Thursday, March 31, 2011


Debbie...your comment number was chosen by randon number generator:)  #68 is the winner.  Please send me an email with your address so that I can get your butterfly jar in the mail and also download my
Butterfly Unit to you!
Thanks to all that commented and follow my blog.  I am lovin'the blog is such a postive place to be:)


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

End of the Year Preview! Free Download!


  Download a FREE Copy of my Friendship Pin activity above. 
 It is included in my 2nd Grade End of the Year Festivities Unit.  You can purchase all of the end of the year fun at..

A special thanks to all of my followers...never in my dreams did I think I would hit 137 followers!  I guess I have to shoot for 200 now!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Teacher Tipster

Hey Teaches...if you have not checked out Teacher Tipster it is worth a visit.  Being the 36 year old that I am I can't remember how I found it so, if someone out their in blog world posted about it let me know so that I can give you credit.  It is a fun little place filled with teacher made videos about tips for the classroom.  There are also FREE printables. 

I totally identified with this teacher because I would love to spend my day making videos about all of the stuff in my classroom.  Unfortunatly...I stink in front of a camera and often choke:)

Have any of you made videos of yourself teaching for your blogs???  Would love to check them out!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Tale of Tattletales!

So it is that time again...tattle tales!  My team mate is having a huge issue in her classroom this month and I offered up my Don't Squeal Unless it's a Big Deal book by Jeanie Franz Ransom.  I even sent our special stand with it. is that important to us that it has it's own stand:)  It is a great story about a classroom of pigs that squeal so much their teacher passes out.  Once she recovers they begin to discuss what a child size problem is and what an adult size problem is.  

I read this book the first week of school and then randomly read it if I get a run of tattlers.  I love they way it encourages children to work to solve their problems on their own and  how to recognize when they need help.  

I also introduce Extra, Extra!  Tell Mrs. Schroeder about it.  I place these half sheets in our writing center and if children feel the need to tell me something they can grab a sheet and jot down their thoughts.  I ask that they place it in my mailbox.  After school I always enjoy reading them and even responding.  

Download a copy of your own today:)


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

20/20 -$20 Animated Butterfly FREEBIE plus a 20 page butterfly unit!

Hey teaches...start spring off right with a interactive butterfly in jar and a step by step unit to guide you through the life cycle of a butterfly!

Here's how you can win it ALL!:
1.  Become a follower or be a follower of my blog.
2.   Leave a comment about your favorite spring activity.
3.  Post about my giveaway on your blog for an extra entry.  Leave me a comment letting me know you posted:)

The Butterfly Unit can purchased at!
While you are there check out my End of the Year Unit!
            I just added a new sheet to go along with my
Butterfly Unit and the butterfly jars. 
You can download it for free at www.theschroederpage!


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Butterfly Unit!

May is just around the corner and that is Butterfly season in 2nd grade.  I have just completed a unit all about the life cycle of a butterfly.  It is filled with centers, butterfly stew, leaf tasting, lifecycle crafts and informational websites.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Again...only 2 comments = 2 winners.  Amanda and Ali...thanks so much for following me and commenting on my give away.  Please send me you email inforamtion and I will send you a copy of my April interactive Calendar!  It can also be purchased at!

Mrs. get one too!  I feel a SMART board in your future:)


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Our Work Stations

 Friends...I wanted to share my work stations with you all.  My classroom is set up in tables-desks pushed together and zip tied together.  I number each table and at the end I place an empty desk which we call our work station.  We keep our community supplies there like crayons, glue, scissors, markers, and our poetry folders.  Inside I keep a tray of paper, pieces of felt for erasers and I mount crayon boxes on the side of the desk to hold our dry erase markers.  Did you know that you can write on the desk tops with Expo markers and erase with felt?  My kiddos totally love it.  The baskets hold our math tool kits!  It is a perfect way to have a variety of supplies at each table and still keep the table tops clear.  


Friday, March 18, 2011

Smart Tech Video

For those of you that may be considering contacting me about Smartboard Bootcamp or other training via SKYPE here is a small glimpse into my smartboard use in the classroom.  I just submitted this video to SMART to hopfully do some training with them.  Wish me luck!

Don't forget out my interactive calendar give away!

The Birthday Box

We have a sweet little 2nd grader with a birthday today and it made me think that you all might want to see my birthday box.  We don't do a ton for birthdays in 2nd fact we have our treat during lunch.  So-I ususally try to do something special in the classroom.  For starters we have a birthday seat cover with little cupcakes all over it.  It reads Happy Birthday!  The birthday kiddo also gets their name on a big cupcake on the classroom door.

