Second Grade Nest: January 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

February Resources and FREEBIES


February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month

I love this monthly blog post that brings you lots of lessons, activities, and best of all FREEBIES! Below I have listed some reading, math and ELA, and social studies resources to use specifically for February! See if any of them would work in your classroom! And best of all, at the bottom, there are THREE freebies just for you! 


Reading & Writing Resources

Valentine's Day Fictional Comprehension- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month    February Paired Passages- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
*In my Valentine's Day Reading, you will find 5 Valentine's Day stories with 2 comprehension activities for each. One of the comprehension papers deals with answering questions about the text and the other paper deals with writing a response based off the passage.

*This paired passage 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 topics are Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, George Washington, The Super Bowl, and Dental Health.
(Link: February Paired Passages)

February Writing Prompts- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month    February Intervention- Blog February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
*These 25 February writing journal prompts are to be cut and glued to the top of a student's writing journal.
(Link: February Writing Journal Prompts)
*My February early literacy intervention center 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.


Math & ELA Resources

February Interactive Notebook- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month    February Worksheets- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
*'An Interactive February' is a way to make your month 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.
(Link: An Interactive February)
*In my February On-The-Go packet, you'll find 40 printables for quick and easy teaching. These 40 learning sheets revolve around February themes (Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day).

Valentine's Day Centers- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month  Valentine's Day Centers -February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month   

*This K and 1st Grade Valentine's Center pack contains 10 centers activities for your Valentine's theme. There are 5 for ELA and 5 for Math.
*This 2nd grade Valentine's Center pack contains 10 centers activities for your Valentine's theme. There are 5 for ELA and 5 for Math.
(Link: Valentines Centers 2nd Grade)

Social Studies Resources

Presidents Day ELA Mini Unit- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month     Black History Month Biography Set- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
*This Presidents Day set comes with several E.L.A. activities for Presidents' Day. It focuses on the life of two past presidents and the current president. The three presidents that are focused on are George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Donald Trump. These reading activities will be perfect for integrated social studies for Presidents' Day.
*This Black History Month bundle includes six of my biography sets for Black History Month. If you own the Biography bundle, they are all included in that bundle and you won't need this one. This mini bundle includes 6 famous African Americans to use during Black History Month. Read below to see what is included in each!
(Link: Black History Month Biography Bundle)

Abraham Lincoln Biography- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month George Washington Biography- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
* Abraham Lincoln was an influential president who fought to abolish slavery and forever changed history. This biography pack covers important facts about Abraham Lincoln life for students to learn. Within the pack, they will read about Abraham Lincoln, research him, write about him, create a flip book about him, and sort important parts of this famous president's life.
(Link: Abraham Lincoln Biography)
* George Washington was an influential man who was America's first president and fought for American freedom. This biography pack covers important facts about George Washington's life for students to learn. Within the pack, they will read about George Washington, research him, write about him, create a flip book about him, and sort important parts of this famous president's life.


Flip Books 
Presidents Day Flip Book- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month   Dental Health Flip Book- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
*This presidents activity includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for learning about the President of the United States while having interactive fun and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.
*This product helps teach students about Dental Health Month. The passage gives facts and information about how to keep their teeth clean, how to prevent cavities, what dentists do, and what Dental Health Month is. There are follow up comprehension activities for the passage, plus a cute full teeth grinning boy or girl book topper!
(Link: Dental Health Flip Book)

Groundhog Day Flip Book- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month   Valentines Day Reading Flip Book- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
*This product helps teach students about Groundhog Day. The passage gives facts and information about the holiday, such as who Punxsutawney Phil is, what happens on Groundhog Day, and the changes that have happened over the years. There are follow up comprehension activities for the passage, plus a cute groundhog book topper!
*This Valentine' Day activity includes a mini flip book plus a craft topper for decorations. This is perfect for learning about the holiday while having interactive fun and creating a great wall display for the kids and school to see.
(Link: Valentine's Day Flip Book)

FREEBIES
FREE Valentine's Day Activity- handwriting- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month   FREE Valentine's Day Activity- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month 
This is a forever freebie in my store! In this pack, you will find tracing pages for each letters of the alphabet, uppercase and lowercase.

FREE Presidents Day Activity Making Words- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month    FREE Presidents Day Activity Making Words- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month

(Link: Presidents' Day Making Words)
This is a forever freebie in my store!  In this pack, you will find two Making Words activities: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. There are letter cards and recording sheets for both sets. They spell out their first and last names to use in a center. Students will rearrange 'George Washington' and 'Abraham Lincoln' in two different activity to find as many hidden words within their names. Then, they will record their answers on a recording sheet.

FREE February Reading- Dental Health Fiction Story- February Activities and FREEBIES- activities for primary students- February reading, math, writing, social studies and more! Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, Dental Health Month
(Link: Take a Closer Look at February Paired Passages)
In my full unit of February Paired Passages, you get a fictional text with three follow up comprehension activities, a nonfiction text with three follow up comprehension activities, and two comparison pages. There are 5 different topics within this. What you get as a freebie is the fictional story for Dental Health Month, plus one of the comprehension pages. Like it? Grab the link to the full set within the freebie!



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Groundhog Day Activities


Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom
Groundhog Day is coming soon! It was always really hard to fit into my schedule because the 100th Day of School always happened around the same time. I am collecting several Groundhog Day ideas for you guys so that you can start plugging them into your lesson plans! Happy predicting! 


