Five for Friday & 2nd Grade Giveaway

I am linking up for Five for Friday this week!
1) If you missed it, I finally got a Monday Made-It completed this week for my hall display at school.  Thanks to Michael's for the wooden frames and Mr. Madden for painting them for me.  :)
2) While I was at school hanging my new lovely frames this week, I decided to try to tackle my door.  It's awful.  I think we have a "no tape" policy on doors, but I kinda-sorta never follow those types of rules.  Well, that means my door is a hot sticky mess!  I've tried everything (including muscle) to get the sticky residue off but nothing ever worked.  I even broke out my Goo Gone (which I swear by) but nope....it didn't do the job either.

Well, I was unpacking some bags I had dropped off earlier in the summer and I found these wipes that I had stumbled upon at Lowe's.  Have you seen them? Get them!  Now!

With just a few wipes and no muscle at all....my door was sparkling!
You can see the yucky residue in the first pic of my door...it was really bad in person!  And, then, voila - it was gone!

3) I also made my first day of school, happy-birthday-to-the-teacher-treats for my kiddos.  They would be great for handing out to the kiddos on their own birthdays, too!  Cheap, simple, and sweet!  I love it!
4) I've been working on getting all of my students' folders ready this week!  Yep, I'm THAT teacher.  The one that buys all of their folders so that they match and I can have them ready beforehand.  Do you do that, too??
On my very *LONG* to do list is to revamp and bundle all of the resources I use in my students' writing folders.  It is pretty close to the top of my list, though, so maybe...possibly....this weekend?!

5)  Do you know Katie from Queen of the First Grade Jungle?  If not, hop over and take a visit.  I'm in love with her new blog design. :)


Queen of the First Grade Jungle
Katie has just moved to the great state of South Carolina and she has also moved to 2nd grade!!  We're teaming up for a great little giveaway for you busy 2nd grade teachers!  
All you have to do to win is comment on this post and tell us your FAVORITE thing about 2nd grade!  Be sure to leave your name and email address, so I can contact you if you're the winner!  I'll choose a winner on Sunday!

Congratulations #29, Erika!!

What will you win, you ask?  You will win Katie's "Busy Teacher's Best Friend: Back to School 2nd Grade Edition" and my "2nd Grade Morning Work PowerPoints Unit"!  These resources will save you SO much time...and that, my friend, is priceless as a teacher! 


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76 comments

  1. OH my what two great products! As a fellow 2nd grade teacher I would love to win these! 2nd grade is the best grade to teach because they have a sincere love for their teacher and for learning! And they haven't developed that "I'm too cool for school" attitude yet ;)

    Lindsey - lmburto@gmail.com

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  2. I would love to win either of these products! I also teach 2nd grade. My favorite thing about 2nd grade is teaching my kiddos reading. They are finally at the point where they are connecting all the sounds and making deeper connections. I especially love those kids that always think it is so magical. It never fails to make my day.


    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings
    msrichardssmusings@gmail.com

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  3. Lataisha hawkins lmdsingleton@yahoo.com. What I love about second grade the students want to show off their skills in every subject. They still have a eagerness to learn daily. They want to do the fun projects in class and display to show the world what they have learned.

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  4. My favorite thing about second grade is that they become very independent but still love all of the teacher's love and attention. :) bforbes89@gmail.com

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  5. I teach K-5 resource room and 2nd grade is my favorite grade to use as a focal point to tie all my students needs together, especially when I am teaching multiple grades in the room at the same time! The 2nd grade common core standards help me define where some students are going and where some are coming from as I look at individual needs.

    P.S. My best friend is the 2nd grade teacher!! She has the MOST positive attitude and love for her kiddos.

    Sue
    ps2zama@comcast.net

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  6. I teach 2nd grade in Northern Idaho and I have been teaching 2nd grade for 14 years and I love it! I love that they still love the teacher and that reading becomes exciting for them! They realize their strengths and want to continue to hone those skills that they learned in 1st grade. I was asked to move to 3rd a couple years ago and I said nope, 2nd grade is in my heart!
    Kathy
    applebranchranch@clearwire.net

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  7. I love teaching 2nd grade because the kids still LOVE to learn and the light bulb seems to go off frequently during the learning process. It is the best grade ever!
    -Jaime
    brightconcepts4teachers@gmail.com
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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  8. I LOVE 2nd grade. They are able to take books and connect it with all kinds of fun and interesting things. I love to hear their stories and I am amazed at what great writing and thinking they can do at such a young age. shantyem@centurytel.net

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  9. My target had zippered sandwich and snack bags with monster faces on them and I thought of you. They were in the dollar spot.

