Christmas Card FREEIBE

Hey ya'll! I'm popping in real quick to share these cute Christmas cards I made. They are perfect for thank you notes to your students or coworkers. They can be used to write sweet notes to your family and friends this holiday season. Simply print, cut and fold. 

This FREE Christmas card printable is perfect for the holiday season. You can use it for thank you cards to send a quick note to friends and family. Grab it on my blog for FREE!


This FREE Christmas card printable is perfect for the holiday season. You can use it for thank you cards to send a quick note to friends and family. Grab it on my blog for FREE!

This FREE Christmas card printable is perfect for the holiday season. You can use it for thank you cards to send a quick note to friends and family. Grab it on my blog for FREE!

You can click here to grab them in my TPT store. Merry Christmas!

Want to save this idea for later? Pin the image below.
This FREE Christmas card printable is perfect for the holiday season. You can use it for thank you cards to send a quick note to friends and family. Grab it on my blog for FREE!

You can also check out my December in the Classroom board that is full of ideas and activities to use during the month of December in your classroom.





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Fact Family Christmas Trees and Reindeer Shapes FREEBIE

Happy almost Christmas break! I know that the next couple of days you are doing everything you can just to get by. The kids are focused on glitter and presents and you are focused on 4:00 on Friday! Here are a few activities to help get you through the rest of the week. I just updated my Fact Family Christmas Tree craft

Fact Family Christmas Tree by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

It includes practice for single and double digit fact families. It's very low prep and is a fun, quick review. 

Fact Family Christmas Tree by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

I also have these Reindeer Shape task cards that are a FREEBIE in my TPT store. 

2D Reindeer Shape FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grad

It includes a set of 2D shape task cards with two different answer sheets for differentiation. A black and white version is also included. Click here to grab them from my TPT shop

2D Reindeer Shape FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grad

Here is to a stress free week! Merry Christmas! 


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Snowman Christmas Ornaments

These snowman Christmas ornaments are a classroom favorite! They are perfect for little learners and super easy to make. Your child will love making these. Visit this blog post to see how!

The holidays are such a magical time. While December can be full of craziness, it is also one of my favorite times to be in the classroom. I love it all from the glitter to the classroom elf. It is all so much fun. One of my favorite things to do each year is to have the kids make an ornament that they can take home to give to their parents to put on their tree. Each year we make these snowman ornaments and I just love them. 

These snowman Christmas ornaments are a classroom favorite! They are perfect for little learners and super easy to make. Your child will love making these. Visit this blog post to see how!

Here is what you need. All of these items can be found at any craft supply store such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels. 

clear ornaments 
white paper filler
pipe cleaner
pom pom balls
black and orange permanent marker
hot glue gun
clear nail polish

To start out, use a pencil to stuff the white filler into the ornament. These ornaments are glass so they need to be careful when making them. I've had a few break while they were being stuffed. It's a good thing to keep a few extra on hand. 

These snowman Christmas ornaments are a classroom favorite! They are perfect for little learners and super easy to make. Your child will love making these. Visit this blog post to see how!

Once they've finished stuffing their ornament, they get to choose their pipe cleaner and pom pom balls to make the earmuffs. I always have a variety of colors for them to choose from. Use a hot glue gun to assemble the earmuffs together and attach to the ornament. When their ornament is dry, let them draw their face using a permeant marker. Coat the faces with clear nail polish to keep from coming off. Then they are ready to hang on the tree to enjoy! 

These snowman Christmas ornaments are a classroom favorite! They are perfect for little learners and super easy to make. Your child will love making these. Visit this blog post to see how!

Want to save this idea for later? Pin the image below! 
These snowman Christmas ornaments are a classroom favorite! They are perfect for little learners and super easy to make. Your child will love making these. Visit this blog post to see how!




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12 Books of Christmas Giveaway


Hey ya'll! Christmas is right around the corner. I've teamed up with 11 of my favorite bloggy friends to share some of our favorite holiday books and some great FREEBIES to go along with them. 

