Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veterans Day Scrambled Sentences Activity and Giveaway!

Hey Everybody!

I seriously cannot believe it's ALREADY November!!! It's crazy to me that I've already started planning for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. This year sure is going by fast!

Well, every year I look for new activities to do with my 2nd graders for Veterans Day. Of course, it'd be easy for me to just pull from what I did last year, but apparently I want new new new--yes more work for me. Anyways, I created a Veterans Day scrambled sentences activity for my kiddos to work on tomorrow with a partner. We know our children needs LOTS and LOTS of practice with sentence structure, writing sentences, and working on their handwriting, so why not tie Veterans Day into all of that. They will unscramble the 6 sentences (facts about Veterans Day) and write the sentences in their 'My Veterans Day Book'.

Here are a few pics:

I usually print the cards out, laminate them for durability, and place them in individual ziploc bags, but I'll be skipping the laminating part since I'm doing this tomorrow!

You can grab these here from TPT store.

You can also visit my Facebook page and enter to win these today!

Happy Veterans Day!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Last Minute Thanksgiving Math Activity (FREE)

Happy Sunday!

I just realized I needed a last minute math activity for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break! I quickly created this Turkey Skip Counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s activity. If there are any 1st or 2nd grade teachers out there still looking for a last minute math activity, here you go!

Download this for free here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Take Home Reading Freebie

Just wanted to write a quick post on how I do take home reading each week. Each one of my kiddos has a large ziploc bag where they keep their books for home reading. I put two books (on their reading level) in their bag on Monday and they have those two books for the whole week--Monday-Thursday.

On Wednesday I give them this book report form to complete and return no later than Friday. They can choose either one of their books to write a book report on. There is a fiction side and a non-fiction side to the book report form.

You could also use this for independent reading time, guided reading, or as an assessment. It's up to you!


If you are interested in this book report form, you can have it for free here.

Well I'm off to go cook dinner. Stuffed peppers with lean turkey meat and rice with Kale on the side!!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Breaking Blog Rule! Oops! FREEBIE Inside!

Sorry I know that I'm breaking the blog rule of only one post a day but I wanted to share with you my Journey's Work onWriting Journal Prompts. I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago and posted journal prompts from Unit 1 of Journeys. You can read that here.

I've added a couple more common core aligned journal questions to Unit 1. You can grab those for free here.

I've also added journal prompt/questions for Lesson 1 of Unit 6 for Journeys.

Grab these here.

If you don't use the Journey's reading program, you can probably still use a couple of these journal prompts!


More Common Core Activities for Place Value

Hi y'all!

Happy Sunday! I have another place value activity for you to add to your Place Value and Number Sense math unit! The last place value activity I posted was for Skip Counting, Odd and Even, and Reading and Writing Numbers up to 1,000. You can read about those here.

Last week my class was working on mentally adding 10 or 100 to any given number, as well as, mentally subtracting 10 or 100 to any given number. We used my Matching Activities to do this! I had the kids complete this activity during the Independent Work station during Guided Math.

Here are some pictures of the activities that we used last week!




Next week we will be using the Greater than and Less than matching activities from this pack to learn that concept.

Here are a few pictures of these activities!

If you are interested in this pack, click on the picture to purchase or....comment on this blog post and I'll choose 3 fabulous followers of my blog, TPT store, and facebook page to have this for FREEEEEEE! Who doesn't love free???? :)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Journeys: Work on Writing FREEBIE

My school has adapted the reading program Journeys this year. It's such a comprehensive reading program that is aligned with the Common Core, so it's fantastic! I wanted to share briefly with you how I integrate part of the Daily 5 with Journeys.  One of the Daily 5 rotations is Work on Writing. Since the Common Core is heavy on writing about reading, I've developed some journal prompts that go along with the book we are reading in Journeys. Below are the journal prompts/questions for Unit 1 Lesson 3, Dogs. The kids did a great job with these, with modeling of course!

If you use Journeys, you can grab these for free here!  I'll be creating these for every one of the whole group stories in Journeys.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Common Core Reading Response Pages

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

I just finished my Common Core Reading Response Pages pack for 2nd grade! I am super excited about using these next week during my guided reading groups! They can also be used for students to fill out during independent reading time or work on writing time--since the common core is BIG on writing about reading.

Here are just a couple of the pages from the pack!



I have decided that during my Work on Writing station for Daily 5, I'm going to have my students "Write about Reading" instead.  They will respond to the selection we read together from our mini lesson in their reading journals. I will provide them with a reading journal prompt--aligned to the common core of course, and they will respond to that independently. If they finish early and there is still time left in that rotation, they may participate in the "real" Work on Writing (writing about anything they want).

I will be working on these reading journal prompts tonight or tomorrow!

Interested in this pack? Comment on this blog post and I'll choose 3 wonderful teachers tomorrow night to have this FOR FREE!

Have a wonderful weekend!