Second Grade Nest: August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Community Helpers and Labor Day in the Primary Classroom



Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers

Teaching Labor Day is very beneficial in the primary classroom because it starts giving your students an early appreciation of community helpers and workers! I've always taught my community helpers unit around Labor Day so that we can tie them in together.Sometimes, Labor Day gets skipped over during the month of September because of how busy curriculum starts off. If there is any freedom in your curriculum, it's a great holiday to incorporate. Reading, social studies, speaking and listening, and more! 
Here are a few ideas to incorporate Labor Day into your primary classroom!



1. Host a Career Day
-Invite parents or other student family members to come into your classroom to chat about their jobs. One year, my grade level invited six people to come and the classes rotated through each room. The six helpers talked for about 10 minutes, then did a little activity for their career with each class. 
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers 
Here is a great article from eHow on hosting an elementary Career Day. 

Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers   Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
Check out these darling decorations for Career Day from KC School Counselor Chic.



2. Teach a Community Helpers Unit
-Community Helper and Labor Day go hand in hand. This is when I have always taught my community helper units. I tried to make the unit cross-curricular, so we incorporated them in our math, in our reading centers, and into our content lessons. 

Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community HelpersLabor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers 
Make an anchor chart like Life in First Grade did that lists community helpers A-Z for your students. You can also set up a photo booth for your students like Primary Punch did. This will help students already start thinking about their future. 
 Check out these two activities for community helpers from Life in First Grade and Primary Punch

  

Within my Labor Day and Community Helpers unit on TPT, there are activities like matching games, worksheets, interactive books, and writing pieces. These flap books, matching games, writing pieces, and adjective activities (and more) can be found in my Labor Day and Community Helpers pack.
These two flip books are also in my TPT store.
They both have a reading passage with comprehension questions, then a sorting activity and a final writing piece. Check those out here.
Click here for  Community Helper Flip Book.
Click here for Labor Day Flip Book.

3. Back to Basics: Reading and Social Studies
-If you only have one or two days to teach Labor Day and can't afford to give up the week to do community helpers unit, teach the nonfiction meaning behind Labor Day.

Head to your local library to stock up on community helper and Labor Day read aloud books to either read aloud or add to your classroom library. 

On the left, you will see a nonfiction passage with comprehension activities. Then on the left, you have a fictional passage on children in a classroom working on a Labor Day project. There are also two pages that will compare and contrast the Labor Day passages.
If you're not working in interactive notebooks, look below for the traditional passages to print on printer paper!
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
 These two paired texts are part of my Paired Passages sets!



4. Make It Crafty
-Kids love arts and crafts! As long as you're making the craft meaningful, it'll work great in your Labor Day unit!
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
Check out this cute hands-on craft that students can illustrate and write about Labor Day.
(Source: Crayola)

Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
I also love this Labor Day craft for students to practice art skills and write about Labor Day! 
(Source: JAM Blog)

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Here are the resources that are discussed throughout this blog post:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Labor-Day-and-Community-Helpers-Activities-317453     https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paired-Passages-August-and-September-1970462  
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Labor-Day-Flip-Book-2640241  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Community-Helpers-Flip-Book-2640130

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekly Reading Mystery FREEBIE [Sci. & SS Integration]



I recently did a Facebook Live video all about my free idea for the weekly reading mystery. This was a quick and fun idea that I had for you guys to incorporate your science and social studies right into your ELA block. Check the idea out here!
Also, the Facebook Live post is below for you to watch! Scroll down to watch. 

FREE ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies



Objective: Students will read through picture books and reading passages to find the mystery clue for the week in science and social studies. 


1. Start by picking the mystery clue. [one for science and one for social studies]
These freebies can be found here
FREE ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies


2. Then, pick 3 or 4 other science topics for the week that the students can explore. 
The reason that I suggest only giving them 3 or 4 topics is because if they are trying to find a mystery clue out, giving them 10+ topics will be incredibly overwhelming for the students. 

3. Head to the local library and rent out 3 or 4 books for each topic that you choose. 
FREE ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies   FREE ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies


4. Create a folder that will hold correlating reading passages. Make sure that your reading passages that are in your folder are the same 3-4 topics that you chose for the week and picked books for as well. Social studies passages can stay on the left, while science passages can stay on the right!
ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies
These reading passage are included in my biography bundle and my science no prep bundle.
Click the links above to check out the huge money-saving bundles. Both bundles have much more than simply the reading passages, too.


5. Post your clues on the board on Monday, allow for students to explore all week during Read to Self, Read to Someone, or free reading time. 
FREE ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies


6. If students find out mystery clue, have them write their answer on a Post-It note and add it to a special box. Reward students with your choice of reward. I suggest giving them raffle tickets to win books you get from Scholastic Book Clubs!

FREE ELA, Science, and Social Studies Integration- using clues to engage students during reading time to learn more about science and social studies

7. Give the answer on Friday and read aloud the passage or book you found the clue from. Give a mini lesson on text-evidence and model how students could have found the answer on their own. 

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Here is the freebie:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7mjRwFty62LTDZEWHBTYWdINE0/view?usp=sharing

And here are the resources for biography passages and science no-prep passages.
Both of these bundles have MUCH more than simply passages, too!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Biography-Bundle-Influential-People-2614740   https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Science-Bundle-2340343
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Check out the Facebook Live post to see this blog post come to life here!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Informational ELA Mentor Texts

I just finished up my Literature mentor texts blog post, check that out here.
Now, it's time for the informational texts! 

