Second Grade Nest: September 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Letter and Short Vowel Interactive Fun

I have recently created two fun interactive flip book packs that I wanted to give you a look at! 
 These four page flip books give students practice with short vowels and letters! They are interactive, so each page engages the students with different activities, such as writing, finding, cutting, gluing, sorting, reading, and more! 

Check out the Letter Books first!! 

 Color and cut.

Stack and staple. 

Page 1: "Let's Find" 
Students will look for the given letter in a box of 32 uppercase and lowercase letters. They can highlight, color, or circle these letters.

Page 2: Let's Read
Students will read a sentence about each letter. There are three stars on each sentence for fluency. There is also a picture clue for students struggling with decoding. 

Page 3: "Let's Trace"
Students will trace uppercase and lowercase letters. Then, they will write a sentence about a word that letter starts with. 

Page 4: "Let's Sort"
Students will cut and glue pictures. They will need to sort each picture into two categories: words the begin with the given letter or words that do not begin the given letter.  

Now, check out the short vowel books! 


Color and cut. 

 Stack and staple. 

Add a crafty head and hands to make it look great on a wall or bulletin board.
Short a- Pam; Short e- Ned; Short i- Jill; Short o- Tom; Short u- Gus

Page 1: "Let's Write" 
Students will look at the short vowel pictures and determine how to spell them in the letter boxes.

Page 2: "Let's Sort" 
Students will read a group of short vowel words, then cut and glue them into the correct columns. They must determine if they are real or nonsense words. 

Page 3: "Let's Read" 
Students will read sentences with short vowel words within them, then find the picture that matches the sentence. This helps with short vowel decoding, plus comprehension.

Page 4: "Let's Build" 
Students will cut and glue letters for each short vowel picture that is shown, then practice their neatest handwriting while rewriting the short vowel words they just spelled. 

Grab these packs here!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A One Week Peek at a Daily ELA Interactive Notebook

 I love interactive notebooks in the classroom so much! My students have always loved them, too. 
Here is a peek at each day in one week for an E.L.A. Interactive Daily Notebook. 

Monday is the day that you're going to spend the most time on your interactive notebook. That is because it is the day you're introducing the text to the students AND they have to assemble them.
You can pre-cut the pieces if you want to save time. It's only three rectangles on one page for Monday and one rectangle for the rest of the week. The students will glue them in! 

 (Teacher version to introduce story)

 Tuesday is all about rereading for meaning. 
Also, we work on vocabulary! The interactive piece for today is vocabulary. It asks ONE question about vocabulary, but that is not limited to what you can do. Turn it into a mini lesson on other vocabulary within the text.

Grammar day! First students will reread their text. 
Then, students will rewrite the sentence correctly under the Wednesday flap. That is not limited though to all you can do. Write a few incorrect sentences on the board from the story and have students rewrite them on the board correctly or make editing marks on the board! 

Thursday and Friday
Rereading for meaning. 
Comprehension questions! 

And the finished product!

Want to try it out for your classroom? 
Grab it here

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Grandparents' Day (FREEBIE Included)

Grandparents' Day snuck up on me! 
It's this Sunday! If you haven't done anything yet and want to throw in some Grandparents' Day activities, here are two ideas! 

Tomorrow, make this quick one page craft to send home with kiddos over the weekend.
Monday through Friday next week, read a fictional and nonfiction paired passage set to learn more about Grandparents' Day. 

Next week's reading:

Fiction and Nonfiction paired passage texts for interactive notebook! 
(Traditional worksheet option available, too to use in packet or folder form.) 

 Nonfiction passage and comprehension questions

 Nonfiction text- Fact writing and informational writing

 Fiction passage with comprehension questions

 Fiction story elements and critical thinking short answer

 Comparison pages- Venn diagram and questions

These interactive notebook texts AND traditional worksheet texts are available in my 

FREEBIE craft: 

Materials for each kiddo: 
-1 page print out
-Construction paper for hand
-Construction paper for background
-Coloring untensils

This freebie is available for download in my TPT Store:

 The two products in this blog posts are here: