Totally Awesome!

The winner of yesterday's updated Number Sense pack is Karyn!  Congratulations, an e-mail is coming your way! Thank you for all who continue to follow and comment on each giveaway, I really enjoy giving away some freebies and reading all your comments too! I love hearing how you would or are  using any of my things in your classroom!

 I was working on lesson plans for next week and realized that I was supposed to review compound words and I have used up all my centers/activities!  So, while I was searching for cute clip art I came across some fun 80's clip art and Totally Awesome was born!  I know the 80's theme seems random but I grew up in the 80's and the clip art is just so stinkin' cute! This mini-pack is all kinds of neon and all about compound words! You can click on the images to check it out on TPT!


And as always, if you comment (and leave your e-mail address) I will pick a winner tomorrow night using the random number generator to receive a FREE copy.

More Charts!

UPDATE: The winner of the Fractions for Fourth Graders Pack is Cherie!  An e-mail is coming your way : )

I was in the mood to make some charts last week.  I don't know why, and it doesn't happen very often but I made three different charts and that is a lot for me! Usually I stick to the whiteboard and erase my masterpieces after we talk about them : )  Since I did promise some pictures here are the charts I created and used last week.  Oh and I ran out of white paper...so I had to go with manila. 

First we jumped head first into our editing unit this week.  I use the Lucy Calkin's Units of Writing loosely and this chart is modeled from her lesson.  We will work on editing for the next 2-3 weeks.

We had to review formal vs. informal writing since my kiddos thought informal writing meant to write mean things about the other person.  Even though this was clearly not what we learned earlier, but anyway we needed some review so, we used this little sort that I threw together and I plan on adding to it this week. 

We also began our NBT math standards and started off with how to show a number.  We had briefly touched on this at the beginning of the year so they knew most of them and we haven't done anything with money (besides our behavior bank) so they aren't very good with that yet. Remember this chart from last year? Well here's this year's chart. Not sure why it looks so yellow but it is really colorful.  I like to create charts again with each class since they get so much more out of than if I just taped up last years charts. Plus, I like to try new things when I make new charts. 


In ELA this week we will work on week two of my Freedom unit which is all about Martin Luther King Jr.  We set up some background knowledge by reading Magic Tree House: Civil War on Sunday last week.  We discussed slavery and the outcome of the Civil War in very simple terms so we will jump forward a few years to start talking about Civil Rights over the next three weeks. 

Also my sweet husband and I worked together this week on a new pack for his 4th graders!  I know this is a Primary blog and that usually means K-2 but if anyone is interested or knows anyone who teaches 4th here is our collaboration!  It is jammed packed with games, centers and activities to teach the 4th grade fraction standards.  The packet is directly aligned to the 4th grade CCSS. 

If anyone is interested in winning a FREE copy of this 4th grade pack, comment below (don't forget to leave your e-mail) and we will announce a winner tomorrow night!  

Mad about Math!

After printing and cutting out all the lovey dovey Valentine's centers I started to feel a little bad for my boys.  I only have 4 boys in my class but I was thinking they probably aren't going to appreciate those cute Valentine games and centers as much as my girls will.  So, I put together some math centers, games and activities that focus on the 2nd grade CCSS we're working on with a monsters and mad scientist theme!  I thought my boys would really appreciate this when they are surrounded by a sea of pink! Each activity is centered around one specific common core standard that my kiddos need some help with.  Click on the images below to check them out!

Comment below (don't forget to leave your e-mail address) and I'll pick a winner to receive a copy tomorrow night!

I also need to take some pictures of our week tomorrow.  We had a mini-meltdown yesterday, my kids were working on their formal and informal letter writing activity from the Freedom pack.  Well, apparently I should have reviewed "informal writing" and not just assumed that they would remember from the many lessons we have had on it. Instead of cute notes with some LOL's or hey what's up? like I was expecting I got notes that just told their friends all the things they didn't like about them...sooo we had a few new lessons on formal and informal writing over the past few days.  I'll work on taking some pictures and post what we've been up to!

Crazy for the Common Core

UPDATE: The winner of the Crazy for the Common Core packet by random number generator was Andrea!!  Check your e-mail : ) Thanks to everyone who commented!

This new packet is full of LOVE!!!  It has 5 math and 5 ELA centers, games and activities including a NEW Math Movers: Valentine Monsters!  All centers, games and activities are directly aligned to the 2nd grade CCSS.  

Comment below (don't forget to leave your e-mail address) and I'll pick a winner to receive a FREE copy by tomorrow night!  

Also, in honor of MLK day, I am having a FLASH SALE starting right now!  Everything in my TPT store (including my newest packets!) are 20% until tomorrow night!


Problem of the Day and a FREEBIE!

It is FINALLY finished!!  I am so glad these problems are done, I have been staring at them unfinished on my desktop for a LONG time and I have had many ask about them so here they are!  In the 3rd nine weeks, we work on a lot of the Numbers in Base Ten standards.  This is the biggest problem of the day packet yet with 45 problems!  I use these problems to start off each math lesson, I have also used them for morning work before I bought this awesome resource.  Click on the picture to grab them off TPT.