 I also have a "Birthday Box" where I have tons of fun birthday prizes like pencils, punching balloons, bookmarks, and stickers.  I chose a sturdy gift box covered in birthday cupcakes for the container.  We all love feeling special on our birthdays and these little things sure help out a ton!  Sorry could not get the picture to turn:)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What the Teacher Wants!: I spy... {time}

What the Teacher Wants!: I spy... {time}
Friends...check this out! This is totally my math center next week!

One Extra Degree: Leprechaun Traps, Spud Races and Engineering!

One Extra Degree: Leprechaun Traps, Spud Races and Engineering!

Another Freebie Give Away!

Attention all of you smartboard users! is hosting another give away!  Get yourself prepared for April with this interactive Smart Board calendar.  The calendar includes a sign in slide with chocolate bunnies, an interactive calendar with numbered pieces, a weather chart, specials slide, and so much more!  Your class will love being able to interact their way through the calendar and you will free up a bulletin board...for an overhead center like Mrs. Schroeder at

The rules...must be a follower of my blog.
Head over to and like it on facebook.
Come back to my blog and post a comment about what you do to make your calendar time special.
Then blog about this fun freebie on your blog:)

It's that simple!  On Monday of next week I will choose a winner or two.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Daily Five...The SCHROEDER Way!

Check out these adorable bags for my Daily Five Centers!

I numbered the bags with my kiddos classroom #'s and also cleared out a few cubbies for storage.  The cubbies are numbered according to my table groups.  The students hang their bags in the cubby that matches their table group. 
I purchased the bags at
You can purchase The Daily Five book at
Also...if you are not using The Daily Five in your classroom be sure the check

I love my rain gutters for displaying books!  I also display books in tubs with lables.  Seeing the cover helps the students pick books that they are interested in. 

Another tip is...during Read to a Friend we are sure to sit EEK.  Elbows to elbows and knees to knees.  We also use coach/time.  If a student needs help from his/her buddy they make a letter c with their hand.  Their partner knows they can help them figure out the word.  If the student taps his/her wrist the partner knows to give more time.

Another Daily Five center in my classroom is Word Study.  In this center, I place spelling lists and a variety of hands on activites such as...corn meil, shaving cream, playdough, gel pen/black paper, Scrabble letters, old keyboards, chalk/chalkboards.  I try very hard to put things in the center that the students can manage themselves. 

We also use The Phonics Dance!  It is a fantastic program created by Ginny Dowd.  The program teaches phonics "chunks" in a song like manner.  Check it our at!

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Night Before St. Patrick's Day

After school on Friday, my team mate and I made the cutest little flip video about what happens the night before St. Partick's Day.  I plan on leaving my flip camera out with directions to with my leprechaun mess.  I think the class will love seeing what mischief our little green guy gets into:)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

One post...One WINNER!

So sorry I am late getting back to you all with The Schroeder Summary freebie!  I am planning a HUGE Dinosaur birthday party for my 5 year old this weekend.  Busy! 
Since there was only 1 comment...there is only 1 winner! 
Kelly B. please send me your email so that I can get you The April Summary!


Friday, March 11, 2011

It's a Twister!

We read Helen Keller and the BIG Storm this week in reading and we took this opportunity to revisit weather.  We visited and also watched a movie on tornados.  The class created 3D tornados.  We labled each diagram just like in Writer's Workshop!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More Precious Than GOLD!

Check out this cute bulletin board that my teammates and I put together!  We took pictures of our kiddos and attached them to gold coins.  Pulled out our witch's caldron added some paper and more gold coins. We twisted paper to make a 3D rainbow and clouds.  At the top it reads...We are More Precious than Gold!  Good Job Mrs. Mccumbee and Mrs. Cleary!
We were inspired by another blog with the coin idea...if it was you let me know so I can give you credit!

No...this is not a leprechaun seat but it sure looks like one.  This is a garden stool I found at CVS.  My friends in Kindergarten introduced me to this idea and I love it.  Finally I can get down with those small groups on the floor and get comfortable.  Reading to the kiddos at their level is easier and the students love using it at centers.  I plan on getting a few more for throughout my classroom!  I think it need a cute seat though:)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Smartboard Bootcamp!

Heading to UNCC to present Smartboard Boot Camp tomorrow!  I love meeting all of the teachers of the future!  I sure am missing my 2nd graders right now.  I was off today with my sick little dude and then out tomorrow too.  I have so many things to share with you from my shopping trip this weekend to Big Lots.  Lots of fun to add to your centers.  Hopefully I will have more time to post after my presentation tomorrow. comes Mrs. Schroeder!

Remember if you can't make it to the session at UNCC you can schedule a Skype session with Mrs. Schroeder and get some Smartboard one on one!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

FREE April Give AWAY...Get your Ducks in a row!

