Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bouncy Bands


This year I was excited to become familiar with a new type of fidget: Bouncy Bands. I'm not writing this from the perspective of someone trying to get sales for Bouncy Bands. I'm writing this from the perspective of a teacher who 100% believes in this product and wants other teachers to know about it. With that said, I'd love for you to keep in mind that (like with anything) this is not a "one-size-fits-all" product. Nothing is. But I can tell you that it was absolutely wonderful for my students this year.

What are Bouncy Bands?
Bouncy Bands are bands that attach to either the student's chair or desk. My class had the bands that attached to their desks. The student is able to place their feet on the bands and bounce up and down as a way to keep their feet and brain active during instruction. 

The Bands are:
*Easy to install
*Visually appealing
*Soundless when in use
*Not visible to other students
*Not distracting to other students
*Great for "busy" kiddos who need help concentrating. I'm not joking. It was crazy to see just how well the bands kept them actively engaged in our lessons. The best part was, I couldn't even tell they were bouncing their feet. 
*Great way to incorporate movement into the classroom. I had one student this year who never sat down, which was 100% fine... some kids need to stand and move around to help them concentrate. The thing is though, when he would work in groups, the standing became a problem. Everyone else would be sitting and he felt that he needed to still stand. When I placed the band on his desk though, he quietly just bounced his legs up and down. (The band was on his desk for multiple weeks and significantly improved his ability to focus.)

Try out Bouncy Bands for yourself by clicking here!

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.

**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: