Friday, November 28, 2014

Daily 5...More Rotations and Ideas

My students cannot get enough of the Daily 5!
Here are some highlights from rotations 7-9, since I have totally been slacking on blogging about them :)

WORD WORK
 Here students are writing their spelling words three ways...with a pen, with markers, and with crayons.
 Here students are pulling spelling word sticks from a can and are making 'stick frames'. Then they copy the words and make a picture inside the frame. The activity is from Reagan's pack {here}

Here students are writing their words and making a flip book with them. It is from an activity book by CTP {here}
READ TO SELF

 How cozy is this?
I love that even my boys are becoming avid readers!
LISTEN TO READING
 Right now we have been reading the free online books from Storyline Online...
 but SOON they will be reading online books with an iPad and QR codes!!!

WORK ON WRITING
Students LOVE writing sticker stories! They place some stickers on their paper, then write a story about them!
 Students have complete control over what they want to write in the writing area. That's what makes it a favourite activity.

READ WITH A PARTNER
 Students are reading fluency phrases to each other, using microphones.
 Their partner has to make sure they do a good job :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Study: Hi! Fly Guy and Paper Bag Book Club

When I came into Grade 2 this year, I just knew I could not teach a love of reading from the old basal readers that were on the shelf. I want my kiddos to feel successful reading chapter books. I want to introduce them to different genres. And I want to inspire a LOVE of reading using books by authors who've written a series, so that my students will seek out MORE by that author!
So began my newest 'hobby'...creating book studies...which I LOVE! I try to jam-pack the activities so that students learn various important story elements, will close read to recall information from the text, will make connections {text-to-self, etc}, and will offer opinions. They'll learn new vocabulary, decide which elements of the story can be fiction or non-fiction, and so on!

Our first book study was Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. We LOVE Fly Guy! Not only is the book engaging and funny, it is a chapter book, which gives students the much-needed feeling of success at this stage! We work on the book for about a month. At the end of our study we celebrate with Paper Bag Book Club! 
Here's a a little peek into our Hi! Fly Guy book study.
digging into the story for evidence...
Paper Bag Book Club
I saw this idea on Cara's blog, and just knew that I had to incorporate it into our program! What a great way to top off our book learning, by having a Book Club-style discussion, complete with paper bags of popcorn to enjoy!
 Hi! Fly Guy Book Study and Paper Bag Book Club
 Hi! Fly Guy Book Study and Paper Bag Book Club
 This discussion form was stapled onto the paper bag.
 LOVED hearing the discussion happening :)

 I told them they could work anywhere...so this group headed under the table.
 Checking the Genre wall to see what they think this story fits under.
Yum!
You can find the pack here
Here are a few more! {click the pics}
 Book Studies by Anita Bremer {Mrs. Bremer's Class blog}
 Book Studies by Anita Bremer {Mrs. Bremer's Class blog}

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November Bright Ideas Round Up {Anchor Charts, Task Cards, Flashlight Friday, and More!}

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link Up! This one is a special one! Over the past 10 months, we have shared thousands of great ideas through our monthly Bright Ideas event. This month, we're recapping all of those great ideas from the past several months:
PLATE RACK AS A TASK CARD HOLDER
Use a plate rack to hold task card accordion folders!
{Read about it here}

FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY
Have students read-to-self every Friday with flashlights in the darkened classroom!
{Read about it here}

STORING ANCHOR CHARTS
Store your anchor charts on a clothing stand, so that your students can access them whenever they need to...and it doesn't take up space in your classroom!
{Read about it here}

MAKE ANCHOR CHARTS INTERACTIVE
Use sticky notes to allow students to contribute to it...and so that you can reuse your anchor charts again and again!
{Read about it here}

TURN DOWN THE CLASSROOM VOLUME
Use some magnetic letters to spell NOISE. Every time your room gets noisy, take away a letter. As soon as it spells NO, there is no talking allowed!
{Read about it here}

RECOMMEND A BOOK
Have students recommend books they've enjoyed using a plate holder and a 'Like' sign!
{Read about it here}

STUDENT MAIL
Use file holders labelled with student names for their mail-simple!
(Read about it here}
I hope that you've enjoyed these Bright Ideas! Be sure to check out the link up below for even more!


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