I {HEART} Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! I love Valentine's Day and it's one of my favorite holidays to celebrate at school! Last year I rounded up a few of my favorite Valentine's Day resources for the classroom! Enjoy! 
Fun Valentine's Day ideas for the classroom! Includes lots of free printables and ideas!


Punctuation Practice {With a FREEBIE}

My writing block was always, never fail, my favorite time of the day. I am all for teaching grammar and punctuation during that authentic writing time, where I'm modeling writing and students are helping/participating. We always started our block with a writing warm up, then I would model a small chunk of whatever we were working on, then students would WRITE, and I would pull my small guided writing groups or skill groups. During my model lesson, I was always able to include a punctuation "lesson" in there quickly and discreetly so students could see when and how to use punctuation in an authentic writing setting. Everyday, I would think aloud while writing, deciding which type of punctuation was appropriate and why so students could get a glimpse into what happens in a writers brain while writing.

However... Most students need even more practice with these skills, because let's face it, even some of my second graders didn't truly know the difference between an exclamation mark and a question mark.

Cotton Ball Poppers {New Years Math Game Freebie}

Happy 2017! This is sure to be a wonderful year! Just dropping by to revisit a post from last year with a freebie to help you ring in the New Year with your students when you return back to school, all while reviewing and getting back into the swing of things. 

Your students are SURE to enjoy this fun Cotton Ball Popper game that involves minimal prep on your end and they'll be begging you to play!