Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Morning Basket Work

I have been trying something out in my room before Christmas break for our morning work routine. I LOVED what I came up with. So....I put it all together and made it into a packet for January and February. I wanted something meaningful for my kiddos to do in the morning so the fact that it is CCSS aligned and covers reading, language arts, and math is a bonus for me. Another bonus is I can easily pull their work for a quick grade when needed.
The way I use this in my class is every student has a spiral morning basket notebook. On each page in the top corner we numbered 1-48 (48 activities in the packet). I copy and laminate each Morning Work page. My students are seated in 4 groups of 4 students. I have a basket for each table labeled Morning Basket Work (labels included in packet) I divide the 48 activities and put 12 activities each on a binder ring and put them in the basket along with the materials they will need for the activities in their basket. I leave a basket at each group for 10 days and then we rotate. If your students are not seated in groups you can assign a certain group of students to a certain basket instead. When my students come in the morning they know to get their notebook out and pick an activity from their basket. They love it and it means no running to the workroom before school to copy something for them to do or take the time to write their work up on the board. They come in and don't have to ever ask what to do. It's all taken care of. Click on the picture below to download a preview of the activities, morning work sheets, basket labels, and a detailed description of how to use.
I also want to try something a little different here. I am going to let the first 4 people that comment below have this packet for free. There is a catch though. 1) You have to have a blog of your own. 2) You have to have 200 or more followers. 3) You have to promise to use my packet in the month of January and then blog about it at the end of January or at the latest the first week in February and include at least one picture of your students using it. So really not a lot you have to do in order to get it for free. I am trying to build up my TPT followers and I thought having others blog about one my favorite products might help with that. So if this sounds like something you would like to try be the first of 4 to comment below with your blog link and your e-mail address. Now, I know I have no way of knowing if you will really follow through with your part so I'm going on the honor system here. Please only comment if you plan to do your part. I'm really excited about this!!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

New Year Freebie

Just wanted to quickly share a New Year freebie I whipped up a few days ago. At my school we go back on Thursday. So it's like seriously?!?! A 2-day week?!?! I wanted something fun to get the kids back into the whole school thing so I came up with these 10 New Year Station Rotations. Just copy the booklet for each child and have them complete the stations. I am even going to take some grades from this. Click on the pictures to get yours for free.

Also, my 200 follower giveaway has ended and here is the lucky winner!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Welcome Winter Sale

The wonderful Casey over at Second Grade Math Maniac is hosting a Winter TPT Sale! Right now through December 23rd you can enjoy 20% off of every item in my TPT store.

Make sure you head over and check it out. Also, don't forget to enter my 200 follower giveaway to pick any item from my shop. Happy Winter!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway and A Week of Geometry

I have a random question before I began. Does anyone know how to get one of the TPT product scrolls that I have seen on several blogs?? I have searched, but can't find how to get one. Okay, on to the post. This past week we covered geometry. I just wanted to share some of the things we did from my Common Core Geometry Unit. This is just a sample of some of my favorites from the packet. First, we started our shape book so that when we learned a new shape during the week we could add it to our book.

We also went on a shape scavenger hunt. I think this was by far their favorite activity of the week.
My small groups played What's My Shape borad game to help reinforce the shapes.
When we got to area we completed the Guesstimate the Area Robot Glyph. Each kiddo gets a robot and has to estimate the area of each body part to complete their glyph. Small groups played Area Airport.
 This packet actually covers all of the geometry common core standards, so if that's not what you are looking for you can actually buy each subtopic individually.
Now for the 200 follower giveaway. I had no idea I was up to 200. I logged on today to post about our geometry week and noticed the big 200. So I decided that was cause for a giveaway. There are a couple of ways to enter below. You can enter now through December 23rd. The prize is going to be any item from my TPT store. Happy Entering.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


We covered time last week, so I just wanted to share what all we did because most of it I found for free. First made these flip clocks to help them count by 5s. Click here for the template.

The next day we made a huge clock out of index cards and sentence strips. I had each kid show me a time on the clock and then I put a time on the clock for each kid to read.

Wednesday we made a timeline of our day. I put the kids in groups and gave them a blank clock. We picked out 8 things that we do everyday at the same time and each group was assigned a time to draw on their clock and then we put them in order.
For their test (and by the way they LOVED this) they made a watch to wear. I put the times on ahead of time. We just attached the watch face to a construction paper band. They also got a sheet with every student's name on it and they had to go to each person and ask them "what time is it?" You can click here to get the clock faces and the blank clock for the timeline.

After completing all of these during the week, I was so happy that pretty much the whole class mastered time!! Can't get better than that!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Point of View and Christmas Around the World Help

We are covering the common core standard this week that deals with point of view. (Can't remember the exact standard number). First we read Two Bad Ants and discussed the world from an ant's point of view.
If you google ant's point of view under images you can show them some really cool pictures of what different things look like to an ant. After we read the book we filled out this chart describing various objects from a person's point of view verses an ant's point of view.

