Second Grade Nest: September 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Daily 4 MATH




Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades

With the incredible success of Daily 5 in my classroom, I decided to try a Daily 5 themed math in my classroom. I don't have as much time for my math slot that I do for my reading, so I shortened it to Daily 4 Math. 

I did a few searches looking for the different components of Daily 5 Math and noticed it was different for everyone, so I created headings that fit my own classroom. 

My Daily 4 Math Components:
-Math with the Teacher
-Math with a Partner
-Math with a Computer
-Math by Yourself

We use the EnVision Math curriculum and this is our first year using it. There are a LOT of different daily activities they supply us, like daily reviews, workbook pages, quick checks, booklets, etc... so I was finding it difficult getting it ALL done every day. 

So, here is how I have incorporated all of these activities into my daily schedule.

Math with the Teacher:
This is when we do our Guided Practice and Independent Practice in our workbooks. This is their time for learning and instruction, then application. (I usually sit in that chair by the rolly cart, but I had to step out to take the picture...)
Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades
Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades
This is when they do their 4 page mini-booklet that teaches the strategy. 

Math with a Partner:
I set up little rugs and give the kids a basket. The activities change in this area from day to day, but they are always working in a group of 2 or 3. 
Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades

Math with a Computer:
Either the kids are playing a game on the student computers or the ActivBoard.
This picture is hard to tell what is happening, but the girl in the back is jumping up and down because the boy at the ActivBoard is running out of time matching addition facts and sums. It's fun to see them cheer each other on. 
Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades

Math By Yourself:
EnVision Math comes with a student workbook that has two workbook pages per topic, so that is their chance to work through those independently. They get it checked as soon as I'm done teaching in my group, so that they immediate feedback on right/wrong.
(If you don't have Math workbooks, I would suggest doing Math Journals during this time!)
Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Putting Daily 5 All Together!


Daily 5- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year


In the past 5 posts, I've reviewed how I introduced each component of Daily 5 into my morning routine! 
Now, I can share how it flows all together!

First, we start with our "Rounds" chart. The kiddos know where to look after each round. They break off into their flexible leveled group for a 15 minute component, then check back in at their desks waiting for the next round to begin.
Daily 5- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year

Daily 5- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year



 Daily 5- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year

I am pleasantly surprised how independent these students are during Daily 5. It gives me a chance to conference on writing and listen to their fluency and they can do their own activities without interrupting.

The schedule:
Reading Focus Lesson
Writing Focus Lesson
D5 Round 1
D5 Round 2
D5 Round 3
D5 Round 4
D5 Round 5

It usually takes my whole morning, but inside of that time slot, we have spelling, reading, and writing, which would take over 2 hours individually. And this gives them a chance for independence and small group interaction.

I don't think I'll ever go back! I love Daily 5!!
Check out my other entries on the specific components...

Read to Self

Read to Someone

Work on Writing

Word Work

Listen to Reading 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Daily 5: Listen to Reading



Daily 5- Listen to Reading- introducing the first few weeks of school

Last day of discussing how I introduced the components of Daily 5, tomorrow will be the big wrap-up about how its flowing and working so smooth together! 

Today, I will discuss how Listen to Reading is working in our room! 

The strategies for Work on Writing can be found in the Daily 5 book.
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Daily 5- Listen to Reading- introducing the first few weeks of school
Here is a picture of my students listening to reading with a borrowed CD player and 4 way splitter. This was not our classroom's listening centers and I couldn't afford my own. So, what I did was get on Donor's Choose. Donor's Choose got 6 individual CD players for my classroom!


Here are other options.

CD / MP3 Listening Center with MS2L Personal Headphones
Here is my Amazon Affiliate link for this 6 person CD player. 
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Jensen Limited Edition Black Jensen Slim Personal CD Player System with LCD Display Bass Boost 60-second Anti Skip CD-R/RW Compatible & Ear-buds Gift Box 
Here is my Amazon Affiliate link for one of the cheaper sets I found.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Daily 5: Word Work


Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year


Today, I am on my fourth day of discussing how Daily 5 is working in my classroom. During Daily 5, one component we are involved in is Word Work, which I take as an opportunity for students to practice their spelling words. 

I am doing spelling using Words Their Way this year and tiering my students into two (now three) different groups. I am also giving a Tic-Tac-Toe box to do weekly. During Daily 5, these students are practicing their spelling words with one Tic-Tac-Toe box a day. 
They work out of their O.W.L. Binders everyday in their homework section. 

More strategies for Word Work can be found in the Daily 5 book.
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Here are a few kiddos hard at work...
Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year

Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year

Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year

Also, during Word Work, I'll sometimes pull a group and do small group Making Words or let them do Making Words on their own. I follow Systematic Sequential Instruction with my Making Words. 

Here is how I organize it...
Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year
#1- I start with my baskets and a large Ziploc filled with my ABC bags. 

Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year
#2- Unload my letters and set out letters. 

Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year
#3- Pull out letters for the mystery word of the day. 

Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year
#4- Set out baskets of letters and tell students how many of each letter to get.
It is like the lunch line in the cafeteria. They just walk down the row of baskets and grab one out of each. 

Daily 5- Word Work- Putting it all together at the beginning of the year
#5- I write the letters they should have, then 2-(# of letters in word) on the board.
Then we work on adding sounds, making plurals, finding blends in words, etc. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Daily 5: Work on Writing


Daily 5- Work on Writing- introducing the first few weeks of school

We worked on Read to Self and Read to Someone for a few days, then integrated the writing portion into our Daily 5. We are using the 6 Traits book to teach IDEAS at the moment. The kids are having a lot of fun brainstorming and getting their creative ideas down on paper without stressing out conventions and sentence structure yet. 

