Sunday, July 16, 2017

2nd Grade Math Centers for the Entire Year!

Are you tired of spending time and money prepping math centers? If so, then THIS is the resource for YOU! All you need to implement these centers are dice, playing cards, OR spinners - YOU CHOOSE! No more printing, laminating, and cutting for hours! This is a complete set of math centers for the ENTIRE YEAR with very little prep work.


You can find "2nd Grade Math Centers for the Entire Year - 36 Centers" in my TPT Store {HERE} or by clicking the picture above. 

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This resource was designed with the busy teacher in mind! These math centers are EASY PREP, LOW COST, and TIME SAVING! The centers in this file can all be used with items you probably already have in your classroom or at home. If not, the materials are super cheap and easy to prep. All task cards and recording sheets are available to print in black and white to save paper, lamination, and printer ink. The centers can also be used year-round, rather than seasonal. Switch them out as needed! The design of the centers allows for easy differentiation to meet all your learners’ diverse needs.

This file includes:
+ Detailed Instructions for How to Implement in Your Classroom (includes pictures)
+ Detailed Instructions for How to Differentiate in Your Classroom (includes pictures)
+ Detailed Ideas for Saving Time, Money, and Effort with Math Centers (includes pictures) 
+ 36 Center Tasks with Visual Cues that Correlate to Every 2nd Grade Common Core Standard
+ 36 Response Sheets with Differentiation to Copy or Put in Sheet Protectors for Dry-Erase
+ 17 Different Spinners for Differentiation
+ 1 Full Set of Ten Frame Playing Cards

Download the Preview File in my TPT Store {HERE} for a sneak peak into this resource.

Detailed Instructions for How to Implement: 

All you need for these centers are playing cards, dice, OR spinners! You can see a closer look at the three options in the pictures below.

This resource comes with a full set of 10 frame cards as shown above OR you can simply use regular playing cards. You can purchase regular playing cards through my affiliate link {HERE}. 


You can purchase the differentiated dice shown in the pictures above by clicking on my affiliate link {HERE}. 


You can save money by using the paperclip/pencil method shown above or you can purchase the clear spinner overlays at my affiliate link {HERE}. 

For an easy way to differentiate, you can purchase colored paper through my affiliate link {HERE}.

If you prefer to re-use your recording sheets to save paper and copying time, you can purchase dry-erase pockets at my affiliate link {HERE} or simple sheet protectors will also work available {HERE}. You will want to use Fine Point dry-erase markers that can be found at my affiliate link {HERE}.

Each center task can be printed on a half-sheet of paper in black and white. There are full color visual cues on the center task cards as well to help remind your little learners of the directions.

The response sheets can be printed on regular paper and copied for students to complete or placed in dry-erase sleeves for repeated use. Many response sheets allow for differentiation through the materials you provide with the spinners, dice, or cards.

Just add dice, spinners, or cards! It's that easy!

I have included 17 different spinners if you wish to use them for differentiation purposes and also a full set of 10-frame playing cards to help support your struggling learners. These are optional as regular playing cards will work just as well.

I hope this resource can help save you time, money, and effort. I created this resource because I needed something that was easy, yet efficient, that I could implement all year long. Hope you find it useful! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Classroom Library Organization

Today I'm linking up with my friend, Jen, from Teacher by the Beach for a little look into our Classroom Library! Head on over to her blog to check out some other Classroom Libraries!


I'm going to take you on a picture walk back in time to let you check out my various classroom library systems and then I will reveal what my plan is for this school year.

First, for beauty's sake, let's take a look at my most recent classroom library. It was my library last year and the year before. See it below. One thing you will notice is that it is NOT labeled and/or organized in any certain way {GASP!}. I know, I know. Let me explain. For the past two years I have only taught MATH, so while my students visited our classroom library on occasion, they were primarily using their reading teacher's classroom library, which was organized and labeled nicely. For this reason, I chose to *not stress* over labeling and organizing - crazy right?! Hey, you pick your battles and organizing all those books was not one of them at the time. :)


Next, we have my classroom library from a few years back. I really loved how this classroom library was in the corner of the room and it was such a cozy little nook. The lamp light in the corner, the R.E.A.D. letters, the rug and the beach chairs made this such a happy little place. This classroom library was organized by A.R. level, because our school had a heavy emphasis on Accelerated Reader at the time. In fact, I organized by A.R. level for several years because of this emphasis. Now that I know better, I refuse to level my books in this way. From now on my classroom library will be organized by author or genre, never again by level. You live, you learn, you do better.

