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Language Morning Work for 2nd grade: the sets, the bundle, and the FREEBIE!

I'm sure you've been there before. I know I have.

The alarm clock doesn't go off, you're late and don't have time for breakfast, and the car won't start.

The rest of the day is, well, a mess to put it mildly.

When you start the day off on the wrong foot, the rest of it can't be any better.

You know what I'm talking about, right?

It is definitely harder to have a productive and focused teaching day after a rough morning start.

The same is true for your students.

You certainly cannot control what happens to them in their homes as they're getting ready to go to school, BUT you can do something about how they start their school day.

As soon as kids arrive in the morning, you want to get them on the right track immediately. Or better yet, you MUST get them on the right track, or you run the risk of having unfocused students throughout the rest of the day.

You want them to start the day off on the right foot.

Establish a routine that's easy to implement and that engages their little brains from the moment they step inside the classroom.

That's where morning work comes in!

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Make copies, have them within reach, and teach kids to grab a sheet as soon as they arrive and are ready to start the day.

"Ok, Lucy, that's great, but what do I do next? Kids arrive at different times and work at different paces. They won't finish the worksheets at the same time."

When the first ones are done with their work, you can have them help others who might be having difficulty completing the exercises. That also serves to encourage stronger bonding among your students.

You can also allot a certain amount of time and tell everyone to stop once the time is up. The unfinished worksheets can be assigned as homework on the same day or at the end of the week.

Would you like to try out a sample?
Then, click to download ten FREE Language Morning Work worksheets or click on the image below.

 FREE Second Grade Language Morning Work Bundle Sample

I've also bundled the sets and I'm offering you two choices: either buy the bundle, which is 30% off, or buy seven individual sets and email me so I can send you the other three for FREE. 

I'm offering the second option because there are teachers who have been getting the sets as I release them. I wanted those teachers to have the same benefit as those who will be buying the bundle now.

 Second Grade Language Morning Work BUNDLE

Click on any of the images to be re-directed to my TpT store.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Thank you for reading!

Teaching across the USA… and beyond! - interview & linky - Kelsea from Michigan

My second TpT-versary is in March. I can't believe two years have gone by. I still remember how excited I felt at discovering this whole new world. I also remember every single person who has been (or not) nice, helpful, and/or friendly to me. Some of them might not even know that they helped me along the way, but they did. And I remember.

I'm always thinking of ways to return their kindness. That might take the shape of pinning their products onto high-traffic boards, linking to one of their freebies in my newsletter, "liking" their FB posts, alerting to typos in their product titles, and many more ways - small or big.

My two series of interviews, Teaching Across the USA and Teacher-Authors Around the World, make for another way of shining a light on some of the friends I've made so far on this journey.

Today, my guest is Kelsea from Michigan. She's the teacher-author of Teacher Gems.

1. Were you born in Michigan? How do you like it there?

Yes! I was born and raised in West Michigan. The state of Michigan is shaped like a mitten so if you go half way down the palm of the mitten under the pinky finger you will find where I live. I lived in the same house all of my life (except for when I was in the college dorms) until I got married. However, I love to travel and have been to 46 or more of the 50 states as well as a few other countries.

I love that in Michigan you get to experience all of the different seasons! My favorite season is summer because I love the sunshine! We also have beautiful beaches with sand dunes surrounding the Great Lakes and over 11,000 inland lakes to enjoy! The fall season is also beautiful with the colorful trees and fun trips to the apple orchards. Winter is cold, but beautiful with the snow covered trees. Michigan kids love to make snowmen and snow forts, to go sledding, skiing or snowmobiling. The Michigan winters can be pretty harsh so many of our older citizens move to Florida for the winter months. We call them snow birds because they fly south in the winter! I’m actually writing this from Florida right now (although I am not that old ☺)!

2) Does Michigan have any influence over the resources you create?

I do not have too many products in my store that are Michigan influenced although I used to teach Michigan History to my fourth graders. I have a few ideas for products so I may be adding them in the future. A few products I have now that are influenced by Michigan are my bingo games. These include my back to school bingo game about summer activities and a winter fun bingo game with winter/snow activities.

3) I know that you're a champion for inclusion and differentiation in education. Tell us more about it.

I believe that all students bear the image of God and have their own unique strengths and weaknesses. I had the privilege of working with and learning from some pretty influential people in the field of inclusion. I did my student teaching under Barbara Newman of the CLC Network and author of many books on the topic including, “Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities.” The school I student taught at was one of the first schools to start inclusion. It was awesome to see how the students worked and played together even with such differing levels of abilities. They even had people from around the world who would come to observe the program because of its success.

