Thursday, January 25, 2018

Why I've Been MIA!

I can't believe it's been 3 years since my last post! Yikes. How time flies.
The reason why I haven't posted is because I have been out of the classroom. When our 3rd child was born, my husband and I decided it would be best for our family if I stayed home.  And it turns out while I LOVED teaching, being home with my own kiddos is something I will treasure FOREVER! It ain't easy though -- lol! Some days I say it's easier to teach an entire classroom of kids than to be home with my own 3. 

Being out of the classroom has made it difficult for me to continue creating educational materials because the products I always created were ones I used in my own classroom. I still enjoy creating materials and would be honored to create something for YOU! If you have any ideas or suggestions about a new resource -- please let me know! We can brainstorm ideas together and then once it's created, I will give it to you for FREE and then post it in my TpT shop for others to purchase. 

Lastly, since our income was cut in half when I stopped teaching, we both knew that in order for me to continue to stay home, we'd have to find another income stream. Well . . . that's when Rodan + Fields came into the picture! I've partnered with the Proactiv doctors and am helping my friends and family get the best skin of their life. I'm also coaching and training others on how to run their own successful business and make their dreams a reality!

Even though I thought this opportunity with R+F was way outside my comfort zone -- I have been pleasantly surprised how much it aligns with teaching! Instead of teaching kids how to read and write, I'm teaching adults how to get the best skin of their life. If you're searching for a way to supplement your teacher paychecks with an additional income stream or need skincare products that actually work -- let me know! I'd love to share more! :)

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Flip Books

**This has been updated through 2020!!!**

I always find it challenging for my second graders to come up with new year resolutions, so this year we're going to create a 2015 flip book.  

Underneath each flap students will write about a different thing they want to see, try and learn in 2015. The last flap allows them to write about anything. 

If you're interested in creating these flip books, CLICK HERE to download the template from my store. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Measurement Fun with Christmas Trees

We completed the cutest activity today and the best part is that it incorporated measurement skills. AND it only took about 5 minutes to prepare.  A colleague of mine found it on Teaching Maddeness' blog.  CLICK HERE to view her original post, or keep reading to see what we did. If you've never read her blog and you teach 2nd grade, you've got to check it out.  Love her ideas.  

We created these adorable trees by cutting strips of construction paper into different lengths.  I simply cut the construction paper into strips that were about 1 1/2 inches wide and told my kiddos they needed to measure the strips into different lengths.  They used  a total of 8 strips and the smallest strip was 1 inch long while the longest was 8 inches long.  

I required my kiddos write the actual measurement on each strip so I could check for accuracy (this took a bit of the cuteness away, but helped me to know who knew how to measure and who didn't). 

When they were done measuring, cutting, and assembling the tree, I allowed them decorate it however they pleased.  As an extension, I had them answer the following question: 

If you have some extra time before your Christmas break, I highly suggest completing this activity.  And don't forget to check out Amanda's blog, Teaching Maddeness, too. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fun With Snowmen

This past week we had a lot of fun creating snowmen using a glyph and then we pretended that our snowmen ran away (they were cold and ran to the grocery store to buy hot cocoa, but on their way home, they took a wrong turn and got lost). We wrote descriptive 'Missing' flyers about our snowmen and then had our classmates read our flyers to figure out which snowman was ours. 

After we created our snowmen, we used this worksheet to write about and create a 'Missing' flyer.  

And then we pretended we were Snowmen Detectives and read our classmates' flyers and tried to figure out who's snowman was whose. 

If you're looking for a fun but still educational activity to complete this winter, I highly suggest checking out my product My Snowman is Missing
My Snowman is Lost! (Glyph, Descriptive Writing, Graphing,

Not only does this product include the directions and materials needed to complete the glyph and 'Missing' flyer, but it also has extension activities to incorporate bar graphs, compound words, and using apostrophes.

I also have a similar product creating penguins.  CLICK HERE to be taken to it in my TpT STore.
My Penguin is Lost! (Glyph, Descriptive Writing, Graphing,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day Activities

Don't forget tomorrow is Veterans Day (Tuesday, Nov. 11). If you're in need of activities, check out my product Spend a Day Teaching About Veterans Day. It includes information that teaches about the holiday and also skill based activities that focus on ELA standards. Continue reading to take a look at all the goodies that are included. CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the product. 
Spend a Day Teaching About Veterans Day

Create a 4 page mini-book about the holiday.

Character Traits of Veterans:

Compare and Contrast: Veteran's Day and Memorial Day

Thank You Card

Fact and Opinion Sort

Word Problems

Exit Slips

All this for only $3.  CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the product. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Falling Prices - $2 Tuesday

It's the last week for our Falling Prices Linky and I've marked some awesome products down to only $2.  Make sure you check them out soon, because these deals will be around for TODAY ONLY. 

The first product is a new one -- missing addend, minuend, and subtrahend task cards (or flashcards).  These cards are so much more beneficial for students because they require students to understand the properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction. 
The entire BUNDLE of all 4 sets is on sale for only $2 today.  CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the product. 
Set 1 - Missing Addend Task Cards or Flashcards (Addition    Set 2 - Missing Addend Task Cards or Flashcards (Addition

Set 3 - Missing Minuend and Subtrahend Cards (Subtraction   Set 4 - Missing Minuend and Subtrahend Cards (Subtraction

My second product is a narrative writing unit that includes everything you need to teach narratives (both personal and fictional).  CLICK HERE to check it out for yourself. 
Narrative Writing Unit {Lesson Plans, Planning Sheets, Rub

If you're interested in seeing what other sellers have on sale today, head on over to the link-up at A Grace Filled Classroom

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

$2 Tuesday - Math Goodies

This Tuesday I'm linking up with Laura from A Grace Filled Classroom for our Falling Prices Linky.  Each Tuesday in October, each seller who links up will be setting two of their products for only $2.  Click on the image below to be taken to the linky to see the rest of the goodies for sale. 

My products this week are 2 of my best selling items for math.  
If you're in need of math centers that are quick and easy to implement, these centers are for you. Just copy, teach and play.  No worksheets to make or pieces to assemble.  It's usually $4, but today it's on sale for $2. CLICK HERE to be taken to it. 
Math Centers for 2nd Grade (1st Quarter - Common Core)

If you need word problems for your second graders, look no further. I have included one word problem for each day of the school year. The first set starts out easy and then progressively harder throughout the year. My students math abilities have grown tremendously due to this product. CLICK HERE to check it out yourself. 
One a Day: Word Problems for 2nd Grade (Set 1 - Common Core)