Sunday, September 23, 2012

Reader Response {Freebies}

Happy Fall, Y'all!

My adorable pumpkins are falling in love with books.  That's one of my favorite parts of teaching 2nd grade - seeing my little guys discover their love of literature.  So here are a few freebies for reader response.

After reading a fiction book or story, any of these poems can be written about main character.

Poetry Pattern Book Reports

This book investigation can be wonderful as an enrichment activity and it's amazing to see what your students can create!  It is designed to be used with a nonfiction book or article.

 Book Investigation

My students use these spinners, and they LOVE them!  All they need is a pencil and a paper clip to make the spinner.  I tell them to spin it and write the answer to the question in a notebook or on a piece of paper.  If they land on the same question more than once, I instruct them to simply spin again.

Comprehension Spinners

To be used with a fiction piece, this Book Scavenger Hunt is a student favorite.

Book Scavenger Hunt


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Double Bingo {FREEBIE}

My cute, little chimichangas LOVE to play Bingo together.  Here's one that can be used to practice addition facts ~ doubles +1 to +12.

What you need:
  • Double Bingo game board
  • Double spinner
  • paper clip and pencil for spinner (see picture below)
  • two colors of game markers


The directions for how to play are at the bottom of the game board, but once your students start playing bingo games, they will quickly get the hang of it and will be successful without needing instructions.  On the spinner, I've included some before, during and after thinking prompts.

This bingo game can also be played with number cards (#s1-12 and two or three cards for each number) instead of using a spinner.  Just cut off the bottom of the game board and verbally tell your students how to play.  They just shuffle a stack of cards, place them face down and take turns selecting a card to double.


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Freebie Fridays

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Complete It

Here's another freebie to help our tater tots practice identifying complete and incomplete sentence as well as writing with capital letters and using correct punctuation.

The materials that you'll need are simple:
  • Complete It cards (4 pages for a total of 20 cards)
  • Complete It direction tent
Ahead of time, cut out the sentence cards and fold the direction tent in half if you want it to stand up.  (Dog-ear one corner to make it stand up without splaying.)
Complete It Direction Tent
Complete It Cards


Monday, September 3, 2012

3 Freebies and an Apology


So, it's been a while since I've blogged.


Would you please accept my apology?

{grovel, beg, plead}

My spring and summer got a little a lot crazy, and my time for blogging got put on the back burner.  I had so many incredible opportunities this spring & summer, and I learned bunches!  Hopefully over the next few weeks, I can share my experiences with you here.

Well, school has started, and it is going to be a fantastic year!  My energetic little green beans are keeping me on my toes, and I'm so excited to go along this journey with them!

To make up for my lack of blogging, here are a few freebies you might find adaptable for your classroom.

Savvy Sentences
Skill: Identifying words needing capital letters and when to use a period in a sentence

As you know, I don't do traditional worksheets.  Since the ultimate goal is for students to be able to write sentences with correct conventions, I created this station which is a spin on Super Sentences.

Print these sentence cards on cardstock, laminate for durability, cut apart, and voila - you've got yourself a literacy station that's meaningful.  The direction tent can be printed on cardstock, folded in half and if you dog-ear one corner, it will stand up without splaying out.
There are 4 pages for a total of 24 sentence cards and they are editable.
Check out this poster on capitalization using the acronym M.I.N.T.S.  So clever!

Monitor Comprehension Bookmarks
Once again, I'll be using the Comprehension Toolkit with my students.  I ♥  it so much because of the results I see and hear.  These bookmarks can be used as bookmarks or can be glued into notebooks as a part of a mini-lesson on monitoring comprehension.

This Word doc has 2 bookmarks on a page.

See, Scan, Analyze
My last freebie for you came from reading Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8.  The authors use this thinking process to help children develop the ability to reflect metacognitively about what they see.  (Great book if you ever have the opportunity to pick it up!)

I've used the See, Scan, Analyze two ways.  1) Show students a photograph and have them see, scan and analyze it using the structure of observations, inferences and emotions.  2) Give students an object to observe and follow the same structure.  While we are making our observations, inferences and emotions, we are having a rich discussion and asking lots of questions.  I encourage them to draw pictures too in the boxes.  They love doing See, Scan and Analyze.

I hope your school year is off to a wonderful start!  Best wishes for a fabulous 2012-2013!


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