FREE Disability Awareness Students Booklet
FREE Disability Awareness Booklet

I think it is important for students to learn about other students with disabilities at a young age so they do not develop any unnecessary fears. Even if your school doesn’t have many or any students with disabilities you can still teach your students about them. I taught general education 4th grade (in addition to sp. ed. preK-8th) at a small Christian school that only had a handful of students with disabilities. However, down the road from our school was another school for students with disabilities (mostly cognitive and physical impairments). My 4th grade class became buddies with a class at this school. We would go and visit their school once a year and they would come and visit our school. We also did outings with them like bowling, skating and other field trips. We would put on a band concert for them and a favorite activity was doing PE class with them. My students got to push their new friends’ wheelchairs under the parachute in the gym.

Long Vowels Resource
"I really enjoy creating products with differentiation in mind."

4) You've been homeschooling your kids, haven't you? How's it going so far?

Yes, kind of! ☺ My oldest is only 3 ½ so I really haven’t started any formal training yet but I am amazed at how much she is picking up just by playing with letters, looking at books and counting objects. The other day she said, “Mom, look I drew an A!” She proceeded to write several letters even though I never taught her how. I told my husband this homeschooling thing is a breeze! She is teaching herself. Haha! I am very excited to start a more structure homeschooling time. I love the flexibility of homeschooling and the quality time it allows me to have with my children. I am eager to learn more as I get into it more. All of my siblings are homeschooling their kids too which is fun because we can take field trips together and do other fun things. There are also a lot of homeschooling families in my church which is nice to bounce ideas off each other.

5) What would we be surprised to learn about you?

Let’s see…I am a country girl at heart. I was on my high school’s equestrian team where I raced my horse. We were even state champs one year after only completing two of the three days of competition (because we didn’t want to compete on a Sunday). I hate fruit but love vegetables (I know I’m weird!). Yes, that is ALL fruit! However, I do love fruit snacks (anything with lots of sugar or chocolate)! My husband and I met on a blind date and I was not interested in him. My mom MADE me go on a second date with him where after a stressful week at work I had a laugh attack during dinner at something dumb he said. I guess I must have thought he was funny after that and the rest is history. ☺

Thank you so much, Kelsea, for being my interviewee!

Now, go check out Kelsea's blog Teacher Gems and TpT store Teacher Gems, like her Teacher Gems FB page, and follow her on Pinterest.

Thank you for reading!

P.S. This month the linky is off, but it will be back next month.

READ: Teaching Across the USA: Heather from Virginia


READ: Teaching Across the USA: Alison from Illinois


READ: Teaching Across the USA: Meredith from Massachusetts


Teaching across the USA… and beyond! - interview & linky - Meredith from Massachusetts

I can't believe a month has already rolled by since my last post in the series Teaching Across the USA. But you know what they say: "Time flies when..."

My guest today is Meredith Anderson from Massachusetts. She's literally the brain behind the Momgineer blog.

Teaching Across the USA - Interview and link party
Clipart: Stacey Lloyd and Sonya DeHart Design

1. Have you always lived in Massachusetts? 

First, I want to say thank you for interviewing me for this fun series! It is such a great idea to "meet" someone from every state! To answer your first question, no, but I didn't live terribly far from here, either. I grew up in Bridgeport, CT and went to college in upstate New York. My husband and I lived in California (where he is from) for a few years before starting a family, then moved back to New York for a couple of years. We moved to Massachusetts in late 2007 and have been here ever since! I don't mind the New England winters, and the changes in season are just amazing.

2. By the name of your blog, Momgineer, I assume you have an Engineering degree. What aspects of the engineer stereotype actually apply to you and which of them don't?

You are correct. I hold two engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering. In some ways, I do fit the stereotype. I'm a total math geek (I even have a pi tattoo!), know far too many engineering jokes (no, you don't want to hear them), and I am definitely an introvert. One way I don't fit the stereotype is that I'm a woman. I would love to see more women in the field. Unfortunately, and I'm not helping matters by being in semi-retirement from engineering!

Meredith from Massachusetts - Teaching Across the USA
Walden Pond, Museum of Science, deCordova Sculputre Park and Museum, and so much more! That's Meredith in the right hand bottom corner.

