Friday, October 17, 2014

Five for Friday Fun!

So many exciting things have been going on this week!

We reviewed place value concepts and odd and even with this little activity. The kids loved it and  even got to eat a few candy corns during it!

We reviewed some of our long vowel spelling patterns with these awesome interactive notebook pages from my sweet friend Angela at Hippo Hooray in Second Grade. We added them to our language notebook for easy reference.

These cutie pies are practicing their word problem skills while using Aimee from Primarily Speaking's Super Solver Word Problem packet. We are in the middle of district assessments and these cards were great to get the kids up and moving, all while reviewing much needed skills.

Do your kids struggle memorizing their math skills? One way I practice these skills is with weekly math timed tests. My kids LOVE Thursdays when we take our tests! They literally squeal with excitement! Unbelievable! This little kiddo is hard at work to finish 50 problems in 3 minutes with no mistakes! They love being Jedi Knights and can't wait to see if they "pass" to the next level each time! It makes me smile every time!

Have you heard the news? Primary Powers collaborative blog launched this week! To celebrate, we are hosting an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G giveaway with over $300 in gift cards and prizes. Make sure to head over and check it out! While you are there, meet all the "SUPERHEROES" and grab a few freebies!

Make sure to link up with Doodle BugsTeaching and share your week with us!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KA-POW It's Freebie Time!

If you haven't heard, I have joined forces with some SUPER incredible blogging friends to bring you a new collaborative blog PRIMARY POWERS

Today, I am sharing some math and ELA freebies to help your students become superheroes in your  classrooms. Learn a little bit about me and how I use these activities in my classroom too.

Head on over to Primary Powers to grab my I SPY Place Value cards.

AND... Superhero Quotation Marks Task Cards.

Your students are sure to gain SUPER strength from both these activities. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KA_POW! Primary Powers Has Arrived!

Finally! Finally, October 15th has arrived! 
Now I can share my exciting news with all of you! I have joined up with some incredible blogging friends to bring you a brand, new collaborative blog

Twenty-seven, yes... 27, amazing blogging women have joined forces to bring you SUPER ideas, resources, freebies, and more every day!

Each day, a new blogger will be introduced, offering mind-blowing ideas and a freebie or two for you to use! 

To celebrate the launch of our collaborative blog we are having a SUPER giveaway!
You could win some mind-blowing prizes! Amazon, Target, Starbucks, TpT, and Lakeshore gift cards are waiting for you..... 

Just click on the link or picture above to take you to the rafflecopter to enter!

If an INCREDIBLE giveaway wasn't enough to get excited about, we have a special offer to share with you too!

 The news gets even better because we are celebrating the launch of Primary Powers with an exclusive deal with Educents!

21 instant downloads, over 1,000 pages of materials that are ready to use, and variety of topics to pull your through months of teaching!  $100.75 retail value available for a limited time for $29.99 which is 70% off!  Extreme value alert!

Concepts covered are:  addition, subtraction, graphing, time, money, reading, fluency, spelling, writing, close reading, grammar, story element in fiction and nonfiction, and much, much more!  

Products are thematically correct for the upcoming seasons!  
- spiders and camping for October
- turkeys, Thanksgiving, scarecrows for November
- winter, penguins, the holidays, and New Years for December

Other great items include:
- a calendar that could be used as a parent gift
- a data folder to track student growth
- literacy and math centers
- printables
- units of study

Check out the previews below... 

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Favorite Day of the Week...Friday!

We have been busy, busy, busy in second grade! I can't believe we are almost halfway through October!! Where has the time gone!

This week we worked with prefixes. The kids loved some of the bubblicious centers I set up for them to use. We also made flap books and sorted words with different prefixes.

This next activity blew my kids away! I read them the story Frankie Stein. Then, we completed Reagan's Fraken Authors flap book! The kids loved it!  The next thing I knew, this adorable bulletin board was created to show off their work! "Frankly" I am so proud of them!

We also introduced/reviewed odd and even this week. It always surprises me how some kids get this concept right away and others.... well others just need LOTS of practice! I introduced Odd Todd and Even Steven, which they were THRILLED to meet. I even heard two of my kiddos pretending to be them the next day as they walked into class. HILARIOUS! They counted candy corn with partners and decided if their number was odd or even and explained why. They also made sort books and continued to show off their even and odd knowledge.

Although I am slightly in awe of how fast October is flying by, I just can't wait for the 15th to arrive! I am joining up with some of my SUPER blogging friends to bring you Primary Powers. Make sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram (user name: primary powers) so you don't miss out on any of our exciting news! You will be WOWed! 

There is only a short time left to enter the Fall Favorites Giveaway that my sweet friend Aimee from Primarily Speaking and I are hosting with a ton of our blogging friends! Make sure to enter today, so you don't miss out on free money to Starbucks (hello pumpkin spiced latte) and some incredible resources! Click HERE to enter! 

Make sure to head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up your week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Favorites Giveaway!

I cannot tell you how excited I am that Fall has arrived! It is my most favorite season: lattes, boots, scarves, oh my!!!! I am in heaven!

 My bloggy bestie, Aimee from Primarily Speaking, and I are hosting our 2nd Annual Fall Favorites Giveaway to get everyone in the mood for this beautiful time of year!  We invited some of our blogging friends to help spread the love of Fall too. They have generously donated some incredible prizes that you are sure to want for your classrooms. So, without further delay....

Here are the 3 FABULOUS prize packages you can win:

Told you the prizes were awesome! Want to be one of the winners? Just make sure to use the Rafflecopters to enter each giveaway. The winners will be announced on Sunday, October 12th! Good luck and happy Fall to ya'll!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I can't believe it is finally here....October! The start of my favorite season....FALL! Cool weather, crisp mornings, scarves and boots here I come!!!!

The kids are in bed and the hubs and I are catching up with Top Chef DUELS. Love me a little Curtis! 

Fall. is. my. favorite. season of all! I am so excited that the weather will soon be getting cooler. It means I get to do a wardrobe switch. Jeans, boots and scarves here I come!

October is just plain long. There are no holidays to break up the month. I have parent conferences, district assessments, prep for report cards...aahhhh! Thanksgiving break cannot come soon enough after all that!

I hope to start decorating for Halloween this weekend! The hubs is not a fan of decorations of any kind. I have negotiated, over the years, for certain times of the year to be void of decorating complaints from him. October 1st-31st is my time to go all out for Halloween. I need to get crackin'!

I am not sure why, but I have the hardest time making an appointment to get my hair done. Every time I think about it, something comes up or I say "next weekend". Well, next weekend it is ! I have to get it done!

TRICK: Use paint sticks for students to hold their book spot in your classroom library. It helps keep your library organized and books in the right place. I give each student a class number so I can use the sticks over and over each year and they can easily keep track of where their books belong.

Head on over and visit Farley and link up and share what you are up to currently!

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