Peek At My Week: Place Value, Author's Purpose, Marshmallow Science and More!

Happy Sunday ya'll! I hope everyone has spent their weekend relaxing and do no work of any kind that is school related #saidnoteacherever! I normally try to keep my Sundays work free but sometimes that just doesn't happen. While the hubs watches football, I work on lesson plans. Here is a quick run down on how I plan my week. I meet with my partner teacher on Tuesdays to talk about the upcoming week. We teach the same concepts but we do not use the same materials. I plan everything out on Wednesdays (sometimes this rolls over to Thursdays). I make my copies of Thursdays (sometimes this rolls over to Friday LOL) and I file everything away and get my stations ready on Fridays. So far this year, I haven't had to go up to the school on the weekend. I'm trying hard to stay away this year. I'm linking up with DeeDee from Mrs.Wills Kindergarten again to share my week with you. 


*click on any of the pictures below to take you to a PDF with the hyperlinks to the products I'm using.*

In math we are starting place value. I'll review 2 digit numbers the first part of the week. I already know my students can count base ten blocks with 2 digit numbers. I'm hoping a quick review with word form and expanded notation will do the trick. We'll do lots of modeling with manipulatives and a place value work mat. The mat I'm using is a freebie I found on TPT. 

On Wednesday, move on to 3 digit numbers but we will not use hundreds blocks. Go Math wants them to have a good concept that 12 tens blocks is equal to 120. We'll spend the the rest of that week practicing that concept before moving onto hundreds blocks next week. 

I plan to throw in some some fun scoot/iSpy activities to make this more fun. I'll go into to how I run my math stations soon. 


In reading this week we'll be talking about author's purpose. This is such a hard concept for 2nd graders to grasp. I'm still introducing and working on daily 5 so I'm not doing my full round of guided reading groups yet. This week I'll introduce and work on word work. I have 3 rounds of D5/guided reading. I'm only doing 2 right now and monitoring the other. I'll be working with my lower students on author's purpose during those blocks. 

I don't include this in my lesson plans but we a spelling and sight word review each day as well.


My sweeties are getting really good at recognizing different types of sentences. We are moving on this week to subject and predicate. I plan to to do a lot of whole group/interactive activities. 


I'm late the Johnny Appleseed party. I know his birthday was last Friday but didn't realize it until after I had made my plans for the week. October has snuck up on me ya'll! I'm throwing it in this week during our writing block. Better late than never right?!?


I'm way super excited about science this week! We are going to be talking about the scientific method this week and I found this great FREEBIE with easy peasy marshmallow experiments. I can't wait to do these activities with my kids. I know they are going to love it. 


You can click on any of the pictures above to take you to the PDF document. Click on the product thumbnail to take you to the product I'm using. 

I hope everyone has a great week. 



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Five for Friday: Word Problems, iPods, Vocabulary, and FREEBIES!

It's Friday ya'll! Can I get an AAAMMMEEENNN! This week was all kinds of jammed packed with business. I'm sharing a little big of my week with you with 5 for Friday with Doodle Bugs. 




We have new math TEKS in Texas and one of the main focuses is problem solving and multi-step problems. This is going to be a challenge with my little ones this year. Since there is a gap this year with our new standards, they are expected to do things at a much higher level right now compared to last year. Our word problems have gone from basic to multi-step with tricky wording. I took this week to focus only on problem solving. 

On Monday, we reviewed our key words. I made these quick flip flap templates to use in our interactive notebooks. We wrote our key words under each flap and talked about each one and how they can be used. You can click here to grab the templates for FREE! 

Key Words Flip Template FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Key Words Flip Template FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Key Words Flip Template FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

My days are so fast paced. I feel like I have no time this year. I wanted to incorporate word problems on a daily basis and needed something that would be quick and easy to manage. I made my first set of monthly problem solving journal prompts. Each morning, they get their daily prompt, and glue into their journal. We made it a part of our morning work routine. My kids have been finishing their morning work super quick this year (which is a good thing!) so it wasn't a big deal to add a few extra minutes to cover this skill daily. 


You can check them out in my TPT store. There are 30 word problems that include basic addition and subtraction and multi-step concepts. At the top of each page, I've included which skill those prompts cover so you can easily skip around. 

