12 Days of Christmas - Day 9 GIVEAWAY!!!!

Don't you just love Zippy over at Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah Designs? She has put together 12 Days of Giveaways with 40 fab bloggers!!!

Today, the giveaway is for a $30 gift card to Starbucks & $5 store credit in each of our stores:


1. Victoria Moore - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Victoria-Moore
2. Simply Skilled In Second - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Simply-Skilled-In-Seco…
3. Totally Sweet Math Centers By Tabitha -http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Totally-Sweet-Math-Cen…
4. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs - http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Zip-a-dee-doo-dah-Desi…

Click this image below to enter on the RAFFLECOPTER!!!

Make sure to stop over at Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah on facebook each day to enter to win, win, WIN!


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CYBER SALE...Newbies...and Something Special!

Woohoooo!!!  My cart is almost full and ready to go for tomorrow!  Have you gone shopping yet for the Cyber Sale?  I am so excited for it!  I stock up on resources to get me through the next few months until the next sale...heee-heee.  I do buy clipart throughout the year tho... can you say ADDICTION...yep.  I wonder if there is a 12-step program for my clipart addiction.. NO JOKE...

I digress... I wanted to show you some of my newest resources...

I have uploaded my Grammar Tab-Its for Grades 1, 2, and 3...

AND... I uploaded these new resources as well... BOOM!  LOL  I love when I am productive!  LOL

I hope you check some of these newbies out :)

AND.... YOU MUST head on over to The Primary Chalkboard for our AWESOME Holiday EVENT!

Check out our Advent Calendar!  Every day of the month, we will have SOMETHING SPECIAL for our readers...but you must check back every day for that Special Something you can get :)  It starts tomorrow, December 1st.  Click the image below to head on over!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!


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Grammar FUN for Interactive Notebooks

Hi Friends... I hope this post finds you all well!   I'm sure you know that I have been teaching second grade FOREVER for over 22 years...so I have been teaching the same skills for that long as well.  I don't know about you, but I get bored pretty quickly and I always need to stir things up a bit in my classroom.  It is rare that I do the same activities from year to year.  I have to change it up, or I will go bat *s%t a little nutty :)  Anywhoooo.. I am always on the lookout for new mentor-texts to share with my students and new activities to keep them engaged and FOCUSED....not an easy task!

Teaching grammar skills can be fun with the right activity to keep them engaged and learning!  

I always scour the internet for funny and cute videos to show my kiddos...they always love learning about new concepts when it adds some rap music or something funny.  Check out Grammaropolis for some cool videos..some are free, but other videos you need a membership for.  Here is a video on nouns....

Here is a video about Sentence Fragments on YouTube....they also have one for commas and semi-colons and a few others.

Click the image below to get a list of books to teach various Grammar Lessons.  The books teach about
Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs, Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones, and Contractions.  The images on the link are LIVE links so you can see them on Amazon.com.

Last year, my students worked on my Parts of Speech Flip Flap Books and they were a HUGE HIT...

This year I decided to add a little bit more practice for these skills and incorporate their work in their Interactive Notebooks.  I created a new resource called Grammar Tab-Its!  Oh BOY!  My kiddos LOVED THEM...which = 1 Happy Teacher!  We were working on Contractions last week so I whipped out my new Grammar Tab-its on Contractions and they were ALL GUNG HO! I was soooo excited!

They did such a great job on them and they fit perfectly in their notebooks.  Next week we are going to be working on Plural Nouns...so I am going to whip out this bad boy!!!!  YAY!!

So... I thought I would just share with you what's been going on in my classroom.  

What Grammar Skills will you be teaching in the coming weeks?

If you would like to check out my Grammar Tab-Its, I have them for Grades 1, 2, and 3!  Click the images below to check them out in my TPT Shop!

Thanks soooo much for stopping by today!!!


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Operation Underdog

As teachers, we naturally have very giving hearts.  We always want to help, expecting nothing in return.  Well, today, I'm going to invite you to something really special that I am happy to be a part of.  My teaching heart jumped at the chance to contribute to a really wonderful cause, and I hope that your teaching heart jumps at the chance to support it, as well!

During the month of November, TpT is helping to support a fundraiser for Operation Underdog.  Operation Underdog was brought to my attention by Joey Udovich of Creating, Teaching, and Sharing.  Her childhood friend is the co-founder of this amazing animal rescue that is in need of some monetary support.  In an attempt to help, Joey invited 30 top TpT sellers to contribute to some pretty amazing resource bundles that are now being sold at OVER 1/2 off!  The proceeds from this shop go directly to Operation Underdog's medical funds for adequate vetting, transportation services for animals in need, and basic supplies, such as food.

Here is what we are HAPPILY offering you!
To visit these bundles, please click on the pictures below.

