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! 




Sunday, May 4, 2014

May Daily Practice

My Daily Practice for May is finally finished!  It is aligned with second grade Common Core Standards. It is packed full of grammar skills and math skills that every second grader needs to know.  You can get some FREE sample pages by clicking on the preview in my TPT store.  Hop on over to my Facebook page to enter my giveaway for a free copy of it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Earth Day Freebies

My class has been busy learning how to take care of the Earth.  There are so many wonderful resources that I have found for my Earth Day Unit.  There is a great free Earth Day PowerPoint from TPT.  It is geared for older students but my students really enjoyed it.
We are busy making this Earth Day Lapbook from Diary of Not So Wimpy Teacher.   It has many foldables with a KWL chart and graphic organizer.  My district loves to see graphic organizers being used in our classrooms.  A PowerPoint presentation is also included in this terrific resource.
Here are a few great videos for Earth Day.


Another great freebie I found are these Earth Day Fold & Snip Books by A Teachable Teacher.  They are great
organizers for celebrating Earth Day in the primary classroom.
Here is a  FREE mini-book on protecting the Earth.   This mini-book includes information about recycling, picking up trash, compost bins, and planting new life by Education to the Core.
Krista Wallden from Creative Clips has FREE Earth Day Love Pencils to decorate newsletters or worksheets.
I created this Earth Day Freebie for you that includes Earth Day word problems, 3-digit addition & subtraction, pronouns, verbs, and adding the suffix "ing" to a word.  Click on the picture below to get your FREE Earth Day worksheets for second grade.
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's A Second Grade Thing

I am so excited to team up with some of my second grade bloggy friends to bring you a brand new, collaborative Pinterest board!
Click on the image to go to the board!
The purpose of this board is to share some of our spectacular second grade teaching ideas and resources with our followers. Here are some of the amazing bloggers participating:

To kick off our new board, we are giving away a $20 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers! WOO HOO!!! Check out the Rafflecopter below:

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We are SO excited to be connecting with our amazing readers on Pinterest! See ya over there!