Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It! :)

I am so excited to be sharing my Monday Made it this week! I love the idea of quotes around the classroom and on my bookshelf, so I made a couple of different ones so my students will always feel inspired. I am almost ready to move, then after that back to the classroom! I am getting so ready to be back being productive with my days. Maybe that will change after I move in with my best friend, but we will see. So here is a picture of my Monday Made It:

Well I should be cleaning my apartment instead of blogging! Can't wait to see what everyone else posted.

Love from Minnesota,
Meg :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Life is soo crazy right now! :) {A Little about Science in my Classroom}

This week is VERY busy! I am excited for it, but part of me is ready for it to be over. On Tuesday, I am moving out of my apartment, and then I can't move into my move apartment till Wednesday. It is hard though because most of my friends work Monday-Friday jobs, so a BIG thank you to my friends and family who are coming help. Moving stinks. All the cleaning and packing it takes, then you get to the new place and you have to unpack and clean. Hopefully, though by next weekend I will have it all done with. Then on Saturday, one of the Kindergarten teachers at my school is getting married!! :) My co-teacher and I are going to the wedding, and couldn't be more excited about it. At my school, there was 12 staff members engaged this year and like 5-6 staff members married, out of the around 25 of us. A lot of the engagements happened during the school year, too. It was almost every month someone was getting engaged.

I am still working on a couple different units to hopefully post soon, but coming back from Vegas and now moving, I have been away from my computer a lot. One thing I was able to get done was my long range planning guide for Science. My blocks in my day around 1 1/2 hr reading block, 1 1/2 math block, 45 writing, and every other day 45mins of either Science or Social Studies. We decided to switch of Science and Social Studies to give more time to Reading and Writing. Here is what our Science Long Range Planning looks like:

In Minnesota for Second Grade there is not a lot of Science Standards, so we made up a lot of our different units. You can see under each of the units, what standards it is covering. I love teaching Science. When I was going through school it was always one of my favorite subjects, especially physics. It is just so fantasizing to me to figure out how things work. The school I work at is a STEM school, so we have a lot of opportunities for science in the classroom.

I would love to hear about how science works in your classroom! Science is such a great subject for students, and I wish there was more time in schools for teachers to be able to teach it. There are some students, who really struggle in reading and writing, and science just clicks for them. But if they do not have the opportunity to learn about Science they will never know.

Pray for me that I get through this hectic week!

Love from Minnesota,

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I'm BACK! :)

Hi Everyone!

I just got back from Vegas, and was sooo excited to see all my new followers! :) I need to go and follow all of your wonderful blogs now!! :) :) Like I just said, I just got back from Vegas. I went with some of my girlfriends, and we had a fabulous time! There was a lot of firsts for me on this trip. I flew on a plane for the first, I played black jack at a real casino, and I ziplined! There was many other fun things, but those were some of the highlights.  It is just so great that you can meet people from soo many different places. I met people from Montana, Denmark, LA, Kansas, and MANYY more places! It is so great how friendly everyone is!

Well back to teaching, now that I am back, I am working on a ton of new and fun things! I wish I had some things to share, but come back tomorrow and I will! :)

Love from MInnesota,

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Blog Hop!!

Sorry for two posts in one day, but saw this and REALLLY wanted to link up! :)

Thank you to Grade 3 is the Place for ME for starting this!

    1.  what state you are in:: Minneapolis, Minnesota!
    2.  your current teaching position:: I am 2nd grade teacher!

    3.  your teaching experience:: This will be my Second year teaching! :) :)
    4.  when you started blogging:: June 2012
    5.  share a blogging tip / blogging resource:: I don't really have any! I just trying to get it figured out myself! :):)

Thanks for checking me out! I hope you start following! :)

Love from Minnesota,


Off to Vegas Tomorrow! :)

Hi! :)

I am so excited writing this right now! I am going on my FIRST ever plane ride tomorrow to LAS VEGAS! Woop Woop! :) Some of my college girlfriends and I are taking a trip there until Wednesday. :) :) :) :) I will miss my blog and blog stalking while I am gone.

I haven't been too busy this week, but I did make my science yearlong planning guide, so I will share that when I get back! If you have any tips for Vegas, or something I might forget to pack, Let me know!! :)

See you when I get back, and always Love from Minnesota,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Happy Wednesday! :) {FREEBIES}

Hi Blog World!

It was so nice to hear all the wonderful things about my Monday Made Its! :) At the bottom of the post you will links to download both the objective signs and the morning routine posters. Yesterday, I was planning on posting these, but I ended up being super busy! My co-teacher (Stacy, I will use her name to make it easier :)) and another kindergarten teacher decided to meet up and go to Lakeshore and then to school. I laminated SOOO many things, which would be great but I hate cutting it all okay. Can I hear an, AMEN on that! :)

Once we arrived at school we were surprised because half of the staff was there working on there classrooms! It was crazy, no one had talked to each other, but we all showed up on the same day! :) I got some more stuff done in my classroom, but I am not ready to show pictures yet. Then when we were leaving we asked how many 2nd graders there is so far. (I teach at a charter school, so parents have to enroll. It is the second year of our school, also, so it is up in the air how many we will have.) Last year, I bounced between 13-16, and Stacy didn't bounce and had the same 15 the whole year. They were such nice class sizes, but then we found out yesterday there is already 40 2nd graders signed up! OMG! We freaked a little because our neighborhood likes to wait till the last minute to sign up, so OMG! There could be A LOT of 2nd Graders!! EEEKKKKK

That was my panic moment of this post!

