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We've been working on the skill of point of view in reading this week. In second grade, students just need to acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters but when searching for resources I had a really hard time! Most of the resources ask students to name the point of point; first person, third person etc. So I had to get creative and make a few things myself.

We read a TON of great books to discuss point of view! Here are just a few of my favorites:
For each one we used an anchor chart that focused on the how the character acted, what he/she said, thought and felt. I had students put post it notes on the chart so I could keep using it for different stories. During the reading and interacting with the stories, we wore "point of view glasses". When we were wearing the glasses we could "see" through the eyes of the character. My students loved the glasses! We decorated then and used them for several days. I shared the printable for you to use below:
Click the picture to get your FREE printable glasses!
After students were comfortable talking about the point of view in shared books, I had them focus on point of view in the books they are reading in their book boxes. I gave them several different graphic organizer choices, and we glued them into our Reading Notebooks.
By the end of the week, students really had a great grasp of the skill. I could easily go back into their notebooks and see how they made connections to the mini lesson.


i hope you enjoy the freebies and it helps you teach this important skill!





I know I have said it before but I love Valentine's Day! Everyone can in my class can participate and it is just a nice day to show we love and care for each other. 

One thing I do is have my students start off the day complimenting their classmates. I have them pass out compliments and put them in each other's Valentine bags before they pass out their cards. Then, when they are looking at their cards, they can read all the nice things friends have said about them.

                                Click the pic to get your freebie:
I usually don't have my students make a box or bag at home. I  like having them make one in class. These Dollar Store bags are cheap and easy. You can make them out of gift bags or brown bags work just as well. You can get see how I made these here. I love how cute they are!




Need some great freebies? These awesome resource should fill your day with fun!

                                                 click to download your copy:
I can't wait for next week! I hope your day is filled with love from your students and not too much candy....




This week my school is participating in The Great Kindness Challenge. What a great way to kick off the month of February! I love this month.....first of all it's my birthday month. Second of all, I love Valentine's Day. In the classroom, it is one holiday that most kids can celebrate because it is pretty much all inclusive and not religious. But I also love reminding kids about kindness and how to make our world a kinder place. 

The Great Kindness Challenge has a great website if your school/class would like to participate. You can think small or big! And if you are looking for some kindness ideas for your classroom, I have a great little freebie. This calendar will give your students lots of ideas for the month. Complete kindness activities up until Valentine's Day or all month: 
Click the picture to get the calendar!

And of course we will read books this month. There are so many great books to read but here are a few of my favorites:


I will have to post some pictures of our good deeds. I hope your February is kind:)










This time of year is so important to teach about equality and the Civil Rights Movement, and a study of the work of Martin Luther King is a great introduction. I love the activity that Ashley from One Sharp Bunch does with her class. I have been wanting to this! She has a great freebie to go along with the lesson too!                                                                                                                                                                                                   

I have also found some great TpT freebies as well. (Click the picture to get the links)
 
How do you plan on celebrating the life of this great man?






I'm so excited that the 100th Day of School is right around the corner! It is just a fun day at school and there is so much that we can do this day to incorporate fun activities with learning time. I absolutely love to read lots of books on this day. My students love when I pull out a bunch of new books on a certain theme we are studying. 

Here are some of my favorites:
Click the picture to download:

Some of my go-to activities for the 100th Day of School:
  • Writing activities like "If I had a 100 dollars" are so much fun.
  • 100th Day trail mix snack
  • 100th Day exercises
  • Look at life 100 years ago. This is a super cute resource for this. Check it out HERE.
  • STEM activities like build the tallest tower you can with 100 blocks or 100 cups
  • and one of my personal favorite, dress like you are 100 years old.
I have taken the time to find some FREE 100th day resources!
Click the picture to download:
I know no matter how you celebrate the day, it is one day that kids JUST LOVE!

Have a great 100th day and think......already half way through the school year! Summer will be here before we know it.




Happy New Year everyone! I just love January in my classroom, kids are looking forward to coming back and it just seems like we can get right to work. I feel like I can really see the progress we've made and see how far they've come since the first day.

I thought I would start a little something different in the new year....I want to commit to sharing great resources with you this year. So each month (or topic) I will be doing a new post called Resource Roundup. It will be a gathering of free resources for each topic or theme. So to start it off, here's the best resources I've found to help with those first few days back to school. What a great time to spend reflecting and goal setting before diving into your curriculum and standards.

To get the links just click on the picture, download and then you can click on each resource:
What a great collection of ideas for you! I hope your first day back is awesome and you feel energized to finish the year out strong.

Happy New Year!
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Do you remember playing around the world when you were a kid? I used to love playing whole class games like this! My class loves it too! This is a fun game I made up called King (or Queen) of the Mountain. But more about that in a minute..... first I want to talk about the downside of playing whole group games like this.

