18 November 2017

Kindness in the Classroom

Wow, quite a bit of time has passed since my last post.  Thanksgiving is near and I really wanted to take the time for a quick post about kindness and giving thanks.  My little group of second graders really is a sweet group, but I have a few that struggle to get along.  I wanted to show my little ones the importance of kindness and how kindness can be contagious.  I shared with them the heartwarming video, Kindness Boomerang on YouTube.  If you haven't already seen it, it is a MUST see.  We talked about ways we can send out positive boomerangs into the world. 
I also created bookmarks for each of my students.  I shared one reason I am thankful for each and every one of them.  I wanted to show them a little kindness and let them know that I am thankful for them and each for different reasons.

Then, I had them write a sweet message to another student in the classroom.  They drew numbers randomly.  This was a bit harder, because most of them got the name of someone who isn't necessarily their best friend.  They had to come up with a reason why they are thankful for that person.

They also drew a picture on the back.

I also wanted to share a wonderful infographic that was shared with me by Braman Honda Miami.  They started a digital community service project about simply being kind, and how little acts of kindness can help change the world for the better!  What a wonderful message!!!  With the holidays upon us it is the perfect time to spread a little or a lot of KINDNESS!  

13 September 2017

Word Collector

Just a quick post to share a template I'm using this year to review and practice vocabulary words.  I wanted a place my students could store their vocabulary words for easy reference throughout the year.  We already use a composition book as a spelling dictionary, so I created a tabbed divider, so the other half of the composition book could be used for storing vocabulary words.  I am thrilled at how well it is working out in the classroom!

You can check it out HERE.

30 July 2017

School Snapshots

Sadly, summer is nearly over and it's time to get back into school mode.  With school now on my mind, I decided to update one of my favorite resources.  It's a great resource for students to reflect on special days and events during the school year.  I love to save all the pages that my students work on and add them to their writing portfolios at the end of the year.


Here is a peek at what is included:
These monthly reflection pages were just added.

I'd love to give a flip booklet to the first 3 people that comment below.  Simply leave your e-mail and I'll send it your way.

02 July 2017

Reading Flip Booklets

Our district uses Reading Street as our Reading Adoption and there are some really fun stories included in the series.  A few class favorites are always Henry and Mudge and The Bremen Town Musicians.  I created a simple little flip booklet to go along with a few of these Reading Street stories. The Henry and Mudge flip booklet works great with any Henry and Mudge book.  The flip booklets focus on story elements and when put together, turn out super duper cute!  I simply staple the sides once they are completed.  They also make a great portfolio piece.  You can click the images below to check them out in my shop.




 I'd love to give a flip booklet to the first 3 people that comment below.  Simply leave your e-mail and choice of a flip booklet above  (Giveaway has ended).   Happy Summer!

30 April 2017

Mother's Day Coupons

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we are going to spend next week getting our gifts for mom put together.  Pictures are always a favorite, so I'll be taking pictures this week of my little ones.  I found magnetic frames at The Dollar Tree, so they will be perfect for our cute pics.  I also wanted a little something extra for their moms, so I put together this little coupon book.  There are a total of 10 different coupons included.  There is also a page with blank coupons, so students can write in coupons of their own choosing.


 You can check them out in my TPT shop by clicking here.

I'd love to give away 3 sets for free to the first 3 readers that comment below, and please don't forget to leave your e-mail address. 

23 April 2017

Mother's Day Bloom

Are you looking for a cute craft for Mother's Day?  This sweet bloom is sure to put a smile on mom's face and it's a FREEBIE on TPT.


The flower center flips up to reveal why they they have the best mom/mum.

I always have my students create mom portraits for Mother's Day.  They always turn out super adorable. What mommy doesn't love kid drawn art?

14 April 2017

Easter Fun!

Happy Easter Weekend!!! I am certainly welcoming this 3 day weekend.  Yesterday was a super busy day in the classroom and we had so much fun!!!!  Our second graders don't traditionally do egg hunts in the classroom.  It is usually reserved for our kindergartners, but I decided to turn egg hunting into a math lesson.

