Second Grade Nest: March 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

A Collection of April and Spring Resources (with a FREEBIE)

Last month, I showcased a few of the March products available for sale in my store. I'd like to do that again, this time for the month of April!



ELA RESOURCES: 

(Link: Spring Reading Fictional Comprehension)
(Link- April Early Literacy Intervention Activities)
**My fictional comprehension passages comes with 5 fictional stories with one comprehension activity and one writing activity. The topics range from birds to spring weather to rain.
**My intervention packs are for Early Literacy Intervention for kinder through second grade students struggling with their reading skills. 


(Link- FREEBIE Reading Passages)
(Link- Spring Interactive Writing)
**Here's a freebie for you! This is a sample set from my differentiated reading passages for spring. There is a fiction and nonfiction story, with three different levels.
**The interactive writing pack is a hands-on activity that allows students to really own their writing. They get to sort the story into the order they like, then prewrite and write a story on the topic.



MATH RESOURCES: 
Spring Primary Centers- These springtime centers are for second grade students. There are also ELA centers included. Laminate and hand students black Expo markers to do over and over in their centers!    Interactive Notebook ELA and Math for April- This April set comes with math and ELA standards for first and second grade students to work on.
**These springtime centers are for second grade students. There are also ELA centers included. Laminate and hand students black Expo markers to do over and over in their centers! 
**Interactive notebooks are my favorite! This April set comes with math and ELA standards for first and second grade students to work on. 

April Printables- These no-prep April math and ELA worksheets are perfect for homework, morning work, centers, early finishers work, etc.
 (Link- April Printables for ELA and Math)
**These April math and ELA sheets are perfect for homework, morning work, centers, early finishers work, etc.


April Flip Books Resources:
Earth Day Flip Book- reading, comprehension, science, and writing activities for hands-on learning for primary kids    Butterflies Flip Book- reading, comprehension, science, and writing activities for hands-on learning for primary kids
(Link- Earth Day Flip Book)
  (Link- Butterflies Flip Book)

Plants Flip Book- reading, comprehension, science, and writing activities for hands-on learning for primary kids
(Link- Plants Flip Book)

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These are only a few of my Spring products from my store.
Click this link to check out all of them.



To save money, consider bundles....
  
(Link- Spring Reading and Writing Bundle)
(Link- 1st Grade Spring Bundle)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Teaching Habitats: Activities and Resources (with a FREEBIE)


Here is the second blog in my mini science blog series. Yesterday, I blogged about Weather ideas in the classroom. Today, I am bringing you a Habitat focus!

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..

Just like the Weather blog, I am going to split up the post into three sections. This is how I like to teach science topics in the classroom. I like to teach the topic, show videos, and introduce the science subject. Then, hands-on experiments and crafts help solidify what we've just learned. And we always wrapped up with reviewing our new knowledge.



1. Learning About Habitats:
FREEBIE Habitats poster headings- Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
FREEBIE KWL header.
I like to start every science unit with a KWL chart to grab students' prior knowledge and misconceptions.  Download it here.
Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: BrainPop Jr.)
After you gather students' misconceptions and schema on habitats, start first by teaching what a habitat is. Then, move onto individual habitats. BrainPop Jr. has six different habitats to watch videos on. Each of these habitats also have resources pages in my no-prep science pack (seen below).

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
My habitats no-prep resource pack comes with a passages on habitats and a KWL chart on what a habitat is. Then, it goes more in depth on seven individual habitats (arctic, desert, grasslands, ocean, forest, rainforest, and ponds). Each specific habitat has a passage, writing sheets, animal pages, true or false, fact writing, and more!

   Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..       Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..    
Here is a look at the Arctic pages.
(Source: No-Prep Habitats Pack)




2. Showing Our New Knowledge: 

Time for the students to use all their new learning to make art projects and science projects. Check out these awesome projects I found on other blogs! 

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: Fun in First)
Jodi's poster can be a running anchor chart during the entire habitats unit. The students have added animals to each habitat as they find out what animals live there.

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: PIN- No link to owner. If anyone knows who made this pin, let me know!)
These dioramas are so neat! These are made out of paper plates and the students have drawn animals and glued them into their habitats. 

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(Source: Relief Teaching Ideas)
Here is another way to make the habitat dioramas!



3. Reviewing Knowledge:

FREEBIE Habitats poster headings- Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
(FREEBIE Individual Habitat posters)
After you have your entire unit, you need to make sure the students have learned how each habitat is different from the others. One way to do this is through writing projects. Split the kiddos up into groups. Have each group focus on one of the seven habitats you studied. There are freebie poster headers for each poster. Have the students write directly on the chart paper or on Post-It notes. After the posters are finished, have the students present it to the class.
Extra idea: Have students write facts about the habitats at the top and then draw the habitat and animals underneath.
Download it here.

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas with a FREEBIE- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
These writing pages are from my No-Prep Habitats Pack. Each habitat comes with passages, comprehension, and writing pages. I always save the writing pieces for culminating activities to show what the students have learned.


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Thanks for reading! Need these resources?
The two resources shouted out in this blog post are...

