Second Grade Nest: May 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Easy Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

three ways to prevent the summer slide- with a FREEBIE to send home to parents- three ways that teachers can help parents and students over the summer keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds.


I have compiled three tips on how to prevent the
summer slide for each of your kiddos.


1. Send Home a Parent Suggestion Letter
-One thing to help prevent the summer slide is the involve parents in this process. If the parents are aware of what the summer slide is and how they can help, they may be interested in trying to help. Send home a letter describing what the summer slide is and a checklist such as the one shown below. 

three ways to prevent the summer slide- with a FREEBIE to send home to parents- three ways that teachers can help parents and students over the summer keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds.
Grab this freebie here!


2. Summer Review Practice Packets
-Practice packets are great for the summer slide. The kids are going home for two months and they need something to keep their education at the front of their minds. Setting up a system where the students are reading for about 20 minutes each day and competing a short activity each day is ideal to keep that information fresh in their minds. 

Shown below is my first grade summer practice packet. It's simple to print and assemble. There are also packets for 2nd grade and kindergarten.
three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents


 Check out the simple steps! 
Print 2-sided, 1 set together at one time, cut, stack, and staple. 


three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents

three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents

three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents

three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents

three ways to prevent the summer slide- summer practice packets that teachers can send home to parents and students over the summer to keep their past year's knowledge fresh in their minds- plus a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents




3. Set up an email address! 
three ways to prevent the summer slide- setting up an email to communicate with students over the summer plus other ideas and a freebie suggestion page to send home to parents
Set up an email for this class only. Give this email to parents at the end of the year, requesting for students to check in if they want to keep in touch. Suggest that students email when they have finished a book, or finished their summer practice packet. Maybe have them email if they have any questions about math and writing practice. 
Think of class specific email addresses, such as mstobins2016class@gmail.com, so that you can continue this through the years and keep up with each group.



Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

3 [FREE] Ways to Ensure You've Covered It All

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists



If you're teaching at a school that requires you to teach Common Core standards, you know that it may be a little bit difficult some years to fit all of the standards in and teach them to mastery. What is required of you is to teach all literature, informational, language, reading foundations, writing, and speaking & listening standards in 180 days. This can prove to be very difficult


Step 1- 
Print out all of your ELA standards from the Common Core webiste.
 This is where everyone needs to begin. If you're not too familiar with Common Core yet (if you've just adopted the standards), then you're going to download your grade levels Reading Literature, Reading Informational, Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Speaking & Listening, and Writing standards.

Here is a snapshot of what a few of the standards look like for 2nd grade RL.
Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists

After you have printed off your standards for each domain, you're going to start your color coding system. Read below to learn more!

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
What I suggest doing is using a straight edge to separate each standard so that your color coding system is as clear as it can be. Here is a picture of me using a manila folder to draw straight lines along the standards. Once these are split up clearly, you can start your color coding.

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
The color coding system helps you keep track of all the times you've taught a standard. If you teach your standards throughout the year instead of one standard at a time, this will help you keep track of any time you touch on the standard. You will give a yellow circle the first time you teach the standard, a blue circle the second time, and the pink circle the third time you teach the specific standard. This helps you ensure you've given multiple opportunities for the students to practice this standard AND it helps you keep  track of what you've taught and what you still need to teach.


Step 2- 
Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
Here is a free and simple way to track your weekly ELA standards. Nothing fancy or techy here. I would suggest making these at the beginning of the year for a very informal pacing guide. Write the SIX domains on a piece of cardstock and plug in which standards you plan to teach in each month. This will help you be more intentional about your lesson plans. Plus, when you highlight each one of their monthly list, you are seeing what you've successfully taught and what still needs to be taught.

Here is a quick little video that walks you through making these! 



Step 3-
The final step is a FREE checklist for you! There are two options for you on this freebie. You can either choose the editable version to type in and check off, or you can choose to print and write the standards in. Either way, this is a simple, fool-proof way to track which standards you've taught and which you need to still teach or revisit.

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
You can snag this freebie today and get started right away!
To use this you will write each standard as you teach it. I think that putting a check every time you touch on it will help you keep track of how many times you've taught that standard. There are also options for you to mark if they have mastered the standard or need more time. 



As soon as you sign up, check your email and your freebies will be waiting there!

Keeping track of your ELA common core standards- organizational tips to track your instruction and lessons while teaching the common core ELA standards- plus a free binder cover and checklists
And as an added bonus, I'm adding in this editable binder cover, too!
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Stress-Free End of the Year??

That's my goal for you.
I know it won't be 100% stress-free, because let's face it, it's a crazy time for all teachers. 
BUT I'm leading a webinar to help you eliminate that stress. 

I'm leading a FREE, LIVE webinar!

What you will learn: 
-What to expect in the last few weeks
-How to make a killer to-do list
-How to stay on top of this to-do list
 -How to manage all of these tasks
-How to do all of this while maintaining a consistent classroom schedule
-How to close up your room little at a time
-A few fun activities for the end of the year

Everyone will receive this freebie...


And everyone will receive this free workbook to work through....


Join this LIVE and FREE webinar! 
There are two viewing options.
Option 1: Tuesday, May 24 @8:00 p.m. Eastern
Option 2: Thursday, May 26 @8:00 p.m. Eastern