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Poems make a wonderful Mother's Day gift!  This resource includes a variety of poems for moms, grandmas and aunts.  Fun for kids to write and color in!
It's Thursday!  That means I'm throwing it back and sharing a post from my old blog with you.  This one is just in time for Poetry Month (April) and Mother's Day.  It's coming sooner than you think!

The end of April is also coming, which means May and Mother's Day is right around the corner!  I got a jump on things and created some Mother's Day templates for you to use in your classroom.  You can integrate Poetry Month and Mother's Day.

In the pack, I made sure to include not only mothers, but grandmothers and aunts as well.

There are pages for your students to draw pictures of a special woman in their life.

They can create lists of words to describe their mom, aunt or grandma.

Acrostic poems are definitely my favorite!

You can pick up my Mother's Day poems in my store today!

You can also grab my Bitten by the Poetry Bug packet as well!

Enjoy the end of your week!
One of my favorite parts of my second grade classroom was my Writing Center.  It was neat and so accessible to my students.  We would spend the first few weeks of school discussing routines and how to keep it organized for each other.  This makes a huge difference and the center stays this neat all year long (for the most part)!

Here's a close-up of all the different parts:

Unfortunately, I cannot find where I originally downloaded these posters.  So, I created my own to go in my Writing Center (slightly different).  You can get them here for FREE.  We go over each poster before it goes up on the wall and they provide a reminder for students.

The students keep their Writing Folders in the Writing Center.  I find the less they keep in the desks, the less stuff we lose!  It's also easier for me if I need to grab a writing sample or want to check their work quickly.  The box is separated by groups, so I send one students from each group to grab all the folders.  No line at the Writing Center!

Students keep their own supplies in their desk, but I have extras in the Writing Center for them to use.  In the small drawers are crayons, markers, scissors, highlighters, colored pencils, etc.  Each drawer is labeled with words and pictures.  Above the drawers are my sharpened/unsharpened pencil bins.

In the larger drawers, there is a variety of writing pages and graphic organizers for students to use.  Again, each drawer is labeled for students.  Lastly, there is a bucket of clipboards for students to use.  I'm not sure why, but my kids love using clipboards!

Do you have a Writing Center in your classroom?  I'd love to see it!  I am always looking for ways to improve mine for my students.

Don't forget to grab my Writing Center posters here for free!
Today's Throwback Thursday is all about poetry since April is National Poetry Month.  I loved using this colorful set in my second grade classroom.

Are you buggy for poetry??  April is National Poetry Month!  I love me some poetry so I put together a packet to help you teach poetry in your classroom!

There are posters with examples of 5 different poems (written by me!).  I'm a poet and I didn't even know it!

Also included are posters to hang on your wall with a variety of poetic devices.

There are poster definitions of each type of poem.

 And poem templates for your students to create their own poetry journal!

Click here or on the picture below to check it out in my store for Poetry Month!

Ventured out of the house on my own today.  It's been awhile!  Attempting to walk this baby outta me as we close in on her due date.  Of course, I had to go to Target.

And, of course, the Dollar Section sucked me in.  Scored some cute chevron accordion folders, in my favorite colors!  Also found a pink basket to store the folders.

The gray one was perfect for my newest product too!  It's been a while since I've put out a new product, so I'm pretty super excited about this one.  I love how they turned out too.  Introducing my Word Puzzlers!  I created puzzles for students to practice compound words, synonyms, contractions, plurals and homophones.

There are 15 puzzles for each concept (75 total puzzles!).  Each one is 3 pieces with words and brightly colored pictures.

Each concept is color-coded, making it easy to figure out which pieces belong to which set.  As a teacher, all you need to do is print, cut and laminate!

The puzzles fit perfectly in the gray accordion folder.  I used one sleeve for each set of puzzles.

Also included in this packet are recording sheets for each set of puzzles.

Want to check it out?  Click here or on the picture below to pick it up from my store!

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