Freebie Preview of my Halloween Themed Place Value Activity Pack

Hi everyone ! I made up a packet to help my second graders practice the CCSS 2.NBT.2 and 2.NBT.4 on place value. It's over at my Teachers Notebook shop here and my Teachers Pay Teachers store here- but I have a freebie for you from it! It's one of the fun cut and paste activities for children to practice comparing numbers! Click on the images below to get it from My Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Don't forget about the giveaway - Teaching Resources for the Classroom and I are giving away a $50 Amazon and $50 Target gift card. Head to the end of this post to enter with rafflecopter!

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These Teachers will Treat you... with a $50 Amazon and $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway

My bloggy buddy Sarah from Teaching Resources for the Classroom and I are running a fun gift card giveaway! As a thank you to our hardworking teacher readers, we have a giveaway where you can win a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 Target gift card ! It's easy to enter just check out the rafflecopter below. Many of you are already following our blogs so that's two easy entries! (thanks to Thistle Girl Designs for the clip art and Kyp McLaren for the border)

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And.. here is my Five for Friday, I have linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching who hosts this great linky!Click on the image to head to her blog and see all the other folks who have linked up.

 # 1This was me on Sunday, and then Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday; even though I only felt a little better I dragged myself into work on Wednesday. Made it through the day with the kids but could not last through the 3 hour professional development time. I went home, fell asleep and feel better today. Have any of you gotten sick yet this year? I fear it because I got really sick last year and missed 5 days :( of work and some people (not saying who..) complained to the administration about my absences.  I was so upset, I felt bad enough missing days and feeling so sick... I was almost in tears in the office discussing it and asking why a sick teacher cannot stay home and get better.

#2 The Massachusetts teacher evaluation system.. it has totally changed and is very complex although it is better than it was before. I was busy reading pp. 1-65 of a packet of info about it last night. I am still confused about a bunch of things. Eek!

#3 It wouldn't be a 5 for Friday without.... a pic of the pooch. Here's one from the other day. It's hard to be a big dog. Doesn't his head look ginormous?

#4 I was cat sitting this week too and I brought some papers to correct. Here is Jack attempting to prevent me from correcting and pay attention to him.

#5 Hopefully tomorrow I (and the class) will be done will all of the back to school tests and assessments - DIBELS, MAZE, 4 part math test, writing prompt... thank goodness. Sigh of relief! How long did it take you to finish all the beginning of year assessments with your class?

Have a relaxing weekend everyone!

First Full Week of School's Five for Friday

Hey everyone! The first week of school (well , full week) has come to a close and I went home exhausted and with a headache! I fell sound asleep at 7:30 for an hour and feel much better. It was a very challenging day to end the week, but now its time to relax a little (until Sunday when I get back to school work)! So here is my 5 for Friday this week. I linked up again with Doodle bug teaching!

I joined Primary Chalkboard to share "The Best Freebie I ever Created". I decided on my most recent freebie, my Turkey-licious Place Value freebie. Click on the image below to head over to grab it and get the other terrific freebies!

 In the mail the other day I got a fabulous birthday gift from my good friend Jenney! She is such a doll! She knows EXACTLY what I like ! And what did I have after I woke up at 830 pm tonight? A margarita on the rocks with salt! thanks, Jenney!

Getting the year started right with math! My class just did a bunch of fun activities from Mrs. Lemons' Let's Get Started pack, a beginning of the year math pack for second graders. I LOVE everything she comes up with! Here's a shot of a couple of their mathematicians - so cute!

Here's a link to Mrs. Lemons' blog post explaining the activities: click here

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I got an idea from Pinterest to get a class mascot - here is his picture and yes his name is "Mawnster", a pun on my name! The kiddos love him! I got him on Amazon - click here to check him out!

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It has been hot here - I am used to it being REALLY hot in my classroom - like if it is 90 degree outside it will usually get to be above 90 by 3:30 (dismissal time). It is like an oven up there on the second floor. But this year someone in the room requires a/c so I had that crazy room a/c which I thought helped...but with the 22 kids and 2 teachers in the room all day, even with it cranking, this was the situation at lunchtime yesterday:

At dismissal time? 92 degrees in the room with the a/c on. After checking my colleagues rooms, they were about the same. Oh well! Again, I can handle the heat in there as I have been for years - I just feel badly that it is not helping the way it is supposed to. I was gonna say, well, we should be ok until the spring since it is fall in New England but looks like it will be up in the 80s next week so I guess it's a work in progress!

I hope everyone has a restful weekend and see you soon!

Freebie Time - Turkey-Licious Place Value

It's almost Monday, folks! Just in time I finished up a freebie for you. Now,  its a little early for Thanksgiving but you could set this aside. It's a little place value practice that is aligned with the second grade Common Core Standards and its a portion of a longer product. Here's the cute cover. Clicking on it takes you to get it free from Google docs!

I also linked up with Manic Monday and Freebie Friday this week so please click those links and see what other super freebies you can snag!

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Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Giveaway - now introducing.. pink!

**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED! Congrats to the winner, Cathy Lien! Thank you everyone for entering! ** You have probably heard of the spectacular Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener! I am excited to have the chance to give one away to a lucky reader! If you haven't heard of them here are a couple of great reviews: 123 Teach With Me's Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Review I'm Lovin Lit's Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Review Well, if I didn't think that they were great before, now they have come out with a pink sharpener!
So fun! Plus, the pink is for a good cause. The company will be donating $1 from the sale of each Precious Pink sharpener to Cancer Charities and they not that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. How awesome! Anyway, all you have to do is look at the rafflecopter below and there is only one required task to enter. You can earn a few other entries other ways too. The giveaway entries will close on the 7th and I will notify the winner. Once he or she provides their mailing address a sharpener in the color of their choice will be on its way !

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