Start with these 3 Great Read Alouds. 
These three books are always my favorite Groundhog Day books! Here are a few affiliate links to Amazon.
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom

Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom
(Link to Groundhog Day!)

Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom


Use these in Small Group!
It would be fun to use Groundhog reading material in your reading groups. These two leveled readers are great for independent reading in primary grades! 
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom

Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom

Learn what Groundhog Day is! Read a nonfiction passage. 
This Groundhog Day flip book tells the students WHAT Groundhog Day is and why it is celebrated. So, after their fictional read alouds, students will grasp an idea of what Groundhog Day is, so this will solidify their new knowledge. You can also read this passage first to give them background knowledge before reading their fictional stories. 
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom  Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom

Don't want such a big craft? Here is a nonfiction/fiction paired passage from my Winter Differentiated Texts. There are three levels for your readers in your classroom
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom


Get mathematical! 
Groundhog Day is the perfect holiday for predicting and graphing. Predicting whether or not the groundhog will see its shadow is always a great math lesson for the students. Then, being able to test their theories is also quite fun for them to use their data to compare. 
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom
Faith used my Groundhog Unit in her classroom and wrote about it on her blog. This was her model for the classroom that she did under the document camera. 


And finally, get crafty! 
Check out these absolutely adorable crafts I pinned to my February Activities board.
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom
(Source: Crafty Morning)
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom
Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom

Groundhog Day Activities for teachers and students- hands on crafts, reading activities, books, and predictions. Groundhog Day fun in the classroom
(Source: Crafty Morning)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Great Reading for Black History Month


Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month

Black History Month is coming in February. It is incredibly important that we as educators help teach our students the importance of African Americans in our history. Whether you teach first grade or seventh grade, giving the students lots of reading to learn about these influential people is very important. 

Today's blog post is all about reading resources for Black History Month! 
We're going to look at fantastic read alouds or picture books, some more advanced chapter books for higher readers, online materials to learn, and some resources from TPT you can grab



Read Alouds and Picture Books
These are great books to either read to your class aloud, or put into their reading centers to read on their own. Each of the texts below are links to affiliate books on Amazon!
Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
(Link to Look What Brown Can Do!)
This book is amazing to read to your young students! Such great motivation for all students and a great model of equality in our students!

Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
(Link to African American Legends for Little Learners)
This story is more of a week-long read aloud where you'll read a few pages each day. Or it's a great book to put into a center, where students choose 2 African Americans a day to research and write about them.

Black History Month Reading Resources- Ruby Bridges read aloud, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
(Link to The Story of Ruby Bridges)
Ruby Bridges is a wonderful American to teach students about because it's easy for them to relate to. People like Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman may be harder for them to fully grasp what they've done, but Ruby Bridges is a great first step. Students can relate to Ruby because they're around the same age. 

Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
(Link to Freedom on the Menu)
The main character of this story is a little girl with her mother. This book is a great read aloud for students because students can try to imagine themselves in this young girl's situation. They can put themselves in her shoes with their parents.


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Online Reading Material
There are two websites that are my go-to's for science and social studies topics. Have you tried out Pebble Go or Brain Pop Jr.? I love them both so much! Let's check out Pebble Go first!

Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
 PebbleGo! has an area where you can click on African Americans. Within this section, you can find famous African Americans, explorers, civil rights leaders, scientists and inventors, and finally the (most recent) president.

Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month 
Here is a peak at what you see when you click Civil Rights Leaders. You get to click through 10 different famous African Americans who fought hard for equality! Then next picture shows what you see when you click on one person.
 
Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
  So here, we see a peek at one of Harriet Tubman's tabs. There are six tabs for each person. There is an introduction, tab for early life, life's work, later years, contributions, and related people. There is picture on each tab, a small paragraph, and a speaker button to read the paragraph to the students if they're early readers.

Now let's check out Brain Pop Jr.
Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
 If you log into your Brain Pop Jr. account and do a search for Black History Month, they have a special tab that has videos for famous African Americans and other Americans who helped them!


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Biography Packs 
These are my sets that I've made just for your guys. They come with a reading passage, cut and paste timeline, research fact writing page, informational writing page, and a flip book with reading passage, comprehension questions, true and false sorting, and a writing page.
I have six African American biography packs and I've put them into a mini bundle to save you guys money!
Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month
 (Link to Black History Month Bundle)

Here is a closer look at each of the African American biography sets within it! If you click the link above, you can buy each of these separately, but you save big if you buy as a bundle.
Black History Month Reading Resources- Martin Luther King reading, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month  Black History Month Reading Resources- Booker T. Washington reading, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month

 Black History Month Reading Resources- Rosa Parks reading, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month  Black History Month Reading Resources- Harriet Tubman reading, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month

Black History Month Reading Resources- Ruby Bridges reading, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month  Black History Month Reading Resources- Jackie Robinson reading, online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month



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Fun Chapter Books
These are some of my favorite books, however they are more difficult. So if you're one of my primary readers, these may be too high for your first graders and second graders. I had some of my advanced readers in 2nd reading them and they loved it. Each of these readers are links to my affiliate links on Amazon.

Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month   Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month    Black History Month Reading Resources- online research, childrens books, biographies, and more to help teach Black History Month


 (Link to Who Was Harriet Tubman?)
(Link to Who Was Jackie Robinson?)
Thanks for reading!