Happy Tuesday everyone!  I'm blogging today over at iTeachSecond with some great ways to integrate music into your classroom.

Whether you have an ipod or ipad, stream Pandora or Amazon Prime, or use YouTube, come check out some easy ways to add some music into your day!

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Let the countdown begin! Only 5 more weeks until I can live in flip flops, shorts and tank tops, drink lemonade and think about next year! (Which is what we all know teachers spend time doing over the summer.... those teacher brains don't shut off for long!)
With only 20-something days left, my kiddos are definitely becoming restless.  I'm bringing out new ideas to keep them engaged and today's reading activity hit on a couple "must-do's" for the end of the year: keep it simple and keep them moving!
Fluency practice is an important part of my second graders reading.  And what better time to practice fluency than after you've read a favorite story a few times..... and who better to practice with than, well... everyone!  It's time to have a "Fluency Reading Party!"
The prep is simple.  Choose a text that matches what you want to work on - reading dialogue with expression, phrasing, reading punctuation... make sure it's a text your students are familiar with. Type each sentence, section or however long you want it to be on a separate strip. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. I did these this morning when I came in. Of course, you can add borders, graphics etc.!
I used mostly dialogue for our reading party, but I wanted everyone to have a different strip to read, so I filled in with some narration from the story.  (Sometimes I just have more than one strip of the same thing.) I made sure to include a variety of levels of difficulty, knowing that I would have to differentiate because I was doing this with my whole class.
Next, I passed out one strip to each student.  I passed them out this first time because I wanted to make sure everyone had a part they could be successful with.  We took 5 minutes to practice reading and rereading the text.  We created a quick chart of what we wanted to accomplish (comfortable rate, read the punctuation, think about WHO is talking and what is going on in the story at that time...)
Then, the party began! Students chose a partner to read with.  Their job was for each person to read their strip with good expression (the main thing we were working on), for the listener to make eye contact the whole time (THIS was hard for some of them!), and to shake hands and say, "Thank you for listening," when they were done.  Then they were off to find another partner.
After a few minutes, I rang the chime and asked a couple students to read their part outloud.  This modeled good fluency for some who still needed to hear what it sounded like, and honestly, all my kiddos LOVE to read to everyone!
I then had my students place their strips face down on a table and each person chose a different strip for Round 2.  5 minutes of practice again, and we were off!  This time they had to choose someone they had not read with before, and by the end of the time (about 20 minutes) everyone had pretty much partnered with everyone else.
This activity worked well because not only were students moving around and choosing their own partners, but they heard almost every other part being read to them, so they were familiar with it when they chose a second strip.  You could do as many rounds as you want - my kiddos were pretty much done after 3 rounds (each round lasted only about 5-6 minutes - do you realize how many different people you can read a two-line text to in that amount of time!) It was a great way to move around and it was an easy way for me to stop and listen to every child read.  And by the third time or so of reading a text, EVERY student was fluent!

Simple but effective activities such as this one are key to getting through the last few weeks of school. You can use this any time of year and it's new and fresh each time! Thanks for stopping by!
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It's Friday guys! We made it! We made it! 

Sadly, this means it's our last day of our We {HEART} Teachers event

Of course we have to end on a high note, so we have not one, not two, but THREE amazing prize packs for you today! 

First up... are you ready to get organized for the new year? Like for real organized? The you'll love this #OrganizedTeacher prize pack!

So let's take a closer look at what's in this prize pack..

1. Customized Binder Pack from The Applicious Teacher- completely customized Curriculum Binder and Data binder to fit your classroom decor and needs!

2. My Heart Beats "She is Collection"- This beautiful set of cards are perfect for thank you notes or birthdays! They feature a fun chalkboard theme on the front and a story on the back. 

3. A Modern Teacher Printed Planner in "Sunshine"- This is A Modern Teacher's flag ship planner printed, bound, and shipped just for you! 

4. $50 Urban Girl Office Supplies- Need a gold stapler? How about some super cute file folders for your weekly work? Then you will love shopping this fun online office supply store! 

5. ClassroomFriendlySupplies Sharpener- Your choice of color. Now you can have the perfectly sharpened pencils every time. 

AND.... How some online shopping with this little GC?! 

Baskets, books, seat sacks, you name it they have it! 

Ready to enter to win this pack? Check out the rafflecopter below!

In addition to helping you become more organized in the new year, we've also got two AMAZING digital prize packs full of your favorite seller's resources. 
One for the littles...

You have to see what's in this pack:

Whoooooo Can Do Sight Word Math from Growing Firsties

Fry Word Mega Bundle from The Resourceful Apple

Country Close Reads from Laura Love to Teach

Packing Up our Year in Kindergarten from Mrs. Rios Teaches

Read and Writes: The Whole Year from Just Reed

Phonics Interactive Notebook from Second Grade Nest

Close Reading: Nursery Rhymes from Teaching in High Heels

Letter Tile Word Work from A Primary Owl

Fluency for the Whole Year from Teacher to the Core

May Word Work from Buzz into Kinder

May Printables from Flying into First

Writing Station Activities fro Young Learners from Teaching with Love and Laughter

and a pack for the bigger kids! One for the bigs!

Here's a peak at what's in this pack!

"Good Readers' Story Elements Mini Books from Mrs. Beatties Classroom

Popping into Place Value from Saddle Up for Second Grade

Teacher Planner from A Modern Teacher

Aloha from Surfin' Through Second

Your Choice Decor pack from The Learning Tree

Just the Basic Facts: Multiplication and Division from The Applicious Teacher

Folktales Mega Unit from Primary Punch

Any Item from Science for Kids

Nonfiction Bundle from Second Grade Stories

Enter for the packs below!

