Sunday, January 5, 2014

Visual Plans (Jan. 5)

Okay, I have to admit that I was not looking forward to today. These Sunday blues really ruin my day but I did get quite a bit done today. I got my garage all organized, did some laundry, and finished my visual plans. Guess which took the longest? Nope, not my garage...the visual plans. They take me forever but I think they took even longer because I am still in vacation mode.

So tomorrow is supposed to be an inservice day. One of our few days to work in our classroom for the year and it might snow. Where I live, if it snows, the entire city shuts down. The roads here are extremely curvy and hilly so it is almost impossible to drive if it is snowy. Plus we usually get ice underneath the snow which makes it even worse. So, if it snows and we don't have an inservice day to get ready for the kids, I'm in trouble. I have nothing ready and my room is a mess. I was looking forward to using the day to clean up all my Christmas stuff.

So these plans are for a week where it doesn't snow. I can't decide if I want it to snow or not. I really want an inservice day but I really love snow days too. Hmm..dilemma.

This week, our main comprehension skill is drawing conclusions. I don't really see how this is any different than making an inference but I'll just go with it. Any ideas of how they are different?
Our math unit is regrouping so we will be reviewing addition and subtraction with regrouping. We will be introducing adjectives this week and practicing using them in our writing. Our unit is animal life cycles (part 1). I plan on teaching more life cycles later on.

For reading, I will be using these books for mini lessons:
For grammar and writing, I am using these books:
For unit, I am reading:

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Have a great week!
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  1. I hear you about having the Sunday blues! They're definitely setting in. Hope you enjoy your snow day if you get to have one or get a chance to get ahead if you don't. We're back tomorrow with kids so we're just jumping right in :-).

    Team V's Second Grade Fun

  2. Your visual lesson plans look great! Normally I would be having the Sunday night blues too. But we have already called off tomorrow for snow day!
    Conversations in Literacy

  3. You know, I never understood the difference between Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences either...maybe because it is second grade....? Is it more different in upper grades?! I have to jump right in tomorrow too. Ah!

  4. Wow that's a lot accomplished for a Sunday, I wish mine was as accomplished! The difference between drawing conclusions and inferencing is your own knowledge or experience. When you draw conclusions you simply find clues in the book, via text or illustations to answer a not right there question- you see a cake some balloons, the text talks about buying a gift, you conclude it's a birthday party. For inferencing you use text clues and your own knowledge or experience to come up with a logical answer. A boy makes a card for his mom in school for Valentine's Day. He brings it home and and gives it to her. Text clues are he says its the best card he has ever made, illustrations show him smiling, you can infer that he was excited or proud because those are all feelings you might have had with a similar experience. Those are very simple examples, but I hope it helps clarify. Have fun teaching drawing conclusions, it's fun to see what the kids find as clues to help answer the questions, it really helps to see where they are focusing their comprehension- illustrations, surface text or if they can dig a bit deeper.
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition


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