Second Grade Nest: April 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mother's Day is Coming Soon!



I would love to share two cute crafts for Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Craft Mother's Day Craft


Mother's Day Craft Mother's Day Craft

I am going to do the Mommy and Me craft this year! 
Last year, we did the flower poems. This year, I want to challenge my darlings to try two heads!! 


This product is only $3 for the next two days!! 
Mother's Day Craft


Mother's Day Craft
Check out this old blog post for more ideas!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nonfiction Close Reading



Close Reading is becoming a very popular reading strategy with many teachers. I know that I started it with my first graders and they are loving it! 

Here is a four day look at Close Reading with a new nonfiction product I just made! 


Here is the optional cover page just to give students a checklist on what they will be in charge of over the next four days. 
the steps behind close reading for first and second grade readers

Day 1
-Teacher reads aloud and children follow along. They may read aloud, too, if they want.
-Annotation day!  
the steps behind close reading for first and second grade readers

Day 2
-Partner Reading- Since my first graders are pretty new to this, we read it as a whole group one time on Day 2 before splitting them up into partners. This helps refresh their memory on some of those tricky words! 
-Vocabulary Focus, working together to look up, discuss, and record new knowledge of vocabulary
 the steps behind close reading for first and second grade readers


Day 3
-Independent Reading Day
-Text-Dependent Questions! This changes depending on where you own children are. My students are just now becoming text-dependent, so we still do a lot of this whole group. We read the question, then the students are in charge of finding the answer IN the text and putting their fingers on it before they are allowed to write their answer. We are also really focusing on restating our questions. My children underline their restated question in their answer! 
 the steps behind close reading for first and second grade readers

Day 4
-Cumulative Writing
-Independent read and review, followed up by a writing response
the steps behind close reading for first and second grade readers


This passage comes from my Nonfiction Close Reading pack.
the steps behind close reading for first and second grade readers




Friday, April 18, 2014

April Updates in My Classroom!



Ah! April is halfway over! 
Unbelievable!! 

Here is a quick look back at my long, but eventful week.
(Long because it was my first week back after Spring Break.)

Can I just start out by pointing out how much I am LOVING this weather.
Not too hot, not too cold...
Although, it did snow on Monday. We are going to pretend that didn't happen.
I love teaching with my window open- unless it is windy, then chaos ensues. 


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Throwback FRIDAY!
I have these copied and ready for the kiddos to assemble today, but since I am posting this before I leave for school, I can't exactly show you this year's bunch! 

Happy Earth Day! 
I'll post an update on Insta or FB on Monday of how the kid's turned out! 


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I love watching my kiddos in action using my centers.
Here are several centers we did this week. 








 





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our First Full Week of CLOSE READING!!


I went to a PD on Close Reading (led by Ms. Desha over at Primary Talk) after I started making my Close Reading for Spring packet.
This really helped grasp my knowledge on Close Reading before I started using my Spring Close Reading packet with my kiddos! 

So last week was my first FULL week on Close Reading and check it out!! 



Day 1:  
Whole Group Read and Annotation 

Spring close reading- nonfiction text

Spring close reading- nonfiction text





Day 2: 
Partner Read and Vocabulary

Spring close reading- nonfiction text

Spring close reading- nonfiction text

Spring close reading- nonfiction text



Day 3: 
Independent Read and Text-Dependent Questions

Spring close reading- nonfiction text

Spring close reading- nonfiction text

Teacher confession: Too busy circulating and helping my darlings to snap many pictures of them doing the text-dependent questions. Hey- we are still learning the process!! They aren't QUITE independent yet! Haha! 



Day 4: 
Culminating Writing 

Spring close reading- nonfiction text

Another confession- I snapped ZERO pictures of the kiddos in action on Day 4 because I was scribing for a little one who can't write! But... here is Mr. Aidan's example. (And he used his introduction, 3 reasons, and conclusion beautifully.)


And here is our wall display!!
Love the way it turned out. The kids are so proud! 

close reading packets displayed in hallway


This is one of my 14 stories in my Spring Close Reading pack! 
Spring close reading- nonfiction text


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sprucing Up Plain Baskets



While shopping at Staples, I found these baskets for 75 cents!! 3 of them for 75 cents, so of course I bought two packs! 

I had some Scotch tape brand Washi tape and I just decided to fancy it up. 

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets


Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets



And since I spend so much time at my small group, I decided to use these cute new baskets at my small group area! 

These are my new "quick grab" buckets, which are things I'm constantly using in small group.
-Witch fingers
-Highlighters
-Highlighting strips
-Teacher basket w/ post its and paper clips 

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets

Washi Tape to fix up teaching baskets


I will certainly be ordering WAY more Washi tape or Scotch tape's brand to do this more over the summer.
I love the way it looks! 




Friday, April 11, 2014

Five for Friday- Spring Break Style!


Let me start by saying....
Spring Break is the most wonderful week ever! 
I have been so productive and I feel much more relaxed! 


Check out five great things that happened this week! 


[ONE]

Spring Cleaning... a.k.a. PURGING in my classroom.


I went and spent four hours just cleaning the piles that I've been hiding all year. 
Everyone knows that teachers have secret piles. 
I hid mine quite well because everyone thought I was so neat and organized. 

But it was GORGEOUS out today, so I blared Michael Buble Playlists on YouTube and had all my classroom windows open. 





[TWO]

Finishing up this wonderful bundle! 
I worked all week on this pack. Morning, day, and night. 
Cranked the 6 animal packs out and decided to bundle them.

Animals nonfiction activities





[THREE]

Yep... That is my Spring Break to-do list... I'm about halfway through it- and it's Friday.
Oh well, there is always summer! 




[FOUR]

Time for cutting! 
I usually have my wonderful volunteer moms cut my centers for me, but since it is Spring Break and I need these for Monday, it is cutting time.
Don't worry- I had Grey's Anatomy to keep me entertained while I cut! 

spring centers for math and ELA

spring centers for math and ELA

spring centers for math and ELA
Put all the piles are so nice and neat! 

spring centers for math and ELA

spring centers for math and ELA

These centers are all found in my First Grade Spring Centers.
spring centers for math and ELA

spring centers for math and ELAspring centers for math and ELA





[FIVE]

This may be a joke e-card, but the feeling is SO REAL! 
I go back on Monday and this week felt so short! 



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