Tye Dye Hearts: An Easy Valentine's Day Art Project

Hey hey ya'll! It's *almost* February and you know what that means! Its Weekend Warrior time. This month my WW gals and I are bringing you some ideas you can use for Valentine's Day. 


If you are anything like me, you have a love hate relationship with this holiday. I think we can all relate that sugar highs are not a teachers favorite thing but it a fun time for the kids so that makes it all worth it. 

I'm doing a little throwback post to one of my favorite Valentine activities. I originally posted this idea 2 years ago but wanted to reshare it. I learned this trick from my old partner teacher.We make these "easy peasy" Valentine crafts every year and they are so much fun. 


Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Here's what you need:
1. large coffee filters
2. bingo markers (you can get them at hobby lobby. I've even bought some from Dollar Tree recently.)
3. paper plate/paper towel
4.hole punch
5.yarn
6.squirt bottle of water

First you take large coffee filters and cut them into a heart shape.
Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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.

Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Then, have them lightly spray water all of the filter. They will see the colors begin to stream together.

Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Let it dry.

Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Punch a hole at the top and tie with yarn. Hang and enjoy!

Tye Dye Valentine Heart Craft by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

There you have it. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy right?!?

You can click here to see my original post, and here for other Valentine's Day ideas. 

Don't forget to check out the Weekend Warriors Pinterest board. It is full of great ideas from all my favorite ladies! 
Now click on the links below to see other I heart January posts for my WW friends! 








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All About Weather

Are you looking for a fun way for your students to learn about weather? Come see how my class used flip books to show their research and what they learned!

Hey ya'll! This Texas girl is FREEZING! It is cold, rainy and windy. Not ok with me! I prefer my 60 degree winters. We've had some really crummy weather the past few days and as much as I hate to say it, it went along perfectly with our weather unit. Here are a few things I've heard them say over the past few days with all of our rain:

"Wow! Look at all the moisture!"
"Mrs.Bernethy, look! Precipitation is falling from the sky really fast!"
"If we get enough precipitation, is it going to flood?"

Ha! Can you tell that we've been working hard on our weather vocabulary? We learned about all about different types of weather. After researching each type, my students wrote what they had learned about in their weather flip books. Here is a few snapshots of their research. 

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

We started out by learning how important the sun is and how it effects our weather patterns. Their little minds were blown when I told them that it was summer on the other side of the world right now. 

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

I love this ones illustration of rain clouds! 

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Snow is something that doesn't happen to often in Texas. A lot of them have never even seen more than just a few flurries. We did lots of research on how different parts of the United States receivesdifferent amounts of snow. I went to google, and pulled up a picture of a house snowed in over the door. They could not believe that stuff like that really happens. Ha! 

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

I just love how they turned out. They did most of the writing themselves which made me one proud teacher. I only had to model a few times before they got the hang of how the information should be presented. 

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can grab these flip books here. Individual weather fact books are also included. My original plan was to have them pick their favorite type of weather at then of our unit. Then write about it. We just didn't get to that part. 
Weather Flip Books by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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Bright Ideas: Turn Any Task Cards into a Journal Activity

I'm back with for another round of BRIGHT ideas! This link up is all about good 'ol fashion tips and tricks that you can use in your classroom. 


This month, I'm bringing you video tutorial on how to turn any set of task cards or printable that you have into a journal activity. 

Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade


This has become a total life savor for me and I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I use task cards for EVERYTHING ya'll! Seriously, they are my favorite teaching tool. We all have them. Why not utilize them more? 

Watch the video below to find out how I make my printables into journal activities. Now, I'll go ahead and warn you...I stutter in this video and I get a little tongue tied at the end. Just bare with me! lol