3. I know you homeschool your kids. What's the biggest reward you get from homeschooling? What are the challenges?

I get to spend time so much time with my kids and really witness them learn. I get to learn and explore with them, and I love that. I feel very fortunate most days to get to spend this time with them; of course some days I want to throw in the towel because it can be overwhelming. It can be challenging because all kids learn at their own pace, and mine are no exception. Even though my kids are in 1st and 3rd this year, we are covering material from Kindergarten all the way through 9th grade right now, depending on the subject. It keeps me on my toes!

4. Which of the resources your created make you the proudest?

I do miss working as an engineer, but I am so thrilled to be able to share my engineering background and knowledge in my resources on TpT. These are labors of love for me. It takes me a long time to create an engineering resource but they are the ones I am most proud of. They all have introductory and follow-up activities, which follow real engineering principles, in addition to the design challenge. My STEM challenges are a great way to scratch the surface of engineering when you are short on time.

Engineering Resources by Momgineer

5. If someone visited Massachusetts for the first time, what would they be surprised to find out?

I think this is generally true for the northeast USA, but I think it might be surprising to find out just how close everything is! One of the best things about Massachusetts is that there are so many learning opportunities in a very small geographic area. In the summer, we can go swimming at Walden pond or the ocean. I can be in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, or New York in anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 hours. There are so many museums and so much history here (I run almost daily along part of the marching path of some of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War), that I don't think it would even be possible to visit everything. Many of these local resources offer homeschooling classes so we do get to experience quite a few, and it makes my job quite a bit easier.

Thank you so much, Meredith, for being my guest! I do hope that there are more women engineers in the future!
Now check out Meredith's FB page, TpT store, Momgineer blog, and Instagram posts.

READ: Teaching Across the USA: Heather from Virginia

READ: Teaching Across the USA: Alison from Illinois

And if you're teaching in America, be sure to link up! Not in America? No problem! If you're a teacher-blogger, you're welcome, too!

Grab the image below and complete the sentence by saying where you're from and which words or expressions we might hear if we're ever there. Blog about it and come link up. Be sure to comment on the posts before your own (at least two).

Thank you so much for reading and linking up!

Noun or Verb Anchor Chart and a freebie!

It might come naturally to an adult native speaker of English that some words act as both verbs and nouns. Of course, the context will tell you the difference. That's easy for you to see.

Now, think about a young child and/or an ELL student. They might have trouble understanding that a word like "play" can be a noun ("I watched a wonderful play"), but also a verb ("Let's play outside").

Helping them navigate the world of multiple meaning words and parts of speech is not an easy task, but it's a crucial one in getting them to succeed in a world where people are constantly turning nouns into verbs ("Friend me on FB"), and verbs into nouns ("I've only got one like on IG").

If you're introducing nouns and verbs to your students or if you're reviewing those two parts of speech, here's an idea that will get your kids to think about the multiple meaning of words on a daily or weekly basis.

Use an interactive "Noun or Verb" anchor chart like the one below.
Read on to learn how you can use it in your classroom.

Noun or Verb Anchor Chart by Lucy S.
Is it a noun or a verb? It can be both! Use this interactive anchor chart to get your students working with the two most important parts of speech: nouns and verbs

1. Once a day (or a week), write a word on a post-it and attach it to the top bubble.
2. Have students write sentences (on two pieces of post-its) in which the focus word acts as a noun and a verb.
3. Gather all the post-its and "shuffle" them.
4. Pick one post-it and read the sentence on it, and have students tell you if the word is a noun or a verb.
5. Attach the post-it on the verb bubble or the noun bubble of the anchor chart.
6. Go through as many sentences as time allows. If you change the focus word once a week, you'll probably be able to go through all the sentences. For example, if you have 20 students, go through 4 sentences a day.

If your students are struggling with the concept, you might have them come up with sentences in pairs or small groups.
You might also brainstorm the sentences together as a class when first introducing the activity, and later move on to the procedure described above.

Sometimes it's hard to remember words that can act as both verbs and nouns, so feel free to use some of the words you'll find in my FREE Noun or Verb No-Prep Printable Worksheets. You can use the printables as pre or post-assessment as well.

 FREE Noun or Verb Worksheets

And if you happen to be looking for more fun ways to practice nouns and verbs, be sure to check out my Noun or Verb Scoot - 2 sets of 35 Task Cards.

 Noun or Verb Scoot - 2 sets of 35 Task Cards

And I'm linking up with the grammar queen Deb Hanson for her Anchors Away Linky Party.
Be sure to check out her anchor charts. They're incredible!

