Saturday, May 31, 2014

ABCs of 2nd Grade

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! I am stopping by to let you know that I will be starting a new blog series next week. Each week, I will focus on a different letter with some freebies and tips. Don't teach 2nd grade? Don't worry! Most of the tips won't be grade specific.

Do you have any suggestions for the different letters? I have a plan but I am willing to change it if there is something you would rather read about than what I have. Please leave me a comment if you have any ideas. Have a great weekend!

Check out my first post in the series - A is for Accountable Talk.

http://www.swimmingintosecond.com/2014/06/a-is-for-accountable-talk-abcs-of-2nd.html
 
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Start Your Year Bright with C. Jayne Teach (with a Giveaway)

I have a confession. I am a planner snob. I love, love, love getting new planners. Strange, I know, but I rarely ever use them. I couldn't find one that has enough room to write and has everything I need included. I've tried several different versions from great companies but they just didn't meet my needs. I always knew that I could type my plans but I really like writing them down.

Then came The Teacher Anchor from my fellow Tennessean, Chandra of C. Jayne Teach. I was in love. This thing has everything that I needed plus more.
It had enough room to write, small group planning pages, pages for data tracking, and so much more. I was so impressed that I didn't even want to write in it for a while. I was afraid that I would mess up the perfection. 

http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/product/the-complete-teacher-anchor


This year, I am looking forward to purchasing another Teacher Anchor. Chandra from C. Jayne Teach has worked hard to get the Teacher Anchor even better. One thing that I had trouble with when using the Teacher Anchor was how large it was to carry it around to meetings and home to plan. Chandra has come up with a solution. She put the planning pages into a smaller spiral bound notebook that fits in the Teacher Anchor and also can be removed. Genius!

http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/product/the-complete-teacher-anchor

I love the layout of the planner. You can really tell it was designed by a teacher.

http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/product/the-complete-teacher-anchor

One of the new things that I am also excited about are the stickers. What teacher doesn't love stickers?  Best news of all, the Teacher Anchor now ships for free. Awesome!
http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/product/the-complete-teacher-anchor

 What I didn't know was that Chandra also sells other items in her store that are perfect for teachers. She sent me a box of these goodies to try out.

http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/products

I love the bright colors in this new collection. Check out my cute polka dot folder below and the bright library labels.

http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/products 

 I was surprised how sturdy the Gold Star Note Cards  are and I know my students will love receiving these as a special note.

http://cjayneteach.bigcartel.com/products

This large notepad is perfect for writing down those things that tend to get forgotten (at least by me) on a daily basis. By large, I mean this notepad is larger than a sheet of paper. Definitely enough room to write down notes for an entire week.

Here's the part you've been waiting for. Chandra has generously agreed to donate a personalized item for a giveaway. You can also win an item of your choice from my store. You can enter in the Rafflecopter below.










  


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Monday, May 5, 2014

TPT Sale and New Bundles

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Swimming-Into-Second

 It's time for the TPT Teacher Appreciation sale. The sale starts tomorrow and runs through Wednesday. My store is on sale for 20% off. 

I've added some new bundles to my store after several requests.

I've bundled my summer centers for ELA and math.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-center-bundle-1227980

 

Need to review? This bundle is a perfect way to review your year.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Review-bundle-includes-ELA-and-Math-1233051


Getting ready for next year and need to make some changes in your routines? These printables are perfect for making arrival and dismissal seamless.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Morning-and-Dismissal-Routines-Printable-Bundle-1234502

Have a great night and happy shopping!
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dive On In (Investigate the Ocean)

This week is our state testing. I thought I was fine with it but I've had nightmares about it for the past 2 nights. I will be so glad when Thursday is over. The week after testing, I finally, finally, get to do my favorite unit of the year...the ocean! I look forward to this week for the entire year. Not only because I love teaching about the ocean but because it signals that the end is near.

I have so many ocean books that it is hard to fit them into a week. I have been using a hodgepodge of resources for the last few years. This year, I decided to create a unit with the things that I need.  There are 9 different animals focused on in this unit. I try to do a different ocean animal each day but I won't have the time this year to do 9 days worth.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dive-On-In-Investigate-the-Ocean-1232602

I created fact sheets that we can use to extend the books I have or in case that you don't have any books on that ocean creature.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dive-On-In-Investigate-the-Ocean-1232602

 I also made a center featuring each ocean creature so you can keep those kiddos busy learning with an ocean focus.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dive-On-In-Investigate-the-Ocean-1232602

I made some small books to use during the unit. We will read "One Tiny Turtle" by Nichola Davies and talk about the life cycle of a sea turtle. We will wrap up our unit with the Ocean Creature fact book. I know the kiddos will love keeping this to remember what they have learned. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dive-On-In-Investigate-the-Ocean-1232602
I will be adding in crafts from A Cupcake from the Teacher. Her crafts are so cute that there was no need for me to make my own. 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/under-the-sea-craftivities-printables-230400

Amy Lemon also has some great whale freebies that I am going to use. 

http://stepintosecondgrade.blogspot.com/2014/04/such-busy-week.html

If you are looking for more ideas for teaching about the ocean, be sure to follow my Pinterest board.


Also, in case you missed it, I'm having a big giveaway on my Facebook page. Be sure to check it out.

http://facebook.com/swimmingintosecond
 

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