Linda {Around the Kampfire}

Hi everybody! I'm Linda from Around the Kampfire.

I'm so excited to be a part of this collaborative adventure
for second and third grade teachers!  I am continually inspired
by these amazing teachers and I know you will be too!

Let me tell you a little about myself.  I'm the oldest of 6 and I have
5 younger brothers! As the only girl, let me just say 
it's a good thing I was the oldest! I grew up in Cincinnati
but now live in the Phoenix area with my husband and 3 {almost}
grown children. I love that it never snows in Phoenix but I sure miss the
fall season!

This will be my 19th year of teaching. 
Yikes!  Did I just say that out loud?  I've taught Kindergarten, 
1st grade, and have been teaching 2nd grade for 6 years.

One of the things I love most about teaching is
the creative outlet it gives me and that I can give my students.  
I like to teach my kiddos that their creativity is contagious 
and that they can inspire each other to think, learn, 
and achieve outside of the box!

Here's a little exclusive freebie I've created for you.  
As my district transitioned to Common Core last year, 
we began teaching collective nouns to our 2nd graders for the first time.  
I didn't have a whole lot of resources for this
so one of the things I decided to make is 

It's a fun little grammar/writing craft for your kiddos to 
define, compare, and identify collective nouns.  
I hope you can use it in your classroom!

Thanks so much for stopping by Owl-ways Be Inspired! 
I'd love for you to visit my blog, Around the Kampfire
and follow along on our classroom adventure!

I hope you've all had a great summer!



  1. This is awesome Linda! I'm excited to use this with my apple unit :) Thanks!

  2. Hi Linda!!! I LOVED reading this post and learning more about you! I geekily smiled the whole time! We've been teaching the same number of years, girl...
    Hugs - Lisa
    Growing Firsties

    1. Lisa,I am some how, some way, coming to Wisconsin to see you!
      I hope you have a wonderful new school year!

  3. Thanks for sharing this adorable freebie with all of us! It is perfect for the beginning of the year.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  4. Love it. I've been searching for activities that don't include a holiday. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for the freebie Linda! I will definitely use it as a hallway display!
    Natalies Nook

  6. Love this activity! We were just talking about collective nouns at a training I was at today! Can't wait to see this displayed in my classroom!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  7. This will be a helpful resource for my second graders as well! Thank you for sharing it.

  8. Love this activity. Thank you!

  9. Thanks Linda! Your love the apples.

  10. I'm ready to tackle the common core this year so this is a great addition for collective nouns! Thanks!

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