Sitewide TpT Sale!

As I'm sue you know, tpt is having a little sale...
Because Lord knows I don't have enough resources and clipart! ha! I have so much goodness from my friends at TpT, I don't even know what I have anymore!
But that has never stopped me before!

Here's a few March-y things I'll be using!

I love a graphic organizer, Yes I do! I bet you would love this pack of them too!

Tons of silly activities and centers for your special stories!

We started our weather unit this week!

If you loved my Saint Valentine unit, this one is just like it! LOVE these little holiday history lessons!

We'll be getting our Mush on the second week of March! I have these centers for your littles (1st and 2nd grade).

and here's a collection of my most favorite activities with the Iditarod in mind! It also comes with a big freebie tucked away inside! At least until March 7!

five for friday (feb. 20)

long time, no see!
I've been insanely crazy lately, but I am so thrilled with all the great feedback I am getting about the VIP Table and how y'all are tweaking it to fit your needs! That is what this blog land is all about! I love it!
We've had quite the week here in NC as far as weather goes.
Mon-early dismissal at 12:30
Tues-no school (icy conditions)
Wed-No school (cold day)
Thurs- 3 hour delay
today-3 hour delay
I know people up north think we're crazy for cancelling school at the thought of snow, but we seriously do not get snow! We get ICE! and that's about it!  I personally love that our district calls school by dinnertime the night before. It gives time for families to plan. We used to have it called after a "special driver team" drove the roads in our county and school wouldn't be called off until 6 or 7 in the morning! that sucked! So there's my soapbox defending NC!

Anywho, I'm linking up with Kacey for Five for Friday to get back into the swing of things!

We got so much done on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. I think having less hours in the day leaves much less down time for me! I'm like a drill sergeant! And boy we got everything done I had planned for the whole week!

I posted this on Instagram Monday! So true!
Monday we finished up time, introduced graphing and surveys with my Penguin Hunt, and wrapped up our Saint Valentine unit!
Both of these are fairly rigorous for my kids. I LOVE this penguin hunt! I know it doesn't look like much, but it is and then some! There are 20 grammar/language questions (all aligned to CC) for students to answer. But they ALSO have to put a tally on which penguin in on each card. Then we gather at the rug, check our work, and make a tally chart of the types of penguins we found. Next, students complete a bar graph (which they are already familiar with) and then I introduce a line plot. It's so much goodness rolled into literally two sheets of paper! I like to give you a bang for your buck! (or three bucks as it is!)

and this baby is loaded with history, nonfiction, character traits, locating evidence, and recall with a fun quiz! I included a flap book, powerpoint that matches the text and is beautiful thanks for some amazing ladies who made clipart just for this unit!, as well as lots of follow up comprehension activities! and there's also a Saint Patrick version!! 

haha, choice B...#starwarsreference
Happy Friday!!

The VIP Table! A management idea for people without prize boxes!

I posted a picture of my new VIP table system a few weeks ago on IG, and well, got a lot of questions, interest in how to run it, and even concerns.
So here's a rundown of the VIP table incentive in my classroom.
What is the VIP table? a group of 6 desks! I didn't rearrange my room at all, just moved kids' desks around.
The Sitballs are normally at one of my guided reading tables. I got them from a donorsChoose grant a few years ago. You can check them out here. I have the small size.

This is definitely something you want to generate with your students. Of course, we all know you hold the key to what the guidelines really are! My only suggestion is that you keep it simple and only choose actions that can be "proven" so to speak.
This privileged seating isn't anything new, just something my hubs and I came up with on a drive one day as I was complaining about the yapping in my class. and the apathy. and the general lack of motivation. It's a great motivator! Will it work forever, no way! But I do try to change it up to keep it fresh. If I had velvet rope, I'd hang it around the table! Go all out! Make it something they want! Decorate the desks! Whatever makes it seem special will have them drooling!
I started 2 days before Christmas break and had no guidelines. Just moved them willy nilly. It built excitement and anticipation. When we returned, we made the VIP rules together.

so there ya go!
Feel free to leave any questions below and I'll get back to you!
and thank you to Creative Clips for the papers, KG fonts, Miss Tiina fonts, Annie Moffatt for the borders, and Graphics by Sarah Beth for the graphics I used!

it's time...back from break plans

as much as I am not ready mentally, physically, or emotionally I don't have a choice!
I have to go back to work tomorrow!
We had a workday Friday
I didn't work
my own personal rebellion I guess
but it only hurts me I guess!
So the best way to prepare is to spend the entire afternoon making plans then posting them on the blog and linking up with Deedee!

all while listening to wiggle repeatedly seriously- at least 20 times.
this shiz cracks us up!
like right now this is my house
Hubs, "give me a song!"
a kid hollers out something, "big, fat butt!" or "jump" or some other amazing musical choice we've let our kids experience, grow up with, and come to love...judge if you must!

Now that I broke down and bought Keynote for the ol' Mac, I can link in my pdf's again!
So click away to find these goods!
well, first you need to click to get to the pdf! There are THREE freebies for Monday! and because I royally messed up the link to my freebie for New Year's Owl giveaway, I'm linking it here too! Enjoy!

and yes, I notice the morning meeting kinda slacked off's because I'm not 100 percent on what I wanna read yet!
I cannot wait to make this Resolutions board again!
they are so, so fun!
and you really do have to think and infer to write these!

New Year Giveaway and Freebie!

Happy New Year's guys!
I love the new beginnings feeling of this time of year!
And while I will go back to work with the same bunch I left LAST YEAR-I love telling them that!-I always have big plans after a long break! It's what I love about teaching!

But anyway, I said a giveaway and you clicked, so here's the deets!
My girls and I over at Owls are giving away a $100 Amazon gift card!

Amazon-isn't that the best thing ever? Ever since signing up for Prime it's a little too easy to click that yellow 1-click buy it button!
And not only that...but a few of us are hosting ANOTHER giveaway on our blogs!
I'll be giving away a set of 7 Snowy Day read-alouds! I just bought it for my kiddos to use in January and on our Snowed In at School Day! They are so cute!

To win, just enter the rafflecopter below! That's it!
There's also a little freebie in there for you!
It's only available through this giveaway as a thank you for entering!
Happy New Year!

What I'm Teaching ... January

I love reading Kacey's "what I'm teaching" posts, so I thought I'd beg, borrow ...steal the idea and share what I'll be teaching in 2nd grade this month! If you're in need of or curious about New Year's products, I posted on Blog Hoppin' yesterday!

I noted the standards taught if you're curious.
and here's most of the units I use to teach them! We use Math Expressions (2007) for math and supplement a few times per week with partner games, notebooking (I use Blair Turner's interactive notebook and love it!) and extra practice, so these are not the units I use to teach the core of my math. I'll also be benchmarking in 2 weeks! woot! 






Obviously I do not use every activity from every product! I pick and choose what best fits my needs with each class! We know they are all different!! 
Happy Saturday! how many more days til we go back!?!

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