Primary Punch is on Educents!

Happy Sunday everyone! I am so excited to announce that I teaming up with Educents for an AMAZING 2nd grade bundle deal!  The bundle has 24 different packs from many amazing 2nd grade teacher authors!

I just can't contain my excitement in being a part of the bundle with Educents!  So which pack of mine is included in the bundle??  My Number Sense 0-1000 pack! This pack has over 70 pages of games, centers and activities for 2nd graders.

There are also 23 other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  Hop along to see all the goodies you will get!  

But that's not all, want a chance to win ANY item from my TPT Store?  All you have to do to enter is pin any image from this blog post and enter below to win! Good Luck!
The deal won't last long so head over now!

Happy Fall!

I feel like such a slacker, this week was a terrible week for me.  I was so sick and thought I was getting better and then I felt worse...ugh.  I missed Five for Friday and haven't been able to work on much.  But I just wanted to stop in real quick to let you know that I'm still here and hopefully I'll be more motivated this week.  

I did have big plans for breaking out my fall decor at home but sadly I only put up one pumpkin.  It is pretty stinkin' cute though.

Also for my newer readers this freebie is an oldie but a goodie if you need a quick center to practice synonyms.  It was created for my 2nd graders last year. 

Hope you are all enjoying the first day of fall! 

NCAEE Conference

Are you ready for my big news?? I am so excited to announce that I will be presenting at this year's North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators conference!  I have presented at small little things in my county and school but this is my first BIG conference and I am SUPER nervous!  Luckily I won't be up there alone, the fantastic Rachel Lamb will be presenting with me!  Our session is called DIY: Creating Terrific Teaching Resources and we will be sharing our tricks and tips to creating resource materials for your classroom. The conference is at the end of the October in Greensboro, NC and I would LOVE for you to attend! It would also be nice to see some friendly faces in the crowd because I know I will be a nervous wreck! You can click on the picture below for more information about the conference.
If you are planning to attend the conference, please leave a comment and let me know!  I'd love to meet you, even if you can't attend mine and Rachel's session, I will be at the conference the full three days.  I have to say too that I attended this conference two years ago when it was in Raleigh, NC and it was fantastic!  So, as much as I'm looking forward to presenting I'm also excited to attend the other amazing sessions! 

Want to see what else will be happening at the conference?  Hop over to Laura Candler's Corkboard Connections to see a sneak peek of other Carolina Bloggers that are presenting!

Ingenious Inferences

Happy Saturday!  It is starting to feel more like fall in NC this morning!  I hope you're enjoying a bit of cooler weather wherever you are.  As you know I have been a busy bee planning for my two new grade levels this year (3rd and 4th grade).  I have been meeting with the 3rd and 4th grade teachers to get an idea of what they're working on now so I know what to review with my small group kiddos.  One of the topics they are having trouble with is making inferences, which I have found to be quite difficult, especially for struggling readers.  So, for the past few weeks I have been putting together Ingenious Inferences!  It has 5 fiction and 5 non-fiction passages to practice making inferences. 

 For each passage I included a large display card, small passage (great for gluing into journals), targeted vocabulary words with definitions, mini-vocabulary charts, student passages with inference questions, student passages with vocabulary questions and answer keys!  Whew!  It was quite a doozy to put together since it was a ton of writing but I think it will truly be beneficial for my kiddos. 

Here are some previews!

I have been trying to round up shorter passages such as these for my small groups since I only get to meet with them for 30 minutes a day.  I want the text to be challenging but not overwhelming. I have plans to continue this pack into a sort of series.  Next up in my unfinished folder is Superb Summaries, which will be designed in the same manner with passages, vocabulary words and student practice pages!  

One more thing before I go...I have a BIG announcement to make tomorrow so make sure to stop by and find out!

The Best Freebie I Ever Created!

