I'm back!  Sorry for the M.I.A.!!!  I have been swamped with the usual and getting ready for our Harvest Festival fundraiser.  One more week of that and I can hopefully breathe again!

I wanted to share a few things we have been doing in our classroom over the past few weeks.  I feel so behind!

We had our open house and we had these super cute sneaky e guys to greet the parents.  We also made the All About Me Bagpacks.  Of course, I forgot to get a pic of those.

I love this idea using the first letter of each student's name to practice place value.  I think Rayann found it on Pinterest.

I introduced story structure to my little ones.  This is the anchor chart we made to go along with one of the short stories from our reading series.

These posters came from my Story Structure Unit.

We are loving this vocabulary game from Mrs. Bainbridge.  We recorded it in a flap book after we put our vocabulary words in order on the front flaps.

The kids are loving Brown Bag Book Club.  We made these main idea hands to put on our bags of popcorn.  They discussed the weekly story and the main idea before the assessment.

You must check this book out!  Rayann introduced me to it.  It is great for teaching math problem solving strategies!

Here is a freebie from my Sneaky E With the Vowel O Word Work Packet.
Click *{HERE}* to grab a copy.

I just posted my latest word work unit tonight to accompany A Tiny Seed.

Off to bed to get ready for a busy day.  I am on the decorating committee for our Harvest Festival.  I can't way to show you pics!  We are going with an Enchanted Forest theme.  It's on Friday night, so I will post pics next week.  Have a great week, friends!

Can I just tell you how much I love these 2nd graders?!  We have the best little group this year!  They do love to tattle, however.  So, we have had to learn what it means to tattle and when it is okay to tell the teacher.  Here is the cute tattle song we use to teach them.

I started making word work units last year to accompany our Treasures stories.  I wanted them to be skill focused and to be aligned with the Children's Progress testing we were taking then.  This week I am offering you the sneaky e with the vowel o ABC order word work component of the packet for FREE.  So go and download it!  It contains an ABC order activity for 5 short o words, 5 long o words, 2 review words, and 3 challenge words.  I use these as my spelling words.  But they would go with any reading series as a supplement for practicing the skill.  

The anniversary of September 11th is coming up this next week.  It is very difficult to teach this to our younger students.  I like to read the book September 12th: We Knew Everything Would Be Alright.  

I also like the Reading Rainbow episode that covers it.  I view it through our Learn 360 subscription.  I looked it up on You Tube and found the music video from the episode.  You hopefully can find the entire episode through another site.

We also make these little firefighters to thank firefighters everywhere for the job they do everyday.  You can find the template in my TPT store.

You can visit Erica's blog for more links to activities to remember September 11th.  We will never forget...
I just wanted to stop by to share some great videos we've been using this past week.  We're learning all about sneaky e and these two are crowd favorites!

We have also started our place value unit.  The first one is for you, the teacher.  It's a fun way to get the kids excited about place value.

This one is just a really cute song!

By the way, the word work for Meet Rosina is up.  The focus for the story is short and long i.

Happy Labor Day!!  Enjoy your day off!!!