Friday, February 28, 2014

Blog Hop Winner

Congrats to Erin Pieterman! She is the winner of an item from my shop from the Owl-Ways Be Inspired Blog Hop.
Erin - check your email.

No worries if you didn't win. Everything is still on sale today.

Use those TPT credits and get your order reduced even more.

Happy shopping!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Been Shopping Yet?

It's time for the big sale! I've already been shopping this morning but I will be going back later for more. This is a great time to stock for the end of the year and get those items you wishlisted after the last big sale.

Did you know you can use your TPT credits to buy items, even during the sale? Leave some positive feedback on those items you have purchased in the past and earn your way to freebies.

Here are some of my favorite items in my store:

I really love my March math centers. Lots of great review.

I also have some fun March literacy centers.

My FUNdamental phonics packs have been a big hit.

I think my all time favorite in my store is my Common Core Review Pack. This pack has 16 great centers but it also has 10 days worth of review sheets that you can use separate from the centers, 3 write the room review activities and 5 review word searches.

And don't just take my word for it. Other teachers love this pack too!

Happy shopping!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Resources That Keep Me Afloat

This week, my friends and I are sharing resources in our classroom that keep us afloat. I have to say that TPT has made my teaching so much better and saved me so much time. 

I have to say that one of my favorite products that I have made are my monthly centers. My students do these every day during our reading rotations. These centers provide great review of skills that I have taught and they are fun for the students.

The ELA Common Core review centers were an amazing way to review important Common Core skills before the big test last year. I can't wait to roll these out soon.

I used these centers in partners to review those important ELA skills that needed more practice.

I have also started using my math centers during math rotations. These are really great for review.

I also use a ton of Amanda Madden's resources in my classroom. I've always thought she was amazing ever since she created Teachers Clubhouse. One of the things that I love about her store is her easy to use grammar centers. They are so simple to make and provide great review. Since I use my centers also, I use her centers as a review during my reading group time. These are great games to play together with your low kids and awesome review for all the other kids.
 These are the centers for adjectives, multiple meaning words, and pronouns. All you have to do is glue the cover page to a manila envelope and put all the pieces and the recording sheet inside the envelope. I am all about easy these days!

Her newest resource looks absolutely amazing too! Who doesn't hate getting homework ready each week and then having it not done correctly or done at all. Ugh! Drives me crazy.

This is something that I am definitely going to start using. She has a whole process for getting homework returned and I believe that the kids will love this homework instead of boring math worksheets.

Okay, now's the time for a quick giveaway. Leave me a comment on this post (with your email) and I'll choose one person to win an item of their choice from my store. The winner will be announced Friday morning. Best of luck!

Don't forget that Thursday and Friday are sale days on TPT! You can stock up on these resources and lots of other resources from my Owl friends. Check out the link up below for more lifesaving resources.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Must-Read Monday with Books for You

I'm linking up with Amanda to share a Must-Read book. This week, I am going to share books that you should read for enjoyment. Spring break is coming up and these books are perfect, quick reads.

The first book that I want to share is for those of you who like mysteries. You have got to read "Defending Jacob" by William Landay. 

One of my colleagues loaned me her book and I couldn't put it down. My dad is reading it right now and he told me the exact same thing. Amazing and you cannot see the ending coming.

Another book that you have to read is "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green.

 This is marketed as a teen book but I loved it. It's a sweet story and it's being made into a movie. You have to read it before the movie comes out because I'm sure that the book will be so much better.

Do you have any book recommendations for me for spring break?

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Famous Americans and Visual Plans (Feb. 24-28)

It's Sunday so it's time for visual plans. Last week was a whirlwind with our late Valentine's celebration, Famous Americans parade and wax museum, and the first week back after 3 snow days.

Every year in 2nd grade, my team has our students research a famous American from history. This has been a project that has been going on for years and we have kind of tweaked it over the last few years. I was extremely impressed with my students' costumes this year.

 Here you have Walt Disney (with the Mustache), Muhammad Ali, Sacagawea, and Babe Ruth.
 Orville Wright, Dr. Virginia Apgar, Sacagawea, and Rosa Parks
Betsy Ross, Jackie Robinson, Lucille Ball, and John Wayne

We always do a parade for the rest of the school so everyone can see. I teach at a small primary school (only Pre-K- 2nd grade) so my students are the oldest ones in the school. It is great to show the upcoming students what to expect when they are in 2nd grade.

At home, the students have to do a report on their chosen Famous American. We kinda changed the format this year so it would be easier to incorporate with the Wax Museum. During the Wax Museum, students have to present several facts about their person to parents and other classes. We put red circles on each students' desk and they come to life when the circle is pressed.

Click on the images to download the pages.

 This is the rubric that I use to grade the project.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive unit, Amanda's unit looks fabulous.

Now onto the visual plans. 

This week, our reading series is teaching Fact and Opinion again. So I'm throwing in some other skills that we haven't hit much this year.

 There are quite a few freebies in this file so be sure to download the file to grab them. And leave me a comment if you do.

We are also working on our Abraham Lincoln research project. Last week was so crazy that we didn't get started.

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills to share my plans. Go check out her linky.

Have a great week!

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