Friday Freebies

In the spirit of the season of giving thanks, it is time to participate with some Friday Freebies.  My students will be playing a time matching game in the upcoming weeks.  I know they can tell time to the 5 min. interval, so now it is time to have them practice matching the time on the clock to the time written in word form.  Since it is December, I added a little holiday touch to the file.  Simply click on the picture to grab your free copy. 


Also, in the spirit of giving, I am offering up two activities from my Winter Wonders pack.  Just click on the picture to grab your free copy of the activities.

 If you choose to download the files and enjoy them, I would love a little feedback.  Thanks!
I'm linking up to share both of these freebies with:
Freebie Fridays

My Thankful linky party is coming to a close.  Will you be the winner of the $10 TpT gift certificate?  One lucky person who joined in the fun will be chosen and announced this weekend.  Thank you to everyone for sharing all of the things you are thankful for this year.

Feelin' the TpT Love!

I was reading many blogs prior to the big Cyber Monday (& Tuesday) Sale over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  I loved seeing the products on your wishlists.  Sometimes you can scour that site for hours at a time and still not see everything great that other teachers have to offer. 

I'm linking up with Tales From Room 112 and Falling Into First to share some of the fabulous items I picked up during the sale:
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Just in time for my upcoming nonfiction unit, I picked up My Road Trip Through Nonfiction Features by Hope King and Nonfiction Text Features (Supplemental Materials and Assessment) by Mandy Gregory.
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Let's Get Pop-Rockin' with Descriptive Writing by Babbling Abby
A couple of weeks ago I was at a grade level training with other teachers in my district.  A teacher at that training spoke very highly of this writing pack, so I had to add it to my wishlist.
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Another item to add to my writing resources is Strengthen Your Sentences by Amy Lemons. 
 What did you pick up during the sale?
I want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who stopped by my little TpT store during the sale.  I still get giddy inside when a product is sold and I was completely amazed and overwhelmed by the love shown towards my products.  Some of my best sellers during the sale were:
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Who's Feeling a Little Crafty?

Years ago when I was looking for a different way to have my students share details about the books they were reading, I stumbled onto this idea.  I call it a comprehension cube.  I think it puts a unique spin on a boring book report.  I have decided to share it with others.  I have been working on it for a few weeks now and it is my first attempt at doing a tutorial-of-sorts.  I need a new set of eyes and a guinea pig, er...reader of mine to test it out and see what changes I might need to make to my directions. 
Before you volunteer, you will need the following materials to complete this project:
6 pieces of cardstock or construction paper cut into 6in. x 6in. squares
(optional - glue stick & scissors if you want to put the cube together with my template pieces)
Are you still interested?  Leave me a comment or send me an e-mail (  I would like to have your feedback by Wednesday, if possible :) 
Thank you!!
Thanksgiving has passed for 2012, but that doesn't mean you can't talk about the things you are thankful for.  You have a few more days to link up with my Thankful linky.  One lucky person will win a $10 gift card to TpT.

It's Finally Here...Cyber Monday (& Tuesday)

Don't hit that snooze button.  It's time to get up and start shopping.  You work hard and deserve to find a good bargain.  Head on over to the Cyber Monday (& Tuesday) sale at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Check your wishlist and see which items you can finally add to your cart and purchase.


I have two NEW items for sale in my store:
Students identify numbers written in word form (two hundred fifty-three) or as place value puzzles (3 tens, 5 hundreds, 8 ones).  Once the numbers are identified, students must place them in order from smallest to largest.  All of the numbers included are less than 1,000.

This pack contains math and literacy activities.  Students can practice synonyms, antonyms, ABC order, adding combinations to 10 or 20, ordering numbers, telling time, counting coins, and more!

Don't forget to provide feedback on your purchases to earn TpT credits.  You can use those credits towards future purchases.  I'm excited to finally get some items off my wishlist and into my shopping cart, but I want to know what everyone else is buying during the big sale, too!

Upcoming TpT Sale & Need An Extra Pair of Eyes

If you are looking for a great way to stock up without having to deal with crowds, traffic, and long lines, you need to visit the TpT Cyber Monday (+ Bonus Tuesday) Sale.  You can save up to 20% in many stores.  In addition, if you use the Promo Code: CMT12, you can save an additional 10%.  That's a total savings of up to 28%! 

 To visit my store, click here.

I will have a couple of new products for you during that time:

I already have two people helping preview my Winter Wonders file.  I will need one or two people to help look over my Whooo is First? file.  Just leave a comment or send me an e-mail if you are interested and have the time (  Thank you so much!!

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

There is inspiration everywhere.  I must thank Susan over at T.G.I.F. for providing this source:
I looked at these turkeys and knew my second graders could do this, too.  Our district uses Everyday Math.  One of the routines the students practice is name collection boxes.  In these, students write different ways to represent a number.  Students often need encouragement to try ways other than just addition and subtraction facts (especially when they aren't confident with coins, tally marks, etc.).
I found a turkey template online and the students went to work.  Here are some of the final creations:

Thankful Paragraphs & How To Brush Your Teeth

If you haven't already linked up, you still have time. My Thankful Linky will be going until the end of November :)

This past week my students worked on writing the things they are thankful for in their own lives.  Normally I have the students make a list, but this was an opportunity to practice writing a paragraph that I just couldn't resist.  First, we brainstormed a list of the things we are all thankful for.  The students used a bubble map to record their ideas.  Next, I modeled several topic sentences the students could use to start their writing with.  After that, the students chose several ideas and put those ideas into sentences using the transition words we have been using in our How-To writing.  After that, I modeled several conclusion sentences students could use.  After editing & revising, students came up with these paragraphs: 

Also, I was finally able to snap some pictures of our completed How To Brush Your Teeth pieces.  All of the writing & craftivities were put onto yellow or teal construction paper.  This writing & craftivity can be found here.  Here is one example of how the final product turned out:
Here you can see how the students were able to personalize their toothbrushes:


Finally, here are some of their completed writing pieces:



In December I am going to begin teaching the features of nonfiction.  I have been working to compile some new resources to spice up my lessons.  What are some of your best Go-To resources for teaching and reading nonfiction?  I'd love to hear your ideas.
Here are some of my resources & ideas that I have gathered:

Ideas from Pinterest
(I've tried to give the original source when possible):

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Teacher Resource Books:
Daily Reading Comprehension, Grade 2 by Evan-Moor

 Nonfiction Reading Practice, Grade 2 by Evan-Moor

Success with Reading Comprehension, Grade 2 by Scholastic
Reading Comprehension, Grade 2 by Practice Makes Perfect

Coming Soon:
I hope to share our turkeys inspired by this post from Susan at TGIF:

How-To Brush Your Teeth Writing Samples from this FABULOUS writing pack:
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Comprehension Cubes - a creative display for both fiction and nonfiction

You still have a little over a week to participate in my Thankful Linky.  Everyone who links up their post will be entered to win a $10 TpT gift certificate.  It's just my way of showing how thankful I am for each of my readers :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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