Join Me In VEGAS! *Special Offer*

Hi sweet friends! In case you missed my big news recently, you can read about it here! I've had several people ask if I will still be presenting in Vegas at iTeach 2nd. I'm here to tell you today that that answer is YES! I will be there, glowing pregnancy and all! 


I'm super excited to share that I'll be presenting over academic vocabulary. Come join the fun and learn how to make teaching vocabulary interactive and engaging! Eeeekkk! I can't wait to share what I have up my sleeve! 

Today I am here to let you in one a SPECIAL OFFER! Have you been wanting to go to Vegas for the SDE iTeach conferences but weren't sure if you'd be able to? Do you want to go and haven't got up the nerve to ask your administrators? I am here to help! I've teamed up with SDE to offer a special DISCOUNT! 


So you might be wondering how you get this special offer? Simple! Click here or on the picture above and it will take you to the link to sign up. The link will take you to the sign up page. Use the code MB10 when you register to save 10% off your tuition.

So run, don't walk! Show this to your administrator and say I WANT TO GO! This conference will be jam packed full of engaging sessions that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

So what are you waiting for?!?

Don't forget to use my personal discount code MB10 to receive 10% off your tuition when you register for one of these national conferences.

I'll see you in VEGAS!!! 


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Bright Ideas: Worksheet"less" Task Cards: Saving You Time, Ink and Paper!

I'm back with for another round of BRIGHT ideas! This link up is all about 
good 'ol fashion tips and tricks to help get you through the day. 

This month is all about task cards again. You can read my previous BI post about to turn task cards into journal pages here. I'm here to let you know about worksheet"less" task cards: saving you some prep time, and that precious ink and paper that all of us teachers use way to much of! 


If you've followed my blog for awhile, then you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE task cards! I use them for everything. We use them in small groups, centers and whole group instruction. We use them to play scoot and iSpy. Now we use them for worksheet"less" fun! This year I've been all about saving paper and low prep time for me. 

Each student will need a white board or in my case plastic sleeve protectors with a blank piece of paper inside them. You could even have your students write on their desks with a dry erase marker (it comes right off with a Clorox wipe!)

A few weeks ago we were reviewing adjectives. I pulled up a set of task cards on my computer and displayed them on my whiteboard. These are from my Arrgh You Ready For Adjectives Pack. (Excuse the dark photo, the lights were off when I snapped this photo.) 


Instead of running off copies of the answer sheet, we used our plastic sleeves to answer the questions.  They divided their sleeve into four parts and labeled each box with the letters displayed on the task cards. They then wrote their answer to each card in the box. 


Simple. Easy. Fun. WorksheetLESS! 

I do this at least once a week with various subjects. I can check their answers easily for understanding and there are no papers to turn in or to throw away because you don't want to "grade" them. The best part of all...NO PREP! Just pull a set of cards up on your computer screen and go. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

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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Practicing Time to the Minute

This week we've been working on telling time in one minute increments. This is the first year we've had to teach this particular skill. I was worried about them catching on since learning to tell time in five minute increments can be tricky for some. They caught on quickly though and did really well with it. 

We started out by doing a quick review and practicing telling time in five minute increments since it's been a few weeks since we talked about it. They added the clocks to their journals and labeled the parts. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Then we made our rockin' schedule books and labeled out our entire day. This was perfect for a quick review and it didn't take much time at all. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

In small groups, we played I have, who has. I gave each kid 2-3 cards and played a couple of rounds making sure that each child knew which time cards they had before beginning the game. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

On Tuesday, we dove head first into time to the minute with this these journal activities. I teach them to skip count by 5's first, and then count by 1's. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

They practiced hopping around the clock. The big jumps equal 5 minutes and the small hops equal 1 minute. Then, they wrote the digital time underneath the flap. We did the first few together and then they did the last two on their own and was surprised at how quickly they caught on. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Wednesday, we did this fun whole group activity with the spot light cards. Each child had a blank clock and it was inside a plastic sleeve . I showed them a digital time card and they drew out the time on the analog clock. I like this rather than using Judy clocks because they are larger and I can see the actual minutes better. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Now, I realize that the time shown on the cards, isn't what the kids are showing. I just snapped a quick photo of the cards so you could see what they looked like. 

