Jul 25, 2016

Indiana Bloggers DOLLAR SALE 2016

It's that time again! The LEGENDARY Indiana Bloggers DOLLAR SALE! We are heading back to school soon here in Indiana (too soon, if you ask me!) and we are celebrating by offering some great products for just one dollar each. Hopefully, you'll also find some new sellers to follow! If you like their products, be sure to follow them on TPT, so you can see their future products! ALL of the products included by Indiana teachers will be linked at the very bottom of this post, but first, I'm going to show you the 4 products that I have included in the sale!

My first dollar item is my September set of Math Problem Solving Tasks. If you are looking for a daily word problem task for your students, this is perfect. I created these to follow the skills of my 2nd graders while working through the Envisions Common Core math series. What I mean by that, is the skills included in my September set follow what we were working on in Envisions in September and so on. They could be used for ANY 2nd graders, but bonus if you use Envisions because you'll find that they follow right along with what you are working on! Now is the time to try them out, for just ONE DOLLAR!! Click the picture below to go directly to this deal.

My next dollar product is a brand new product of mine, Sight Word Soup. Just add a few bowls and a plastic spoon and you'll have a fun and interactive way to practice sight words. Keep your students engaged with this activity! They love it! Click on the picture for this deal.

The next awesome deal is a great one that you can use all year long. My back to school fluency phrases include 6 levels of Fry's phrases for students to increase their fluency while working on the phrasing aspect of reading fluency.  SIX games are included for just one dollar. Click on the picture for this great deal!


My last dollar deal is a literature companion pack that goes along with one of my favorites: First Day Jitters. Here is what is included in this companion pack:
Five Centers included: 
Vocabulary Match
Vocabulary Mixed Up Sentences
Sentence Sort (Statement, Question, Fragment)
Compound Word Match
Noun & Verb Sort
Also included:
Graphic Organizers (Character/Setting and Plot)
Response to Literature Question Sheet
(One question to be answered with a written response using RAPP)

Additional written response questions

Click below for this awesome deal! 

See the links below for all of the other AWESOME deals! I can't wait to SHOP!!! I know these Indiana teachers always have great products that I love!! 

May 3, 2016

Measurement: An Interactive Lesson

I'm posting this over on CTR today and I couldn't wait to share this fun lesson with all of you!

To introduce measurement in my 2nd grade classroom, I usually use the book, "How Big is a Foot?" by Rolf Myller. The kids always get a kick out of the story, so this year I decided to take my introduction one step further. We pretty much acted out the concept in the book, but before I read them the story.

Materials Needed:
Multiple sizes of shoes (Barbie shoe, baby shoe, toddler shoe, 2nd grader shoe, woman's shoe, and a large man's shoe)
Butcher/Bulletin Board Paper

I put students into 6 groups (or however many shoes you have, I had 6 shoes). I told the students that I needed them to make me a bed today that was 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. They kind of looked at me funny, but I told them I just needed them to draw me a bed that was 6 feet by 3 feet. I tried not to give them too much information to start, but I told them that I'd give them a foot to use to help them measure out the bed.

Once the students were all in their groups around the room with their butcher paper, pencils, and markers. I started walking around and handing out shoes to each group and telling them that was their "foot" that they needed to use to measure their bed with. Not every group paid attention to the other groups, but they were more interested in the shoe that I had given them. They all worked diligently on creating their 6 foot by 4 foot beds. Some needed assistance with measuring it 6 feet long and then 4 feet wide. Since it was all an introduction, they hadn't experienced much with measuring in the past. It was a good pre-assessment for me just to see if they knew how to line up nonstandard units and measure with them. It helped me know where we should get started.

 After they finished drafting their beds with a pencil, they started going over them with markers and some of them added more decorations, They really enjoyed themselves. When everyone was done, I had each group stand up and share the "foot" that they used, then the finished bed. We talked about which bed was the biggest, the one that used the biggest "foot" and which was smallest, the one that used the smallest "foot."

