Technology Tuesday: FREE online Arthur stories

It's time for another TECHY TUESDAY post! YAY! I'm a technology guru and love learning different ways to integrate it into my classroom.
Raise your hand if your kids love Arthur stories? Mine do! A few weeks ago, our story in our readers was "Arthur Writes a Story" and they were hooked from there! We read "Arthur's Valentine" for Valentine's Day..."Arthur Meets the President" for President's Day and so many more.
I came across this website (thank you pinterest) that has SEVERAL of the Arthur stories online for FREE! It even reads it to them and everything! I love it! All the these stories are AR books to so it helps my kids earn their goals. When I need a few minutes to fill, I pull up the site, let the kids pick a story, press play and relax work,work,work for a few minutes!
It also has some great resources for fairy tales, rhyming and so much more!
Click here to visit the website or on the picture below!
 Also, Educating to the Core is having a giveaway for a $10 TPT gift certificate! Head on over to her blog and show her some love! You have until March 4th to enter!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Marcy :)


A World Record Linky?!? I'm in!

Is anyone else having this CRA-ZY weather?!? I live in Texas and part of my family is snowed in while I'm stuck inside with 50 mph winds and its FREEZING! I wish I had a fire place! I only have partial power.
Anyways, I'm linking up with Our Sweet Success to "try and break the world record for the biggest linky EVER!" LOL Ok well I don't even know if that's a category but it would be pretty cool if it could really happen! It just sounded fun!
Here's what you do:
Phase 1 - Link Up! (Our Sweet Success)
If you would like to join this giveaway by offering one of your products, then join us in the biggest linky party EVER!!!  The deadline to enter will be Saturday, March 2.  We have several of your FAVORITES that will be joining us!!        

Phase 2 - Enter to WIN!  (Mackey's Classroom)
Starting on Sunday, March 3...Sarah will begin the raffle for the winner!  ONE lucky winner will win:
ALL of the products offered by the most amazing teacher/bloggers on TPT.  

Phase 3 - Prizes Sent!
All teacher/bloggers who linked up will email their product to winner!!
(We are anticipating over $100 worth of products)
I'm sure EXCITED to be linking up with all these amazing ladies!
You have until Saturday, March 2nd to link up!
I'm off to try and finish at least one of my five products I've got going on right now. Laptop battery, don't die on me now!
Have a good week everyone!


Couln't download yesterdays FREEBIE...let's try again!

I had a few people e-mail me saying that they couldn't open my "G.E.T. Multiplication Strategies" FREEBIE poster for my post yesterday. Some sort of error message appears. Sorry about that ladies. That was my first time sharing on google docs and I'm not sure what I did wrong. So...if you'd like to download the poster please click here to get it from TPT.
To read about how I use G.E.T. click here to read my post from yesterday!
Marcy :)


Multiplication FREEBIE & Spring Literacy Centers

Today was a busy, busy day! We dove head first into learning about multiplication. I've been hearing all year "Ms. Fambro when are we going to learn times?" Well today they were so excited when I told them it was finally time!
Multiplication can always been our a tricky subject for our sweet little ones to learn. I use something called the G.E.T (groups x each = total) strategy to help introduce this concept, its something I learned during student teaching and it just seems to work.
Here's an example for 3 x 2 = 6 (I just made this real quick because I forgot to take a picture of what we did in our journal today. Sorry!)
From the very beginning, I have the write G.E.T. then the multiplication problem write underneath it. (Pretend the 6 (total) isn't there.) 
Then the draw their "groups" which is always the FIRST factor in the problem. I always have them draw circles because its the easiest. They drew 3 circles.
Next they draw the "each" which is the SECOND factor in the problem. I have them draw dots. They like that it looks like a cookies and it helps them relate. They drew 2 dots in each circle.
Last, they write their total number. 3 groups of 2 = 6. They write their total to fill in the problem
3 x 2 = 6
Here they are working out a few examples! Just FYI, if you didn't know that dry erase comes off desks, now you do! It's like having a built in white board for them all the time!
Here is a poster I display on my math board. Click on the picture below or here to get this freebie!
I'm currently working on a Multiplication unit. Hopefully I'll get it done soon. I did manage to finish my "Spring into Literacy Centers" last night!
 This unit contains 6 literacy centers and 4 activity sheets. It includes:

Blooming Contractions: Match the flower with it's contraction center. Includes recording sheet.

"Egg"celent Compound Words: Easter egg compound word puzzles. Includes recording sheet.

Flying Synonyms: Synonym puzzles and recording sheet.

