Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some Pictures from the Week

Here's some of what we've been doing this week. I had lots of fun things planned but my kiddos are big talkers so transitions are taking forever. I am having a really hard time fitting everything in.

We are finishing our unit on plants. We worked a few days on a flipbook of plant parts.  First we read "From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons.

We drew a flower and wrote the function of each part underneath the flaps.

We also have been working on nouns. Today, we reviewed nouns with a group activity. Each group had 10 minutes to write down as many nouns as they could. They came up with a great deal of nouns. The aha moment of the day came during this activity. As I was walking around, I heard one of my struggling students say, "Guys, we can use the things we see around us." It was a great moment for him.

Hope you have a great Friday! This has seemed like the longest week ever and I am ready for the weekend!


  1. My kids are big talkers too!! I feel like I say a hundred times a day, "You're making yourself late to recess..... we won't have time to do the fun thing we were going to do today......" And it sort of works but not as much as I want it to!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. I find that second graders talk waaaaaaayyyyy too much until Thanksgiving or Christmas break. They seem to mature over the break to me. January is awesome! They are ready to sit, listen, read, etc.

    This year, however, I did the "fishbowl" (see Christina Bainbridge) and we practiced the right and wrong ways to read to self, buddy read, work at stations, and WOW! All I can say is WOW! I have a station patrol who checks for proper behavior when needed(those not following procedures and expectations must see me at recess). I also have volume controls and the clip up/down behavior chart going. I am THRILLED this year with behavior, stamina, and willingness to try! I do have three, no four, students who aren't falling in like hoped, but I'm still sooo blessed! I pray that your talkers will learn to whipser and focus on their work! :) We know they need to communicate, but not to the point that they disturb others. I think what has helped me this year is moving from one activity to another at least every 15-20 minutes. They just cannot be still longer than that this early in the year. Blessings to you,


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

  3. We worked on nouns this week, too. Come check out my noun song. I will be posting another noun activity we did soon.

    2B Honey Bunch

  4. Love the flower idea! How did you make it? We are doing plants and nouns next week!

  5. I took 3 pieces of drawing paper. Any size of paper will do but I used long, skinny pieces. You layer the bottom of the 3 pages and then fold over the tops. You will end up with 6 steps. I stapled the book in the middle so it stayed together. Then we drew a flower step by step, starting with the roots and described the parts. Hope that helps!

  6. Gail Gibbons books are great for science! I love the plant activity!


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