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  10. I am so excited to get back to teaching 2nd grade after spending 10 years home with my own kiddos!! Would love to win!

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  11. I love second grade because the kids love to learn, and they get excited about learning! They enjoy school and love their teachers. They are very capable, but are still open to all things fun and cutesy. There are so many reasons I love second grade!!

    Aimee
    primarilyspeaking@gmail.com
    Primarily Speaking

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  13. I'm pretty sure both of those are already on my "wish list" so to win them would be fantastic! I have been teaching 2nd grade for 7 out of my 8 years teaching-and for me, the best is how they have a little bit of independence but still LOVE school and think their teacher is amazing! It makes going to work so much easier knowing that the kiddos love you and want you there!

    Erin Warden- erinmeagan@hotmail.com

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  14. Oh my gosh, I would love to win this!! This will be my first time to teach second grade and if that weren't enough....we are moving!!! I have boxes EVERYWHERE!!! Oh yeah, and my son turns 13 Sunday so, in the new house with boxes everywhere, we will be hosting a birthday sleepover!!! Calgon take me away!!! Seriously though....God won't give me more than I can handle!!!

    I'm not sure what my favorite part of second grade will be, but I'm not worried....I know my little darlings will steal my heart!!!

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  15. I LOVE second grade! I am starting my 13th year teaching it. I love that they still have that sensitive eager to please side. I love how they still want to learn and get excited about learning new ideas. They are nice to each other still and don't have the "popular" worries yet. Best grade ever! Love your blog by the way!

    Heather
    Simple In Second
    hewilliams1@yahoo.com

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  16. The best part of second is they are so eager to learn and they can do a lot more for and by themselves.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  17. I love second grade! Most of them are reading, they are more independent, and still as cute as can be! :)
    Julene Hoffman
    jhoffman143@yahoo.com

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  18. I bet 2nd grade is fun to teach! :)

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  19. I have another way for getting rid of that sticky goo! Hand sanitizer... smear some of that on the goo and rub away! Strangely it works! And there is a pretty good chance that teachers have hand sanitizer around... ;) jennifer.steinacher@meeker.k12.co.us

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  20. I have taught first, second, and third and second grade is definitely my favorite. I love the age of the kids. They are excited to learn and they soak it all up! tkjadams71@gmail.com

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  21. I have been teaching for 21 years but this is my 3rd year in 2nd grade. I love that I can still teach them to read and that they are more independent than 1st graders in working by themselves :)
    Donna
    donna@vccubed.com

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  22. Thanks for your post! I am also doing a monster themed class this year! Could you post pics of monster ideas? I did just make a bulletin that I could share with you! Also where do I get those adorable covers on the folders?

    damicofamily04@gmail.com

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  23. I am new to 2nd grade this year and I am looking forward to working with second graders this year because at that age they love learning and still love their teacher! Plus, they are super independent. kcgray2005@gmail.com

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  24. I love your birthday treats. They turned out really cute. Is the cherry on top a sucker?? Just wondering. Thanks for sharing.

    Jamie
    teachingtidbits.blogspot.com

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  25. Thanks for the tip about Goof Off! I have also tried everything on my cabinets including Goo Gone and it wouldn't come over. I will have to try this. My favorite think about second grade is how much the children love to learn.

    mcreynolds.sarah@gmail.com

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  26. Woohoo! Thanks Amanda and Katie for teaming up (with your blogging buddies) to host the giveaway of these 2 packs. Beginning of year is so exciting...in 2nd grade gotta love that readers get hooked in series books and really get to know characters.

    Stephanie tjoyce@aol.com

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  27. I love the birthday treat idea...want to do this for my birthday too! I love how eager second graders are to do everything! karenobleness@gmail.com

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  28. My favorite thing about second grade is that I keep my kids from First grade. I am a Multiage teacher who loves having both grade levels together...The second graders are tremendous oldtimers with leadership skills and maturity! I love how they begin to really think past the obvious especially in reading and comparing stories!
    LOVE SECOND GRADERS but also FIRST GRADERS!
    cindy_deforge@cvsd.k12.pa.us

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  29. My favorite thing about teaching second grade is pretty much everything: still little but not babies, eager to do things, full of life, want to be independent but still loving, developing a sense of humor. peschaff@bresnan.net

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  30. I love that they are still young and in love with their teachers. I love to see how independent they become by end of the year. I love their size :)
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  31. I love that they are big enough to tie their shoes, but still small enough to think that you hung the moon. I also love watching them become chapter book readers!

