Monday, May 23, 2016

Neon Kwik Stixs Giveaway

The Pencil Grip, Inc. sent me a pack of neon Kwik Stix to try out. I loved the primary colored pack that I tried out last month but this pack was even better. I love bright colors and these were perfect! Look at these gorgeous colors.
So why use Kwik Stix? Here's a video showing them in use. So easy to use and not messy at all.

Here's a close up version of what they look like before painting. I had a hard time envisioning how these would work before I used them but no planning is really needed. Just open and paint! Perfect for those quick classroom projects.

Best of all, the Pencil Grip, Inc. is allowing me to choose a person to win a 6 pack primary set and a 6 pack neon set.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Top 10 End of School Ideas

(1) Use theme days. Kids love themes. I usually have the kids dress to match the theme. Some theme days that we have used are cowboy day, baseball day, and beach day. 

(2) Learn about the ocean. There is so much to do with the ocean and the kids love learning about ocean animals. I love using my "Dive on In" pack and focusing on a different animal each day.

(3) Keep them busy. I love the free coloring books from Krista. I have some free word searches in my TPT store.

(4) Remember your year. Have your kiddos complete a memory book to remember all the fun that they had over the year. I like to show them photos from earlier in the year with things that they might have forgotten. In second grade, they are constantly saying, "Today is the best day ever!" So the closest "best day ever" to the end of the year is the only thing that they seem to remember.

(5) Search for in-school field trips. We've had our local children's science museum come to do science lessons (and these might be free if you are a Title 1 school). We also had the zoo come to do a program. The kids love it and it gives you a break.

(6) Rotate classes. By this time of year, it can get hard to fill the day with fun activities and we all know how we need time away from some of our favorite students. So, get some of your team on board to rotate classes. In my team of five, I planned one activity to do five times with each class. It keeps the kiddos busy and keeps the planning time down. 

(7) Appreciate others. I love to have my kiddos appreciate their classmates. Usually, we write letters to each other and share. This year, I ran out of time so we did appreciation posters. We rotated around and wrote kind adjectives on each students' paper and then we glued photos from the year on the back.

(8) Use stations and hands-on-learning. Get the kiddos up and moving. They are bound to be active at the end of the year so active learning is crucial to maintaining your sanity. I also love using GoNoodle. On a recent rainy day with no specials, GoNoodle was the only way that I could stay sane.

I love using my Common Core review centers at the end of the year. My Summer Loving centers are pretty popular too.

(9) Raffle. It's a great time to get rid of things that you didn't use all year. I lay everything out and let the students choose what they want. This also provides some incentive for good behavior because I let the kids with the most DOJO points choose first.

(10) Clean up! I like to get the kids involved in helping me clean up the room. I let them sort the books in our classroom library to make sure where they need to be. We use shaving cream to clean the desks. It's fun for the kids and cleans the desks really well.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Win $50 to TPT: May Snap, Share, Win!

 Are you ready to win the easiest contest ever? All you have to do is share a photo of one of my products in action. It can be you prepping the product, the kids using the product, or something hanging on your wall. It can be anything that shows off your products (Just be sure to keep your kiddos' names faces away from the camera unless you have permission to share.)

Share your students signing my memory book product or you using my Dive on In pack to teach about the ocean. Maybe you have my anchor charts or phonics cards hanging on a wall. Be creative and enter often. (The pictures need to be different each time.) Be sure to tag me @swimmingintosecond and use the #maysnapsharewin.

You can enter once a day until midnight on May 31st. On June 1st, I'll pick a winner to win the $50 giftcard to TPT. Easy peasy! So snap and share away!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Earth Day Resource Roundup

First up, I have my Earth Day minilessons pack featuring three Earth day text-based minilessons. These lessons are so easy to use. The lesson plans are already done. All you have to do is print and teach.

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I'm loving this new resource from Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade. This is just genius! She has a freebie from the pack for Earth day. Check it out to get a taste of her pack.

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How about some math? This is a really fun word problem freebie from Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory.

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And here's another Earth day freebie from Kelley. So fun!
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I love reading the blogs from Shannon at Technology Rocks, Seriously. She has always features lots of great tech resources for lots of different subjects.
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My kiddos always love the art projects from Art with Jenny K. This Earth day one helps them practice teamwork and it always turns out really cute.
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Hope you found something great to use for Earth day!