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Friday, February 22, 2013

Presidents' Day Isn't Over Yet!

Ever notice how many car dealerships extend Presidents' Day throughout the whole month of February?  Well, that's what I do in the classroom!

February is incredibly busy, and I want to give the presidents the amount of time they're worth!  

I've been teaching the children about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  
We've spent a couple of days talking about the strengths and qualities of both presidents. 

Here is one of the Writing Common Core Standards for Second Grade:  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and,also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Check out Elementary Matters to find this freebie on opinion writing we'll be using to address this Common Core standard.
Happy Presidents' Month!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snowmen Literacy

We just love the Snowmen books!  Doesn't matter which ones; we still love them!  Students just get lost in their imaginations thinking about what their snowmen might be up to running around at night.  

Snowmen at Night (Storytown Library, Grade K, Story 8)Snowmen at Work

Since we love these books, I aligned some reading activities and a couple of writing units to the common core and we were ready to have some fun while learning!

I included a bubble map so students could compare the snowmen characters in the two stories.  I also included an are, can, have chart and even a blank one so students can come up with their own characteristics to plug in on the chart.  

Lots of comprehension cards for both books are in this unit so students can get practice remembering details from the stories.  And I put in a making words lesson to work on phonics and phonemic awareness skills.

Reading Comprehension activities

Students need lots of writing experience for the common core.  I have included a narrative writing unit and and explanatory writing unit so students can get more writing practice and have fun doing it!  I included writing rubrics for grades 1 & 2 to help you out!

writing unit and rubrics

I hope that your students enjoy this Snowmen Literacy Unit!  It does cover several common core standards and is a lot of fun at the same time.   

Thanks for letting me visit with you again.  Drop over to my blog sometime and visit!

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