Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Smart Cookies

I found the cutest bulletin board on Pinterest and just had to do it for the holidays. My friend, Heather at Swinging through Second Grade, and I worked together to create this adorable bulletin board for our school's hallway.

Head over to my blog to get some freebies to help you create your own bulletin board.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Long A Word Sort {2nd Grade Word Study}

 Hi Gang,

I just posted a long a word sort over at Second Grade Shenanigans. It correlates with my 2nd Grade Word Study Unit so maybe you can find some use for it in the coming weeks. Hope you are all having a super amazing week! We are on the count down! Right???

My Favorite Holiday Literature

Holiday literature is one of my favorite things about the holidays.  There's some fantastic stuff out there!

What are your favorite holiday books?  Check out some good ones at Elementary Matters!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Favorite Holiday Activity

It combines reading, visualizing, music, and drawing!
Head on over to Elementary Matters to see my favorite Holiday activity!


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunshine and Fire

There are lots of super fantastic blogs out there to celebrate. Be sure to visit Elementary Matters and click the connections to these fine blogs!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Activities with a Freebie

Happy Thanksgiving!! Hop on over to my blog for some Pumpkin Pie Activities with a Freebie!!

Precious Perks

Happy Holidays!

It's that time again... and Christmas is right around the corner! That means, come Monday, my students are going to be ready for holiday writing, projects, crafts, decorations, songs, and lots of smiley excitement!

One way I help them get in the caring, sharing spirit of Christmas is to have them think about ways that their classmates have brightened our room.

Head over to my blog to snag your freebie and help LIGHT up the blogging world with words of kindness for each other!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Are You Thankful For?

It's that time of year!  Have you thought about what you are thankful for this year?  Head over to Elementary Matters to see what I'm thankful for!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Did you check for S.P.U.N.C?

How do you remind your students to proofread their work before passing it in?  I tell mine to check for S.P.U.N.C.

Find out more about S.P.U.N.C. on Elementary Matters!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Turkey Time Rhymes is back....Giveaway time!!!

Come By Curls and a Smile to join in on the fun and fabulous Thanksgiving Day Giveaway!
Giveaway ends tonight so make sure to trot on over and check it out!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Freebie

I've been so busy with my class, reading about Thanksgiving, watching videos, playing games, and enjoying lots of activities.
I thought I'd take some time to type up a summary of the Thanksgiving story and let the kids illustrate!  Come on over to Elementary Matters to see how to get the summary!


Teachers are Overpaid

Assessing the Compensation of Public School Teachers
Jason Richwine, Ph.D. and Andrew G. Biggs, Ph.D
Nov. 1, 2011

The newest study on our profession.

Click on over to see what I think.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Math Journals During Guided Math Stations

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Math Journals During Guided Math Stations: See how my math journals are working in my classroom and see some of the materials I am using to get my kids excited about story problems...writing them and solving them!



Are you looking for some "Christmas Around the World" ideas for your classroom this holiday season? I know my students enjoy learning how other Christmas is celebrated in other countries around the world.

I have been working on adding new, free items to my unit and just today added a list of the books that I use to my blog.

Pop over to my blog or classroom website to take a peek at my *mostly free* unit... Christmas is just around the corner! One of my students told me it was 40 days away today... how is that possible?!


Prefix and Suffix Freebies

I'm so excited today that my second observation is over that I decided to offer a freebie to my followers. I've had several people request the prefix and suffix posters that I included in my last Treasures unit so they are now for free on my TPT store. All I ask is that you are a follower of either my blog or my TPT store. Hope you enjoy!

Head over to my blog to grab a copy. While you are there, check out my new blog design.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving is Near!

Thanksgiving is coming fast!  What are you doing with the kids to celebrate?  Hop on over to Elementary Matters and check out my ideas.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Thanksgiving Mini-Notecards FREEBIE

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Thanksgiving Mini-Notecards FREEBIE: Have you seen these cute mini-cards for Thanksgiving? Perfect for a little something for your little turkeys! :) 


Author's Purpose

After reading with some of my students, I noticed that very few of them truly understood author's purpose. When I asked students why they think the author wrote a story they would answer me by saying something like, "because he liked fish". So the last few weeks we worked on this skill quite a bit.I have had so much fun teaching my students about author's purpose. Head on over to my blog to see one of my lessons.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Elf on the (Classroom) Shelf!

Hey friends! Denise here from SunnyDays!  If you'll have an Elf on the Shelf in your classroom, you'll want to take a look at my latest TpT listing:

I have created some resources to use to make this more of a learning experience. I made two journals, one for primary kids and one for intermediate to draw a picture of how the elf was found that day and what they think he did the night before. The one for the older kids is set up like an investigation into the elf's mischief.

There are also some skill pages and writing response activities as well:

Click {HERE} to stop by the blog to read a bit more about the whole idea!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Whatever Happened to Patriotism?

Have you noticed many Americans aren't as patriotic as they used to be?  I miss the days of children singing patriotic songs and parades!  Come on over to Elementary Matters to read more!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Thankful

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Thankful: My little ones are thankful...for snow! I think I'll remind them to be thankful for our veterans too! Read about my afternoon and see my favorite veterans!

PS...don't forget to sign up for my Target Gift Card Giveaway! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up!

Hilary :)

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