Second Grade Nest

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekly Reading Mystery FREEBIE [Sci. & SS Integration]



I recently did a Facebook Live video all about my free idea for the weekly reading mystery. This was a quick and fun idea that I had for you guys to incorporate your science and social studies right into your ELA block. Check the idea out here!
Also, the Facebook Live post is below for you to watch! Scroll down to watch. 




Objective: Students will read through picture books and reading passages to find the mystery clue for the week in science and social studies. 


1. Start by picking the mystery clue. [one for science and one for social studies]
These freebies can be found here


2. Then, pick 3 or 4 other science topics for the week that the students can explore. 
The reason that I suggest only giving them 3 or 4 topics is because if they are trying to find a mystery clue out, giving them 10+ topics will be incredibly overwhelming for the students. 

3. Head to the local library and rent out 3 or 4 books for each topic that you choose. 
  


4. Create a folder that will hold correlating reading passages. Make sure that your reading passages that are in your folder are the same 3-4 topics that you chose for the week and picked books for as well. Social studies passages can stay on the left, while science passages can stay on the right!
These reading passage are included in my biography bundle and my science no prep bundle.
Click the links above to check out the huge money-saving bundles. Both bundles have much more than simply the reading passages, too.


5. Post your clues on the board on Monday, allow for students to explore all week during Read to Self, Read to Someone, or free reading time. 


6. If students find out mystery clue, have them write their answer on a Post-It note and add it to a special box. Reward students with your choice of reward. I suggest giving them raffle tickets to win books you get from Scholastic Book Clubs!


7. Give the answer on Friday and read aloud the passage or book you found the clue from. Give a mini lesson on text-evidence and model how students could have found the answer on their own. 

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Here is the freebie:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7mjRwFty62LTDZEWHBTYWdINE0/view?usp=sharing

And here are the resources for biography passages and science no-prep passages.
Both of these bundles have MUCH more than simply passages, too!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Biography-Bundle-Influential-People-2614740   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Bundle-2340343
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Check out the Facebook Live post to see this blog post come to life here!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Informational ELA Mentor Texts

I just finished up my Literature mentor texts blog post, check that out here.
Now, it's time for the informational texts! 

Primary Mentor Texts Suggested Book for All Common Core Informational Standards- RI Standards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade- read alouds for teachers during the ELA block

My ELA packs for k, 1, and 2 include 3 mini lessons, printables, passages, interactive notebook activities, task cards, and an assessment. Some of these activities really benefit from having books that focus on that specific standard. I have had many, many requests for a suggested book list, so I wanted to create a blog post for my ELA teachers to reference when using mentor texts for ELA! All the books that are linked in this blog post are linked to affiliate Amazon links.


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for ask and answering question- teaching questioning and inference skills- RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1
Ask and Answer Questions (RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1)
-Key skills to hit- answer text-dependent questions and ask strong questions for more information
 Odd Boy Out by Don Brown
Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons
What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn Branley
What If You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle
 Whose Tools are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
 A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the main topic or main idea and support key details- RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.2
Main Topic/Main Idea (RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.3) 
-Key skills to hit- finding the main topic (1st and 2nd grade) and main idea (3rd grade); finding key details to support the topic or idea
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert
I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Melzer
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
The Museum Book by Jan Mark
Ivan: The Remarkable Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the connections within a nonfiction text- finding technical process, scientific ideas, or historical events connections- RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3
Making Connections (RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3)
-Key skills to hit- connections within historical events, scientific ideas, or technical processes
Now and Ben by Gene Barretta
How People Learned to Fly by Fran Hodgkins
From Peanut to Peanut Butter by Robin Nelson
School: Then and Now by Robin Nelson
The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake by Joanna Cole
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the meaning of unknown vocabulary within a text- using context clues- RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4
Unknown Vocabulary (RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4)
-Key skills to hit- new vocabulary, words and phrases, context clues
Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George
Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Zohfeld
Jump into Science: Dirt by Tomecek
Frog or Toad? How Do You Know by Melissa Stewart
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the purpose for text features and using these text features to understand the text- RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5
Text Features (RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5)
-Key skills to hit- know and use various text features
National Geographic Readers: Planets by Elizabeth Carney
Wildlife Photographer by William David Thomas
I Wonder Why the Sea is Salty by Anita Ganeri 
How Things Work: In the Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernst
National Geographic Readers: Pandas by Anne Schreiber
Little Kids for Big Book of Why by Amy Shields 


