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    Fidget Spinners: Ninja Star Weapon Or Useful Tool?

    Fidget Spinners: Ninja Star Weapons or Useful Tool?

     

    Anyone who is teaching, has taught, or even knows a teacher knows that throughout history there has been a multitude of fads that had teachers reaching for the aspirin. Toys making their way into classrooms is not a new thing. I mean who could forget:

    Pogs: trade them, smack them…and that’s about it. Why these things were so popular, I’ll never know.

    Slap bracelets: Ok, so these aren’t technically a toy, but more of a massive fashion statement made. Who doesn’t like slapping themselves with a piece of metal that is precariously covered with fabric. This was LONG before 50 Shades of Grey came out.

    Giga Pets/Tamagotchis: Yay, your students are learning how to cultivate a life! They feed their little pet and learn the responsibility of taking care of something. This is all fine and dandy, until the thing dies and your student has a mini meltdown.

    Silly Bandz, Rainbow Looms, anything else involving ugly plastic jewelry: Silly Bandz were like this generations slap bracelets, for a minute. Kids fought over them, collected them and played with them non stop. And yes….it’s basically a rubber band in shapes.

    Bakugan: As my time as a teacher there was one toy that was the must have. That toy was a ball that turned into something. Basically a small knock off transformer. This was the bane of my existence. They rolled, they hid well, they got stolen easily, and they took up more room in my “confiscated for life” drawer than I care to admit. Oh and quick fact, they are not magnetic, so throwing one at the dry erase board to show kids about magnets…..probably not the best idea.

    Now we came full circle to the current fad that has teachers wondering if aspirin is strong enough.

    Fidget spinners.

    I am no longer in the classroom, yet I hear about these things on a daily basis. Instagram is flooded with pictures of confiscated fidget spinners. Stores apparently get calls all the time to see if they have them in stock. Even the blog world has had articles debating on if these things are helpful or a distraction.

    Well, truth be told, I had a major case of FOMO. I wanted to see what all the hype was. So I called a few stores, and after a few huffy replies along the lines of, “No we don’t carry those stupid things yet”, I finally went to a Walgreens and lo and behold, behind a few kids squealing and begging their parents to buy them, was a small display of them. And these glow in the dark. Now THAT is magical.

    When I showed my new toy/stress reliever/blog post muse to my husband he said that it looked like a kid ninja star. I may have to agree a little with him on this one.

    There are apparently a billion different brands of fidget spinners, and quite frankly I didn’t even want to spend $6 for this, let alone the twenty something dollar ones I’ve seen online. The package clearly makes this want to appeal to parents….even though adults are typically the ones wanting to chuck them into the trash compacter. “ Help focus”. “Relieve, boredom, anxiety and stress.” “Great for ADD, ADHD, and autism”.Fidget spinner claims

    Wow. With claims like those, it’s no wonder so many people are torn between loving and hating them. So, first things first, let’s get into my experimentation with this thing.

    After ripping it out of the packaging (it was like Christmas), I realized, “I have no friggen clue what to do with this thing.” I then put my teacher brain on and read the directions, because that’s always important. Hold down middle of the thing and spin it. Seems easy enough. It took me a few tries to understand the mechanics, and no, trying to spin it TOWARDS your hand and leaving your fingers in the way is not how it works.

    I am right handed so I initially used it my left hand while also trying to write. It was seriously a hard task. I consider myself a master multitasker, but this just hurt my hands after a bit and didn’t  do much to aide my focus. I then tried spinning it while just watching it. It helped me calm down a bit, but my focus was then on the dang spinner, not my work.

    I’ll be honest, I bought my first fidget spinner for the experimentation aspect. However, a week later I was buying things I needed (because my 60 rolls of washi tape I already own aren’t enough) at Michaels. While checking out, I saw…yes…gasp…fidget spinners! I bought another one, telling myself I could use it for further research. This one cracked me up for some reason. Now I know it probably means “keep your kids occupied during long car rides”, but I pictured a full grown adult spinning and driving. Just don’t do it.

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    I have a lot of friends who are teachers, ranging from teaching grade kindergarten to high school, and they all have said that they loathe fidget spinners. When I saw that many teachers seemed to dislike these things so immensely I wondered why. I mean, how could something that is meant to be helpful in reducing stress and anxiety, as well as increase focus be a bad thing? Let me explain why.

    Picture yourself at a young age and seeing a fellow classmate with the latest fad. Maybe they brought tiddly winks to school, wore JNCO jeans, or somehow acquired a pink Razor phone. The fact of the matter is, they had something you didn’t have. Therefore, you probably wanted it. The same goes for the classroom. Differentiating can be hard sometimes because let’s face it, even as adults, we see things that look fun that others have and envy that person. Fidget spinners are meant for kids that struggle with focus , and while that may be true, other kids most likely won’t see it that way. They just see a toy that they also want to have, even if they don’t by definition “need” it.

    Kiddos will often see things that others have and think they need it too. It doesn’t matter what it is. The kid that needs an individualized behavior chart at their desk, don’t make it too cool looking otherwise you may have to make 25 more. The kids that go to another classroom for extra help, yes, I legit have had kids pretend to be bad at math just in hopes to see what happened in the other classroom.

    This is why fidget spinners are such a huge conundrum. On one hand they help students with anxiety and focus issues, but more than likely, 98.59% of the class just has them…because. I have suffered from anxiety most of my adult life and was interested to see how this thing could help those like me.

    Basically, whatever side of the debate you are on, fidget spinners need to be used like just another school supply, not a toy. There needs to be ground rules, and proper explanation on HOW to use them. I almost broke a window spinning the thing on my desk…so just saying.

    Fidget spinners can be a great way for those who have trouble focusing. However, if you are one of those teachers who is totally against the idea of having flying plastic ninja stars spinning at random times of the day, there are many other alternatives for those students who can’t seem to sit still. Be sure to do your research though before purchasing anything. Some well-known fidget toys can actually be even more annoying than the fidget spinners. Here are some fidget spinner alternatives that may not make teachers question their sanity. The best thing, you can easily make most of them on your own!

