I think one of the biggest things I miss from being in the regular classroom, besides fun things like field trips, is teaching a variety of topics and subject areas. Not that I don't LOVE what I do now, but sometimes I get so caught up in the five components (you know...phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency) that I forget that we MUST MUST MUST make it interesting so kids will WANT to read. My second graders are the perfect group to prove this. A few weeks back, we did a series of stories about volcanoes. We did so much background building, experiments, youtube videos, read alouds, etc, that their weekly assessment scores went up. To me the proof was in the pudding (or lava if you will).
So now we are doing a series of stories on animals and the difference between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. It was enough to spur me back into action. I know it's been a while since I have made a new activity, but here is something a little different. You can get this activity here at my Teachers Pay Teachers store or here at my Teachers Notebook shop. It is a sorting activity and a pop-up book. Enjoy!!!!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
It is so much fun to work across grade levels. I have really been enjoying working with my first, second, third and fourth graders. It's been very stressful however, and will continue to be for my third and fourth graders. They are knee-deep in our state assessments. It's been so heartbreaking when they get so nervous that they either cry or are close to it. My second language students try so hard and really make gains until we strip them of all their tools. It takes a lot of positive talk and encouragement.
Here are a couple more anchor charts that I have been doing. The first one is on homophones...