I began with an egg for each student.  I simply put a NO Homework pass inside with some candies.  I also found some cute little bunny shaped crayons at Walmart that I included.   

Each egg had a math problem on the outside that students had to solve.  I used 2 digit subtraction problems in which the answers were my students numbers in the classroom.  So, basically each egg had an answer of 1-19.  I had them walk around with clipboards and scratch paper searching for eggs and solving the problems until they found the egg which resulted in their number.  I didn't really hide the eggs.  They were in plain view, but they had to go through several eggs to find their own.  It was a great activity, because they didn't have to rush around frantically searching for eggs.  They knew each one of them had their very own egg.  They just had to figure out which was theirs!

They were probably most excited that inside the egg was a no homework pass!!!  No homework passes seem to be a sure way to put a smile on their faces.  You can get them for free by clicking the image below.


We also did a little bit of Easter themed persuasive writing.  Their job was to persuade me that they would be the best choice for an Easter Bunny Assistant.  I read aloud the Easter Bunny's Assistant before they began writing, and that book is seriously adorable.

Here are a few of their writing pieces:

They created their own bunny for their cover using my Build-A-Bunny Patterns:

After writing, it was time for a yummy treat!

I also took pictures of all my second grade bunnies.  
Here's a picture of my favorite bunny, my Greysen!  I added their pics to a template that is included in the same resource as above.  I got the cute little bunny sunglasses at Walmart. 

Wishing everyone a safe and glorious Easter! God Bless!

26 March 2017

Keepin' It Simple Money Review

I am going to keep this post short.  I have been sick in bed for the last 2 weeks.  I missed my entire Spring Break (BOO HOO) and then had to miss a week of work after Spring Break because I still hadn't recovered.  I can't remember the last time I've been this under the weather.   I'm going to have to blame it on Spring.  We have these beautiful oak trees in front of our home, but they have been dropping pollen for weeks and my asthma is just out of control on top of a sinus infection and pneumonia!  I got out of bed for the first time today and... jumped right on my computer.  I decided to put some finishing touches on a product I have gotten a lot of use out of already this year and really wanted to share with my teacher friends.


It doesn't have cute borders and graphics, but it does the trick for reviewing computation and coin collections.  I decided to keep these simplistic and leave off all the bells and whistles.  They have 10 problems per page.  The top five are computation problems with regrouping and the bottom 5 problems are coin collections.  There are a total of 20 pages included in the resource.  The half dollar is included on many of the pages.  They do NOT go over a dollar with the exception of about 4 problems.  The pages that contain these problems have a star in the upper right corner.

I do plan to add several more pages that do go over a dollar in the future.  Here is an example of one of the pages:
       Here is a breakdown of the types of computation problems included in the resource.
      * 5 pages have 2 Digit Addition w/Regrouping
      * 5 pages have 2 Digit Subtraction w/Regrouping
      * 5 pages have 2 Digit Addition and Subtraction w/Regrouping
      * 2 pages have 2 Digit Subtraction w/Reg. and 3 Digit Addition w/Reg.
      * 3 pages have 3 Digit Addition and Subtraction w/Regrouping

 Feel free to check it out in my store.  The link is HERE.


25 February 2017

Doodle Bookmarks

It's hard to believe that March is nearly here.  It was definitely time for another blog post.  Yikes... the last time I blogged was about Christmas!  I have finally finished the doodle bookmarks that I started last year.  They are pretty cute and my students loved the Frankenstein ones I gave them at Halloween.  The Frankenstein version is a freebie in my shop.  I decided to create a new set with several new holiday designs.  They look super cute colored and I always laminate for durability.  Click the image below to check them out in my store.


They make adorable keepsakes for your students from the teacher.

I'd love to give 3 sets away for free to the first 3 readers that leave their e-mail below.