Second Grade Nest: 2016

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New FREE Fluency Webinar

 
Hey primary teachers! I have created a webinar just for you guys. 
This webinar is all about improving fluency in your classroom. There were 5 possible dates you could  attend. Just pick the date that works best for you. 

During the webinar, we will discuss:
-the foundations of fluency
-the importance of fluency
-problems with fluency and how to solve them
-tips and tricks on how to improve fluency in your classroom

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fantastic Fluency Tools


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
This winter break, I am putting together a fluency webinar for teachers. I wanted to get a blog post together of all the fantastic fluency tools that I love to use when teaching fluency. Each of my links that I am posting are to Amazon affiliate links. 


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom 
 Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
Witch fingers or goblin fingers are a staple in the primary classroom. Students will use one witch finger (not 5 like they'd hope) to point to the words that they are reading. They are fantastic tracking tools that keep kids on track in a way they'll understand. In the picture you see my Zoofluency passages for a running record. The witch finger is waiting for students! They'll slip it on and read their copy of the story. Here is my Amazon affiliate link. 
(Link: http://amzn.to/2idOxKG)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
 
Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
 These highlighting strips are great for beginning readers. Many times when students are learning to read and working with multiple lines of text, they may struggle to keep their place. That is where highlighting strips come in handy! They are great for lists of words, passages, stories, sentences, and more. The picture shows a highlighting strip being used for a sight word game that you can find in my RF1.4 and RF2.4 packs! Here is my affiliate link.
(Link: http://amzn.to/2idNdHE)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
Finger lights! I saw this amazing idea in a SDE session that Miss Decarbo led. She had her students wear these on their fingers and they shined the light on the words they were reading. It is very similar to the witch fingers that are great tracking tools, but these add a new element of fun for the little students! Here is my affiliate link.
(Link: http://amzn.to/2hTqTXo)

Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
And another idea I saw the wonder Christina DeCarbo show many years ago is mini cars. What the students will do is take this mini car and start on the first word. As they read the sentence or passage, they will run the car along their sentence. When using these cars, it is very important to show the importance of the car continuously moving instead of the car stopping every word. They want to drive the car along the sentence! 
(Link: http://amzn.to/2h8EKrJ)


Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom 
Fluency Tools to make fluency instruction fun- a few fluency materials highlighted to use in a primary classroom
A final wonderful tool that is absolutely necessary in your classroom is stopwatch timers. We used these for so much! We timed passages, sentences, sight word lists, word family lists, nonsense lists, and more! The students were able to time themselves and they were also able to time a partner. They're also vital for you if you want to use running records in your classroom. 
In the picture you can see my first grade students a few years ago timing themselves on a fluency center that can be found in my 1st grade centers pack. There is also a 2nd/3rd grade centers pack available. 
For a while I was using the timer on my smartphone, which works perfectly, but after 20 seconds, my phone screen shuts off. So I'd constantly have to touch my phone to make sure the screen didn't turn off, and if it did I had to shift my attention. So long story short- timers are incredible for fluency in the classroom. Here is my affiliate link!
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

December Resources and FREEBIES



I'm coming back again to show you my December showcase! And give you lots of freebies, too! I'd love to show you guys what I think is perfect to use in the primary classroom during the month of December. I did this same post for last two months and lots of blog readers LOVED grabbing that freebies! 

December Activities and primary resources plus three FREEBIES- fun ELA, math, and social studies activities for students during the month of December


Social Studies Products: 

** In this Christmas Around the World unit, you will find different activities to teach diversity with Christmas and Hanukkah. It covers 10 different countries in this pack (America, Australia, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden). It comes with flip books, mini books, passport, research pages, and writing pages!
** My Christmas Around the World activity includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for learning about the differences in the Christmas holiday that is celebrated around the world, having interactive fun, and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.

** These two flip books cover  Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. The activities includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for learning about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah while having interactive fun, and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.



ELA Products:

**This paired passages product comes with 5 paired sets, which is 10 passages. Each set comes with a nonfiction story and a fiction story, plus questions and comprehension work for both. There are also 2 sheets that work on comparing the fiction and nonfiction stories. The best thing about this product is that you get to choose whether you want to use it as an interactive notebook or just plain printable
 
** My Christmas Fictional Comprehension comes with 5 fictional Christmas short stories and 2 activities for each story (1 reading comprehension worksheet and 1 writing piece).
**These 25 writing journal prompts are to be cut and glued to the top of a student's writing journal throughout the month of December. You can use it during your Work on Writing time.

