Oh, the fun of teaching POETRY!

Oh, the fun of teaching POETRY!

When it was time for me to teach poetry, I would inwardly cringe. I have never viewed myself as creative or able to write “flowery” language, so poetry always scared me. There are so many kinds of poetry, genres, and rules; my biggest fear was to pass my “poetry phobia” onto my students. So, I decided to research how to “teach” poetry (hopefully without tears!) read more

Sale Time… TPT Style!

Sale Time… TPT Style!

Who doesn’t love a sale? John and I try to stock up on resources that we have in our Teachers Pay Teachers shopping cart during sale times. Are you lucky enough to know what you are teaching next year? Get a jump start on gathering fun materials while they’re on sale! The best way to find what you need in our store is to go to our home page and look to the left where it ways “Custom Categories”  read more

Reflexive Pronouns…. in Second Grade? Oh My!

Reflexive Pronouns…. in Second Grade? Oh My!

No very long ago, we were teaching pronouns in third grade. Now, we are teaching reflexive pronouns in second grade. YIKES! It is a difficult concept to teach reflexive pronouns if your students don’t yet have a grasp of regular pronouns. I had to “brush up” on the term reflexive pronoun, so if you’re like me, here’s a little “cheat sheet” for you outlining the most common reflexive pronouns: read more

Form and Use Frequently Occurring Irregular Plural Nouns- Google Style!

Form and Use Frequently Occurring Irregular Plural Nouns- Google Style!

Years ago, as I ventured into teaching 2nd grade after years of being an upper grade teacher, I was on a quest to learn more about the second grade Common Core State Standards. As I waded through the Common Core Literacy Standards, such as CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.B, I was already familiar with plural nouns. The problem was I GRAPPLED with the best way to teach this concept while making it fun! Yes, I could fall back on worksheets or task cards, but my second graders had an unquenched thirst for using technology in our classroom. This was the impetous for the creation of our GOOGLE ELA resources. read more

Teaching Collective Nouns (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.A) Without Tears!

Teaching Collective Nouns (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.A) Without Tears!

Are you new to second grade? Do you look at your Common Core standards and wonder how in the world you are going to teach them, and have students REALLY learn them? I’ve been there! When I accepted a teaching job to teach second grade after having taught fifth and sixth grades for years, I had to quickly become acquainted with these standards. How can you make teaching “Collective Nouns” fun? read more