Unscrambling Verbs FREEBIE

Happy Monday ya'll! We are reviewing the parts of speech that we've learned so far this year and this week is all about verbs! I'm trying to cover some ground by reviewing multiple concepts at once.

My class loves interactive notebooks. We had so much fun reviewing nouns and verbs with this fun unscrambling sentence activity.


Today we did this sentence unscramble while searching for nouns and verbs in a sentence. 

Unscrambling Verb Sentences FREEBIE from Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Once they unscrambled the sentence, they highlighted the nouns and underlined the verbs found in each sentence. 

Unscrambling Verb Sentences FREEBIE from Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

2nd graders LOVE stuff like this! It was a big deal to see who could figure out the correct sentence first. Then add highlighters on top of all that, they'll be having fun and learning all at the same time! Isn't that what school is really about?!?

Unscrambling Verb Sentences FREEBIE from Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can grab this journal prompt as a FREEBIE here

I've also added it to my Verbs: Action Packed Unit along with another activity that we'll be using later this week. If you own it already, go redownload to get the updates! 


If you're looking for some other great ELA ideas, check out my ELA Pinterest board. 


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Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Hey ya'll! I am super excited to be linking up with some of my favorite Texas gals to bring you the Deep in the Heart of Texas blog hop! If you know me in person or followed my blog for a while, you know that I'm a Texas girl full of Texas pride. I'd rather wear boots than high heels. I'd rather sit out on my back porch than watch TV. I'm a simple country girl who loves her state. 
Today, I'll be sharing some of my favorite things about the Lone Star State along with some other goodies too! 

Just FYI! There might be a photo over load in this post! 



I do want to clear some rumors up though. Yes, people in Texas have electricity. Yes, people who live in Texas drive cars. No we do not ride horses everywhere. I'm not even playing, I've been asked both of those questions more than once in my life. :)

Now, as I mentioned above, I LOVE my state. It is 801 miles long of God's amazing beauty. It is one of the only states where can see forest, the beautiful Texas hill country, deserts and canyons all in one place. It is the home of the Alamo, NASA, Big Bend National Park, Washington on the Brazos, the San Jacinto Monument, Battleship USS Texas, Luckenbach, Shiner Bock Brewery, the world famous Gruene Dance Hall,  Schlitterbahn Water Park, Six Flags over Texas, ATT Stadium, the American Rodeo, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards and is known as the cowboy capital of the world. 

It also has what I personally believe is the best music scene in the US. Texas Country or Red Dirt Music takes country music back to its roots. At any dancehall on any given night, you'll find some great live music, people dancing and having a great time. Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson, Josh Abbott, Stoney LaRue and Randy Rogers are just a few of my favorites. 

Here are few fun facts about my great state! 

Texas still owns all of its public lands. If the federal government wants to create a park or cut a stand of timber, it must first ask the state’s permission.

Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

It is the only republic state that can succeed from the United States

After the popularity of the song “Luckenbach, Texas,” so many road signs were stolen that the government stopped making them.

There are more than 70,000 miles of highway in Texas, of which 40,985 are paved farm and ranch roads. Along Texas roads, there are more than a million signs and markers. Texas uses 1.6 million gallons of white and yellow paint each year to paint stripes along its highways.a

Davy Crockett, who died at the Alamo, once told his Tennessee peers in Congress “Ya’ll can go to hell. I am going to Texas.”

The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial can sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper. *I grew up just 20 miles from Dublin.

The world's first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883

Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.



As you read earlier, Texas is 801 miles long and 773 miles wide. I'm only 26  years old and I have lived all over this great state. I have more than just one "home" in this great state. 


I went to college in Lubbock Texas and attended Texas Tech University. Lubbock is my second home and always will be. It is the only place where I have seen rain, snow, ice, sleet, wind, and 80 degree sunshine all in one day. Yes, that really happened all in one day. It is the home of my Red Raiders and I bleed red and black.

My 2 best friends currently still live there. It is a 8 1/2 hour drive to see them from my current house. 




This is where some of my best memories have taken place. Jones ATT Stadium where I cheered my Red Raiders on for 4 years! 



I grew up on the edge of the Texas hill country on a beautiful ranch in a very small town halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene. My hometown was population 715. It was exactly what you picture when you think of a small town. We had a convince store, 1 restaurant, a school (K-12 all in 1 building), and train track in the middle of town. On Friday nights the entire town would shut down to go to the football games. 

My family ranch sits on 3,200 acres of God's amazing work and is ran by 3rd and 4th generation family members (my dad and brothers). This place means more to mean than anyone will ever understand. It isn't just where I grew up. It is where I learned to ride a horse, ride a bike, drive, and how to feed catfish with cattle feed! It is where my granddad taught me how to dance on his front porch. Where he would sit with his sweet tea and tell stories for hours. It is where I fell in love with the Lord above and was taught that the simple way of life is what is important. 



I was very fortunate to take the love of my home and share it with my now husband. We were able to take our engagement pictures and get married with my family legacy in the background.

(Yes, we are sitting on a real rock. Yes, we are really high up!)





I currently live and teach in a small, small town in east Texas. It is very similar to the town I grew up in. The population is 450. I actually have a large class this year with 22 students. Last year I had 13. I love my small town live and the simplicity it brings. I don't live near a Target or a mall. We drive 20 miles to the grocery store, to go out to eat, or to see a movie and I'm perfectly ok with that. We have a gas station, a restaurant, a post office, a bank, a park, a car wash, and a blinking light and I'm perfectly ok with that. My husband and I currently live about 10 miles outside of town on a small piece of property that is about 12 acres. We hope to one day own lots of land to raise our family on. 



