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Patchwork Christmas
Today it is in the 40's in Texas.  It is finally beginning to feel like Christmas!  We've had a very mild winter here in Texas, so we reallly welcomed this cooler weather with open arms!   Christmas is a week away and it is our little family tradition to ma...
Today it is in the 40's in Texas. It is finally beginning to feel like Christmas! We've had a very mild winter here in Texas, so we reallly welcomed this cooler weather with open arms! Christmas is a week away and it is o...
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Nonfiction Conventions
We just finished up learning about nonfiction conventions and it's always a favorite unit of mine.  I have taught it so many ways over the last 13 years, but this year I wanted something really simple and concise.  I created templates that could easily be p...
We just finished up learning about nonfiction conventions and it's always a favorite unit of mine. I have taught it so many ways over the last 13 years, but this year I wanted something really simple and concise. I created ...
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Summer Tips
I am loving every moment of my summer and I'm definitely not looking at a calendar.   I love getting up late, going to bed late, and everything in between.  My little guy starts first grade in August and I love the time we've spent together reading books, p...
I am loving every moment of my summer and I'm definitely not looking at a calendar. I love getting up late, going to bed late, and everything in between. My little guy starts first grade in August and I love the time we've...
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Early Finishers
It's summertime and I'm excited to finally find some time to blog and work on some of my unfinished projects.  One of those projects was to make a smaller version of my Early Finisher Calendars.   Let me start by explaining what my Early Finisher Calendars ...
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100th Day of School and Valentine's Day
We just finished celebrating the 100th Day of School last week and Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  I thought I'd share a resource that could be used to celebrate both.   This little craftivity goes along PERFECTLY with the book, The Day It Raine...
We just finished celebrating the 100th Day of School last week and Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I thought I'd share a resource that could be used to celebrate both. This little craftivity goes along PERFECTLY...
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Doodle Turkeys
I found a doodle coloring book at Walmart, and had this crazy idea to make doodle turkey feathers using the coloring book pages.  They really came out cute and were simple to make.  If you'd like to create a Doodle Turkey with your little ones, but don't ha...
I found a doodle coloring book at Walmart, and had this crazy idea to make doodle turkey feathers using the coloring book pages. They really came out cute and were simple to make. If you'd like to create a Doodle T...
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Buddy League
I am thrilled to be working along with H.E.B. to promote kindness within the classroom not just during the month of October, but the whole year through.  H.E.B. has launched a wonderful Buddy League Program to celebrate diversity and inclusion.  I received ...
I am thrilled to be working along with H.E.B. to promote kindness within the classroom not just during the month of October, but the whole year through. H.E.B. has launched a wonderful Buddy League Program to celebrate diver...
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Monster Brag Tags
Why does summer seem to fly by?  It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my classroom, and now I'm already putting it back together again.  Each year, I try to change things up a little bit.  Last year, I gave up my beloved behavior clip chart.  I had...
Why does summer seem to fly by? It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my classroom, and now I'm already putting it back together again. Each year, I try to change things up a little bit. Last year, I gave up my bel...
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Teacher Planner/Binder
Every summer I purchase a planner for the upcoming school year.  Okay, it's not actually a planner. It's more of a calendar.  This calendar is one of the many things I carry home nightly in my teacher bag.  My teacher friends know that bag....the one that w...
Every summer I purchase a planner for the upcoming school year. Okay, it's not actually a planner. It's more of a calendar. This calendar is one of the many things I carry home nightly in my teacher bag. My teacher friends...
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Poetry Stations Made Simple
It has been quite awhile since my last post.  I really hope with summer around the corner, I'll be able to dedicate more time to my blog.  Over the last month, I've done some reflecting on what isn't working quite as well as I'd like in my classroom. This w...
It has been quite awhile since my last post. I really hope with summer around the corner, I'll be able to dedicate more time to my blog. Over the last month, I've done some reflecting on what isn't working quite as well as ...
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Christmas Monsters
It is the last day of December, so I figured I better post my Christmas Monsters before ringing in the new year.  We made these monster ornaments as parents gifts before the break.  I have a monster themed classroom, so I really wanted to stay with the mons...
It is the last day of December, so I figured I better post my Christmas Monsters before ringing in the new year. We made these monster ornaments as parents gifts before the break. I have a monster themed classroom, so I rea...
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Fry Words 1-50
Hello Teacher  Friends, I created this little Power Point for my kindergarten sweetie at home, but these words also happen to be the same words that my second graders need to know by the end of the first six weeks.  I plan on putting this Power Point on my ...
Hello Teacher  Friends, I created this little Power Point for my kindergarten sweetie at home, but these words also happen to be the same words that my second graders need to know by the end of the first six weeks.  I plan on...
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I ♥ Second Grade!
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I am the mama of 2 totally terrific boys. I am the wife of a totally terrific husband. I am also a teacher with totally terrific second graders. You could definitely say I am Totally Terrific in Texas!

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Love Monsters
totallyterrificintexas.blogspot.com

My little guy got a gigantic potato head for his third birthday. It was a huge hit! It gave me the idea to use the same concept, but with mo

Visualizing
totallyterrificintexas.blogspot.com

My students are continuing to learn about visualizing. This is one of my favorite strategies! If you haven't read the book, Reading with Mea

Straight-Line Equations: Slope-Intercept Form
www.purplemath.com

Covers the 'slope-intercept', or 'y = mx + b', form of straight-line equations.

Just Wild About Teaching: Monday Made It and Currently...Don't forget my...
justwildaboutteaching.blogspot.com

I've seen the amazing things people are doing and I thought…I def cant do anything like that..so I decided to start slow…I picked up block l

Reading Log
heerenshappenings2.blogspot.com

Oooooh, reading logs...... I've changed mine A TON of times over the past few years, but have found the one I'm using now works out the best

Smartboard
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This 1-120 chart SmartBoard notebook allows children to increase their number sense by interacting with a hundreds chart to answer various q

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