Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {11.26.14}
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Happy Thanksgiving...almost! I hope you got the reference I was going for there. We worked so very hard this week on turkey activities in my classroom. One of our biggest projects was using the book Turkey Trouble. We disguised a turkey, wrote why it was the best disguise, typed our stories, and then translated our stories to Greek!!! This took us quite a bit of time, but my little sweeties were so excited to see their hard work in another language. Pictures coming soon. Hehe

Right now, for Wordless Wednesday I bring to you my vacation LOCATION! Can you guess where I am? What are you doing for the holiday??

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Mixed-Up Monday {11.24.14}

Welcome to my first link up! I am so excited to be hosting a linky party on my little blog.

In teaching we have so many things that we juggle weekly, daily, or even by the minute. This linky party allows us all to come together and share things about teaching or life in general.

Today, I would like to share with you my newest products. Many of you know about my SMARTIES Math Stations and how hard I've worked on them. I understand eight stations is a lot to undertake in a classroom. Therefore, my dear sweet friend Alicia, suggested shortening the stations to five. I could just HUG her!!! This weekend I spent time condensing and organizing my four color options to bring SMART Math Stations to you. All four will be free until after my workout this morning, and they will remain on sale through Thanksgiving! How often can you snag a Math Workstation pack for only $2.00?! Here are some screenshots of what you will get in these amazing packs (all this an more of course):

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Share your Mixed-Up Monday madness below!!!!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mixed-Up Monday - A Weekly Linky Party Starting TOMORROW

Tomorrow we are starting something new at The Sunny Side of Second Grade. I am hosting a new weekly linky party that I would like you to participate in. Here are the rules:

1. Every Monday use the photo above in a blog about anything from new products/freebies, DIY,  classroom strategies/lessons, to something in your personal lives. Anything goes here!
2. Make sure to link back to The Sunny Side of Second Grade by hyperlinking the photo on your blog.
3. Try to respond to at least two other bloggers on the link up.

Spread the word! Happy bloggin' y'all!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Five for Friday {11.21.14}

Hey there friends! Another Friday means another....
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Has everyone's week before Thanksgiving been crazy? I know mine has!
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 To start off the week I made my first post to a collaborative blog I am proud to be a part of. If you haven't checked us out yet, head on over to The Elementary Entourage. We are currently talking about Teaching Ideas to be Thankful For. You may see some of your names and ideas there...

This week I have made it a priority above all else to meet with my groups in all subject areas. The only way this has been possible is by properly utilizing my SMARTIES Math Rounds Management System and my still in design READING Rounds Management System. The books above have been challenging and engaging for my students. They have loved them, and the connections are flowing! If you have access to PearsonSuccessNet, I highly recommend checking out their Leveled Readers.

Earlier this week Miss DeCarbo over at Second Grade Sugar and Spice posted about her organization methods. If you haven't checked it out, it is definitely worth the read. As I am reading it, I found myself saying, "Hey I have that planner!" Schroeder Shenanigans in Second hit the nail on the head with this planner. It is editable so you can enter your own items and print weekly to keep yourself on track. The title is also editable so if you need it to say something different it absolutely can. I used it this week for the first time thanks to Miss DeCarbo, and I feel like I am already ready for next week, albeit a short week! I still can't function without my EC Planner though.

After using it this year, I am thinking about designing my own for next year so that it includes absolutely everything I need with the ease of the 3-ring binder. Yes, I am already thinking about next year...

This week has been filled with lots of turkey fun, and I cannot wait to continue learning about everything Thanksgiving next week. Next week we will be decorating the halls with our Turkey Disguise writing, completing our turkey craftivity, and I am even considering having parents come in to read Thanksgiving books with their child. All this, and I am still racking my brain to figure out how to bring in global learning...more specifically about our country of study {Greece}. Feel free to leave your recommendations below! :)

My sweet husband is off to Maryland this morning to run the JFK 50! Yes, 50 MILES! I have no words and am at a loss to explain why he would EVER consider doing this, but there ya have it. And all he is leaving me with is his stinking cold! So what will I do while he is gone this weekend?

First, I plan to finish sanding and painting this baby white. You will have to stay tuned to see what I plan to do with it.

Next, I plan on drafting my READING rounds product (suggestions on clipart/design welcome) and shortening SMARTIES to SMART for those who would not like quite as many centers.

All this on top of taking fall photographs of my dear sweet nephews and my three little sweeties and a birthday party on Sunday. Whew! Which reminds me... a friend suggested maybe I should sell my stock photos. If you have been following me you know I love taking pictures. Let me know what you think of the photos I posted on The Elementary Entourage. What would you pay for stock photos?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {11.19.14}

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I am totally going to use this week to promote a collaborative blog I am a part of. I am so happy to be a part of The Elementary Entourage! Head over there to see what we are talking about....Teaching Tips to be Thankful For! Enjoy!!!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Elementary Entourage

Guess who is part of her first collaborative blog?! This girl!!!

{HA! Scared ya!!!}

Head on over to the Elementary Entourage blog to see my introduction and to meet the rest of this amazing team. You will get the chance to snag a FREEBIE for all your reading!

Don't forget to enter our giveaway! It's a biggie!!

Don't forget to follow our blog and like us on Facebook!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday! {11.14.14}

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 I have had a couple crazy Fridays and weeks since my last post and I decided to just get back to the bloggin grind on Friday instead of waiting for a new week. I mean who doesn't love Friday, right?! Let's see, over the past two weeks I have had a sick child, the USMC ball, and tons of work. I should be able to get enough on this post. :) Here goes...

 What did you do for Halloween? Our kiddos are a little older now and are losing interest in dressing up, so we stayed home and handed out candy to the neighborhood kids. I was surprised at just how well my children did with this. They didn't seem to care at all. My second graders, on the other hand, we giddy all day about going Trick or Treating. We spent our day celebrating doing pumpkin activities during our Pumpkin Palooza. Because we are a school for technology and innovation, we recorded all our data into a spreadsheet. I had sooooo much help this was actually a breeze!

Next up we had Veteran's Day. We had so much with this activity. We made an anchor chart discussing our country's Veterans, watched a video on Discovery Education, and completed a craftivity. I was so proud of them. They came up with each adjective found in our adjective stars!! The students are still excited about learning about our Veterans so my lessons have continued the remainder of this week.

On top of everything I have had going on at work, I have also had one sick baby girl. She came down with strep last week and has been trying to recover ever since. Poor girl. Look at that face! HEHE

So I missed work on Monday and Tuesday last week because of my sick little one, and I already had to schedule a personal day on Friday for the 239th USMC Ball in Myrtle Beach. Work was crazy because my little sweeties didn't have their regular routine, but we had a blast in Myrtle Beach. We made a weekend of it after the Friday night festivities. It turned out to be a great weekend with family and friends!

{All I can say is....welcome to North Carolina. In case you didn't know which way was behind you...}

If you have been keeping up with The Sunny Side of Second Grade, you know that I recently finished a large product - SMARTIES Math Rotations. You can find the product in my TPT Store. Feel free to snag some Freebies while you are there.

Because my math rotations are going so well, I wanted to begin READING rotations in the same fashion. More to come because I do not want to give away my secrets, but you can see the training in action below. HAPPY FRIDAY Y'ALL!!!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {11.5.14}
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It has been a busy few days for the Felts Family! Sammie, our littlest, decided she would catch strep, which meant mommy would have to catch up on sleep. What do you do to juggle the responsibilities of work and being a mom?

Yes, I am the super exhausted one and Sammie is the sick emoticon! We had colorful children what can I say?

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