Second Grade Nest: September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Primary October 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 October. Many of the resources are activities that my students loved and many are brand new activities that I can wait to test out! I am also including a freebie for my blog readers!


ELA Resources: 

Halloween Fictional Comprehension- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!   Making Words (part of October Interactive Notebook)- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**On the left, you see one of the stories from my fictional reading comprehension set. There are five spooky stories for 2nd and 3rd grade students. For each story, there is also two follow up comprehension activities. 
**On the right, you see my October Interactive Notebook. There are ELA and math activities in this pack, 15 of each! They cover 1st and 2nd grade skills.

October Paired Passages- covers scarecrows, pumpkins, trick or treat, and more- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!    October Writing journal prompts- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**My paired passages are monthly themed. In the picture you can see how you get two different formatting options. You can either choose to print out the traditional printables and have students complete them. Or you can make them into interactive notebooks! 
**Writing journals are a huge hit. In my October writing journal prompts, one sheet has that day's prompt that a teacher (or a teacher helper) can cut out and pass out for the students to glue into their writing journals.

Coloring sheets for Halloween- Color Me Spooky- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!     October Intervention Activities for ELA- Early Literacy intervention centers- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**These coloring sheets cover teen numbers and sight words. Made for kindergarten and first grade review and practice activities.  
**These intervention activities will help students with early literacy needs. They are to be used during intervention drill or practice time. If you don't have that in your own classroom, these activities can be used during small group or even during review centers!

Differentiated Reading Passages (comes with 3 levels and fiction/nonfiction) Fall Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!    small group Fold and Go Differentiated mini books- Fall Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**My differentiated passages come with three levels. The two levels shown in the picture are the middle range. There are fall themes in the passage, such as leaves, scarecrows, and bats. Each theme comes with a fiction and a nonfiction passage.
**The mini books are similar to the differentiated passages in that they come with three different levels. The books are made to fold twice to create a book. There are follow up activities, too. Some of the topics are nonfiction, while others are fiction.

Halloween Writing activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!   Halloween reading centers- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**This is an updated product from 2012. It was not very pretty from when I first started TPT. But, I just redid the entire pack and added some fun, fresh ideas. On the left, you see two writing activities. The one at the top is to display on the white board. Unless you want to print the picture out and stick it in a picture frame at the center. The bottom activity is a roll-the-story activity where they roll a setting and a character to create a quick paragraph. On the right, you see a compound word game and a Making Words activity.


Math Resources: 

 Interactive Notebook activities for math- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!    Halloween math centers- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**This is the same product as the Making Words picture you see above. My interactive notebooks activities are made by month. They cover ELA and math topics (15 each). They're geared towards first graders, but second graders can definitely find benefit in these review activities during centers.
**This product on the right is the same product at the Halloween Activities shown two rows above. So fun to work into their centers or morning work. You see two of the math activities, which practice graphing and counting money.

Print and go october worksheets to use in centers, for morning work, homework, or early finishers- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**These printables come with ELA and math standards. Geared towards a first grader, there are certainly still activities that a second grader can do for review or when they're early finishers. We always used our printables as early finisher work, homework, and morning work when it got close to a holiday.


Science Resources: 

Pumpkin Life Cycle mini book and comprehension- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!    Pumpkin Life Cycle activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**The two pictures shown show resources that are included in my fall life cycles pack. The pack covers both apple and pumpkin life cycles, but I am showcasing the pumpkin activities for this blog post because it's October!

Fall Life Cycles with pumpkin topper- discusses both apple and pumpkin life cycles- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
**This flip book also covers both apple and pumpkin life cycles, but it would be great to teach in the month of October, too. My flip books come with reading and comprehension activities.


October Flip Books: 

spider flip book with reading and comprehension activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!    pumpkin flip book with reading and comprehension activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
*Each flip book comes with a reading passages, an answering sheet with four questions about the passages, a sorting page for true/false, fact/opinion, or step-by-step, and finally a writing page to write about what they've learned.

Fire safety flip book with reading and comprehension activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!    spider flip book with reading and comprehension activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!



Freebies for you!  

FREEBIE pages for fall activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!