So something I am working on is inspirational quotes around the classroom. Here is one I am working on:

Is there any quotes you would like me to make for the classrooms? Let me know!! :)

I was also awarded the versatile blogger award, but I am running late for a breakfast date, so I will do it tomorrow!! :) :)

Here is your freebies: Objectives and Morning Routine

Love from Minnesota,

Meg :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Made It! :)

I have been waiting on weekend for Monday! :) I have been so busy crafting this weekend. My boyfriend came and saw what I was up to, and decided when we are married I will get my own craft room! :)

So the first thing I made was a little door sign!

I think it turned out really cute! Originally it was a welcome sign that I bought at savers, and decided to paint over!

Next, I made some how do we start our day signs. These are just reminders on how our routine looks when we get to school. If you would like me to post the signs on here let me know! :)

I think these turned out very cute! Another thing I made we our objective signs, I saw one teacher used the dry erase sleeves, and I LOVED that I idea. I am sorry for whoever gave me this idea, I couldn't refind your post, so if it was you let me know!! :)

If you would like my signs for these let me know! :) ** EDIT! IF you would like a copy of these, they are at the bottom of this post! :) :) ENJOY THESE! :)

FINALLY, my most favorite thing that I made all week.


My pinterest inspired toolbox!! :) :) I AM SOOO IN LOVE WITH IT!!!!! :) The original pin lead to this blogspot on how to make it, so check it out if you want to make one too!!!

Well that is all! I am soo happy with how everything turned out!! :) I have a lot more that I am making this week, then on sunday I leave for VEGAS!! :)

Love from Minnesota,

Monday, July 9, 2012

Invention Unit Freebie!

Sorry for two posts in one day, but I am SUPERRRRR excited about this!! I started working on my invention unit today! In Minnesota, one of the second grade standards is about inventions. To start off my invention unit, I like to teach my students about other famous inventors. Here is a exploring activity for them to teach them about some different inventors. I want to offer this intro activity for free!! Look at the preview photos, pin them, share them, have fun with them :)! haha  Then head over to my BRAND new TPT store to download them, and use them next year! :)

As you can see, I have put some different size inventor cards, and two different versions of the worksheet! Let me know what you think! Invention Freebie Link!

Love from Minnesota,

Busy, Busy Week!

It has been such a busy week! On Tuesday my co-teacher and I went in and started decorating for next year, and planned unit for science, math, and social studies. Then the rest of the week I was on vacation back in my home town with my boyfriend! :) It was nice because he took vacation too, so we got to relax for a whole weekend.  I did take a little time to make my number line for my classroom! :) Down at the bottom you will find the freebie! :)

After reading on a lot of blogs about a circle cutter, I finally got one, and O MY GOODNESS it is amazing!!    I highly recommend getting one, it is fabulous!! :) The blog I read the most about it was:: ! Check it out it will be a great investment!!!! :)

So when I was at my classroom, I started to get some things done, and figuring out how I want my room to look. Here is a little picture of what I got done::
 The boarders are from Creative Teaching Press, black and white collection!!

This week, I am going to try to get my science year long plan posted to give ideas out there! :) I am lucky to be able to have a long enough school day to teach science and social studies every day, so if you need any units let me know! The one I was most proud of the past year was my invention unit! I didn't find anything on the web for it, so I made it up all myself!! :)

Well here is your freebie! :) I am going to cut out my numbers with my circle cutter!! :) :) :)

Love from Minnesota,
Meg :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Guided Reading Freebie!

Hey! I thought I would put my first freebie on here! These are some pretty binder covers I made for my Guided Reading binders! This year I am going to keep all my records in one binder, so it will be easier to keep track of instead of my file cabinet. Below is a link to the covers, I hope if you download them that you will start following my blog. :)

Guided Reading Binder Covers :)  The fonts are from Kevin and Amanda, and graphics are from Persnickety Prints! :)

Love from Minnesota,


Currently! :)

I am so excited to be apart of this month's currently! It took forever for me to decide on the books! There was so many loves of out loud reading in my class, but they always came back to Frindle! :) Well here it is:

Love from Minnesota,

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Where or Where did June go??

Wow! I can't believe it is already July! June got away from me and I got to into blog 'stalking' to post anything! Well here it is! I finished my first year of teaching a couple of weeks ago, so happy to have it over with, but my mind went right back to next year. So I started working on things for next year, things I was going to post on here, and then the worst thing in the world happened! I lost EVERYTHING!! All my graphics, worksheets, units, lesson plans, EVERYTHING! I was devastated! My external hard drive decided to just poop out on me! :(  It was one of the saddest things that has ever happened in my life. So now I am trying to rebuild my things, so that is why I do not have anything posted on here, which really saddens me!

On a happier note, I am moving classrooms for next year. My school was a first year school, so we were kind of randomly assigned classrooms near our other grade level teacher. Well in my pod it went me, 1st grade, 2nd grade, empty classroom, and then 1st grade. It didn't work well! So I moved into the empty classroom, which is FAB-U-LOUS because it has a door in it, which connects the two classrooms! My co-teacher and I are very excited about this! I haven't had too much of a chance to start decorating, but I did decide a couple of things. My classroom will have  a Bumblebee theme! I am so excited about this! I love yellow, grey, and black, and bees are soo cute! Below you will find some empty pictures of my classroom, it was our techno team room/storage room before, so you might see a few lego things in that room, and A LOT of extra furniture.

I love that this room has so many bulletin boards, my last room had 1!! It was terrible! I went through SO much tape in the year!

3 Big windows! Fabulous! My last room had 1, so YAY for natural light! :)

There is a lot of extra furniture!

Our wonderful built in cabinets!

A craft project waiting to happen! I got these for free from my other job, and I am trying to figure out what to do with them, so any ideas would be LOVELY!

Well thats all from Minnesota! Have a wonderful July 1st! :)