Primary Mentor Texts Suggested Book for All Common Core Informational Standards- RI Standards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade- read alouds for teachers during the ELA block

My ELA packs for k, 1, and 2 include 3 mini lessons, printables, passages, interactive notebook activities, task cards, and an assessment. Some of these activities really benefit from having books that focus on that specific standard. I have had many, many requests for a suggested book list, so I wanted to create a blog post for my ELA teachers to reference when using mentor texts for ELA! All the books that are linked in this blog post are linked to affiliate Amazon links.


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for ask and answering question- teaching questioning and inference skills- RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1
Ask and Answer Questions (RI.1.1, RI.2.1, RI.3.1)
-Key skills to hit- answer text-dependent questions and ask strong questions for more information
 Odd Boy Out by Don Brown
Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons
What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn Branley
What If You Had Animal Ears? by Sandra Markle
 Whose Tools are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper
 A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the main topic or main idea and support key details- RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.2
Main Topic/Main Idea (RI.1.2, RI.2.2, RI.3.3) 
-Key skills to hit- finding the main topic (1st and 2nd grade) and main idea (3rd grade); finding key details to support the topic or idea
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert
I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Melzer
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
The Museum Book by Jan Mark
Ivan: The Remarkable Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the connections within a nonfiction text- finding technical process, scientific ideas, or historical events connections- RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3
Making Connections (RI.1.3, RI.2.3, RI.3.3)
-Key skills to hit- connections within historical events, scientific ideas, or technical processes
Now and Ben by Gene Barretta
How People Learned to Fly by Fran Hodgkins
From Peanut to Peanut Butter by Robin Nelson
School: Then and Now by Robin Nelson
The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake by Joanna Cole
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the meaning of unknown vocabulary within a text- using context clues- RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4
Unknown Vocabulary (RI.1.4, RI.2.4, RI.3.4)
-Key skills to hit- new vocabulary, words and phrases, context clues
Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George
Rocks and Minerals by Kathleen Zohfeld
Jump into Science: Dirt by Tomecek
Frog or Toad? How Do You Know by Melissa Stewart
An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the purpose for text features and using these text features to understand the text- RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5
Text Features (RI.1.5, RI.2.5, RI.3.5)
-Key skills to hit- know and use various text features
National Geographic Readers: Planets by Elizabeth Carney
Wildlife Photographer by William David Thomas
I Wonder Why the Sea is Salty by Anita Ganeri 
How Things Work: In the Yard by Lisa Campbell Ernst
National Geographic Readers: Pandas by Anne Schreiber
Little Kids for Big Book of Why by Amy Shields 


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the author's purpose for writing the text- explain, describe, answer questions-  RI.2.6, RI.3.6
Author's Purpose or Point of View (RI.2.6, RI.3.6)
-Key skills to hit- find author's point of view, compare author's point of view to their own
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs by Houghton Mifflin
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors by Tanya Lee Stone
Turtle Tide: The Way of Sea Turtles by Stephen R. Swimburne
If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith
You Wouldn't Want to be an American Pioneer by Jacqueline Morely
George Washington and the General's Dog by Frank Murphy


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for using images in a nonfiction text to further understand the text- RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7
Images in a Text (RI.1.7, RI.2.7, RI.3.7)
-Key skills to hit- use images in a text to further understand the text
Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
Timeless Thomas by Gene Barretta 
Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen
Clothesline Clues to What People Do by Kathryn Heling
I Read Signs by Tana Hoban (very early readers)
A Medieval Feast by Aliki


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the author's point and supporting reasons- finding out why the author wrote the text and how the author feels- RI.1.8, RI.2.8
Author's Point and Reasons (RI.1.8, RI.2.8)
-Key skills to hit- find the main point the author is trying to make, find the reasons the author gives for their point
If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann Mcgovern
What If Everyone Did That? by Ellen Javernick
Hippos are Huge! by Jonathan London
The Bravest Dog Ever: The Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford 
What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle
Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalvan


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for finding the difference between text structures and text organization- compare and contrast, cause and effect, and sequencing texts- RI.3.8
Text Structures (RI.3.8)
-Key skills to hit- compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence
Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark by Jerry Pollatta
Cats vs. Dogs by Elizabeth Carney
 Endangered Animals of the Jungle by William Rice
Earth: Feeling the Heat by Brenda Guiberson
Milk: From Cow to Carton by Aliki
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer


Primary informational mentor text suggested book list for comparing and contrasting two nonfiction texts on the same topic- RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9
Comparing Nonfiction (RI.1.9, RI.2.9, RI.3.9)
-Key skills to hit- find the important points from two texts, find similarities and differences between them
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and If a Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold
 Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and All About Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad
I am Helen Keller by Brad Melzer and Helen Keller: Courage in the Dark by Joanna Hurwitz
Looking Closely Inside the Rainforest by Frank Serafini and  Step Into the Rainforest by Howard Rice



For full ELA units with mini lessons for these books and extra reading passages (and much more), check out these 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade RL and RI sets. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-1st-Grade-2108261  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Reading-2nd-Grade-2108262 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-3rd-Grade-Reading-2538258



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