A blog about my adventures as a second grade teacher. We may wake up a little dizzy, but we will always be smarter than we were yesterday!

Clip Art Give away!

All of those years of doodling while the teacher was talking is finally starting to pay off (Yes, I was, er, am, one of those- it takes all types.) I have been pouring my heart and sanity into the GIMP image program and am quite pleased with the results. To view some of my work you may go to my tpt store: secondgradespin.(

You can also win my school supplies clip art pack by visiting: She will tell you what to do there!

Preview coming soon, I promise!

Happy Monday!

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TGIF! Bloggers and Hunk and Chunks

What a week! MAP testing, due dates, book orders, professional development and school, school, school! Even with four years of teaching in my back pocket, I still think I am learning just as much as the kids on a daily basis! One of my many goals this year is to not just live for the weekend, to embrace everyday and love my students right where they are. With that said, boy am I glad it is Friday! This week I learned: to be humble, to be thankful for what I have, think about others before I think of myself, be punctual!, be proactive and pack a snack!

I also delved deeper into the world of blogging and teacherspayteachers. For that, I must thank my friends Lacie and Ginger, fellow teachers at “The View.”  They not only inspired me to start this blog, but have patiently listened to me prattle along this week about it. For some inspiration of your own, go visit Lacie and Ginger yourself. They have some fantastic teacher freebies and bookoos of great ideas!

Have you ever heard of The Phonics Dance? This is something new that we are trying this year. Previously, we have exclusively used the Four Blocks month by month phonics program, but this year we have decided to add the phonics dance. We thought it would be a great way to build on what we already do. They are basically just cute little dances and rhymes to help children learn their phonograms. My kiddos are LOVING it! They really get into it and I can definitely see it helping them to spell words that they were previously struggling with. It only takes a few seconds a day with maximum payoff. Does anyone else use this in their class? I want to hear about it!

Well, that is all for now! Stay tuned next week I plan to post some of my Ashley Hall original beginning of the year activities and something neato things we are doing in our classroom. If you are looking for organization, this is probably not your place, but I have all sorts of creative lesson and activities swimming around my head and I can’t wait to share.  Thanks for staying with me on this long post and have a FANTASTIC, well-earned weekend!

Love to all,


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Let’s hit the ground running!

Day 15 of school-year 2012-2013

I have been inspired by two FANTASTIC teachers at my school to begin blogging and selling some of my sweat-and-blood classroom creations on teachers pay teachers. You can download my first offering for FREE! Here is the link:

I have grown to love folder games over the last couple of years. I use them in my literacy centers, for reviewing content and for early finishers. They are a quick, simple way for students to get some fun, colorful practice and you can reuse them over and over again! They are a little work upfront, but the sweat equity more than pays for itself in the years to follow when all you have to do is pull it out of the cabinet.

This little game is a sorting game for the properties of matter. I was wracking my brain to come up with something original and not too competitive (feelings get hurt easily in second grade) and I am rather proud of the result.

So, go download it! I hope you can find a place for it in your classroom. Even if the properties of matter are not one of your specific standards, it could be in a reading station, for enrichment or an early finisher activity. Enjoy! Image

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J.D. Moyer

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A blog about my adventures as a second grade teacher. We may wake up a little dizzy, but we will always be smarter than we were yesterday!

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