If You Give a Teacher A Gift Card

This time of the year teachers are swamped with work and have so much to do!  Its seems like there is never enough hours in a day to get it all done.  There are assessments to be given, papers to be graded,  IEPs to attend, planning for instruction, and getting our rooms ready for Open House.  The list is endless.

The bloggers from iTeachSecond know how hard you work so we are having an amazing giveaway!  We want to show you that YOU are appreciated!

We want to know if you give a teacher a gift card, what will she get?  I am going to share my ideas with you.
I have been in a book club for about 12 years.  We meet once a month to enjoy dinner and good conversation.  This was a book I was suppose to read a few months ago but was too busy to read it.  Everyone in the book club enjoyed it so I want to read it this summer.

For those days that you feel like splurging on a treat for yourself.

This is the best foot cream to keep your feet soft and smooth!  It is a little pricey but worth every penny.  

Here is a dictionary that I want to purchase for my students.  It is by Fluttering Through First Grade.

Most of my students need to work on listening skills.  Here is another great product created by Fluttering Through First Grade.   Click on the preview to get a sample listening exercise.
  Now it is time for you to enter the giveaway!  Click the picture below so you can enter the rafflecopter.  Remember to enter all four giveaways!  Winners will be announced on May 3rd.
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How would you spend your gift cards?  Please tell me in the comments.  

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!


     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.

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.

2nd grade math centers

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.