31 May 2014

Clip Art and ABC Farewell

It's has been awhile since I last posted.  I've actually been sick and totally exhausted.  I've also given up sugar and sweets, so my lack of soda may have something to do with that exhaustion.  There's only one week left of school, and saying goodbye to my second graders will be so sad.  With goodbyes on my mind, I decided to create End of Year ABC's.  We start the year, with our ABC's of second grade, so I thought we'd end in a similiar fashion.  It's a FREEBIE, just click below.


I also posted on TPT my Color Cuties Clipart.  If you haven't grabbed the black and white set.  You can get them for free here.  Here is a peek at the color set:


I'm off to bed, but I would like to give the color version to the first 3 people that leave a comment.  I will send it your way tomorrow, please don't forget to leave your e-mail.  Thanks :)

18 May 2014

Writing Portfolios

The year is winding down and it's about that time to start putting our portfolios together.  I actually have two portfolios.  One is filled with their work from all subject areas, and the other is put together into a booklet to create our Writing Portfolio.  Here are pics from the past couple years.  I definitely love using the large, 2 gallon ziploc bags. They fit everything perfectly and their work stays neat and tidy on the way home.

Here is last year's writing portfolio:

I absolutely love teaching little ones to write.  It is honestly my favorite subject to teach.  I LOVE to hear them squeal with delight when I say that we will start a new writing piece today.  I love the  anticipation they have as I start to share my own personal story at the start of each mini-lesson.  I can see their little minds turning as I'm passing out their writing paper.  I definitely think a love for writing is infectious!  You can get the portfolio covers for free by clicking HERE.

I keep all their writing during the year, so it can be compiled into their portfolio.  I include all of their pieces from my Writing Piece of the Month resource. I also include their Poetry Journals, as well as their writing pieces that go along with our Reading Street stories.

When we read, A Birthday Basket for Tia, they wrote about a special birthday. Click the image below to get the FREEBIE.
 I have most of my writing templates on my school computer, I will have to post some of the other writing papers in my next post.  I will also be back to post pics of their portfolios.  I always say I'm going to be more organized with their portfolio work and it just NEVER happens.  I have piles everywhere!!!  If you have any good ideas for storing portfolio work, please share.  I need a much better system.

08 May 2014

Mother's Day

Just a quick post to share our cutie Mother's Day project.  I absolutely LOVE colorful beads, so I knew I wanted to create something that incorporated beading.  This is what I came up with...

I thought they would look super cute hanging on the fridge.  They could use the clothespin to clip anything they'd like.

To make it, I simply had my students add beads to a pipe cleaner.  Then, we put washi tape on a large popsicle stick and clothespin.  I only had them put washi tape on the front of the popsicle stick, but they could do both sides if they wanted.  I used a glue gun to attach the ends of the pipe cleaner to the back of the popsicle stick.  The picture below shows the back of the project.  Super easy and adorable.

You can get this freebie by clicking below.
Both the American and UK spellings of mom are included.

03 May 2014

I ♥ Monsters

I've had monsters on my mind the last week, so I wanted to share a few of my creations.  My classroom theme is monsters, so I thought it would be fun to create some cutie monster clip art.  You can check them out on TPT. I am currently working on the color versions, so stay tuned.


I also created writing paper to go along with the fun monster read aloud, I Need My Monster.

I also REALLY wanted to read, A Monster Under Alex's Bed by Angelika Glitz. I checked it out on Amazon, and this is what I came up with:
I spend a lot on books, but $394 for 1 book is just not happening.  I considered it for a whole 5 seconds and realized that would be a bit crazy!!!

You can click below for the writing paper freebie. I plan to use the monster adjective page first to brainstorm great adjectives to describe their monster.  This will give them ideas for their writing piece.
 As always, the first 3 people to leave a comment will get the Monster Cutie clip art for free.  Just a way to say thank you for following my blog :)   Also, please don't forget to leave your e-mail.