Next, we read Rolf Myller's book, "How Big is a Foot?", which has a king asking to have a bed (which hadn't been invented yet) for the queen for her birthday. When asked how big to make it, he used his own foot to measure out 6 foot by 3 foot, but this became a problem when the person building the bed had much smaller feet than the king.

After the story, we talked about our own beds that we created and why we can't just use whatever "foot" we can find, but we should have a STANDARD unit of measurement. Then, I introduced the unit of measurement: one foot and showed the students that it was equal to 12 inches.

The kids had a blast and I did, too!

May 1, 2016


After emptying this Cascade container, I knew I had to use it for a center at school! As a teacher constantly trying to come up with new ideas to keep the kids engaged, I saw the container as an alligator right away. Later, I did look this up on Pinterest and I saw that many other teachers have the same mentality as I do, and they turned their containers into alligators, too!

See the pictures below to see how I transformed the container with some Duck Tape and construction paper. I've created three simple games to put inside the container and I'm working on some more. I'll change the games/skills out easily as I see fit for my classroom. I'm also going to keep one at home for my girls to practice letters and sight words!

Here are the CHOMP! games that I've created so far:

Mar 1, 2016

Engaging Students with Eggs {Repost}

I posted this last year close to Easter time over on the Who's Who and Who's New collaborative teaching blog. I thought I'd share it here with you this year, in case you missed it!!

Hello! It's Allison from Stuckey in Second

It's that time of the year where my students really need an extra boost to keep them engaged. It's also that time of year when I am starting to lose my energy on keeping them engaged! Anyone else know what I mean?

I have seen a lot of people post about using plastic Easter eggs in the past for various activities, but never tried it. I ran into The Dollar Tree a few weeks ago for something else (literally RAN in, my husband and kids were waiting in the car!).  I saw all of these adorable eggs that they had just set out on display and scooped them up without thinking. I was determined that I would find something cute to do with them! Cute patterns and adorable little yellow chicks. I also found eggs with three parts at our local grocery store Meijer (one of my very favorite stores out of Michigan and luckily we have them in Indiana, too!) Anyway, I was excited to find those three part ones too!

We are working on mastering our addition and subtraction facts in second grade, so I made a big basket of eggs for them to match up the fact with the sum or difference. The top and bottom patterns don't match, I didn't want to make it TOO easy for them! :) 


I also made two different sets of eggs with the chicks. One set is synonyms and one set is antonyms. I laid all of the egg halves out on the table and told my small group the one that made the most "matches" was the winner. They loved it! 

Finally, here are the three part eggs that I made into Nonsense Word Fluency practice. Luckily, not many of my kids still need this, but the ones that do are LOVING it! I honestly think I'm going to keep these around and use them at the beginning of the year next year. They love turning the parts of the eggs and making new words. The eggs do come apart when they are doing it sometimes, but they are easy to pop back together. Such an easy away to engage frustrated readers!


So far, we have been using these during small groups and intervention time when there are a few kids that need some extra practice.  I went to The Dollar Tree again today and got some more eggs because I'm determined to come up with some more ideas! 

Do you have any more ideas for me that I can use these eggs to engage my students?

I always love blogging here on Who's Who and Who's New! If you are looking for Spring Centers for Literacy and Math, head on over to my store for my newest product. It includes 14 centers all in color AND black/white printer friendly.

It's my favorite and best product yet!!

Jan 23, 2016

Fab Vocab: Weekly Vocabulary Units

I've recently started creating these weekly vocabulary units! I will be creating 30+ weeks, for every week of the school year. Each week focuses on 6 vocabulary words and will include the same activities each week to help your students enrich their vocabulary. The activities won't change much, if at all, so your students can focus on the new WORDS, rather than on new activities/games to learn. Please see the following pictures and descriptions of all that is included! Week 1 is posted in my store and watch for more weeks in the very near future! As I go, I'll bundle 5 weeks at a time for a discounted price. (Weeks 1-5 will be bundled when I finish all five.) I'd love to hear what you think!