** This December early literacy activity pack brings you 12 different activities to help struggling students. The 12 intervention activities range from syllables to creating simple sentences. Please make sure to look at the preview before buying to make sure it will meet the needs of your primary students who need extra practice.
**In this Christmas Parts of Speech pack, you will find six activities to use during centers or small group. Each activity has Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, and other Christmas themed topics.It covers verbs, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.
(Link: Christmas Parts of Speech
 
These three flip books come with a reading passage about the topic, comprehension questions, sorting activities, and a writing page.
(Link: Caribou Flip Book)



Math Products:

** This interactive notebook set is called 'An Interactive December'. This is fun way to make your month and Christmas activities more engaging and exciting! There are ELA and Math interactive activities. You'll need spiral bound notebooks, composition notebooks, or a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper.
** In this December printables packet, you'll find 50 printables for quick and easy teaching. These 50 sheets revolve around December themes (Christmas and Holidays).



And FREEBIES! 

In this freebie sample, you'll find all the worksheets for America's Christmas! There is a mini book, a fact writing sheet, a fill-in the blank sheet, a circle information map, a teacher information sheet, and a flip book!


This product is a fun interactive writing product that involves real photographs and narrative writing. Students will cut and paste their own sequence, then write about it. They will cut and paste the beginning, middle, and ending pictures, write about the beginning, middle, and end for a pre-write, then expand with their writing. It comes from my Interactive Winter set!
 

In this sight word game, I have used the first 100 Fry sight words. Students work in a small group for this activity and they must practice reading sight words and working cooperatively.

Friday, November 18, 2016

All About Integrating Writing in Math


Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block

This blog post is all about integrating writing into your primary math block. This will include tips for teaching students how to respond to short answer questions and constructed response. 

Start with teaching a fun acronym to teach the method of short answer questions!
Check this new one out that I created. 
BURST short answer/constructed response memory mnemonic device- Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block
I created BURST for students to use when they are tackling short answer problems.
B- Box your important numbers and math terms.
U- Underline the questions or action verb. 
R- Restate the question.
S- Show your work.
T- Tell your answer and describe your reasoning.

Next, choose the way that wish for short answers to work in your classroom. You can either have them on looseleaf paper, in a notebook, or on printables and kept in a folder. Make it work best for your classroom! 
Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block    Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block
 Here are two pictures of the notebook format for short answer. Multiple strips come on one piece of paper and can be cut and glued into students' notebooks. On the left, you see the option of keeping it in a notebook. On the right, you see the option of keeping it in a 3-ring binder.

Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block
 You can also choose to use the printable format where students write their answers on a worksheet or printer paper. Keep it in their folder with a checklist BURST bookmark!


No matter which way you choose, keep one spot where students keep all of their short answer work together, whether it be a notebook, a folder, or a binder. In this collection, keep a bookmark for them to constantly refer to!
Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block


Then, comes the fun part of grading these tough constructed responses. Keep a quick checklist to help you grade your short answers. Students need to focus on answering ALL parts of the questions, restating their answers, and even breaking apart the questions. If you purchase my short answer products on TPT, they come with answer keys to help you out with this, too!
Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block




 
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Writing about Math- all about integrating writing into your primary math block

1. When and how often should I give short answer opportunities? 
-Two different options I would suggest going with. One option would be to try to tie one of these short answer questions in once a week after you've done lots of modeling and practice. Another suggestion I have is to wait until the end of your unit when the students have full knowledge on what they've learned. This can serve

2. What should I do when literacy skills get in the way of math short answer?
-I would do a lot of modeling and guided work when you begin short answer. For first grade teachers, this will be very tricky. There is still a lot of writing instruction going on in first grade, so that will play a huge part in your math short answer. When you first start short answer, I definitely suggest a scaffolded model where you gradually release instruction and independence. For quite a while, it may just be that short answers are something you do as a whole group where students are working through the problem with you in their own notebook.

