Friday, November 28, 2014

It’s Sale Time!

     Visit my TpT store on Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2.  Everything is on SALE!  
Click the picture to visit my store. Enter the promo code below.
Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Caribou Freebie

     Here is a freebie just for you!   When I go back to school after Thanksgiving vacation our class will be working on a caribou non-fiction study.  To keep our second grade skills fresh in the mind of the kiddos I created a few worksheets with a caribou theme.  Verbs, common nouns, and compound words are three areas that we have covered in class.  The students will be making connections with their non-fiction caribou study and these skills.

Grab your freebie here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Five for Friday

Happy Friday! and for our district happy vacation!  We get the entire week of Thanksgiving off!!!  Oh, to sleep in...

Okay back to the present.  

1 - Thank you Kacey for hosting the Five for Friday each week!  I appreciate all the wonderful ideas I get.

2 - Fact and Opinion - the kiddos worked hard on identifying facts and opinions this week.  The students used two crayons to mark up their paper as they searched out facts and opinions.

3 - Tasty Tuesday - the students made turkey tracks snacks this week.  It is interesting to notice the students fine motor skills.  Some need a lot of direction and others are very competent.

4 - Contractions were also on our schedule this week.  Like your students our class loves a good Scoot time. 

5 - Finally, I attended a reading conference this week with some sweet teacher friends.  The presenter reminded us to get our students up and moving throughout the day.  She said that students need to move every 12 1/2 minutes.  As part of my lessons I incorporated movement.  I place several posters around the classroom and let the students go with adding contractions to the correct posters.  Very cool results, within five minutes the students were able to correctly list about 20 different 
Don't you love it when you take away something from a conference that is very ready to use?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday


Where do the weeks go?  I can hardly believe that November is half over already!

          Here goes my Five for Friday…

1 – Our class earned an outdoor activity as a PBIS reward.  To make a learning activity whole class suitable I created (well I had help, thanks Courtnee and Linda!) large scrabble type squares.  Students selected cards that read noun, verb, or adjective.  As a team they figured out a word that fit the category.  Students used the giant letter tiles to fit their word into the puzzle.   It is quite a challenge to get the students to come up with more than three or four letter words, next time.

2 – Baking Time – one day we made pumpkin muffins ‘just because’!  Pre-measuring the ingredients at home makes for smooth bowl to oven ready muffins.  I couldn’t do a project like this without the help of my fantastic, loyal classroom volunteer – Judy!  She was able to pop these in the oven and a short time later she returned with the muffins and all my copies for next week!   We worked in a dividing lesson to figure out how many muffins each student would get to enjoy with their milk.

3 – Intervention Time – each week I keep track of the students that may need a little extra practice with a specific skill from the week.  Here students are working on verbs in the present and which verb needs an –s at the end.  I quickly wrote down sentences and the students used the magnetic letters to fill in the blanks.  This is so much more fun than using pencil and paper!

4 – Chrome Book Introduction – My 2nd grade teaching neighbor’s class taught my students how to log on to chrome books and get ready to take a STAR reading test.  Way easier than me giving the directions and having hundreds of, “Mrs. Brown…” shouted out.  In fact, I think my students listened to the other students much better.

5 – Another tasty treat this week!  No, we don’t make something every day, although the students would love it if we did.  This is just a fun snack to make – chocolate donut hole, fudge stripe cookie, and a piece of candy corn all held together with glue (aka chocolate frosting).  Not a healthy snack but fun to make and eat!


I hope you had a great week!  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at room 2D.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Main Idea and Details Freebie

Today we worked on main idea and details with this flippy flap.  During small group time students used a variety of colored post-it notes to record the main ideas and details of an assigned selection.  It is fun to watch the students as they choose the ‘just right’ color of post-it.  Whatever makes the learning fun!
Get your freebie here

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Final Blends Freebie

The days just fly by and then the days turn into weeks and well, you get the idea.

