Second Grade Nest

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 [FREE] Ways to Ensure You've Covered It All

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists



If you're teaching at a school that requires you to teach Common Core standards, you know that it may be a little bit difficult some years to fit all of the standards in and teach them to mastery. What is required of you is to teach all literature, informational, language, reading foundations, writing, and speaking & listening standards in 180 days. This can prove to be very difficult


Step 1- 
Print out all of your ELA standards from the Common Core webiste.
 This is where everyone needs to begin. If you're not too familiar with Common Core yet (if you've just adopted the standards), then you're going to download your grade levels Reading Literature, Reading Informational, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Speaking & Listening, and Writing standards.

Here is a snapshot of what a few of the standards look like for 2nd grade RL.
Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists

After you have printed off your standards for each domain, you're going to start your color coding system. Read below to learn more!

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
What I suggest doing is using a straight edge to separate each standard so that your color coding system is as clear as it can be. Here is a picture of me using a manila folder to draw straight lines along the standards. Once these are split up clearly, you can start your color coding.

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
The color coding system helps you keep track of all the times you've taught a standard. If you teach your standards throughout the year instead of one standard at a time, this will help you keep track of any time you touch on the standard. You will give a yellow circle the first time you teach the standard, a blue circle the second time, and the pink circle the third time you teach the specific standard. This helps you ensure you've given multiple opportunities for the students to practice this standard AND it helps you keep  track of what you've taught and what you still need to teach.


Step 2- 
Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
Here is a free and simple way to track your weekly ELA standards. Nothing fancy or techy here. I would suggest making these at the beginning of the year for a very informal pacing guide. Write the SIX domains on a piece of cardstock and plug in which standards you plan to teach in each month. This will help you be more intentional about your lesson plans. Plus, when you highlight each one of their monthly list, you are seeing what you've successfully taught and what still needs to be taught.

Here is a quick little video that walks you through making these! 



Step 3-
The final step is a FREE checklist for you! There are two options for you on this freebie. You can either choose the editable version to type in and check off, or you can choose to print and write the standards in. Either way, this is a simple, fool-proof way to track which standards you've taught and which you need to still teach or revisit.

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
You can snag this freebie today and get started right away!
To use this you will write each standard as you teach it. I think that putting a check every time you touch on it will help you keep track of how many times you've taught that standard. There are also options for you to mark if they have mastered the standard or need more time. 



As soon as you sign up, check your email and your freebies will be waiting there!

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
And as an added bonus, I'm adding in this editable binder cover, too!
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Stress-Free End of the Year??

That's my goal for you.
I know it won't be 100% stress-free, because let's face it, it's a crazy time for all teachers. 
BUT I'm leading a webinar to help you eliminate that stress. 

I'm leading a FREE, LIVE webinar!

What you will learn: 
-What to expect in the last few weeks
-How to make a killer to-do list
-How to stay on top of this to-do list
 -How to manage all of these tasks
-How to do all of this while maintaining a consistent classroom schedule
-How to close up your room little at a time
-A few fun activities for the end of the year

Everyone will receive this freebie...


And everyone will receive this free workbook to work through....


Join this LIVE and FREE webinar! 
There are two viewing options.
Option 1: Tuesday, May 24 @8:00 p.m. Eastern
Option 2: Thursday, May 26 @8:00 p.m. Eastern 



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Giveaway to Celebrate 500 Products!

I just uploaded my 500th product to my Teachers Pay Teacher store!  
I'm so excited that I wanted to celebrate with you. To celebrated, I'm giving away FIVE $50 vouchers to my TPT store! 





I started selling on TPT in 2012 and in the last 4 years, I've uploaded 500 teaching resources to my store. Seems a bit crazy, yes! But I have put my heart and soul into those products for you. 
 

 
Enter here!  
 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Teaching Landforms: Experiments, Resources, and a FREEBIE



Here is the third blog in my mini science blog series. A few days ago, I blogged about Weather and Habitats ideas in the classroom. 


