Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Peek at my Long Range Plans

I've been working hard this week to get my long range plans done and I think I finally settled on a plan I am happy with. Moving to a new grade with a new group of teachers is going to be a challenge in that I'm not sure everyone will be on the same page with me. I have made certain changes to their LRP's from last year based on what I think these students need to be ready for 3rd grade next year {since that's where I coming from}. Regardless, I think I have to do what is best for my students!

I created two formats. The first is a glance at the whole year month by month. This is something that I think will be great to send home with parents at the beginning of the year so they know what they can expect. The second format is mostly for me and my own planning purposes. I've updated and changed the format of the latter one a bit to better suit my needs.

These long range plans reflect the 2nd grade Common Core standards for Math and ELA, but 2nd grade South Carolina standards for Science and Social Studies.

You can download your own copy HERE and edit them however you would like. You will need the fonts KG Always a Good Time, KG Miss Kindergarten, and KG One More Night to view the file correctly. I recommend having these fonts installed before you download and open the file since it is editable. If you do not know how to download and install new fonts, please click HERE for a simple tutorial form the Kayla Aimee Writes Blog!

I hope you find these useful! Happy Planning!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wish List Wednesday!

It's that time of the week again!

My most wishlisted item this past week has been my Back to School Super Hero Unit!

It will be 50% off in my shop tomorrow ONLY and you can enter my Rafflecopter for a chance to win yourself a set! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please leave your email in the comment!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Genre Posters and Rustic Chic Decor

I think it is a miracle that I have blogged so much in the last week! I am amazed at myself! I've been creating new stuff like crazy. I guess I'm trying to make up for all the lost time this last year, so sorry for the creativity overload!

In light of my new classroom theme, I needed some Genre Posters that would match. Thus, Bolds and Brights was born!

I am seriously so in love with how these turned out! I cannot wait to print, laminate, and hang them!

I have them in pastel and neon colors as well!

Not everyone will like the colors I wanted to use.

I also finished my Rustic Chic Decor set in teal, gray, and lime accents!

Both the posters and my decor set are available in my TPT shop!

And as always, you can win both of these sets today if you can just answer one little question!

What's my new favorite TV show? {Hint: It's fairly new on television.}

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back to School Decor, Ideas, and a Freebie!

I am itching to get back into my classroom this year. I'm moving rooms and moving grades, so it's time for a face lift! I don't really do "themes" so much as color schemes. Two things have inspired my decor this year. 

This tape...

{I love those deep teal, green, and brown colors!}

And Reagan Tunstall's amazingly beautiful, crisp, and clean classroom!

You can check out her full room HERE!

I'm thinking to simplify and just stick to a few colors. 

I also saw this adorable idea for making over my plastic drawers! You can see the original post about them HERE!

I'll also be giving my crate seats a little makeover! 

Every aspect of my room will be made over. My neon book bins are out and clear plastic sterilite bins are in! 

Here are some other great things I snagged at Target and I'm in love!

Looking for new book bin labels? You can purchase your own set of these from the Brown Bag Teacher HERE!

I scoured TPT and Pinterest for just the right classroom decor set to match my vision and I just couldn't find one. So...I had to make my own! I'm pretty excited about it!

You can grab your own decor set by clicking my TPT button below!

For a little freebie from this set, click the picture below to download!

I also have another decor set in the works if you are looking for something a little lighter and brigther!

And as usual, you can win a set of my new classroom decor if you can guess how many boxes of crayons I bought at Target today! haha Please comment below with your guess and your e-mail! =) 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Painting Your Writing with Colorful Words {Shades of Meaning Mini Unit}

Thinking about my classes in the last few years, writing has always been something they have struggled with. Really being able to describe or use vivid words to tell their stories has been challenging. I can model all day long, but I needed something that would really teach them to use more interesting words in their writing. I teach at a very high poverty school so many of my students have limited vocabularies. This "Paint Your Writing" mini unit is just the thing to get your students using powerful words in their writing and speaking.

And look for a freebie from this unit coming Monday from my collaborative blog's "Show Us How You Use It: Paint Chip Samples" over at Owl-ways Be Inspired

I am excited to have finally created and posted something new for you all! It is available in my TPT shop by clicking my button below!

And as always, I like to give away one free set when I create something new! All you have to do to win is comment below with your email, be a follower of my blog, and guess where I'm headed on my babymoon/honeymoon in two weeks! HINT: See picture below! 

Best of luck! =)