Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rate your Retell!

I know I said I would have an app for you when I blogged again. I have the app-- not the tutorial. :( I had a serious computer issue GRR! But I wanted to share this with you anyway without the tutorial. It's very easy to figure out! It's called Nearpod. It is a free app on iTunes that lets you put your PowerPoint presentations into the hands of each one of your kiddos. You choose when the slide changes from your computer or device, so the kids are following along with you, but they have it right in front of them. It's so valuable for kids to have the content right in front of them when we teach. I have noticed a huge change in the way I present information. I love this app! 
I have even used it as a review tool for tests. I put the questions on a PowerPoint and convert it into a Nearpod Presentation. Kids can DRAW on it. Yeah! It's awesome! 

And onto Reader's Workshop. We have been working on writing summaries of books we have read. I love reading summaries that say "she had red hair. she ate breakfast. they went to bed." NOT! 
We have written summaries out the wazoo and kids are still doing this. 

Here is my solution: 

A 4 Star rating system for how well you can retell a story. I know some of us do the 3 Star drawing and coloring rating system, so this is pretty much like that. 

And guess what! It's yours for free! Just click any of the images above to download :) 

I have been working on my Fall Math Centers with my kiddos. I have to say that they are loving some missing number/skip counting! We were on struggle mode for a minute, but we got it now! If you haven't had a chance to check them out, click the the image below to see! 

Fall Math Centers {2nd Grade Common Core Aligned}

Thanks for stopping by :) I'm off to catch up on my beauty sleep! 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last Chance Sale!!

Yikes, I need to catch up on my blogging! I have two projects I am working on and they have honestly taken up all my spare time! I can't wait to share them with you. But to hold you over until my next post (which includes an awesome app I have been using), I am having a 10% off sale through Sunday.

It's your last chance before Halloween to grab my Halloween goodies on SALE! Click any of the images below to check them out :)

Cats, Owls, and Bats {Nonfiction Goodies}

Discovering Pumpkins with QR Codes {Pumpkin Facts}

But it's also a great time to grab my Fall Math and Literacy Bundle (or get them separate) that can be used through Thanksgiving!

Fall Literacy and Math Center Super Bundle!

Fall Math Centers {2nd Grade Common Core Aligned}

Fall Literacy Centers

You can also get my Bat Vocab Flip-Book Freebie, in case you missed it!

Bat Vocab Flip-Book {A Freebie}

I will be back soon! I promise!
(: Chelsey

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BATS! (with a freebie)

I love this time of year! We get to do all my favorite subjects! I absolutely love teaching Bats. My kids are crazy about them! We started our KWL on Monday and my kids actually thought that Vampire Bats were really bats that bit people and turned them into Vampires... Who am I kidding? I still believe this ;) Sorry the picture is a bit "shiny." The lighting in my room is awful. 

Then we worked on our Bat vocabulary flip-books. I made most of my sweeties right out the vocab words, and a few had theirs already printed.
Not all my kiddos added illustrations to theirs, but if they finished before we went onto the next word, I let them :)

You can grab a copy of this Freebie Flip-Book in my TPT store now by clicking the flip-book above.

This is a great addition to my Cats, Owls, and Bats Non-Fiction Supplemental Pack that we are using this week and next week. Right now, you can get this pack on discount for $2.50! 
That's all for now folks! 
:) Chelsey

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lazy Sunday :)

We went to the State Fair today and I am totally out of energy. I plan to do some work, but am feeling more like watching Mickey Mouse and drinking chocolate milk with the little man :)

A wonderful bloggy friend, Fran at Primary Essentials, met an amazing TPT goal. Well, what is a blogger to do, but host a GIVEAWAY! You can enter her giveaway by clicking the image below. She has a ton of awesome prizes! You can get my Fall Literacy Centers, too!

I know everyone is planning for their week, so head over to my TPT store and get my Fall Literacy and Math Bundle 25% off today! That is two awesome packs for only 5.59! 

That's all for now. I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday! 
Chelsey :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Cutest Owls and a Facebook Freebie!

