about math strategies, math games, and math FREEBIES.

My class has been busy learning about place value.  I love making my place value scarecrows with my students.  I love incorporating a little arts and crafts into our math lesson.  This can be used as an informal math assessment.
Fall Math

Here is a great video to teach place value.  After watching this video several times, my students know place value!
After they completed their scarecrows, they played Three in a Row.   Little do they know that they are learning math facts while having fun!

Fall math

My students also enjoy playing Roll & Cover. 

Fall Math

Here is a Place Value FREEIBE for you.

Fall Math

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Please link up with us to share your math ideas!

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Blogger of the Month: Meet Jackie

Check out our featured Blogger of the Month!  Every month we will be introducing you to an amazing second grade blogger.  Each blogger will share something about them and have a product on sale for a few days.  


This month, I would like you to meet Jackie from Neat, Sweet, and Hard to Beat.  Click on the picture to check out her blog.

She is the creator of This or That.  These cards are  a great way for students to learn more about their classmates.  You can have your students give two reasons why they chose their answer.  It is a great way to practice talking in complete sentences.

The Kissing Hand and a Freebie

I love reading the Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn on the first day of school. The Kissing Hand is a story about a little raccoon that doesn't want to go to school.  His mom assures him that he will like school and tells him about a family secret--the kissing hand.   My students made Chester and then wrote about how they felt on the first day of school.

I found this adorable label on Pinterest.  You can get the free Kissing Hand treat bag labels from Happy Teacher, Happy Kids.

I get tired of doing the same thing every year.  This year for birthdays I decided to fill up cups with a silly straw, finger lights, and a few pieces of candy.  I got the idea from Learning is Something to Treasure.  I purchased the cups from Amazon.  I got a set of 100 for $17.99.  Needless to say, I have cups for a few years.

I am always reviewing math and grammar skills with my students.   This gives me an informal assessment on which students need extra help from me.   My students complete morning work while I collect homework, take attendance, and lunch count.   You can get a few FREE sample pages in the PREVIEW in my store.

Second Grade Math

Spiral Review for 2nd grade

Teacher Week 2015: 5 Fun Facts

It's Teacher Week over at Blog Hoppin' and I'm exicited to be part of it.  I am going to share 5 fun facts about myself.

1.   I have 2 boys that are all grown up.  It seems like just yesterday that I was reading them bedtime stories or teaching them how to drive a car.  

 My youngest son is the one in the blue shirt.

2.   Now I have two adopted furry children named Lexi and Hunter.  Lexi is full of energy and loves to play!  Hunter is my teddy bear and garbage disposal.  He will eat anything!!  We treat our dogs like our children and love taking them out to eat at Lazy Dog's.

3.   I love to travel.  I have gone to Europe 3 times, the Caribbean 3 times, Canada, and many places in the United States.  I would love to take trip another trip, but don't want to leave my dogs behind.

4.   I love to cook and bake in my large kitchen.  One of my favorite things to make is Shrimp Pad Thai.  Now that I commute to work and my boys are out of the house, I don't make big meals very often.   

5.   I take Lindy Hop, Swing, and Salsa dance classes on a regular basis.  It is great exercise!

iPad Air Giveaway

There is a Back to School Giveaway going on over at iTeachSecond and all the other iTeach blogs. There are only a few days left to enter so head on over to iTeachSecond to enter this fabulous giveaway!

The lucky winner will win an iPad Air 2 with a case, stylus pen, and a $15 iTunes card.  Many thanks to Nicole Sanchez that has organized this amazing giveaway!  

Back to School Ideas

 I get tired of doing the same things in my classroom year after year. Back to school is just around the corner for me.   I decided to make some new treat bags for the beginning of the school year.  Here is a picture for my latest creation.  I think I will use the ones with the jungle theme that are filled with animal crackers.  Click on the picture below for your free gift tags.

Second Grade Freebie

Second Grade Freebie

Freebie for Second Grade

Freebie for Second Grade

I am starting to get my student's binders ready.  I made a little mini dictionary that I like to put in the binders.  It contains many sight words that second graders should know how to spell.   Click here for the mini dictionary with the boy and here for the mini dictionary with the girl.


I also like to put in a math reference page in the binders.  They love it that it is in color.  Click here for your free copy of the math reference page.

Hundreds Chart

Here is a math freebie for the beginning of the school year.

Second Grade Math

Now it time to spend time with my furry children and take them for a walk.

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Morning Work for Second Grade Giveaway

My students start their day with morning work that is a spiral review of 2nd grade standards.  Morning work reinforces what I have taught my students and helps them remember necessary skills to be successful in school.  The August edition is designed to meet the needs of a beginning second grade student that reviews many first grade common core standards. Each month gets progressively more difficult.  Click on the preview in my TPT store for some FREE sample pages. 

Morning work for 2nd grade

2nd grade spiral review
Spiral review for math

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I recently attended an Ellison Blogger Party and met many amazing teachers. Ellison provided us with a delicious lunch, gave us lots of wonderful ideas and lots of goodies.  How many Southern California bloggers do you recognize?