Pronouns

Thursday, January 29, 2015

I just wanted to drop in tonight to share some pronoun fun!  Pronouns are one of those things that aren't real exciting to teach, so I have been on the lookout for some fun resources to get my students excited about using pronouns.

We love to sing in my classroom!  These are some really great songs that teach what pronouns are and are great for introduction.




According to our pacing guides, we typically spend about a week on each grammar skill.  There are so many great resources out there for pronouns, but I was having trouble finding resources that fitted my classroom's needs just right.  So, I decided to start making mini, no-prep packs to go along with whatever skills we were learning.  I spend so much time prepping for every other subject, that something just had to give.  I needed something quick, easy, and fun for each day of the unit.  And I needed the unit to last for about 5 days.  This is what I came up with for my first mini-pack all about Pronouns for the Primary Grades.


We sorted nouns by their matching pronouns in our flap books.


The following day, we sorted again but on a piece of construction paper.


By the third day, we were ready to move!  We read the room for pronouns, which includes searching through text if they wish.


I always try to include some sort of sentence dictation in my units, because we all know they need that constant practice!  They had to write a sentence with each pronoun they spun in Spin a Pronoun.


Finally, on day 5, we hunted throughout our text for pronouns and graphed them just like below.  I am a believer in using the text I use for close reading for EVERYTHING!  We use it for spelling, grammar, writing, everything!  I think it totally grounds their learning and relates all we are learning to one another.  


We then had a conversation about our finding to review graph features.


Click on the pic below to see the pronouns mini-pack in my TPT store.  



Also, be on the lookout for more grammar no-prep packs in my store.  I will blog very soon about some ideas for teaching homographs and adjectives.  The packs are already uploaded in my store if you are in  need of a similar resource.  

        

Tomorrow is Friday!  Make it a great one!

A Peek at My Week and 100th Day of School!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Last week, we celebrated being 100 days smarter!  It was the 100th day of school, which is so hard to believe that the year is more than halfway over!  After our reading block was over, we did all things 100!  


We always make these sweet little ladies and gentlemen!  {I am not even sure whose original these idea these were, since they're everywhere now!}  This is one of the funniest things we do all year!  I just love reading what they come up with!


Cara Carroll has the cutest 100th Day Freebie, so we used those stations for our math block.  They were super easy to prep!  We didn't have time to do all of them, so I adapted it down to five stations.  I have to say that even second graders had a blast with those stations!  They giggled and laughed, and they didn't want to stop playing!













These were a couple of the books we read.  We also read 100 Snowmen, which was super cute!


I rotated these posters around to each table.  I gave each table 5 minutes to add as many things as they could think of. We did 100 things I've learned, 100 acts of kindness, 100 math problems, and 100 words I know.





This week will be all about penguins and place value.  



Here are the links to each of the resources I will be using:





My class needs to revisit place value before we move on to triple-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping.  

I am using my Place Value Learning Centers for partner practice.  I will just rotate each center each day between five groups.  Amy Lemons' s place value unit is full of great activities, so I will be using the rest of that for independent practice.

Here are links to the resources for math:



I am linking up with Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten with everyone else sharing their plans!  I hope y'all have a great week!!!


Polar Bears

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Last week was all about polar bears in second grade!  We had so much fun learning tons of facts about these amazing creatures!

My students needed to work on asking and answering questions while reading, so that's what I decided to focus on while studying polar bears.  I want to make sure they know how to stop and check for understanding while reading informational text.  We began by generating questions about what we what to learn in our study.


To build some background knowledge, we read this big book together.  We also covered some vocabulary that we would be covering in the texts we would be using during the unit.



We sorted our questions under each of the headers below before reading our main text for the week.  We also came up with more questions before diving into the text.  Don't be afraid to do lots of modeling when it comes to generating questions!  They need this extra support early on.  


Our reading series came with a classroom set of the book Where Do Polar Bears Live?  So, this served as our primary text throughout the week.


We went on a picture walk before reading the story.


We also practiced later on, when actually reading the text, stopping to ask ourselves questions while reading the text.  This took lots of modeling, too.  My little ones were needing some additional tools to aid in comprehension, so I knew that teaching them to stop and check for understanding was crucial.  



This is an example of one that was a work in progress when I took a picture of it.  I'm not going to lie!  When I told them they were going to get to write on Post-It Notes, they were all in and suddenly interested! 



You can pick up this little freebie {HERE}.

We also did some directed drawing to work on following directions and our listening skills.



I always make sure they encounter short passages each week related to our theme.  This is great practice for preparing them for end of the year assessments and a great quick check for comprehension. I always do at least one cold read at the end of the week but usually more.


Finally, we did an informational writing piece about polar bears using the POW TIDE model.  





The other second grade made these super cute polar bears!  I just had to share them!




You can find my lesson plans from last week below.  Sorry that this post was kind of a hodgepodge of our reading for the week!  



Have a great weekend!  I hope it snows!!!