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balloons over broadway describing connections

Interactive Read Aloud Lessons for second grade are finally in the works!  I wanted to get comfortable being back in second grade again, as well as find a way to share these in a way that would be more beneficial to you and your students.  We have to follow a curriculum guide at our school, which doesn't necessarily match what you are required to do at your school, so I found a solution that will hopefully work best.

I will be releasing each IRA by the focus standard.  Each week has a focus standard that is practiced throughout the week.  Of course, you will be hitting other standards through the questioning during the actual read aloud.  

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balloons over broadway describing connections

First up is Balloons Over Broadway, covering RI 2.3 and 2.RI.KID.3 if you are in Tennessee.  

RI 2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

2.RI.KID.3  Describe the connections between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in a process in a text.

balloons over broadway describing connections

For storage of these materials, I use these plastic folders with pockets inside.  I just print the cover of the resource, laminate, and hot glue it to the front of the folder. 

balloons over broadway describing connections

I have included posters for reference covering each component of the standard.  In this IRA, we only hit historical events and steps in a process.  I will create a different IRA for scientific ideas.  I felt it was too much to cover in one week.  Plus, this text really lent itself well to the other two.

There are vocabulary cards for each word that include the word, picture, definition, and a sentence.  You will also find the routine I use to teach vocabulary.

balloons over broadway describing connections

There is a scripted lesson plan for each day of the five-day unit.  I include a mini-lesson, pages to be read, questions to ask during the read aloud, directions for the daily task, and an exit ticket.  I would also show my students some video clips of the parade to build some background knowledge for those who have never watched.  You might also think that your students will get tired of reading the same book all week, but they really don't.  I have found that my students fall more in love with the book the more we read it!  You also don't read the whole book each day.  You only read the pages necessary for the daily task.
balloons over broadway describing connections

I always print my text dependent questions on sticky notes (template included).  

balloons over broadway describing connections

Each day has a daily written task for practice with describing connections.  On day one, students write about the steps in the process of creating one of the inventions from the text.  It's very straightforward and a great start for students with this standard.  On day two, we look for cause and effect relationships which are great for discussing connections.  They will write about it in a Macy's Holiday Window activity.  On days three and four, students will list historical events from the text and describe how they are connected.


balloons over broadway describing connections

On day five, students will design their own parade balloon and list the steps in the process for building their balloon.  They will add it to the cityscape template above.  

There is also always an anchor chart included with directions on printing it poster size.  

balloons over broadway describing connections

Click any of the pics to check out this resource.  Stay tuned for a new Interactive Read Aloud Lesson each week covering second grade reading standards!  As always, thank you so much for reading and supporting my shop!!!  Love you all!

balloons over broadway describing connections





classroom management games

My students absolutely LOVE my Classroom Management Games!  I reached out to you all to find out what behaviors do you want to work on in October and November. You gave me so many great ideas, so I included three extra games in this resource. These games target specific behaviors while positively reinforcing students meeting your expectations.  The games are played as a whole group and end with some sort of reward.  The goal is for your students to correct the behavior and move from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic.  We know that our little ones often times need something to work towards at first, so these games do just that.

I print the games on cardstock and laminate them.  I use Velcro dots to attach the game pieces to the game boards. Let's take a look at each of the games for October and November.

classroom management games

Your focus behavior for this game will be having students helping you or helping others throughout the day, which also includes taking care of and cleaning up the classroom.  When students exhibit that positive behavior, they earn a ghost to go in the haunted house.  Their house will continue to be filled throughout the day.  They have to fill the house by the end of the day.  Once the house is full, they earn a prize.  If they do not fill it by the end of the day, they have to start over the next day.

classroom management games

You will focus on smooth, quiet, and quick transitions with this tic tac toe game.  When students exhibit a smooth transition, they earn a tic tac toe piece.  If it’s not smooth, the teacher earns a tic tac toe piece.  When students get three in a row, they earn a reward.

classroom management games


Blurt BUMP is a game that we always come back to!  When students raise their hand rather than blurting, they earn a game piece to place on the game board.  When they are not meeting expectations, the teacher earns a game piece to place on the game board.  Students can bump you off your spot if they wish.  The first with four in a row wins!  Bump is a favorite in my class!
classroom management games

Spooks vs. Teacher is a students vs. teacher behavior whole group behavior management tool.  Reward students for positive behaviors by giving the spooks’ side of the board a game piece.  For negative behaviors, the teacher side earns a game piece.  At the end of the day or class period, the spooks’ side must exceed the teacher side for a reward!