Our school uses the Journeys reading series and I find that sometimes my students need more practice on certain concepts.  Here is a freebie I created to go along with our work on final blends.

To create your flip flap, cut on the lines between each final blend.  Glue on long skinny rectangle on the left side.  Work with your students to generate sample words to write under each flap.

Get your final blend freebie here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Where does the time go?

If you are a teacher you know exactly where the time goes…committee meetings after school, one more trip to the copier (no matter how organized you are), collaborating with colleagues (well ok talking about your weekend or other important stuff).  You get the picture time truly just flies by!

However, I am happy to say that I’m doing my room reveal before the start of the second quarter!  (Thanks for the pat on the back!)

Here goes…

This is what my classroom looked like after it was used for summer school.  The teacher who used it pushed everything out of her way and contained all of her materials to half of the room. 
 The top picture shows my classroom library after an entire day of work!  How can sorting books, labeling bins, and organizing take all day?!?

The library is finally all finished!  I was so happy when I visited my favorite Dollar Tree and they had the same bins as last year!!!  Now I'm the proud owner of 40+ Dollar Tree bins!  (Wouldn't you love to have a store feature your classroom complete with their products?)
This year my students will be using an interactive word wall.  Below you can see the start of the word wall.  Check back for my post about our classroom word wall.

The top photo is our gathering space.  The walls are blank and ready to be filled up with anchor charts, samples of work, and more.  With only 14 students this year I have three desk groups and lots of extra area in the classroom.

Here are a few close ups of various areas in our classroom.  The star bulletin board is designed to showcase student papers.  I have the students put up their own papers that they would like to 'brag' about.  Well, maybe not really brag but show off, is that any better?

Thanks so much for visiting my classroom!  Let me know if you have any questions about any areas in my classroom.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Using A Glossary

I just wanted to share this freebie with you!  Early in the school year we work on glossary skills, of course that skill spirals around again later in the year.

I hope that you will be able to use this sheet in your classroom.  My students use the sheet in their interactive notebook for reading, I have included a label for your notebooking convenience.

Grab your freebie here.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Freebie For You!

     My summer is winding down (can you see the tear in the corner of my eye).  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my profession and the start of school always get me excited.

     Here is a calendar I created to use for my planning and organizing.  The calendar is plain and simple.  I print several copies on different colors of paper for various reasons:  math planning, meetings, etc. Enjoy the freebie and plan your heart out!  Click on the picture below to grab your free copy.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Triton Academy 2014

     How exciting!!! My teaching buddy, Linda and I will be working Triton Academy 2014 again this year.  We love preparing for the three classes we’ll be teaching.  Linda and I work fantastically (is that a word?) together.  Our creativity plays off each other to come up with a top-notch product for our class participants.

     Following are the power point presentations we’ll be sharing with our fellow teachers at each of the classes.

     Triton Participants – if you found my little corner of the blog world – WELCOME!  These resources are here for your convenience.   Clicking the images below will take you to the Google Docs.

     By the way – don’t forget the super, great Teachers Pay Teachers sale going on August 4th & 5th.  My entire store is on sale!!!  Click here to check it out.

Enjoy your week, I know I will!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Back to School Sale!!!

TpT is having a BIG sale on August 4th and 5th!
My entire store is on sale!!! WOW!
Join the fun and search out the just right product for your classroom.

Have a super weekend!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Monday Made It


     Thank you, Tara for this always great linky party!!! 

     Although I add lots to my to do list each week and it is getting harder to get a to done list.  All in all, I have to say thank you to ALL the very CREATIVE teachers out there for the tons of wonderful ideas.

     Im not in panic mode yet as our school doesnt start until August 26 (teacher work days).  I know that the remainder of my summer will go by so quickly and like all of you I want my summer to last and last!