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We're on our 4th day of the We {HEART} Teachers event and can I just say... it's only getting better with time!

Today we have TWO Amazing prize packs up for grabs! 

The first is for all those teacher fashionistas out there!

This prize pack is stuffed with all my faves! Here's what in this pack!

Kendra Scott Elle Earrings- Perfect for every occasion, you'll want to wear these babies with every outfit! Your choice of color! 

Thirty One Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote- Get your stuff to and from school in style with this convenient and stylist tote! It even has side pockets!

TeacherShirt.com T-Shirt- Choose one design to sport your teacher fashion with a $30 credit towards any shirt of your choice! Be sure to visit their website and see their selection! 

Alex and Ani Apple Bracelet- Add this classic teacher charm to your arm candy collection!

$50 Tieks Gift Card- Now you can get a pair of the most comfortable teaching shoes! 

Keep Collective Leather Band Bracelet- If you're addicted to charms, you'll love this bracelet! Comes with your initial and a cute apple charm! 

Ready to win this pack? Enter below!

Now... we know you're a busy teacher and that means you need resources to pull duty ALL year! Enter this AMAZING digital prize pack of resources designed to take you from the beginning to the end! 

Need a closer look? Check out the links below! You won't believe what this pack contains!

1. Phonics Interactive Bundle from Hippo Hooray in 2nd grade. 

2. Social Studies Tab-Its  from Simply Skilled in Second

3. Math Strategies Posters from Flip Flops and First Grade

4. Editable Substitute Binder from Mrs. Richard's Class

5. It's Time to Work on Writing from Caitlin Clabby at Kindergarten Smiles

6. Comprehension Posters from the Tattooed Teacher

7. Fluency for 2nds Progressive Bundle from Tamara Russell

8. Reading Interactive Anchor Charts from The Applicious Teacher

9. School Year Bundle from Sunny Days in Second Grade

10. Prove It! Growing Bundle from Sticky Notes and Glitter

11. Custom Classroom Collection- from Learning is Something to Treasure

12. Student Brag Bracelets from Hands on Teacher in First

Yup... you need it all! PINKY PROMISE! Enter below! 
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Did you see the prices on those products... that's some BIG LOVE! 

and don't forget all our other prize packs are still up for grabs! Click the pics below to check them out!

Happy Friday EVE! 

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Happy Wednesday! You're half way through your week and we're half way through our giveaway!

Today is all about helping you find your inner #healthyteacher...

A healthy teacher is a happy teacher, and don't we all want to just be happy? ;) 

So, we've filled this awesome prize pack to the brim to help you reach any fitness goal (even if it is just to walk from the couch to the kitchen and back! ;))

Here's a closer look at what we've got in store for you!

1. Fitbit Zip- Easiest way to get active? Increase your steps! As teachers we seem to be up on our feet all day. Might as well let those steps between desks and walking students to lunch add up to something big!

2. Customized Water Bottle- How cute are these? Like seriously! Get that water in with your own personalized one! Now you'll want to go to the gym! ;) 

3. IPod Shuffle-  We're giving you a shuffle to help you get your groove thing on! Pick your color to match your favorite workout shoes! 

4. $10 ITunes Gift Card- Fill your new IPod Shuffle with your favorite work out jams! 

5. Hot Chic Sports Skirt- Perfect for walks, runs, or training sessions at the gym. Hot Chic Sports wants to you feel beautiful anywhere you go with these perfect sport skits. No ride bike shorts built in make it ideal for running errands or your first 5k! Be sure to check out their website to find your favorite pattern! 

So much to win in this pack! Enter for your chance to win below! 

Now, just in case you are just now joining us... be sure to head through the beginning of this event! All the prize packs are staying open until Midnight Monday! Click the pics below to check it out!

Day One...

Day Two...
Yeah, that's an Ipad mini! 

AND Don't forget! Today's the LAST day you can save upto 28% in all of our stores! 

Don't forget to use the code THANKYOU to take off that extra 10%! 

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Hi there friends - and Happy Teacher Appreciation week!  I'm blogging over at iTeachSecond today with a quick and easy "Monday Make-It" that's perfect to help your kiddos show how much they appreciate teachers.
Click on the image above to head over and see what we created - lots of smiles and happy thoughts on the way!

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Happy Sunday!  And welcome to the beginning of a great week! I am so excited to team up with a wonderful group of bloggers and be part of the 2nd annual "We {HEART} Teachers" bash, hosted by Leigh from The Applicious Teacher.

This year's fun runs from Monday May 4 through Friday, May 8th and I promise every day will be exciting! Over 40 of your favorite teacher bloggers and teacher companies have joined up to bring you some amazing prizes, freebies, and deals!

What a great group of blogger teachers!

Still want to know more?  Just look at what's happening this week!

Tieks!  Kendra Scott!  Work it, baby!

Oh what I could buy with any of those!

Yes, that is an ipad mini... and a fitbit... oh my!

And to start the fun off right, you can enter NOW to win one of 3 $40 TpT gift certificates - just in time to spend during the big sale (Tues. May 5 and Wed. May 6!)


Head on over to visit The Applicious Teacher (click the image above) and enter using the rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

Good luck!  And stay tuned for more fun every day this week!
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