Friday, April 15, 2016

Five for Friday

Hi! I'll be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday today. 

I've been loving GRAFFITI WALLS! They are great for review of an ELA domain in second grade. I can see what pieces of information kiddos felt were most important, plus the students absolutely adore any marker writing or Post It writing they get to do! It's an easy, collaborative review, and takes minimal set up. Throw it up during Daily 5 as a Work on Writing choice for the day!

Chalkboard Paint.
Does anyone else LOVE this stuff?

I have this tiny, annoying, yucky chalkboard. I basically only use it for the date and reminders. Chalkboard paint made it so much cuter!

We're finishing up our current read aloud, Wonder by RJ Palacio, this week. Up next? CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate. We read The One and Only Ivan and my second graders were OBSESSED. Crenshaw is written by the same author and is about a boy whose family has to live in their van for extended periods of time. Crenshaw is the boy's imaginary friend who shows up to support him.

Here is the novel study: Crenshaw

We've been working a lot on extended responses to our guided reading texts this week. It's tough for second graders, but this checklist helps them.

I've been using the differentiated GIANT ANIMALS OF THE WORLD leveled texts from ReadingAZ and my kiddos are really engaged. They are all reading about similar creatures, but at their level. It's awesome. I love ReadingAZ.
Gotta love Lucy.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Scoop

I'm linking up with the Teaching Trio for the Sunday Scoop! It's been a while. I seem to have a rollercoaster type of blog writing. Very active, and then ghosting. Very active, and then ghosting. And so on. School just got busy! We all know how it is! :)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Five for Friday

Hi there! I'll be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday today. So, let's get started! :)

Over the vacation, I drove to Buffalo and hiked to see the Eternal Flame Waterfall! It was very cool. There's natural gas, so that fire is always burning!

We used highlighter to color our letter tiles during Read Across America Day because they glow in the black light. The kids loved it so much that I've pulled it out again to motivated them during Daily 5!

We are so obsessed with our Osmo! We use it for Math Workshop and Daily 5. The coolest part is that when you buy one, the company donates a free Osmo to another teacher of your choosing! I LOVE THE OSMO! (And so do the kiddos!)
I emailed area colleges and asked for t-shirt donations for our College Shirt Day, which is the first Friday of every month. I did this a while ago, and the kids still wear their college t-shirts the first Friday of the month! 

I used the donated college shirts for writing, too! Kids wrote future stories, researched colleges and careers, and wrote thank you letters to the colleges.
Just a Lucy

Currently April

I'm linking up with Oh Boy It's Farley! for Currently April. Just a few days late. :)