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the author's purpose for writing the text- explain, describe, answer questions-  RI.2.6, RI.3.6
Author's Purpose or Point of View (RI.2.6, RI.3.6)
-Key skills to hit- find author's point of view, compare author's point of view to their own
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs by Houghton Mifflin
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone
Turtle Tide: The Way of Sea Turtles by Stephen R. Swimburne
If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
You Wouldn't Want to be an American Pioneer by Jacqueline Morely
George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for using images in a nonfiction text to further understand the text- RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7
Images in a Text (RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7)
-Key skills to hit- use images in a text to further understand the text
Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta 
Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen
Clothesline Clues to What People Do by Kathryn Heling
I Read Signs by Tana Hoban (very early readers)
A Medieval Feast by Aliki


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the author's point and supporting reasons- finding out why the author wrote the text and how the author feels- RI.1.8, RI.2.8
Author's Point and Reasons (RI.1.8, RI.2.8)
-Key skills to hit- find the main point the author is trying to make, find the reasons the author gives for their point
If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann Mcgovern
What If Everyone Did That? by Ellen Javernick
Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London
The Bravest Dog Ever: The Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford 
What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle
Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalvan


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the difference between text structures and text organization- compare and contrast, cause and effect, and sequencing texts- RI.3.8
Text Structures (RI.3.8)
-Key skills to hit- compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence
Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pollatta
Cats vs. Dogs by Elizabeth Carney
 Endangered Animals of the Jungle by William Rice
Earth: Feeling the Heat by Brenda Guiberson
Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for comparing and contrasting two nonfiction texts on the same topic- RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9
Comparing Nonfiction (RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9)
-Key skills to hit- find the important points from two texts, find similarities and differences between them
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and If a Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold
 Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and All About Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad
I am Helen Keller by Brad Melzer and Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark by Joanna Hurwitz
Looking Closely Inside the Rainforest by Frank Serafini and  Step Into the Rainforest by Howard Rice



For full ELA units with mini lessons for these books and extra reading passages (and much more), check out these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade RL and RI sets. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-1st-Grade-2108261  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-2nd-Grade-2108262 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-3rd-Grade-Reading-2538258



Saturday, August 6, 2016

Primary Mentor Texts for Common Core Literature Standards



Primary Mentor Texts Suggested Book for All Common Core Literature Standards- RL Standards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade- read alouds for teachers during the ELA block
My ELA packs for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade include 3 mini lessons, printables, passages, interactive notebook activities, task cards, and an assessment. Some of those activities require the use of a mentor text grade level book. I have had many, many requests for a suggested book list, so I wanted to create a blog post for my primary teachers to reference when using mentor texts for ELA! This is a list of 6 books for each literature standards, with affiliate links to Amazon.


Primary mentor text suggested book list for ask and answering question- teaching questioning and inference skills- RL1.1, RL2.1, RL3.1
 Ask and Answer Questions (RL1.1, RL2.1, RL3.1)
Retelling and Recounting (RL1.2, RL2.2, RL3.2)
Key skills to hit- retelling/recounting, moral/lesson, folk tales, fables, myths
The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
The Ant and the Grasshopper by Luli Gray
 Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Aesop's Fables Collection 
Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas (3rd Grade Only)
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens


Primary mentor text suggested book list for Story Elements- RL1.3- teaching characters, setting, and events with literature
Story Elements  (RL1.3)
Key skills to hit- characters and traits, settings, events
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
A Story for Bear by Dennis Haseley
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff


Primary mentor text suggested book list for character challenge and response- RL2.3, RL3.3- identify the way that characters can change through the story- problem and solution
Character Challenges and Solutions (RL2.3, RL3.3)
Key skills to hit- character traits, problem/solution, challenges and how the character resolves it
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
The Name Jar by  Yangsook Choi
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion 
Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill 
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson 


Primary mentor text suggested book list for words and phrases in stories and poetry- focus on rhyming, alliteration, repitition, feelings conveyed in a text, and words that appeal to sense- RL1.4, RL2.4
Vocabulary in Poetry (RL1.4, RL2.4)
Key skills to hit- feeling emotions while reading, imagery, poetry, sensory word, repetition
Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
When Sophie Gets Angry- Really Really Angry by Molly Bang
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein 
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Lucille Colandro
Class Two at the Zoo by Julia Jarman


