Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The "View Master"...

  Last year I was privaleged enough to receive a View Master from a colleague with multiple slides.
I love these...They were a big deal when I was younger.  
I got the idea, after receiving this wonderful surprise, to use it to reinforce adjectives. We just began work on adjectives again, for like the hundredth time, this year.  I recalled the fun and excitement this tool brought to learning and decided it was time again to bring them back. They never fail me!
I began letting one student at a time be the "View Master".

They would choose a slide and look at it.  Their job was to use adjectives and describe what they were viewing.  They were never allowed to tell us exactly what they were looking at. 

All other students made inferences, based on the adjectives and descriptions given.  
They had a blast. 
We even had another teacher want to join the fun!

 My students have been enthralled with them.  This time I took it a step further.  I created a craft to allow my students the opportunity to build their own View Master tool.  
This is one of the finished products

To the left is the "reel" or "slide" that you would put in a View Master.  Students wrote their noun in the center and then filled each block with an adjective. It was then attached to their View Master with a brad so that the slide spins and adjectives can be read.

My students worked very hard on these.  They turned out fabulous. We had such a blast that I wanted to share them with you. Be on the lookout.  I am creating a TPT product that includes the use of the View Master.  I hope that you enjoy it and that your students love it as much as mine did.

How do you teach adjectives? What is your favorite tool for reinforcing parts of speech? How do you spark the students' interest and creativity? 
I would love to hear your ideas.
*God Bless*    

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Following 2 Giveaways

If you haven't already stop by and enter into these great giveaways, you should. They are wonderful bloggers and have some great stuff to share. I can't wait to see who will be the lucky winners.  Anyone would be extremely blessed to get all of these goodies.  Stop by today and check them out.

Stop by Tori's Teacher Tips for her 600 follower giveaway! This wonderful giveaway offers a wide assortment of clip art and doodles from all the best creators.  It also includes a $25 dollar gift card.  Stop by for your chance to win.  

Visit Happy Teacher Heaven for a chance to win items based on your grade level.  There are so many wonderful bloggers and TPT sellers that have joined to make this a great giveaway. Don't miss your chance.

Both of these giveaways are ending with the week, so stop by while you can.  Best of luck and may the odds be ever in your favor... or hopefully mine as well!!
*God Bless*

We Give Books

So apparently my web surfing for the weekend is lending to me sharing more educator funness.  I stumbled across a website called We Share Books. This site has a lot of popular books that can be read online.  It will be great for individual or whole group story time.  The best part.... link up to your school and you can earn up to 250 free books for your school library.  All you have to do is read.  Spread the word and promote literacy.  Below is a link to the webpage.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have. I can't wait to use it during centers, computer lab, and whole group story time! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Check it out!

 Okay, I know two post in a day is a lot so I will make this quick. There is a great site that will be launching April 2nd, called educents. This webpage will have daily deals for educators at prices 30-90%off.  If you have not already signed up click the link below and fill in the information.  It is super easy, plus they will send you a link for a $10.00 credit to use once they launch.
 Hopefully this site will be amazing and we will all benefit with the great deals.  Thanks again and God bless.

Happy WEEKEND!!!! Almost.

To wish you all a happy almost weekend I am starting a sale in my TPT store.  It will begin tomorrow and run through Monday.  All items will be 15% off.  I hope you find something you like.  Share the news, and spread the word.  Tell your friends to check out these great deals.  May God bless your weekend with happiness and rest.   You can click on the picture to link up to my store below.  You can also use the widget in the side of my blog to get there.  Happy browsing...and hopefully a few purchases. :)


ENJOY, my sweet teacher friends!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Teacher Lists!!!!!

Teacher Lists: A new free service that helps teachers create and share school supply and wish lists with parents.

I don't know if you have checked this website out, but it is pretty neat. 

 I just recieved 3 large boxes of WetOnes wipes for my classroom and to share with my school.  
They offer great rewards to educators simply for posting a supplies list onto their site.  Check it out today.  Hope you get a box of goodies soon!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pizza Portfolios

So in a previous post I told you I was starting work on my pizza box portfolios.  I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!! Things are going well.  I have some of my pizza boxes, and the others are on the way.  Let's just say, getting pizza boxes minus the pizza takes a sweet smile and multiple trips.  Can't take too many in one visit, they might think I'm weird. :)

I can only imagine what these will look like when my students are able to decorate them next year!! Students are so creative. I truly look forward to the final products.
     Pizza box portfolios have been in my mindset for the past 2 years.  I have been unable to get it underway up to now, and cannot wait to implement them this coming year.  I am in the process of putting together a TPT product that will help anyone put together and implement these fabulous portfolios.

Here is a screen shot of what I am working on to accompany the Pizza Box Portfolios.

