How to Earn FREE Scholastic Books

Hey Ya'll! I blogged over at Who's Who and Who's New today to share how you can earn FREE Scholastic books by going grocery shopping!

Click here to see if you have a FREE book waiting for you in your pantry! 


Math Tubs and a FREEBIE

Hey Ya'll! A while ago I posted about how I used math tubs in my classroom. You can read about them here. I started using math tubs in my classroom five years ago and they have been a life savor ever since. I bought a class set of plastic shoe box sized containers several years ago to store individual sets of math manipulatives in. Over the years I've found that they saved me so much time during my math block because I wasn't having to prepare manipulatives we were going to use ahead of time and there weren't any to pass out before a lesson. I did however learn that sometimes different manipulatives would somehow not make it back into a students baggie or into their math tub. Shocking I know! I got tired of having to replace a tens block during the middle of a lesson so last year I made these labels and taped them on the inside lid. They show exactly what should be inside their math tub at all times. 

During the first week of school, I always introduce our math tubs and show kids what is inside. As we discuss each one and what we will use it for, we also talk about how many of these they should have in their tub. For example, they need 3 hundreds blocks so I would have them count to make sure they had enough. We would go down the list to make sure everyone had everything they need to start the year off right. 

Say we are doing a lesson over money and we are using our coins. When it is time to clean up, they know they can look at their label to see how many of each coin should be in their plastic bag. 
 If they are a few pennies short, they know to check the floor and ask their neighbor before they come to me. It helps them with responsibility and holds the accountable for what is inside their tub. 

Since each child is in charge of their own math tub, it takes a lot of prep off of my hands. If you're interested in creating your own math tubs, you can grab these math tub labels here for FREE! I've had mine created for several years but you could turn this into a lesson an have your students create their own tub. They are easy to set up but can be a little time consuming so why not have them help?!? 

Have a great day! 


A New Look and a GIVEAWAY!

My little piece of the internet got a big makeover this week! What do you think?!? It's AMAZING right!?! Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs did a FABULOUS job creating exactly what I wanted. I couldn't be more happier with how it turned out. Thank you Megan for working your magic! Visit her blog to see all of her amazing designs.
A Bird in Hand Designs

To celebrate, I am having a little GIVEAWAY! In honor of my new look and B2S, one lucky winner will win $25 to spend in my TPT store! All you have to do is enter with the rafflecopter below!

I'll choose the winner on Monday, August 24th! Good luck! 


Concentrating on Compound Words

Concentrating on Compound Words by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade
I love teaching and reviewing compound words. There are so many fun things you can do with this concept. I've been working on a compound word unit for the past few months and I finally found the time to finish it and I am so in love with how it turned out. It has everything you need to introduce and review compound words from anchor charts to centers, to activity sheets to crafivities. Here is just a sneak peak at what is included. 

Over the past few years I've really gotten into using journals for every subject. I've included 3 different journal activities and there are 2 of each one. First, you have your traditional flip flaps. Each flap has a picture of a compound word. Underneath the students will write what two words make up each compound word. 

Compound Word Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Compound Word Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

A sentence unscramble is also included. I used these with several concepts last year to challenge my kiddos just a little more. They glue the prompt into their journal and unscramble the sentence. Then, they have to find the compound word and highlight or underline it. 

Compound Word Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Compound Word Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

The last journal prompt is something that can be done independently to check for understanding. After they glue the activity into their journal, they highlight all of the compound words in the box. Then, they choose two of the words they found and use them in a sentence. 

Compound Word Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Compound Word Journal Prompts by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

Mini booklets are a great way to introduce or review a subject. I've included a six page booklet to help you out with this. The kids write the two words that make up the compound word shown and then use it in a sentence. This would be great in a small group setting to review and check for understanding. 

Compound Word Booklet by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You know I'm a fan of task cards so I had to throw some in there. I've included 3 different sets that all come in a colored and black and white version with center instructions included. Use them to play iSpy or scoot. Display on your board and have students write the answers on whiteboards. Print several to a page and use in a journal. The possibilities are endless! 

Two craftivites are also included. You can use both of them several ways. Your students can pick several compound words and use them in a sentence like show below on the compound word caterpillar.

Compound Word Caterpillar by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

They can also brainstorm and write as many compound words as they can like shown on the compound word sundae. 

Compound Word Sundae by Saddle Up For 2nd Grade

You can grab Concentrating on Compound Words in my TPT store here!


Assess Me Linky: Week 2 This or That

Hi friends! I'm linking back up with the Tattooed Teacher for week 2 of getting to know me! 