FREEBIE pages for fall activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!   FREEBIE pages for fall activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!   FREEBIE pages for fall activities- October Activities for a primary classroom- PLUS a freebie!
Grab the freebies here. 
In this freebie you will get two sample pages from my Life Cycles pack. You are getting three levels of "Fall is Here", which is a fictional story in my Fall Differentiated Passages pack. And finally, you're getting one set from my interactive writing stories.  You can test out the fallen leaves interactive story and see how the kids like it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mastering Print Concepts


Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
 
At the beginning of first grade, teachers are reviewing things learned from kindergarten and also introducing basic print concept ideas. In Common Core ELA, kindergarten and first grade are the only grades that teach print concepts, so they're expecting mastery in first grade. Once students get to second grade, print concepts are not taught as units or standards. They may still get some review if the teacher chooses or in small group for struggling readers, but print concepts needs to be mastered in first grade.

So print concepts in first grade refer to the basic features of a book and basic features of a sentence. These standards align with print concepts. They are found in the Reading: Foundational Skills domain.
Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills

So, here are a few activities and lessons that can help you teach the standard and help your first graders master print concepts. 

Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills     Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
Anchor charts and mini lessons are a great way to get started with print concepts. Giving them lots of direct instruction, followed up with partner activities is very important. Shown in the picture above, you see a collection of print concepts anchor charts, plus a few hands on activities where the students apply the knowledge they just learned.

Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
Another idea for extra practice is centers. I have four centers in my print concepts unit. They cover sentence features, such as capital letters and punctuation. They also cover features of a book that they are reading, to look for the title and author and the first word on a page. Getting them familiar with print is necessary for successful reading in the future.


Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
Worksheets and printables are useful to use when teaching print concepts. Make sure to use them in moderation and have it be truly purposeful. I'm not a big supporter worksheet packets, but I do think partner activities or interactive worksheets that keep students engaged are very useful. The two pictures shown have students creating their own sentences while focusing on capital letters and punctuation. The other worksheet have students act as teacher and write about the ways to read a book.

Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
Interactive Notebooks are a huge hit in the classroom. Using these print concept templates will help the students learn the same content, but in a different format.

Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
And finally, an assessment. On the right, you see a pre-assessment, which students will take before a unit. After the unit, there is a 2 page post-assessment. This will cover what they've learned through the entire unit. The packet that I've created comes with a script to read while administering these assessments. 


-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Print Concepts activities for first grade students- basic features of a sentence and book- common core ela aligned for reading foundational skills
Interested in the unit
All of this is included in this print concepts pack. Click here to buy! 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Print-Concepts-RF11-2800428

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Story Structure (Exploring ELA)



Story Structure (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5

Now that we are back into the school year, I have decided to pick back up on my Exploring ELA blog series! This week, I'm bringing you ideas on how to make text structure easy to teach in the classroom. Text structure focuses on beginning, middle, and end and is taught in 2nd and 3rd grades. Although 1st graders should definitely learn about the beginning, middle, and end of the story, they focus on that more during retelling and story elements. This standard specifically focuses on referring to the text and is not a standard for first grade, just 2nd and 3rd.

Here are the two common core standards we will be discussing.
Story Structure (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5

Buzz words:
*describe
*structure
*successive
*beginning, middle, end
*introduce story
*concludes action
*refer to text
*stories/chapters/drama/scene/poem/stanza


5 Key Tasks for Teachers 


Start by simply teaching what types of things happen in the beginning, middle, and end. Teach students how to find them and what to look for!
Story Structure anchor chart (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
Try a class anchor chart to kick off your story structure unit. On this anchor chart, write about what happens in the beginning, middle, and end. Then, take three very popular and well-known stories from the class and write a quick BME explanation of each on post-it notes. That way, the students can associate a story from prior knowledge to the BME. Or read one story a day and as a class, fill out the BME and put them on the post-it notes. This can also carry-over and help with student writing when it comes to narratives!



Teach the events that happen in the beginning, middle, and end in isolation. Play hypothetical situations out for each story you read during this unit where the beginning, middle, or end never happened. 
Story Structure flip book (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
(Source: Mandy's Tips for Teachers)
One way to isolate the beginning, middle, and end events are to have students read a text and follow up with writing what three main events happen in each specific part. This freebie from Mandy is a great way for more advanced writers to show that.