Up next are my November games.  I should also mention that I include a list of reward ideas that are almost all free and easy to implement.  The reward should not be a burden on you, so I make sure to keep it simple.  
classroom management games

Your focus behavior will be on smooth, quick, and quiet transitions.  When students exhibit that positive behavior, they earn a piece of the pie.  Their pie will continue to be filled throughout the day.  They have to fill the pie by the end of the day.  Once the pie is full, they earn a prize.  If they do not fill it by the end of the day, they have to start over the next day.


classroom management games

Your focus behavior will be on good manners with this game.  When students exhibit that positive behavior, they earn a food item to place on the Thanksgiving table.  Their table will continue to be set throughout the day.  They have to fill the entire table by the end of the day.  Once the table is set, they earn a prize.  If they do not set it by the end of the day, they have to start over the next day.

classroom management games

You will focus on tattling with this game.  When students problem solve using their words, they earn a tic tac toe piece.  If they tattle, the teacher earns a tic tac toe piece.  When students get three in a row, they earn a prize.

classroom management games

When students are showing goodness or kindness, they earn a game piece to place on the game board.  When they are not meeting expectations, the teacher earns a game piece to place on the game board.  Students can bump you off your spot if they wish.  The first with four in a row wins!  This one is great for encouraging kindness!

classroom management games

Turkeys vs. Teacher is a students vs. teacher behavior whole group behavior management tool.  Reward students for positive behaviors by giving the turkey side of the board a game piece.  For negative behaviors, the teacher side earns a game piece.  At the end of the day or class period, the turkey side must exceed the teacher side for a reward! 

These games have made all the difference with my class!  But I have to say that in order for them to work, it's up to you, the teacher, to keep them going.  You do have to keep reminding them of the game and make it competitive.  Stay positive and be an encourager.  You will begin to see your students mirroring those same qualities.  

You can click any of the pics from the post to check out the resource.  I would love to hear how it goes in your classroom!  Please feel free to tag me on Instagram to share how they are going!  

classroom management games










back to school classroom management games

My students absolutely LOVE these Classroom Management Games!  I thought back to the beginning of the year and made a list of some of the most common behaviors that students need help with at the start of school.  It's usually fairly consistent from year to year.  These games target those behaviors while positively reinforcing students meeting your expectations.  These games are played as a whole group and end with some sort of reward.

I print the games on cardstock and laminate them.  I use Velcro dots to attach the game pieces to the game boards. 

back to school classroom management games

The first game focuses on blurting out.  This one is a difficult one at first for students, because they have been at home all summer and aren't as used to waiting to speak or raising their hand.  I used the game of BUMP to work on the blurting issue.  When students blurt out, the teacher gets to add a game piece to the board.  When a student raises their hand or waits their turn to speak, that student gets to add a game piece to the board.  The first with four in a row wins!  Don't forget that you can bump each other off the board!  I have included a list of mostly free prize ideas in the resource.

back to school classroom management games

I think this one is so cute!  It's time to get ON BOARD the ON TASK BUS!  I know it's cheesy, but I love it!  The bus starts out empty.  When the class is on task during an assignment or activity, they get to put a kid on the bus.  When the bus is full, they win an award.

back to school classroom management games

Some years, tattling is a problem, and then other years, it's not.  But sometimes it starts to happen later in the year, so this game (like all the others) might be good to pull out later on in the year, as well.  This is played like traditional Tic Tac Toe.  When students tattle, the teacher gets to add an X to the game board.  When the teacher see students problem solving on their own, they get to add an O to the game board.  The first with three in a row wins!

back to school classroom management games


We talk a lot about making smart choices those first weeks of school.  This is a good vs. poor choices game that will help students think about their choices and the power that they hold.  

back to school classroom management games

It's important to get your students involved in taking care of their classroom.  To encourage picking up after oneself and putting things where they belong, students play this whole group game, Cleanup Showdown.  When you catch a student cleaning up or picking something up for someone else, add a crayon to the bucket.  When the bucket contains all seven crayons, the students win the game.

back to school classroom management games

This last one is great for building community in your classroom.  Choose a focus behavior for the game, such as using kind words, complimenting others, helping friends, etc.  When students are exhibiting that behavior, add a heart game piece to the kind side of the chart.  When someone does something that is not kind, add a heart to the other side.  If the kind side outweighs the not kind side by the end of the day or class period, the class wins the game.

If you are interested in playing these games with your students, click any of the photos to check the resource out.  I am making these for the entire year, so I hope they will help you and your students as your are establishing your classroom community.  I hope you have a great school year!

back to school classroom management games











modern farmhouse classroom decor

For the past three years, I have had a farmhouse classroom theme.  The look was very rustic, so I have decided to do something a little different.  I wanted to update and modernize the farmhouse look, so I decided to design a Modern Farmhouse Classroom Decor resource.  I still love my classic farmhouse, but like I said, I was just ready for something new.  This set includes lots of modern patterns and tile with plants mixed in.  You have the option of including the plants in your decor or not including them.  I realize plants aren't everyone's thing.  Let's take a look at what is included!

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modern farmhouse classroom decor

I am using white shiplap paper for my bulletin board backgrounds.  The Simply Stylish Tile Straight Border is from Carson Dellosa.  It matches the background of some of the pieces almost perfectly!  I have had a few questions about my white shelf.  It's from Target and the desk is from Wayfair.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

I include lots of pendant options in the resource, but this is a little white felt pendant I made.  I just bought sheets of felt and cut out triangles.  I wanted mine to be fabric.  Below the pendant, you will see part of the calendar board.  I also include number of the day pieces.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

I love the binder covers!  All of the backgrounds match the other components of the decor set.  The binder covers and spines are all fully editable.


modern farmhouse classroom decor

I kept the labels the same as in my Modern Play Classroom Decor, but I did add some with plants on them.  There are supply labels and math manipulative labels, as well as editable labels for you to customize to meet your needs.  The pencil cup labels below have a fun hexagon tile on them.  The cups are from Hobby Lobby.

modern farmhouse classroom decor


modern farmhouse classroom decor

I make sure to sort all of my materials for the upcoming week in daily bins.  These bins are from Amazon and the ribbon on the alphabet banner is from Hobby Lobby.  They had several choices with plants on them.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

These canvas bins are so cute!  They are both from Amazon.  The hamper is great for storing anchor charts, and I am going to use the rectangular one for reading buddies or pillows.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

Along with the alphabet banner, you will see the alphabet posters, number posters, and number banner below.  There is also one in cursive.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

The word wall contains all 1,000 Fry words.  This ribbon is, again, from Hobby Lobby.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

Below is one of the motivational posters printed in poster size.  You can read the steps for doing this within the resource.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

There are book bin number labels, A-Z labels, and theme labels, as well as editable versions.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

modern farmhouse classroom decor

The schedule cards are also editable.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

There are four name plate options.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

This is one of the table number labels.  There is another one with no plant.  If you do table caddies, there are labels for those, too.

modern farmhouse classroom decor

Finally, you will find color posters, 2D shape posters, 3D shape posters, lots of student number options, hand signal posters, and more!

modern farmhouse classroom decor

I hope you enjoyed the photos in this post!  I can't wait to show you the decor in my actual classroom!  I still have to paint the walls before I can decorate, but as soon as I am finished, I will give you a tour!  You can check out the Modern Farmhouse Classroom Decor by clicking on any photos in the post.  I hope you all have a great summer!!!

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modern farmhouse classroom decor