3. How long until my students can work independently on short answers?
-See above answer for first grade. For second grade, though, I'd say spend the first two or three short answers as a whole group activity where they follow along with you. Then, slowly release your instruction and let them slowly increase how much they do on their own. Maybe try doing BURST with them for the first several short answers so that they fully understand the question. You could even do part A with the students for a few months and let them do part B on their own, which is the explanation part.

4. How should I set up short answer responses in my room? 
-There are many different options here! One suggestion is to work them into your daily centers once a week. This could be something they start on Monday and carry over to the next day if the students don't finish. Another way is to use them at the end of a unit where they practice writing about math a few times before a final test. Also, you can choose to have one short answer notebook where students glue their question into the notebook and keep their responses in there. Or you could have a folder with their short answer responses on printables. (See above for different formatting options).

5. Should I wait until test prep season to begin?
-I would absolutely begin constructed response and short answer as soon as you and your students are ready! Waiting until February and March for 'test prep season' isn't the best idea. Your students will be stressed enough with all the review, it'll be too hard to learn and retain this new method of writing. Go ahead and start on your first unit! Teach BURST from the first month of school and practice as often as you can! 


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

November Resources and a FREEBIE!



I'd love to show you guys what I think is perfect to use in the primary classroom during the month of November. I did this same post for October last month and lots of readers loved grabbing that freebie! 

November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities


ELA Resources 

 November Paired Texts- nonfiction and fiction texts paired together with November themed- Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Voting, and turkeys:   Thanksgiving Ficional Stories- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities

 (Link: Paired Passages)
-My paired passages include a fictional story and a nonfiction text on the same topic. The November pack comes with 5 different seasonal themes. You can also use this with traditional printable pages or an interactive notebook format.  
-My fictional stories include 5 fictional stories with two follow-up activities for comprehension. The reading passages are 2nd and 3rd grade reading level.


 -November Writing Prompts can be cut apart by a student, teacher, or helper to passed out to students to glue into their journals. 
-Intervention activities for early literacy for the month of November. These can be used during small group with a Thanksgiving theme. This early literacy activity pack brings you 12 different activities to help struggling students. The 12 intervention activities range from syllables to creating simple sentences. Please make sure to look at the preview before buying to make sure it will meet the needs of your primary students who need extra practice.



Social Studies Resources

-This Native Americans Unit is a unit, filled with vocabulary history, social studies, reading, writing, and math activities. This unit will help your students understand the different regions of the country during that time, the different tribes that lived in the country, and how the Native Americans lived back then. 
-This Thanksgiving product includes reading, writing, and vocabulary for all things Thanksgiving! These activities will help your students learn all about Thanksgiving. Your kiddos will learn all about Thanksgiving and its history. They can also practice their research, reading, and writing skills while doing so!



Math Resources

November printables- ELA and math printables for 1st and 2nd grade range- NO PREP (Veterans Day included on some pages):   Interactive Notebook Activities- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities
 -In this printables packet, you'll find 50 November printables for quick and easy teaching. These 50 sheets revolve around November themes (Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, and Election Day). 
- 'An Interactive November ' is a way to make your month more engaging, hands-on, and exciting! There are ELA and Math interactive activities that the students will cut, glue, and color. These interactive notebook activities are to be used in a notebook, so you'll need spiral bound notebooks, composition notebooks, or a 3-ring binder with loose leaf paper.


Coloring Sheets- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities   Place Value activities- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities
-In this coloring pack, there are 10 coloring sheets where students will color by number or color by sight word. Sight words and numbers are K/1 level. Enjoy this Thanksgiving pack during morning work, small group, or fill-in time during the crazy month of Thanksgiving! Pilgrims, turkeys, Native Americans, and feasts! Find all your Thanksgiving coloring printables here!  
-There are 10 games in this place value pack and each game involves Mr. Turkey. Students are given directions for each game. Use during small group or partner group around Thanksgiving time to teach or reinforce place value.



November Flip Books

 (Link: Turkey Flip Book)

Pilgrims flip book- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activitiesVeterans Day flip book- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities

Election Day flip book- November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities


AND Freebies For You!!

November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities

November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities
Enjoy this 10 Frame freebie for Thanksgiving!

 November Resources and two FREEBIES to use in November for primary classrooms- fall activities
 And check out these two pages for Eastern Woodland Region Native Americans.