Instagram Fun!

April 29, 2013

After being tempted for awhile, I finally decided to jump on the Instagram bandwagon today! I'm so excited that I did! It's a great way to connect with other teachers and take a peek into their classrooms. If that isn't exciting enough, What The Teacher Wants and Apples and ABC's have joined forces to throw a #teachertalktuesday party every Tuesday! Every Tuesday on Instagram, hundreds of teachers will share a picture from their school day using the hashtag #teachertalktuesday.

15 End of Year Test Prep Ideas

April 28, 2013

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, end of year tests will be here before we know it.  I've scoured the Internet and some of my favorite teacher blogs for ways to not only get my students prepared for their upcoming tests but also excited about them.  Since teachers are so busy at this time of year assessing students, re-teaching concepts, and preparing students for assessments, I want to share some of the amazing ideas I have found!

Earth Day Fun!

April 14, 2013

We have had such nice, Spring weather here lately.  It's consistently been in the 70's and 80's for a little over a week now.  To say I am loving it would be quite the understatement! 
Speaking of Spring, Earth Day is only a week away, and I spent this week getting ready for it.  In the past, I've always based my Earth Day lessons and activities around Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.  I once had a Lorax unit with all of the activities included, but since Seuss Enterprises no longer wants teachers creating resources to go with their books (grrrr!), that is no more. 
The good news is that I finally got around to updating the unit and replaced all the Lorax references with an Earth Day theme!  The unit can be used by itself or with an Earth Day-themed book, and if you'd like to use The Lorax, it will work perfectly with it as well! If you previously purchased my Lorax unit on TpT, you can get the update (which also includes a few new activities), by re-downloading it from your TpT Dashboard.

Counting and Segmenting Syllables

April 12, 2013

I've previously shared a lesson on counting syllables and segmenting words into syllables:

Second Grade Common Core Measurement Unit

April 10, 2013

If you're a follower of my blog, you might know that measurement is one of my favorite units to teach.  I love teaching math in general because of how hands-on it is, and, in my opinion, it doesn't get much more hands-on than measurement!  With the Common Core in place now, my measurement unit needed some revamping this year.
Here's a look at some of the things we did in Second Grade:

The 101st Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking

April 09, 2013

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster.  This year's 101st anniversary, which is Monday, April 15th, isn't a major occasion, but it's an important historical date nonetheless.  Kids today are still fascinated by the ship and its story. 
To mark the 100th anniversary last year, I created a mini Titanic unit.  I thought I would share it again this year incase some of you might want to use it with your class or own children at home. :-)

Spring-Themed Four In A Row Game

April 08, 2013

Last year I picked up these adorable Easter/Spring-themed mini erasers from Target's Dollar Spot. 

Beatrix Potter

April 07, 2013

I hope y'all have had a fabulous Spring Break!  I have certainly been enjoying mine.  I do wish the weather was a little nicer though.  It's been quite chilly here this week, and it even snowed one day!  Warmer temperatures are on the way though...just in time to head back to school!  That's how it goes though, doesn't it?!?  I'll definitely be thankful for the sunshine and warm weather come recess time though!  Cold, windy weather sure makes for some dreary playground days, especially for me since I get cold very easily!  I think I enjoy the warm weather more than the kids! :-)
Before Easter/Spring Break we began my favorite Spring unit...Beatrix Potter!  I absolutely adore Beatrix Potter books.  Not only are her illustrations easily identifiable, but she used vibrant and illustrative language in her books.  More often that not, Beatrix connected the two, which make her books perfect for comprehension and word study. 

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