I hope that you got something out of that video that you an use in your classroom. Here is a closer look at some of the task cards that I've turned into journal activities. 
This is the photo you see in the video. There are 4 regular sized pages shrunk down to fit onto one page. These came from my Warm and Cozy Math Stations.
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
You'll see here that this student only did 6 problems. Can you tell how much space was left? (Sorry, I cropped out the rest of the white space). There was tons of room to continue. This student actually filled the page later on during free time. 
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Here we took some number cards from a center in my Gobble! Gobble! Math Stations and compared numbers. Quick, easy, fun! That is what I'm all about. 
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
When we were teaching main idea, I was using this awesome resource from Hippo Hooray for 2nd Grade. Angela includes several pages of practice text. I selected 2 pages to print and printed them 2 to a page. They glued them into their journal and we used them to practice finding details. Now, when they are working independently, they can look at the examples that we've already done together. 
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Here is an example that we did when sorting common and proper nouns. I told a little fib in the video. This activity isn't from Amy Lemons. We did use one of her noun centers for this type of activity, it just wasn't the one I snapped a photo of. I'm sorry for that. You can this activity here. It is a freebie! :)
Turn Any Task Card into a Journal Activity by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
Next we, we will be learning about synonyms. I printed off some task cards I have on that skill (4 to a page). We'll cut the boxes out, mine them up, match the synonyms, then glue them into our journals for practice when the skill is introduced. 
I hope this idea has been helpful to you. If you enjoyed this BRIGHT idea, I'd love for you to join me in my online adventure. You can follow me on FacebookTPT, or InstagramFor more BRIGHT Ideas from over 100 bloggers, make sure you check out the link up below. Just choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Real Teachers of Blog County

It's about to get REAL ya'll! I may be a teacher blogger and love to share my ideas with all of you fabulous people BUT I'm still a REAL teacher. I make mistakes. I am not near close to being perfect and my classroom isn't even close to being perfect. I'm linking up with Hilary from Second Grade is Out of This World to bring you the....The Real Teachers of Blog County! 


Now I know this may come as a shock to you all. In fact, I'm sure I'll be the only teacher who does this (HA!). I'm almost quite embarrassed to admit what I'm about to say, much less make it public on the internet for all of the world to see. 

I Marcy, teacher blogger from Saddle Up For 2nd Grade, have a MESSY teacher area. GASP...SHOCK...I KNOW. I'M TERRIBLE! 

Let me start out by trying to defend myself. I absolutely, 100% hate my teacher desk with a passion. I was going to get rid of it this year and then it just never happened. It is definitely happening next year though. If I had time to come up and organize all the junk that I have thrown everywhere in my desk drawers and put it somewhere else I would but I just don't have time for that, so the dumb thing has stayed. It collects papers like nobodies business. 

Don't judge me....

This isn't a good photo of the mess. I snapped it while they were doing GoNoodle and it was dark in the room. #realteacherhere 

It pretty much always looks like this. Even when I clean it, it is back to its mess the next day. This is what it looked like that the end of the day today. A stack of papers, task cards, pens everywhere....oh my!!!!



Right behind my desk is my computer table.  It pretty much looks like this all the time too. I have my lesson plans open, and a stack of papers that is always my go to stack when I need something quick. See my teacher toolbox? I do actually use that. LOL

Are you still with me? I know what your thinking. She is a teacher blogger and she is messy just like me...YAY! haha! I hope you won't think less of me too much. I promise I'll continue to share ideas with you. I just like to keep it real ya'll! Now head on over to Hilary's blog to read other REAL teacher stories! 
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Warm and Cozy Math Stations

It's a new year! I hope everyone had a good start back to school this past week. It took my sweeties a day or so to get back into the routine of things. On Monday, one of the first things I got asked was is if we were going to do math stations. Of course we are!!! Over the break I was busy making my new set of Warm and Cozy Math Stations to use during the winter months. 

We jumped right back into our station rotation and it was like they never had a break. They were hard at work practicing previously taught skills while I was working with a group at my table. I managed to snap a few pictures of their hard work. 

Our math standards changed this past year. In 2nd grade they now have to be able to recognize, compare, and order numbers up to 1,200 instead of 999. Working with 4 digit numbers makes them feel so grown up. :)

Icy Ordering Numbers Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Warm and Cozy Comparing Number Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Warm and Cozy Comparing Number Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade




In Texas, our fraction standards also changed. They only have to recognize fractions in halves, fourths and eights. We no longer have to teach numerator and denominators but I've tried to throw some of that into the mix of things. Here they are only writing the fraction of the parts shaded. Our curriculum teaches the word form rather than using a fraction bar. 

Smitten with Fractions Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Smitten with Fractions Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Next week they will continue to work on fractions, place value up to 1,200 and addition with regrouping. 

The photo below shows a closer look at all 10 stations! 

Warm and Cozy Winter Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Warm and Cozy Winter Math Stations by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

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