Every year I have my display book case with my monthly themed books or books we are using in science/social studies content. This is a pic of several of my Back to School books that we love reading at the beginning of the year. These books are a hands-off section of our classroom library until we have already read the book, then the students can re-read if they wish. But they always go back where they came from! I store these away when it's time to start a new month with fresh books.

Taking it WAY back, this is a picture of one of my first classroom libraries. Y'all, the picture quality on that old iPhone was so bad that I can't even make it bigger for you because it's too blurry {I'M FEELING OLD!}. You can see this library is organized and labeled by A.R. level. Read my opinion on that above. But you can also see that a recurrent theme in my classroom library are those Dollar Tree baskets! They are simply THE BEST - in ALL the colors! Ha!

Now for this year...
I can't really show you a picture of my classroom library for this year, because it's in a pile in the middle of my current classroom's floor. I haven't touched it yet - LOL! BUT, I have made a decision on how I will organize my classroom library for next year. I actually wrote an entire blog post about it {HERE}. This blog post also stresses the importance of having STURDY book baskets! You can see which ones I recommend at the link above.

In an effort to streamline my classroom decor and to tone down the brights, I *think* (subject to change) that I am going to switch out my brightly colored baskets for these Sterilite baskets. First, they fit chapter books perfectly and will actually hold MORE than the Dollar Tree ones above. Second, I'm thinking of going with WHITE baskets on my black shelves to tone down the color explosion in my classroom. Let me know your thoughts... I still can't make up my mind.


One thing I do know is how my classroom library will be organized! This year I will be teaching reading along with math, so I will need to have my classroom library nicely labeled and organized. I can't think of a better way than exactly how a library or bookstore is organized - by author. It will be easy for me, easy for the kids, and will help them to practice that real life skill of using alphabetical order. After I have made my mind up about which color Sterilite containers, I will decide on a labeling system. I'm thinking I will go with a plain, simple black and white label. This is completely the opposite of how my classroom has ever been, so I'm still debating on the color options. What do you guys think?

Don't forget to head over to Jen's blog where several others will be linking up to share their classroom libraries! Join me next week for a blog post on Managing Centers in my classroom. Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Top 5 Teacher Must Haves: #5

Each day this week, I have been sharing one of my top 5 teacher must-have items. These are items that make my teacher life easier, my classroom more organized, and my time more efficient. In case you missed the previous posts, you will want to catch up on items #1-4 {HERE}, {HERE}, {HERE}, and {HERE}.

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 #5 Cheap & Easy Center Materials
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Math centers can become super expensive really quickly, especially if you switch them out often. This is why it's important to use some staple items that you may already own or that you can get for a fairly reasonable price that will work for the majority of your math centers. These items are also very durable and will hold up well over time. Most of them allow for EASY differentiation as well - so important!

First, I like to use a variety of dice. I purchased the bundle of dice shown below. This bundle of dice has many, many variations. You will find dice that are 0-9, 1-10, 1-6, 1-20, and MORE! This makes it extremely easy to differentiate your math centers. Students can use the set of dice that will have them working at their individual ability levels - EASY PEASY differentiation! You can find this gigantic collection of dice at my affiliate link {HERE}. They are well worth the money and probably my most-used classroom item for math centers.


You can always use regular dice with dots as well. They're great for subitizing with the younger students. The yellow foam dice are a teacher's dream for making math centers quiet! The blank dice are always a really neat option. You can write on stickers and then put the stickers on the dice to make them customized for whatever skill you need at the time. You can also write directly on the blank dice, which is nice. You can find these dice by clicking on my affiliate links below:
Standard Dice (100 pack): http://amzn.to/2rAjIJb

If you have lots of spinner games or centers, these transparent spinners are a MUCH better option than the paperclip/pencil method. As you can see in the picture, I like to differentiate my spinners with Astrobrights colored paper also. The students know which color spinner they should be working with when they come to the center - EASY PEASY differentiation again! You can find the transparent spinners at my affiliate link {HERE} and the Astrobrights colored paper {HERE}.


Also, let's not forget about regular old playing cards! They are super cheap and easy to replace. They also allow for differentiation. For example, you might have some students building 2-digit numbers to add together, while others are building 3- or 4-digit numbers to add or subtract. You can also pull out the cards you don't want/need the students to use. Once again, EASY differentiation of a math center! You can find a large set of playing cards at my affiliate link {HERE}.


Finally, to prepare math centers and/or cards quickly and easily, I always use my Swingline paper cutter. This one is durable and will cut through up to 10 sheets of paper at once. I keep one at home and one at school for convenience! You can check out the one I own shown below at my affiliate link {HERE}.