     

    Tangle toys: I actually loved these things because they kept fidgety kids busy, but they weren’t loud and they are more easy to maneuver while doing something else (reading, writing, etc). Image result for tangle toys

     

    Pencil fidgets:There are so many pencils on the market today and to add to the list are pencils with screws on them. This allows students to twist the screws and what not to focus more. You can make your own using washers, bolts, etc., but be warned, the metal is louder than these plastic ones. Image result for pencil fidget

    Pipe Cleaners/beads: Get some pipe cleaners and small beads. Have students move the beads around, string the beads, make shapes with pipe cleaners, the list is endless!

    Stress balls: There are so many ways to make these and it is super cheap! Basically all you need is a balloon and sand, flour, rice, beans, etc to place in the balloon. The different items create different textures.

    Desk bands: You can purchase these online (search for bouncy bands too), but they are also easy to make for those kids who constantly have to move their feet. Wrap a piece of cut cloth, a scarf, resistant band, etc around the base of the student’s chair. They then place their legs in it and can move around their legs without fear of tipping over.

    Hand squeezers: similar to stress balls, hand squeezers can relieve stress and be made from a multitude of things! One of the most cost effective ways is to get a pool noodle and cut it into to small pieces. You then have tons of hand squeezers!

     

     

    Chances are that there will still be some kids who see others using these tools that will then have the desire to use them too. There are MANY ways to diminish this. I once had a class of 28 with a huge range of personalities, skills, and behavioral issues. First things first, acknowledge that yes, there are kids who DO need special tools and different strategies to be successful in school. To deny them those things just for fear of other kiddos being jealous is not good.

    Talk to kids and their parents as soon as something comes up. I had a kiddo who was brilliant, but suffered from anxiety that rivaled some adults. He would occasionally have to leave the room to calm down, but this was after he told me he has a code he says when he needs to calm down. This helped me understand this was not a ploy to get out of the classroom, but his method of calming down in a manner that wouldn’t disrupt the other kids.

    Find out which of your students NEEDS the extra help to focus, decrease anxiety,etc. Then establish rules for how they will relieve their stress or focus better. If you and the student are on the same page, their should not be problems. As far as the rest of the class goes, a lesson in fairness may help them realize that some kids need things others don’t. In this crazy class of 28, whenever someone walked over to me whispering the “code” and then leaving, or placing the calm down jar on their desk, the others didn’t bat an eye. And this was second grade!

    I have often had the mentality, “if you can’t beat them, join them”. This can go for fidget spinners. The school year is almost over for a lot of districts, but after a few months, teachers may shudder when they realize that all the fidget spinners in the world DIDN’T magically disappear. Wishful thinking. So prepare for the next school year, by using these things to YOUR benefit.

    How to learn to love fidget spinners.

    After I played around with the fidget spinners I bought for awhile, I had an epiphany…holy crap, these can be used for teaching this…and this…and that! Read on to find out how you can use fidget spinners as a learning tool!

    Fidget spinners are super easy to “hack” into anything, including a tool to teach probability. All you need are stickers and something for students to collect data with. Place different stickers on the ends of the spinner and use something…literally anything, to be an arrow or landing space. Have students estimate the number of times the arrow will land on a given color or space in between the ends. For this I just used an arrow sticker and garage sale price stickers!

    This method can also be used for centers or writing time! If you have a writing center or do daily prompts, this is a fun way for kids to have variety in what they write about. Each color can represent a different writing genre, daily prompt (so you don’t have to read 25+ of the same thing) or type of writing.Fidget spinners can be used during writing centers to give students options when writing!

    Teaching digit addition or multiplication can be even more fun now with fidget spinners. For a quick and easy center, simply write 3 numbers on the stickers or labels. The kids spin the spinner and either add or multiply two numbers. This can be used as a race. Set a timer and see how many different equations they can create in a set amount of time. Have an extra surplus of these things? Have them spin TWO spinners for even more variation! Integrating a Scoot game can also be used. This will get kids moving, improving math skills, and allow them to use fidget spinners in a better way.

     

    See that picture below that involves a fidget spinner and pencil? Yes, I know what you are thinking, “Shawna, how crazy do you think I am?! I am trying to get the kids not to do this.” I get it, I really do. This had me thinking, is this a ninja star weapon or useful tool?  After popping off the little middle things and putting it on a pencil, it was just a toy that served no purpose, and writing, yeah, that wasn’t going to happen. I wanted to see how this could actually be beneficial.DIY pencil fidget topper.

    Earlier in this post I mentioned pencil fidgets. This is almost a similar thing, but much cheaper. To make a pencil spinner get a rubber band and wrap it around several times below the metal eraser part, then plop the fidget spinner on the top. This makes a pencil weight/ fidget pencil. Make sure to go over rules with students, such as no flinging the pencil around. You can also put an additional rubber band on the top of the fidget spinner. This allows it to still spin and, but not fly off.

    DIY fidget spinner pencil weight, timer and more!

    Students also have a makeshift timer. I tested this and after giving the spinner a good flick, started my stopwatch. It stopped around 1 minute and 15 seconds! No more having to always bring out several timers for fact practice!

    Hopefully after seeing that fidget spinners can be used for good instead of evil, you will not only go into your classroom with new ways to use them to your benefit, but I am pretty sure you will be the coolest teacher around.

    How to Get Through The Holidays and Winter As A Teacher

    Get tips, resources, ideas and much more with this all in one blog post!

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    December, that magical time of year. When twinkling lights adorn the neighborhood houses. When the joy of giving is spread around and there is that magical feeling is in the air. It is also that time of the year when your students, well face it, go a bit off their rocker. They can feel the winter break coming near and are usually running on 3,000 grams of sugar a day from all the goodies that happen.

    That magical time of year can be pretty stressful for teachers. You want your students to have fun, but not go all Lord of the Flies on you either. As the year goes on, it can become even more hectic. I mean, even after all that glorious winter break, the holidays( New Years, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Groundhog’s Day…etc.) still come in full force. Add in the fact that the 100th Peppermint Mocha Latte you’ve had this season is starting to lose it’s affect.  Here’s a few things I can tell you that worked wonders for me around this time of the year that can ease your sanity and stress!