FREEBIE poster- Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
This freebie...

Habitat Activities and Lesson Ideas- hands-on crafts for kids and reading comprehension for a 1st and 2nd grade habitat science unit study..
And this no-prep paid product!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Teaching Weather: Activities and Resources



Over the next week, I am bringing you 4 science blog posts. I have started a new science product line and wanted to make some fun blog posts to go with them! To kick off this new blog series, I am going to blog about some fun Weather ideas! 

Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.

Whenever teaching a science topic in the primary classroom, I am firm believer in introducing the topic and letting the children learn about a lot of information at the beginning. Then, they will move into hands-on experiments and fun activities. And I love wrapping up units with review and crafty activities. I have split this blog post into three parts.



1. Learning About Weather: 
Weather Anchor Chart------ Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
Starting out with the weather unit, ask students to list different weather patterns that they already know. Sort between dangerous and safe weather patterns and draw or write as students list.

Weather Reading Books------ Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Cutting Tiny Bites)
Head on down to the local library and grab some books for your students. Put them in a reading center or add them into your daily lesson plans. Introducing nonfiction and fiction stories about weather is a great way to start your unit. 

(Source: Weather Unit)
This weather unit comes with reading passages, comprehension activities, writing activities, and other no-prep activities to learn about weather, disaster weather, clouds, weather instruments, and more. 



2. Testing Out New Knowledge: 
Weather Science Experiment-- Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Ideas by Jivey)
This homemade anemometer would be amazing to create to teach students about weather instruments. Teaching wind direction and wind speed is important in understanding weather patterns and climates.
Weather Science Experiment-- Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Learning Ideas Grades K-8)
Here is another picture of a homemade anemometers. 

Weather Science Experiment-- Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Little Bins for Little Hands)
 I remember tornadoes in a bottle when I was growing up. Not only did I love playing with them, but they helped show and display the way that twisters formed.

Weather Science Experiment-- Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Learn Play Imagine)
Check out this experiment on lightning.  The blogger said she can't get the spark photographed, but the activity shows how lightning can form.

Weather Science Experiment-- Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
This fun activity shows students how rain falls from clouds.

Weather Science Experiment-- Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Crunchy and Green)
I love this quick and easy activity to teach students the different types of clouds they find in the sky. 




3. Reviewing Knowledge:

This unit comes with many learning pages and writing pages that you can use throughout your weather unit. 
Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Source: Weather Unit)



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 Need a no-prep resource? Check out the Weather unit
Weather Teaching Activities:  Science and reading hands-on activities for students to learn about the different weather patterns.
(Weather No-Prep Pack)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Earth Day in the Primary Classroom


Earth Day is coming up in a few weeks. Teaching kiddos the value of helping our Earth will certainly benefit the students and you! The perfect thing about Earth Day is that you can incorporate all subjects into your teaching. Art, science, reading, math, and social studies can all be covered with this holiday. 

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day



Science Activities:  
Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
My kids enjoyed these bird feeders so much. While they're not 100% focused on Earth Day, they are a great activity to incorporate into Earth Day week's lessons. Check out my blog post on 4H helping my students making bird feeders.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
(Source: Meet the Dubiens)
I love the hands-on learning activity that teaches students about our Earth. While working with this activity, the students could be learning about each layer of the Earth, and then focus on the Earth's surface and the importance of keeping it clean and safe.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
(Source: Brain Pop Jr.)
Brain Pop Jr. is my go-to for all things teaching. Students always love Moby and Annie and it teaches students in a way that is kid-friendly and  interesting. The Earth Day video is great to introduce Earth Day to the students.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
(Source: Teach-a-Roo)
This send-home bag is genius from Teach-a-Roo. I love the idea of sending it home for students to teach their parents at home. This is a great school-to-home connection. 

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
I love this idea of starting this science experiment in January or February (if you can find thawed land) and checked back in April. If you're in a colder area of the country, try beginning on March and checking on it during your Earth Day unit.




Reading Activities: 
Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom: reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
These differentiated reading passages are made to  reach all of your readers. Each theme comes with a fictional and nonfiction passage. Struggling readers and advanced readers can learn about Earth Day at their own reading level. This is part of a larger Spring themed reading passages pack.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
Stocking up at the local library to have Earth Day books in the classroom is a great idea. Reading one of these read alouds a day, and then putting the rest in a reading centers is great exposure for your primary students.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
My paired passages have a fiction and nonfiction passage on 5 different topics. Earth Day is covered in this pack. You can choose to print and go or do it in students' interactive notebooks.

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
This covers reading, comprehension, and writing! And it makes for a great wall display.

Also check out my Earth Day Centers



Crafty Projects: 

Earth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth DayEarth Day Educational Activities for the primary classroom:  reading, hands-on crafts, writing, and science activities for students to learn more about Earth Day
This blog post is rocking! It's filled with wonderful crafty Earth Day ideas. I am really loving the newspaper craft because it teaches the reuse idea while doing arts and crafts! 

 (Source: TPT Writing Pack)


Thanks for reading! Hope you got a few ideas for your Earth Day lessons!