Second Grade Nest: October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Fun: Pumpkins, Election Day, and Veterans Day



On Friday, my kids were dressed up in costumes excited for the carnival, so I figured I only had about two hours of work I could get out of them, then the rest we would do Halloween stuff because, let's face it, the Friday before Halloween is a terror.

So we did a prediction unit! Using our class pumpkin who has been in our room since the beginning of October, we carved a jack-o-lantern.

1. We predicted what the inside of the pumpkin would feel like once I cut the top off.
Halloween activities- predicting the amount of seeds in a pumpkin- team building activities

2. Then they predicted how many seeds there were in our class pumpkin. 
(I requested the students help me separate the seeds from the guts before we counted.)  
Halloween activities- predicting the amount of seeds in a pumpkin- team building activities

Halloween activities- predicting the amount of seeds in a pumpkin- team building activities

Halloween activities- predicting the amount of seeds in a pumpkin- team building activities


And finally...
Here is a peek at two of my non-Thanksgiving November products at my TPT store! 

Election Day Craft- mini book attached to cute boy and girl craft

Election Day Craft- mini book attached to cute boy and girl craft



Veterans Day Craft- writing pages attached to cute boy and girl craftVeterans Day Craft- writing pages attached to cute boy and girl craft

Veterans Day Craft- writing pages attached to cute boy and girl craft

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mastering Sight Words



Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words

**Update: Since the 2012 blog post, the packs have been completely redone. Check the bottom for new links.**

I have had some great success with my 2nd graders and their sight words. I'm coming up from Kindergarten, so keep in mind, I'm used to having to drag words out of kids. So, having students on all lists of Fry words makes me very excited! 

When I test Fry Sight Words, I start with my Sight Word binder. 
Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words

Since I didn't want to use 21 binder separators, I just stuck a Post-It on each kids' set to keep their words separated.  
Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words
Every week, my students get 5 words to study. If they get these words by Friday, they get 5 new words on Monday. If they only master 3 of them, then I transfer 2 of them over to the next week. 
Each kiddo has their own set of all 10 Sight Word Lists. 
Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words

Then I found that some of my kids weren't motivated to study their words. They were accepting of the fact that they would just work on them next week with no consequence, so I created an incentive chart for my Fry Sight Word success. 

As the students complete a set of 100 words, they get to move their superhero up a level. 

Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words

Here is a close up on my 4th and 5th 100 Fry words poster. This is where I have the most amount of kids, the rest of them are scattered throughout.  
Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words

And yes, I have 2 that have reached the top!  
Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words

Here is a picture of the whole wall by my computer tables for the students to see.  
Mastering Sight Words in primary grades- activities and assessments to motivate students to learn their sight words
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Update: Since the 2012 blog post, the packs have been completely redone.
Sight Words    Sight Words