Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Sunday Sale!

Are you ready for some football???  How about...are you ready for some shopping???  I am excited to announce a fabulous sale TeacherspayTeachers is having this coming Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday)! This is a great opportunity for you to grab those Valentine's Day centers or activities for the next couple of months.  I will have all of my products listed in my store at 20% off.  If you use the promotion code (SUPER), TPT will take off an additional amount to make your savings up to 28%!   I encourage you to check out our stores and see what deals you can find.  Be sure you use the promotion code... (SUPER) or you won't get the additional percentage off!  I am shopping now and adding some amazing items to my cart!  I personally love all of the new graphics Tpt sellers are offering now and  can't wait to grab some darling sets for future teaching materials.  I'd like to thank Lindsey at Primary Polka Dots for her precious image above advertising the sale!  Happy shopping everyone!-Yvonne

Monday, January 28, 2013

February Freebies!

Happy Monday everyone!  Just got home from taking my son to the doctor and had a few minutes to share some goodies with you.  Last year I made my Valentine's Day Centers and Activities.  Many of the borders and frames were my own designs.  I am no "pro" at graphic these are nothing fancy.  I just thought some of you might could use them to "create and make" your own materials.    Below is a preview of the borders and my centers to show how I used them...
If you'd like to download these frames/borders from my TpT store, click HERE! 

Also...if you haven't already downloaded my primary freebie, be sure you check it out.  My Valentine's Day Digit Values Tiered Math Tub is available for you if you need something for differentiation in math.  I LOVE my tiered tubs and hope you can use them as well.

Last but not least...if you need daily practice of Common Core Skills for 2nd grade, be sure you check out my Common Core Daily Practice for February!  Not a freebie, but I wanted to let you know it is ready and posted!  I've had lots of requests for this second packet from friends who bought my January packet!  

I am thrilled to say my students LOVE these.  We use one each morning for spiral review of CCSS.  It is finally finished...just in time for February!    Hope you can use some of these resources with your own kiddos.  Let me know if you have any questions about any of my teaching materials or teaching methods in my classroom.  Have a great day and a fabulous week!-Yvonne  

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we started our unit on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reading one of my favorite books about him and his childhood...A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David A. Adler.  Each year I have a discussion with my second grade babes to try to explain what an amazing hero Dr. King was for us all. It never fails... I always get those same puzzled expressions from my kids wondering why anyone would treat another person differently based on skin color.  It always touches my heart as we discuss the differences in their lives today compared to so many children just a few years ago. 

I always introduce my standard MLK vocabulary words on the first day of this unit:  laws, protest, rally, civil rights, boycott, etc...  but the words that I stress the most on this day are love, compassion, and peace.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the model for those three words and I always lift his name up with examples of these.

As we read books together this week and watch VIDEOS showing the life of Dr. King from a boy to adulthood, the class will keep a timeline of his life in addition to comparing their lives with his. Here are some books that I will share with my class this week...

Tomorrow I will use a compare/contrast sheet for my students to compare their lives to the life of young Martin.
Click HERE if you'd like to use these as you celebrate the amazing life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with your students.   I'd love for you to share this with your FB friends or Pinterest followers.  You can watch for future teaching goodies/ideas on my Pinterest boards ( 
Have an amazing week, friends!-Yvonne

Thursday, January 10, 2013

100th Day of School!

Happy new year, sweet friends!  This one is starting off great for me. I hope it is for you, too!  As I was looking through my units planning for this next month I pulled out my 100th day of school folder.   This day is great fun for all of us!  When I taught first grade we always enjoyed grouping our 100's day collections, seeing how many times we could do things (clap hands, bounce balls, etc...) in 100 seconds, and eating our 100's day snack!  We have a great time in second grade even though the kids are beyond grouping tens to make 100.  We practice skills such as:  Graphing how many times you can do physical movements (such as jumping jacks) in 100 seconds on a line plot, word problems involving 100 cents and making change from $1.00, solving equations on a hundreds chart, measuring items around the school that are 100 centimeters or less, and much more!  I appreciate you guys so much for following me here on Sassy in Second.  I wanted to share some of these ideas with you!  Click HERE if you'd like to download these and use them.

Below are some great books you can check out on Amazon if you need 100's day books!  It is always cool to see who can read 100 books in 100 days as well and celebrate that reading incentive with awards on the 100th day of school!  I'd LOVE a video or a Smartboard lesson on the 100th day of school.  Let me know if you know of anything that would be appropriate for my second graders!   I am looking forward to next week and hope you all have a marvelous 100th day with your kiddies!  Thanks!-Yvonne