Monday, November 13, 2017

Thanksgiving Writing FREEBIE

We're knee deep in our Thanksgiving Unit studies this year! It's you're right there with us, this tasty treat is for y'all!! This snack is teacher tested and kid approved. It also leads to a great informational writing prompt.

Towards the end of our Thanksgiving Unit we learn about Squanto and how he helped the Pilgrims learn to plant crops by planting fish with the seeds. At the end of this lesson, we bust out these ingredients to make Squanto's snack.

Give students 2-3 Oreos in a plastic bag and have them crush the
Oreos inside to make dirt. Pour the dirt into cups.Students use their spoon
to bury corn seeds (popcorn) and the fish (Swedish fish)

When they're done, we write about the steps Squanto takes to grow crops using those transitional words: FIRST, THEN, NEXT, LAST.

I hope you and your little turkeys have fun cooking up this Thanksgiving treat! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Prep

Let's talk Parent Teacher Conferences for a moment. Anyone else pulling some late night conference prep this time of year?

As part of my conference prep, I send home a short parent survey a few days before conferences to help give me a better idea of how to structure my conversation with each family. We only get 15-20 minutes TOPS to talk and the time goes by FAST so I want to know what they're seeing at home: areas of growth, areas they want to see growth, if they're child is reading, and how homework is going. Also, I want to know if there is anything they have questions about or would like to discuss in detail. This ensures I can properly address it during the conference. It also helps give you a heads up about what's on their mind. Nothing is worse than having to field a question you weren't anticipating on the spot!

Parent Teacher Conference Parent Survey (Free)

This next sheet is a quick glance at writing, behavior, and assessment scores. It will go inside the manila folders that I put together for each child.

Parent Teacher Conference Forms (Free)

The manila folders make it super easy to grab and be ready with everything I need when a family walks in. They will also get to take this folder home with them. There is nothing cute or fancy about these folders. Just plain folders with the child's name written on them. Here is a list of all the items that might go into a child's conference folder.

Prepping for Parent Teacher Conferences

I put the two conferences sheets I showed you above into a little freebie.
Click the cover below to download these forms.

 Alright kids, I'm off to keep prepping for my conferences.
Burning some midnight oil over here.

 I'd love for you to stop by and visit me on my Blog, Facebook, or Instagram!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Name Tags for Student Chairs

For years I have been sticking student name tags on tops of the desks and tables. It's just what I always did. And every year by Christmas break, without fail, the tags are rolled up, colored on, or torn. This year, I got brand new tables, and I just couldn't bring myself to going through the name tag routine. I wanted to try something new! So instead, I made name tags to fit on the chairs. They are printed, laminated, and glued on with hot glue.

I am loving them!!! Not only do they pop beautifully off the color of the chair, they make it really easy for me to allow flexible seating options during times when my students do not need to be at their specific seat. They can easily be applied with a glue gun, duct tape, or velcro dots.  

Since first graders do benefit from seeing their name written properly, I plan to still give them a written name-tag that they can keep in their writing folders so they have that model to reference. 

I shared this picture on Instagram as I was putting them on my chairs and got several requests for the file, so I went ahead and added more colors and listed them  as Editable Name Tags in my TPT shop!

Even better, you can grab them and everything else in my TPT SHOP  for 20% off tomorrow. It's a special one day BONUS Sale on TPT!! Since everyone knows that sales soften the end of summer as we know it feeling that creeps in this time of year. ;) 

If you follow along with me on Instagram & Facebook know that I am starting a new classroom adventure this year at a brand new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) school! I can't wait to come back and share a tour of my new school and classroom with you later this week!!

In the mean time, I promised a few people on Instagram that I would post this label I shared from my first day with kiddos on Friday. The original idea and recipe come from my sweet friend, Babbling Abby!!! You can read all about it on her post from way back in 2011, here! (2011?! I can't believe I've been loving on teacher blogs for that long-!!) You can download my soda bottle label, HERE.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Back to School BASH 2016

Are you ready to HOP HOP HOP!? We have 24 blogs each with a major giveaway waiting for you!!! We've teamed up to bring a little extra fun and excitement your way as you tackle the start of this busy back to school season. Our baskets are filled to the brim with goodies to treat your classroom and of course, you! 

How It Works: You'll have a couple of days to hop around our blogs and enter using the Rafflecopters. At the bottom of each post there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway!  The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning! :)

For my Bash Basket I went with one of my all time faves!!!

I just can't get enough of all the pretty Kendra pieces!!! They're a staple in my teacher wardrobe because they seriously go with everything!! 

{Teacher Bloggers <3 - ing Kendra in Nashville & Atlanta}
Enter using the Rafflecopter below!  You have until the end of the day on Tuesday!

Now, head over to my sweet friend Deedee Wills to find your next basket!

OOOHHH, one last thing y'all!! Be sure to check out INSTAGRAM on
Wednesday for the GRAND PRIZE announcement and how to enter!

You definitely won't want to miss out!!! Happy Hopping!! 

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!

See you August 7th!