    Stephanie H.

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  32. I love that 2nd graders are becoming independent but still love their teacher. They are always ready to learn!

    I already had both of these packets on my wish list. :-)

    Jeannie
    The 2nd Grade Surprise

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  33. 2nd grade is magical because the kids begin to own their learning. They get so invested in what is being taught and are excited to learn. I get to watch my little ones take responsibility of what is happening in their learning and really care about our classroom community. They grow right infront of your eyes and they love school. I always say that I'm a better person because I get to be a part of their lives each day.
    This is an amazing bundle and I would LOVE to win it.
    Mary
    Mary.ruth.jardine@gmail.com

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  34. I am excited to teach another year at 2nd grade! My favorite thing about 2nd graders is that they are excited about everything you teach them!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Headleyfamily@comcast.net

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  35. This will be my first year as a second grade teacher. I am taking a big leap from 5th grade. So far what I love is the ability to decorate the room with fun and whimsical things.
    AnitaMaher1@gmail.com

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  36. My Favorite thing about 2nd grade is their independence level and they are still impressionable
    docketta@yahoo.com

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  37. I love teaching second grade because you can see so much growth as they transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn"!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

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  38. I love teaching second grade because my kiddos really grow and change into independent little beings throughout the year. They make choices about their learning and really take control of themselves as learners. They become more actively involved in the classroom. I LOVE working with 7 and 8 year olds!
    Sara

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  39. My favorite thing ever about second grade is how stinkin' cute and funny these kids are! Seriously makes me day! One time I asked them what 'dialogue' meant and this kid pipes up with "it's when you die on a log". Lol!!

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  40. I think that what I like the most about 2nd grade is that the kids still get excited about learning. They don't have the whole "cool" thing going on. They like school and they like their teachers.

    karen
    http://thebeezyteacher.blogspot.com/

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  41. I love second grade because the students have such great attitudes and are excited to come to school each day!

    Patti B
    maestra200@msn.com

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  42. My favorite thing about second grade is how independent they can be, but they still love their teacher and learning.

    Oh btw, I am totally that teacher who buys all the students' folders...I send a letter home saying, don't buy the folders off the supply list because I already got them! They have to match!!!

    Bobbi
    Bitty Bilinguals

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  43. My favorite thing about second graders is that they seem like college kids compared to firsties! THey love to work, and like to do more work when they finish their work!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

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  44. This grade is the BEST ever!! These kids have developed some skills already and are pumped to learn more! They are cute, funny, love their teacher and have no "attitude" yet!!

    rickmull@mnsi.net

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  45. After spending 4 years in kindergarten...2nd grade is heaven!!! Still love you and want to be at school but they can already read and write and know how to "be" at school!!

    Wendy
    Sdwd727@gmail.com

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  46. My favorite thing about second graders is their energy and ability to work independently!

    jenniferjenkins7777@gmail.com

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  47. The kids' maturity and eagerness to learn!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  48. My favorite thing about second grade is how much they still love to learn. They haven't been jaded yet and they are still innocent. After 17 years in K, I love second grade. And you are not the only one who gets folders ready early :).
    Donna
    dmbastock@gmail.com

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  49. What I love about teaching 2nd grade is their love for learning is still there! They still love their teacher and want to please her as best as they can! I would love o win these!!
    Lgotsche69@gmail.com

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  50. I am beginning my 23rd year as a second grade teacher (out of 29 years of teaching)...and I love EVERYTHING about 2nd graders...their developing sense of humor,their wanting to be at school and involved in their learning, their willingness to take responsibility for their learning/actions and no matter how their day went the day before, their ability to come back loving their teacher and wanting more!

    nhardy@graniteschools.org

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  51. My favorite thing about 2nd grade is that kids are independent enough to do things on their own, but also sweet enough to still love their teacher! It's the best of both primary and intermediate worlds! Plus. we dont have to give the state test :)
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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  52. I love that 2nd graders are more independent, but still sweethearts! It's a great age to teach!
    Chantelle
    cu_later17 at hotmail.com

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  53. I love the JOY that exudes from the pores of my second graders! They are always excited to learn and share their progress with others! 2nd grade is a pure delight!
    Pam
    pop2jtbres@gmail.com

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  54. Love those bundles! My favorite thing about second grade is their eagerness to learn. They are like little sponges trying to soak up as much as possible. Plus, they are old enough to not need you to tie their shoes or wipe their noses but little young enough to want to hold your hand while walking down the hall.

