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St. Patrick's Day Adventures and Freebie

It won't be long and your kiddos will be talking about The Leprechaun and how naughty he was the year before or how he brought them gold candy!  I'm not the teacher that likes to mess up my room or build leprechaun traps.  I'm glad they do this in earlier grades.  They ask why we are not building a trap but I just tell them we do different activities in different grades and they tend to be ok with that!

Let's start by getting a collection of books together.  There are so many great choices.  
These are few of my favorites.

When I taught first grade I loved using the story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!
With all the books she's written you can read a new one every month.

I put together a few of the pages we used when I read this book.  Their favorite part was wearing the old lady dress and eating the sequence cards.  This is a picture from when we sequenced the story for Easter.

This mini-unit is available at my store for only $3.
It includes sequence cards, descriptive writing, ABC order, and counting money.

Enjoy this freebie from the mini-unit!
Click on the picture to get it now or Pin It for later!


Great time to pick up your favorites for a discount.  Now I can empty my cart!

Seasonal Language Craftivities

These fun craftivities were developed for the need for the students to show me what they had learned for the week but in a fun way!  They love decorating our space with seasonal items.

There are 12 Second Grade Common Core State Standards covered in this pack.  This pack could also be used in First to cover some of the same standards and used for enrichment.  It can also be used in Third grade for review and to cover some of the same standards. 

Each activity includes a blackline master with directions and some have accompanying word lists to assist the student. 

Students write in pencil and have it checked by the teacher before tracing their work in black marker. Tracing makes it easier to read when displayed.  

Meet the Super Croc Fact Lesson Freebie

Meet the Super Croc

Image result for super croc
Photo: http://www.independent.co.uk/ 

This very interesting story is included in The Treasures Reading Book for second grade. It's Unit 3 Week 4.  The genre of nonfiction really sparks an interest in the kiddos. They were drawn into this short story right away with the photographs of this massive animal.   We all agree we are happy that it is not alive today!  Although it's sad when animals become extinct.

Text to World:  Maybe you've seen the youtube video of a massive alligator on the golf course!  My students want to know why the people are so close to it?  Not very smart!

Image result for massive alligator in florida golf course

Google Map: Look up Florida so you can show the class where Florida is and what the habitat is like. We live in Wisconsin so it's very different habitats!

We listened to the story online and then we read it together and lastly they read it with a partner.  This is over a few days.  After all this reading they were ready to write down 3 facts that they had learned about the Super Croc.  Found this idea on pinterest.  It was just a jpg so I am not able to give credit. I used the little alligator image and enlarged it on my Promethean Board.  Then taped the green paper to the board and traced it with a Sharpie.  He turned out so cute!  He is hanging in the hall and I've heard a lot of comments from other kids when they walk by.

Click on the picture to get your copy.  I've also included pages where it just says alligator or crocodile in case you don't have access to the Super Croc story.

We also wrote in their journals. They glued this to the top.  Of course they had to draw a Super Croc too!  I have some great artists.

I'm working hard on getting my second graders to write more interesting sentences and not just writing to be finished!  They love using pens!  I provide 3 colors: black, blue and red.

Black: Rough Draft (they can also use pencil if they would like)
Blue: Revising Pen - add more details or take out what isn't needed.
Red: Editing - fix spelling, grammar and punctuation. 

This has really helped in them adding more to their writing.  I see a lot more pride in what they are putting on the paper.

Text to Self: They also wrote in their journals if they were a scientist like Paul Sereno, who discovered the croc what type of science would they like to study!  

Enjoy reading this with your kiddos!

How to Read your Favorite Blogs

You've liked a lot of blogs by following on Google!  Now what?

That's easy! Go to www.blogger.com and log into your google account.  Then on the blogger homepage scroll down to Reading List!  All your favorite blogs are listed to the right and the current feed is in the middle!  Enjoy browsing!  I know I have a lot to catch up on this weekend!

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