Just popping in really quick on this Friday the 13th to share a great post over at The Primary Chalkboard!  I know I usually link up in Five for Friday but today I only have one picture to share.  Click on it to check out some really awesome freebies all in one place! If you have a great freebie that you created feel free to link up!

Word Wall Wizards

I have been super busy planning over the last few weeks and I was brainstorming a quick exit activity for my 2nd graders who needed to reinforce phonics/phonemic awareness skills and I came up with Word Wall Wizards!  I decided to put various phonics/phonemic awareness tasks onto stars and glue them onto popsicle sticks to create Word Wall Wands!

For the last 3-5 minutes of my small group instruction I give each of my kiddos a Word Wall Wand and send them to the Word Wall.  If they can't read the task, I read it for them.  Then, they have to find a word (or words) on the word wall that answers their star task.  Simple, quick and the kids love it!  Here they are before I glued them to my popsicle sticks. I made them all different colors just for fun. You could also copy them onto colors based on difficulty for easy differentiation.

Want to try Word Wall Wands with your kids??  You can grab this FREEBIE from Google docs by clicking on the picture below!

Happy Tuesday!


Happy Sunday friends!  First things first...we have a winner for The Ultimate Teacher Poster pack.  Congratulations Christina A.!  An e-mail should be waiting for you!  Thank you to everyone who entered! 

In case you missed it over the summer, I have a new teaching position this year.  I am a Title I teacher serving 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in both ELA and Math.  We are just getting started and it is proving difficult to plan for all three grade levels in two subjects!  So, I have been trying to focus on what I need the most to get started and that seems to be 4th grade math.  The 4th graders at my school are working on the geometry standards to start their year so I put together a HUGE pack of games and activities to use with my 4th graders, Geometry ROCKS! You can check it by clicking on either of the pictures below.

I also made some major updates to my Henry and Mudge packet that I had been working on over the summer for my 2nd graders.  I tried to update some of my earlier packets over the summer and sadly I didn't get to them all.  My 2nd grade teachers are reading Henry and Mudge next week so I FINALLY got this one updated and plan on using parts of it with my 2nd graders! We read several Henry and Mudge books but our "main" story is Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night so it has a camping theme.  

I also have to admit that I did some serious shopping from some FABULOUS TPT authors to also help me out this year. I am planning on using journals for all grade levels in hopes that they will be more likely to carry over what we do in my classroom with their own, so I was on the hunt for interactive journal activities and reading passages.  These ladies have amazing things in their stores, and if you're looking for anything 2nd-4th I highly recommend checking out these stores!

iPad + SmartBoard

I have had several e-mails and questions lately about just how I connect my iPad to my Smartboard.  So I put together a few pictures.  I apologize for the blurriness but the lighting in my classroom is not the best and my phone sometimes doesn't take the best pictures.  

First, you will need an iPad and a VGA iPad adapter (iPhone 5 or iPad Mini will work too although you may need a newer adapter). 

Once I have my iPad and VGA adapter, I pull the cord from behind my laptop (it may connect into your monitor if you have a desktop).  This cord connects directly to my projector.

It connects right into the VGA adapter.

And the other end connects directly into my iPad.

Then I choose which app or book I want to project. Today I chose Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs which I purchased through iBooks.

And here it is on the SmartBoard.  You can see the black cord running from the projector that I connected into the VGA adapter. 

The only downside of connecting to the SmartBoard is that the SmartBoard is not "live" when connected to the iPad.  By "live" I mean that you can't flip the pages but touching the SmartBoard, I have to touch the iPad.  And since the iPad is connected to that big cord, I usually sit on a stool right in front of the SmartBoard with it in my lap when I am projecting. 

Looking for ways to use ONE iPad in your classroom?  Don't miss this post. 