So, I told you that we were working on something with glitter! We made spider webs after reading Diary of a Spider. They turned out so awesome. It was worth every speck of glitter that is still floating around ;)

We also have been using my Owls, Bats, and Cats unit and made these adorable scrapbook paper owls to go along with it. They aren't part of my unit, but I loved letting the kids choose their own paper and design it themselves. Normally, I am too much of a control freak to let kids do something without a pattern or a piece that I pre-cut, but these are too adorable.

(This one looks a bit more like a bat... But it's still precious)

We also started weather in Science and Reading this week. My kids are loving every second of it! We started out with some basic research and making some "storm webs" after reading Super Storms.

We took our webs and made them into Poplets with the Poplet Lite App on our iPads. It was a bit time consuming getting the kids all on the same page with the new app but they caught on pretty quickly. You can click the image below to check out the app (it's FREE!)

Then we used a Google -free to use and share- search to find images to add to our Poplets. I think this was their favorite part. 

I wanted to share something with you :) If you like my Facebook page, you can go to my Freebies for Fans and download my Perfect Fall Paper Pack. It's kinda perfect for Winter, too! You can find it in my TPT store for sale, but I like to give stuff away! It has frames and background papers that you can use commercially (just refer to the Terms of Use on how to credit). It's a pretty big file, so it may take a second to pop up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Books and Freebies!

I am so excited to share all the goodies from our week! BEWARE.... There is glitter :) But, we aren't done quite yet so you will have to wait until Friday!

I have been reading tons of Halloween/October books! I absolutely love Halloween books. Here are some of my favorites!

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What have y'all been reading?

I have been cranking out some new digital papers and clipart frames. I made these Ready Made Cover Pages (and they are free)! You can click the image below to download them! I'd love your feedback!

You can also grab these clipart frames for free, too! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Every single teacher in the world can relate to this video. I hope it gives you as good a laugh as it gave me!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns and MORE!

Happy Sunday bloggy friends! I hope you have had a restful weekend! Do you get tired of color printing, cutting and laminating? I definitely do. Every once in awhile, I need a break, too! I made a new pack for my kiddos to practice their parts of speech because they definitely need it! Guess what... It's NO PREP! That means no color printing, no cutting and no laminating! Just print and go! 

Check it out...

PLUS... If you like my Facebook Page, you can grab two sample pages from this pack for FREE! Just click the Freebies for Fans page. You can head over there now by clicking the image below!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Sale!

I love a good sale... So here is one for you! Get 15% off my store Saturday only! Click below to start shopping!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five for Friday

Hey all! I'm linking up with Kacey at DoodleBugs Teaching for her Five for Friday! You can link up to by clicking the link below!

BOOKS GALORE!  I got a package this week of my new Scholastic books! I got all these books for $11 because I used my 25 coupons I have been hoarding since Back to School ordering. I love Scholastic!

We have been studying pumpkins this week and after finishing up our QR code hunt, we made and labeled some Jack-O-Lanterns! Aren't they so adorable?! You can grab my labels to make your own pumpkins HERE.

We went to the pumpkin farm this week! I was so excited to take Madden. He has only been when he was a little tiny seed in my belly. He was crazy about the pumpkins and the animals. The goats were just chatting him up crazy. He said... "Mama! They mad at me!" And I said, like a dummy, "Why are they mad at you?" "They maaaad at me, Mama" He is just too cute. Then there is my husband... Who is cute, too :)

My most wonderful husband agreed to pay my Photoshop subscription! I was beyond excited and went tutorial crazy trying to figure everything out. It had been quite some time since I used it. You can grab my new background papers now in my store!! 

Polka Dot Shades of Blue Backgrounds {Commercial or Personal Use}

Glitter Chevron Background Set {Personal or Commercial Use}

Totally unrelated to teaching... But, it does have to do with school ;) We are USC fans in my house. We had this beautiful wreath made by a friend. She did such a great job for us! I had to show it off! You can check out her other work on Instagram @_fruitofherhands_

Have a great weekend!!