Science Bingo!

It is snowing outside and it's Christmas Eve!!  I am sitting by a warm fire watching Christmas movies and working on some bingo games!  Well actually, I just finished some bingo games. Many of you have enjoyed the Matter Bingo game but now you can grab Sound Bingo, Weather Bingo and Animal Bingo to go with it!  These games were created for 2nd graders and I used our essential standards to create the questions for each topic.  Click on each picture below to check them out on TPT and to see exactly what areas are included!

Of if you'd like to save some money and want to grab all four games you can save $2.00 by grabbing the Science Bingo Bundle Pack!  All four games in one!

Even though it's Christmas Eve and I'm sure not many are checking the teacher blogs, I will give away a free copy of the Science Bingo Bundle Pack to the first person to comment (and leave your e-mail).  

Winter break has begun!

Today was exhausting and the longest 5 hours ever but so much fun!  We had our class party and we are now officially on break!  I MAY have planned just a few too many things to do during our class party but my kids had a blast.  I was very lucky to have one of my student's parents volunteer during the party too, I still can't believe how we did it all. 

 Here's a short list of our hour and half par-tay...

1. Class Book Exchange: Dirty Santa style, with stealing and all.  Each student brought in a new, wrapped book to participate, as you see in the picture above.
2. Reindeer Games: which I found here, they were a huge hit!
3. Make-Your-Own-Snowglobes: this was the first year I have ever done this, and they turned out great.  I was nervous about the glass but my kids thought they were awesome and none of them broke! I used water, a tablespoon of glycerin, white glitter, small snowy trees and half pint mason jars.
4. Christmas Snack: a TON of cookies and juice and a few marshmallows left over from the Reindeer games.
5. Stocking Stuffers: We handed out our full Stockings from TGIF and they eagerly read all their sweet notes.
6. Presents: I opened presents, they opened presents, we oohed and ahhed.  It was a good time.

One of my kiddos made me an ornament which I promptly hung on our mini tree.  The tag was my favorite part.

It was my best class holiday party yet. I have to say the snow globes were definitely my favorite. They were just adorable. 

I also have share what I would classify as an EPIC FAIL.  I found this adorable New Year's writing craft from The Lesson Plan Diva, isn't is cute??

Well, we made them yesterday so we could write them after break. I used blue instead of red since I had blue ribbon. you may notice in the picture ALL THE GLITTER FELL OFF!  It took forever to glitter the numbers and my kids either rubbed it off, or it just plain fell off.  So, I have stacked them in my tub for after break and I am now brainstorming ways to fix this craft disaster : (  

I am now off to spend one of my new gift cards on my first winter vacation dinner!!  Happy holiday break everyone!

The Adventures of Frog and Toad

Hello friends!  I have spent my Saturday trying to decide what I'm going to teach when we come back from winter break.  I know, I know I still have a week before then but I want to print and laminate my centers before I leave is my new ELA unit, The Adventures of Frog and Toad!  This may seem more like a spring unit but we have to follow the curriculum maps our county created and "Building Bridges with Unlikely Friends" is our theme now and after break.  This is also why we read about George and Martha last week.  So...we will be reading all about these funny amphibians when we return from break and this pack contains centers, games and activities to use during that week. If you have bought or downloaded any of my other ELA centers, you will notice it contains some of my favorites like Vocabulary Show and Tell, Poetry Center and the One Minute Read.  But it also has a couple cute bug themed games to practice long/short vowels and contractions! Click on the picture to check it out on TPT.

And the first person to comment (and leave their e-mail address) will get this new unit for FREE!!

On a much sadder note, teacher bloggers are joining together for a day of silence to honor Sandy Hook Elementary tomorrow. If you are a teacher blogger and would like to participate you can grab the image below and read about it on the Oh' Boy 4th Grade blog.

What I've been up to....

And the winner of day #12 is...

Congratulations!!  I will be e-mailing you tonight (probably more than one, due to each packet's size)!  I have really enjoyed having 12 days of giveaways but I am glad to have the blog back!!  Not being able to share my new things with you all was hard!  Hopefully you have been keeping up on the Primary Punch facebook page.  If not, here's a few things I created during the giveaways!

We have been using these centers this week in ELA and will use the Math centers next week! I have to say my kids have become "center snobs", if it doesn't have cards, fun clip art or a game involved they aren't interested. I think this my fault : ( but these are just so dang cute, I can't help it!

We played this game while I was out of town Tuesday and Wednesday, my kids always love Math Movers.  We went over the problems today during math. Speaking of being out of town, the Mr. and I went to visit my parents and he went with my dad to visit the White House!!  I went last year, so this was his year to go and he does look pretty handsome if I do say so myself!

