Monday, March 3, 2014

"Teaching Makes Me Smile" 1st/2nd Grade + Freebies!

I have a giveaway coming up on March 10th.  I wanted to host a giveaway for all of you wonderful teachers out there!  Teaching is a wonderful thing, but also can be tiring.  For me, I am so grateful that teaching still makes me smile :)

I will be having two giveaway contests.  We will have two lucky winners, one is for ages Pre-K and K and the other 1st and 2nd.  I wanted to showcase these wonderful teachers and their products.  I hope that you will find some amazing ideas and some inspiration!
Today, I will be showcasing all the 1st and 2nd grade products.  Feel free to check out their stores and their showcased freebie!  Don't forget to leave some love!

Morgan Hunt donated Exploring Space: {A Space mini-unit with an Astronaut Craftivity}.  This fun mini-unit will get your students excited about exploring space! From keeping a moon journal to crafting their own astronaut, students will learn about topics like day versus night and objects in the sky (specifically the sun, moon, stars, and some common constellations). This mini-unit is aligned with the TEKS and is a great resource for C-SCOPE users. :)
Check out her awesome freebie!

Poppydreamz donated winner's choice!  If you have never checked out this store, it is a must!  The clip art is fabulous and there are also templates to make your own puzzles.  Awesome!  There is also an amazing spring bundle deal: Buy 2 Get 1 Free!  My kind of deal :)  Check out this amazing freebie of doodle frames and labels!

Grasty's Goodies donated Words Their Way- Letter Name Alphabetic Spellers.  Are you looking for worksheets to enhance your Word Study instruction? This document includes worksheets that go along with EACH sort found in the Words Their Way - Letter Name Alphabetic Spellers program. There is a fill-in-the-blank worksheet and word sort worksheet. These worksheets are great because they require students to practice spelling the words but they also work on developing vocabulary knowledge of the words. Plus, she's included extra information and resources on how Word Study operates in her classroom. Check out her freebie here.

A Teacher Mom donated Blends Phonics Games Pack.  Here are some GREAT games that you can try with your kiddos as tier 1 instruction or for use in small groups during RTI or small group time. This pack includes: Bingo, Memory, Build and Spell-A-Word, "I have...Who has?", Trick Word Coloring, and a Real and Nonsense Word Sort.  Check out a freebie here.

Sarah J has donated a winner's choice.  A perfect excuse to check out her whole store!  Here is a freebie with place value task cards for second grade!

First Grade Buddies donated Math Bags for 1st grade: Spring Edition. 
Seasonal Math Bags are 10 seasonal themed math activities that can be done independently. Seasonal Math Bags focus on a small range of objectives. Each Math Bag is designed so that it can be done by one student or in a pair of students. We want the Math Bags to be engaging but also at a skill level where students can work independently. The instruction pages were made in a kid friendly way (there are both words and pictures).   Check out a freebie here!

  Carol's Garden donated a Superhero Deluxe Nameplate.  These nameplates are editable!  Ensure that your new students achieve the best results with these super-fun desk nameplates. Guaranteed to accomplish your goals to familiarize your little ones with all 26 letters of the alphabet, basic colors, shapes, numerical, cardinal, and ordinal numbers, place value chart, as well as the concept of left and right hand sides. Personalize each one by typing the name of its owner and unlock the power of student engagement in your classroom!  Check out a freebie here!

Nancy Strout donated Place Value: Common Core Aligned.  She has included both a color version and black & white. This packet includes an original song, poster, games, printables and more.  I always love the alligator!!  Check out a freebie here.


 Mr. Elementary donated Weather Vocabulary Bundle.  This bundle of weather vocabulary resources will provide your students with lots of engaging, research based, activities to practice vocabulary related to weather. The resources and activities in this bundle are especially helpful for ELL students learning new weather terms and I’ve found all my students enjoy using them. 
This weather vocabulary bundle includes:  Weather Vocabulary Trading Cards, Weather Word Wall Cards, and a Printable Weather Vocabulary Board Game.  Check out a freebie here.

Amna Baig- Teach to Reach donated Double Digit & Triple Digit Addition and Subtraction.  This is a great pack of printables that you can use to review number concepts for 2 and 3 digit addition,subtraction, odd/even, greater than/less than, number patterns, 10 and 100 more and less, and one and two step addition/subtraction word problems.   Check out a freebie here.

K's Kreations donated Buggy Math Bingo.  This classic bug themed BINGO game allows students to mentally determine ten less or ten more than each number called out. This game is perfect for whole group or small group instruction. There are 20 versions of each game, for a total of 40 gameboards. One set of number cards can be used for both games.  Check out a freebie here.

