Sneak a Peek ---- I'm a Peach!

Hey there bookworms!

I'm excited to tell you I'm part of The Primary Peach - a collaborative blog just for Georgia teacher bloggers! I'm wrapping up our group series today, Sneak a Peek with a Peach!


If you'd like a peek inside my classroom office, click the picture above to come on over! And if my office isn't what you had in mind (ha!!) there are 21 other classrooms to look through!!

Beat the Bell {A September Bright Idea!}

Hey there bookworms!

I'm so excited to be back with you for another round of bright ideas! Here we go!

One of the things I loved about my position last year was being able to go into so many different classrooms and learn new tricks from the fantastic teachers in our building. One of my second grade teacher friends plays a game with her kids I like to call Beat the Bell. I'll tell you how my friend and I played with her kids and you can make your own adjustments.

You need:
  • a bell
  • a stool or table
  • review questions (We made these up on the fly, but you could use task cards if you want to get fancy --- ha!)
  • 2 children at a time
Choose two kids to come up to answer a review question. We pulled random names out of a jar, but if the student didn't want to play they didn't have to.

They will stand on opposite sides of the stool/table with one hand behind their back and one on the table. No one else is allowed to answer.

{Does anyone else want to squirm when they hear their own voice on video? Just me??}

The question can be about anything they've learned so far during the school year. They have to wait until we finish asking the question to ring in. If they get the question right, they get a "ticket" (part of their classroom economy) but you could just as easily award points, candy, stickers, etc. 

The kids BEGGED to play this game all year long and it is a perfect time filler! Whether you've got 2 minutes or 20, it's a great informal assessment.

I hope you are gathering lots of great bright ideas this morning! If you liked this bright idea, please join me for more fun on Facebook or Instagram for more fun and great ideas!

Back to School Freebie Rewind! #TBT

Hey peeps!

I'm chugging along on this blogging train, trying to get back on track! I had this post on my to-do list at least 3 weeks ago but clearly I am riding the struggle bus instead of the blogging train. ;-)

Seriously, these freebies are back to school must-haves for me so let's get started!


I love this survey. Especially because it's great for the first week of school, but it's equally important any other time of year. If you want to get to know your kids as readers use this or something like it. I gave it at least one more time (usually after Christmas) to see what had changed since August. It's also a great activity for new kiddos to complete on their first day or so and buys you a little time to get their reading materials ready. ;-)  

My only "deadline" for using this survey in class was to make sure we did it before I put in our first Scholastic Book Clubs order. That way I could order new books based on the interests of my new students! There were always "holes" in my classroom library and I loved finding a good excuse to buy more books!!! 


This binder cover is pretty simple, but our student info binders make collecting and keeping all of that beginning of the year stuff so much easier! As a *bonus* you really need to check out my sweet friend The Brainy Zebra and her FREE student info sheet!

Next up...


This is one of my very early Writer's Workshop lessons. I made it two pages so that my students had plenty of room to illustrate and label whatever they needed. We glue it down side by side on the first couple of pages in our Writer's Notebooks and come back to it all year long!

I know you might be thinking, "Why would she have them write down a bunch of things they detest?? People, that page is a gold mine during opinion writing lessons!


This might be my most favorite freebie. The minute I started using these, my stress level during student work time decreased immediately! My support teachers and I could immediately see where we needed to focus our energy, who to keep an eye on, and who was ready to go.

I hope at least one of these makes your year a little better! See you soon!