Category: Language Arts

Bright Ideas! The New Book Box!

I am so excited to be linking up with such a great group of bloggers to share ideas!  Isn’t this fun?I am a huge buyer of books.  I do a monthly Scholastic Reading Club order.  My husband gets me children’s books for gifts, I shop at the book sale room at the library.  Consequently I have a lot of new books every month.  The new books always seem to be the most popular ones, plus I want the kiddos to get familiar with them before I put them out into the classroom library.  So, the New Book Box was born!

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Making Mental Images

Making Mental Images or Visualizing is one of my favorite things to teach the kiddos about reading.  I always say that is what makes reading so magical!  You get to make the pictures yourself.  I started this year with this picture that I found on Pinterest:   We had a great discussion of what this poster meant.  I also have a picture of a guy reading a book at the top.  It says “What I look like I am doing…” and then at the bottom is a picture of a muscular fellow wrestling with a shark and it says “What

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I Can Notebooks or Keeping Track of Data

Data, data and more data!   I feel like everytime I turn around I need to make sure that I can back it up with data! So, how am I taming the data monster? I can notebooks! This is where the kiddos are going to keep track of their own learning! This is the cover.  When you first open it up, the label on the front pocket says: Reading Sheets.  The kiddos will be doing a daily reading response at the end of Reading Workshop (I do a modified version of Daily 5!).  This is where they will keep their papers!

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Coffee House Poetry!

Program I have mentioned in several of my previous blog posts about Coffee House Poetry and a few people asked me to tell them more!  So, here we go!  We did our Coffee House Poetry Celebration today and it was a hit!  I have to say that this in not an original idea it comes from Debbie Miller’s wonderful book Reading with Meaning.  (She has since come out with a second edition that I haven’t read yet, but it is on my wishlist!)  As soon as we get back from Christmas vacation, we start our poetry writing unit.  This is

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Verbalicious!

I must start by saying that I cannot take credit for the idea that I will be blogging about.  I stole it from one of my teaching partners who heard about it from her cousin, who’s son goes to school with this girl who heard about it from her dentist’s cousin’s teacher.  Actually, I am pretty sure my teaching partner got the idea from Pinterest.  VERB SUPER HEROS!  My kiddos loved this!  They got so creative.  I have a pretty creative group this year, so it was right up their alley.  Of course, I did get some adjective and noun

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Naked Turkeys!

Spider Turkey! Cheerleader and Opera Singer (pencil is for giving autographs) I love this project!  I have been doing this project my entire teaching career (all 12 years of it)!  I am sure that you know what I am talking about…Disguise a turkey so it won’t get eaten for Thanksgiving.  I am not sure where I got the the current template I am using (if it’s you, let me know I would love to give you credit!).  The whole second grade does this a family at home project.  The kiddos are to disguise their turkey and use the bubble to

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Can you guess?

Every year at this time we work on Descriptive Writing.  One of the first activities that we do is to describe a food.  Each teacher on the second grade team (there are four of us) chooses a food to describe.  Writing lessons are always more fun when you get to eat! 🙂  Then, as a class we enjoy our snack while thinking of describing words for our treat.  Once we are finished eating, we get together to write a description.  Can you guess what our class wrote about? When we are all finished with our descriptions we trade our descriptions

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The Warty Pumpkin!

On Pumpkin Math day, one of the parents brought in this great pumpkin.  It was the only one that came in that had Warts!  We all agreed that it was too neat to cut open, so we saved it for Pumpkin Writing!  This was our very first day of working on Descriptive Writing.  We spent some time making a web together of all of the words that we could think of to describe our unusual pumpkin:  You can get yours here! The kiddos decided which adjectives that they would use in their descriptions and wrote them on their web, then

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Halloween Poem/Monster Menu

Get yours here! So, back to thinking about poetry. Every year about this time, our poem of the week is called: If a Giant Monster… It is adorable! I did not write this poem, nor do I know who did, but we use it every year and the kiddos love it! We then talk about what kinds of things we think that monsters would like to eat, such as ketchup soup and mustard stew. The boys especially like this one. Then, we make a Monster Menu with all sorts of nasty items we think that Monsters would like to eat

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