Teaching Landforms:  Hands-on activity ideas for kids, no-prep engaging landform resources, and a FREEBIE landform activity.



1. Learning About Landforms:
Landform video- Teaching Landforms:  Hands-on activity ideas for kids, no-prep engaging landform resources, and a FREEBIE landform activity.
(Source: BrainPop Jr.)
I don't think teaching a science unit without a BrainPop Jr. video is possible. Haha! My students always truly responded to Annie and Moby. 
Gotta love a collection of books. Head to your local library and rent out a ton of books on landforms. Put them in the students reading centers or in the middle of their tables for early finishers. Letting the students explore these books and get great visuals is a great opportunity to extend your unit.

Teaching Landforms:  Hands-on activity ideas for kids, no-prep engaging landform resources, and a FREEBIE landform activity.
(Source: Landforms Unit)
My landforms unit covers twelve individual landforms. 
(canyon, canal, detlta, glacier, island, mountain, peninsula, plateau, volcano, isthmus, river)
 
Teaching Landforms:  Hands-on activity ideas for kids, no-prep engaging landform resources, and a FREEBIE landform activity.
(Source: Landform Unit)
Each individual landform has several learning pages to help supplement your landform unit.  
 -KWL Chart
-Reading Passage
-Fact Writing
-Information Map
-Informational Writing
-True or False Cutting Page

Teaching Landforms:  Hands-on activity ideas for kids, no-prep engaging landform resources, and a FREEBIE landform activity.
(Source: Landform Unit)
At the end of the landform unit, there are a few review pages that mixes all of the landforms together.



2. Testing Out New Knowledge: 
(Source: The Chaos and the Clutter- left) (Source: Playdough to Plato- right)
Cheap, fun ways to teach how hills, mountains, and plateaus happen. These two ideas are great for also teaching about the more difficult science topics like plate tectonics. 

Landform Experiment- Teaching Landforms:  Hands-on activity ideas for kids, no-prep engaging landform resources, and a FREEBIE landform activity.
(Source: Chalk Talk)
Love this cheap idea for reviewing landforms. You don't get to cover all the landforms, but you cover quite and few and the kids will get a great understanding of how all the landforms work together.




3. Proving New Knowledge: 
(Source: Landform FREEBIE)
Here is a fun freebie to help test your kiddo's new knowledge. As a type of review game, you can use this freebie in two ways. One way is to create a matching game where they have to match the landform image to the landform description. Another way to use the freebie is to create an anchor chart template and have the students 'complete' the anchor chart for you. They could even make the anchor chart themselves.
Download that here.
Thanks for reading!



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Resources included in this blog post: 

(Landform Unit and Landform FREEBIE)

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Collection of April and Spring Resources (with a FREEBIE)

Last month, I showcased a few of the March products available for sale in my store. I'd like to do that again, this time for the month of April!



ELA RESOURCES: 

(Link: Spring Reading Fictional Comprehension)
(Link- April Early Literacy Intervention Activities)
**My fictional comprehension passages comes with 5 fictional stories with one comprehension activity and one writing activity. The topics range from birds to spring weather to rain.
**My intervention packs are for Early Literacy Intervention for kinder through second grade students struggling with their reading skills. 


(Link- FREEBIE Reading Passages)
(Link- Spring Interactive Writing)
**Here's a freebie for you! This is a sample set from my differentiated reading passages for spring. There is a fiction and nonfiction story, with three different levels.
**The interactive writing pack is a hands-on activity that allows students to really own their writing. They get to sort the story into the order they like, then prewrite and write a story on the topic.



MATH RESOURCES: 
Spring Primary Centers- These springtime centers are for second grade students. There are also ELA centers included. Laminate and hand students black Expo markers to do over and over in their centers!    Interactive Notebook ELA and Math for April- This April set comes with math and ELA standards for first and second grade students to work on.
**These springtime centers are for second grade students. There are also ELA centers included. Laminate and hand students black Expo markers to do over and over in their centers! 
**Interactive notebooks are my favorite! This April set comes with math and ELA standards for first and second grade students to work on. 

