Second Grade Nest: January 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Paired Passages for February

It's time again for a new month of Paired Passages topics! 
Check out February's topics here! 

Here are my blog posts from previous months! 

Groundhog Day paired passages- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages




The Superbowl paired passages- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages




Valentine's Day paired passages- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages




Presidents' Day paired passages- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages




Dental Health paired passages- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages



And as always, there is the interactive notebook route! 
You have the option of choosing either traditional printables as shown above OR these interactive notebook pages! 

Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages

Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages

Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages

Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages

Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages


Interested? 
Grab it here! Individually or as a complete bundle set! 

Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages    Valentines Day paired passages for interactive notebook- fiction and nonfiction passage with comprehension pages

(Link: Bundle)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

How I Teach Fluency In My Classroom


I have been getting many questions about how I run my fluency classroom since the release of my Zoofluency and my Winter Animals Fluency

This is how I run it in my class.
If you have any tips I haven't included, I would LOVE to hear them! 

Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom






Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom
When I do my fluency, I run it during small group. This way, I know that the other students not working with me are on task and engaged with work. 
My small groups are split up into leveled groups. I used colored manila folders for each kid and kept their graphs and stories in the folders. Another option is to use colored binders for each group. 





Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom
One time only, you will need to print:
-Student binder covers (if you choose binders or manila folders)
-Nonfiction Graph
-Fiction Graph

Each week, you will need: 
-ONE student version in a page protector or laminated
-Class set of Teacher Version so you can do the fluency codes for each kiddo
-Comprehension questions for each student 
*Tip- Put the comprehension question on the BACK of the story so that they can prove where they found their answer by highlighting. Text evidence is a very important skill.**




Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom

**Rotate between Fiction Stories and Nonfiction stories every other week,
unless you are focusing on a nonfiction unit or a fiction unit and the passages match your unit. **




Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom
Before students are exposed to practicing the text, get their score as a 'cold read' so that they can see their growth by the end of the week. 

**I only graph their first and last read on this graph.**
Their mid-week reads can be recorded on the teacher copy of the story.




Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom





Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom






Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom




Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom





Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom





BUT DON'T FORGET!! 
Fluency doesn't only have to be used during hot reads and cold reads.
I make sure that my students have a daily center focused on fluency!
Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom


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Here are fluency packs for your classroom! 
Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom   Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom
(Link: Zoofluency)
(Link: Zoofluency Bundle)

Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom   Fluency Activities and organization in the classroom- how to set up and work out fluency in the primary classroom
 (Link: Zoofluency 2)
(Link: Fluency Centers)


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Need New Year's Ideas?



Starting Monday, most of us will be back in the classroom teaching. 
Need any last minute ideas for New Year's? 
Check some out here! 

New Years Ideas in the classroom- paired passages fiction and nonfiction reading

These reading paired passages give a nonfiction article for New Year's Eve, plus a fictional passage as well. There are questions and writing for each, then a comparison page for the two passages. 

New Years Ideas in the classroom FREEBIE
This is a FREEBIE from The Tattooed Teacher's Store! 
Click the picture for the link! 

New Years Ideas in the classroom craft
This website is in French, BUT you get the idea!
Paper paint, painter's tape, and paint! So fun. 

New Years Ideas in the classroom craft
These wands are cute. 
More so for the younger set of kiddos, with the hands-on, tactile activity.


New Years Ideas in the classroom- writing craft
Some fun craftivity people! 

New Years Ideas in the classroom- readers theater New Years Ideas in the classroom- readers theater
And a Reader's Theater script! 

New Years Ideas in the classroom- readers theater


Hope this helps.
Good luck going back! 


Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Crafts and More


Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom

For the winter, it is always fun to ease back into routines. 
Here are a few hands-on, crafty, fun ways to do that! 


Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom
(Source: Kiwi Crate)

Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom
(Source: Kinder-Craze)


New Years and Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom   New Years and Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom


Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom

Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom
(Source: Color Me Chilly)

Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom  Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom
Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom   Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom
Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom   Winter Crafts and Resources to use in the primary classroom