I hope I have given you some cheap and easy ideas for math centers. For your ease of use, I'm providing my affiliate links to the items above in a comprehensive list below. This wraps up my Top 5 Teacher Must-Haves blog series. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to follow along with me on my Facebook Page and Instagram for more classroom tips and tricks!

{Affiliate Links}
Swingline Paper Cutter

You can check out my 2nd Grade Math Centers blog post {HERE} to see how I utilize the above materials in my math center rotations.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Top 5 Teacher Must-Haves: #4

Each day this week, I will be sharing one of my top 5 teacher must-have items. These are items that make my teacher life easier, my classroom more organized, and my time more efficient. In case you missed the previous posts, you will want to catch up by reading {HERE}, {HERE}, and {HERE} to see my other teacher must-have items. Join me tomorrow to see another item and how I use it in my classroom. Edited to add: You can now see the last blog post in this series {HERE}.

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#4 Sterilite Clip Boxes
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If you follow me on Instagram, then this Teacher Must-Have does NOT come as a surprise to you! :) I recently purchased an excessive large amount of these clip boxes from Sterilite in an effort to streamline my classroom storage to a cleaner, more unified look.  However, I can't decide on the darker blue, the NEW aqua blue color (super hard to find), or the green which I already own a several of. 

The small clip boxes below are the perfect size for school supplies (pencils, markers, crayons, even small tablets will fit). Let me warn you, however, these aqua blue ones are extremely hard to find. You can find the darker blue clip boxes in this small size at my affiliate link {HERE}.




The medium clip boxes are perfect for larger school supplies or extra materials. They're the same shape as the smaller ones, but deeper so they stack perfectly! You can find these medium sized clip boxes at my affiliate link {HERE}.




The larger clip boxes like below are PERFECT for math or ELA centers/materials. They are big enough to hold the materials (dice, spinners, cards, game boards, etc.) as well as the recording sheets plus writing utensils, etc. They are easily opened and closed by the students and stack perfectly to create a nice, stream-lined place for your center materials. You can find the larger sized clip boxes at my affiliate link {HERE}.



Finally, Sterilite also makes a deep clip box that is deeper than the one above. It is perfect for storing your bigger math manipulatives. In the pictures below, I have all of my dice that we use in math stored in one. And of course, they are STACKABLE - YES! You can find these at my affiliate link {HERE}.




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These links are all to the darker blue handle clip boxes. 

So there you have it! My obsession collection of Sterilite Clip Boxes! I plan to completely give my classroom a facelift and switch over to ALL Sterilite Clip Box storage! Wish me luck deciding on a color! :) Don't forget to join me tomorrow to see my last teacher must-have item! You can find me here on the blog, on my Facebook Page, or on Instagram. See you soon!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top 5 Teacher Must-Haves: #3 (FREE Download)


Each day this week I am sharing one of my top 5 teacher must-have items. These are items that make my teacher life easier, my classroom more organized, and my time more efficient. So join me each day to see another must-have item! In case you missed the first two must-haves, you can see them {HERE} and {HERE}. Edited to add: You can see the other blog posts in this series {HERE} and {HERE}.

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If you're anything like me, you will do anything to make life easier when it comes to making copies for your class. These dry-erase pockets have been a lifesaver in my classroom. My students use them every single day for multiple uses.

We have a short 15-minute time frame where the students are in the classroom at 8:15, but school doesn't officially start until 8:30. Students are rolling in anytime within those 15 minutes, some with breakfast in their hands. During this chaotic precious time, we do a morning work page that focuses on our number sense and also our language skills for the week with two sentences to re-write correctly. Well those copies would add up quickly each day! The solution is to slip the morning work page into the dry-erase pockets so that we can use and reuse again and again. Win-Win! You can download this Morning Work page for FREE right {HERE}. 

Let's talk recording sheets for ELA and/or math centers. Those copies can also add up quickly! I don't print or make copies of the recording sheets for each student for multiple days. That would take forever and use so much paper! I simply print 3-5 recording sheets (depending on the group size) and slip them into the dry-erase pockets and students use them over and over again. So easy!! These recording pages are from my Money Activities pack found {HERE}.

You can grab a 10-pack of these neon colored dry-erase pockets on Amazon (affiliate link) {HERE}! I have enough for every student to have one pocket for morning work and also enough for each of my math and ELA centers to use as recording sheets. They are super durable and such a time-saver!

I hope you join me tomorrow for #4 in my Top 5 Teacher Must-Haves blog series. You can catch it here on the blog, on my Facebook Page, or on Instagram. See you soon!