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!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


I'm sure you all have seen Amy Lemon's ELA and Math spiral ideas, but if not I want to share it with you this morning because I use them and LOVE them. They have made my life so much easier. I gave my kiddos two spiral notebooks. One for math and one for ELA. I used Amy's free labels and let them glue them to the front. All you do is let the kids do their work in them and then I have them turn them in to me ever so often to get some grades (great thing to have when it is report card time and you are low on grades). It is also a great way for them to go back when they are not understanding how to do something and see how they did it before. And the best part is my kids love having these. I think it gives them a feeling of responsibility. Here are some pictures of us using them last week when we were studying nouns. They did a noun/verb hunt. I hid nouns and verbs around the room and they found them and wrote them in their spiral under the correct heading. Then they gave me examples and a definition of verb. This will for sure be used for a grade for upcoming progress reports.