♥ Deanna Jump - Need for Speed Addition and Subtraction Fluency Practice
♥ Deedee Wills - Fall Roll, Say, Keep-Editable Sight Word and ABC Game
♥ Cara Carrol -  Do You Hear What I Hear? {The Ultimate CVCE Practice Packet!}
♥ Babbling Abby - Spelling for All Seasons {Part One}
Spelling for All Seasons {Part Two}
 Simply Skilled in Second - Writing Templates for Writing Centers and Interactive Notebooks
♥ Erica Bohrer - Classroom Pets
♥ Karen Jones - Word Family Sliders {with 39 short and long vowel word families}
 Susan Jones-TGIF - Phonics Poetry for Grades K-2
♥ Reagan Tunstell - Sight Word Stick Centers


♥ Teaching With A Mountain View - Money Task Cards { Coins & Dollars }
 Shelley Gray - Get Up and Move! {A Basic Operations Gallery Walk COMBO PACK}
♥ Amy Lemons - Workin' On Word Problems
♥ Lory Evans - Math Assessment - Money - How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?
♥ Deb Hanson - Main Idea & Details craftivity for lower grades (matching main idea & details)
♥ Ashleigh - Common Core Informational Writing - A Complete Writing Unit
 Flapjack Educational Resources - QR Code Math Fun Bundle (2nd-3rd Grade)
♥ Third Grade Thoughts - Revised Bloom's Taxonomy Bundle {Posters + Fiction Brochures}
 Tessa Maguire - Open Ended Passages and Questions for 2nd Grade
♥ Common Core and So Much More - 3rd Grade - 30 Reading Fluency and Comprehension Passages - Fiction & Nonfiction


♥ Runde's Room - Writing Revision Activity Bundle
♥ Nicole Shelby - Flippin' Through the CCSS: Flip Flaps for Reading Notebooks-Grades 3-5
♥ Kristine Nannini - Analyzing Characters Pack {Common Core Aligned}
♥ Blair Turner - Independent Reading Resource Pack
♥ Rachel Lynette - Informational Text Task Card Bundle: 3 Task Card Sets CCSS Aligned
♥ Joey Udovich - Fix It! Sentence Rings
♥ Jennifer Findley - Constructed Response Practice and Assessment CCSS Aligned {Paired Passages Set}
 Teaching In Room 6 - Character Traits in 5 Days: Lessons to Teach Character Traits
♥ The Science Penguin - Life Science Informational Text Cards
♥ Christi Fultz - Math Board Games with Task Cards Solve N Slide BUNDLE
♥ Ladybug’s Teacher Files - Editable for Numbering Genre Library Labels (Consistent Colors)
♥ Laura Candler - Math Stations for Grades 3 - 8

Operation Underdog is a NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.  That means that 100% of their operating costs are paid through private donations and fundraising efforts.  The women that proudly established this rescue, have also been known to use their own money to save the animals in their care.  

"We help animals that have been dealt a cruel hand in addition to the unfavorable circumstance of already being a stray or a shelter animal. It is our goal to help those most in need. This includes animals with all manners of injuries and illnesses who might not receive help elsewhere. In order to commit to animals experiencing medical emergencies or those in need of surgical procedures, we need to first be sure that we have ample funds to cover the needs of the animals that are already with our organization."


"By purchasing one or more of these bundles, you will be aiding in our vet bills, the cost of transportation, and supplies that are needed by SO many animals.  You are TRULY making a direct impact on the lives of many animals.  Operation Underdog is a nonprofit organization, so we rely solely on fundraising, events, and the charity of people simply wanting to help."

If you're interesting in adopting one of these cuties, email Operation Underdog at

Please visit Operation Underdog on Facebook by clicking the link below.  "Like" their page to bring more awareness to animals in need.  Remember, WE can make a difference!

To learn even more about this fundraiser, or to read up on the animals above, along with a few more of their friends, visit Joey's blog!

From the absolute bottom of our hearts, we THANK YOU for helping these animals.  The next time you need a furry friend, please consider getting one from your local shelter or rescue.  
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Thanksgiving Ideas & Activities

Yep...Halloween is officially over...thank goodness!  Halloween week exhausts me! But even though I am exhausted, I am already thinking about our next holiday!  I always like to get a jumpstart on my planning and printing, so I feel like I am ready to go and I actually accomplished something off of my NEVER ENDING list of "Things to Do!"

 I have a lot of families that travel during the Thanksgiving break and I NEVER have a full class that short week, so I don't like to teach any new concepts.  I like to do a review of some of the topics that we already covered and of course teach about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. 

I don't know if you have seen this yet, but Scholastic has an INCREDIBLE website filled with videos of Pilgrim Life, Wampanoag Life, and the info about the Mayflower.  It is JAM-PACKED with incredible information.  I am going to show my class all of the videos...that's how good they are!

Click this image below to check out the Scholastic site!  You will not be sorry!

After we watch the various video footage on the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags, we will complete my flip-flap book to do some Expository Writing.  I'm not sure yet if I am only going to do the Flip-Flap Book or add in the Mayflower craftivity to it.  I will prep for both or maybe give the kiddos the chance to choose what they want to do :)

Here are some images of my little ones working on this project last year!

I am really looking forward to completing this one the week of Thanksgiving.  I am also prepping my Place Value Pilgrim Scoot game and my Greater Than or Less Than Turkey Scoot game.  It is sure to be a fun and busy week :)

Here are some images of our Greater Than or Less Than Turkey Scoot game!  My kiddos had a BALL!

At my Work on Writing Center, my students are working on my Thanksgiving Theme-Shaped Writing Booklets.  These activities have REALLY added so much writing and FUN into this station.  My students are reading, writing, and making words all relating to Thanksgiving.

What are you planning to do the week of Thanksgiving??  Why don't we all make a pact to plan ahead and get all of our copies done so we can feel stress-free that week?  LOL

If you are interested in any of my units above, click the images to get to my TPT Shop to pick them up...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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