During Work on Writing, the students get their writing assignment for the day during our Writing Focus Lesson, which takes place before we split up into groups. For the month of September, these focus lessons will be centered around generating ideas. 
After they get their assignment or prompt, the students get their Writing Journals. 
Inside their Writing Journals, they will find a reminder asking them if they are definitely finished. I make them check through these before asking me to conference.

The strategies for Work on Writing can be found in the Daily 5 book.
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Here is my Amazon Affiliate link to the book if you're interested in reading.
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Daily 5- Work on Writing- introducing the first few weeks of school
Journal Labels can be found in  my Owl Decor pack on TPT.

They get 15 minute to work on this activity. I'm typically conferencing with them while they are in the following activity about what they have written.

Daily 5- Work on Writing- introducing the first few weeks of school
The students work daily in their writing journals. The writing journals come with a cut and glue strip that they put into their journals at the beginning of the center, then they read their prompt, and work on their writing during the center. 


 Daily 5- Work on Writing- introducing the first few weeks of school
This is the resource I use for the entire year during Writing time.
(Source: Writing Prompts for the Year)

They are allowed to sit anywhere.
It is interesting to see which kids choose to sprawl out across the floor and which choose to stay seated nicely at their desks.

Daily 5- Work on Writing- introducing the first few weeks of school

Daily 5- Work on Writing- introducing the first few weeks of school
Sitting like an M. She has sat like this since Kindergarten!! I had her in my K class when 2 years ago when I taught Kindergarten and I would get after her for sitting like an M. 2 years later and she still sits like this. :-) I don't try to make her stop anymore because the habit is solidified now!!



Monday, September 17, 2012

Daily 5: Read to Someone


Daily 5- Read to Someone- introducing the first few weeks of school

I introduced Read to Someone a few days after the kids got the hang of their book bins and working quietly within their stamina range. 
They were thrilled to learn they got to read to someone next! 


The strategies for Read to Someone can be found in the Daily 5 book.
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Then, we began and the kids loved it! We are three weeks into it, and I don't have ANY behavior problems during Read to Someone. I know I've likely just jinxed myself, but so far, so GREAT! 

Daily 5- Read to Someone- introducing the first few weeks of school

Daily 5- Read to Someone- introducing the first few weeks of school

Daily 5- Read to Someone- introducing the first few weeks of school

Daily 5- Read to Someone- introducing the first few weeks of school

Daily 5- Read to Someone- introducing the first few weeks of school

They all look very engaged and it continues like this for a while! We are still all actively engaged, which surprises me, I was expecting behavior issues and boredom.



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Daily 5: Read to Self


Daily 5- Read to Self- introducing the first few weeks of school

I LOVE Daily 5! 
Over the next week, I am going to introduce you to how my class has adapted to each component of Daily 5, how we have incorporated it whole class, and how I was even inspired to create Daily 4 Math for my class. So come back each day to see how my second graders have adjusted!

Sunday:
Read to Self

First, we started very SLOW with this. We introduced it and reviewed SO much!
We started by teaching students 3 way to read a book.
They wrote the 3 in their reader's workbooks and we review it daily.
We also had to teach students how to pick their books for the book bins, I still have a few who want to fill their book bins with 5 chapter books a week- which I must always remind them of the I-PICK method.

Both of the '3 Ways to Pick a Book' and 'IPICK' strategies can be found in the 2 Sisters book.
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Each kiddo will get their very own book bin.
Daily 5- Read to Self- introducing the first few weeks of school

And we pick 5 brand new books out on Fridays for the following week. 
Day 1 of picking out books was rather chaotic. 
Try going in groups to pick out books, otherwise you'll end up like this....
Daily 5- Read to Self- introducing the first few weeks of school

Daily 5- Read to Self- introducing the first few weeks of school

Then we practice for a week adding two minutes a day. After that first week, we started adding other components in and still adding 1-2 minutes of Read to Self each day. 
I allow students to read anywhere in the room as long as they promise to follow the I-chart.
-Read the whole time.
-Stay in one spot.
-Sit in a place that a teacher can see you but not under a table. 
Daily 5- Read to Self- introducing the first few weeks of school

 They tend to gravitate towards the carpet still together and close to each other, but as you can see from this picture, they are all actively engaged in their book!!
Daily 5- Read to Self- introducing the first few weeks of school



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Writing Traits: IDEAS


Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing


We are spending the month of September on the Writing trait, IDEA. 
During a summer P.D., we were given a 6 Traits book and a rough idea of how to sketch out our year. My second grade classroom started this week and we love thinking of ideas!

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Trait 1:
IDEAS!!
The first focus lesson for ideas is based off a story called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. The story is about a little boy bring significant artifacts from his house to trigger a woman who lost of her memory's thoughts. 

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Picture Puffins) 
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The assignment that I sent them home to do was get things of importance to them and bring it in to share and write about. 

Here are the students practice their speaking and presenting voices:  

Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing

Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing

Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing
After their presentations that required them to speak about their special items and form sentences about these, I asked them to write about them. It was a free write, just steered in the direction of what ideas do you get from this? can you write a lot about this? is it easy to write about something you care about? is it easier to write about something you have lots of information on? 

THEN...
an author from Kentucky came in and brought her puppies. This is Leigh Anne Florence, she is a Kentucky based author that writes about her two pet dogs, Woody and Chloe. 
Her books are great! We love them in our classroom! Check her out! 
She visited our school today with her dogs [pictured but hard to see in her arms] and she taught a fabulous lesson on writing with ideas. 
It tied in fabulously with our writing lessons for the week. 

Author visit- Diving into the Writing Traits: thinking of ideas- activities to help students get ideas in writing