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!  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Common Core Morning Work for Second Grade

My Common Core Daily Practice for Second Grade is my favorite review to use with my students.  This Common Core math and ELA morning work for 2nd grade is a great way to start the day for your students.  It helps keeps math and ELA skills fresh in your students' minds  These pages are designed for students to work independently to spiral math and ELA standards and skills learned throughout the year. It is great to use for morning work or homework. 

I created a little packet so you can get sample pages from my various packets that I created. Click on the picture of the Common Core Daily Math and ELA Freebie to get your free copy.  Please leave feedback.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Morning Work for Second Grade

I like to review the concepts I taught my students on a daily basis or otherwise they forget the necessary skills to be successful in second grade.  Head on over to my TPT store and click on the preview for free sample pages to try in your classroom.  The best part, it is on sale for the next few days.

My Winter Math Printables are great for homework and extra math practice.  

Just in case you didn't see my last post, here is a little Penguin Math Freebie for you.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Penguin Math Freebie

I am doing a little planning for January.  My students will be starting 3-digit addition and subtraction in math.  Hopefully, they have forgotten how to regroup!  Click on the picture of the Penguin Math Freebie for your free copy.  Please feel free to share it with your friends or pin it on Pinterest.

I hope you are enjoying your winter break!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Deck the Classroom and a Christmas Freebie

I finally got around to taking some pictures of the projects we having been doing in our classroom.  We have been busy with some holiday fun. We wrote letters to Santa trying to persuade him to choose them for his reindeer.

I read The Mouse Before Christmas to my students and then we made our own little mouse.  

You can get the pattern from the talented Glyph Girls.

We made these snowman ornaments for gifts to their parents.  I put each students' picture in the center.  I bought the snowman kits from Oriental Trading Company.  This year I wanted a simple gift for them to make for their parents.

Every day my student look forward to finding Frosty our elf. Sometime he leaves treats for the students who follow directions in class.  I am the only one in our school that has an elf in the classroom.  It is fun to hear the other students ask about our elf and tell me stories about our elf.  

Head on over to my TPT store for your Christmas Freebie.  It includes missing addends, addition and subtraction with regrouping, 2-step word problem, comparing numbers, identifying verbs, making contractions, and end punctuation.

I am linking up with Amy Lemons at Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons to showcase a few of things we have been doing in our classroom.