UPDATED: 9/28/2014

I finally got around to finishing that Poppleton pack!  It only took me two years : )  Check it out below!

Meteorologist for a Day

I am loving this long weekend, it makes me want summer to hurry up and get here already!  In the spirit of summer, I am throwing a TPT Sale!!!  Everything in my store is 20% off from now until tomorrow!  Head on over and grab something for the end the year!!
The 2nd grade team and I met last Friday night to begin some serious discussion on next year's ELA planning.  We had previously used the Houghton Mifflin series and now are shifting to Common Core so we are looking at a lot of work ahead of us.  We had a great meeting and broke our unit into the first 6 weeks.  We each took a week and are gathering activities.  We are going to meet again next Friday to put it all together. During our meeting we had to create a project for the first six weeks since our county now requires a project per unit.  Our first unit is A Season of Chapters which focuses on Chapter books, weather and seasons.

 So, we came up with the Meteorologist for a Day project! The project incorporates a lot of our standards such as reading and interpreting informational text, giving an oral presentation and understanding weather patterns.  I have already printed it off and put it in my Unit 1 box for next year! You can get a copy on sale for $2.40 (until tomorrow night) by clicking the picture below!


A little of this and a little of that...

Thanks for all your comments on my bucket list!  I wanted to let you know that I have spent the last 3 days working on a post on how to explain what I (and the rest of my team/school) have been doing to prepare for next year's common core transition.  Yes, 3 days people!  It is LONG and boring but hopefully I will get it done in the next few days to post. It has been quite a bit of work which is why it's so long but I just can't help that it's boring, planning is just boring.

So, in the meantime I wanted to share a few pictures of what we've been up to.  The EOG's are next week which means we are stuck in our room all day with no resource, and can't make any noise and I will probably go crazy.  I have planned to use Amy Lemon's Swimmin' into Summer Centers next week since my kids will think they are a lot of fun.  Hopefully it will distract them from being in our room ALL week.

I am excited to announce that I have already started working on my list! I stayed late a few days this week to organize the mountains of books I have in my classroom to make my classroom library more functional.  I hate to admit this but my classroom library was kinda nonexistent.  Sure, I have a book holder and I would just change out the books depending on whatever we were learning about and I would sort them by A.R. level but I have an INSANE amount of books in my classroom that were not getting enough love.  So, this is what I came up with.

 This shelf has chapter books on the top by series(which also have an A.R. level on them).  And the blue buckets are sorted by A.R. level ranging from 0.5-4.9.  
This shelf has books by theme/category.  It was really hard to break them into categories but this is what I came up with: School & Silly Stories-Fiction, Holiday Stories- Fiction, Biographies- Non-Fiction, Science & Social Studies- Non-Fiction, Fantasy Stories- Fiction, Animal Stories- Fiction.  Some of these books are also A.R. books but wouldn't fit in the blue buckets. A.R. is kinda a big deal at our school, if you haven't noticed. It works for now, I may have to reorganize if it doesn't work well.

I also saw the cute balloon idea from The Teacher Wife and decided it would be fun to start on Monday.  My ceiling is vaulted so there is no way I could hang them from there, instead I tied them to a piece of string and did this:

I kinda find it funny that they are black but I have about 1242348 black balloons that a parent sent in for science experiments so black it is!

We also spread some testing cheer to our 5th grade buddy class this morning by making cards and giving them a cookie with this saying on it (doesn't she have some great ideas??).  At my school all the lower grades get paired with an upper grade class to encourage them to do well on the end-of-grade (EOG) test.  We also made them this cute sign to hang in their room.

Annnnnd...we have also been reading The School Mural in our reading series this week so my kiddos created a 2nd grade mural of all the things they loved about this year. They've been working on it all week and it came out pretty cute.

That's all for now, back to working on the longest (and possibly most boring) post of all time : )