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Shark Week SALE with some Freebies!

Have y'all seen the hilarious commercial for Shark Week featuring Seal?  My son and I couldn't stop laughing!


While we were watching last night, I couldn't help but think about writing a blog post with some of my favorite shark goodies in honor of....


Are your students (or YOU) shark obsessed?  We sure are at our house!  Both my boys have shark themed rooms and love any and every opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures!  That is why Amy and I just knew we had to sneak some shark nonfiction learning into Rooted in Reading 2nd grade.  We decided to put the individual Shark unit and May of Rooted in Reading on sale through Wednesday the 26th. 

Click on the picture to check it out on TPT!


The best part of Shark Week in my 2nd grade classroom was all the AMAZING books you could find!  
{Click on the picture below to access my affiliate link for some pretty awesome shark books on Amazon!}


I loved decorating my door for the week and my kids were absolutely giddy once they saw the door!


We also took some time to watch super short and informative videos on youtube called Shark Academy.  You should definitely check them out!


If you want to purchase ALL of May Rooted in Reading (4 weeks of ELA plans), you can do that HERE

A few months ago I made the freebie below and completely forgot to blog about it! Eek!  Emmie's teacher requested a math game for the students to practice their budding multiplication skills!  


You can find this freebie in my store by clicking the picture below!



I also wanted to direct your attention to two AMAZING blog posts that Amy wrote about her Shark Week.  Click on the picture below to see all the fun her class had!

Oh and Shark STEM?  I think I am in love!


Wow!  I hope you enjoyed all these shark goodies!





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Storybook Stem Novels and a FREEBIE

So I really hope you follow me on instagram... because posting a picture is just so much easier than blogging :)

But hey! Did you look around at my new blog design from Megan?!  I love, love, love it! Eventhough my resources are intended for many other grade levels now, I just can't let go of my original blog name with "first grade" in it. It's been with me for about 6 1/2 years soooo it has stuck!

If you are someone who frequents my Facebook or Instagram, then you know that Brooke from Teach Outside the Box have been SO busy the last three weeks or so.  We had lots of interest from readers in expanding our Storybook Stem units to include older learners, specifically 3rd to 5th grade. So Brooke and I looked and gobs of chapter books for a wide range of ability levels. After doing so, we came up with this list of books!


Seriously have you ever seen such a pretty stack of chapter books in your life?!  Imagine all the life lessons contained!  We have now completed Charlotte's Web, Wonder, and Out of My Mind

Each unit contains three STEM challenges and all printable materials needed to dive in deep with your students. Brooke has done such a fantastic job of providing you with vocabulary, planning guides, and much more. 


She has also included Maker Mat options and research opportunities.  We have included a lot of digital options in these units as we know many of our older students have access to technology to demonstrate learning. 
In terms of literacy instruction each unit comes with a color (for digital use) and a bw version chapter guide for comprehension checks.  These questions can also be used to guide class discussions. 

Anchor charts, literacy printables, and writing opportunities are also included!




These novel units have given me the perfect excuse to stick my nose in a book and not emerge for several hours.  I also love being part of a project that combines science and math with  phenomenal literature.  Let Brooke and I know what y'all think! 

I have created a quick freebie to go along with Out of My Mind that you can snag right here! 





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