Fall Problem Solving Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade



We have hit the ground running with Daily 5. I received a set of iPods from Donors Choose and my kids have been so excited about them. Last weekend I got them all set up and had them ready to go for Monday. I introduced Listen to Reading and it was a huge hit! They did so well. After lots of practice, I'm ready to turn them loose next week. I'll introduce Word Work on Monday and then after that we'll be in full swing. 




We started a new story this week; Henry and Mudge:Under the Yellow Moon. We got our vocabulary flip books made. They take these home to study their words each week. 

Journey's Vocabulary Flipbooks by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can get this flip book here. It is part of my Journey's Unit 1 vocabulary flip books


Do you follow me on TPT? Have you grabbed my 2 year "TPT"aversary FREEBIES yet? If you do follow (and were a follower before last Sunday) you should check your inbox for a surprise! 

One of our skills to go along with Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon this week is multiple meaning words. 


We played our first game of scoot yesterday and they L-O-V-E-D it! 


I'll be posting this officially in my TPT store on Sunday so stay tuned! 


Fall weather has hit the beautiful state of Texas (well sort of). I don't redecorate my house for each season, but I will dress up my mantel and my door with a cute wreath. 


My hubs and I are HUGE college football fans. I had a different vision of this wreath. I still need to add some more "pop" to it but that will have to wait until I can make another Hobby Lobby run. 

Any guesses on who supports Texas Tech and who supports OU? If you've followed me for a while you should know this. :) 


I hope everyone has a great weekend!


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Bright Ideas: Magnetic Anchor Chart Hooks


BRIGHT IDEAS is back!!! I love this link up because it's about good 'ol fashion tips and tricks. This months tip is all about anchor charts. I love them!!! I'm not necessarily good at making them. Mine are always pretty basic but they get the point across. Last year, I kept my anchor chart on an easel towards the front of my room. This year, my class size has doubled and my room is cramped. I have no space. 

When I had to get rid of my easel this year due to lack of space I was so sad because I had no idea where I was going to put my anchor chart pad. I came home and was complaining to my husband. I didn't think he was listening to a word I was saying because I was getting that head nod that husbands do when they act like their listening. LOL The next day, he comes home with these magnetic hooks that he got from Lowes and said, I got these so you could hang your anchor chart paper on you whiteboard. Seriously!! He is the best ya'll! #besthubbyever

Check them out! 
*Told you my charts are super simple :)*

He got these hooks from Lowes. They were super cheap. I have two of them. Each magnet is holds up to 9 pounds. That's alotta paper y'all! 


They hold my ENTIRE anchor chart pad up on my white board and not just a single sheet. 


I could not have asked for a better solution. If you don't have a Lowes near you, you can get them online here or check your local hardware store. 



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Peek at my Week: September 15th-19th

I did it ya'll! I have my plans ready for you to take a peek at for the second week in a row. I'm linking up with DeeDee from Mrs.Wills Kindergarten to show you what we'll be up to this week. 


As I mentioned last week, my lesson plans do not have to be super detailed. I keep them simple and to the point. Last week we had a lot of things we didn't get finished due to unexpected events. We had someone pop into our room and talk about boy scouts. The counselor decided to pay us a visit to talk about responsibility. Those types of things happen and we just have to go with the flow. Lots of things you saw last week have rolled over to this week. 

We use GoMath for our curriculum. I'm not sure what I think yet. It is very fast paced and not much review. Since our TEKS changed this year, we have new addition and subtraction strategies we have to teach. I'll be teaching the make a ten to add addition strategy and the use ten to subtract strategy this week. I know what you must be thinking...both in one week...it just can't be done. Well folks, I don't really have a choice. This curriculum gives us one day to teach each lesson with no spiral review. My partner and I are doing the best we can to fit everything in this year. I'll spend two days teaching make ten and add and then two days teaching use ten to subtract and on Friday we will review. I've avoided teaching this concept for two weeks because I just don't want to do it. It will be difficult for them and I'm worried. After talking with several of my blogging friends who are use to this strategy, I've come to realize that is just a strategy. They don't have to master it. They don't all have to get it. I hope that it'll be beneficial for a few of them and if not, then we will move onto the next concept and not worry about it. 

Here is a layout of what our week in math will look like. Click on any of the pictures to take you to a downloadable link. From there you can click on the resource pictures to take you links I got them from. 