 Here are a few sneak peaks.  The first is one of many brainstorm pages for students to document their thoughts before writing. The middle is a story prompt sequence page, and the final is part of the All About Me writing prompt and templates that will be included.  I hope that this perks your interest, and keeps you coming back for more!!
       This product is going to be all inclusive. It will include a year's worth of writing and forms for documenting progress.  I am so excited to include self-assessment pages, that will allow students to put to words why certain pieces of writing have been chosen for their portfolio.  AGGGHHH!! I cannot put into words how thrilled I am that I finally have the time needed to put this together.  I hope that you will follow along as I journey to complete this product and share it with you.  What do you do for writing? How do you document writing progress for your students' teachers the following year?  What is your favorite way to display students' writing? Have a blessed week.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Joining the party...My Advice Linky

I am joining a wonderful linky that is just starting.  I am still what some would consider new, because I have only been teaching for 5 years.  I feel much less new than I seem! :) I hope this advice is helpful.

1. Embrace the unique and somewhat challenging qualities in your students.
 *I find myself so much happier when I let me students use their need for talking and moving to my advantage, instead of insisting they sit still and quiet.  They are not capable of doing that, as often as most teachers like.  I give my students opportunities to relieve their need for speech and motion in so many ways.  They work harder and stay focused when I give them these opportunities.

2. It's okay to scrap ideas. Even the great ones.  I have learned that what works in one classroom does not always translate well in another.  It is okay to take a wonderful idea and put it on the back burner or even scrap it all together if it is not working.  Yes, it could be a great idea, but if it does not fit the needs of your class you will only end up frustrated and wishing things were different.

3. Take time for you.  It is okay to take time during planning or even throughout the day to sit and reflect on the day and yourself.  Staying in a positive mindset and allowing yourself time to rewind, unwind or rethink can save the day and help you be PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE.

4.  Make someone smile.  I love writing sweet notes to the lunch ladies.  It gives me so much joy to see the look on their faces as my class enters the lunch room. They feel special, and all it took was a few kind words.

I hope that your year is going delightfully and that as it winds down you embrace your students and see them soar.  God Bless.

Join the party with : 
Ms. Fultz

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lucky Monday

It's Monday and my day was great.  I hope this post finds you happy and well.  I have enjoyed looking at everyone getting ahead of the game and posting their St. Patrick's day products.  I decided it was high time I joined in the fun. I just finished a creative writing and activity pack for St. Patrick's Day.  I hope you enjoy!!!!! It includes 7 writing templates, 4 acrostics, and 3 writing organization pages.  
Each Writing prompt is based on traditional St. Patrick's symbols and ideas.

Above you will see examples of one of the writing templates and a graphic organizer page.  

Check it out. I hope you enjoy. Leave feedback and let me know what you think. Don't forget to leave feedback on TPT to earn your credits for use on future purchases at TPT.

HAPPY Monday to all and GOD bless!!!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Looking Ahead

With this year's end closing in fast, my mind can't help but wander to what next year will bring. I look forward to seeing the growth my students make for the remainder of this school year.  I am excited to chose their placements for next year, and press on to preparing for my new group the following year.  With all this in mind, my imagination is racing with ideas for making next year even more successful.  I am in the process of creating products to use with my students in daily learning.

Currently.... Pizza Portfolios!!!!!! I am excited beyond compare at finally getting this together for use next year.  I have been wanting to do this for the past two years.  Check back soon.  I will give updates as I continue to hammer through this project.  I hope this post finds you well and looking forward to the future.  Happy preparing.  What are your ideas, and what is your biggest project to get ready for next year's students?  What idea do you look forward to implementing most?  I can't wait to hear about your endeavors and hope that you will check back as I work through mine.
*God Bless*

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Currently March.....Thoughts

Currently in March
1. listening- You, Me and Dupree
interesting movie....not really paying attention to it that much 
2. Loving- my wonderful husband
he is amazing in more ways than I could ever describe...and he doesn't mind my TPT and blogging habits
3. Thinking- about girl scout cookies
sweet girls at church, can't help but say yes, WAY TOO MANY COOKIES
4. Wanting- more time
I have so many things I want to do, and find myself rushing and running out of time, or having to put off 'til later
5. Needing- a good nap
my Sunday naps are a must, but today I have no time for a nap...get to pick up a sweet friend later today
6. Like, Love, Hate- apples, accessories, attitudes (bad ones)

So I know that this is not as cute as the LINKY that everyone else used with the cute rainbows.  Could not figure out how to grab this amazing little clip so that is why I am deciding to type it out this way.  THANKS.

Go here to join the party
OH Boy 3Rd Grade

Math Journals..... Common Core Progress

This year has been a journey.  Learning the ways of the Common Core and having to develop our own curriculum and tools in math has been interesting and exciting.  It has kept me on my toes, has broadened, and developed me as an educator, and for that I am grateful.  One thing that I have used over the years, but never quite like this year is journaling.  This year our 2nd grade team has implemented Math Journals into our daily routine.  

My students have come to enjoy math journaling. They expect it daily and know what I expect to see out of them.  Here you see two of my students mid-journal.  Each day they write the date, standard, and an "I can" statement to match the concept and wording of the standard.  I make sure to reword each standard in a manner they can remember and understand.

