Under Construction

So my blog is still under construction and I am trying out all the links, buttons and ideas involved. So much it can be overwhelming! Anyway just wanted to post about a few activities this week.

I teach second grade in Hawaii and am very fortunate to work at a terrific school. I use centers for my literacy block and am always looking for new ideas. I just finished reading "The Daily 5" by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser. I actually read it cover to cover in one afternoon. I wish I would have read it before school started! Such great ideas.

I loved the book box idea to help kids stay on task while reading, so I just used ziploc bags that I had to start them off. I chose a few books for each of the kids and then let them choose some to place in their bag. WOW! My kids loved it!! All week they asked if they could get their book bags and read. We made a chart of what Reading to Self looked like and they took complete ownership of it.

Kids that normally wander around were so on task and so proud that they could read what was presented to them.  I love to sew and have decided to make some bags with handles so they can carry them around easily and hang them on their coat hook to save room. As soon as I get them done I will post pics:)

I also came up with a simple design for some Exit Passes this week. I recently attended a literacy training that emphasised students should be writing about everything all day.  It's hard to find the time for it all so I am starting simple. An old idea of what you did in school today to give to your parents or someone at home.    Just click on the picture to download.

Students have to fill out their pass to leave class. I think this is a fun way for students to think about their day and write down their ideas. Hopefully you can use this and find it helpful for your own class.

Well I'm off to figure out how to get my blog out there for everyone to check it out.


  1. These exit passes are too precious! Welcome to the blogging world- I am your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd hop on over to my blog too when you get the chance :)

    The Second Grade Superkids

  2. Aloha! I have always wanted to visit Hawaii! Welcome to Blogland! I'm your newest follower. Come on over to visit when you get a chance.

    Chatterbox Blessings,

    1. Mahalo for following Rebecca! I hope you get a chance to visit Hawaii someday it's beautiful. For now just check out my page when you need a bit of a virtual vacation;) I will definitely check out your page.


  3. Welcome to blogging, I love your blog so far, cute theme!! I'm a new follower!

    1. Thank you so much Amy!! You have so many great ideas on your blog!! I look forward to following you as well.


  4. Love the exit slips! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm a new follower. =)

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

  5. Welcome to blogging! I use exit passes for reading groups a lot and it's always interesting to me to see what students thought was important. Sometimes what they take away from the lesson isn't what I had expected!

    I'm your newest follower and would love it if you'd click over to my blog and do the same.
    Christi =)
    Ms. Fultz’s Corner

  6. I am jealous that you live in Hawaii...one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!

    Your blog is so cute and makes me want to go to the beach!

    I adore your exit passes especially the ones about the nice thing they did for a friend...that goes well with my helpful hearts we use to fill our school family bucket.

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit me when you get the chance!

    Heather's Heart

  7. I love the exit pass idea. This way your students leave with a positive thought. Thank you for the freebie.

    I am your newest follower!

    Do you have any advice for new teachers? I'm having a linky party to give tips to new teachers or new to your grade level. I'm going to make a pinterest board from all the ideas. If you'd like to join, hop over to my blog.


  8. Love the exit tickets! Thanks for sharing!
    Teaching in the Valley

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