Do you have a classroom Elf? Meet Snowball, he is new to 2nd grade this year and like all of you, I really don't need to be adding more items to my 'To Do" list but oh boy, this has been fun! Moving the Elf, or thinking up new ways to get my kiddos excited about coming into the classroom each day has been exhausting, but a blast! This month is nuts, I hear you, performances, parent gifts, ... Read More about Letters To The Classroom Elf
Contraction Task Cards to the rescue! This week began with our spelling pretest on Monday, and this week was Contractions. I use this pretest to differentiate spelling lists for my students. If they miss one or less, they are put on an alternate list that follows the same spelling rule but the words are more difficult. Typically I will have about five students on the alternate test but this ... Read More about Contraction Task Cards
I recently created these spelling word rings for my students to use during literacy centers. Oh, the difference it has made! No more rummaging in desks for spelling words, or interrupting Miss H during guided reading to let her know that you don't have your spelling word list. (Which are typically stuffed in the back of a desk in a crumpled mess.) Many of my sweet second graders ... Read More about Spelling Word Rings
Heading Back To School? A new school year and a new group of kiddos in your classroom, exciting and stressful times. The end of the day dismissal can be tricky for those littles getting used to their new routine after a long summer. This clip chart helps you understand your new class and their transportation habits for both getting to school and going home from school. Probably every ... Read More about Student Transportation Clip Charts
As teachers, we know how easy it is to become dehydrated once we head back to school. It's easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are worrying about 20 little humans all day long, I get it. In the past, I have become so dehydrated that it seriously affected my health. To avoid this happening I came up with a few tricks that make remembering to drink water easier and more ... Read More about Teachers, Are You Drinking Enough Water?
Create an eye-catching bulletin board to celebrate student birthdays in your classroom. To recognize and celebrate each of my students birthdays, I created this Birthday Bulletin Board Kit. Birthdays are a special day for all of us, but especially for our elementary students. This bulletin board resource includes large letters to print on colored cardstock, numbers from 1-31 and picture frame ... Read More about Classroom Birthday Bulletin Board Kit
This was our first trip and oh my, we are in love with these people. They are calm, polite and very nice. To plan our trip, I used the Lonely Planet guidebook, with TripAdvisor and ViaTour. For lodging, we used Airbnb and hotels, TripAdvisor. We also used Airbnb "Experiences" for a sea kayaking trip, a sailing tour, and a walking tour. Although Croatia is a member of the European Union, ... Read More about Traveling in Croatia Review
I created these Weekly Reading Snapshots last year to send home with my 2nd-grade students. They have been a great resource for families. All the reading content we are working on is contained on one page; spelling words, vocabulary words, sight words, and the decodable readers for the week. The resource aligns with HMH Journeys 2017 ELA reading curriculum and includes all 30 lessons. I've ... Read More about Weekly Reading Snapshots