Seeing Through the Stacks...The End is Near!

This is the time of year that I can NOT stay organized!  We have so many papers and deadlines flying at us that I am just holding on for dear life!  Anyone else feel this way? Must.Keep.Swimming!

Most years I do our big pirate unit, but with being so pregnant and packing up to take leave next year, I just couldn't do it! I wanted to be more simple this year.  Behavior wise, I also think it was the best possible decision.  It makes me sad- the kids really love it and look forward to it!



Our last day of school is Thursday.  Both Wednesday AND Thursday are early release days so the children are, um, quite excited!  We were just told  on Friday that we needed a second DRA of the opposite genre for students to have passed that level (for example a fiction and a nonfiction).  This was news to many of us so we scrambled today to find independent activities for the students while we tested.  Add that to the fact my co-teacher was pulled out of the classroom and it was adding up to be quite a day!!

BUT we prepared and it actually was a pretty good day. I wish I had taken pictures, but I am waddling around so much hoping to see my feet at the end of the day and my camera was a WHOLE 5 feet away.  Sigh.  Tomorrow.  Pictures.  I promise!

We declared today Reading Camp In.  Yes, camping in- not out.  Out is very hot and I do not like hot lately!

Kids brought in pillows and beach towels.  They could either lie ON the towel or cover up with the towel.  Kids spread out throughout the classroom and got cozy with the towel, pillow and book box.  They LOVED this!

Then after the read a story in their book boxes they created a reading s'more.  This was a quick craft I made that reflected the standards for this nine week period.  Students had to identify a fiction book first, then record the character, setting, problem and solution.  Then they had to identify a major event or challenge and how the character responded.


Then while kids worked on their reading s'more and camped out I gave them s'mores.  Not exactly the traditional kind, but enough for the taste.  I gave each student a baggie filled with golden grahams (like graham crackers), chocolate chips ( for the chocolate bars) and mini marshmallows.  They were in heaven!

Then we finished off the day by watching a movie. I normally try not to do much of this too early, but I needed something else to fill the time while I tested.  We watched the movie Brother Bear.


 It was as close to camping out as I could find!!! I know, a bit of a stretch!  They loved it and most had not seen it since it was made in  2003.

And the BEST part?  I had built in reinforcers.  I told students if they were off task then the first consequence was that the pillow and towel will have to be put away and if it continued I was taking the snack away.  They were so good!  It made a NICE, easy day for me!



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Have You Heard About...

the website www.ReadWorks.org? 


I seriously love that site!!

There are tons of different passages with specific reading skills attached. I have often used these passages to assess specific reading skills.  The site does require a log in, but membership is free.


Click on any one of the skills on the left side of the web page. Then click on your grade level.

Click on the button on the side.  Mine already says hide books and passages since I clicked on it! 

Click Unit Reading Passages.

Click on the passage of your choice.  You will need to log in at this point to actually get the stories!! And there you have a second grade assessment on plot.  BAM!  That easy!

It is such an easy way to create customize-able and leveled reading assessments.  Did that catch your eye? CUSTOMIZE-ABLE.  I think I may have made that word up, but I like it.  SHUT.THE.FRONT.DOOR.  My next post will be how to make these assessments!






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Teacher Appreciation Thank You!

Just a reminder!


 I appreciate YOU!   As my special gift to YOU for Teacher's Appreciation week, you can have your choice of free a free gift!  With ANY purchase of $5.00 or more from my Teachers Pay Teachers store from May 7th- May 8th you may choose any of the items below for FREE!

 
 



Simply email me your Teachers Pay Teachers user name (so I can check the receipt) and the item of your choice and I will email it back to you as soon as possible!   Thank you for all you do! So proud to call all of you guys colleagues! 


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Recounting Fables FREEBIE

Part of the second grade Common Core standards is recounting fables and fairy tales.  We have actually have already done a bunch of work with fairy tales and were ready to move on to fables.  I created this anchor chart to share with them.


Do you like my picture cheats?  I was too tired to draw so I just Googled some images...shhh  ;).

We watched this short video on United Streaming about Aesop.  The part about Aesop was very short  (1 minute) and was the perfect length for adding information to the anchor chart above!

The next day we watched  The Tortoise and The Hare from the video above and I modeled how to write a recount on the Promethean board about the Tortoise and the Hare.  We did skip the section on point of view because I hadn't taught that yet and wanted to go into more detail.

To get a free copy of this file click here.

I will go into more detail about teaching point of view later in the week- I need to take some pictures! :)

Then we gave students a copy of a fable and had them write their OWN recounts.  The students skipped the point of view section until the next day (when I taught the lesson).  I will take some pictures of student examples to share when I write the about point of view!


Don't forget about the sale!