    Have a themed unit during the months of December and January.  Instead of starting something completely new, brush up on old skills. Depending on the age, diversity of the school, etc. there are many ways you can go with this! Have everything winter themed, Santa themed, penguin themed, etc. Or do mini units on those favorite books for the season. The Polar Express is obviously a great standby, but there are so many other books you can make an entire weeks worth of fun with! Just a few to name: Snowflake Bentley, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Mitten, and The Snowy Day.


    The Elf on the Shelf is like golden classroom management magic. Yes, this creepy, bendable elf actually is magical. How do I know? My class knew Chippy was watching them and their behavior, so despite the increasing antsyness with a class a of 28 seven year olds, they were all on their best behavior that month.

    This brings me to my next little tip. I know how hard it is for some classes around the holidays, and even though this should be a time of fun, students need to be held accountable for their actions.  You don’t have to completely alter your classroom management system, but it doesn’t hurt to throw in a few more rewards related to the season. Each teacher has a different thought on this, but I think class parties should be earned, even if they are going on school wide. Talk to your co-workers and principal to see how you can help each other during this crazy time. One year students who didn’t earn a party stayed with another teacher. They were still able to do some holiday related things, but the bigger party aspects were revoked. I know it may make some teachers feel like a Grinch, but just because it’s the holiday, doesn’t mean the kids should misbehave. It doesn’t hurt to also revamp the classroom management system to make it holiday themed. For example, one day the kids came in to find a letter from our Elf saying that the class library was a mess. I have never seen kids clean so quick. The same can go for rewards. One day Chippy had hidden candy canes around the room because he saw the kids had been good the day before.   

    When Chippy made his appearance, so did this mailbox. We practiced writing letters by writing to Chippy and also used it to write letters to each other and staff to spread kindness.

    Another fun way to incorporate Christmas into the classroom is by making simple changes. I loved adding Christmas lights in the classroom. Not only did it add to the magical feeling, it was actually very calming for after recess to come in and read under the Christmas lights. As I have said before, changing the classroom management system a little bit to reflect the Christmas atmosphere can help. My lovely friend Miss Giraffe has an adorable Christmas Behavior Chart that is a fun and quick way to add some holiday decor into the classroom.

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    One big tip I want to give new teachers, and maybe even veteran teachers. Find out about your students traditions BEFORE planning parties, activities, etc. As a teacher, you will come across many different ethnicities, religions, etc. The fact is, not every student may celebrate Christmas and as a teacher you need to be able to accept that sometimes you may have to change things around so a few students don’t feel left out. Usually parents are good at working with the teacher and are willing to discuss what is acceptable for their kiddo to partake in. One year I asked about taking a class Christmas photo, and every parent said yes. PD_0011I then made them into Christmas cards and they were a hit! Either way, this is the time of the year to show your students you appreciate them! On a final note, USE THOSE Scholastic Book points! I stashed mine and was able to get the entire class books one year. Class Christmas Tree

    Of course, educating those little minds should not be overlooked among all the fun. I have added a couple of December themed items to my store perfect for brushing up on second grade concepts.  My December ELA and Math Second Grade No Prep printables will save a ton of time finding fun holiday themed resources for the month! Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Gingerbread Men, etc. I want to help other teachers save time these are perfect. Just print! No cutting, gluing, or colored ink!

    December Second Grade ELA and Math No Prep Printables

    There are tons of no prep goodies in this unit! Here are just SOME of the pages in action.

    Practice subtracting two digit numbers with Christmas Code. After solving each of the problems, students fill in letters to solve the riddle. Part of December No Prep Literacy and Math Bundle For Second Grade. Practice subtracting two 2 digit numbers with Christmas Code. After solving each of the equations, students fill in the corresponding letters to solve the riddle.

     Solve addition problems and color if it is odd or even. Some regrouping. Part of December No Prep Literacy and Math Bundle For Second Grade.

    Students will practice adding two 2 digit numbers and then coloring each light bulb according to if the answer is even or odd. There is some regrouping involved in some problems. After solving each equation, students will color the kinara according to the digits place value. This is part of December Literacy and Math No Prep Bundle for Second Grade.

    Have kids practice deciphering even and odd even more with Kwanzaa Candle Color Code. After solving each problem, students will color the kinara according to the digits position and more!

    Missing Moosestakes is a great way for students to practice finding missing addends in equations. This is part of December Literacy and Math No Prep Bundle for Second Grade.

    Missing “Moose”stakes is a fun way for students to find missing addends. This is a great way to also do more practice with fact families. Nutcracker Nouns gives students practice to replace proper nouns with pronouns. After they read each sentence, the change the undounerlined proper noun to a pronoun. This is part of December Literacy and Math No Prep Bundle for Second Grade.

    Nutcracker Nouns is fun practice for students to understand the difference between proper nouns and pronouns. After reading each sentence, they find the underlined word/words and change it from a proper noun to a pronoun.

    Students read each word and then color according to how many syllables are in the word. December Literacy and Math No Prep Bundle for Second Grade.

    Kwanzaa Syllables is a fun page that students can practice their syllables, and have fun coloring! After reading each word, they color the box according to the number of syllables.

     

    If you are looking for more interactive, fun, but still educational, ways to incorporate the holidays in your classroom? My December ELA and Math Centers are a fun way to practice many concepts. Build A Gingerbread House Center is a fun way for students to build their dream gingerbread house AND practice adding money at the same time. Each building item is worth a certain amount, and the object of the center is to find the total for each of the items they choose to have, as well as the house overall total!

    Build a Gingerbread House is a center/activity that will look so good you may have to refrain from eating it. Each student will get to choose items they want to decorate a gingerbread house with. Each item has a different amount and object is to add the totals of each item. Also included are the items needed to actually make their gingerbread houses!

    Present Input and Output Center is a fun and interactive way for students to practice their mental math skills. The object of the center is to match each present (that has two numbers on top, and two on the bottom) with the correct tag showing what was either added or subtracted. Some problems will require regrouping. This center is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle which comes with 11 other centers!

    Present Input and Output is a center for kiddos to practice their practice their mental math skills. The object of the center is to match each present (that has two numbers on top, and two on the bottom) with the correct tag showing what was either added or subtracted. Some problems will require regrouping.Christmas Time Center is a fun center for students to practice matching digital and analog time. This center is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle which comes with 11 other centers!
    Christmas Time is a fun center for students to practice matching digital and analog time.

