Second Grade Nest: July 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Morning Routines

STILL haven't gotten into my room to get my stuff unloaded or set up, so I'm still living on Pinterest! 
Pinterest is a teacher's best friend in the summer! 

Today is all about my Pinterest-inspiration for morning work!


Morning Routines Activities and Ideas- organization and management tips for classroom morning routines


Ideas for morning routine: 

Morning Routines Activities and Ideas- organization and management tips for classroom morning routines
Pinterest source: Mrs. Willis' Kindergarten
Love me some anchor charts!! This is amazing for second grade because some kids are reading and some kids are not, so the picture and sentences really help! 

Morning Routines Activities and Ideas- organization and management tips for classroom morning routines
Pinterest Source: Growing Firsties
Ohhhh Lisa, how much I love you!! This pin is amazing! How perfect is this for my search for a morning routine. Click that link and read more!! 

Morning Routines Activities and Ideas- organization and management tips for classroom morning routines
Personal Image! 
Check in chart for students! Once they get in the classroom, they check on the chart so I can glance over at 845 and see who hasn't checked in for attendance. 

Morning Routines Activities and Ideas- organization and management tips for classroom morning routines
The clothespins and ribbon lunch tags are also a great addition. 
At my school, we had to give a number when we took attendance about how many lunches our cafeteria needed to prepare. On the front of the clothespin is the kids name and number code for lunch time.



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Pinterest Source: ChartChums & 
Even better for non-readers!! 


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My kids LOVE their morning work. 
 
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On the back of my morning work, I put handwriting sheets where students have to fix the problems and rewrite the sentences with neat handwriting. 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Back to School Ideas

In the next few weeks, all bloggers are going to show a mass amount of back to school ideas. I'm starting today! I get to start moving into my new classroom on Monday, so I'll be blogging about classroom organization next week! For now, I'll just show you my plans for the first week of school.



If your Open House is after school starts, which mine has always been, this Guess Who game is a hit. Kids illustrate their self-portrait, color it, and glue it to their favorite color construction paper. 
When parents come in for Open House, they have to figure out which illustration is their children's. 
Back to School ideas- classroom activities for August back to school time


Another self-portrait display is one for the hallway for the school to see. 
This hallway display has two printables ready to be cut and glue. It has an All About Me section plus an area for a self-portrait!  
Back to School ideas- classroom activities for August back to school time

Back to School ideas- classroom activities for August back to school time
And yes, that says MmmBop! 


Both of these displays are part of my Back to School On-the-Go! 
Back to School ideas- classroom activities for August back to school time

These printables are ALSO included in my BTS On The Go...
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Back to School ideas- classroom activities for August back to school time


Coming soon:
Classroom setup and organization tips! 

Reader's Theater for the Year

Reader's Theater was a HIT in my classroom last year. We used it at least twice a week. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom

Oh, my!! I LOVE this puppet theater.
Rowdy in Room 300 posted this on her blog and I cannot wait to make it. 
I love using Reader's Theater in the classroom. My Reader's Theater packs have character cards for headbands, but I totally want to put them on craft sticks now and let them act it out in the puppet theater! 


Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
These are the headbands that we have always used. 
Another option: put them on craft sticks!! 



Reader's Theater process in my classroom: 
-Group children in tiered groups so the higher students can help the lower students.
-Assign each student a part.
-Groups work together to practice their lines 4-5 times. 
-I then partner 2-3 groups together and assign who presents first, second, and third.
-After the groups have performed their plays, I tell them all to trade scripts and they start over.

I always have 5-6 different stories a day for the groups so they aren't all doing the same thing.
[Keep track of what groups do what scripts so they aren't doing the same story all the time.]

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Practice, practice, practice.

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Practice makes perfect. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Learning their scripts. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Performance time! 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Performing for their teacher! 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Groups performing for each other! 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Love the enthusiasm in the group watching! 


Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom 
My Reader's Theater comes with highlighted scripts and headbands. 

Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
A big question I get about my Reader's Theater is if the highlights show through if you print it black and white. When you print black and white, they show up gray. If you are okay with gray, it's perfectly fine to leave it that way. You students should still be able to find their lines. However, I like having parent volunteers or even responsible students to help out during free time. 


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Readers Theater- fluency, comprehension, and reading activities in the classroom
Click each to check them out! 





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Homework for Primary Students

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework


Homework has always been something that I've created at the last minute for the students. It usually ends up being spelling and reading homework. 
I wanted to start my year with a homework program to use in my room. 
Check out what I have planned!

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework



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Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework
Start with a 3 prong folder. Plastic will work best because it'll keep a little better than the paper folders.

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework
On the left side of the folder, place the assignment list for the entire week.

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework  Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework
On the right side of the folder, place the book the child is reading for the week. 
They have 15 minutes of nightly reading to do each night, so that'll be the easiest way to keep up with the book. The picture on the right shows me pointing to the area that parents sign to keep the children accountable for their reading. 


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Take the Math, Reading, Writing, and Language/Foundations and place them into the three prongs. 
Front/back is suggested to save paper! 

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework
This is a glimpse as first grade set 1. 

Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework
This is a glimpse at second grade set 1. 

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Homework for primary students- free folder labels- quick and easy kindergarten, first grade, and second grade nightly homework

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