Since we are on the subject of Texas, it is also one of my favorite things to teach about. In 2nd grade, they learn all about the Texas symbols. You can read about it here.  Each year, we make these Texas symbol booklets and the students really enjoy them. 






My favorite product that we use daily is my That's a Fact Jack: Math Fact Fluency Pack! Each day we take a timed minuted test and track our math fluency. Their addition and subtraction skills have grown so much already this year. 





I'm all about simple, easy, and engaging activities. Sight word stacking is a class favorite. Click here to read about it and grab the FREE recording sheet!

Sight Word Stacking FREEBIE by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Another favorite FREEBIE is my Spin and Adjective activity. You can grab it here



I hope you've enjoyed learning little bit more about me and my wonderful state. Now me and my Texas gals have some wonderful goodies to give away!

Click on the buttons below to visit some other awesome Texas bloggers!










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100th Day Recap and a FREEBIE

We are 100 days smarter in 2nd grade! Last Tuesday, we celebrated the 100th day of school! I'll admit that despite the craziness, the 100th day is one of my favorite days of the year. My 2nd graders have been pushed to the max this year with our new standards. We've been working on subtraction with regrouping with multistep problems and I know their little brains are so tired. I like to take this day to have some good 'ol fashion fun at school. They get to make a mess and enjoy just being kids for a day.

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!


This year, I did things a little differently. I was inspired by Cara Carroll to do rotations this year. I always over plan and this way, I could fit more activities into each day. We had a total of 8 rotations. 4 in the morning, 4 in the afternoon. Each rotation lasted 20 minutes. 

After I got everything together, I placed each activity in a tub, typed up some student friendly directions, copied them onto colored paper, laminated them, and they were good to go. Inside each tub, there was everything they needed for that activity. You can get the center rotation signs here!

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

Each student had a rotation card. After they finished an activity, they crossed it out. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

During our morning rotations, they built a 100 cup structure. I said as long as you don't throw cups or knock them down on purpose, you can build whatever you want as a team. This is always a favorite. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

They rolled a die 100 times. This is from my 100th day pack

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

I used an app on my phone called Aging Booth to make photos of them when they're 100 years old! I They used random supplies I had, to make a picture frame for their photo. I cannot even being to describe what a hit this was! They were ALL about it until I tried to hang them in the hallway. When I tried, I was almost tackled by the whole class saying NO! haha! I sent them home and had so many parents tell me that they loved them! I can't  show you the kids faces but here is mine. Oh, those wrinkles! lol 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

They finished up their morning rotations by making 100th day hats! Each child got 10 strips of paper, and put 10 stickers onto each strip. This took up some time and is where I spent most of my time helping students. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

This is what my classroom looked like when we went to lunch! This is what I call, having fun! You can see what their hats looked like in this photo. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

After lunch, they solved the 100th day mystery picture. I didn't take a snap shot of the final product but it made a 100 on their paper. They worked in partners to get this done.

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

This group of kids LOVE to draw. I let their creative side come out. They made illustrations using the number 100. My original plan was to have them write a story to go along with their photos but we just ran out of time. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

In another rotation, I had 100 Hershey's kisses with the number 1 - 100 written on the bottom. They drew a kiss, and had to place it on the matching number on the hundreds chart. They raced to see which group could do it the fastest. Again, its just letting them have fun. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

Last but not least, they came up with 100 parts of speech! They needed 25 nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. 

This was on their own. I learned we need to go back in hit adjectives and adverbs again, but overall they did great. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

They didn't finish in 20 minutes, so at the end of the day, I made this giant flip book using bulletin board paper, and we completed the book together. When I called on them, if they could tell me a correct part of speech, I gave them one of the Hershey's kisses. It's amazing what they'll do for a piece of candy. :) I ended up hanging their flip books in the hallway. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

Over all it was a great day! My favorite thing I heard was "This is the best day ever. We didn't have to work at all." haha! The kids had fun and that is what is important. 

You can check out my updated 100th Day Unit in my TPT store. 

Are you looking for easy print and go activities for the 100th day of school? This blog post is full of ideas that you can implement in your classroom to make your day successful. You can also grab a free printable rotation posters too!

Are you looking or more 100th day ideas? Check out my Pinterest board



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February Currently 2015

Hey ya'll! I'm linking up with Farley for this months Currently


Listening: I'm an HGTV junkie! I'm catching up on the new episodes of Fixer Upper! I want Chip and Joanna to come redo my house! I love the farmhouse style! 

Loving: I got a new SUV on Tuesday! We are the proud new owners of a new Ford Explorer. I am in LOVE with it! 


Thinking: I guess I should refrain...we aren't having  Super Bowl "party". We are having friends over. I need to start getting everything ready. Must put the computer away. 

Wanting: The weekends always go by too fast. I have so much to do and not enough time. A laundry robot could really help out with that problem too! 

Needing: Did I mention that I need to do laundry?

Pageant Title: It never fails. I'm always 5 minutes late. Don't judge me! 

Now I really have to get up and go get food ready. Our friends will be here in about an hour. Have a great week everyone.  
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