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Expecting my first baby and on bed rest!

So I had a preterm labor scare last week! He's my first baby and I was extremely worried. My doctor put me on bed rest, so I could relax and keep the baby calm. Problem is, it's hard to relax! :) So, I have been keeping myself busy with updating my lesson plans and keeping up with the Common Core changes. I have uploaded so many things to my TpT store and I have enjoyed having this extra time at home to catch up on my love of teaching, planning, and making learning fun. I am trying to take advantage of this time before my baby arrives, since I know he will take up ALL of my time as I learn the ropes of motherhood...something else I am SUPER excited about!

Here are some of the things I have been keeping myself busy with...if you have a chance, check out my TpT store!


Ready, Set, PRINT! March

Download this math and literacy printable bundle for a marvelous March!

Simply print and enjoy this 20 page download with your students. 

Included in this download:
*March Calendar
*St. Patrick's Day Bubble Map
*St. Patrick's Day Writing Paper
*Long/Short Vowel Practice
*Antonym Practice
*Punctuation Practice
*Alphabetical Order Practice
*Addition and Subtraction Fact Practice
*Addition with Regrouping Practice
*Subtraction with Borrowing Practice
*Skip Counting Practice
*Time/Clock Practice




Word Detectives! 
Engage your students in this fun, interactive context clues game to reinforce your lesson on context clues.

Students will become detectives around their classroom and solve secret word codes, while debunking definitions by using context clues.

This interactive and creative game will be sure to gain your students' attention. They'll be able to put their knowledge of context clues to use!

Happy teaching and happy word detecting!



Engage your students in story writing with the fun, interactive booklet. Students can use the booklet to record story elements from one of their favorite picture books. Then, students can use the booklet to help them write their own short stories. This is a great way to guide students through the writing process as well as meet CCSS ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5 and CCSS ELA-Literacy.W.2.3.

Student Use
*Make sure your students have the background knowledge of story elements. 
*They can use the first two pages of the booklet to identify story elements of a picture book.
*The rest of the booklet is to help students create their own short stories using what they know about story elements.
*Students can carry this little booklet around with them as they come up with ideas on their short stories.


Send your students to your school library with some Common Core strategies to practice independently! 

These library activities are intended for students to take to the school library or to use in your classroom library independently. 

Make sure students have a strong foundation of the six Common Core State Standards listed on the Common Core Standards page provided. This will enable students to independently complete these activities, strengthening their understanding and execution of these standards.

You can copy these sheets separately, or use the cover page to make a book for your students. Easily add pages as students continue to visit the library during the school year. 

You can assign certain standards, or have students pick standards they wish to practice in the library. 

Give your students the autonomy to meet the CCSS!


Common Core Math Centers
Engage your students with these fun Common Core Math Centers!

Odd or Even?
CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.C.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Use this center to help your students practice their understanding of odd and even numbers. This is a fun sorting activity that will keep your kiddos engaged and learning!

Elephant in the Room (Addition and Subtraction)
CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.B.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
This is a fun memory game to help your students practice their addition and subtraction facts through 20! But…they have to watch out for the elephant in the room!

Three Digit Dance
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.1 Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. 
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
Students can practice their understanding of 3 digit numbers written in a variety of ways by using the fabulous sorting activity.

Roll and Compare
CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.4 Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
Students can use dice and their knowledge to compare two three-digit numbers, while practicing their base ten number skills.

Draw the Shape
CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
Students can practice their drawing skills and listening skills to see if they have what it takes to draw the shape.


I will keep you posted on my baby's arrival. Until then, it's nesting and updating my TpT store!

Happy Teaching and Happy March!


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