So Cal Winter Blog Hop & Giveaway

I am so excited to be joining Southern California Bloggers for a Winter Blog Hop and Giveaway. We have lots of freebies for you today and an Amazon gift card giveaway.  Make sure to enter the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 I truly love the weather in California!  I am originally from Minnesota where it is freezing cold at this time of year.  California weather is my kind of weather.  I love to be able to do so many things in California.  We love taking a drive to Ventura to go kayaking.

Another great thing about Southern California is the blogger meetups we have.  Yesterday we had a meetup in Manhattan Beach at the lovely Shade Hotel.  Sam and Jillian from TPT flew out to join us.  It is fun to share advice and hang out together.

There were door prizes and lots of swag.

My students always need constant reviewing of math skills.  I made this winter math freebie to share with you.  It covers skills such as addition and subtraction with regrouping, counting money, telling time, mental math, and 2-step word problems.

Click on the picture below to get your freebie.

Head on over to Maestra Sandoval for another freebie.  Click on the picture below to go to the next blog.

Maestra Sandoval

So in Love with Books Giveaway

I am teaming up with eleven of my blogger friends to share some of our favorite Valentine's Day books and some great FREEBIES to go along with each book.

We are also hosting a Valentine's Day Book Giveaway.  ONE lucky winner will receive ALL 12 books.  Keep reading this post to find out how you can enter.

Heartprints by P.K. Halliman is the perfect book for teaching kindness.   It shows students that a simple act of kindness shows love.  It is an excellent book to create a nurturing and caring classroom.  It encourages children to think of others first.  

I've created a FREEBIE to go with the book.  Each student can write about what they did to leave a heartprint.

Here is how you can enter to win 12 AMAZING books for your classroom.  Each blogger will  have a number at the end of their post.  Collect all the numbers along the way, and when you're done, add them all up and enter the total number in the Rafflecopter below. 

Now it is time to grab my number and hop on over to my sweet friend, Amanda, from Teaching Maddeness.

Penguin Ideas and Freebies

I love penguins!  I think they are so adorable.  There are so many great resources on penguins.  I am going to share a few of my favorite resources and activities with you.

I always like to start my penguin unit by reading books and showing great pictures of penguins on my SMART board.  Here is a great FREE resource from JD's Rockin' Readers.  It is filled with beautiful pictures and kid-friendly facts about penguins.

Here is a great video from YouTube on Emperor Penguins.


My students enjoyed watching this cute video about a penguin that wished he could fly.  After we watched the short video, my students wrote in their journal telling me what they wished they could do.

 Here is an oldie but goodie from another blog post of mine.  I am putting it in this post so you don't have to waste time looking all over the place for resources.  If you are like me, there is never enough time in the day to get everything accomplished.  The Penguin Math has addition and subtraction with regrouping, mental math, and place value for second grade.  Click on the picture of the penguin math for your FREEBIE.  

Free Second Grade Math

My students think I am the best teacher because I let them paint with watercolors.  It is a big task when you have 29 students, but it is a fun activity to do on a Friday afternoon.    

This project takes several days to complete.  On the first day, I let the students watercolor stripes across their paper.  On day two, I give out pieces of construction paper and let the students make their own penguins.  I like them to do it on their own.  I don't want everyone's penguin to look exactly the same.  The students use Q-tips dipped into white paint for the snow.  I also like to use glitter glue to decorate the scarves and earmuffs.

Many of my students need extra practice in writing sentences with detail.  Here are some FREE penguin super sentences to use with your class. Click on the picture of the super sentences for your FREE copy.

Winter Sentences

Students always love the story about Tacky the Penguin and Little Penguin's Tale.   I like to have my students tell their partner the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  This oral language is needed for my EL students.  I also have students share with the class the various parts of the story.  Then the students write in their retelling journals.    You can purchase the retelling journal here

What are some of your favorite penguin resources or activities?   

First Grade Morning Work

I completed my First Grade Morning Work for third quarter after many requests.   It is a spiral review of math and language arts standards that are aligned with Common Core Standards.  Even though I teach second grade,  I have a few students that are learning English and I am able to use this morning work with them.  Click on the picture for your FREE sample pages of morning work for first grade.

Morning Work for 1st Grade

FREE morning work

FREE morning work
Morning Work for First Grade

You can purchase this packet at my TPT store.

January Ideas and Freebies

Hello everyone!  I am starting my New Year's Resolution to begin each month with some ideas and freebies for you.  Life gets so busy and hectic that it is difficult to stay on top of things.  Many of these ideas I have blogged about before, but now they are in one handy spot.

Snowman directed drawing

Many of my students continue to struggle with writing a detailed sentence.  I like to give them extra practice by writing a super sentence. Writing super sentences help my EL students write a detailed sentence with guided help.  We first brainstorm ideas and then I model several times.  Then the students use their creativity to write their own super sentence.   Click on the picture of the super sentence for your FREE copy.  I have included a colored and a black & white version for you.

Here is a book that gives you 15 guided lessons for writing super sentences.  

My students love doing art projects.  I found this great idea from Laugh Eat Learn and knew my students would love drawing Olaf.  
Winter Art

I also made these water bottles with Olaf on them.  You can get the FREE labels from Like Mom and Apple Pie.  You can get tons of FREE Frozen Printables on her website.

I can spend hours looking on Pinterest for ideas.  This fun borax snowflake activity came from  A Girl and A Boy.  They are super easy to make and the students love watching them crystallize.  One piece of advice is not to bend them to put the snowflake into the jar.  If you do this, you will not be able to get the snowflake out once it crystallizes.

My students love math but they need constant review with addition and subtraction with regrouping.  One day they will do it perfectly and then 2 days later they forget how to do it.  They especially like to complete their math when I put a riddle on it. 

Telling time worksheet for second grade

Second Grade Math Freebie

My students start the day with my spiral review morning work.  It gives me time to take attendance, lunch count, and collect their homework. Here are a few sample pages so you can try them out in your classroom.   Click here for your FREE sample pages.  

Free math for second grade

Check out my Winter Math Printables at my TPT store.