Can we talk about Hall Passes? I just can't even begin to think about how germy those things are! I have a thing about lanyard passes because they are so long they get wet and whatever else.....so I really wanted to get some ideas together that are an alternative to lanyards. Here are three of my favorites. They are sanitary and easy to implement. No more germs!

The first one that I love is from Keeping Up With Mrs. Harris. She puts those tap on lights by the door and students tap the light before they leave the classroom. With this method, you can make sure only one boy and one girl are in the bathroom at a time.
                                      
The second one is such a great idea! It comes from ABC's with Mrs. B. Students put the hand sanitizer on their desk before they leave the classroom. Then at the very least they remember to clean their hands when they return! Her labels are freebies as well.
                                         
In my school, students should have a pass when they leave the classroom. So I found clear badges  that clip onto students' shirts. Since they are not expensive (I found mine at office depot). I change them out frequently!
I have them hanging on a side of a filing cabinet near the door. This has worked out great this year!

You can grab your free template here! It is editable too, just add your name. Be sure to download first, then you can type in the name field.
What is your favorite way for students to check out of the classroom? 




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:
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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!
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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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