I am so proud of how my students have taken to this standard based way of learning.  They get so excited and jump at the chance to be the student who reminds us of our standard code and the "I can" statement.  

Often times my students take notes or journal their learning after our full group lesson. The photos above show anchor charts that were shrunk, copied, cut and pasted into their journals. These wonderful charts can be found here. These particular charts were on coins. Each day a new coin was added.  We read books, watched BrainpopJr. videos, discussed then made a journal entry.

I know you can't see it clearly, but around each anchor chart students were asked to write 3 things they learned about that particular coin.  They came up with wonderful facts.  I am "one proud mamma/teacher". 

I know that journaling or implementing something new that you are unfamiliar with can be difficult.  I have found that as long as I remain consistent and make it something that the students will both enjoy and understand, great learning takes place.  As a 2nd grade we have used many ideas to improve our math journals.  There are numerous TPT products out there that provide journal entries for day to day use. We have used some of these and liked them. I have found though, that teaching my students to take notes and journal what they have learned has been much more beneficial.  

Hope you enjoyed this post.  Please keep checking back for more adventures in my journey as an educator. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Each Thursday in our classroom the students have come to love and expect REVIEW THURSDAY.  During review Thursday we spend our time going over our story of the week and the grammar that it includes.  Now I know what you're thinking, review Thursday sounds like just your typical day in elementary school.  But when my students see this....... the excitement begins.

The large slapper hands are compliments of a very dear friend who is retiring this year.  The cup has a stick for each child in the classroom.  Review begins as my co-teacher pulls two sticks from the cup, and each of these children receives a slapper.
Here you see two of my students getting the slappers.  Each time 2 numbers are drawn and slappers are in hand I ask a new question.

I begin each question slowly.  My students are poised ready to ring in with their slappers.  Once a slapper has been activated my question reciting comes to a stop and the student who signaled must come up with an answer. If they are unable to answer correctly their opponent gets a turn. I do not repeat the question.  They enjoy this and I have noticed it has improved their listening skills greatly.  
If the signaling student answers correctly they are rewarded with an M&M, or whatever other bag of candy I have for the week. 
Hope you enjoyed this post.  Feel free to ask any questions or use these ideas for yourself.  

Tune in for my next post.

God bless you and yours this coming week!!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

A Window Into "Our" World

Below you will find pictures of my classroom from the beginning of the year. Note how nice and neat everything is. LOL. Rest assured things are not this neat now. LEARNING has and still is taking place and our classroom shows it.

Both of these pictures are from the same wall.  My calendar is complements of my CRICUT, which I love.  The wonderful rainbow board is my Ag in the classroom board. 
A "close up" of the Ag board.  We share facts that deal with agriculture and connect them to every subject throughout the day for review and enrichment.

Our "Wall of Fame Georgia".  I love this wall.  We have already filled half of our frames with the photos of famous Georgians we have learned about this year.
Mathletics.  This is a place that I display anchor charts and student work that matches our Common Core standards in Math.

Above is our chart for noting when we are revising, editing, and publishing.  The second is an anchor chart we made for the steps of writing.
The next few photos all deal with writing in our classroom.

 This wall has a spectrum to show levels of writing typical for second grade.  These are all student made samples from previous years.  I use this spectrum to have students rate their writing ever other week. THey write the corresponding number at the top of their page and write two sentences to help me understand why they chose that specific number on the spectrum. Then we conference and I give them a number and explain why it is the same as theirs or different.  This has been a wonderful tool.

ENJOY.  We are so glad you stopped by to visit our classroom.  

Steps To Success / FREEBIE

In my last post I shared my favorite classroom tool of this year.  Steps to Success is the behavior management system I created to use in my classroom. I wanted to let you see what this product looks like in action.

When my students arrive each morning their steps are located at the bottom of the board.  They come in so excited at the chance of taking a "step" and earning their way through the word SUCCESS.

Throughout the day as I catch my students "doing good", whether behavior, manner, or whatever else, I ask them to "take a step". They immediately go to the board and move their footprint to the next letter.  Occasionally I will ask them to take two steps if they are being exceptionally good.  When a student has a difficult time they "owe" me a step.  The step is given to me until they earn it back, in which case it returns to the first S.  They then begin "successful" behavior to advance their steps.

This is a view of what the board looks like about halfway through the day.

 At the end of each day my students fill in their behavior graph.  They are responsible for coloring to show me how "Successful" they were.  If they had to "owe" me a step my students are responsible for writing a sentence to explain why their graph has no colored spaces for the day.  They also circle a face each day for self evaluation.  On Fridays they fill in the Self evaluation short answers, before letting me review their final "Steps to Success" report. I then sign and send them home in their folders.

I absolutely love this classroom management system and I hope you find it useful.

You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking here or by visiting my TPT store.  There is a link to my store in the side bar of this blog.  HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!!!!!   God bless you and yours on this wonderful weekend.