The thing is that only two people can play while the rest of the class just sits and waits for their turn. Now theoretically, you want them paying attention so that they can be practicing their math facts or reviewing for the quiz with everyone else....but is that always happening? How do you keep everyone engaged when playing a whole class game?

It wasn't until I read The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King and read their amazing idea....and thought, duh? Of course! 
In this amazing book Hope and Wade discuss so many ways to keep students engaged! It was here I had my ah-ha moment....now during whole class games, everyone has a white board in front of them or in my class we just write on our desks with dry erase markers. They ALL write the answers as quick as they can! Everyone is practicing even though the two standing up front are the only ones actually competing.

Now...back to King of the Mountain!! Kids love this game. One person stands on a crate or even a chair, the object of the game is the challenger to answer the fact quicker and "knock" the king or queen off the mountain. But they have to watch out for 
Land Slides and Blizzards! 
This is just fun and fast paced. It only takes a few minutes to play but it gets kids practicing their facts!
I have Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication, you can get them in my store here!






I am so excited about my new planner this year! Since I am really trying to go digital and put everything on my Google drive, I decided I need my planner to be on Google as well. I love being able to have everything easily editable in my Google drive and I can update it and print from anywhere. I love taking my computer to my meeting and type my notes right there. 

And I just love how it turned out! Especially now that I have discovered the Happy Planner punch and discs.......take a look:
So I can still keep some docs in my Google drive and I can also print other things like class lists and calendars for my planner.

I got the Happy Planner punch and discs at Michael's

I got the Tab Punch and Stickers at Amazon. (I am obsessed with this thing, I want to tab everything!!)

I made some cute covers that you can get for free! (Yippee!)
I printed my cover and dividers on cardstock. I laminated the cover but did not laminate the dividers. I then used the Happy Planner punch and discs to put it all together.

Then I got my tabs ready. I labeled my dividers Calendars, Curriculum, Class Info, Data, Small Groups, and To-Do List. But the nice thing is you can you can change the labels to fit your needs. I also have the labels free for you! Just click the picture for a link to a Google slide. To punch the labels, you position the punch over the words and cut.
Now, it was time to decided what to put in my planner! I knew I needed calendars, class lists, meeting notes, committee notes, to-do lists....and I made it all editable in Google Drive. I can either type my notes during my meeting and print or just save it there.

The best thing is I can add handouts from staff developments, articles or data print outs to my planner whenever I want. I am so excited to start off organized and keep organized this year!

You can get your hands on my notebook pages for your Google Drive right here:
Hope you have a great start to the year!



I needed to replace my IKEA stools this summer because they just did not make it through my class last year.....so I thought I would make some bucket seats. Kids love to tip and rock and I knew these would probably hold up better but every post I looked at either called for painting buckets or cutting wood circles. And I did not have the time or ability to do either of those things!!!
The first thing I found was buckets at WalMart that were only $2.97 each. They were a nice blue color that didn't have a huge logo on them so there was no need to paint anything. I could totally live with the blue, but if you don't like the color then maybe painting would be something you might want to do. The second thing I decided to do is turn the buckets upside down so that the kids would be sitting on the bottom.

Then I cut out a circle of cardboard and a circle of 2 inch foam. Then I covered the circle of foam with some cute fabric and hot glued it to the cardboard. The next step is to hot glue the fabric covered circle to the bottom of the bucket. Then you are done. I decorated around the edge with some duck tape. 

Easy as pie! These will be comfy and hold up much better around my guided reading table than those $5 IKEA stools!  




Have you had your End of the Year party yet? Even if you have, you surely can save these ideas for next year! I love doing a Luau Theme party every single year. In fact, I have a box of Luau decorations from the Dollar Store that I reuse every single year. All I do is pull out that box and I have everything I need. I usually even have plates and napkins left over from the previous year. 

I start off by sending a parent letter for donations and having my students send invitations to their parents so they can attend. They love coloring these for their families! You can get your FREE download of the invitation, just click the pic:
 
The one thing I always need though is something to keep my kiddos occupied and CALM on the party morning! So this year, I made some activities for them to do. I had them read about the history of the Luau and do a comprehension sheet as well as a word search. This gave me some time to do a little party prep!
I have a bunch of other tips, tricks and printables in my new resource! I have included:
Two pages of party tips
Favor tag: "This Year Has Been a Ball"
Photo Booth Clipart
Luau Word Search
The History of the Luau passage and worksheet
Editable Parent Letter
Bulletin Board Set "Let's End This Year with a Luau Party"
You can get my whole packet on Teachers Pay Teachers:
Our party went really well this year, it is a fun way to end the year. I plan to continue this theme for many years to come!

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