I also put together this fun, matter bingo game to review some of the skills we learned this nine weeks.
We rotate for science and S.S., I only teach science and each of us came up with a review for our subject area since this week and next week are crazy (the 2nd graders put on a Christmas play and we have been busy practicing for that) we aren't rotating.  This was my review and we played it this afternoon.  

Before all the Christmas fun we had a "hippo" week which was all about George and Martha!  It was a hit!!  They loved it and these centers.

I also had a guest post on the Sunny Days in Second Grade blog, can you believe it???  I decided to start blogging thanks to the Sunny Days and can't believe I got to post over there!  I gave away a game from the Christmas Cookie Common Core pack for FREE.  You can get it by clicking on the image below!
Whew,  I have been busy these past 12 days!!  Now I'm off to work on a Frog and Toad unit for after Christmas break!

Thank You.

Thank you for all your love during the Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale!  It has been overwhelming and I wanted to give a little something back to say thank you!  My kiddos have been LOVING all our Uno-like math card games. They will literally tackle each other to get to Gobble Gobble or Ho-Ho-Ho-No!   I created my first ELA version, Brrr-No! and can't want to get it laminated because I know my kiddos will go crazy for it. It is aligned to the 2nd grade CCSS and works on synonyms. You can get it for FREE by clicking on one of the images below.  Thanks again for sticking with me and if you haven't taken advantage of the sale, you still have a few hours left!

Math Problem of the Day {2nd Nine Weeks}

I have been trying like crazy to get myself together for the second nine weeks which officially started today.  I used my 2nd Grade Math Problem of the Day pack during the 1st nine weeks and it was a great way to start off our math block each day.  I just put the finishing touches on a larger set of 35 Math Problem of the Day's for the 2nd nine weeks! It's a printer-friendly black and white pack which contains Common Core aligned math questions or tasks for the 2nd nine weeks! Click on the image below to check the preview out on TPT and see which standards are addressed (hint: LOTS of measurement!).
First person to comment (and leave their e-mail address) gets it for FREE!!  Happy Friday Eve everyone : )

Folktales {An ELA Mega Unit}

Happy Halloween everyone! You may have noticed that I haven't been posting my weekly ELA units the past few weeks.  That would be because I have been working on a Folktales MEGA unit!  We have been reading and studying Folktales in 2nd grade for the past 3 weeks, particularly Tall Tales, Fairy Tales and Fables.  I put all of the centers, graphic organizers, activities and resources together into one mega-pack! It has been such a fun three weeks since folktales are so much fun to read and talk about.  Besides the resources in this pack I have also been using the iReading 8 in 1 Fables app on my iPad which my kiddos love. It costs $1.99 on iTunes.

It looks great projected on the SmartBoard and I love how it reads to you and includes a moral at the end of each story.  You may have also seen these super cute, Fairy Tales floating around Pinterest lately.  Scholastic Book Clubs has them in a Fractured Fairy Tale pack for $14 which I snagged for FREE using my points.  They are GREAT to teach points of view or to compare and contrast similar tales. 

If you have a subscription to Reading A to Z, We have also read several Tall Tales using their projectable book option (which takes up no copies, this make me very happy since we are on a strict copy budget this year).  Reading A to Z has some really great resources and they are my go-to resource when I can't find a book I want for my literacy block. 
(Sorry they're so tiny, but I can't find high quality image)

Click on the image below to check out my new Folktales Mega Unit on Teachers Pay Teachers! 

*Please note that the genre posters, bookmarks and journal cards are also available in my 26 Children's Literary Genres pack*


I have been all about the Monsters lately.  If you aren't allowed to celebrate Halloween at your school, monsters are a great way to spread a little spookiness without making them about Halloween.  We did a little monster fun today in writing and math.  I saw these pictures on Pinterest this summer and my mind was working on how I could make these in my 2nd grade class.  I decided writing was the way to go.

Source: Cocoa Bean

Here's a picture look at how our Rock Monsters turned out!
 (We made the teeth with white out)

Yes, our Rock Monsters are in plastic bags because I displayed them in the hallway like this:
One of my kiddos wrote this about why the Rock Monster is in a bag:

I made some Rock Monster paper that you can get for FREE if you click on the image below!

Since I am on the Monster theme...In Math we played Math Movers: Monster Edition as a review for our end of the nine weeks assessments! Here are few pictures of my kiddos in action!

(He's finished and is practicing his math ring while he waits to move to the next number)

If you'd like to play Math Movers: Monster Edition in your classroom you can get the packet from TPT by clicking on the image below!

Are you scared yet?? : ) Off to work on some literacy things for my little monsters next week! 

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