Primary mentor text suggested book list for Figurative Language- stories with personification, similies, metaphors, and alliteration- RL3.4
Figurative Language (RL3.4)
Key skills to hit- similes, metaphors, imagery, personification
The Worrywarts by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Amelia Bedelia and the Baby by Peggy Parish
I Know the River Loves Me by Maya Christina Gonzales
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Quiet as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen


Primary mentor text suggested book list for Story Structure- teaching the beginning, middle, and end of a story- RL2.5, RL3.5
Story Structure (RL2.5, RL3.5)
Key skills to hit- beginning, middle, end structure
Don't Slam the Door by Lori Chaconas 
No Dogs Allowed by Sonia Manzano
Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Max's Words by Kate Banks


Primary mentor text suggested book list for Point of View- focusing on how characters in the text feel about other characters or events that happen- also can compare to the way that readers feel about story, too- RL1.6, RL2.6, RL3.6
Point of View (RL1.6, RL2.6, RL3.6)
Key skills to hit- character's opinion, how a character feels about something, compare to own
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead
The Day the Crayons Quit by Draw Daywalt
My Big Dog by Janet Stevens
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Caralyn Buehner 
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack


Primary mentor text suggested book list for illustrations in text- RL1.7, RL2.7, RL3.7 focusing on how illustrations in a text can tell an entire story or add to a story that is told through text- a few stories are even wordless
Story Illustrations (RL1.7, RL2.7, RL3.7)
Key skills- comparing text to illustration, how the illustration adds to the text
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Office Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms
Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle


Primary mentor text suggested book list for comparing two texts on the same character or event by a different author- fractured fairy tales and different cultural fairy and folk tales are told- RL1.9, RL2.9
Compare Two Stories by Different Authors (RL1.9, RL2.9)
Key skills to hit- comparing and contrasting character, setting, events (different author)
Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten by Trisha Shashkan and Little Red Riding Hood by Paragon Books
The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Schwartz and The Three Little Pigs by Patricia Seibert
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone and The Little Red Elf by Barbara McGrath
Cinderella by Sarah L. Thompson and The Rough Faced Girl by Rafe Martin


Primary mentor text suggested book list for comparing two texts by the same author- focuses on character, setting, and events in two different stories by one author- RL3.9
Comparing Two Stories by the Same Author (RL3.9)
Key skills to hit- comparing and contrasting character, theme, plot (same author)
Jumaji and Zarthura by Chris Van Allsburg
Fish is Fish and Swimmy by Leo Lionni
The Hat and The Mitten by Jan Brett
Wemberly Worried and Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes


For full ELA units with mini lessons for these books and extra reading passages (and much more), check out these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade RL and RI sets. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-1st-Grade-2108261  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-2nd-Grade-2108262 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-3rd-Grade-Reading-2538258


 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Transforming Your Classroom

Summer is the time when we get to browse Pinterest and look for fun ideas to transform our classroom. You don't have to spend thousands to make it look cute either. There are lots of DIY projects and decor packs to buy on TPT that will help transform. 

Are you thinking about a theme, such as pirates, owls, superheroes, or wild animals? 
Or maybe you just want a color scheme, such as rainbow, chalkboard, or polka dots. 
Either way...  I have a wide variety of classroom decor packs. I wanted to create a 'look-book' for you to shop through in case you were looking to change up your classroom theme.

Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized

Download the free look book here!


Here are a few brand new packs...

Nautical Themed-- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized    Superhero Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Nautical Classroom Decor)
(Shop here for Superhero Classroom Decor)

Bright Color Scheme- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized    Ocean Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
(Shop here for Bright Colors Classroom Decor)
(Shop here for Ocean Classroom Decor)

 Polka Dot Scheme- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Polka Dot Classroom Decor)


Here are a few older decor packs, but are completely updated and now editable!

Owl Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized     Apple Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Owls Classroom Decor)
 (Shop here for Apples Classroom Decor)

Wild Animal Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized    Pirates Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Wild Animals Classroom Decor)
 (Shop here for Pirates Classroom Decor)

Chalkboard Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized    Chalkboard and Owls- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Chalkboard Classroom Decor)
 (Shop here for Owls and Chalk Classroom Decor)

Monster Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized     Monkey Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Monster Classroom Decor)
 (Shop here for Monkey Classroom Decor)

Birds Themed- Classroom Decor Collection to transform your classroom- pick a scheme or a theme to make your classroom decorated and organized
 (Shop here for Birds Classroom Decor)