2nd Grade Product Swap and Blog Hop

Welcome to the second grade product swap and blog hop!  EIGHTEEN wonderful second grade bloggers have joined together to swap and review each other's products.  Best of all, we are giving away all of the products to one lucky winner!  

If you are looking for the start of the hop, head over to see Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac to start hopping.  As you check out all the fabulous products, make sure to follow each blog on Bloglovin' as well.  There will be a Rafflecopter at the last stop.  This is where you can enter to win all of the products being reviewed!

I am super excited to be paired up with Lori from Owl in a Vowel Tree! She is super sweet so make sure you follow her blog! I am thrilled to be reviewing her iSnoop Triple Addition Math Station and her iSnoop Triple Subtraction Math Station. My kids have LOVED this activity during our math station time this week. Maybe it is because it involves a magnifying glass! If you are looking for some fun, engaging math stations, these are perfect! 

During math stations this week I used these during my small group time. Since this product is super fun but involves a magnifying glass, I wanted to use it with them first instead of independently so we could talk about how to use the magnifying glass properly. Here is how it works…You use a hand lens or magnifying glass (I've had mine for a few years but you can get them at the dollar store) and your students become a decretive and snoop for the math problems on the paper. The font on the paper is tiny so they use the magnifying class to hunt for the problems. Talk about engaging!!! Then they fill out the problem on their answer sheet to work them out. 

When we first started I gave my students the options of blue or purple. The blue work mat is addition and the purple work mat is subtraction. I knew if I gave them the option of addition or subtraction they would all pick addition. Here are some "action" shots of my kiddo's detective skills! 

I had never seen them so excited about addition and subtraction before, especially with regrouping, much less three digits!! I loved hearing them say "I found K! I found K! They were engaged the entire time they were working and it was a fantastic site to see! 

When working with regrouping, I hadn't spent too much time on three digits yet because I wanted to make sure all of my students had mastered the concept. I didn't have to help any of my kids hardly at all! As I sat there watching them, they were saying their strategies to themselves and knocked them all out of the park! I was one happy teacher! 

You can get both of these amazing items in Lori's TPT shop. Click on the links below. 

Don't forget to follow Owl in a Vowel Tree's blog! 

Click the button below to head over to The Teacher's Chair to see some for great goodies! Don't forget the giveaway at the end of the hop! There are some great products up for grabs. 


Fraction Action and a SALE!

This week we dove head first into the world of fractions. This is one of my favorite concepts to teach because you can do so many fun activities to make it engaging. Plus, I love hearing my kids try and say numerator and denominator! 

Here is my anchor chart that took me THREE tries to make. 

We started our week of by sorting equal and unequal fractions. A lot of our activities came from my Batter Up Fractions Unit. (Which is on sale this weekend :) ) First we did a whole group mini lesson. My boys are loving the baseball theme since little league started up this weekend and opening day is right around the corner. I am very excited about that by the way! I love me some TEXAS RANGER baseball! Anyway, back to fractions. 

Then we sorted equal and unequal cards and put them in our pocketbooks. 

Then we did some work with 2 color counters. I gave them a small cup with 8 counters inside. They shook the counters then wrote the fractions of yellow and red. 

On Thursday we did some Name Fractions. This is a freebie in my TPT store. We did a whole group lesson first. I let each kids pick a name and we made fractions of the vowels and consonants. 

Then I let them make their own name with some fun highlighter art! 

And of course we made one of my favorite fraction crafts. These cute kites are a freebie from Mrs. Bainbridges Class. 

We'll be diving deeper into our fraction unit in the upcoming week. We will be using a lot more activities from my Batter Up Fraction Unit along with a few other super fun activities that I'm excited to share with you. 

I almost forgot to mention that I'm doing some spring cleaning and I'm not talking about my house (although I need to do that too) My entire store is 20% off this weekend! 

Here are a few items you might like to help you finish out the year. 

The weather has been B-E-A-UTIFUL here in Texas the past few days! My husband and I just bought a boat so we took it out today to enjoy the spring weather and do a little fishin!

Here's my cute toes! These Jamberry wraps have lasted 6 weeks as of today! Click here to visit my Facebook page. I'm running a special right now or you can click here to visit my Jamberry shop! If you are interested in a FREE sample. Click on my Facebook page and send me a message. I'd love to send you one. 

Happy Spring everyone! 


Pocketful of Pronouns

Hi friends! This past week we have been working super hard on pronouns. We started out by discussing what a pronoun is and we brainstormed a list onto our anchor chart.
Now I'm not an anchor chart master but this one worked for us!

Looking for a fun way to teach pronouns? This shares a fun pocket chart activity when introducing pronouns, anchor chart examples, a fun craft too!

To introduce the skill I wrote sentences on strips and placed them in our pocket chart.

Looking for a fun way to teach pronouns? This shares a fun pocket chart activity when introducing pronouns, anchor chart examples, a fun craft too!
I have 13 kids so I wrote 13 sentences. I then gave them each an another strip with a pronoun written on it. As we read aloud each sentence we talked about which pronouns could take the place of the nouns in our sentences. The student who had the card that made sense, came up and placed it over the noun to take its place.

Looking for a fun way to teach pronouns? This shares a fun pocket chart activity when introducing pronouns, anchor chart examples, a fun craft too!
Here is what our chart looked like after we finished our mini lesson. 