1. I am a jeans girls all day long! (except for right now...its 103 outside! yikes!)
2. I am a jewelry fanatic! Necklaces all the way. The bigger, chunkier, and blingier the better! 
3. I've gotta go with my man JZ on this one! I've got some mad white girl rap skills! HA! 
4. Silver all the way. I'm not much of a gold person.
5. I think you can probably already tell that I'm a COUNTRY girl! Going to the city stresses me out..the traffic, the crowds, it's just not for me. 
6. Online shopping gets me in trouble....
7. I'm surprised I picked shower. I love to soak in the bathtub but since I've been pregnant I haven't been able to do it much. 
8. I'm a total busy bee. My husband and I are always on the go with something. It seems like every weekend we are in the car driving somewhere to see someone. Of course, all of that has stopped since my doctor has said no more travel. I get bored if I'm in the house for too long. 
9. Breakfast for dinner!!!!!!
10. I love me some sweet tea! 
11. Night owl for sure! I hate waking up early. I could easily stay up until 2-3am each night and sleep until 10:00 or later the next day. 
12. Undone...If I don't have to fix my hair or put on makeup its a good day! 
13. I'm really not a big fan of storms so I just picked one. 
14. I don't own many flats and I think I own maybe 2 pairs of heels that get worn for special occasions only. I'm more of a flip flops and boots kinda girl. 
15. I love to fly. I would fly everywhere if it was possible. 
16. I don't know what these are....
17. I'm such an outdoor person but lately it has been so hot in TX that I'm pretty partial to my AC. 


Becoming a Different Kind of Teacher

Hey Ya'll! Back to school is right around the corner. If you haven't already started, teachers are beginning to come out of their summer daze and into full on prep mode. You are probably out hitting up the dollar store and the Target dollar spot for those perfect baskets for your library and laminating and prepping those awesome resources that you just scored during the TPT back to school sale. I'm right aren't I? :) I absolutely love this time of year. The stores are stocked with those B-E-A-UTIFUL new school supplies and we stalk those sales to find the best deals to make our classrooms perfect for the upcoming year. 

This year is a little different for me for several different reasons. Let me start by saying that I LOVE every aspect about my job. Even on those days when I come home and want to cry or those days when you come home and just need a glass of wine as soon as you walk in the door, I still LOVE my job. Over the past 5 years I have discovered that I not only have a passion for education, I have a passion for children. To see the world though the eyes of a child is life changing. 

Earlier I mentioned that things will be different for me this year. Let me tell you why... In January, my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child. Talk about a life changing experience! Something that we had prayed for for so long was finally coming true and another life long dream was going to become reality. I am becoming a MOM! In just 6 short weeks, our beautiful baby girl will arrive and I cannot express the joy I have in my heart. 

You see, right now you are prepping to go back to school. I am prepping to become a mother. Normally this time of year, I've spent the summer making classroom projects. This summer, I've spent my time setting up a nursery. While you are shopping for back to school supplies, I've been shopping for all the necessities that my sweet little girl will need. School supplies aren't on that list for me this year. This year I'll become a different kind of teacher.

I won't be returning to my classroom this year. I'm going to stay home with our little girl. I've spent lots of time praying over the past few months and know that this is the best decision for my family at this time. I've shed many tears along with this decision. I'd never really thought about being a stay at home mom. Honestly, at first it wasn't something I wanted. As I mentioned earlier, I LOVE my job. Those sweet babies need me. They need a teacher who is going to love and encourage them. What about the ones who just need a hug every day? What about the ones who always want to share their stories with me? I need them just as much as they need me. Every child I have taught over the past five years will always be partly mine. They will always have a special place in my heart. But then I got to thinking...what about my own baby? Who is going to take care of her while I'm taking care of 22 others? Who was going to make her feel special? I don't want someone else raising my child. I don't want someone else hugging her when she cries. I don't want someone else seeing her crawl for the first time or to hear her say her first word. I realized that she NEEDS me more. She needs her mother to be her TEACHER. That is exactly what I plan to do. 

My plan for right now is to take at least a year off but I'm not going anywhere. In the next few weeks, I may be absent from time to time but I still plan to blog (I have tons of ideas to share), I still plan to create, and I still plan to present. Just because I won't be in the classroom doesn't mean that my passion for education will change. I hope you'll stick with me. 

So while you are prepping for back to school, I'm prepping for the biggest change of my life... becoming a mother and I couldn't be more excited about my new journey. 

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