Also, The Ultimate Teacher Poster Pack giveaway has a few hours left.  Don't forget to enter : )
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The Ultimate Teacher Poster Pack

After several requests and my own individual frustration looking through several packs I have bundled 17 sets of instructional posters to create The Ultimate Teacher Poster Pack!  Before I go on to say how excited I am about this new pack, please be aware that it does include many posters from other packs and if you already own the original pack the same set of posters are included in this mega pack.  I am worried that someone is going to buy this fantastic set but then realize they already own several of the sets.  So, if you have any questions please feel free to ask before you purchase. 

Confession time: Some of the posters I create I don't print.  (gasp!)  We have a serious lack of color ink at my school and it is pretty dang expensive.  So, instead I often project various posters on my SmartBoard and use it as an anchor to begin or review a concept.  Now don't get me wrong, I have printed many of these but I also like to project them if I don't have time to print or am running low on ink.  

So, let's take a look at The Ultimate Teacher Poster Pack!

This pack has over 180 pages of posters! Like I said before many are included in other Primary Punch packs but there are some newbies as well! Here's a breakdown of what's included (I also put the pack in which the posters originated).

Updated Informational Text Feature Posters (originals are available as free download in the Primary Punch Store)
Text Features: Title Page, Chart, Table of Contents, Index, Hyperlink, Icon, Glossary, Heading, Guide Words, Keyword, Illustration & Photograph, Caption, Diagram, Label, Text Box, Map

Updated Literary Genre Posters (originals available in the 26 Children's Genres Pack)
Genres: Drama, Fable, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Folktale, Historical Fiction, Horror, Humor, Legend, Mystery, Mythology, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story, Tall Tale, Biography, Autobiography, Essay, Narrative Non-fiction, Non-fiction, Speech, Recipe, How-To, Pourquoi Tale

Parts of Speech Posters
Parts of Speech: noun, common noun, proper noun, singular noun, plural noun, pronoun, relative pronoun, collective noun, abstract noun, verb, adjective, adverb

Sentence Types Posters
Sentence Types: declarative, imperative, interrogative, exclamatory

Punctuation Posters (available in Punctuation Power)
Punctuation: period, question mark, exclamation mark, comma, quotation marks, hyphen, semi-colon, colon

Literary Theme Posters (available in The Theme Team)
Theme: honesty, friendship, perseverance, survival, courage, family, person vs. nature, love and friendship, good vs. evil

Figurative Language Posters (available in Reading Relationships)
Figurative Language: Simile, Metaphor, Idiom, Proverb, Adage, Synonym, Antonym, Homograph

Charts & Graphs Posters (free download in the Primary Punch store)
Charts & Graphs: Picture Graph, Line Plot, Line Graph, Pie Graph, Chart, Tally Mark Chart, Bar Graph (vertical), Bar Graph (horizontal)

Math Equation Posters (available in Keyword Kids)
Math Equations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Math Keyword Posters (available in Keyword Kids)
Math Keywords: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Money Posters (only U.S. Currency included)
Money: Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, Dollar Bill

Shape Posters (abbreviated version in 3rd Grade Back to School Centers)
Shapes: square, trapezoid, octagon, hexagon, triangle, pentagon, rhombus, rectangle, cone, cube, rectangular prism, cylinder, hexagonal prism, pentagonal prism, pyramid, triangular prism

The Scientific Method Posters (available in Science Safety)
Scientific Method: Question, Research, Hypothesis, Experiment, Data, Conclusion

Life Cycle Posters (available in Life Cycles and Plants)
Life Cycles: Frog, Butterfly, Sea Turtle, Ant, Mealworm, Chicken, Salmon, Plant, Apple, Pumpkin, Sunflower

Landform Posters
Landforms: Canyon, Island, Glacier, Mountain, Beach, Lake, Pond, Plateau, River, Volcano, Waterfall, Cave, Hill, Valley

Habitat Posters
Habitats: Desert, Arctic Tundra, Grassland, Rainforest, Marine, Forest, Mountains, Swamp

Planet Posters
Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune

In honor of sleeping in today and enjoying my day off, let's give away a FREE copy of The Ultimate Teacher Poster Pack! Good Luck!