Spring Threw Up in Our Hallway {And a Sale!!!}

Monday, May 4, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, our school had a fine arts night.  My second grade teammate and I decided to go with a spring theme.  We were cranking out crafts left and right to get prepared for this!  We had these great visions in our heads of what the overall final display would look like, but it didn't turn out at all as we expected!  Like the title of the post suggests, it looked like spring threw up everywhere!!!  Sometimes, you just have those epic fails!  Oh well!

I thought I would share these craft and art activities this week just in case you needed some easy ideas for mother's day.  Some of these would make some cute mother's day gifts.

These umbrellas don't really go with anything, but they went with a theme we were studying.  They are just coffee filters cut in half, colored with markers, and then sprayed with water.  

We made these butterflies when we were covering symmetry.  You take a piece of paper and fold it in half.  Put dots {globs} of paint on one half of the paper.  Fold the paper in half and open up.  You'll have these cool designs on both sides.  I then just printed a butterfly template and cut them into the shape of butterflies.

These little pink flowers were so cute!  They are just small paper plates with pieces of tissue paper glued on.  I love the ombre look!  I then just cut the edges of the plate off in a scalloped pattern.

The birdhouses were my favorite.  We glued the tissue onto white construction paper and then I just cut out a template from the brown paper and cut the extra edges off of the white.  I let them be free with their pattern on their birdhouses.


The flowers above were made on paper plates that were painted by students.  Students traced their hands about 9 or 10 times on construction paper and glued the cut out hands to the edges of the plate. We then took tissue paper and glued it to the center of the flowers to look like seeds. 

The dandelions were made with their little fingerprints.  These turned out way cute!

The fork tulips were not as easy as I had imagined.  Next time, we will practice and use a heavier duty paper.  

Finally, we made these little birds.  We painted a paper plate and folded it in half. They just glued on eyes, feathers, and a beak.  Super easy and cute!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week!   We at TPT want to let you know how much we appreciate you by throwing a huge sale!  I have already started filling up my cart!  I hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Thanks to Starr Spangled Planner for the graphic!

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

Sunday, April 26, 2015

It's time to show our appreciation to some of the hardest working people I know...TEACHERS!  This is one of the most stressful times of the year with state testing underway, students are excited about starting summer, and we are looking ahead to getting things in order for the upcoming year.  What better way to relieve your stress than to go shopping, on us!  

Some of my blogging friends and I have put together a giveaway to show how much we appreciate you!  We would love for you to enter for a chance to win!  You could win $25 to Target, $25 to Amazon, $25 to Teachers Pay Teachers, or $25 to Starbucks!  All of our absolute favorite places to SHOP!!!

We are also sharing some ideas on how we would spend the gift cards, if we were to win.

All you need to do is go to our collaborative blog to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.  Good luck!

Five Ways to Stay Strong Until Summer

Sunday, April 19, 2015

We only have five weeks left until school is out!  How is that possible???  Not that I'm complaining or anything! ;)  These last few weeks are always exciting but can be a little hectic and tough, too.  I am linking up with some sweet girls I met through Instagram with some tips on how I make it through those last few weeks.  

I use my reading series as mainly a pacing guide.  I build on whatever the theme is for the week.  In the next upcoming weeks, we will be covering frogs, dinosaurs, and fairy tales.  So fun!  I also like to go with a camping theme during that last week of school.  Who knows---I may change my mind.  I thought about doing a beach/ocean theme during one of those weeks to get ready for summer.


We all know that when the weather starts to warm up, the little ones are getting antsy for summer, too!  I have found that it helps to change out your behavior incentive each week during those last weeks of school to keep them motivated and on their best behavior.  Here is a link to a post with some ideas:

I have loved seeing all of Schoolgirl Style's classroom reveals this past week!  I fell in love with her new happy rainbow reveal!  I wanted to do a classroom makeover, and I think this is the one!  I like to purge this time of year and start organizing for the next year.  It makes starting the year a little bit easier, since there is just so much to do.

We have several trips planned for the summer.  We are going to New York for a long weekend and to a beach toward the end of the summer.  We haven't decided where yet.  And I am beyond excited to be heading back to Vegas for the TPT conference!  

And of course, lots of caffeine!  We don't have a Starbucks close to where I work.  It's 20 minutes away, so I have to make due with the K-cups.  I need that caffeine to keep me going during this busy time of year!

I hope you will check out my new friends' blogs and their tips on making it through these last few weeks!  We would love to hear your tips, too!

Peep Into My TPT Store: It's a Sale!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter, everyone!  Who doesn't love peeps?  And more importantly, who doesn't love a sale??!!!  Hop on over to my store for 20% off today only.  It's a great time to stock up for April!  

Here are some of my favorites and newest packs.




Again, thanks for stopping by and have a happy Easter!!!  

Cause and Effect

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Maybe someday it will stop snowing, and we can actually go to school and learn something. ;)  Don't get me wrong.  I love being off, but I just keep thinking of everything we need to cover before end of year assessments.  I just finished up a new cause and effect unit to supplement our reading curriculum.  If you are familiar with any of my other comprehension units, you will have an idea of how I structure my comprehension lessons.  I wanted to give another breakdown though of a typical week in the comprehension component of reading.  

I always have these little mini-posters for students to refer to, along with an anchor chart we make on day one.  We also watch a BrainPop Jr. or a YouTube video to introduce us to the skill for the week.  

For this unit, I give my students these little name badges to wear so they feel super important!  ;)  They fit in standard name badge holders or you can just paperclip them to their shirt collars.

On day one, I do lots of modeling and we pretty much do everything whole group.  For this particular unit, I start off reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.  There are tons of cause and effect relationships to point out and add to your anchor chart while reading.  Students will have this little graphic organizer on their clipboards while I am reading.  They choose three to record as we are reading.  Then, we make these simple little pigs to add to our graphic organizer.

The following day, I start releasing a little more independence.  We, of course, repeat over and over what the terms cause and effect mean using whole brain strategies.  We do another story and craftivity and then they participate in a cooperative group activity.  If time is an issue for you, you could have them do this during small group instruction or even during centers.  It would also be a great early finisher activity students could easily grab and work on.

I create 3 or 4 case files like the one below and fill each with graphic organizers and a book or passage.  



Students read the book or passage inside and complete the graphic organizer together.  The first time I do this unit, I like to use all picture books.  When I do this unit again, I might vary it with books and passages.  You can find lots of great passages on Teachers Pay Teachers and on Read Works.

We also read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and make this sweet caterpillar you see here.  This is my example for students to follow.  They alternate recording cause and effect relationships throughout the story.

Since I do No, David! at the beginning of the year, we read David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon.  Then, we complete this little flap book to go with our David.

I have included everything you need for the cooperative group activity, an interactive notebook template, a mini-book, a flap book, name badges, mini-posters, book suggestions, four exit tickets, and three craftivities with printables.  You can click the pic below to pick up a copy if you need some cause and effect activities.  It's on sale through tomorrow!

I am working on a blog post explaining how I organize my centers next.  I hope you will check back in!  Have a great rest of the week!