While I was taking apart the standards for the problem of the day pack a fun math card game came to me that I just had to whip up.  Ten More War is FREE on TPT, just click on the picture to download!


Let's Take a Trip!

Next week in ELA we are all about Flat Stanley!  This is one of my favorite weeks!  We will hand out assignments for the Flat Stanley Project 2.0, do some great research and play games/centers with a traveling or post office theme!  I just put the finishing touches on next week's center packet called Let's Take a Trip!  It also includes the updated Flat Stanley 2.0 project which is no longer available separately.  This project is a different twist on the original project (If you already purchased this product, please note that it is also included in the Let's Take a Trip packet).  I created the 2.0 project for my class a few years ago when I looped from 1st to 2nd.  I still wanted to do a Flat Stanley project because they loved it so much, but didn't want to do the same one again. The project is a GREAT way to hit speaking and listening standards, research writing standards and social studies standards all at once! If you are unfamiliar with the original Flat Stanley Project or want some cool FREE resources, FlatStanley.com has some great ones. Click on one of the pictures below to check out the newest set of ELA games, activities and centers!


Thank You Pinterest!

UPDATE:  I've had a lot of questions about how I assembled these projects.  So, here's how I did it, in case you were curious. : ) My kids wrote their imaginary writing piece and I glued it to the bottom of large construction paper.  I explained the concept to my kids and took their picture. I explained that they may want to act like they want out of the snow globe or like they are enjoying the snow. They cut themselves out after I printed the pictures on photo paper. Then I traced a faint circle in pencil that the was same size at the clear, plastic bowls that I bought for the project.  I modeled how to draw a snowy scene. They glued themselves into the circle and drew a wintery scene inside the circle I drew around their picture. I laminated the paper after they drew the scene and glued themselves into the circle.  Next, I put a handful of epsom salt in the middle of the circle.  Then, I drew a medium-sized line of hot glue all the way around the edge of the plastic bowl and stuck it to the laminated paper.  I turned the paper right side up to make sure no salt came out and ta-da!  The project was complete!  I hope that helps clear up any assembly confusion.  This was one of my kiddos FAVORITE writing projects and they talked about it the rest of the year! Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

I have found the cutest writing activities thanks to Pinterest, well I guess I should say thank you to the awesome teachers who came up with the idea and THEN posted them to Pinterest for me to find! This first snowy activity was found by one of my second grade teammates on Tori's Teacher Tips through Pinterest. They came out SO CUTE!!!  I used bowls instead of plates because the plates were twice as much and I used Epsom salt for the fake snow. I highly recommend them, they were easy and my kids loved it. Plus, their writing was really cute too! I explained that they had to pose like they were cold or really stuck in a snow globe when we took their pictures and this is what they came up with...

Let's zoom in on one of my favorite poses....



Ahhh, they are just so cute! Here is my current hallway set-up.  We don't really change bulletin boards like other schools, instead I use my wall outside the hallway.  

And in case you were curious, my fix for the epic fail of these 2013 resolutions from the Lesson Plan Diva that I wrote about before break was to brush off the glitter which really just fell off and have them color over the numbers with crayon.  Not quite as cute as the glitter but they are still cuter than what I did last year!

I am now on the look out for our next adorable writing craftivity!

What's My Shape?

I posted a new FREE geometry game called What's My Shape? from my Geometry pack.  You can click on the image below to download it for FREE from TPT!

  It's played like the popular Headbandz game except with 2-D shapes. I was experimenting with how to make my headbands out of sentence strips and thought you may want some pictures so here is my sweet model showing off the super easy headband set up! All I used was a laminated sentence strip and two paper clips. They are so excited to play this next week!




This game is also available in my Geometry pack!  This pack is aligned to the 2nd grade CCSS and has 10 games/centers to practice the 2nd grade Geometry standards. You can check it out on TPT by clicking on one of the pictures below!


Geometry {and a FREEBIE}

Happy New Year friends!  My winter break went by wayyyy too fast which is probably how most of you feel as well.  Today was our first day back and boy was it a quiet one.  My kiddos were all half asleep.  I would ask them a question and all I'd get was crickets.  I probably shouldn't be complaining because I'm sure they'll be wide awake tomorrow!  To get back into the swing of things, we will move into Geometry in math next week.  Specifically we will work on identifying and describing 2D Shapes (and cubes) as well as partitioning.  I put together a set of 10 math games, centers and activities to help us practice the 2nd grade grade Geometry standards.  You can check it out below by clicking on one of the pictures below!


I am particularly excited about a game I made in this packet that is played like the VERY popular Headbandz.  Anyone else play that during recess/fun friday??  My kids will tackle each other to play it, So, I suddenly had an idea to make a Headbandz style game but with shapes!  My kids saw me making the Headbandz with sentence strips today and asked about 20 times what I was doing.  So, I know this will be a hit next week.  It makes me so excited when they are excited about school so I wanted to share this with other classrooms in hopes that your kids will love it as much as mine.  You can grab the game, What's my Shape? for FREE on TPT by clicking on the picture below!