You can click here to get these plastic sleeves. I use them for everything and are great for saving paper. (affiliate link)

Some of them still needed to draw the jumps and some didn't need it anymore. If they got it right, they got to give themselves a point. 2nd graders LOVE getting points! 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

In small groups, I printed the match up cards 4 to a page. You can see how to do this here. I was able to print several sets in color and it didn't use up much at all. Each kid had their own set. They practiced playing memory with a partner. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Once they matched up all their cards, they glued them into their journals. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

On Thursday, we played Find Someone Who. This is one of my favorite whole group activities because it allows for student teaching and learning. The students pair up and solve a problem on the other persons answer sheet. If they need help, they ask their partner. If neither one can solve, then they can come to me. Since, I don't have an even number of students, I play along with them. If they come to me, I have them explain how they found their answer. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

In small groups, we worked with task cards to find the digital time. I'm a huge fan of task cards because they are so versatile. I'll place them in a center once we are done with our unit so the kids can keep practicing this skill. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

By Friday, they had everything down so we made out Jammin' Minute Mics! They picked their own time and drew the hands on the analog clock. Then wrote the time in the digital form and in word form. 

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.


All of these activities are available in my Jammin' Minute time unit. It's full of activities and centers for practicing time in five and one minute increments.

Learning to tell time can be tricky. Come see how my class practiced telling time to the minute with interactive notebook, hands on activities, center games, task cards and more.

Are you look for more fun actives to use during your math block? Check out my math Pinterest board!


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I've been keeping a secret!

Oh my goodness ya'll! I have been MIA to the blogging world for over a month. I apologize but I promise I have a good reason. I've been keeping a secret for a few weeks now! Would you like to know? Ok, I'll tell you because I just can't keep it in any longer! 

On Friday, March 6th was the day before we released for spring break. The kids came in and started on their morning work just like they do everyday. After announcements, I told them to put it up. They looked at me like "did my teacher really just say I could put up my morning work?" I told them that today was going to be a very special day and that I had been keeping a big secret from them. They immediately started trying to guess what it was. I got things like "we get to have recess all day" and "are we going to paint"? After their little hearts couldn't take it anymore, I told them we were going to play a game called hangman. After I explained the rules, I drew out several blanks on the whiteboard and called on students to guess a letter. They figured out the secret before the puzzle was completely solved. Can you guess what it said?
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 * Insert screaming kids here! *

It's true. Baby B will be here in September! I wish I would have had someone take pictures or video their reaction. It was absolutely priceless and made my heart so happy. Once the secret was out, they were full of all sorts of questions. Here are a few of my favorites...

"Are you going to bring the baby to school after spring break?"

"Does the baby like zebra print like you?"

and my favorite....they've noticed that I haven't been drinking Dr.Pepper lately which is something I always did after every afternoon. I explained that I have to eat healthier so that the baby will be healthy. Here is the questions I got next...

"Is the baby going to smell like Dr.Pepper". HAHAHA! This still makes me laugh! 

We also had a faculty luncheon that day at school. The only people that knew was my principal and one other person. I took some pink and blue cookies for desert along with this cute little sign to reveal the big news. 


So after lunch, I come into the room with one of these cookies in my hand. ALL of my kids shouted at one time "you can't eat that." "You're going to make the baby sick". They were definitely looking out for me. I explained that it was ok for me to have some sugar just not a lot. Needless to say they would not let it go and I had to put the cookie down. Little do they know that I ate it when they went to PE 10 minutes later. HA! 

So now you know why I've been MIA. I'm 13 weeks along on this new journey and we could not be more excited. I come home from work and literally don't get off the couch until it is time to go to bed. This baby has definitely taken a lot of energy out of me. Now that you know why I've been MIA, please don't be mad. I promise I'll come back as soon as I'm back up to speed. 

Here are few photos we took a few days ago for our big reveal. 

*these boots were my dads a child.*



I wish I had some awesome chalkboard writing skills but I just don't. This is as fancy as I get. 

This one is my favorite. If you are friends with me on Facebook (my personal page) then you've already seen this. 


We are big sports fans in the Bernethy house. College football and baseball taking the top two spots. With baseball right around the corner, we couldn't help but buy some Texas Rangers onesies. It's the only thing we've bought so far. :)



Now I'm going to find something salty to eat. This baby is hungry! :) Stay tuned for more "bump dates"


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