Friday, April 17, 2015

FIve For Friday


Happy Friday!  I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my Five for Friday post. 

We released our butterflies today.  The kids loved watching the metamorphosis process.  

We learned many things about butterflies from a PowerPoint I purchased from My Happy Place.  It is filled with beautiful pictures and tons of information.  Click on the picture below to check it out. 

This week we are learning about shapes.  My students are making interactive notebooks that I purchased from Mrs. Olson's Lucky Little Learners.  I highly recommend her interactive notebooks!

I am part of a collaborative blog called I Teach Second.  It has many great ideas, tips, and resources from many second grade teachers.  I recently blogged about Win-It Wednesday.  
Head on over to enter my Daily Practice Giveaway.  

Every evening I check my e-mails and feedback from TPT.  One mother from North Carolina sent me this lovely e-mail that really made my day!  It is so nice when people take the time to thank a person. It's nice to know that we make a difference.

Now to relax with a good book!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


     My students love learning about insects!  They will spend their entire recess catching ladybugs.  We go outside for P.E. and they manage to find more ladybugs! They will put them in their pockets and try to sneak them in their backpacks. They have been obsessed with insects these last few weeks!  

Here is a great video on the life cycle of a ladybug.

Here is a picture of our Ladybug Land from Insect Lore.  There is ladybug larva in the container, but you can't see them in the picture.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Five for Friday


My class made these chicks for Easter.  I bought the pattern from Glyph Girls.  I love their products!

After our math lesson, we played Easter themed math games.  The Egg Hunt was a freebie from Teacher Tam. It is a fun way for my students to work on memorizing their math facts.  Click here for the link.

I projected the images below on my SMART board and the students designed an Easter friend.  It is another great Freebie from Lita Lita.  Check out her blog called Learning in Spain.  

I bought myself a DSLR camera.  This summer I will be busy learning how to use it.  For now, I will be using the auto mode.

My furry children, Lexi and Hunter, patiently posing for a picture.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring is Here and a Freebie

I am on Spring Break and enjoying the beautiful weather!  They just completed the park behind our house.  It sure beats looking at plain old dirt  My two adopted dogs and I love to go to the park and enjoy the outdoors. We try to go at a time when no one else is there so I can let them off their leash.   

 Here is a picture of my two tired dogs.  It is really difficult to get them to look the same direction at the same time.  Not to mention, they could careless about pictures.  They prefer to walk and sniff everything around them.

I made this second grade math review for morning work for my students when we return to school.  My students need to review math skills regularly or they forget them.  It helps keep math skills fresh in their minds and I can get a quick assessment on which students need some extra help.  Click on the picture of the Second Grade Math Review for your freebie.  Please feel free to pin it.

Do you need more review sheets?  Here is a packet that has 45 pages of math and language arts spiral review sheets designed for 2nd grade.  It can be used for morning work or homework.  Click on the picture below and it will take you to my TPT store.  

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Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Math and More

We have been busy with St. Patrick's Day math centers and art projects.   I also have a little St. Patrick's Day math review FREEBIE for 2nd grade. It is great to use for morning work or homework to review math skills.  Click on the picture below for your free copy of St. Patrick's Day math.

Here are some pictures of our math centers that my students have been working on.

Last week my class did a directed drawing that I got for First Grade Blues Skies.  I love doing directed drawings with my students. They always look so adorable!   First we practice drawing with a pencil and then we do the final drawing in black marker.  It looks really nice when they use a black marker and then color them.

The leprechaun has been visiting our classroom daily.  He has left green footprints, sprinkled gold all over the classroom, changed the background on the computers, and made lots of messes in our room.  The students wrote how they would catch a leprechaun.   We also did a little art project that I purchased  from First Grade Fever by Christie on TPT. 

 On St. Patrick's Day the leprechaun is going to leave us a leprechaun science kit that I purchased from Steve Spangler.  I can't wait to do the experiments with my class.  It has so many cool experiments in it!  I will talk more about this science kit in another post.  Here is a picture of my teacher T-shirt that I  am going to wear for St. Patrick's Day.
Do you need more math for your students?  Here is a little St. Patrick's Day Math packet I created for TPT.  It is designed to cover 2nd grade math skills such as 3-digit addition and subtract, mental math, counting money, telling time, word problems, and much more.

Do you do anything special with your students on St. Patrick's Day? I would love to hear your ideas!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Collaborative Blog Announcement

I have a very exciting announcement to make! 
I have decided to team up with some of my very best second grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog! 
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome Second 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 Daily Practice for Second Grade (April Edition)
All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachSecond then follow the instructions. 

Can't wait to get started sharing some great Second Grade ideas with you! 

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