 Anchors Away Monday Linky Party by Deb Hanson

Thanks for reading!

Teaching across the USA… and beyond! - interview & linky - Alison from Illinois

Here I am with a new interview in my series Teaching Across the USA.

My guest is Alison, but you might know her as Ms. Lilypad. Even though she's originally from Indiana (as you will read in the interview), she's here to represent Illinois in my quest to interview teacher-author-bloggers from all 50 American states.

Clipart: Stacey Lloyd and Sonya DeHart Design

1. Were you born in Illinois? What is it about Illinois that you love the most?

I was born next door in Indiana, and I've actually moved ten times in my life! I've lived in 4 different states - Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, and Georgia. What I love most about Illinois is the people - I have lots of friends here. I definitely don't love the winters, though!

A pond in Alison's neighborhood - she's lucky to be able to walk out of her yard and onto a trail where loves to run!

2. I know you're a bilingual reading specialist. Why Spanish?

I sure am! I sort of fell into teaching in Spanish. I learned some Spanish from my mom, growing up, and then continued to study it in high school. My parents encouraged me to continue studying it in college, and I was sort of reluctant because the coursework was a lot of history and literature. At the time, it didn't seem very relevant to teaching elementary school. But I'm really glad I've kept up with it, because being bilingual endorsed has been super helpful in getting jobs.

There's a big demand for bilingual teachers in the area where I lived, and before I was a reading specialist, I was a bilingual and dual language classroom teacher. I love teaching in Spanish and working with the Spanish-speaking community!

3. Can you tell us a bit about your TpT/blogging journey?

When I was getting my master's degree, I lived relatively far away from the university and used to get to class early (to avoid being late). One day during the summer, I was bored waiting for class to start and ended up stumbling upon the TeachersPayTeachers website. I started searching for and bookmarking materials I wanted to purchase, and as I was looking, I thought to myself, "Hey, I bet I could make that!" 

When I got home that day, I started experimenting by making some simple schedule cards and other materials I knew I'd need in my classroom for the upcoming school year. I opened a seller's account under the name "Ms. Lilypad" (at the time, I had a frog-themed classroom and had a 1:1 iPad classroom...get it...Ms. LilyPAD?!). As I started to learn about other sellers on the site, I realized that there was this whole world of selling and blogging that I had previously known nothing about! I started getting so many new ideas for my classroom, and I also started a blog to share my ideas. I had always loved visiting other teachers' classrooms and sharing ideas, and reading blogs/blogging became a great way for me to fit that into my busy schedule.

Alison's gazebo - nice place to work when the weather is nice!

Even before I started selling on TpT, I always loved creating curriculum - particularly writing lesson plans and integrated thematic units. I've been selling and blogging for about 2 years now, and it's so exciting to be able to share my units with other teachers. My yearlong Kindergarten writing curriculum is my best seller, and I also have writing curricula for 1st and 2nd grade. I now work part-time as a reading specialist and spend my mornings creating curriculum materials. I love that my schedule allows me time to write and time to work with kids! 

4. Through your blog posts, one can see that you love teaching reading and writing. Were you the kind of kid who would be reading books to your dolls? Have you always known you'd be a teacher?
I do love teaching literacy! But I did not always know that I wanted to be a teacher, and I don't even think I played "school" as a child! I have always loved reading and I would bring home stacks and stacks of books from the library every couple of weeks, and was known for reading with a flashlight long after bedtime. I also grew up on a street where the only other children were younger than me, and I really enjoyed playing with them and babysitting them. In high school, my math teacher encouraged me to pursue a career in teaching, and I am so glad that she did!

5. If you had to move to another US state, where would you like to live? Why?

I would love to live in North Carolina. I love the southern weather, the mountains, and the beach. Maybe I'll move there someday, but for now, I'm happy to be in Illinois with the people I love!

Alison's fur babies: Lindsay is keeping Max in line!

Thank you so much, Alison, for being my guest! Now, go check out Alison's Pinterest profile and Instagram's pictures, like her FB page, and follow her blog!

READ: Teaching Across the USA: Heather from Virginia

And if you're teaching in America, be sure to link up! Not in America? No problem! If you're a teacher-blogger, you're welcome, too!

Grab the image below and complete the sentence. Blog about it and come link up. Be sure to comment on the posts before your own (at least two).

Thank you all for reading and linking! Come back next month for a new interview and linky!