Second Grade Nest: January 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

An Adult Should Not Be This Excited FOR BOOKS!


Please reassure me that I am not alone. 
When I pass out my monthly book orders for Scholastic, I am just filled with eager expectation that I'll have at least 2 parents buy! 

For the month of January, I had five parents buy pretty big orders.
On top of that, I also purchased a fairly large order.
When you put our two totals together, my Bonus Points were OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

If you do not utilize Scholastic Book Clubs, I highly suggest doing so. 
Even if your parents don't order anything, ordering for your own classroom always saves a bundle. 

So, last month, I put in a fairly large order. My parent sales were high and my order was about $75. I also used about 2,000 of my saved up bonus points because my kiddos were just needing some new books. After all was said and done, since I ordered by January 31st and my order was over X amount of dollars, I got $30 to spend for my classroom right then and there!! 

And the best part???
After spending 2,000 Bonus Points on this order, I gained 4,500 from the order!!
I could not believe it. 

Anyways.... check out my new pile of books and all the A.R.ing I've been doing. 
Sorry for the rambling, I was just so excited about all these new books! 

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Here is my stack of books before I started A.R.ing them. What is awesome is that there are TONS not pictured!! Too many for this picture! 


Let me share some books that I highly recommend! 

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Pete the Cat Valentine's Day is Cool
(Only trouble is that it isn't AR yet!!)

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Snowmen All Year 
Snowmen All Night 

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Old Lady pack

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
4 Fractured Fairy Tales!!
I posted about the first four of these last year. My kids LOVE them. I had to get the brand new ones.

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Junie B. First Grader! Duh... 

Scholastic Reading Book Orders Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Oh my!!! Fly Guy! 
Look how many... My kids are definitely pleased with all of these.

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
A Pigeon set that also makes my kids happy.

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Elephant and Piggie.
I bought two sets because my kids are SO nuts over these! 
And they are 05-1.5 reading levels in A.R., so it really helps my early readers.  

Scholastic Reading Book Orders
Here I go... Starting to put into piles to start pulling to research.
Use ARbookfind.com to get the AR number and the reading level of the book. 
Scholastic Reading Book Orders- Setting up AR scores
This is an image of what you'll get on the webiste.

Scholastic Reading Book Orders- Setting up AR scores
I also use these stickers on the front of my books for the book bins. 
These are my book bins if you have not seen my post on those yet!! 
Scholastic Reading Book Orders- Setting up AR scores


Scholastic Reading Book Orders- Setting up AR scores
I write the AR number on the inside of the book.


Scholastic Reading Book Orders- Setting up AR scores

I then made a huge stack on the top of my book bin shelves and told the kids if you finish morning work first tomorrow, you can be the helpers to sort these into their bins. 
Maybe that'll actually get them working with a sense of urgency.



So, if you haven't sent home any Book Orders this month, I suggest doing so for Feburary!! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Fluency Passages


Thanks to my friend, Christina DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice, I have an amazing new Teacher Time Daily 5 round. I have 3 packs from her, all different levels. They fit all my levels in first grade perfectly! 










Look at my darlings! They are all so involved.

There are 3 levels that I have. I do the lowest level with my low group, the next group of fluency passages with my second low group, then her next set with my middle two groups. My highest group is working in chapter books and doesn't need sight word practice anymore! YAY! 


These are the two I used in my lower groups who still need decoding skills. 

And I use this in my middle groups! 

Christina made some fabulous products.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr... A Little Late


I had ALL of my MLK Jr. stuff copied, paper clipped, and stacked into my daily paper trays, but... then we got a snow week. We were able to go in on Friday to work with a 2 hour delay, but I couldn't fit it all in, so we FINALLY finished our MLK stuff yesterday. 
Check it out! 

My kids worked on three projects! Here are the three projects in action!


~Mini Book~

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom



~Flip Book~ 


Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

~Peaceful Flap Writing Sheet~


Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom



~Illustrating MLK Jr.~ 

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom

Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom


Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom
Look at how stinking cute these came out!! 
They are little illustrators!! 


All these activities come from my MLK ELA pack...
Martin Luther King Jr. ELA Activities in primary classroom



Monday, January 27, 2014

Winter Reading Comprehension


Last year, in second grade, comprehension was at the top of my agenda. 
First grade, however, we are focusing on fluency and expression, with a light introduction to comprehension passages! 

My Winter Reading Comprehension pack won't be used in my room this year, but I've shared it in my school and just wanted to do a little post on it this year! 

Winter Fictional Comprehension stories

Winter Fictional Comprehension stories


Winter Fictional Comprehension stories

Winter Fictional Comprehension stories
Here are my seconds working together in groups from last year on their Winter Comprehension!