October 25, 2015

Sharing Sunday - November

The FUN teacher authors over at the Primary Peach have started a blog link-up called Sharing Sunday. For this series, the teachers will be sharing TONS of resources that they are PLANNING to use the following month. Here are my plans for Sharing Sunday (click on any of the pictures to view the PDF with clickable links to take you to each of these files):

 Inferencing is a great skill to cover over and over again for 2nd graders. These riddle cards are great practice. Of course fluency is something that I'm constantly pushing this part of the year as well.

 My ELA workbook has made planning for ELA sooo soo easy. I have all of the practice activities stapled as a workbook for my students. I also have all of the tests that are included in the packet already copied for the entire year. 

My Fall pack includes lots of fun activities that are not Thanksgiving related. I love doing the Thanksgiving stuff the week of Thanksgiving, but I want all other stuff to just be Fall related. The Thanksgiving freebie has lots of fun writing ideas for Thanksgiving. 

 For math I'm using my Fall Pack to review problem solving with my math groups. These are already differentiated so I can just grab the color cards that I need and get to work. 

The Find, Tally, and Graph is a great review for graphing.

We are teaching addition with regrouping now and will be teaching subtraction in a few weeks. These regrouping bookmarks are great for quick reference. 

 During the week of Thanksgiving my class will do all of these fun Thanksgiving themed math and literacy centers. We only have 2 days that week, so this gives them plenty to do during small groups.

For unit in November, we are teaching The Creek and Cherokee Indians and in science we will teach Matter. These are some GREAT resources to use.

See anything you like??? Anything you want to use in your plans??? If you click on any of the pictures or just click HERE, it will take you to the pdf that includes all of the clickable links that will take you STRAIGHT TO each of these documents to download for yourself. I hope this makes planning a little easier for you next month! Come back in December for another SHARING SUNDAY!!!

And don't forget to head over to The Primary Peach Blog to check out the other teachers' plans!

October 23, 2015

Fall Freebie at the Primary Peach

Head over to the Primary Peach today to check out a fun Fall Freebie that I'm sharing! Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway over at the Primary Peach!

October 7, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday

Hey teacher friends! It's another Wednesday and I'm here to show my outfits from last week, but also to blog about my VERY FIRST STITCH FIX BOX!!!!

So I heard about Stitch Fix a while back, but finally decided that I would give it a try. I signed up and made sure to put that I wanted to lowest prices on everything! The day my box arrived it felt like Christmas morning!!! I love mail, but I ESPECIALLY love mail with clothes. And it was a surprise!!! A stylist picked out everything for me based on my style profile and my Pinterest board. How cool is that? And there's not any obligation to buy anything!!!! I could've sent everything back if I wanted to.

You do have to pay $20 for a styling fee when you schedule your box to be shipped BUT if you buy ANYTHING from that box, your $20 goes towards the item/items that you want to buy.

Another great perk is that if you buy EVERYTHING in your box, then you get 25% off the total.

Here is what my box looked like the day I received it.

Box when I opened it (top middle), my outfit inspiration and letter from stylist (top right), how neatly my clothes and jewelry were folded (bottom right), all my goodies on my bed (left).

I decided to keep EVERYTHING inside of my box!!!! So I got 25% off of the total cost.

Here are my outfits from the week (I included my Stitch Fix items).


Top - Stitch Fix (super lightweight sweater)
pants - Old Navy
Sandals - Sam Edelmans
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - JCREW


Blouse and pants - Stitch Fix
Shoes - Ralph Lauren
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - Forever 21


Cardigan, pants and top - Old Navy
Shoes - Ralph Lauren
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklaces - Christmas gifts from local boutique


 Cardigan - Stitch Fix
top and pants - Old Navy
Sandals - Sam Edelmans
Watch - Michael Kors
Necklace - Forever 21

And… I chopped my hair off on Thursday!!! This is SHORT hair for me! I got about 7 inches cut in all. 

Friday: I wore jeans (nothing fancy worth sharing)… so I'll share Sunday's outfit instead! :)

top, pants, shoes - Old Navy
Necklace - Christmas gifts from local boutique

I hope you enjoyed my "What the Teacher Wore Wednesday"! And you should definitely give STITCH FIX  a try if you haven't already. Click HERE if you want to sign up for your account to Stitch Fix and fill out your style profile to see if this is something you would be interested in. 

I will probably be doing my boxes every other month because I loved it so much!!! I would love to know your opinions on your boxes as well. 

October 2, 2015

Math Facts

So, math is probably my FAVORITE subject to teach. But to me, math FACTS, are NO FUN at all. UNLESS you have some incentives to know them RIGHT!?!?!

So what I started doing last year, was putting students that pass their math facts on the "MATH FACTS HALL OF FAME" in the hallway for the whole school to see. This REALLY motivated my kids. 

This is how it works… In 2nd grade we start out the year by "pre-assessing" our students on their math facts for addition and subtraction to see where they are at. We consider mastery, 20 out of 20 problems correct in 1 minute. 

We start out the year with addition facts for everyone. We give flashcards, we do drills daily to practice in class, and we even have them do a 1 minute drill for practice each night with their parents. 
You can find my Math Fluency Homework in my Tpt store

When they have mastered their addition facts, their picture is put in the hallway on the "Addition Facts Hall of Fame". They get SO excited!!!!

After mastering addition, they get to start doing subtraction drills in class AND their 1 minute homework drill is also changed from addition to subtraction (how do you like that differentiation ;) )

When mastering subtraction, their picture goes on the "Subtraction Facts Hall of Fame". They then start doing multiplication drills in class, they do a 1 minute drill each night for multiplication, along with a 1 minute drill on addition every other night and a 1 minute drill on subtraction every other night. I do this, because I want their addition and subtraction facts to stay fresh since they are completely different than multiplication facts. 

The kids absolutely LOVE to compete with each other and are thrilled when their pictures go up! 

We started using an online program called "Reflex Math" this school year and the students love the games on there. I highly recommend it. 

I hope this gives you some new ideas to make doing those boring exciting math facts even more fun for your kiddos!

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