Thursday, December 15, 2016

Respond, Answer, Cite, and Explain- A song to encourage quality responses

I'm not sure which I'm more surprised by:
1) That it's December 15th and I haven't done ANY Christmas shopping yet. #gettingnervous #thankgoodnessforAmazonPrime
2) That it's December 15th and my kids are still starting their responses with "Yes, because..."



We are stopping that NOW.

Whoever thought of the "RACE" strategy for responding to questions is a literal genius. I thank them for the amazing acronym. It's short, catchy, easy to remember, and it just so happens to be the inspiration behind this new song.

I taught my students this song (to the tune 24k Magic by Bruno Mars) in hopes that they would remember to include R, A, C, and E in their text-dependent questions. We went over the process of RACE and how to find text-based evidence while reading through our lyrics. Now keep in mind, I also completed several whole class mini-lessons and small-group lessons that drilled this answering-technique into their brains. Before we answer any text-dependent questions, we sing the first little snippet of our song. It's a fun, quick reminder of how they need to be answering their questions.

Click the picture below to download a free PDF of the lyrics.

Click here to see my class learning the song.

Happy singing! And happy RACE responses!



Sunday, November 20, 2016

I Don't Like School, I Love It! Song

New Morning Song

Start your day off right by having your class sing this upbeat, energetic song! This song has been modified from "I Don't Like It, I Love It" by Flo Rida.

I pull up this instrumental version of the song and have my students sing our version to it.

**Here's a video of our first day singing this song. #itsprettyroughbutohwell...#practicemakesperfectright ;)

**Here is a video of one of my students leading the song. She bought "Teacher for the Day" and wanted to lead our morning song. So cute!

To download the lyrics, click below! (Two styles)

(Thanks Jen Jones {Hello Literacy} for the cute desktop background image!)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Order of Operations (PEMDAS) Song Lyrics

These lyrics go to the song "Ride" by Twenty One Pilots. You can YouTube a karaoke or instrumental version so your kiddos can sing along to the music.

Click the picture below to download a pdf version of the song lyrics! :)

I always start off with singing the song (solo style!) so that my students can understand the flow of the song. Then I have them sing it with me, without then with music. I don't like to use a lot of my instructional time, so I encourage you to only sing the song two or three times before moving on. After a few days of practicing, your students will have it mastered!

Happy singing,

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Problem Solving Posters for Math (CUES)

Grab these problem solving posters for free by clicking the link below.

CUES Posters -- CREDITS: KG Fonts- Blank Space

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom? I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple! So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

B2S Bash 2016

Y'all, get ready for the blog hop of all blog hops. Gift cards galore, planners, a document camera, a Flocabulary subscription, a Kindle, and more! Seriously, you're going to want to enter each and every one of the giveaways included in this hop. Our bash baskets are sure to make your teacher hearts happy!

Here's how it works... You'll have a few days to hop to the twenty-four different blogs and enter the giveaways using Rafflecopter. At the bottom of each post there will be a button that will lead you to the next giveaway! The more blogs you enter on, the better your chances are of winning.

What's in my Bash Basket?

*I'm giving away a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Don't you just love that store?! I could seriously live there. (Sorry, Target, I'm cheating on you.) I can see it now...I'd survive off of white chocolate mochas, banana nut bread, and children's books. 

 Anyway, just think of all of the wonderful books you could purchase for your classroom library! You could even wait until the school year starts to ask your kiddos what books they would like. :) Enter my giveaway using the Rafflecopter below! You have until the end of Tuesday!
Now hop on over to Michelle's (Smitten with First) blog! :)

And make sure to check out my Instagram on Wednesday for the GRAND PRIZE announcement and how to enter! You definitely won't want to miss out!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

5th Grade ELA Centers

Hi friends!

I wanted to share with you some of the changes I made to my ELA centers. After Jen Jones came to our school in June, I realized I needed to do a little revamping to my schedule and activities.

What's Different?
*I'm meeting with my kids for 30 minutes twice a week instead of once for 60 minutes.
*I've grouped spelling and vocabulary together. On the day that students are with me for 30 minutes, they will also be at the spelling and vocabulary center for 30 minutes. They will only complete ONE of the centers, NOT both! If a student in group one chooses to complete the spelling center on Monday, they will then complete the vocabulary center on Wednesday.
*I've added Genius Hour. Students will research ONE topic for several weeks. When they finish, they will be allowed to share their findings with the class during our ELA whole group block some time that week.

My kiddos complete an ELA center every day. I have a 20 minute whole group lesson before our centers start. We are usually working on our interactive notebooks from Lovin Lit. I have all of her literacy notebooks- they're truly amazing. Check them out here! After students complete their Friday center, we reflect on the activities and skills covered that week. The students fill out a reflection sheet that will tell me how they felt about their centers, and if they need extra assistance with anything. I use those sheets along with my teacher reflection sheet and notes (filled out daily) to decide if any reteach or enrichment needs to take place the following week. *Both sheets are within my Math/ELA board packet on TpT. See the link below.

Below you will find my weekly schedule.
Pink= length of time
Purple= activity
Blue= link to resource

If you see that a purple activity does not have a correlating link, that means it is something I have created for my classroom.

For a PDF with clickable links to the blue resources, click HERE.

If you are interested in my math and ELA centers board, click here. Here is a picture of my board from last year.
This year, I will be making two boards instead of one. I will post a picture once it's finished! :)