April Printables- These no-prep April math and ELA worksheets are perfect for homework, morning work, centers, early finishers work, etc.
 (Link- April Printables for ELA and Math)
**These April math and ELA sheets are perfect for homework, morning work, centers, early finishers work, etc.


April Flip Books Resources:
Earth Day Flip Book- reading, comprehension, science, and writing activities for hands-on learning for primary kids    Butterflies Flip Book- reading, comprehension, science, and writing activities for hands-on learning for primary kids
(Link- Earth Day Flip Book)
  (Link- Butterflies Flip Book)

Plants Flip Book- reading, comprehension, science, and writing activities for hands-on learning for primary kids
(Link- Plants Flip Book)

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These are only a few of my Spring products from my store.
Click this link to check out all of them.



To save money, consider bundles....
  
(Link- Spring Reading and Writing Bundle)
(Link- 1st Grade Spring Bundle)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Teaching Habitats: Activities and Resources (with a FREEBIE)

Here is the second blog in my mini science blog series. Yesterday, I blogged about Weather ideas in the classroom. Today, I am bringing you a Habitat focus!

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..

Just like the Weather blog, I am going to split up the post into three sections. This is how I like to teach science topics in the classroom. I like to teach the topic, show videos, and introduce the science subject. Then, hands-on experiments and crafts help solidify what we've just learned. And we always wrapped up with reviewing our new knowledge.



1. Learning About Habitats:
FREEBIE Habitats poster headings- Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
FREEBIE KWL header.
I like to start every science unit with a KWL chart to grab students' prior knowledge and misconceptions.  Download it here.
 
Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: BrainPop Jr.)
After you gather students' misconceptions and schema on habitats, start first by teaching what a habitat is. Then, move onto individual habitats. BrainPop Jr. has six different habitats to watch videos on. Each of these habitats also have resources pages in my no-prep science pack (seen below).

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
My habitats no-prep resource pack comes with a passages on habitats and a KWL chart on what a habitat is. Then, it goes more in depth on seven individual habitats (arctic, desert, grasslands, ocean, forest, rainforest, and ponds). Each specific habitat has a passage, writing sheets, animal pages, true or false, fact writing, and more!

   Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..       Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..    
Here is a look at the Arctic pages.
(Source: No-Prep Habitats Pack)




2. Showing Our New Knowledge: 

Time for the students to use all their new learning to make art projects and science projects. Check out these awesome projects I found on other blogs! 

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: Fun in First)
Jodi's poster can be a running anchor chart during the entire habitats unit. The students have added animals to each habitat as they find out what animals live there.

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: PIN- No link to owner. If anyone knows who made this pin, let me know!)
These dioramas are so neat! These are made out of paper plates and the students have drawn animals and glued them into their habitats. 

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: Relief Teaching Ideas)
Here is another way to make the habitat dioramas!



3. Reviewing Knowledge:

FREEBIE Habitats poster headings- Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(FREEBIE Individual Habitat posters)
After you have your entire unit, you need to make sure the students have learned how each habitat is different from the others. One way to do this is through writing projects. Split the kiddos up into groups. Have each group focus on one of the seven habitats you studied. There are freebie poster headers for each poster. Have the students write directly on the chart paper or on Post-It notes. After the posters are finished, have the students present it to the class.
Extra idea: Have students write facts about the habitats at the top and then draw the habitat and animals underneath.
Download it here.

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
These writing pages are from my No-Prep Habitats Pack. Each habitat comes with passages, comprehension, and writing pages. I always save the writing pieces for culminating activities to show what the students have learned.


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Thanks for reading! Need these resources?
The two resources shouted out in this blog post are...

FREEBIE poster- Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
This freebie...

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
And this no-prep paid product!