NEW Fifty Nifty States

Last week, my oldest son came home a little mopey after school. I asked him why the long face. He was upset because he was going to have to spend his Spring Break learning all the states and capitals for a test they would have when they got back to school. 

Flash backs started immediately! I remember fifth grade and we HAD to learn all the state and capitals too! I got a little giddy actually. I LOVE geography! I am not an expert in it by any means, but I love me a map! I can't read a road map to safe my life, but ask me about the states and I am down! 

It was time for me to turn my son's frown upside down! I immediately went to work on creating VISUAL flash cards for him. 

Here is what I LOVE about these flash cards: 
The FRONT side has a map of the United States with one state highlighted. This allows for kids to visualize and see where the state is located on a map. When my son saw this he said, "This is awesome! It will make labeling my map so much easier." 
The BACK side of each flash card has the state name, capital, and an enlarged picture of each state. This feature helps them to learn the spellings and match correct states and capitals together. 
My son took these cards to school to start studying and his friends went crazy for them! Now your students can too!

To make learning about the states a bit more interesting and interactive, I also included travel brochure templates for students to gather more specific information about each of the states.

 Writing the traditional state report is important for establishing research and writing skills. But these travel brochure are a fun way for them to gather their information AND they look awesome on display. There are sections in each brochure for students to write about the state bird, flower, flag, interesting facts, places to visit, and what the state is best known for. Each of theses sections has a space to draw a picture or add pictures from the internet.  Maps of each state are included on the front of each brochure or students can use a the blank template and draw their own map. 

This Fifty Nifty States packet is all you need to get your kids excited to learn about the 50 States! Enjoy!


March Madness Match-Up!

I am so excited to be paired up with 64 other amazing bloggers for a March Madness Blogger Match Up hosted by The Creative Classroom! I am cheering on my team the University of Northern Iowa. We made it passed the first round with a win against Wyoming!!! However, the second round got us. We fought hard but ended up losing against Louisville...Whomp, Whomp!
Check out who is playing along and make sure to see all the prizes being given away all month long! 

Learning with Mrs. Langley cheering on Belmont
Second Grade Stories cheering on Indiana
The Neat and Tidy Classroom cheering on UC Irvine
Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten cheering on Coastal Car.
Miss Johnston's Journey cheering on Maryland
The Creative Classroom cheering on San Diego State
Fifth in the Middle cheering on Wichita State
Lessons with Coffee cheering on Arkansas
The Kinder Garden cheering on Notre Dame
Exploring Elementary cheering on NC State
Inspired Owl's Corner cheering on Oregon
Frampton's Fundamentals cheering on New Mexico State
Learning in the Little Apple cheering on Michigan State
NC Teacher Chick cheering on Utah State
A Tall Drink of Water cheering on Baylor
Sara J Creations cheering on Oklahoma
ELA Everyday cheering on Duke
The Blessed Teacher cheering on Lafayette
Mrs. 3rd Grade cheering on VCU
Rock & Teach cheering on Albany
Create Teach Share cheering on North Dakota State
One Happy Teacher cheering on Gonzaga
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas! cheering on Iowa State
First Grade Roars! cheering on SF Austin
The Learning Chambers cheering on Hampton
Teaching is Sweet cheering on Eastern Washington
Sounds Like Fun cheering on Louisville
Confessions of a Teaching Junkie cheering on Cincinnati
Year2tastic cheering on Kansas
Sparkling in Second cheering on Wyoming
Making Meaning with Melissa cheering on Purdue
One Sassy Teacher cheering on Villanova
Brittany Kiser cheering on Texas
Coach and Teach 24/7 cheering on St. John's
Hardcore Teacher Resources cheering on LSU
The Whole Wheat Class cheering on Oklahoma
Mixing It Up In The Middle! cheering on Mississippi
Teaching Maddeness cheering on UAB
Its Elementary My Dear cheering on Ohio State
Live Love Serve Teach cheering on Providence
 Education Kingdom cheering on North Carolina
A Dab of Glue Will Do cheering on Dayton
Learning to be Awesome cheering on Kentucky
Technology Timeout cheering on Harvard
Kovescence on the Mind cheering on Butler
Blossoms of Blue in 2 cheering on North Eastern
Mrs. D's Corner cheering on Robert Morris
Where the Wild Things Learn cheering on Buffalo
Bright Concepts 4 Teachers cheering on North Iowa (UNI)
A Trendy Teacher cheering on Valparasio
Lucky to Be In First cheering on Wisconsin
O-H So Blessed! cheering on Virginia
Tales of Teaching with Tech cheering on Woffard
Very Perry Classroom cheering on Arizona
A Kindergarten Life for Me cheering on Georgia
First Grade Buddies cheering on Iowa
Miss Case's Classroom cheering on Georgetown
A Grace-Filled Classroom cheering on West Virginia
Third Grade Cupcakes cheering on SMU
The Class Couple cheering on Xavier
More Time 2 Teach cheering on Georgia State
Owl-ways Learning cheering on UCLA

