Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TPT Sale Hop Giveaway!

Have you heard that Teachers pay Teachers are having a SALE? What a nice surprise in January! Some lovely ladies and I thought it would be fun to give one lucky reader $100 to TpT!
**Wednesday through Thursday!!**
So here's how to play the TpT hop!... 

How does it work?
1. Start in my TPT STORE
2. Look for the image that is similar to below and collect the letter in the lightbulb.

3. Click on that image to continue to the next store and keep collecting letters
4. Unscramble the letters to make a secret word
5. Head back here to enter the secret word to win $100 TpT gift card

Thanks for playing! We hope you had as much as we did creating it.
Enter below to win!

Check out all the ladies that are participating!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Books Teacher Love: February Edition

It's that time of the month! I love reading books to my classroom. It is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Well, if you're new to "Books Teachers Love", it is monthly blog post about some of our favorite read alouds that you can use in your classroom the following month. We do it a month prior so that you can plan ahead using some of the books suggested and resources that we offer. If you'd like to check out the last couple months, check out December's post and January's post. I'm excited to share one of my favorite February picture books with you all. 
I chose to blog a book for the 100th day of school because it is literally one of my FAVORITE days of the entire year. I know it is different timing for everyone, but we celebrate it sometime in February in my school. My favorite 100th day book is called 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler. You can find it on Amazon here. It is a book about a girl named Jessica who spends the entire book worrying about what 100 items to bring in to school for the 100th day of school. She thinks, "100 marshmallows?" ... "Too sticky". "100 yo-yos?"..."No, too silly." She ends up finding that her 100 items are right under her nose. 
We spend the ENTIRE day doing things that revolve around 100. 
Student arrive to school to see a 100-day banner above our door and a certificate on their desk saying that they're 100 days smarter! What a fun way to start the day!
Then, the BEST PART!! If you want to hear your students in gut-wrenching laughs, take pictures of them and edit them in the age-o-meter app. OMG--It is HYSTERICAL! I told them this is them at 100 years old! Then, with the pictures, they write all about what they would do if they lived to 100 years old.
Our math revolves around 100 too! Students make a pattern block design with 100 pattern blocks, play the math game "roll to 100", and write 10 different ways of making 100 cents.

Then, we have some 100 second fun! I see how many things the students can do when the timer is set for 100 seconds. For instance, how many times can you write your name in 100 seconds, write the number 100 in 100 seconds, jump up and down in 100 seconds. The kids sure get exhausted by the end of that!! (But it sure is amusing to watch!!) 
With all the calories the kiddos burn off, we eat our 100 day snack! Each student brings in a box of snacks. I put each type of snack on paper plates and students count out 10 of each snack to make their 100 day snack mix. Sure is yummy and the kids LOVE it!
 Well, that's all I have for you. It starts with a cute book and ends with a yummy snack. I'd say that makes for a perfect 100th day of school!
All of this PLUS more is found in my 100th day of school pack that you can find HERE
These are the books that we are blogging about this month! 
Hop around to see what other great ideas and resources you can snag!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Etsy Store and an AMAZING deal!

Hello, my friends! 
I am excited to share with you my newest venture... my Etsy store Printed on Your Heart. As I have found my love obsession creating digital products for teachers, I realized how much I love designing digital prints. The greatest thing about these prints is that they are INSTANT downloads, just like TpT products! Simply print, put it in a cute frame, and voila... you have an updated and customized space just for you!
Well, I'm happy and honored to share that my Etsy store is being featured on Jane.com. If you're not familiar with that website, you need to get familiar quickly! They run AMAZING deals on clothes, home decor, and so much more every single day! (The even have an app to help you shop on the go!) I'd LOVE for you to check out my deal on Jane.com right now because several of my prints are almost 50% off! Plus, when you purchase and I email you your digital print, I'll also email you a 20% off coupon code to my Etsy store.  Now what are you waiting for? Get to shopping!!

Click HERE to see the deal on Jane.com

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Books Teachers Love: January Edition

Happy December, friends! It sure is my favorite time of the year, especially in the classroom! As fun as it is, I know we are all counting down the days till break! I'm teaming up with a great group of gals to bring you our favorite read alouds for the following month so that you can plan ahead! If you're just joining in on the fun, make sure you check out my December read aloud HERE
For January, one of my favorite books to read is "The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson. It is a great time to read it being the month that we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This book is about a young girl named Clover who has always wondered why a fence separates the black side of town from the white side. One summer when Annie, a white girl from the other side, sits on the fence. Clover grows more and more curious about the fence and this girl. One day, being very brave, Clover approaches Annie and decides that a fence should no longer stand between them and their friendship. 
Well, if you don't have the book, you can always have your students listen to it as it is read aloud online! (I love technology!)
Your students can also "meet the author" by watching the video below!

