Winter Fun Hop and Rain forest Writing in the Primary Classroom

We’re having a Winter Fun link up hosted by Mrs. D’s Corner. You can participate in the fun by downloading our free Winter E-Book and entering the rafflecopter below for the chance to win a fabulous prize!

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To beat the winter blues, we dove into our informational writing unit with the topic of the rain forest. Interesting topics are a sure fire way to engage students in informational writing in a primary classroom. Since we recently read about the rain forest, I introduced informational writing using a fascinating rain forest bird. Our rain forest writing project was a huge success in our classroom.  

Informational writing in a primary classroom

One of my favorite mentor texts for teaching point of view in reading is The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.  If you aren’t familiar with the text, it is basically a story which depicts the deforestation problem in the rain forest as told through the voices of the various rain forest animals.  A second grade standard is understanding point of view and being able to read texts using different voices to depict characters.  It is so much fun to share this wonderful book to kids of all ages by reading the various voices of the rain forest inhabitants.  You can grab the book at Amazon by clicking below.  This is an affiliate link, but does not add any cost to you. 

Informational writing is our focus this grading period.  To kick off the unit I introduced my students to a simple layout to plan their writing.

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I selected a passage from Enchanted Learning about the Toucan.  You can find it by clicking the word Toucan.  We did a close read using this passage. I built their schema through the use of google images and a You Tube video of the Toucan singing. Did you know that they croak like a frog! 

Next I used this graphic organizer to develop the topic and details students would add to their writing.  You can grab it for free here!

graphic organizer informational writing

After completing our writing we did a directed drawing activity which you can find at We Draw To get the students started on their page I created a body template for them to trace using a file folder.

Tucan directed drawing activity

We loved how unique and cute each one turned out!






Be sure to enter the rafflecopter below and hop on to the next blog for more great tips to use in your classroom this winter! Just click the free Winter E-Book image to grab this fantastic prize!  You will find my secret word below.




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Educents Marketplace Launch

Exciting April News!  Educents has decided to open a MARKETPLACE!  What does this mean for you?  Now you will not only receive great deals they post on a daily basis, but you can shop directly from seller stores any day of the week!  Over 500 sellers have already opened their storefronts to offer you money saving deals.

This launch is exciting for you because you get a sneak peek at our favorite FREE products and the chance to WIN a $50 dollar Educents Credits giveaway sponsored by Educents! 

Here’s a peek at my freebie for you! Slide3

Forever Freebie

This freebie is dear to my heart because it was so engaging for my students and easily differentiated for students working on a variety of levels.   Kids love hands on projects that focus on real world activities.  We used this activity when we were studying the states of matter.  

Below are photos of two ways we used the notebooking activities during our unit of study on matter. This particular activity is included in my Interactive Science Unit: States of Matter. The same printables are provided for the FREE activity!

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notebook activity


You can pick and choose which part of the scientific process you want the students to write about and record.  Simply cut out and glue into a notebook!  A word bank is included for students who need this support.  

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These are all the ingredients you need for the experiment!


You can grab this FREE activity {HERE}.  Be sure to check out my store and those of the other sellers below.  Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win  $50 dollars in Educents credits!
Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #7 – Second Grade Stores




News to be excited about!

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new collaborative blog that I and 29 other amazing teacher bloggers will be bringing your way!  Classroom Tested Resources will be your go to resource for classroom tested ideas and products that will energize your classroom.  You can read all about us on our Meet the Authors page. Each of us will bring a unique voice and expertise to our posts.  Each post will be focused on bringing you fresh ideas to use in your classroom.

Classroom Tested Resources

Kicking off the launch, we are offering not just 1, but teacher swag bags valued at $100 each.  You know this swag would brighten up your classroom!  Jump over to the blog and check us out.  Be sure to enter the huge giveaway taking place! Check back daily for new posts chock full of bright ideas!

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Great News!  Announcing Ladies With Class!

Great News! Announcing Ladies With Class!

I’m excited to say that I am joining up with 8 special bloggers that will be collaborating on a new teaching blog, Ladies With Class!  I know you will enjoy reading and sharing with us as we grow a new blog full of helpful teaching tips and tools.  

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Here’s a little bit about me!


About Me Page


Everyone in this blog hop is pleased to offer you freebies and tips along the way.  Once you get through the hop you will have the opportunity to enter a rafflecopter for the chance to win a $40.00 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.  Below are links to two freebies I currently have in my store.

Forever Freebie

You can find this freebie by clicking {HERE} or the cover photo above.  It is easy to differentiate for any student in grades K – 5 and relates to the scientific process and the study of matter.  



You can grab this freebie {HERE} or by clicking the cover above.  It is a sample of a larger product and is perfect for students working on phonemic awareness or vowel sounds.  

Your next stop is The Meek Moose!  Click on the banner below to visit her awesome page!  Then be sure to enter to win the TpT gift card at the end!


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Great News and a Giveaway!

Great News and a Giveaway!

I have a very exciting announcement to make!
I have decided to team up with some of my very best second grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog!
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome Second Grade teachers!
One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out!
I’m SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let’s celebrate with a little giveaway!
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graphics courtesy of melonheadz and creative clips.

You can win my Interactive Science Unit: States of Matter!  My students loved the activities, experiments, and vocabulary posters that are part of this unit.  It includes everything you need to boost your students’ understanding of states of matter.
All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachSecond then follow the instructions on the rafflecopter posted below!

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Can’t wait to get started sharing some great Second Grade ideas with you!




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