    melissa.baccari@yahoo.com

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  55. Second graders are ready to learn and still have the positive attitude that shows they know they can do anything! They smile much more than they frown!
    jan@linkup.us

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  56. My favorite thing about second graders is that sometimes they slip up and call you "Mommy!"
    Debbie
    debjac9@aol.com

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  57. I teach 3rd grade, but have to review and reteach many of the 2nd grade concepts with my students. My favorite thing about second grade is knowing that they'll be mine in just one year :)

    rachael.adamo@alumni.twu.edu

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  58. I've enjoyed the comments so far, agree with everyone, and am thinking that summer ending isn't so bad! I love teaching second graders for all the reasons stated. But I also love that they are independent enough to develop some fantastic tech skills. I love seeing how they can show adults how to do things well with technology. They're amazing!
    Candace
    candace2robinson@gmail.com

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  59. Thanks for sharing the tidbits from your week! You birthday gifts and folders look great! It is so hard to choose one thing I love about second grade... I guess today I feel like choosing all of the smiles and hugs!! Take care!

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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  60. Thanks so much for the opportunity. I love their excitement.
    yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

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  61. Love your blog! I'm new to second grade this year and appreciate the opportunity to win some great prizes!I think second graders will be so much fun to teach because they will have a year more of maturity and independence than my firsties . I look forward to their hugs and smiles.
    tgfirstgrade@gmail.com

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  62. My favorite thing about 2nd is well everything- but I guess it is their love of learning especially in math.
    Michelle
    inlikeflynnm@yahoo.com

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  63. My favorite thing about second grade is that the students realize everything from kinder and first grade "clicks." All of a sudden they can read and write and they feel like the kings & queens of the primary grades. I guess I love their confidence! :)

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  64. I teach a 1/2 combo and I love how the 2's really take on the role of leaders for the younger ones.

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  65. I really have no idea what will be my favorite about 2nd grade because this will be my first year teaching 2nd grade. I have taught 3rd grade for the past 11 years. We start in a couple of days and honestly, I am wondering what I was thinking saying yes to moving to 2nd grade. I do know that I love spending my days with children and watching them grow. This will be the same at any grade level including this year!

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  66. My favourite thing about second grade is how the simple thing excites them and in turn excites me to teach them. Like making 3d shapes from toothpicks and marshmallows or when you pull out pAint and doesn't matter that you haven't explained the activity they know they are going to paint and are super excited

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  67. I love that second graders are at that in-between stage. They are independent, yet they still look to you for guidance. They are becoming their own person, yet they still care about pleasing you. They are developing their own interests, yet continue to get excited about learning just because you are. They are forming their own circle of friends, yet still like to include everyone. They think you (the teacher) are crazy, yet they love you anyway.

    Kerry Miller dlkjmi2005@aol.com

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  68. I love second graders! I love how independent they are, yet they are so willing and eager to please their teacher. Most of them haven't gotten to that "sassy" stage yet.
    bizy_mom@hotmail.com

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  69. 2nd grade is my absolute favorite grade and age group!! They are still so excited about school and learning and LOVE their teacher :-) They can be silly, love laughing, and be totally serious too and seem to always try to do their best on everything ... I could go on and on and on!! <3 my second graders <3 . Thanks for the chance to win these awesome things!!
    Karen
    tommysmom0206@yahoo.com

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  70. Second graders are so eager to learn....they come in with huge smiles anticipating a fabulous day each and every day. They love everything you do and still love to share in the fun. They are willing to try anything and everything and still love school. Second grade is the Best! Thanks for the chance to win two fabulous bundles!
    Paula
    pssst@bellsouth.net

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  71. This will be my 5th year in 2nd grade. I really enjoy the independence of these little ones. I also love taking them from learning to read to reading to learn. They love having fun singing and dancing and don't mind acting silly. They still want to please their teacher, and most of them still enjoy school. :) It is a great age!

    Amanda
    amanda.c.archer@gmail.com

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  72. Hi Amanda!
    Last year I pinned your writing binder/folder blog entry. I thought it was a FANTASTIC idea!! Now that I am beginning to prepare for Day One (September 4th), I revisited and saw your 8/9 entry about revamping and bundling the folder resources. Any chance you got to it this weekend? ;)
    One hiccup is that I teach 4th but I am pretty sure there are a number of resources in your folder that would work wonderfully for my munchkins. If you didn't bundle, how can I find your work at Teacher's Clubhouse?

    Thanks!!
    Carrie
    c_pirson@hotmail.com

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