To celebrate my team making it into the Round of 32. I am giving away a copy of my Map It Out! Map Skills unit. You can enter to win using the rafflecopter below. Make sure to enter right away because this giveaway is fast! It will also be on sale in my TpT store through Tuesday if you want to grab it at a discount.

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Five For Friday Fun + A Giveaway Surprise!

Can it be? Is it so?....Is Friday FINALLY here! I don't know about you, but this seemed like the L-O-N-G-E-S-T week E-V-E-R!!! I woke up Wednesday morning thinking it was Thursday...womp, womp. I hate it when that happens!!! I also had parent conferences this week, so that doesn't help make the week go by quickly either. However, we did manage to squeeze in some St. Patty's day activities and have a weeeee bit o' fun in second grade. 
This week we reviewed the concepts of main idea and details. We made our little leprechauns and flap books to go along with our story Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato. The kids had a blast and I love how each of them shows the kids' different personalities. This craft and writing ideas comes from my St. Patrick's Day Craftivity and Writing Prompts packet.

How adorable is this? This is an incredible freebie from the Teacher Wife. We discussed the saying, "Who is worth more to you than gold?" Then, the kids got creative and meaningful ideas down on their pots of gold. Melt my heart!
We wrapped up our money unit this week with this little craft. Each student got a "piggy" band and a different word problem. They had to solve the word problem AND show their thinking on their bank. The kids nailed this concept! I am one proud teacher! 

A SAD day this week was when my beloved classroom laminator bit the dust (cue sobbing sounds). I am so lost without it. Time to upgrade and get a new one. But let me tell you, this was not a good way to start my week. Enough of my sob story, let's end this post with something fun, exciting, and upbeat....(drum roll, please)

My SUPER girls over at Primary Powers are hosting an incredible SPRING GIVEAWAY! There are tons of prizes and resources to win from all the Primary Powers ladies. And... if you love using task cards, you could win a set of mine during the giveaway! Click on the picture above to take you to the giveaway so you can enter and hopefully be one of the LUCKY winners!

Head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up your week too!

Read Across America & The Trashy Crafter Book Bracelet Giveaway!

This week marks one of my most favorite weeks during the school year...Read Across America! Many teachers and schools celebrate the love of reading by honoring the late Dr. Seuss and all his fantastic stories. I love to do that as well, BUT I really like to highlight and celebrate all authors! During the month of March, I love to pull out all of my favorite books and authors and take time to read those stories to my students, as well!

This year, not only do I want to celebrate Read Across America with my students, but with all of my blog followers, too! A few weeks ago, I came across the Etsy store Trashy Crafter. Kim, is the founder and creative energy behind this very unique store. Kim takes classic books and children's stories from thrift stores or library sales and turns the pages into art! Not just any art, but wearable art! She creates bracelets, necklaces, and earrings from the actual pages of the books!!!
She carefully cuts the pages of the books and turns them into beads. The pictures above show you the process of cutting and making each bead BY HAND! 
Here is Kim hard at work, pouring her love into each piece of jewelry she makes. 
One of my most favorite children's book is Where The Wild Things Are.
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Kim was so sweet and sent me one of her two piece bracelet sets of Where The Wild Things Are! I was so excited when this little package arrived at my front door. 
 How special and meaningful is the wrapping? It's a map, a journey, an adventure...just like the book will take you one when you read it!
I was in awe with the quality of the bracelet. I could tell a lot of time, love and energy was put into making each bead, and color combination. I wore it to work the next day and received tons of compliments. When I told people the story behind the bracelets they fell in love even more with them!
Kim has been SO generous and offered to give one of her two piece bracelet sets away to one of my lucky followers. All you have to do is enter through the rafflecopter below before March 9th and you must be a resident of the United States to win. I hope you fall in love with the Trashy Crafter as much as I have. Good Luck!

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