I totally can't believe it is March!  I am getting my Leprechaun visit in order and in the back  of my mind I am preparing for Spring and all that has to offer:)  Poetry, butterflies, and PEEPS!  Get you pre-planning off to a great start with my April Newsletter for teachers.  You work so hard to keep everyone else up to date...let The Schroeder Page keep you on top of things too!

Here are the RULES...You must be a follower of my, and my TPT account.  Please repost this giveaway on your site and link back to me.  Once you have done so please post a comment letting me know you are entering the giveaway.  I will choose a winner using a random generator on Friday:)

You also can purchase a copy of the newsletter on TPT now:)

AHHHHHHH to be in college again:)  Spent the day at UNCC rocking smartboards!  Best day!  Thank you to the UNCC student teachers for having me!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Winner!!!! St. Patrick's Day Unit!

And the winner is...#2 Mrs. Harris!
Thanks to all that joined me in this give away.  Next on the Freebie list is my Peep Unit!
Mrs. Harris...I have emailed the unit to you and also another goodie:)

Smartboard Magic Wand!

If you have little ones in your classroom...teaching them the proper pressure to select images on the smartboard might be difficult. There are 2 layers that need to be compressed in order for your smartboard to pick up the student's choice.  One way that I introduce this is with a tennis ball.  I love to grab brightly colored ones for them to use.

So pick up a few tennis balls and introduce them as magic wands.  They fit perfectly in their hands and slid over the smartboard beautifully.  It also keeps those sticky fingers off your board:)

They will pick up the "magic touch" quickly but my kiddos still love to use the tennis balls.  I often will toss the ball out to a student when I am calling on friends to come up and answer questions on the smartboard.

A Koosh ball is a another fun way to have students answer questions.  They can toss the ball at the smartboard to answer the question.
Click the images above to order your Magic Wands and Koosh balls!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Love a Zip-tie!

Friends~Just a little thing that I love about hardware stores and teaching.  I place my desks in groups and I am constantly straightening desks.  Face it, 2nd graders are wiggle worms!  

One day on a trip to Lowes with my family and I saw a bin of Zip ties and BINGO.  I grabbed a pack and brought them to school and zip tied all of those desks together.  No more straightening for me:)  The desks move as one!

This year I was so excited to find brightly colored ties from my local Dollar Store.  They fit right into my classroom decor!  Just remember to snip the ties at the end of the year so that your custodians can move your desks around to clean:)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Smartboard Bootcamp

Are you getting a smartboard in your classroom or do you already have one and just don't have the time to learn to use it?  Don't let it become a fancy wipe-board...sign up for a Skype session of Smartboard Bootcamp now.  Mrs. Schroeder will walk you through the basics and provide you with a document to support your work.  Build interactive lessons with ease.  
Contact Mrs. Schroeder at 
to learn more!

Sponge FREEBIES!!!!!

Well I just made this cute little poster for my sponge!  I talked again with my class about soaking our "sponges" everyday.  This poster is great visual for my kiddos.  I can't wait for my math crew to check it out. 

I am also thinking about growing some seeds on sponges.  Watering one and not the other to demonstrate how we grow if we learn! Oh and I think I will label the water bottle Knowledge. 

Click the word Freebie to download your own Spongie Poster.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quote of the Day!

So...totally rocking math centers today when I came across a little friend with nothing to do.  I was totally shocked because my room is like a party threw up and there is always something to do.  I then found myself gravitating toward my soapbox.  We are working really hard to practice GOOD habits.  You know that you can get rid of a BAD habit by practicing a good one right?  Well my little 2nd graders do too!  They just need reminders.  Like this quote that I did not even plan.  While standing by my dried up sponge on the board (dried up brain) I ask "If you practice NOTHING...what will you learn?"  "NOTHING" shouts my math crew.  So true!

Back to the sponge for those of you who have not read about it on talk about how we want our brains to be soaking wet with knowledge when we leave school each day.  That is why I have one mounted on my board.  When someone needs a sponge reminder they head up and rub the dry sponge.  Silly I guess but it is a great visual in my room;)

LAST DAY! St. Patrick's Day Give Away!

Announcing my first give away! Head over to and take a look around.   Then come on back to and follow me:)   Make a comment about your favorite thing on and you are in!  On Friday, I will pick a winner and email them the whole packet of St. Patrick's Day fun!

For an additional entry... post this link on your blog and comment with the url!

2nd Graders Hear a...

Download for free at...
It is listed under the actvities tab:)
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday I have created a little center to celebrate my favorite book Horton Hears a Who!  
Read the story Horton Hears a Who 

In this center students will choose from a variety of "specks of dust" (colored Pom-poms. )  Have a teacher hot glue their speck of dust to a new sharpened pencil.  They then head off to imagine their ________ville planet and complete a sheet with words+pictures!
It is fun to create a classbook for you library and  keep to raffle off at the end of the year.