I Spy Antonyms: Hid antonym cards around the room and search for the them! Includes recording sheet.

Hip Hop Nouns and Verbs Game: Includes directions, game pieces, game board and game cards.

Springy Syllable Sort: 1-4 syllable word cards to read and sort. Includes recording sheet.

Activity sheets include:
ABC Order
2 Adjective bubbles
Let's Make Words


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Have a good week everyone!

Marcy :)


My First Five For Friday

I'm finally getting to link up with Doodle Bugs for my first "Five for Friday" linky. I've always loved reading these from everyone but normally don't have time on Friday's to blog. So here it goes!

1. My week started off by taking engagement pictures on Sunday. It took 5 very long hours. The few that I have seen have turned out great so far. Here's a "funny" one from our shoot!
2. This week our story was Arthur's Valentine. After we read the story and discussed what a "secret admirer" was I found this on my desk a few minutes later! I thought it was cute so it's now hanging above my desk!
3. My time lately is split between work (I'm so behind on grading papers..ugh!), planning a wedding and working on some new TPT products. I have 4 going right now and I'm determined to get one posted this weekend. But that's besides the point. Here's my latest wedding project! This is what my centerpiece jars will look like. My mom found a TON of mason jars at a garage sale for next to nothing so this was our first test at "dying" them!
4. I always wait until the last minute. On Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. I had to run to the convenience store to buy some more starburst so I could finish making these little guys for our Valentine's party! They turned out so cute! Thank you pinterest!
5. Last but not least, today we used my Valentine's Candy Puzzles: Skip Counting by 2's, 5's and 10's. I laid a different puzzle on each kids desk and had them rotate through each one. It was fun and they loved not taking a test on Friday!
There's my week at a glance! I hope everyone has a great weekend! I know several of you have long weekends or are off for winter break. I'm not so lucky. The kids don't have school on Monday but we have a work day and have to have parent conferences. Less than a month until spring break!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Marcy :)


Techy Teacher Tuesday: Easy Grader/Groovy Grader Apps

I don't know about ya'll but I HATE COUGHloveCOUGH grading papers. It is my least favorite part of our job. I sware I'm going to invent an app that will scan a paper and grade it for me. Don't take my idea now! Anyways, back to the point. If your like me, I often will leave my EZ grader somewhere instead of keeping it in my gradebook where it belongs. Then I discovered..."hey, there's an app for that!" I'm linking up with Queen of the First Grade Jungles "Techy Teacher Tuesday to
 to share 2 grading apps with ya'll. One for iPhone/iPad and the other for android users.
I recently made the switch from an iPhone 4 to the Samsung Galaxy SIII. I know some of you are probably giving me a look right now. I had an iPhone for 4 years and decided I wanted to try something different. I absolutely L-O-V-E my phone now ya'll! Ok, I'm getting of topic again. Before on my iPhone, I had the app "groovy grader." (I'll get to that in a minute). Now, I'm using an app called "easy grader". You can find it in the google play store. Its a simple grader for on the go teachers like myself. Its simple, east to use and most importantly, I always have it with me. I've tried a few others on this phone but this is my favorite one that I've found so far.
The app icon looks like this.
Here is what the app itself looks like.
Now, when I had my iPhone, I used an app called "groovy grader." I loved this app and wish they had a droid version. I still use it on my iPad for work.
Here is what the icon looks like.
Here is what the app looks like.
The best part about both of these apps is that they are both FREE!!!
Do you use a different grading app? If so, let me know what it is and I'll check it out.
Head on over to Queen of the First Grade Jungle to check out other great techy tips!
Also, if your in need of a quick and easy Valentine's Day activity check out my Valentine's Candy: Skip Counting Puzzles by 2's, 5's and 10's. I've got these laminated and ready to go!
I'm off to work on my kids Valentine's Day gifts. How cute are these little guys?!? Thanks pinterest! I hope mine turn out as cute as these do!
Marcy :)


Easy Peasy Valentine's Craft

Valentine's week is here and we are in full swing here in Texas. I wanted to share a "easy, peasy, lemon, squeezy, macaroni, cheesy" (do you kids say this? mine do ALL the time) craft!
Tye-Dye Hearts!
Here's what you need:
1. large coffee filters
2. bingo makers (you can get them at hobby lobby)
3. paper plate/paper towel
4.hole punch
6.squirt bottle of water
First you take large coffee filters and cut them into a heart shape.
Then, using the bingo markers, have the kids dab as many dots as they want all over the filter. Do this over a paper plate or a paper towel because the markers will seep through.
Then, have them lightly spray water all of the filter. They will see the colors begin to stream together.
Let it dry.
Punch a hole at the top and tie with yarn. Hang and enjoy!
There you have it. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, macaroni, cheesy right?!?
Have a good week!
Marcy :)


Shapes, Shapes and more Shapes

I have been fighting off the "crud" that has been going around all week. I made it to school every day but let's just say it wasn't easy. Even feeling under the weather, I hopefully managed to teach my kiddos something this week.