We are also hosting a pretty spectacular giveaway! ONE lucky winner will receive ALL 12 books! Yes, you heard that correctly! Want to find out how you can win ALL 12 books shown below? Keep reading this post to find out! 


 It is no secret that I have a love for Jan Brett. She is the author of some of my most favorite children's stories. Her characters and illustrations bring reading to life. The story I choose to giveaway is Gingerbread Baby



Gingerbread Baby is about a boy named Matti who peeks into the oven too soon and out jumps the Gingerbread Baby! He leads Matti's mom, dad, and several other  characters chasing him through the village with with lots of tricks along the way. In the meantime, Matti stays home and decides to build a gingerbread house. Will the Gingerbread Baby be captured by everyone who is chasing him or will he be reduced? I guess you'll have to read the book to find out! 

Gingerbread Baby is perfect for this time of year and it is always a kid favorite. I've created a book report craftivity FREEBIE to go along with this book. It can actually be used with any gingerbread story.

Gingerbread Baby Freebie by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

After you've read the story and discussed it with your class, your students can create their gingerbread book report to show the story elements.

Gingerbread Baby Freebie by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Gingerbread Baby Freebie by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can click here or on the image below to grab this FREEBIE! Enjoy!


Remember earlier when I mentioned that we were having a giveaway? Here is how you can enter to win 12 AMAZING books for your classroom. Before you hop onto see my sweet friend, Shelley over at Smiling and Shining in Second don't forget to grab my number! Each blogger will have a number at the end of his/her post. Collect all the numbers along the way, and when you're done, add them all up and enter the total number in the Rafflecopter below!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by! Happy hopping! 




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Stand Up and Shout Out: Daily 5

Hey ya'll! This weeks teacher rock star is Allyson from Going Strong in 2nd Grade. I've been a long time follower of Allyson for a few years now. SheI finally got the chance to meet her in Vegas this summer and she is a gem. If you weren't following her before, make sure too. 
She has great ideas to share including her post today. 
Do you use Daily 5 in your classroom? Allyson is bringing you some great tips on how she runs Daily 5 during her literacy block. Seriously, ya'll are going to LOVE this post! It's amazing!!!
Hey everyone!  My name is Allyson from Going Strong in 2nd Grade and I am a 2nd Grade teacher in NC.  I began my blogging and TPT journey about 3 years ago and haven't looked back.  Below is as post from a couple months ago about how I do Daily 5 in my classroom.  I have taken some of the original Daily 5 options and added some of my own for what works for me and my kiddos.  I hope this will give you some ideas for Daily 5 in your classroom!
When I was student teaching, the Daily 5 craze began and I fell in love with it too!  I was able to observe kindergarten students at my student teaching placement school that were on task while their teacher worked with small groups.  It was amazing!
When I got my own classroom, the first year, I tried to do Daily 5, but I just was so overwhelmed with everything else that comes with the first year of teaching, that I didn't really give it a try.  Then the next school year, our elementary house was "going" Daily 5.  I followed the book chapter by chapter as we learned about each component of Daily 5.  It worked, but my kids and I struggled with some components like Read To Someone - small classroom and lack of control of a whisper voice - lead to a frustrated teacher. 
So fast forward to year 3, where I begin to make Daily 5 my own!  I have used very similar Daily 5 rotations since then with a few tweaks each year.  This year I only have 45 minutes for Daily 5, so we do 3 rounds each day.  I have four Daily 5/Reading groups for Daily 5 with 5-6 students in each group.
A couple weeks ago, I got so frustrated with my new kiddos asking me what to do each round of Daily 5, that I made this cool schedule that I display on my board during Daily 5.  Pictures included so that they can see what they should be doing each round.
Going Strong in 2nd Grade
Be prepared - this will be a long post!  I'm going to try to explain what my kiddos do each day during Daily 5 and what the different activities are (and where I got some of them!)
Going Strong in 2nd Grade

