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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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day and a Freebie

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we have been busy reading stories and making crafts.  We read Froggy's First Kiss and made this adorable craft from First Grade Blue Skies.

My favorite book to read at this time of year is called Heartprints by P.K. Halliman.  It is about kindness and every time we do a kind deed, we leave a heartprint. I highly recommend this book! 

 I usually I put up various samples of animals that are made from hearts such as a lion, dog, and caterpillar and let the students make their own animal.  This year we all made the same project.  

You can get a few FREE pages from my Daily Practice which I like to use for morning work for my second graders.  You need to click on preview to get your free sample pages.

 We are beginning our money unit this week in math.  Here are some FREE money task cards that I created last year.  Click on the money task cards below to get your FREE copy.

My Valentine's Day Math packet is on sale this week.  Skills covered in this packet include:

2-digit addition and subtraction
3-digit addition and subtraction
mental math
word problems
telling time
skip counting
comparing numbers
math facts
missing addends

Saturday, January 31, 2015


We have been learning about penguins these last two weeks.  I started the unit by introducing the students to penguins by using a PowerPoint I purchased from TPT.  This is an excellent PowerPoint created by Ryan Nygren.  It is very informative and has great illustrations.

I also used this freebie from JD Rockin' Readers. It is has many facts on penguins and a great resource for our research paper.

Here are a few of our favorite YouTube videos that we watched.



After researching and taking notes on penguins, the students wrote their reports and did an art project.

We finished our week by reading Tacky the Penguin and wrote in our retelling journal.

I just completed my Story Elements Flip Books.  It includes 5 winter theme books and 2 generic flip books that can be used with any book.  These flip books are engaging and motivating for students.  Click on the picture below and it will take you to my TPT store.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Winter Retelling Journals

My students having been busy reading winter stories.  We live in Southern California so if we get snow, it is a big treat!  This winter has been extremely warm so it doesn't look like we will be getting any snow this year.  We read The Mitten by Jan Brett and wrote in our retelling journal.

Next, we read the story called The Biggest, Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler. It is an adorable story where  a little girl is told she is too little to make a snowman.  With the help of her animal friends, she builds the biggest, best snowman and proves her family wrong.   We discussed with our partners the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  Once again, we  wrote in our retelling journals.

We ended our busy week making these adorable snowman which was a two day project.   I love the colors they used and they had a blast making them!