The past 2 weeks we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes and their attributes. I love teaching shapes! There are so many fun ways to explore and learn about them. Most of my resources came from Amy Lemon's "Shapin' Up" Unit! We have had so much fun. You can read some about some of the activities we did with 2D shapes here.

Next we explored the world of symmetry! We made symme"trees". I forgot to get a picture of these. I had my kids draw a large tree on manila paper. Then we cut out various shapes and pictures. If the shape/picture had symmetry, they glued it on their tree branches. If it did not have symmetry, they glued it on the "ground." They were super cute!

I have them picture with only half of their face. They had to complete the other half and even draw the background! Here are a few examples!

Here's a symmetry activity today to review. I have each kid a ruler and a set of pattern blocks. They could create any thing they wanted but what they created on one side of the ruler, they had to create on the other. Here's a few of their creations!
Next we dove into the world of 3D shapes and their attributes. After a few days of journal activities and drilling edges, vertices and faces into their sweet brains, we finally got to do the fun stuff! Each year I love making 3D shapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Last year, I remembered the toothpicks being very flimsy and their shapes falling over easily. This year I decided to try pretzel sticks and they worked a lot better but I still made a mistake. I bought the small marshmallows instead of the bigger ones. Their shapes still didn't say up very well because the pretzels were a little too big for the marshmallows but we managed to make a few shapes before their marshmallows turned into a big, gooey mess! Note to self: Next year....pretzel sticks and BIG marshmallows!
After the marshmallows began to fall apart and most of the pretzel sticks got broken, we used what we had left to just make 2D shapes.
Then we finally got to make our SHAPE MONSTERS! These we're a HUGE hit! I have them each a shape for the head you get what you get and you don't throw a fit. They got to pick the number of eyes, shape of their mouth, and number of teeth they had! Then they had give their monster a name and write about it. I was so excited that most of them "filled up the whole page" with out saying "how many sentences do we have to write." They turned out so cute!
Aren't they cute?!?
I also wanted to share another giveaway I'm participating in! Kyrstal over at Lessons From the Middle is celebrating her one year blogavsary! She is holding a giveaway for over $500 worth of products ranging from K-9th grades! Head on over to enter and show her some love. You could even have a change to win my Scoopin' Up Fact Families: A Fact Family Craftivty.
Well I'm off to try to get some rest. We take engagement pictures tomorrow! YAY! That is if I feel ok and it doesn't rain (60% chance...ugh) Have a great weekend everyone!
Marcy :)


Show Us What You Bought Linky

Well this weekend was the big Sunday Super Sale on TPT! I'll admit, I didn't spend near as much time browsing through my wish list like I had planned. Then when I finally set down and selected my items, I completely forgot to use the coupon code! UGH! O-well! My extra $4.12 went to some great teachers!
I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin to show you what I scored during the big sale!

We're getting ready to kick off our mapping unit in social studies in a few weeks! I can' wait to use Mapping Skills & Continents/Oceans from Second Grade Sisters.

Now, I know I teach 2nd grade but Amanda's RTI unit has been on my wish list for awhile! This will definitely come in handy when working in small groups with my lower kids during RTI time.
I then headed over to Fishyrobb's/Second Grade Waves store and got some great phonics resources! Did anyone miss out on the story about how I discovered that her niece is in my class?!?  
Multiple Meaning Words/Homographs/Using Context Clues - Task Cards We're starting homographs next week so these will definitely come in handy!
Then, I scored End Word Overuse and Abuse - Expand Vocab Interactive Board from Hilary Lewis. I read about this awhile back on someones blog. I'm sorry I don't remember who. Anywho, I immediately added this to my wish list. My kids really struggle with  using new words in their writing. I can't wait to get this set up and going.
Last but not least, I had to purchase some from Amy Lemons. I just LOVE every unit of her's and the kids really enjoy all of her activities. We will be started measurement in a few weeks so I picked up her I Can Measure! (using centimeters and inches) Unit.
There you have it folks! I'm really wishing I would have purchased some clip art, that's definitely on my list for next time.
What did you score during the big sale?
Hope everyone is having a great week!
Marcy :)
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