Sunday, May 13, 2018

2nd Day of 2nd Grade

I spent my weekend working on 2nd Day of 2nd Grade resources! I use to do this back when I taught 2nd grade and then a couple of years ago I started celebrating the 3rd Day of 3rd Grade. Here are some snapshots of some of the activities I created:




If you're a 2nd Grade teacher and would like to celebrate as well you can download the 2nd Day of 2nd Grade.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

2nd Grade Homework

I've been thinking about what I want to do for homework next school year. This year, while teaching 3rd grade, they had a reading passage with 12 questions (Thunks Reviews) and 2 spiral math sheets (Math Madness). I sent it home on Mondays and it was due on Fridays.

For next year I created a Weekly Homework Menu. It will go home on Mondays and be due on Fridays. I wanted to be as flexible as possible which is why I listed "weekly suggested times" instead of "nightly" ones. I know how busy parents and students can be so I want them to be able to schedule their homework options.  

Reading- Reading for enjoyment is a given. I'm not into reading logs so I won't require them to track their reading. I also wanted to incorporate Find the Evidence passages so they can practice Text Dependent Questions. 

Math- Our county has a subscription to Dreambox Learning. It's an online math program that all elementary students have access to. I also wanted to incorporate math card games into our homework. While in 3rd I gave each family a ring of games and playing cards when they attended Math Night. I use the Dealing with Math Homework from Teacher's Clubhouse. I plan do the same next year during Back to School Night. My goal is to list the games that will help reinforce what's being learned in class. 

Study Guides- Like I shared last week, each family will also get a book of Study Guides that also have Study Methods included. 

Word Study- Since we do word study each day in class, it will not be apart of their weekly homework but I'll include options for parents who want their children to complete them.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Team 2nd Grade

The Friday before Spring Break my principal asked me if I was still interested in teaching 2nd grade... and the answer was YES! I taught 2nd grade for 7 years before transferring to my current school to teach 3rd grade. After 7 years, I'm ready to go back to my first love. I cannot explain how excited I am. I've been busy unpacking my new standards and purchasing resources. My new team even ordered me a shirt so it's official!
One thing that I love about teaching 2nd grade in Virginia is the curriculum! I've already started purchasing books to support my science standards. Have you heard of Picture Window Books? I love their Informational Picture Books, I've ordered all the ones that connect to my standards and they've already started arriving. 
When I taught 3rd grade, I created a learning handbook full of study guides from Adrienne Wiggins. Now that I'm going to 2nd, I knew I wanted to do the same thing. I spent my ENTIRE Spring Break creating study guides to go with every Standard of Learning in every subject in 2nd grade.
Language Arts
Social Studies
While I share all of my resources for free, unfortunately I won't be able to do that with these study guides. If you teach 2nd grade in Virginia and would like a copy, please consider making a donation. In the comment box, just add your email address and I'll email them to you within 12 hours.   
Check back throughout the summer, I can't wait to share ideas and resources for 2nd grade with you!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pick a Partner Resource

Wow... it's been a long time since I've been able to blog! I don't know about you, but I could certainly use a vacation, Spring Break is just around the corner for me and I'm hanging in there.

My district is moving toward the Kagan Cooperative Learning Model, however I have not been trained yet. In the meantime, I created a resource that will hopefully save me some time in the classroom. I spend entirely too much time, choosing my students partners. I try to control who partners with who but at this point in the year I need to step back and allow my students to make their own choices. 

I came up with a partner resource pack. There are 3 different versions to choose from. Print and color for your convenience. I even included a slideshow to use with the Partner Sheets. 
  • Partner Sheet- have students choose 6 different partners, they should each write their name for the same food match. 
  • Partner Cards- give each student a card, have them pair up with someone who has the same card as them. 
  • Individual Cards- give each student a card, have them find the “food match.”
This document can be found in the Resources section of the Teaching Oasis

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Winter Olympic Reading Challenge

Due to our recent "snowcation," I was up in the middle of the night creating resources because I couldn't sleep. I decided to create a Winter Olympic Reading Challenge for my students to complete. At the moment they are participating in a math challenge to earn a "Super Bowl Learning Celebration" but I also wanted to challenge them in reading as well. My goal is to have them read 500 minutes but I've broken the minutes up into three categories so that I can award Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals (brag tags).

You may be able to use the challenge in your own classroom. I uploaded a editable PPT into the Teaching Oasis Resource Folder---> February Folder along with the correlating brag tags. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Reading Assessment Strategies

My Team BFF and I coordinating for our grade level's holiday program.
Tunics from Agnes and Dora, Leggings from LuLaRoe

I'm very grateful to be on Winter Vacation, for the educators who are still in school, you have my thoughts and prayers! This year my district is out from December 18th to January 1st, we return on January 2nd, that's 11 whole school days of rest and relaxation. 

One area that I've been struggling with this year are my reading assessment scores. I have on level, above level and even gifted readers in my classroom, however, my scores do not reflect that. This tells me that I need to teach more reading assessment strategies. For the most part, we take our reading assessments on paper. We have not transitioned to online testing as of yet so these materials may or may not be conducive to that. 

When we come back from vacation I plan to teach my students about QAR: Question Answer Relationships. I found this great product from Adrienne Wiggins to use with my 3rd graders. 
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I plan to use this graphic organizer with all reading assessments. I got this idea while sitting in a CSIT (Child Study Intervention Team) Meeting. Apparently our 4th grade teachers use something very similar to this and I knew I needed to implement it with my 3rd graders. I wanted to teach QAR first because I want students to understand that every answer doesn't necessarily have proof back in the text. 
Reading Assessment Graphic Organizer: Click for Link
A couple of years ago our reading specialist made a "Reading Detective" bookmark to help guide students on assessments. I adapted it to align with this graphic organizer and will print and laminate them for the students to use when we return. 

Reading Assessment Bookmark: Click for Link
All documents have been uploaded to the Teaching Oasis Google Drive but direct links were also included.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Content Vocabulary Talks

Whew... the first nine weeks is over, 27 parent conferences have been had and report cards are finished! This was by far the most overwhelming busiest first quarter of school I've ever experienced! If this is any indication of the rest of the school year, my goal is to squeeze out a blog post monthly because who know's if I'll have time to do more than that!

I wanted to share an idea I've been doing with my third graders in math. I saw the idea while in a teammate's room. She had a Science Anchor with (animal) vocabulary words on it. At the top of the chart it said "If the answer is _____, what is the question?" So if the answer is "instinct," what is the question? Students had brainstormed possible questions and she had listed the final question next to the vocabulary word on the chart. 

I immediately thought about the math vocabulary bulletin board in my classroom. I had been wanting to do something with the words after I remove them. I've decided to only keep them up for the quarter and then take them down for the next quarter's words. So, everyday I've chosen a "review" word from last quarter and posed this question...
  • The answer is angle, what is the question?
  • The answer is difference, what is the question?
I then give them a couple minutes to talk with their face partner or shoulder partner about possible questions. Then students share out their questions and I record them on the chart paper. I reread all the questions and students again talk with their face or shoulder partner about what they feel the "best" question is for the vocabulary word. We then decide the best one and I put a bubble around it. 
 This is a strategy that can be used in any subject. It really taps into the higher level thinking as they can't use the answer in their question. Some questions are more on the mark than others but with discussion those students are realizing how their thinking may have been too specific or not specific enough.

Can you see yourself using this strategy in your classroom?

The Math Vocabulary Cards were purchased from Amy Lemons and created any word cards that she didn't have that I needed.