Work With Teacher - this is when I work with each group for Guided Reading Groups.  We read books on their level and work on comprehension after we complete each book.
Read To Self- this is just like your typical Daily 5 Read To Self.  My kiddos have a gallon-sized freezer ziplock bag (freezer is stronger than a regular gallon bag) that they keep their books in.  In our classroom library, I have a book box for each table that they keep their bag of books in.  I let them have 5 books in their bag of books.
Word Work: Dictionary - a couple years ago, I ditched my word wall and made my kiddos a personal dictionary.  This personal dictionary is from Natalie's Nook on TPT.  Students use their personal dictionary write at least 10 words from our spelling pattern(s) that week in their dictionary.  I encourage them to pick spelling words that they might struggle with - if they already know how to spell it - there isn't much point to write it in their dictionary.



Lots of pages and space for students to add words.  Pre-made lists were included.


Then there are pages for each letter of the alphabet!
Listening - Listening is also a component of Daily 5 that I still use!  I got these QR code listening center iPods from Peppy Zesty Teacherista (although they do not seem to be available in her store any longer).  I also have some from Always First With Sue Lynch.
My kiddos grab their iPad, a couple QR codes and their ear buds - scan the QR code and watch/listen to the story on YouTube through SafeShare. 


Going Strong in 2nd Grade

Comprehension: This is not one of the Daily 5 original activities, but I have found it beneficial for my students to read a short (seasonal) passage and answer comprehension questions independently.  I got these passages from Meet Miss Parker and oh-em-gee they are wonderful!!  There are 61 differentiated stories in this year-long bundle and include both fiction and non-fiction.  There are 3 levels per passage so I use a drawer unit to sort the passages for each group.  They open their drawer, take out their passage and work on it.  Easy differentiation!  I give each group 2 days of Daily 5 to work on their comprehension passages - so on the schedule, you'll see they have it 2 days in a row.
We read about Friday Night Football this week!



Each passage includes 5 multiple choice questions and 5-7 written comprehension questions.



Word Work Choice: On Tuesday, my kiddos get their choice of word work activities to practice our spelling pattern for the week.  They have lots to choose from!


Rainbow Roll-N-Write, Bananagrams, old bulletin board letters, etch-a-sketch (Target $1 spot!)


Going Strong in 2nd Grade

Paper activities - Wheel of Fortune, Stop & Smell the Spelling, and Scrabble Spelling
My kiddos can also use their iPads for Word Work Choice choosing from one of the following apps:
This Letterland Word Builder app goes along with our phonics program.
iPad Read To Self: This is a modified Read to Self - going digital!  My kiddos can choose from Epic! or RAZ-Kids when they are doing iPad RTS.  They LOVE Epic!
Sign up for a FREE teachers account - there are TONS of books for kids to choose from!

Going Strong in 2nd Grade
Now we are getting into some repeat activities!
What's new on Wednesday?
Word Work Sort: this comes with Letterland, our phonics program.  Students have to use the word chart to sort spelling words into the correct spelling pattern categories.
Going Strong in 2nd Grade

Also pictured here is Boggle for Thursday's Word Work.
Going Strong in 2nd Grade

Word Work Boggle (pictured above): Boggle is something I created to go along with our weekly spelling units - kind of modified Boggle - the kids have to use the letter(s) in the middle box and use the other surrounding letters to make words that fit our spelling pattern.  No rules about touching letters and not using letters twice - I'm not that talented of a Boggle-creater - haha!

Going Strong in 2nd Grade

Ahh!! Friday!  We made it to the end of the week!
Most everything on Friday is a repeat expect for "Catch-Up".  I know all my students work at a different pace, but some need some extra encouragement to get their work done during the week.  So, I have a built-in catch-up time in our Daily 5 block on Friday where they can finish any unfinished work, or, if it's all done they get to choose a fun, but educational activity to do on their iPad.
They can choose from...
RAZ-Kids
Epic
Listening
So, that's how I do Daily 5 in my classroom.  With Daily 5, you really have to find what works for you and your classroom.  There is no right or wrong way of doing Daily 5 - it's just what works for you.  It took me a few years to figure out how I wanted to do it, but at this point, I like how I am doing Daily 5.  Who knows - next year it might change!



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