Sunday, February 17, 2013


Congratulations Halle from Across the Hall in 2nd grade! You are the winner. 
I'm emailing you now.

For everyone else, I've marked the unit down to $4 until I get home from school tomorrow. We aren't lucky enough to have the day off like most of you. It's a full day of inservice. 
Click on the picture to head to TPT.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

If the Shoe Fits (an inferencing investigation)

Happy Saturday y'all! I'm back today to share my newest creation -- If the Shoe Fits (an inferencing  investigation). Inferencing is one of my favorite skills to teach. It can be so fun for the kids with clues and detectives.

In this activity, the Shoe Snatcher has stolen 10 pairs of shoes from 10 different people. Students will have to match the top secret case files to the missing pairs of shoes.

You can use this pack as a learning center, a group investigation, or a whole group lesson. I've also included detective badges to help your kiddos really get into the activity and a inferencing crossword to extend the lesson.

You can find this new pack in my TPT store by clicking on the images above or clicking here.

While you are there, you can also pick up my free inferencing song. 

Let me know what you think by commenting below. I'll choose one person to win this new pack tomorrow. Don't forget your email address.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reading Response Prompts (freebie)

I'm back again today because I remember what I was going to post reading response prompts. These prompts go along with second grade Treasures but you could also use them for trade books. Here are the trade books that go along with Treasures.

You can download these for free by clicking here.

If you appreciate these freebies or any other freebies that I've offered, please consider donating to my DonorsChoose project. You can use the code HEART through February 18th and double your donation.

On another note, is anyone else as excited about Justin Timberlake's new album?
I just watched his Grammy performance today. So good!

 Have a good night!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Flashback Post: Valentine's Rounding Bump freebie

I thought of something I wanted to post about today but I can't remember what it was.  I can't remember anything lately. I think it's because I have so much going on. So since I can't remember what I was going to post about, I thought I would feature a freebie that I posted last year.

You can find it by clicking on the image. It's free in my TPT store.
I also have some great Valentine's centers in my store. My kiddos love them!
Here are some images from the pack. You can click on any of them to view the pack on TPT.

I also have a game pack that I made last year. 

What are you doing in your class for Valentine's day?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lovin' Those Math Facts (with freebies)

Happy Saturday! So glad this week is over. I had my unannounced visit this week and I think it went pretty well. I'll find out soon when I do my post-conference. This was actually the first time that I wasn't nervous at all. I just had a feeling that I would be observed on Wednesday and I was. There are some terrible lessons in our math series so I was glad that this was a day of review where I could just do my own thing.

My kiddos are working hard on getting faster on our math facts. This is our grade level focus for this 9 weeks and we have been working on it everyday in my class. Our goal is for the kids to get 20 or more math facts done in a minute and a half.  I do a 25 question timed test everyday for practice and we graph the previous days' results.

Grab a copy by clicking on the image above.
I copied this graph on colored paper and the kids keep it in their desks. They love to see if they have grown from the day before. One of my kids said it was her favorite part of the day.

My teammate Heather had a great idea to have the kids write our goal on the back of their paper. When I was making practice tests, I went ahead and typed it on the test. I also put astericks beside number 20 so they would know that this is where they need to get to with a quick glance.

Grab 10 free math timed tests by clicking on the link above.
When I give the math facts assessments from my district, I have noticed that some of my kids put the astericks on their page.

Math facts are so important for kids to know quickly and I've noticed more of my kids quit using their fingers on these tests. We play "Around the World" for quick practice when we have a few extra minutes. In this game, 2 students face off and whoever knows the fact quickest moves on to the next person.

What games do you play or activities do you use to help students practice their math facts?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lil Math Monsters games

Just popping by to let you know that I've posted a new product in my TPT store just in time for the big sale tomorrow.

The games are correlated to the common core standards for both first and second grades. I've included 2 versions of several of the games so they are more useful. The common core correlations are also listed in the pack and on my description on TPT.

I hope you like it! It will be on sale tomorrow during the Super Sunday sale.
Click on any of the images to view it on TPT.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Super Sunday Sale

Thanks to Ashley Hughes of The School Supply Addict for this cute button.

Just popping by to let you know that I am having a sale on Sunday in my TPT shop. Everything will be 20% off. If you use the promo code SUPER, you can save up to 28%. Who doesn't love a sale? I've been adding things to my wishlist over the last few days. I can't wait to go shopping!

Here are some new items in my store that you may have missed:

Have a great Friday night!