Friday, September 13, 2013

5 for Friday

Linking up this week with Doodle Bugs teaching :) Click on the image above to visit her fab teaching blog!

1. MEALWORMS! The first MONTH back to school in 2nd grade in my district means that these little worms are living in your classroom. Ughh.....

Making observations about the mealworms during centers least the kids like having the mealworms around!

2. Back to school Bulletin Board! I love love love making new bulletin boards and this one is so quick and easy! I used paint and glitter for the "Happy New Year" and then a marker for a little insert for the word "school."  It's not that easy to see in the pic but hopefully you get the idea :)

 I made these little half sheets to fill in about the "New Year Resolutions" for 2nd grade :) 
Click HERE for your Free copy! 

3. Along with the mealworms, we also get butterflies this time of year-- although they don't become those until October :)

A quick little lifecyle Craft

4. IKEA BOXES! I tell this to everyone! Ikea has magazine boxes that come in a 5 pack for $2! You cannot beat that price!! I use them every year and the LAST (well, I usually replace maybe 1 or 2 but most of them LAST!) I reinforce them with clear packing tape along the bottom and have the kids paint and decorate them the first week of school. Here's the finished product:

5. The weather here is BEAUTIFUL! 50's and sunny....perfect temp for a carmel apple cider with my favorite girl :)

Happy Friday!!


  1. I love your little butterfly lifecycle craft! Too cute! I love your book boxes too. What do your kids use them for? I am super excited to have found another second grade blog to follow through Five for Friday. Happy weekend!
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

    1. Hi Jaime! We use our book boxes for books that kids are currently reading as well as other books they've selected from the classroom library that they want to read during independent reading time (all the books in their boxes have to be at their reading level). I don't let kids keep books in/at their desks bc I've had WAY too many torn/crinkled/lost books over the years!
      Thanks SO MUCH for coming over to read the blog!! You're our first commenter! woohoo! :)

  2. Love love the idea of a "Happy New Year" for back to school ! I have never thought about that . Genius! Thanks for sharing :)

    First Grade Fairytales

    1. Thanks Kelly!! Love your blog-- Apple Fest is too cute! Love that idea.

  3. Thanks for the Ikea book box tip! I'm heading there next week so will definitely keep and eye out for those magazine files. :)

    I popped over to visit from the linky.

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. Thanks for coming over to check out our new blog :)
      and have fun on your Ikea trip-- I could spend DAYS in that place!!

  4. I stopped by to visit via Doodle Bugs's linky! I did not know that Ikea offered those magazine boxes - that's a downright steal! Slightly jealous of your's been in the low 90s and icky here in South Mississippi (I didn't intend for that to rhyme, ha).

    Miss White's Classroom

    1. low 90s! That crazy-- but don't worry, Im sure ill be WAY jealous of your weather in a couple months when I've freezing up here!!
      Thanks so much for coming over from the linky!