Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Focus Sticks .... to help with editing and revising

From : Make, Take and Teach

Step 1) Eat a lot of Pringles.                                     

Step 2)  Cover with scrapbook paper.  (This one is from Michael's.)

 Step 3)  Decide which icons you want on the focus sticks. 
Roll-a-Story - by Kristin Jordan
Another writing resource that is worth making is a writing mini office.  These two sites have a lot of great downloads. 
Writing Mini Office downloads
Busy Teacher's Café


Class Shared Class Journal
What a great idea!  I know my students will enjoy using these during Daily 5.  When not in use, students can read the journals during Read to Self or Read to Someone.   
link to journal covers on TpT

If Maggie could write, she'd probably write that one of her favorite places is a comfortable bed!

If Sam could write and had a good memory, he might write about how it was nice that he was adopted on July 4th five years ago!  He might also write how he appreciates that his name changed from Romeo to Sam.  (in honor of Uncle Sam!)

Writing ideas for visual learners....

Download document

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Weather Resources

Free Weather Lapbook  - This site includes an instructional YouTube video.
You will need Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons.
Pros - Great Project Based Learning project, very thorough weather study for second grade
Cons - Takes many copies (I would probably leave out the weather predictions and combination clouds page), may take longer than you want

Website for Kids:  What is Weather?

Water Cycle Reader's Theater Script
from www.teachers.net

From Teachers Pay Teachers:
At this time, these resources are free.

Weather Unit by Living Life Intentionally                        

Make an Anemometer  by Elementary Contessa

Fog Experiment  by Camilla Barry

Water Cycle Song  by Jaya Maharajh
Weather in a Cup Experiment   by The Teaching Reef

Water Cycle Bracelet  by Meaghan Kimbrell

Weather Poems: 
A Cloudy Serenade
The Thunder Giant

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Common Core Pacing Guides and More

Second Grade Common Core Pacing Guide
These documents were made to help my team in Onslow County, North Carolina. You are able to edit these documents.
*Revised for 2013-2014

First Nine Weeks  - Government, Weather

Second Nine Weeks - Matter, Cultures, Beginning Map Skills, Timelines, Biographies

Third Nine Week - Geography, Map Skills, Economics, Sound

Fourth Nine Weeks - Environment, Natural Resources, Life Cycles
Here's another one I like from Brunswick County Schools:  Pacing Guide Link

Free printable "I Can" Common Core standards presented in a kid friendly format:

SMART Board Notebook Activities - Includes grade range and Common Core alignment:

SMART Board Notebook Lessons

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Planning for 2013-2014

Here's a few things I've bought, printed, copied and/or laminated for next year....

It's time for an updated alphabet!  I really like how this one integrates math. 
Math Alphabet Posters - freebie

A great book to introduce/reinforce reading strategies -
Reading Strategies Book Club Packet - by Kristine Nannini -  freebie

Reading Center Starter Kit - created by A Cupcake for the Teacher

One goal for next year is to try interactive math journals next year.  Here's one resource that is Common Core based.   Interactive Math Journals
Also for math journals - Second Grade Math Journal Prompts - freebie, Common Core based

For testing time....... I've created three reading response books to use during any of the reading benchmark times.  One is for a nonfiction book.  Reading Response Booklets - created by Amy Lemons

A new set of rules.....   Rules Freebie

New fabric for two bulletin boards... purchased at Walmart:


Brain Breaks  by Diary of a Teacherholic