It is that time of year again!  Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Teacher Appreciation Sale!  Teachers Pay Teachers is offering the 10%  when you use the check out code TAD13.  I will be offering an additional 20% for  a totally of 28% off everything in my store!! 

I usually use this sale to stock up on things for the end of year AND start thinking about what I want for next year.  It is a great time to get things at a fabulous discount!

 And I appreciate YOU!   As my special gift to YOU for Teacher's Appreciation week, you can have your choice of free a free gift!  With ANY purchase of $5.00 or more from my Teachers Pay Teachers store from May 7th- May 8th you may choose any of the items below for FREE!

 
 



Simply email me your Teachers Pay Teachers user name (so I can check the receipt) and the item of your choice and I will email it back to you as soon as possible!   Thank you for all you do! So proud to call all of you guys colleagues! 






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You are Nice, Appreciated, and People Like You!


It is that time of year again!  Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Teacher Appreciation Sale!  Teachers Pay Teachers is offering the 10%  when you use the check out code TAD13.  I will be offering an additional 20% for  a totally of 28% off everything in my store!! 

I usually use this sale to stock up on things for the end of year AND start thinking about what I want for next year.  It is a great time to get things at a fabulous discount!

Here are a few things from my store to help with the end of this year and beginning of next!

Only $4.00   on sale!


Only  $6.40  on sale!!


Only $4.80 on sale!!

Second Grade Common Core I Can Statements and More for ELA OR Math
Only $5.59 each on sale!!



Remember to use the code TAD13 to receive an ADDITIONAL 8% off the prices listed above!!!

And I appreciate YOU!   As my special gift to YOU for Teacher's Appreciation week, you can have your choice of free a free gift!  With ANY purchase of $5.00 or more from my Teachers Pay Teachers store from May 7th- May 8th you may choose any of the items below for FREE!

 
 



Simply email me your Teachers Pay Teachers user name (so I can check the receipt) and the item of your choice and I will email it back to you as soon as possible!   Thank you for all you do! So proud to call all of you guys colleagues! 




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It is Nice to be Appreciated!


Next week is Teacher Appreciation day!  Although, this day is pretty much on the very bottom of the list of reasons of why I chose to teach, it is also so touching to be recognized.  Especially in today's society where teaching is becoming more and more vilified and scrutinized by the media and politics, a fresh bunch of flowers from the front yard really does make my heart swell.

I started to scour the internet because I know several businesses are also honoring teachers this week.  I am cheap frugal learning to stretch my dollar so I thought I might see what is out there. Here are a couple of great treats I found online:


  • Buca di Beppo ~ Get a FREE Buca Taster Bowl of Ravioli or Baked Ziti. Teacher ID required. Valid 5/6 thru 5/10 with coupon. Dine-in Only.
  • Chick-fil-A ~ Get a FREE Chicken Sandwich on Tuesday, May 7th ( 5-7-2013 ) from 10:30 AM to Close. Must have a valid teacher ID.
  • New Your and Company- 30% off in stores May 2-8th with teaching ID (usually it is only 15% so WOW!)
Although it is not a homemade card (I love these and save them year to year!), some of them might make a cheap dinner for my family and I and that does make me feel good!
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And the Winners Are...

Congrats to

Suzy Q and Mariel!!


Winners, be on the look out for an email!!  The winners from Facebook are also posted on my Facebook page, so make sure to check those out as well!
  
  

If you did not win, I am so sorry :(.  Both items are available now in my store!

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FREE Mother's Day Gift!

I try not to recycle posts too often, but sometimes I think people might want to see some things again (especially is the start with an F- and end with an -REE)!  Mother's Day is just around the corner and I am as cheap as dirt.  I wanted our Mother's Day gift to be something I didn't have to pay for, go buy anything extra or new, and just be CUTE!  Here is what I did:


Last year I was looking for  a quick, easy and CHEAP Mother's Day gift.  I was talking to my friend, Ms. V. and she was telling me about a project she had pinned on Pinterest.  It was so cute and inspiring! We put our heads together and came up with this super cute (free) activity.  I love the word free.

It is a Mother's Day coupon book.  On the cupcake wrapper is the coupon book.  I simply stapled the book on so mom can tear off the coupons as she uses them. I printed out everything on construction paper so students just needed to cut the pieces out and assemble the cupcake.  Students could decorate the coupons and the cupcake with any extra time.  It took students about 35-45 minutes from beginning to finish.

Here is a super cute student example:

Even better is is FREE!  Click here is you would like to download it!



Don't forget to check out my latest give away!  I am giving away the winner's choice of my two newest packs to TWO lucky winners!
 

I am running the same give away on my Facebook page so make sure to hop over there to check too!


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