    Kwanzaa Syllable Sort is a fun and quick center for students to practice syllables. After each word is cut out, students place the word on the correct number of syllables and will eventually form a picture. This center is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle which comes with 11 other centers!

    FREEBIE ALERT! Kwanzaa Syllable Sort is a fun and quick center for students to practice syllables. After each word is cut out, students place the word on the correct number of syllables and will eventually form a pictureChristmas Money Match Center is a fun way for students to practice matching coins and bills with the dollar value. This center is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle!

    Christmas Money Match Center is a fun way for students to practice matching coins and bills with the dollar value.
    Stocking Synonyms Center is a fun way for students to find synonyms for common words. The object of the center is to match each of the stockings with the correct fireplace.
    Stocking Synonyms Center is a fun way for students to practice their synonyms. The object of the center is to match each of the stockings with the correct fireplace.

    Christmas Cookies Array Center is a fun and interactive way for students to practice arrays. This is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle!

    What could be more yummy than Christmas cookies? How about some Christmas cookie arrays? This center is a fun way for kiddos to practice matching arrays and repeated addition.Peppermint Addition and Multiplication Spinners Center is a fun and easy center game for students to practice either adding or multiplying 2 digit numbers.

    Peppermint Spinners is a fun and easy center game for students to practice either adding or multiplying 2 digit numbers.


    Stocking Stuffers Center is a fun and easy center game for students to practice counting coins. Simply print, laminate and cut out! This center is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle!
    Stocking Stuffers is a fun and easy center game for students to practice counting coins.

     

    Nutcracker Nouns Center is a fun and easy center game for students to learn the different types of nouns. Included are common nouns, proper nouns and pronouns. Simply print, laminate and cut out!
    Nutcracker Nouns is a fun and easy center game for students to learn the different types of nouns. Included are common nouns, proper nouns and pronouns.

    Snow Globe Contractions Center is a fun and easy center game for students to learn contractions. Simply print, laminate and cut out! This center is part of a December ELA and Math Center Bundle! Get 12 centers and save big!
    Snow Globe Contractions is a fun and easy center game for students to learn contractions.

     

    After the CRAZINESS of December, there are still a ton of holidays headed teachers way! Also, for many people around the world, winter!  Morning routines honestly go out the window during the cold winter months! I have live in Arizona for almost two decades, but spent my youth in the midwest. I can still remember coming into the classroom and spending soooo much time taking off all those layers!

     

    After moving, I learned to appreciate winter and snow. One of my favorite units I have made is my Winter Unit. Sledding, making snowmen,  having snowball fights….oh how I miss it! I wanted to relive my childhood and basically lived vicariously through my winter unit. Just like most of my units, this one is geared towards second grade and is no prepWinter No Prep Bundle or Second Grade is full of no prep printables for the season! This includes both my math and literacy winter packs!In the unit there are a ton of no prep pages perfect for the entire season! Just like the December Unit, this is is no prep! Just print! It can be used for morning work, homework, early finishers work and more!. 

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    One thing that has always been synonymous with December and the holiday season for me, is writing. Think about it. As kids we write letters to Santa asking for a new Barbie, toy car, or whatever else. Then as we get older the act of writing become more rote. We write grocery lists for those holiday parties, to do lists for those tedious winter lessons (that have to be fun and educational), and Christmas cards. Writing can seem like a chore, especially in this day in age when everything is becoming digital. It has always been a goal to instill a love of writing in students. To keep writing fun I have found a little thing called craftivity. You would be surprised how often I have to explain what a craftivity is. It basically is what it sounds like, a craft with an activity. This activity can be a writing activity, math activity, etc. The point is to make writing FUN! The winter holidays is the perfect time to squeeze in some fun writing craftivities!

    A perfect craftivity for these winter months is Build A Snowman Writing and Craftivity. This huge pack is jammed full of different options of writing formats. Included are over 20 different winter themed writing papers, with four prompts. Each comes in different formats suitable for both younger and older grades. If you are looking for more of an interactive method, this also comes with templates to actually “build” a snowman. Each part of the snowman is actually a flap that reveals students writing underneath. There are many different options to accessorize the snowmen!

    Snowman Writing is a fun way to display your kiddos writing during the winter months! In this product are writing papers to go along with a snowman. If you are looking for more of an interactive writing activity, this is ALSO included! Directions are included on how to create and interactive snowman.

    Snowman Writing is a fun way to display your kiddos writing during the winter months! In this product are writing papers to go along with a snowman. If you are looking for more of an interactive writing activity, this is ALSO included! Directions are included on how to create and interactive snowman.

    Snowman Writing is a fun way to display your kiddos writing during the winter months! In this product are writing papers to go along with a snowman. If you are looking for more of an interactive writing activity, this is ALSO included! Directions are included on how to create and interactive snowman.

    Another fun way to use these snowmen is first read the book Snowmen At Night and then have students write about what they think would happen if snowmen come alive at night!

    Of course, the winter season would not be complete without winter centers! Before spring time hits is the time when most teachers are brushing up on skills and concepts usually on standardized tests. Teaching those common skills doesn’t have to be boring! Having centers is a great way for kids to practice concepts such as categorizing parts of speech, or finding which sentences are complete or not.

    All my winter centers are sold either individually or as a bundle.

    Snowman Place Value Center is a fun and interactive way for students to practice matching numbers with their numerical form, expanded form and written form. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Centers Bundle for Second Grade.

    Snowman Place Value students build a snowman by matching the parts of a snowman that has numbers in numerical form, expanded form and written form.

    Dollar Deal! Snowball Complete and Incomplete Sentences Center is a fun and interactive way for students to practice recognizing complete and incomplete sentences. The object of the center is to place each snowball in the correct pail. Then students will make five of the incomplete sentences complete with the recording sheet.

    Snowball Complete and Incomplete Sentences has students read each sentence and decide if it is a complete or incomplete sentence. They then place the snowballs in the correct pail then rewrite five incomplete sentence to make them complete.

