Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Interactive Google Presentation for Multiplying Fractions

Use these two interactive slideshows to introduce multiplying fractions! These two slideshows take me approximately three math lessons to get through, but they've proven to be worth it after my students have demonstrated they conceptually understand what it means to multiply a fraction by a fraction and whole number. Each of your students will need access to Google accounts to use these slides! Links provided at the bottom of this post.


Happy multiplying! :)

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf94-IVi2nk

**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. BUT...it'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!