12 Books of Christmas Giveaway

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just  around the corner.  I am teaming up with 11 other AMAZING bloggers to share some of our favorite Christmas and holiday books in a fun 12 Books of Christmas Blog Hop.

Along with ideas and FREEBIES for each book, the winner will get a copy of each book.  Make sure you read all the way to the end of this post to find out how to WIN!

My book is the Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll.  It is about two mice that fall in love with the same Christmas tree.  They work together to find a solution to their problem.

I am sharing a story elements FREEBIE to go with the book.  I have my students cut it out and glue into their interactive notebooks.  I like to have my students write as much as possible.

I like to have my students write as much as possible.  Here is a FREE retelling flip journal to go with the story.

Thank you for stopping by!  Now it is time to collect my number and head on over to my dear friend, Allyson from Going Strong in 2nd Grade.  

Each blogger will have a number at the end of their post.  Collect all the numbers along the way and add them up at the end of the blog hop.  Enter the total number into the rafflecopter below.

Thanksgiving in the Classroom

My students have been busy this week with making Thanksgiving crafts and testing.  My students did some writing on how to cook a turkey.  It was a fun FREEBIE that I got from Just a Primary Girl.  Click here to get the FREEBIE.

We did the Turkey Dance to get our wiggles out.


My students favorite project was making minions for Thanksgiving.  I bought this adorable craft from The Not so Common Classroom.  This craft includes 4 types of Minions.  We made the Turkey and Native American.  I didn't like the feathers, so I changed mine. 

We played Three in a Row to help us learn our math facts.

At the end of the day, we decorated sugar cookies as a turkey.  We were running out of time, so I didn't get to take any pictures of the finished product.  

Here is a little math review freebie for you to use with your students.  Click on the picture of the Thanksgiving math review for your FREE copy.

Math morning work for 2nd grade

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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All About Bats

My students love learning about bats!  There are so many great resources on bats.  Our favorite read aloud is Stellaluna.  I found this free online storytelling of this book by Pamela Reed.  She does an amazing job reading the story and the students are mesmerized while listening to the story.

After listening to the story, we compared and contrasted bats to birds.

Here are a few videos we watched in class.

We read many books on bats and wrote about bats.  My students know so many facts about bats!

  Click here for a copy of the bat graphic organizer.

Click here for copy of the bat writing paper.

We also had funny drawing bats.

Halloween Math Freebies for Second Grade and More

My students are enjoying my Halloween math worksheets that I have created over the years.  I decided to make it a little easier for you to access them because we all have too many things to do.  There is never enough hours in the day to get everything done.  My students love the riddles.  Hopefully, I will get some extra time to make more Halloween math riddles with simple addition with regrouping.

            Math for Second Grade 

My students are enjoying all the great Halloween books.  We finished writing about The Bumpy Little Pumpkin.  It is about a little girl that makes a jack-o-lantern with the help of  her animal friends.  The message in this story is that like people, jack-o-lanterns come in all different shapes and sizes.  After listening to this book, my students all want a lumpy, bumpy pumpkin.

Here are few page sfrom my monthly Common Core Morning Work packets.   Click here to go to my TPT store and click on the preview for a few  FREE sample pages.

Second grade morning work

We made jack-o-lanterns for fun.

I had to buy costumes for my dogs.  Hunter doesn't look too excited about his costume.  I am hoping they will wear them for Halloween when I have to pass out candy to a hundred or more trick-or- treaters.

Head on over to Teaching Blog Addict for some more freebies.
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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