Saturday, November 26, 2011

Double Consonant and CK Spelling Hunt

Last year my school adopted the Journeys reading program from Houghton Mifflin! I LOVE it!  It works SOOO much better for me and my students then the program we had the first year I taught.  This week our story is...

 The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

Our spelling sort this week focuses on double consonant words and reviews ck words.  My students love when we write around the room and so I made a vegetable hunt to introduce them to their spelling words for the week. 

 I hope somebody else can use this!  

Click the spud to grab a copy :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Am Thankful!

I am thankful for so many things in my life!  I really could go on and on about all the parts of my life that  I am thankful.  However,  I will follow the format for this linky party, Fun!

1. What are you thankful for in your classroom?

I am thankful for having such an amazing group of co-workers.  Our school theme this year is "Be A Hero" and on numerous occasions my great friends at work(shout out to Arllee, Sandy, Lynae and Meagan!) have helped me out.  I just love how we all collaborate so well and it is so fun to see the progress of our students because of it!  Also, I am VERY grateful for the administration at my school for supporting me in using Radiant Child Yoga in my classroom!  They even paid for me to go to an awesome teacher training!  

2.  What person are you most thankful for?

My husband of course!  He has inspired me to be brave enough to be the most authentic me I can be.  He is so helpful and really can do pretty much anything!  I mean he cooks, cleans, makes jewlery and pottery, teaches yoga, builds things, is a wilderness guide, river guide, is a surgical technician...etc.  Right now he lives nine hours away from me!  He is living in Santa Fe, NM going to school to become a doctor of Oriental Medicine.  I am so proud of him and love sharing the last name of Matsuda!

3.  What three blogs are you most thankful for?

Rachelle and Natalie from!  Rachelle and I grew up in the same small town and went to the same schools!  Now that she is basically FAMOUS in the teacher/blogger world I feel really special to actually know her!  Fun fact:  My aunt is married to her uncle!  Kinda fun :)  Anyway, I am thankful for What The Teacher Wants because I know I have become a better teacher because of blogging and I found the teacher/blogger community through Rachelle!


Next up is Lindsey AKA The Teacher Wife from!  We both teach second grade in Utah so her TPT and TN products work very well for me!  I just love all of Lindsey's super cute and effective ideas!  I even got to meet her a few weeks ago and she is just as sweet in person!  

Last but definitely not least would be Amy Lemons from  She is another fellow second grade teacher and her ideas are AMAZING!!!  My partner teacher and I are always sharing ideas from her super cute blog!

There are so many fabulous teaching blogs out there and I am thankful for all of them!

4.  What guilty pleasures are you most thankful for?  

I am thankful for my TV shows!  Especially having re-runs of my favorite show Dharma and Greg!  I can totally relate to this show!   :)

5.  What are you most thankful for?

I am most thankful for my family and my health.  I am really blessed to have such an amazing family that has loved and accepted me all along the way! I have had ups and downs with my health and I am so grateful that I have found the path of yoga and adopted a yogic lifestyle.  I am so much healthier now then I have ever been.  

Make sure and grab a copy of my "I Am Thankful..." student made book and have your students practice writing to show gratitude!  Please follow me and leave me a comment if you download the book!  Thanks everyone!!

(Click the picture to get your FREE copy!)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love getting together with my family and eating lots of yummy food.  However, we know that it is so much more then that and I also enjoy the whole reflecting on what we are thankful for part! It's a great strategy to make sure you can always make the sunshine... having an attitude of gratitude. 

    So I have made this book to help my students practice an attitude of gratitude.  I just love this book because it is a great way to get younger people to think about being thankful for the simple things in life like nature all around us.

    This idea was given to me the first year that I taught by a fellow teacher who had hand drawn the whole thing!  I have recreated it with cute clip art and I want you to have it too.

Click on the turkey to make this great book with your students.  The file includes a student version and a teacher copy with instructions!

If you download this please leave me a comment.  :)  Also, please feel free to make a link on your blog to this great resource.  I hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pssst.. We love fairy mist! (A classroom management tip)

Has one of your little darlings ever felt down in the dumps?  Were they in need of a magic fairy to make their day all better?   Then let me let you in on a little secret.  Over here in my class where we are always trying to make the sun shine, we use rose water for its aromatherapy benefits. 

According to aromatherapy and my own experience, rose water offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as an anti-depressant. Rose water/oil is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress like nervous tension, peptic ulcers and heart disease.  Rose water is also used as an antiseptic. Not to mention is really does smell heavenly!

When I have a student that is having a bad day, feeling glum, or even if my entire class is just feeling lethargic.  I will have them close their eyes and then I tell them they are going to be sprayed with fairy mist.

Plus it really works!  

This is my favorite brand to use.  I usually pick it up at Whole Foods but you can order it online also!  Click on the picture for a link to purchase your very own fairy mist!  Did I mention you can get it for only $5 ?!

It always makes them feel better.  There's nothing like a cold shot of fairy mist in the face to lighten the mood! 

Here is a label you can print and put on your bottle to cutesy it up :)
Click on the picture for you copy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm back with a vertical, horizontal and oblique line activity and FREEBIE!

This weekend I went to lunch with some amazing fellow teacher/bloggers!  You can see Rachelle and Natalie's post all about our get together here @  These amazing women have certainly inspired me to keep up with blogging!  So here is my first new post in a few months.

This is a fun, quick and easy activity that you can do with your students either in whole group or small group instruction.  Here we are practicing vertical, horizontal and oblique lines.  I have my students draw a picture of their choice but they can only do horizontal lines in black, vertical lines in red and oblique lines in blue.  

 I keep a visual reminder on my own white board after I model for them how to draw something using these three colors for their corresponding line.

Here are a couple of my students and their fabulous line drawings.  They really enjoyed this activity.  I asked them what type of lines they were for a simple assessment.  It was a easy way to assess their learning.  

I made a freebie for you just in case you want to use this in a center.  You can do this with crayons, markers, colored pencils or paint!

Get the freebie here!  There are two versions, one is has more scaffolding then the other.

Let me know if you download this and use it!  I would love some feed back.  Thanks!