Second Grade Nest: March 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes

Our class loves our ActivBoard! We find so much benefit and usefulness for it every day! 


Activotes are my assessment BEST FRIEND! I can assess my kids with a click of a button. Sometimes  I'll create an assessment on my flipcharts or PowerPoint. Other times, I will give an impromptu assessment where I'm just writing on the board and they answer. I love them! They make a teacher's life easier and they help children actually care about assessing. 

Organization and Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes


Organization and Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes


Organization and Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes

Organization and Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes



Organization and Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes
These are baskets from Really Good Stuff that hold our Activotes for us in a neat and organized way. Each student has a number, so it's easiest to keep them in their table groups instead of passing them out daily. 
The colors of the baskets match their table color (seen below...). 

Organization and Technology With the ActivBoard and Activotes
This would be the red table, so they keep their numbered Activotes in the red basket. 

(Those table signs are for sale at my TPT Store!)

I am linking up through the wonderful Katie King's Techy Teacher Tuesday! 
Check her out! 


Monday, March 25, 2013

Comparing Nonfiction Texts


Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9

I was really struggling on how to compare nonfiction texts. My kids weren't enjoying it very much, but last week, I decided to tie in Post-Its and they loved it! 



Story Set #1
My Uncle is a Firefighter- Reading A-Z
A Trip to the Firehouse- Houghton Mifflin
Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9

Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9

Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9


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Story Set #2
Ants, Ants, and More Ants- Reading A-Z
Ants- Houghton Mifflin
Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9

Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9

Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9



These two Common Core aligned text will help you in teaching informational comparisons. 
I have one for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. The pink is 2nd. The blue is 1st. The purple is 3rd.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Compare-and-Contrast-RI39-2625337


And if you're in need of extra nonfiction resources, check out my nonfiction reading passages and printables! 
Comparing nonfiction texts- students engaged with two nonfiction texts and they compare and contrast them- related to RI1.9, RI2.9, and RI3.9



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Nonfiction Detectives



nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme

I finished my nonfiction unit last night! And we tested a few of the activities out in my classroom today! It was so much fun. 

I started by making sure I had a new binder for it (of course!) I have a binder for everything! 
nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme

nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective themenonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme

To save paper, it would be best to copy these front/back when you're making a class set, but I didn't have the chance when I was printing from my home computer. 

Then, we did the fiction/nonfiction sort. Each student found two books in the classroom library and wrote them on our classroom sort, then they copied it onto their paper.  
nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme
nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme

We searching through our nonfiction books and looked for text features we have learned about so far. Students would stand if their books would have different text features in them as I called them out. They found that not all nonfiction books have every single text feature. Then we had a mini-quiz on text features (also found in the product). 

nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme
nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme


If you're interested in this product, check it out for sale in my TPT store
nonfiction reading comprehension- engaging reading passages and activities to help teach students nonfiction comprehension- with a detective theme




Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Peak at My March Centers (w/ 2 Freebie Samples)


 
This week has been CRAZY in the classroom. We started fourth quarter, so I'm finishing up our report cards. Also- second grade is performing at the P.T.A. meeting this Thursday, so we've spent a lot of time singing and preparing for that. All in all, I haven't had much time to find inspiring blog post material this week, so I decided I'd love to let you guys check out my centers for the month of March.

Both centers for Spring and Easter have 10 centers in each, 5 for ELA and 5 for math. They range from K-1. I share these with my Kindergarten friends at my school and they love them. :-) 

First, let's peak at my centers for Spring! 
Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Each centers comes with a recording sheet.
I am attaching one here as a FREEBIE for you to check out! 
Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES
I know that you won't have the "Match all the blends to the pictures, then copy..." aspect of it, but you like this enough, feel free to use it and white that out. :-) Or buy the set and use it with the game it accompanies!! 

Now, let's peak at my Easter centers! 
Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Each centers comes with a recording sheet.
I am attaching one here as a FREEBIE for you to check out! 
Spring Centers- hands on ELA and math activities with FREEBIES

Again... I know that the directions state to match up the 3 pieces, but you can just white that out if you want to use this printable. OR you could buy the set! :-)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Books on CD Organization


Classroom organization- tips on how to organize your books on CD for Listen to Reading during Daily 5

CD Library Revamp
I have absolutely hated my collection of books on CD, so I decided yesterday after school that I truly needed an upgrade. I put each CD and book set into an individual Ziploc bag because of how frequently one CD gets misplaced! I am going to buy a rack to hang them on next year (since this year is almost over). 


Classroom organization- tips on how to organize your books on CD for Listen to Reading during Daily 5
I was SO sick of this mess! 

Classroom organization- tips on how to organize your books on CD for Listen to Reading during Daily 5Classroom organization- tips on how to organize your books on CD for Listen to Reading during Daily 5
So I used a hole puncher, gallon size freezer bags, and binder rings to clean this up!

Classroom organization- tips on how to organize your books on CD for Listen to Reading during Daily 5
I will choose 5-10 books a week that kids can choose for Listen to Reading. They can walk over to the hook during their L.T.R. time and choose the book they wish to listen to. 

Classroom organization- tips on how to organize your books on CD for Listen to Reading during Daily 5
And this is how I can store the CDs that are not being used! 


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Also, First Grade Morning Work is done!!!!
I have had my kindergarten morning work/homework packs out for about a month. I have FINALLY finished my first grade set!

First Grade Morning Work- engaging worksheets to get your day started  First Grade Morning Work- engaging worksheets to get your day started
 (Link: Quarter 1)

(Link: Quarter 2)

 (Link: Quarter 3)

(Link: Quarter 4)

Each set has a freebie sample if you click on DOWNLOAD PREVIEW on the store site. 
First Grade Morning Work- engaging worksheets to get your day started
(Link: Bundle)