Carla Hoff donated Rawr! Addition Tic Tac Toe.  Children will love practicing addition facts while playing tic-tac-toe on these super cute dinosaur theme game boards! The set includes two sets of boards for two levels of practice, plus three ways to play! All together, they provide differentiated practice for children building fluency with facts up to 9 + 9, including the doubles facts. Great for centers!  Check out a freebie here.

Triple the Love in Grade 1 donated Spring Print & Go Math Pack.  This great math resource is perfect for the first grade classroom and can be used in grade 2 as well. All skills are common core aligned. Just print the sheets and go! Cheery spring theme makes this tool perfect for morning work, homework, math centers or classwork.  Check out a freebie here.

Classroom Creative donated a Subtraction Game- Don't Melt the Ice Cream.   This game can be used as a center, small group activity or take home practice game to help students master subtraction facts. For this game students each get an ice cream cone (included in the download) and take turns picking cards out of a bag. On most cards (24 included) they will be asked to solve a subtraction problem, but look out for the 6 included melt cards that will melt your ice cream! A fun way to master facts.  Check out a freebie here.

Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten donated Writing VOICES Bulletin Board Headers and Goal Cards.  These cards are used in a similar manner to CAFE goal strategy cards. They align with six trait writing and the CCSS for primary grades.  Included in this download:  VOICES header cards, descriptor cards for each of the 6 traits, and 50+ Writing goals to focus your instruction on each of the 6 traits.  Check out a freebie here. Rainey donated winner's choice.  Check out her store to see all the awesome choices!  Get a freebie here.

TN Teacher donated winner's choice.  Such fun to check out a new store!  Grab a freebie here.

Roots and Wings donated Guided Reading: What to TEACH, Behaviors to NOTICE, and PROMPTS to Use.  This product will layout for you the skills that are necessary at certain levels, prompts to use to promote the building of these skills, and word work suggestions to solidify the learning. Also, included are behaviors to notice that may signal processing issues or confusions and comprehension areas to focus on. Check out a freebie here.

Teaching Second Grade donated Print and Work Literacy Printables (Worksheets) Activities Cut and Paste.  There are 62 pages in this product working on tons of literacy activities.  Grab a freebie here.

Proud to Be Primary donated a St. Patrick's Day Pack.  This 80 page St. Patrick's Day thematic unit has everything you will need to celebrate and learn in your classroom while doing fun, educational Language Arts, Math and Crafts activities!  Find a freebie here.

Michelle Dupuis donated Scrambled Sentences.  This product will allow students to develop important skills like: reading, understanding the capital letter (beginning of sentence), understanding the period (end of sentence), and making sure the sentence makes sense.  Grab a freebie here!

Reading With Miss B donated Spring With Me - A Suffix "ing" Activity Set.  In this spring-themed set, we focus on the suffix "ing". This is geared toward 2nd grade students... and possibly 3rd grade intensive/intervention students as well.  This set includes: "ing" word search... finding hidden words that end in "ing", worksheet (adding "ing" to base word),  Rainbow trace, 8-page cut/staple/color/read spring flipbook, Spelling worksheet (which word is spelled right?!), Answer keys, and Instructions.  Check out her fabulous freebie here!

Last, but not least, Differentiation Station Creations.  Me!  I am offering a winner's choice for my donation, too!  I would love for you to take a look at my store and pick out something fun, in case you win! :)  Here is a missing addends freebie from me!

I hope you found some great stores and freebies in this post!  I love sharing all the wonderful ideas and freebies with you!  Leave me a comment to let me know, if you found some great freebies!!

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Thanks for taking the time to enter the giveaways!  Hope you have great luck :)


  1. What an awesome giveaway and the freebies were great too! Can't wait to see them all...I teach K-2 VE and love all the items you have posted so far! Thanks!

  2. I'm so glad!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. You made my day :)

  3. Thanks for rounding up all of these great people for their freebies and their part in the Giveaway The Giveaway will be exciting. You probably thought I was crazy last night when I told you I wanted your Monster Munch. But, If I win, I really want that one. If I don't win, I guess I have to give in and buy it. :)) Thanks again for everything.

    1. You are so sweet! I didn't think you were crazy, I just thought I wasn't clear :) I'm so glad that you want the Monster Munch! Good luck with the giveaway. You just need to win one!

  4. What a great way to "preview" the giveaway and share some great freebies! I can't imagine how much work this must have been. Thank you SO much!

    1. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to showcase such talented teachers and to be able to share everyone's fabulous freebies! Thank YOU for participating :)

  5. Thank you so much for all these wonderful freebies! You are all so generous!

    1. You're so welcome! I'm so glad that I could put so many wonderful freebies in one place and to showcase all these wonderful teachers!

  6. This looks like a WONDERFUL giveaway! I will be waiting for the 10th! Thanks for the great freebies - so many wonderful ideas for so many levels!


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