I like to have questions ready to go as I read.
You can grab a copy of my before, during, and after reading questions at the end of the post!
After reading, we talk about how Clover and Annie are similar and how they are different. 
Students fill out a Venn Diagram. Then, students write about their view of the fence and how it makes them feel. I love reading the students' writing! They become so passionate!!!
 Want to grab these freebies? Click the picture below!
Want to win all four of these books? Head to my Instagram and participate in our FUN Instagram hop! The giveaway through Instagram starts on IG at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST tonight (December 10th)
Hop around to see these other fantastic read alouds with freebies, resources, and fabulous ideas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Classroom Survival Tips for December

December is one of my favorite months of the year, but it can also be one of the most stressful. With to-do lists that are mile high, I have to continuously remind myself of "the reason for the season". It doesn't help that the kids are insanely antsy knowing that SANTA is coming in just a couple of weeks. With that, I have found some of the best ways to keep the kiddos excitement, while keeping the teachers sane!

Here are some of my favorite "survival tips" for the month of December:

 You can find my "If I Lived in a Snow Globe" writing HERE.
My kiddos LOVE finding the elf every morning.
I like to type up a letter from the elf for them to read.
Every morning, the students write about where the elf was in their student journal.
 You can find my student elf journal HERE.
Need inexpensive and simple gifts for families?
These photo ornaments are FREE with the students' school pictures.
SO easy to make!
 Every year, I save up my Scholastic bonus points for free books.
I wrap the books in tissue paper...and voila! Simple student gift... and FREE!
 My December writing bundle is a HIT with the kids.
Includes 5 types of writing (opinion, research, narrative, persuasive, and informative)
You can find my December Writing Bundle HERE.
The kiddos love using this December themed paper, which is FREE HERE.
Not only do we like to celebrate Christmas here in our classroom,
but we research how other countries celebrate Christmas around the world!
You can find that HERE.
 The kids love this when they finish their work... FREE HERE.
Nothing better than a squirt of whip cream!
I hope you all get through this crazy, but FUN month all while enjoying it!
I've linked up with other second grade teachers from "i Teach Second".
Check out what other second grade teachers are up to!

Monday, November 30, 2015

TpT Cyber Sale Hop

This truly is my favorite time of year! Time with family, good food, and shopping! What's not to love? My most favorite part of this year is reflecting on all that I am thankful for. The Lord has been so good to me and my family. I have seen His faithfulness more times than I can count this year. Through all the highs and lows, His Word has been the ever present help in my time of need. Another thing I am thankful for is Teachers pay Teachers. It has been such a blessing meeting so many people in person and online who share the same passion for creating and teaching. I have met 8 other gals who I have just "clicked" with. We are here to bring you a fun Thanksgiving hop with a HUGE giveaway of $100 to Teachers pay Teachers to show you how thankful we are for YOU!

PLUS, have you heard that TpT is having a Cyber Monday sale both Monday and Tuesday? Well, we wanted to say "thank you" to all of you,  so our stores are on SALE a day EARLY! *
*Sunday through Tuesday!!**

So here's how to play the TpT hop!... 

How does it work?
1. Start in my TPT STORE
2. Look for the image that is similar to below and collect the letter in the magnify glass.
3. Click on that image to continue to the next store and keep collecting letters
4. Unscramble the letters to make a secret word
5. Head back here to enter the secret word to win $100 TpT gift card

Thanks for playing! We hope you had as much as we did creating it.
Enter below to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Check out the other lovely ladies who are participating!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Books Teachers Love: December Edition

Hello, friends! It's my favorite time of the month! When myself and 11 other teacher team up to bring you some of our favorite books for the following month that you, too, can use in your classroom. Not to mention, they are packed with freebies, ideas, and resources for you to use with the books! If missed the books I recommended for AugustSeptember, October, and November... check them out!
One of my favorite books to read during the winter months is The Biggest, Best Snowman. I LOVE the message it tells! This book is about a young girl who's family says is too small to accomplish much of anything. One snowy day, she decides to build the biggest snowman ever, but even her own family doubts her ability. She ignores them, and sets her mind to building the largest snowman. She gathers her friends, Reindeer, Hare, and Bear to help her build the most marvelous snowman! She proves to herself and all those around her that she IS capable of accomplishing anything she sets her mind to. Great things DO come in small packages! Themes: Self-Esteem, Confidence, Perseverance, friendship.After reading this book with my students, it creates a great conversation about self-esteem and perseverance. (Insert mini health unit here!!) My students lately have been ALL about interactive notebooks, so I created these two freebies. I hope your kiddos love them as much as mine! (Click on the pictures below to download these resources for FREE!)Want to win MY book PLUS these other three books? Enter below to win! a Rafflecopter giveaway An InLinkz Link-up