Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I've Blogged at iTeach Second! Check it out!

Come visit me at iTeach Second!

I'm excited and honored to be apart of an amazing group of second grade bloggers! Yes, I do teach second... despite my name "Third in Hollywood". (I taught third previous to this year.) 

Over at iTeach Second, I teach you how to play the game of scoot, which you can do with any set of numbered task cards. I offer you a FREE scoot on adjectives and give you a chance to win a FREE Grammar Scoot Bundle! Head on over to learn about scoot, for your free one, and for your chance to win! I'd love it if you stopped by and said "hello" with a comment.

Monday, March 23, 2015

NEW Facebook Fan Freebie!

BRAND NEW FAN FREEBIE for you!! Simply "LIKE" Third in Hollywood and download your FREE Adjective Task Cards for the game of Scoot! Click the picture to head to my Facebook!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


TODAY ONLY! When you buy two products from my TPT store, you'll get one for FREE!! 

All you have to do is email me your TPT username and the product of your choice and I will email it to you today. *Item must be of equal or lesser value of the lowest item purchased.

Head to my store by clicking HERE!

Friday, March 20, 2015


I have a very exciting announcement to make! 
I have decided to team up with some of my very best second grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog! 
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome Second Grade teachers!

One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 

Some come stop by and visit us by click on the picture below!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Timed Tests... Do they REALLY work?

Our school is cracking down on data and evidence of student progress (as I'm sure all of yours is as well... it's the time we are living in!) I had to do the work, and get the kids to improve in their scores, but HOW? It was becoming a stress to me, and the last thing I wanted to do was stress these little 7 and 8 year olds out! So I decided to make memorizing these facts FUN and throw a big celebration party at the end for their success! 

After sending home the letter to families making them aware of the weekly tests, begin by prepping the students of what will be required of them. Of course, make it a BIG deal that they will be earning a part of an ice cream sundae every time they pass a test. Remind them that the tests are two minutes with 50 questions. Let them know this will take a lot of hard work, but after the 11 weeks, they will be math fact pros! :) 

Monday-Announce the test they will be taking Friday. (Week 1: 0’s and 1’s + everything up to 10, Week 2: 2’s + everything up to 10, etc.). Make flash cards in class and send them home that night. This guarantees a study tool for them at home! (I give each kid five index cards. They cut them in half and put one fact on each card. Paper clip or rubber band them to take them home. 

Throughout the week, do “around the world" with the facts, flash cards, etc. to keep the kids remembering about their test, while memorizing their facts. You can also send home worksheets for homework if you’d like for extra practice. 

Friday- Test time! I like to be silly during these tests. No need to stress these little guys and girls out! Try this! Instead of saying “ready, set, go!”, say “ready, set, grandma!” The kids get laughing and get their minds at ease.

Students must get 35/50 correct in order to “pass” the test. If the don’t pass the test, I privately talk to that student and let them know they can retake it the next day. They will keep retaking that test until they pass it.

I have to say, I am incredibly impressed and proud of my students! They worked so hard, but the ice cream created such an amazing motivation for them! They all cheered each other on. Not only does this data prove that these timed tests with an incentive works, but the fact that ALL of my students earned EVERY part of the ice cream sundae shows that every student is capable of succeeding!

(*Please note: Some students it may be appropriate to make a modification to the time. For instance, a student with an IEP may get 3 minutes instead of 2 minutes in order for he/she to be successful.)

I will let the data speak for itself! :)

 After 11 weeks of hard work, the students enjoyed their much deserved ice cream celebration! "Excitement" is an understatement!

This is just a SMALL glimpse into what is included in this packet!

In addition to my Addition Timed Tests Unit, 
I also have one for multiplication, which works the same way!

You can check both of these out at my store by click HERE for addition and 
HERE for multiplication!

Would you like to win one of these??!! 

Enter the giveaway for your chance to win! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

St.Patrick's Day Math FREEBIE!

To a kid, there is NOTHING better than learning with food :) Enjoy this freebie that is perfect for grades 2-3 where students will be doing math with a box of Lucky Charms.

Kids will estimate, count, compare using <,>, =, add up the sums of marshmallows, graph, sort, and group into equal groups.

Click HERE to download your FREE copy!

Please be kind and leave feedback if you download. Hope your kiddos enjoy this fun math lesson on St. Patty's Day!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Five for Fraturday!

I'm a day late linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching "Five for Friday" Link up Party! (Better late than never!) Here's five about my previous week!

Celebrated my dad's birthday! He's such a wonderful man and I'm so thankful for his life. 

Decorated for spring!! No more reds in this house. All light, airy, and fresh! Michigan has been in the mid 40's and this Monday will reach 66! Spring is in the air... hallelujah!

Created some new fun header frames for TpT and classroom products! You can check them out here!

My students received their first letters from their pen pals in Georgia. "Excitement" is an understatement of the joy these letters brought! You can check out this unit here

I saved the BEST for last! My sister, Sarah, came over and surprised me with an office makeover! I can't wait to spend time in here, where it is my OWN space! Space to be alone with Jesus, craft, and work on TpT! Such a beautiful space! More pictures to come!

If you decorate for spring, have you decorated yet?