Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School

Last Monday was our first day back to school.  I have had 100 percent attendance all this week and my students are loving school.  On the first day back to school, I gave my students a little treat.  Many of them didn't eat breakfast and were very hungry.  

I read the Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn to my students.  It is about a little raccoon that doesn't want to go to school.  His mother tells him a little secret and kisses his palm.

My students wrote about how they felt on the first day of school and made Chester the raccoon.  They were so excited when I hang up their projects on the wall!

Click on the picture below for the writing paper.

At the end of the day, we went outside to blow bubbles.  It was a perfect way to end our day.  

What do you do on your first day of school?

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Triple Scoop of Second

I am linking up with Brenda over at Primary Inspired for It's a Triple Scoop of 2nd Grade Linky Party.  We are showcasing two of our favorite products from our TPT store that we love using in our classroom and one favorite product from our fellow bloggers. 

My first scoop is my August Daily Practice.  I use it for morning work and it is aligned with the common core standards.  My students complete them first thing in the morning while I collect homework and take attendance and lunch count.  Sometimes for a change of pace, they will complete it for homework.  They are a great review to review skills needed for second grade.

Click on the picture below for your free sample of morning work for second grade.  You will have to click on the preview for your free math and language arts.  The August monthly packet reviews many first grade standards.  The monthly packets get  more difficult as the school year progresses.  I have discounted it 20% off for this weekend.

My second scoop goes to my Daily Math Warm Ups which is my number one seller.  I love this because it covers the necessary math skills for second grade.  It is a great spiral review for second grade.  My students are able to complete them independently and feel successful in math..  I like the format because it is simple and uses very little ink.  There is no prep--just print and go. 

Click on the picture and go to the preview for your free math sample pages for 2nd grade.  The first trimester has 2 versions.  One version has regrouping and the other version has no regrouping since we all teach these skills at different times.  It is all included in the packet for one price.  Leave a comment below with your email address and I will choose 3 lucky winners to receive my First Trimester Math Warm Ups.  I will choose the winners Sunday , August 10, 2014 before I go to bed.

The third scoop goes to Text Based Evidence Reading Passages by Miss DeCarbo.  I love her Text Based Evidence Reading Passages!  She has created 4 packets that I use with my class.

My students read the story and go back and highlight and look for evidence.  Theses passages allow them to practice this skill in a fun and engaging manner.  I like to project the stories on my Smart Board and we practice this skill together.    

What are your favorite things to use in your classroom?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Free Back to School Math for Second Grade

I have busy getting my classroom ready for the new school year and creating things for my students.  I want to share my Back to School math for second grade with you.  Click on the Back to School Printables picture to get your free copy.

Back to School Math Freebie

The skills covered in this FREE Back to School Math Printables include:

Simple Addition
Word Problems
Mental Math
Counting Money
Ordering Numbers

Freebie Fridays

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Desktop Organizer Tutorial

A few weeks ago I made this desktop organizer for my computer.  My son would always give me a difficult time when he would see my computer.  I would download things and just leave it on my desktop until I got a chance to look it over or print it for my classroom.  Needless to say, my computer desktop was a big mess!  I should have taken a snapshot of what it looked like before but I would have been too embarrassed.  Here is a picture of what it looks now.  The adorable clip art is from Melonheadz.

It is really easy too make if you are familiar with creating things in PowerPoint.

Step 1:  First you need to go to your control panel on your computer.  I know you are asking yourself why?  You need to know the dimensions of your computer display.  This is an important step or otherwise your desktop will be too small or distorted.

Step 2:  For my computer, I need to go to the Appearance and Personalization tab and go where it says adjust screen resolution.

Step 3:  This is where you will get the dimensions of your display.  It will probably be in pixels.

Step 4:  Convert the pixels into inches.  Here is a website that will do it for you.  All you need to do is insert the pixels and it will convert it to inches.  Go to

Step 5:  Open  a blank PowerPoint.  On the top you will need to go to the Design tab and to the right where it will say slide size.  Go to the bottom for custom size.  This is where you will put the numbers in from step 3.

Step 6:  Now you are ready to create your slide for your desktop.  When you are finished creating your slide, save it as a PowerPoint and save as a JPEG.  The JPEG picture is what you will need.  Go to your picture that your created, right click on the picture and set as background.  Now that I have the template made, I can easily change the colors and clip art whenever I want to change the background on my computer.  

I am linking up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics.  


Monday, July 14, 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers Conference

I am linking up With A Burst of First to give you the highlights of my Vegas trip.  It was a whirlwind of a trip beginning with the Teacher/Blogger Meet-Up hosted by What the Teacher Wants.  I got to meet many amazing bloggers and had an amazing time!

The first half of the conference my phone was dead so I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted.  I learned many things from the sessions that I attended.  I was able to met Jen Jones from Hello Literacy and Rachel Lynette.  I did snap some pictures from the conference but spent most of my time talking to fellow bloggers.

My evenings were spent enjoying the sights of Vegas.  I put in twenty dollars into the video poker machine and doubled my money.  I stopped while I was ahead.  Needless to say, I am not a big gambler.

Going to the fine restaurants in Vegas is one of my favorite things to do. 

It is always fun to go out of town, but I missed my furry babies.  This is the first time I have been out of town since I adopted them.  My son thought I was crazy when I called and told him to put me on speaker so I could talk to them. The minute they heard my voice, their tails started wagging.  


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Back To School Math

I just finished my Back to School Math  packet for second grade. It can be used throughout the school year for extra math practice to reinforce the skills that have been taught in class. 

Skills that are covered in this packet include:
Simple Addition and Subtraction
Missing Addends
Adding 3 Numbers
Fact Families
Expanded Families
Place Value
Comparing Numbers
10 More/10 Less
100 More/100 Less
Word Problems
2-Step Word Problems
Length Word Problems
2-Digit Addition and Subtraction
3-digit Addition and Subtraction
Skip Counting
Ordering Numbers
Telling Time
Counting Money
Money Word Problems
Click on the picture above and it will take you to my TPT store.  Click on preview for your free Back to School Math Freebie .
I had requests for my Back to School PowerPoint.  It is editable so you can make it to fit your rules and procedures.
I hope you are having a relaxing summer!
Freebie Fridays

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Summer Math Freebie

I am reviewing math skills with my second graders this coming week.  We still have 4 days of school left before summer break.  I will miss my students but I am ready for summer!  I will be busy packing and moving into a new classroom this week.  I am excited because my new classroom has tons of storage space!

Click on the picture for your Summer Math Freebie for second grade. 

I hope you have a wonderful and restful summer!