    Solve equations with up to three digits and place in the correct pail based on if the answer is even or odd. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Centers Bundle for Second Grade.

    Snowball Even and Odd has students solve equations with up to three digits and place in the correct pail based on if the answer is even or odd.

    Match each broken ice patch to create a contraction. Then match with the ice skate with the correct contraction. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    With Skate Around the Contractions students match each broken ice patch to create a contraction. Then match with the ice skate with the correct contraction.

    This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    This adorable center Penguin Synonyms and Antonyms matches each penguin with the correct hat that contains the antonym and ice patch that has the matching synonym.

    Match each penguin to the correct ice patch with the part of speech it belongs to. Covers nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    Can you tell I love penguins!? Penguin Parts of Speech has 80 different penguins that match with a ice patch that is either a noun, verb, adjective or adverb.

    Match a pair of mittens that contain two different definitions with the correct word. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    Homonyms (or multiple meaning words) can be tricky to teach, but don’t have to be with Multiple Meaning Mittens. Students match each mitten with a definition to the correct basket. There are directions included to make this center even MORE hands on!

    Match a pair of mittens that contain two different definitions with the correct word.

    Match a mitten with the coins/bills to the mitten with the numerical value. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    Money Mittens is a fun and quick center where students match a mitten with the coins/bills to the mitten with the numerical value.

    Match the hot chocolate mug with an analog clock on it to the marshmallow with the correct digital or written time. Has times for every 5 minutes and covers half past, quarter past, quarter to and o'clock. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    One of the best things about winter is being able to come in from the cold and get a cup of hot chocolate! Bring the warmth and tastiness into the classroom, while teaching time, with Hot Chocolate Time. Each mug contains an analog clock on it and matches with up to 2 marshmallows written in digital or written time! Contains times for every five minutes!Match each igloo containing a number with the equation on the ice patch where the number will fit. This center is part of a Winter Literacy and Math Center Bundle which comes with 9 other centers!

    Arctic Addends is a fun center for students to practice finding missing addends. They match each igloo containing a number with the equation on the ice patch where the number will fit.

    Teachers are super busy between October-January that even  I am sure many wonder why they have pumpkins still displayed when it’s snowing! Designing bulletin boards doesn’t have to be tedious as long as you see what can be used for more than one month. For example, sure that Christmas tree display will look great the three weeks you are actually in school, but what about after? Keep it simple and focus on the season, rather than a certain holiday.

    An easy bulletin board to do is make a winter snowscape. I had a MASSIVE amount of wall space outside one classroom and the kids turned the area around the door into an entire snow scene. They made snowflakes and drew themselves skiing, making snowmen, etc. Sorry the pictures aren’t the greatest!

    Winter snow scene door.

    Another REALLLY easy board to make involved foam snowflakes and kids pictures….that’s it! No Two Alike: winter bulletin board.

    Grab some foam large snowflakes by clicking below.

    One of my favorite bulletin boards was this one with a fun looking fireplace! Each kiddo picked on of their favorite books and write a brief summary and drew a picture. Warm up with a good book bulletin board.

    All you need to make this board are paper towel or toilet paper rolls for logs, and white paper folding in half and glued to construction paper. To make flames, just use large pieces of construction paper or butcher paper. Many teacher or craft stores have brick bulletin board paper, but  if for some reason you can’t find it, or don’t want to trek out in the snow, Amazon has it!

    The one piece of advice I can not stress enough, have fun and work smarter, not harder. The holiday season can be fun, yet also educational for students.

    Everything mentioned in this post is also available in my Winter and Holidays Bundle for Second Grade. This includes EVERY one of my resources on this page, plus tons more! It is is JAM PACKED with printables for December, winter, January and February! This includes over 200 pages of no prep pages, 12 December Centers, 10 Winter centers and two winter craftivities! Cover parts of speech, time, missing addends, main idea, fractions, regrouping and SO MUCH MORE!

    Winter and Holidays Bundle for Second Grade is JAM PACKED with printables for December, January and February! This includes over 200 pages of no prep pages, 12 December Centers, 10 Winter centers and two winter craftivities! Cover parts of speech, time, missing addends, main idea, fractions, regrouping and SO MUCH MORE! This bundle is geared towards second graders, but can also be used for talented first graders or third graders who may be struggling a bit. This MEGA Bundle will save you HUGE!

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    Fall Season Books, Ideas, and Resources

    Check out 20 books for the entire fall season. Also includes tons of ideas and resources for Grandparent's Day, Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving! Plan your entire fall in one post!

    Disclosure: Links to the books mentioned in this post are Amazon affiliate links, meaning if you make a purchase on Amazon after clicking on a link/photo, I get a reimbursement.

     

    Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It is that time of yearn that is filled with leaves, costumes, food, cooler weather. It is also when everything becomes pumpkin spice latte flavored. Seriously…overnight. Living in Arizona for almost two decades I have come to realize that full fledged fall is not in the cards. That doesn’t mean I still don’t like to celebrate it the instant that the temperature goes below 100 degrees! It is only mid September and the amount of times that I have already watched Hocus Pocus is insane. I absolutely love everything fall related, and there is SO much stuff that happens in fall that can be covered in the classroom. In this post you will find 20 Books for Fall, ideas for holidays and much more!

     

    One of my favorite days is Grandparent’s Day which is usually early in September. Growing up, I was very close with my grandpa and loved visits to their house. He has since passed on, but I still celebrate and cherish the time we did have. Grandparent’s Day is an amazing way for students to learn about the past. There are so many great ways to celebrate this day. If your school has an actual grandparent’s day, be sure to know in advance who is coming. Often, not everyone has a grandparent to do activities with in the classroom. It’s good to plan for this and make small groups of kids with grandparents who are able to make it.

    One fun activity to do is have the kids write/draw what they think they will look like when they get older! You can also have students interview the grandparents and have them “present” the grandparent to the rest of the class. With older students, discussing events that they are learning about and talking with someone who has lived through it would be an amazing lesson.  For grandparents’s day, one of my favorite things to do is get pictures of old appliances, machines, electronics, etc. and have the kids guess what it is! Reading the responses on them were hilarious! A floppy disk was thought to be a battery, fire alarm or game station! This made me feel old!
    Grandparent's day activity. Bring in pictures of old devices and have the kids guess what it is!