Story Structure flip book (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
If you're working with less advanced writers, try the simple flip book. Students will need one piece of paper and a pair of scissors. They will fold the paper in half, cut one side of the paper into 3 pieces, label them beginning, middle, and end. Then, they will lift each flap and illustrate on the top piece and write about it on the bottom. 

Story Structure activities (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
Shown in this picture is an entire printable worksheet that students can use with passages, read alouds, or independent reading texts. These printables have students focus only on the middle, middle, or end at one time. This picture shows a beginning worksheet with the story Memoirs of a Parrot by David Scillian. Here is my affiliate link to the book on Amazon.




The 3rd grade standard suggests to use stories, poems, and plays. Use a variety of these things when teaching how to find beginning, middle, and end and the events that happen within them. This is very important when it comes to referring to the text because common core wants for students to refer to specific stanzas, scenes, and chapters.

(Resource: RL3.5
Included in my RL3.5 pack, I include plays, poems, and stories. On the left is a two page play with 3 characters that students read through and answer questions on. On the right is a mini lesson activity for a chapter book excerpt. There are task card questions that follow.

(Resource: RL3.5)
These are also included in my RL3.5 pack. On the left, there is poem, followed up with task card questions. On the right is another poem sample with questions.


Using passages and children's literature, teach the process of structure. Focus on the events that happen in the beginning, and how the middle builds onto the beginning. Then, focus on the how the end builds onto the middle. Most of the time, students will also be looking for a problem and a solution.

Primary mentor text suggested book list for Story Structure- teaching the beginning, middle, and end of a story- RL2.5, RL3.5
These book titles are my affiliate links on Amazon! (Find more mentor texts for RL here!)
Don't Slam the Door by Lori Chaconas 
No Dogs Allowed by Sonia Manzano
Chicken Little by Steven Kellogg
The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Max's Words by Kate Banks

Story Structure activities (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5    Story Structure activities (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5 
(Resource: RL2.5 and RL3.5)
 On the left is a story for 2nd grade readers. It is a half page story with three questions.
On the right is a story for 3rd grade readers. It is a full page story with 5 questions on a separate page.
The 2nd grade questions are more straight forward with questions such as 'What happens at the beginning of the text?' The 3rd grade questions are a bit more in depth, such as 'What would happen if the beginning didn't happen?'



Give students ample ways to practice this skill. Build it into small group or make it an independent center activity. I always like using interactive notebook, printables, and task cards in centers or work stations. Here are a few different ways to build these into your ELA block. 

Story Structure activities (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
(Resource: RL2.5
Give students task cards to use with texts that they will read during independent reading time. During their read to self time, students can have these task cards to self-assess or they could buddy up with a partner after they read and answer questions. Shown is the story Weird Parents by Audrey Wood. Here is an affiliate link to that story if you're interested in using it with this unit. 

Story Structure activities (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
(Resource: RL2.5 and RL3.5
Another idea is to stick a few read alouds and printables in a tub labeled "Early Finishers" and when students finish any assignment, they can grab the tub to work. This will allow them to feel successful and not waste any down time during the day. Here is my affiliate link for the book One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian.

Story Structure activities (beginning, middle, and end)- blog post that outlines activities and ideas to use when teaching ELA RL2.5 and RL3.5
(Resource: RL2.5 and RL3.5)
Another way that you could work this standard into your daily ELA routine is to copy the printables two to a page. So these are half sheets of paper that I set up when I went to print. After they printed two to a page, I cut them in half and put them into a center. In that center, give students easy readers so they can read independently and fill out the half-sheet printables on their own.




-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The two resources that were spotlighted in this blog post are:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Story-Structure-RL25-1826952    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Story-Structure-RL35-2431069
2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

RL4.5 Poetry, Prose, and Drama
4th Grade

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Click here for a list of other Exploring ELA blog posts.
http://www.firstgradenest.com/2016/02/exploring-ela-new-blog-series.html


Join my email list and snag this full ELA product for free!

Slide1
Subscribe to get my latest freebies, blog post, educational content, and more right to your email list!
When you join, you'll receive this full product from my TPT store in your email!


We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit