Sunday, November 9, 2014

Visual Plans for November 10th

I'm back with my visual plans for the week. I had to take a little break because I have been having some health issues. I have had major shoulder pain since the end of June and nothing that I've done (therapy, rest, ice, cortisone shot) would help. A few weeks ago, I started having pain in my ears and vertigo. I felt like I was moving even when I was sitting still. Turns out, it is all from compressed vertebrae in my neck. I've been going to physical therapy at a new place three times a week after school and it has really helped. I've been working on my posture and trying to strengthen my neck, my back, and my shoulders.

So here are my plans for this week. As always, you can download them by clicking on any of the pictures. If you download, please leave me a comment.
I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share my plans. 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Week Plans

I'm a little late sharing my plans but better late than never, right??

My plans have a bunch of freebies linked for you. All you need to do is download the file to get the link. I would love a comment too!

We are reading pumpkin books this week for fiction skills and also for a nonfiction study of pumpkins.
 Let me just tell you, I love Reading A-Z. I gave it a try again this year after using it several years ago. It is so much better than it used to be and really helps me plan engaging lessons for my small groups. They also have so much other stuff for whole group and project-based learning.  This has been my biggest sanity-saver this year!
Have a great night!
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Pumpkin Week! (with a freebie)

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love all the fun themes that can be taught during this time of year. 
On Friday, my grade will be taking a trip to a pumpkin patch and I am so excited. So this week will be focused on pumpkins.

Our main comprehension skill is cause and effect so I will be using some pumpkin themed fiction books to teach this skill and I'll be throwing in some nonfiction too.

First up, I will be reading "The Littlest Pumpkin."

I have this little freebie for you to go with this book for cause and effect.

Some other pumpkin books we will be reading are below.
That's all I have for today. We had our fall festival on Friday night and I didn't get as much planned out as I would like so I am doing that today. I hope to be back soon to share some other pumpkin things we are going to be doing this week.

Have a great Sunday!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Falling for Main Idea

Main idea is such a tough skill for second graders. It seems like I can never teach it enough for my students to understand it. I've been trying to hit main idea in as many ways as I can and throw in a bit of science or social studies too. Science and social studies have been removed from our daily schedule so I am doing my best to integrate in my lessons.

I've been inspired by the changing leaves this weekend and those that have survived all the massive rain that we've had this past week. I have this great book called, "Why Do Leaves Change Color?" by
Betsy Maestro. This book is full of facts about leaves and fall. 

I decided to use this book to teach a main idea lesson. I made a pack for my mini lesson that you can view on TPT. I've included a detailed 3 page lesson plan, main idea and details posters, an anchor chart header, main idea response pages, and a main idea match. Check it out by clicking on the image below.

Leave me a comment with your email and I'll choose one person to win this pack tonight.


Congrats to Clair, Suzy Q, and Bridget! Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments!

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