    Another way to make grandparent’s feel welcome is to have them pick out a favorite children’s book to read to the class. If you would rather have books about grandparent’s, read by grandparent’s, fear not! Below are some really great ones to incorporate for Grandparent’s Day.

    One cute series is “How to Babysit A Grandpa” and “How to Babysit a Grandma”. These two books go in the mind of a young kid and what would happen if the roles were reversed and they were the babysitter! This book is pretty short and would be great for younger children.

    How to Babysit A Grandpa by Jean Reagan

    How to Babysit A Grandma by Jean Reagan

    Song and Dance Man by Alfred A. Knopf

    Hearing about a person’s past is super fun and interesting and draws similarities between youth and elderly. Growing up I loved to sing and dance! As I got older I learned that I had inherited this love from both of my parents (who acted in plays, sang, etc) as well my grandma who was an assistant ballet teacher.  “Song and Dance Man” is a fun way for kids to see that their grandparent may have a hidden talent or special skill they weren’t aware of!  A fun way to incorporate this book into Grandparent’s Day is to talk to grandparent’s prior to the special day to see if they have any talents they would be willing to share. Can you imagine the look on your student’s faces if they saw grandpa tap dancing?!

    Abuela by Arthur Dorros

    Abuela is a fun an engaging read. In it, a young girl and her grandma (abuela) take an imaginative journey over New York City. What is great about this book is that it weaves in Spanish phrases too. This allows students to also learn about different nationalities. Abuela would be a great way for older kids to explore their heritage and research what grandma and grandpa are in other languages! As a kid I never realized my great grandparent’s names actually weren’t Nonna, Nonno, Busia and Dziadek( which I pronounces Jaw Jaw).

    One of my FAVORITE children’s book authors is Patricia Polacco. Her books touch on some very hard subjects at times, but she always manages to weave in lyrical storytelling. Many of her books are actually about her when she was younger and her grandma. With each book is a different lesson. Some are about overcoming fear, dealing with racism, family time, and so much more. As I said, many of her books do deal with tough subjects, so these are probably best for older children.  These are some of my favorite Patricia Polacco books that are great for grandparent’s day.

    Thunder Cake

    Chicken Sunday

    When Lightning Comes in A Jar

    Babushka’s Doll

     

    One final way to essentially have two lessons in one, is to celebrate Labor Day and Grandparent’s Day in one! Have grandparent’s discuss what they did/do for a living. If you choose to keep Labor Day separate, a great way to have kids celebrate it is of course by discovering what they want to be when they grow up! I absolutely love hearing what kids want to be when they grow up! One year I had each student write on a whiteboard, or you can use mini chalkboards, what they wanted to be when they grew up. Then I created a collage of all the pictures and shared with the parents.Create a collage about what you students want to be when they grow up. Great for goal setting and back to school!

    Having students write about what they want to be is a great way to do a lesson on goals. For older students, they can discuss steps they would take to achieve that goal and why they want to do that specific career. Labor Day is also a way to have students practice letter writing. They can write to community service members to show their appreciation for what they do.Have students write a letter to a member of the community thanking them for what they do! Perfect for Labor Day, career day and much more!

    These printables are included in my Second Grade Fall No Prep Unit.

    After September comes October, which means Halloween! As a kid I LOVED Halloween. I have dressed up pretty much every Halloween no matter what. Most of the time I was Dorothy…or a Care Bear ha. Halloween

     

    Halloween has always played a big part of my career as a teacher, because it’s my second favorite holiday. I ran my schools fall festival for three years and would even hand make invites to the event! I loved planning it and the outcome was always pretty awesome. However, when it came time to plan a party in my own classroom I was stumped! I was a little “Halloweened” out by then and planning stuff for in the classroom was actually a lot harder.

    I often taught at schools with a very diverse population. We had many students who didn’t celebrate Halloween, or kids who couldn’t afford costumes. The schools had an annual Halloween parade and some years, every student would dress up, while other years, only half could afford a new costume. I didn’t want any kiddos to miss out on having fun at a class party, so I did what every person who secretly wishes they were an event planner does, I made a theme! Creating a theme makes the day so much easier to plan for instead of trying to think of a multitude of ideas. Instead of having a hodge podge of different things….focus on a theme!

    One year my kids were in love with Harry Potter, despite never reading the books. I threw a Holiday at Hogwarts party in lieu of a Halloween party because I too love HP. The kiddos still had the option to dress up, but this way, those who couldn’t wouldn’t feel left out. We made wands using wooden dowels and ribbons. I also brought a witch/wizard hat and the kids took turns wearing it while reading Halloween related books to the class. Obviously Harry Potter is still not totally accepted by everyone, so get approval for this prior to doing it.537818_106644882870526_335690968_n

     

    Halloween is sometimes a way for schools to have fun, but without going full Halloween mode. Some schools prefer to have themes which is also a great way for kids to dress up, but has less chance of someone coming to school dressed to the point of gross!

    Dress like a book character

    Have kiddos dress as their favorite book character. Ask parent volunteers to make or buy items related to books. The ideas are ENDLESS. You can have the kids recreate the book covers from where the character is from. Set up a photo booth type area and take pictures of students dressed as their favorite character with their books. This could also be a great day to have read aloud’s from the kids! Have them read their favorite booksto either the class or buddies in a younger classroom! Just make sure to specify clear rules about dress, as you probably don’t want Captain Underpants playing on the playground.

    Food and candy is typically a given for Halloween parties, or any party for that matter, but with food restrictions, allergies, nutrition, etc. it can be hard to think of food that not only fits to the theme , but also won’t make the kids have a sugar rush. One year I worked in a school that had no limits, and we had two tables full of junk food. So unless you like your kids getting sick from eating too much, don’t make that mistake!Get ideas of healthier foods based on books! Perfect for Book Character Day, Dr. Seuss week, and much more!

    Here are some ideas for healthier alternatives for a book character day.

    One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Goldfish

    The Giving Tree: Apples

    The Stinky Cheese Man: Cheese and crackers

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar: all the different fruits he eats!

    Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs: meatsballs in a crockpot

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit/ Bunnicula: carrots

    Harry Potter: pretzel sticks as wands

     

     

    Little Monsters

    Have students dress in a plain tshirt that parents don’t mind “monsterfying” .  Head to the dollar store, craft store, whatever, and stock up on “monster” items! Think fur, feathers, and googly eyes galore. The day of, make there is plenty of glue, and parent helpers. They can also make monster masks using simple items such as plates and paint.

    A fun activity is to recycle all those empty Kleenex boxes that you have accumulated over the past few months. Have kids create a monster out of the Kleenex box! Use paper scraps for teeth and any other recyclable items. See how creative your kids can get.

    One thing about monsters, is that everyone has their own vision of what a monster may look like! With Monster Mash Up you can integrate writing into a fun activity. Give each student a paper and have them write a really detailed description of what their imaginary monster would look like. When they are finished, have them switch with a classmate. The classmate then uses the writer’s description to draw what the monster would look like! You can also switch it around and have them draw the monster first.

    Pumpkin Party

    Have kids bring orange t-shirts that they can bring to school. Add some fabric markers, felt, glue, and you have yourself a pumpkin shirt decorating party! You can have mini pumpkins for each student, and no need to bring in 20+ volunteers or run around trying to carve all of the pumpkins….just use paint! Even your little learners will love being able to decorate their pumpkins with paint,glitter, and anything else you can think of! Bring a few pumpkins that the kids can share while pulling out the seeds. Bring a crockpot and start roasting those as a treat for later.  And for food…orange everything.

     

    There are several other things you can to do to incorporate pumpkins to make the day educational as well!

    Measure the pumpkins: have students measure pumpkins using string, paperclips linked together, etc. They can also measure the height with unifex cubes!

    Estimation: have students guess how many pumpkin seeds are in one pumpkin.

    Graphing: in small groups, have students graph about many seeds their pumpkins have.

    Writing: there are different things you can have kiddos do to incorporate writing. Have them write a story about a pumpkin coming to life, write a persuasive piece from the pumpkin’s point of view why it shouldn’t be carved, or a how to piece on how to carve a pumpkin.

    Pumpkin parts of speech: have students describe the pumpkin using as many adjectives as possible.Have students practice organizing words by their parts of speech. This page is included in a Fall No Prep Unit for Second Grade!

    If you are looking for some no prep alternatives for a pumpkin party, these pumpkin themed printables are  a part of my Second Grade Fall No Prep Unit.

    Pumpkin themed printables perfect for a pumpkin themed classroom party.

    Sometimes schools choose to not celebrate Halloween at all, although you can try and squeeze in some Halloween fun. Ask your principal first about reading Halloween themed books in lieu of having a party. These are some fun Halloween books for the classroom!

    Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins

    This quick little book is great for early learns. Along with Sam, students can count along as she puts more and more pumpkins in her wagon.

    The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

    This is a great book to teach kids that being scared or afraid can be fixed by seeing how to fix what is scary to them. It is also a tale about how scarecrows came to be!

     

    There’s A Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

    True story, when I was younger I “wrote” and illustrated a book titled “A Monster in My Closet”. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized I basically ripped off this book. Obviously I loved the book enough to try and write my own version. In the book a young boy talks about his fear of a monster in  his closet. It then tells how the roles reverse and the monster becomes the scared one!

    There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat by Lucille Calandro

    For some reason, these books about swallowing insects and creatures grosses me out, but kids seem to love them! This is essentially a version of The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, but with a Halloween twist!

    The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg

    Chris Van Allsburg has a knack for taking things, a game, a fig, and now a broom, and creating a lyrical story. The Widow’s Broom is best for older student’s but still has some Halloween air to it. In the book, a widow comes across a broom left by a witch and soon discovers its powers.

     

    The Bailey School Kids

    Oh my goodness, if there is ever a series that would be perfect for Halloween, and even year round, it would be the Bailey School Kids. This is a chapter book series about a school where each of the staff members if thought to actually be a monster of some sort! Any one of them would make a great read aloud for the month of October. You could even have kids read a different book in small groups and do a project on the fictional character in the book!

    The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain

    Berenstain Bear’s books are a classic and are loved by many generations. In this book Brother and Sister Bear are going trick or treating for the first time. However, the night turns into a lesson of right and wrong.

    One thing to do in fall is to create scarecrows! This can pretty much be anytime during the fall season. Having kids make a scarecrow doesn’t have to be a big chore! I have made a simple Scarecrow Craftivity that also includes writing prompts for the fall season! One thing I didn’t always like about craftivities was all the little pieces! I have made this scarecrow craft easy to use and it can involve little to no prep! You can either print the pieces on colored paper or have students color it in!Scarecrow Craft and Writing is a fun and cute way for students to get into the fall mode! Using either white paper or colored paper, a cute Scarecrow will come to life!

     

    If you are looking for another way to incorporate writing into fall, writing haikus is a great way to teach parts of speech and have kids focus on writing using their senses. Check out my Fall Haiku Display pack. Easily create a beautiful fall display using any of the templates included.Teach kids to write haikus with a fun fall theme haiku pack! Fall Haiku pack includes everything you need for teaching haikus and creating fall themed displays. • Adjective Planning Page • Planning and rough draft page •18 different fall themed haiku display templates. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Haiku-Pack-2082863

    Centers are another fun and educational way to incorporate some fun during this season! A multitude of concepts can be taught and practiced during Halloween!

    Practicing synonyms and antonyms doesn’t have to be boring, but can be fun, and tasty. (Although I don’t encourage eating the center). Candy Corn Synonyms and Antonyms is a fun little center that can be done individually or in small groups. This is also a great way to enhance kid’s vocabularies!

    Dollar deal! This synonyms and antonyms center uses candy corn for a fun Halloween themed center for students to practice their synonyms and antonyms. This comes with 2 pages of candy corns.

     

    Writing can be a hard concept for kids to grasp, and sentences are either too long or too short. Help them identify the difference between a complete and incomplete sentence with Cauldron Complete Sentences. To set up this center, all you need to do is glue the two included cauldrons to file folders. Then, using the sentence strips, the organize them by complete and incomplete. For added practice, they can turn the incomplete sentences into complete sentences using the printable.

