Second Grade Nest: April 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May Paired Passages are Here!


Can't believe it's time for May Paired Passages! 

Themes for the month: 
Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week
Cinco de Mayo
Mother's Day
Memorial Day
Flowers


Here are the tradition paired passages with printable version... 

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about teachers- paired passages with 5 themes for May

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about Cinco de Mayo- paired passages with 5 themes for May

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about flowers- paired passages with 5 themes for May

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about Memorial Day- paired passages with 5 themes for May

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about Mother's Day- paired passages with 5 themes for May



And here is the interactive notebook version if you and your students work with interactive notebooks! 
May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about teachers (4 other themes)- paired passages interactive notebook

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about teachers (4 other themes)- paired passages interactive notebook

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about teachers (4 other themes)- paired passages interactive notebook

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about teachers (4 other themes)- paired passages interactive notebook

May fiction and nonfiction paired texts- all about teachers (4 other themes)- paired passages interactive notebook

Here is the link! 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paired-Passages-May-1818959?utm_source=ElemNest&utm_campaign=May%20Paired%20Passages


Monday, April 27, 2015

Plants!

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants


I love teaching plants! Every year, my students and I grow bean plants out of lima beans.
Their progress pics are always so much fun to watch. 

Planting the Seed

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants  Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants
Materials needed:
Paper Towels
Water
Clear Cups
Black Sharpies
Lima Beans 

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants
Getting the students to wrap their paper towels into a circle is always tough! 
But letting them try and try to get their cups perfect is always fun. When the students get disappointed because their seeds won't stay on the side of the cup, that's a learning experience. That's my opportunity to teach even more science and tell them that their seeds at the bottom of the cup will be an experiment just like the ones on the side of the cup. 



Observing the Seed: 
We watched the seed for a few weeks and wrote about what we saw in our learning logs. 
For a while, the students were drawing and writing about the same thing and getting quite frustrated!  
Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants




Learning About Plants While We Wait: 
Here is a look at fold-and-go books, printables, passages, and cut and glue pages from my plant unit that makes teaching plants quick and easy! 

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants
Love our fold and go mini books. 
Flip them over, fold them twice, and the kids are ready to go!  

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants
They even come with comprehension questions! 

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants  Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants
I'm wild about passages. They are short and sweet, teach the kids what they need to know, and keep them responsible for reading with their comprehension questions at the bottom.  
Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants



Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants
And print-and-go printables ready for supplemental lessons! 

Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants

Grab the unit here!
Plants Activities for the classroom- science activities, reading and writing all about plants



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Telling Time Activities

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets


I blogged about some of my favorite telling time activities back in 2013 on this blog post

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets


I've added some fun activities to my telling time lessons with my Time Activity Pack
Centers, printables, interactive notebooks, and mini books are all offered! 
In the pack, each activity is offered with time to the hour, to the half hour, to the quarter hour, and for every five minutes. 

Take a closer look here! 


CENTERS

 Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets


Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets





PRINTABLES

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets






INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets





MINI BOOKS 

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets

Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets


Grab it here! 
Telling Time Activities- Clock Activities for students- telling time to the hour, quarter hour, half hour, and five minutes- time centers, time interactive notebook, time worksheets



Friday, April 17, 2015

Fluency with Ocean Animals



Well, I've expanded my Zoofluency set!! 
I have a new supplemental pack to help teach fluency! This one uses ocean animals to help teach fluency.

Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme  Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme
Each kiddo gets a binder/folder cover and a nonfiction and fiction tracker. 
The fiction and nonfiction trackers are for fluency passages, seen below. 

Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme

Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme
For fluency passages, I always do 3 reads with my kiddos. 
Cold read- blue
Warm read- Yellow (after practicing with partners and reading/answering comprehension questions)
Hot read- red (after one week of practicing)




On top of the fluency passages, there are fluency centers, too!



 Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme 

Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme



Interested? 
Here is the pack! 
Fluency Passages for running records, practice, and center activities- with an ocean theme