Looking for a fun way to teach pronouns? This shares a fun pocket chart activity when introducing pronouns, anchor chart examples, a fun craft too!
Up next, we made the cute pocketful of pronoun craft to show what they had learned. You can get the pocket template here. I gave them each an index card and told them to pick 6 pronouns from our anchor chart . Then they folded each part in half and wrote the pronouns they chose on the top part of their card. On the inside, they had to write a sentence using the pronouns they picked. 

Looking for a fun way to teach pronouns? This shares a fun pocket chart activity when introducing pronouns, anchor chart examples, a fun craft too!

*struggling reader example*
Looking for a fun way to teach pronouns? This shares a fun pocket chart activity when introducing pronouns, anchor chart examples, a fun craft too!

Are you looking for more ELA ideas? Check out my language arts Pinterest board. 


Trade and Grade

The Trade and Grade is here! The Trade and Grade is here! I'm teaming up with tons of FAB-U-LOUS bloggers for this months free-for-all!A big thanks to Amanda from The Primary Gal for setting this all up. 

I was paired up with my sweet friend Ashley from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd for swap.

Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

Ashley and I have become good blogging buddies over the last few months and I'm beyond excited to go to the National TPT Conference with her this summer. I am thrilled be reviewing her March Word Work and ELA Activities today!

I printed all of the activities included in this unit, laminated the cards and stuck everything inside a plastic bag. This unit is filled with bright and colorful centers that include scoot games, abc order, word building activities and writing prompts to keep your students actively engaged.  These actives are perfect for Daily 5. My sweeties have been working really hard on parts of speech and they are finally to the point where they understand the difference between a noun, verb and adjective without any confusion. Ashley's Jig and Jot activity was perfect for my small groups. Jig and Jot is a scoot review type game over the parts of speech. I thought I was going to have to help my kids a little on this during our small group time but guess what?!? They did it all on their OWN! I was one happy teacher! Here they are in action! 

Each task card has a March themed sentence. They had to identify the underlined word on the card. 

Here is the end result! This is one of my strugglers and she nailed this activity! I was so proud! 

Up next we have Good as Gold Word Building! This AMAZING activity works just like boggle. She included 6 sets of March themed word cards. I gave each student a different set of cards. They had to mix them up and make as many words as they could. 

Each set of words made up a "special" word using all of the letters provided. When they thought they had the special word figured out, they used my phone to scan the QR code included on the page! *This was a HUGE hit!*

I used QR codes all the time in my class last year but I haven't been able to use them this year because our building doesn't have WiFi (insert shock here. We are a small town. Very little funds. Old Building) so I haven't been able to use my iPad. I didn't even think about them using my phone because it is a rule in my class that they can't go anywhere near my phone unless they have permission. After using them with this activity we will definitely be using them more. They are a great incentive to get students to work "hard"!

This unit also features an ABC order activity and some great writing prompts that we will be working on the remainder of March. When April comes around, I'm going to place these activities into our centers basket so students can work on them during free time. They are fantastic, engaging and my students love them. You can click here to see her full unit. She is offering it for 50% off this weekend only!! Go grab it! I promise you won't be disappointed! 

But wait…there's more! Would you like a FREE activity from this unit? Well guess what?? I have one! You can click on the image below to grab this exclusive freebie from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd's March Word Work unit. 

That's not all! We are hosting a great giveaway! You can win some amazing products by filling out the rafflecopter below! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to head on over to Ashley's blog and show her some love! She has great ideas and amazing products. 
You can see some other Trade and Grade products by clicking on the links below! 


Organizing Your Reading Materials

I am probably the last person to be giving organizing advice…
My goal this year was the try really hard at being more organized but most of the time I have stacks of papers everywhere and materials all over the place. Its an organized mess is what it is! I can tell you where everything is and that's all that really matters right?!? Today should have been our first day back from spring break but we had a bad weather day so instead of relaxing on my last day off, I headed to my classroom to do some cleaning and organizing. Here is what my teacher area and table looked like when I got there today. 

Being in a new district this year means getting use to new curriculum. For reading we just Journey's which was brand new to me. I use resources found on TPT to help supplement. If you use Journey's, you can check out The Bubble Blonde Teacher and Twirlybird Teaching. Their resources are fabulous and have been a total life saver for me this year. For each unit we cover, there are task cards and centers for each story to cover the skills we are learning. At first, I was just keeping everything in a manila folder and storing it all in one of my filing cabinets but then it got a little overwhelming. I thought to myself, I'm spending so much time getting all of this together. I want to make sure I don't "lose" any of it for next year. I wanted a way to organize all of my materials so that everything is ready to go for next year. Here is my solution. 

I bought these storage containers at Wal-Mart for about $7 a piece. Each container holds all of my materials for one unit. Inside you'll find a file folder with lesson printables and centers to go with each skill being taught. This way I know where everything is and I can easily pull something to review skills as needed. 

Hopefully this will help me keep track of everything. If you use Journey's and would like these labels, you can get them by clicking below. I only made labels through unit 4 because I'm not sure if we will get past it or not. Only 10 more weeks of school! I'm providing a PDF file of the labels that were shown above and an editable file you can use if you use a different curriculum or want to add more past unit 4. *Note the font might appear differently in the editable version if you don't have the font I used installed on your computer. 

I'm thinking of using this system of a lot of my math concepts too. I hate my filing cabinets. How do you store your file and materials? 

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