    Cauldron Sentences is a fun and quick game for students to practice their knowledge of complete and incomplete sentences. This comes with 2 cauldrons, sentence strips and a recording sheet.

    Another language arts center that would be fun for Halloween is Candy Contractions. This center is super simple! All student’s need to do is match the candy pieces to make a contraction. For more practice, they can write a sentence using each of the new contractions.Candy Contractions Center Game is a fun and quick game for students to practice their contractions. This comes with 2 pages of words to form contractions and a recording sheet!

     

    Math is not to be neglected on Halloween, as there are TONS of ways to include certain concepts with Halloween. Adding two digit numbers is a big concept for students to tackle in second grade! Spider Spinners is meant to be used individually or in small groups(up to 8). To play the game, all you have to do is have students insert the tip of their pencil into a paperclip. They spin the spinner two times to make an equation and then solve. The variety of numbers allows for students to practice adding doubles, regrouping and more!Spider Spinners is a fun and quick game for students to practice their 2 digit addition. This comes with 8 different spinners and a recording sheet!

     

     

    After a massive sugar rush and teachers drinking a keg of caffeine to get through Halloween, we now are in the month of thanks!

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    I love holidays. Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Fourth of July…etc. However, I never fully got into Thanksgiving as much as I did the other holidays. All politics/history aside, I think Thanksgiving never really struck my fancy because I struggled with all the elements involved in it.

    As a kid I was the one who had a hard time tracing their own hand to make a turkey. Even when I stopped using the tracing my hand technique, my turkey still looked a little…wonky.12233388_10105625055989601_680831351_n

     

    My past has been filled with big Thanksgiving dinners and those are always nice, yet as I got older the question “When are you hosting Thanksgiving” started to arise. No thank you! If I host Thanksgiving everyone will get microwaved bacon, toast, and maybe some non-burnt cookies…if they are lucky! Needless to say, I can’t cook. Trust me, I try. Another thing that ruffles my turkey feathers about Thanksgiving is the thankful posts that flood social media over the course of the month. I personally think you should be thankful…year round!

    Turkey’s are pretty much the symbol of Thanksgiving and turkey crafts are bound to be made in younger grades. As seen in the previous picture, I was never good at tracing my hand to make a turkey so I created something that will have kids making a turkey with ease! My Turkey Writing craft comes with everything you need to make a turkey, as well as writing prompts and an acrostic writing page.
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    The month of November can be pretty crazy in all honesty! It’s smack dab in the middle of Halloween and Christmas, the two holidays kids usually lose their smackers for! Keep it simple during November for yourself! If you are looking for a way to incorporate Thanksgiving into the classroom with little prep, then check out my Thanksgiving Mini Unit. All the printables included are also in my Second Grade Fall No Prep Unit. 12233388_10105625055989601_680831351_n

    All you have to do is print! You can also easily make Thanksgiving educational with fun centers.

    One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the pie! I don’t have a particular favorite ( I like them all), but pies are also a great way to involve learning. One day, prior to Thanksgiving, I was craving pie. Rather than give into my cravings, I created Parts of Speech Pie….much better for a diet. To play, students match the pie pieces to the plate with the correct part of speech.Parts of Speech Pie Center Game is a fun and quick game for students to practice their parts of speech. This comes with 3 plates and 3 pies.

    If you are looking to also have math incorporated during Thanksgiving, look no feather…further.

    Turkey Time is a quick center that gives students the practice they need to master telling time. To play the simply match the analog clock with the correct digital time! This is a super easy center to put together and will have your kids understand time…in no time!Turkey Time Center Game is a fun and quick game for students to practice matching analog and digital time. This comes with 8 pages of times written in both analog and digital time.

    I LOVE spinner games! They are so easy to make, all you need is a pencil and paperclip! Turkey Spinner is a center that can be used for either addition of multiplication practice! It includes numbers 0 to 12 and comes with 54 different spinners for endless equations!Turkey Addition and Multiplication Spinner Center is perfect for practicing either multiplication or addition! This includes numbers 0-12. Included is: • One sample worksheet with spinner on it • One addition recording sheet • One multiplication recording sheet • 9 pages of spinners (6 different spinners on each page)

     

    Of course, reading Thanksgiving themed books is another great way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the younger classrooms.  These are just some of my favorites!

     

    Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

    Arthur books are a beloved favorite for kids of all ages, and adults! In this book Arthur is picked to direct the class Thanksgiving play. The only problem is, all his friends want to be the star and no one wants to be the turkey!

    Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean and Kimberly Dean

    As a self proclaimed cat lady, anything involving cats is top in my book! Join everyone’s favorite cat in a story also involving a Thanksgiving play! This is a flap book and is a super cute way to also teach about the pilgrims!

    10 Fat Turkey’s by Tony Johnston and Rich Deas

    All irony aside, this funny book is a great way to get in Thanksgiving mode AND have young kids practice counting backwards from ten.

    Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dave Pilkey

    In the spirit of Twas The Night Before Christmas, this is a fun spin on the classic tale. In it a class goes on a special field trip before Thanksgiving.

    Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

    Magic Treehouse came about several years ago and took the world by storm! Each book immerses the reader’s into true events told through the eyes of two kids who travel there with their magic treehouse. Thanksgiving on Thursday is one of the most well-known Magic TreeHouse Books. In this book Jack and Annie travel back in time for the first Thanksgiving! This is a GREAT read aloud for Thanksgiving. It could also be read in small groups.

     

    If you made it through this entire post, you will now have TONS of books, ideas, and resources to get you through the ENTIRE fall season. During these crazy months, it can be hard to prep for all of these holidays. I have bundled all of my fall resources into one fall-tastic bundle that will save you lots of prep time! It includes over 90 no prep printables for fall, 18 centers and three writing craftsIf you are looking for a one stop fall shop, look no further! This Second Grade Fall Mega Bundle has it all! Over 80 no prep ELA and Math printables, 18 centers, a fall haiku pack AND two writing crafts! Save a bundle and be completely set for all of the fall season! Covers fall, apples, labor day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and much more! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Mega-Bundle-for-Second-Grade-2139355

     

    Happy fall y’all!

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