Monday, November 23, 2015

Seasonal How-To Writing

Thanksgiving Fun!
How to Make An Apple Turkey
What a fun way to introduce how-to writing!  First, we watched a BrainPOP Jr. video clip on how-to writing.  (one of my favorite sites)  I modeled how to write this type of paragraph since it was the first time we focused on how-to writing.  After I completed each step of making the apple turkey, we decided on a sentence that would describe the step. Students wrote their own paragraph and then made their own delicious apple turkey.  
We used this site for the idea:  Candy Apple Turkeys
My favorite part was the feet.  Too cute!  (Circus peanuts are one of the only sweets I can say no to.)

I'm looking forward to more fun how-to writing in December.  I was so excited to learn there's a new book in the how-to series by Jean Reagan.  (author of How to Babysit a Grandpa)   
                                How to Catch Santa

Amanda Madden has some great writing extension activities that I plan to use in December.    

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Skip Counting to 1,000

I found the hand sticky notes at Wal-Mart.  You never know where you will find inspiration :).
Counting by 5s - Crazy Hair Activity:

(Such creative, artistic students!)

For math stations.....
This idea was found on Pinterest

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sound Unit

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Sound Unit Resources            

We just finished this unit and had a lot of fun experimenting with vibrations.  The internet is full of great ideas... You'll see my favorites below!

Sound unit links:

Sound Freebie- Tap Those Bottles! Pitch - from TpT

5 Experiments Link  - for stations or whole group activities

5 Experiments include....


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Resources for Teaching Persisting

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1. Biographies
There are so many biographies that show great examples of people who exemplify this trait. 
Just a few....
1. Helen Keller
2. Walt Disney
3.  The Wright Brothers
4.  Dr. Seuss
5.  Albert Einstein
6.  Harriet Tubman
7.  George Washington Carver
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2.  Discuss inspiring quotes.... Here's two of my favorites for second graders. 
Work on #persistence.

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                                                We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. Helen Keller | #perserverance, #inspiration, #motivation
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3.  Fiction books with the theme of persisting:

Can't forget this one!
ABC Preschool Curriculum-trains/strength in Christ
Picture book to teach theme = perseverance.
Picture book to teach theme = perseverance.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2nd Grade Reading Strategies.... Letter C


This resource includes CAFE reading strategies, Common Core Standards and mentor texts.  I tried to include books that are familiar and easy to find.  
                2nd Grade CAFE Menu Linked to Common Core

                2nd Grade CAFE Menu With Mentor Texts
                Comprehension Reading Strategies