Red Ribbon Week Brag Tag FREEBIE

Hi friends! I'm popping into share a quick FREEIBE with you! We have been celebrating Red Ribbon  Week this week. I made these brag tags to give to my students tomorrow so they can add them to their necklaces. 

Red Ribbon Week Brag Tag FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

They are going to love them! They love getting new brag tags. You can get these ink friendly brag tags by clicking here or on the photo below.

Red Ribbon Week Brag Tag FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Enjoy!


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Weekend Warriors: Organizing Colored Paper

Hi friends! I'm back for day two of October Organization with my Weekend Warrior gals! If you missed yesterdays post you can read all about how I organize my classroom listening center here


Today I'm going to share with you how I organize my precious colored copy paper. I might be slightly obsessed with Astrobrights Colored Paper. I'm very protective over my paper. One of my sweet coworkers always says "there goes Marcy with her bright paper." It's true ya'll, I love it. #teacherproblems #IHeartBrightColoredPaper. 

Organizing colored paper by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

All of my precious paper is stored in hanging file folders in my filing cabinet. It is organized by color and type. My copy paper is at the front and my colored card stock is at the back. I put colored paper on my school supply list each year and most of the time it will last me the entire year. I had so much this year, that it wouldn't all fit in my cabinet so I had to put some on a shelf for later.

Isn't that a B-E-A-UTIFUL sight?? #iknowihaveproblems #coloredpaperannoyanmus 

Organizing colored paper by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


I didn't have room in my filing cabinet for my construction paper so I use paper trays to store it on top of my filing cabinet. This way it doesn't take up much space and it is easy to pull a sheet quickly when I need it. 

Organizing colored paper by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

 Are there any other color paper aholics out there? :)

I almost forgot, have you checked out the new WW pinterest board yet? Click here to follow our board!


You can click on the any of the links below to get other great organizational tips from my sweet friends.








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Weekend Warriors: iPod Listening Center Organization

Hey ya'll! I'm back with my Weekend Warrior gals for Organizing October. You can check out some of my other classroom organization posts by clicking here and here


I'll be the first one to admit that I am probably not a person you should be taking organizational advice from. My desk is always a hot mess and I have stacks of paper everywhere. I try hard though. I do know where everything is in my organized mess though. 

Over the summer, I was very fortunate to get three iPods for my listening center donated to my classroom through DonorsChoose. Today I'm going to share with you how I keep it all organized. 

iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

I have three iPods nano. They are blue, green, and pink. Each basket includes a set of books, 2 sets of headphones in baggies, and colored headphone adapter, and a iPod poster that includes all the book titles that are on that particular iPod. 

We spent A LOT of time at the beginning of the year learning how to use these properly and how to take care of our baskets to keep them looking nice. 

iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Each basket is organized by color. I keep my iPods in the cases that they came in. My students have been very good about placing them back in the case correctly. I found these headphone adapters through Jane.com over the summer and they matched my iPods perfectly. I got one to match each iPod and they have worked great so far.  Each iPod also contains different stories for them to listen too. 

iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


iPod Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

All of my books also have a colored sticker on them so they know which basket/iPod the story goes with if it gets misplaced. 

Listening Center Organization  by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

We store our baskets on a shelf and it works perfectly. I haven't had any trouble (besides tangled headphones) this year. My kids are very responsible when taking care of these. You can get these EDITABLE Listening Center Organization Labels in my TPT store. They come in 10 different colors and you can customize them to fit your library needs. 


EDITABLE Listening Center Organization Labels by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

On a different note...do you have Pinterest? I know you do! My weekend warrior gals and I have come together to bring you an exclusive pinterest board that offers tips, tricks, and great ideas that we use in our classrooms. Click here or on the photo below to follow our board. 


You can click on the any of the links below to get other great organizational tips from my sweet friends. Check back tomorrow to see how I organize all my pretty, precious, colored paper we use for craftivities. 






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Creepy Carrots!

This week I'm taking a break from our basal reader to review some concepts with fun "Halloween" books. Last week I posted on my Facebook page asking others what their favorite Halloween books were. I got some great responses and ordered a few off Amazon but I knew they wouldn't be here in time for me to teach with this week. Then I remembered that I got some Halloween books in my latest scholastic order and found Creepy Carrots!



Creepy Carrots is about a rabbit named Jasper who LOVES carrots until one day creepy carrots start following him or so he thinks! This is a super cute book with a great lesson. It isn't exactly "Halloween" but it is perfect for this time of year and my kids LOVED the story. I had one student come up to me today to tell me that he checked out this book from our local library. I love finding books that motivate them read. :)

We started out the week by introducing some new vocabulary words and adding them to our reading response journal. They loved learning the word "sinister" and used it a lot in their writing this week. I think they thought they were getting away with saying a bad word. LOL

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.

We reviewed story elements and added them to our  journals. We glue a lot of pages like this into our journals because lets just face it...having them just write it will more than likely be a hot mess with some students and it just isn't worth the battle.

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.

We've been working hard on cause and effect and this story is great for that.

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.



During small groups this week, we used these comprehension task cards to review the story. We are working hard on answering questions using complete sentences. This was perfect practice and just what they needed.

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.

Today we wrapped up our unit and made these super "creepy" book reports. They had to complete the story elements, tell their favorite part of the story, list a new word they learned and tell me what it means, and then they had to rate the book. I had them do these completely on their own and I think they turned out really well.

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.
All of these activities and more can be found in my Creepy Carrots unit

Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.

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Creepy Carrots is a fun story with a great message. This mini unit includes comprehension and vocabulary practice to go along with the story.


Have you read Creepy Carrots? 




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