I decided to revamp my spelling centers and I thought why not share?! I hope you enjoy this spelling freebie. Have a great week! Just click on one of the images below and you will be taken to my TPT store.



Well... As I finish creating my last 1st grade unit in Wonders I find out that I might be moving to 2nd grade next year. I am definitely going to go through all the 2nd grade Wonders  creating more writing units and I am sure a lot more. Wish me luck!


Happy Earth Day!


Happy Earth Day! If you haven't checked out my Earth Day pack yet you should. Even more so now that I put it on sale... 20% off all day. The packet has easy to implement activities with most having no prep besides making the copies. Here are a couple samples below...

What's included:


36 pages of great centers and supplements to a great mini unit on Earth Day. Common Core Aligned.

Alphabetical order: Alphabetical order center cards and worksheet

Contractions: Common contractions in puzzle piece form for fun center

Earth Day non fiction passage and comprehension:

Word search

Poetry: Read aloud poem and two blank acrostic poetry forms.

Writing prompt: How could I help take care of the earth:

How to plant a seed:

Recycling Mix-Up: Cut and paste recycling sort

Art: Coloring Sheet

Math story problem with Earth Art: An open ended addition story problem allowing for differentiation. Also Space to show work.

Time telling center: o’clock and half past math matching center

Math story problem worksheets: Addition/subtraction story problems and making 10’s story problems using 10 frames.

Learning Targets

Hey there!

So I'm sure your school is the same as mine in the fact that all the talk is over learning targets and learning goals. My team has been working hard to focus in on those goals/targets in a kid friendly way. We want it to be useful, meaningful and attainable (lets be honest, there needs to be more time in the day.. AHH)

Anyway, after cruising through Pinterest looking for new ways revamp my ideas I was inspired by a mix of ideas. It is so simple and I'm sure I am not the first, but it is working well in my room so I thought I would share.

I made each kiddo a popsicle stick and 3 cups with labels: "I got this" "I am unsure" and "I need help"
After I have completed the mini-lesson and guided problems and have sent my students on to independence I cycle around the room as I would normally checking in. Now though I give them their popsicle stick as I walk around. After the kids have attempted the work independently I remind them to "let me know how you feel". Kids trickle up and place their popsicle sticks in the cup. I instantly see my small group who has immediate needs, the kids I need to check in with and those kids who can proceed to math centers with minimal check in. What they love is moving their sticks from unsure or help to I got it.

It is instant feedback for me and for the students! So far I am loving it.


Going Batty!

Hey there!

So, I decided to revamp an oldie but a goodie this week. My "Going Batty Over Bats Unit". I have added a TON of great stuff including non-fiction passages with comprehension, a plethora of report styles and papers, bat math, science and art! Make sure to check it out!