Greetings, Greetings, Greetings!! Why am I so happy? Because spring has sprung! I LOVE springtime and just about everything about it (except stormy weather...I live in tornado alley). In my humble opinion, Texas has the most beautiful springtime anywhere!  It's warming up in my neck of the woods, the trees are blossoming, the bullfrogs are croaking, and the first bluebonnets are appearing along the roadsides...makes me downright giddy!

Today I'm teaming up with Kim from Elementary Antics for an fun blog hop: Springing into Learning! I teach second grade science and math, and this time of year we are planting and observing seeds, taking cuttings of house plants to learn about roots, observing the tadpoles in the aquarium, and exploring measurement.

So... I'm sharing a fun measurement freebie:

Before we  start working with this activity set, we spend some time actually measuring common objects around the class like markers, staplers, clipboards, etc... to help build a little schema about measurement and how long certain objects are. This helps them to be able to make reasonable  estimations.

Then, I place these picture cards around the room. The kiddos rotate from picture to picture and estimate the length of each image. Then they measure the images in either inches or centimeters depending on which unit of measurement that you're currently learning about.

This is a simple, but effective way to help children learn about estimating measurement. I like to tell my kids that when we look at something and estimate its length or width we are "eyeballing" it. For some reason that helps them to understand what we are doing. Of course, I teach them the word estimate and the concept of "about", but they seem to like "eyeballing"!

You can get this freebie here!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Saturday Friends! I thought I'd share with you the latest development from my school, which I think is awesome. His name is Gus, and he is a therapy-dog in training!

Gus is a five year old Golden Doodle (it is a breed...I asked), that belongs to one of our school counselors. Jill and her family got Gus specifically because of his breed. Because he is part poodle, his hair is just that: hair. Not fur. So this makes him an allergy friendly pet for her children, one of whom has animal dander allergies. Gus is super friendly and very, very sweet (and well-behaved!).

Jill and Gus are currently in training to become a super-duper, counselor/therapy-dog, tag-team-duo. I think it is fabulous that she is willing to share her beloved family pet with the children at our school. Right now, Gus just comes to school once a week to become familiar with the building and to get the children used to seeing him, but he doesn't actually interact with kids. He and Jill will continue their training over the summer, and next school year, Gus will be on campus once or twice a week working with children. Jill explained some of the details with me, and I took notes. But...I left my notebook on my desk at work. I don't want to misstate any details, so let me just say how cool I think it is that next school year Jill and Gus will be working with and changing the lives of kids.

Jill and Gus showing how smart and well-behaved he is!
Isn't his little vest cute?

Click here to see a video that Jill and Gus made for our kiddos!

Y'all have a great week!

Happy Thursday to you!! Today I'm joining up with Brooke from Countless Smart Cookies for a fun blog hop. There are over forty blogs participating, so get're in for a fun ride!

The theme for this blog hop is "Lucky to be a Teacher". You know, when you are in the thick of a rough school year, it is hard to think about why we are lucky to be teachers. I often feel like it is one step forward and two steps back.'s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

So, I've been thinking. Why am I lucky to be a teacher? The main reason is the human aspect...the bonds and connections that I have made with both students and fellow teachers. I've reached a point in my career that I am seeing former students as adults and even beginning to see some of those students' own children in my school. That is really something! I also work with a wonderful group of really supportive and fun teachers, and they are a huge part of the reason that I keep coming back each year!

To celebrate being a lucky teacher, be sure to enter the giveaway below. Some teachers are offering specific prizes and others are offering a winners choice (ME) from their stores!

Have fun!

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