     I didnt accomplish too many projects but, here is what I did get done 

     I made these table numbers and table tote numbers.  I used scrap book paper for the backgrounds and had a little paper leftover to make the cute tote numbers for each table.  Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who have talked about pencils, supplies, and organization!  I am hopeful that using the table totes will cut down on, "I can't find my ___", "I don't have a ____".  Haven't we all heard those statements again and again?

     This is a sample of one project the teachers who attend our Triton Academy session in August will be making.  Linda and I share many recycled/repurposed projects with our participants.  The bean bottle is one example of the projects we share.  Linda and I provide all the materials for the make and take sessions.

     Here is a freebie I'll be using for our second grade math notebooks. Click the image get your copy.

 Doubles Facts

     My volunteer time at the Bible camp was wonderful!!!  These two pictures are the only ones I took,  some of the 225 campers - 6th, 7th, and 8th graders - boy can they eat!  The real fun part is seeing several students that I had when they were in second grade.  I love it that they see me in a very different setting (usually with a red, hot face and donning an apron).  I am also very happy to proclaim my faith in Jesus Christ by volunteering at camp.  I consider this my short term mission project for the summer!

     Pizza dough for 30 half sheet pan pizzas!  The last day of camp is always special because it's pizza day!  what is better than homemade pizza.

     Thanks so much my CREATIVE blogging friends!!!  Enjoy your summer vacation!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday Made It

Thanks, Tara!  Monday Made It is always a great linky.

First, my volunteer week at Lake Lundgren Bible Camp was wonderful!  Cooking for 250 sixth, seventh, and eighth grades is a big challenge.  Troy the kitchen guru does a fantastic job of keeping all his volunteers on track and busy, in fact 6:30 am to 6:30 pm busy!  (We did have an hour off in the afternoon - just enough time for a quick nap.)

Second, I saw these little guys at Walmart and thought about using them for my welcome banner.  I'm open to other ideas - let me know.
Third, I'm into zebra print.  I think I'll use the zebra and green fabric to redo my crate seats.  The party section also had these zebra table cloths and zebra print bags.  Not sure where I'll use the table cloths but the bags will be used for a welcome to my classroom treat.

Finally, I have a new item in my TpT store.  This Short Vowel Bundle is a great for beginning of the year literacy centers.  Take a peek at this bundle that contains some unique activities. 

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Monday Made It - Let's Sew!

Thank you, Tara for your Monday Made It!  Its always a great time to sit back and check out all the great projects everyone is working on.

Last week I told you that I was trying to control "good stuff" that I plan to use for the upcoming school year. I was able to nab this shelf from another room in our house.  I did a happy dance when these super cute wire baskets were able to fit side by side on the shelves!  Notice the stash of peanut butter jars - I will use the jars for our Christmas project.  Wow! - prepared 5 months ahead of schedule.  Another basket contains the pant legs that I cut off of the jeans that I used for my book bags.  I am hoping to turn the pant legs into parts for a quilt.  This shelf sits in my sewing room so it is very handy.  I'm still on the look out for two more wire baskets to fill in the bottom shelf.

My second made it are aprons!  One day I made 5 aprons! No the aprons are not all for me.  One aprons will be used for our local library silent auction baskets - you know the baskets are filled with goodies and people bid on them. The other four aprons will be used by kitchen staff at the summer camp where I volunteer.  This is our cooking week!  I'm excited to spend a week with my friends working in the kitchen at camp.  Some people think we're crazy that we enjoy putting in 10-12 hour days cooking but it is a great "short term" mission project.  Of course we look very cute in our new aprons!

My third made it is "anything" bags.  When I sew the aprons there is always larger size scraps that I just can't toss out.  That is where the anything bag comes in.  I made lots of these over the years.  My daughters use them when they pack for jewelry and other small items, electronics, items in their purses, and lots more.  I use them in my classroom for game pieces - the bags are very quiet containers. This bunch of bags will be given away at Triton Academy class that I will be teaching in August.  Last year the teachers that scored the bags were thrilled.

Have a great week!