Since our curriculum has no spiral review, I use math stations to  help review previously taught concepts. I'll be blogging about my math stations soon. Last week was our first full week and they started off rocky but ended up working out great. I have six groups, and I see each group twice a week. I'll be using my make ten to add task cards and use ten to subtract task cards during stations to get more practice in. 


We will be wrapping up our punctuation and capitalization unit this week. We get tons of practice with this each day during our morning work so I try to fill our lessons with fun, hands on activities instead of fixing sentences on a worksheet. 


We use Journey's to teach reading. At the beginning of the year we spend two weeks per story to effectively teach and review concepts. I also use Daily 5 in my classroom. I have 2 rounds of 15 minute whole group lessons (right now they are about 20 minutes while we are building our stamina) and then I have 3 rounds of D5 that are 20 minutes each (right now they are about 15 minutes.) Some days we might use both of our whole group time listening to the story or reading with a partner. Other days I'll break it up into 2 mini lessons over the concept we are learning about. 


With Daily 5, we have done read to self and work on writing. They have them down. Now we are just working on building our stamina. I'll be introducing read to someone this week. My first two rounds of D5 I'll be working with small groups on sequencing. I'm using the scope and sequence activity from my Comprehension Detectives: Story Sequencing unit and reviewing ABC order. Until I get a better feel for my kids and what they need, I'm going to do the same activity during guided reading. Once we get further into the year, I'll change things up for each group. My last round of D5 will be used to introduce and work on read to someone. 


Now onto science. I rotate teaching science and social studies. Each subject gets taught for two weeks and then I switch. We will start our first science unit and learn all about what scientists do. We already have our journals set up and ready to go. 

Wednesday is Constitution Day and our TEKS require us to teach about it. I don't have time to cover it that day so I'm doing a quick readers theater on Friday to get it covered. 


Now I just have to stay on track and try to get it all in. Wish me luck!





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Five For Friday: 9/12/14

I have been horrible about taking photos of what we are doing in class this year. Right now I have 23 kids. Last year I had 13 so it is a night and day difference. Everything seems to take twice as long. I feel so busy to hardly even look at the time much less take a picture. I'm trying though. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday. 




I never, ever, EVER thought I would have a clip art image of myself. I decided to take the plunge and got a mini me made from Teaching in the Tongass. I was skeptical about it at first. I thought, how could it really look like me. I had to take a photo of myself and e-mail it to her so she could draw me. Within a day, I had my preview and my husband said "woah, it really does look like you!" I LOVE IT!!! I think it is so cute!! She did a great job. If you are looking to have a custom mini made, I highly recommend her. 



We worked on punctuation this week during our language arts block. We did a lot of sort activities with our pocket chart like this each day. Their morning work always has tons of writing practice for them to practice capitals and punctuation so I tried to stay away from that during our ELA time. 

Punctuation Sort by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

I'll post more about this next week when we wrap up our unit. 


We are diving into the world of Henry and Mudge this week. We use Journey's and the first story in our book is Henry and Mudge the First Book but it is only the first chapter. I have a small bookshelf by my desk where I put books to go along with topics we are talking about. They've been loving Henry and Mudge so far. A lot of my stronger readers have been picking them for their book bags to read during D5. 



In math we have been learning all about those doubles and doubles +1 facts. We have been super busy learning this strategy. While it is an easier one for them, I think it is so important at the same time. We made our double bubble craft. This is a part of my Double Bubble Unit. 

Double Bubble Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Double Bubble Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


Today we played our first I have, who has game. It took us a few tries but they caught on quickly and did really well with it. This is also in my Double Bubble Unit. 

Doubles and Doubles +1 I Have Who Has by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Doubles and Doubles +1 I Have Who Has by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


One of my goals for this year was to not over work myself. I love teaching. I love blogging. I love creating TPT products. But it can all get overwhelming very quickly. I've tried to spend less time on the computer and more time with my husband and more time for myself. So, last weekend, I didn't do anything school related. I read a book. Yes, a real, non-school related book, during the school year. I love to read and rarely find time to do it. Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. If you are looking for a good series to read, I highly recommend her Slammed series. I read her latest book, Ugly Love in a day. There isn't anything better than getting caught up in a good book and not being able to put it down. 


Now I'm off to enjoy the rainy evening with my husband. We have a hot date on the couch with some popcorn and a movie! Have a good weekend ya'll! 





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