Next, the kids drew a picture of any object they wanted and what it would look like to an ant. They had to label and describe their picture. We made these cute ants to glue on the pictures. I made the templates for the ants and realized after I made copies and they glued them on that the ants are way too big for the pictures. So, next time I do this I will just give them a black piece of paper and let them design their ant. It's really just circles and rectangles for the body and legs.

The next day we read Authur's Pet Business (You could complete this with any book really that has 2 characters). We used Arthur and D.W. as the two characters to compare and completed this character perspective chart.
You can click here to download both of these charts.
Now for the Christmas Around the World help! My school does a door decoration contest and I was pumped because how many cute door decorations are on Pinterest now?? A TON! Well this year they decided each grade level would draw a theme and 2nd grade's theme is Christmas Around the World. I am stuck-like have no idea where to begin stuck. If you have any ideas at all please send them my way. Thanks!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cyber Monday Plus Tuesday at TPT and A Freebie

TPT is having a big Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale. All of my items will be 20% off plus TPT will give you another 10% off of that.

I wanted to show you some of my items that you could stock up on super cheap.
 You can click on any of the pictures to download a preview or read more about the item.
I just recently uploaded It's Snowing Common Core Math and Literacy Centers. In this packet you will get 5 math centers and 5 literacy centers all aligned to common core standards.
Another recent upload to my store is my common core language packet. It covers all common core standards under the subtopic Conventions of Standard English. It is loaded with 103 pages of activities, games, centers, and mini posters.

You can also save big on my best selling items which are my common core math packets. You can buy each individually or they are sold as a bundle. This will cover ALL of your common core math standards for the year.

There is so much more so make sure you stop by my shop and check it all out next Monday and Tuesday and take advantage of this wonderful sale.
Now for the freebie. If you click on the picture you can download 10 monthly editable newsletter templates.
Happy Turkey Day!!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's Snowing Common Core {Giveaway}

I have just completed my "It's Snowing Common Core Math and Literacy Centers}" It covers some of the common core standards for math and language arts. There are 5 math and 5 language centers, all with answer keys so kids can play independently and most have a corresponding recording sheet.

Here is what's all included and some pictures.

Greater Than A Snowman (greater than, less than, equal to)
Adding and Subtracting Elves (single and double digit options)
Even or Odd Gumdrops (ties together money and even/odd)
Measuring Christmas (estimation, actual measurement, and comparing)
Numbering Santa (expanded, word, and number forms)
Gingerbread Compounds
Mr. and Mrs. Contraction Claus
The Great Elf Race(determining meaning of unknown word)
Fixin' Up The Birds (capitalization, punctuation, homophones, abbreviations)
Sort That Noun (singular, possessive, plural)

So, how do you get it for free you ask?? Just be the first two people to pin the packet to Pinterest and leave a comment on this post with the link to your pin and email address and I will send it to you FREE. You can just click here and repin. Simple! Hope you have a great (short) week at school!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Common Core Language BOGO

I finally finished my Common Core Language Packet for TPT. Whew!! My best selling products are my Common Core Math Packets which you can buy individually ( Number and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, Geometry, Operations and Algebraic Thinking ) or as a bundle and those only took me a couple of months to make all 4. This language packet took me a couple of months alone to make. I am assuming it is because when I made my math packets my baby was not crawling yet. She sat on the couch beside me and played. Now she is 13 months old and EVERYWHERE! Man she keeps me moving these days but I LOVE it and wouldn't have it any other way. So with that being said I want to show you what all I have included in this packet. It covers all 2nd grade common core standards for the section Conventions of Standard English under Language. Here are all of the centers, games, posters, activities, etc. that you will get:

Collective noun mini poster
Collective noun concentration
My collective noun collection book.
Collective noun assessment page
Irregular plural nouns mini poster
Irregular plural nouns Kaboom
Irregular plural Pictionary
Reflexive Pronoun mini poster
Paw Print Pronouns
They don’t end in ed
Past tense storm
Adjective mini poster
Where does it belong Adjectives
Writing with Adjectives
Adverb mini poster
Where does it belong Adverbs
Adverb Landing
It’s a Sentence Production
Going on a Capital Search
Friendly Letter Frenzy
Contraction mini poster
Colorful Contractions..
Ladybug Contractions
Possessive/Plural Dominoes
Spelling around the Board
The Great Dictionary Race
Here are some pictures of what is included.

And so much more. You can click on the picture below to be taken to the product page where you can download a 14 page preview.
This 103 page packet is only $5.25 and if you purchase it starting today through this Friday (16th) you can email me at and tell me that you purchased it and what your TPT user name is and I will send you one of my math common core packets for free (excluding the bundle). Just tell me which one you want when you email me. You can see a preview of all of the math packets using the links at the top of this post.
Happy Monday!!