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All About Me Activities figurative language activities

spelling activities for any wordsholidays throughout the year

close reading for second grade

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first week of school activities

I hope you have a wonderful Back to School season!

Learning our Short Vowels!

Hi Friends... summer is almost coming to and end and I am ACTUALLY starting to think about my classroom and the first few weeks of school!  I basically have my first week planned out, but the second week of school we hit the ground running with content...content....content!  LOL

The first week of our reading series expects us to TEACH and REVIEW ALL.... yes... I said.. ALL...  of the short vowels.  I guess "people" expect second graders to come INTO second grade having mastered their short vowel sounds... um... nope!   Not even close. 

So I have to spend some time on getting them to master their short vowel sounds... in a SHORT amount of time!  I created this resource out of a need in my own classroom and I LOVE it... what I love about it is that it all fits beautifully into our interactive notebooks when they have completed the activity.

We start Shapin' Up or Short Vowels!!!!

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There are a few different aspects to this short vowel work.  First, the students use a workmat and create short vowel words based on a word family.  For Short A, they work on AT and AP word families.  They first build the words on their work mat using the Scrabble tiles, then they write the words they make in their mini books.  When they are done using the Scrabble tiles, I have them glue the letters in their interactive notebooks instead of throwing them in the trash.  It is just another reinforcement on mastering their short vowel sounds and blending sounds technique!

I have to say..for the most part, my entire class has a much stronger grasp on their Short Vowels when we complete this activity.  Some of my struggling readers usually need a bit more time and practice which I do in my small intervention groups using manipulatives, other types of hands-on activities, and I also add in my Short Vowel Word Family Tab-Its Book.

This is what I use with my students who struggle with learning their short vowel sounds.

short vowel activities

You can check out my Word Families Tab-Its here.... 

word family activities

Anywho... I just wanted to give you a little insight into how I teach and review short vowel sounds in the beginning of the year!

Close Reading - Biography Edition

Hi Friends… This post is going to be a quickie because I am headed out to the pool with my kiddos!  I just wanted to tell you about my newest resource!  My Close Reading Tab-Its - Biography Edition!

nonfiction close reading

 Is it a little CRAZY nutty that I am excited to go back to school to use these during my guided reading groups??!!  LOL  I cannot wait to introduce these tab-its to my new bunch of second graders! I really think they are going to love them.

What I LOVE about them is that the close reading passage has TWO different ways that it can be used.

  • It can be attached directly inside of the Tab-It booklet as the second page where it is easy accessible to the students to refer back to when they are answering their text-dependent questions.  
George Washington Carver close reading

  • The second way that it can be used is by simply adhering the close reading passage adjacent to the Tab-Its booklet in your interactive notebooks.  
nonfiction close reads

EEEEEK!  I am excited!  What do you think?  Wanna give them a try?  Head on over to my TPT Shop to pick them up… Click the image below…

biography close reading

Oh… I also just uploaded my BRAND SPANKIN' NEW

holiday activities

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Science FUN with Interactive Notebooks!

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your summer break.  I just returned home from a relaxing vacation in Punta Cana!  It was a tons of fun and I really needed the R & R :)   I actually wrote this blog post on the plane there...BUT… the flight didn't have any WIFI and I was going a little batty {like I lost a limb} without WIFI, so I decided to just write a blog post that I have been thinking about doing and uploading it when I returned home….

So…on to content!

Science… Do you follow a specific curriculum for Science?  Do you have a specific scope and sequence to follow?  We use a science program called Science 21 in my district.  It is a decent program, pretty hands on…BUT…everything is a worksheet.. UGH!  Worksheets definitely have a place in my classroom, but for science I like something a bit more interactive, which aligns with the lesson and/or experiment we are doing in class.

science activities

So I spent the better part of a month or two creating some activities to match our science curriculum that are a bit more engaging for my students and can be put into our Science Interactive Notebooks.  So I decided to create my Tab-Its aligned to our science units.  However, I wanted to make them somewhat generic enough that they could be used for different activities and for a variety of teacher needs.  Here are the Science Tab-Its Bundles that I have created so far….

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This resource below is a MEGA BUNDLE that has all of the bundles above for a deep discount!

Science Interactive Notebooks

All of my Science Tab-Its are also SOLD SEPARATELY just in case you only do only some of these units!

We actually work on the Scientific Method and complete all of the steps for four different experiments that we conduct in our classroom each year.  I made this Scienctific Method Tab-its Booklet that can be used for ANY science experiment!  Time-saving at its best…don’tcha think? J

Science Interactive Notebooks

Every year we also study the moon phases and the students actually need to learn the phases of the moon and be able to identify them, so I KNEW my littles were going to need a ton of practice with this, so in addition to all of  the other experiments and activities that we do about the moon, I used my MOON Tab-Its as an informal assessment at the conclusion of our unit .  However, it could also be used during your unit as you study the phases and the moon in general.

phases of the moon interactive notebook

Below is an image of our Moon Flip Flap Book that we complete when we are researching different facts about the moon as well!

phases of the moon

After I taught our unit on the moon, my littles were OBSESSED with outer space… and I mean OBSESSED J  They were all taking solar system book out from the library to do research on the different planets….and then….my littles said to me… “Mrs. DiGilio, can you make one of those cool tab books for the solar system?”  YES..this actually happened.. so I happily obliged J  However, I couldn’t take class time up for lessons about the solar system so I had my students complete the Solar System Tab-Its Books when they went to Work on Writing every day during Daily 5!  OH BOY… can I tell you how EXCITED they were!  Oh my goodness…HAPPY TEACHER here!   Some of them working on it for a week and it took some of them two weeks.  But I didn’t care!  They worked on their Solar System Tab-Its book each day for 20 minutes while they went to the Work on Writing Station.  Check out some of their work!  The did such a FABULOUS JOB… I even received and e-mail from a parent telling me how cool it was and that their child LOVED it J  Awww…makes me heart sing!

planets interactive notebooksolar system interactive notebook

solar system interactive notebookplanets interactive notebook

We did so many other Science AND Social Studies Tab-Its this year….Here are some images below so you can check them out.

government interactive notebook

social studies activities

So, I hope you have some time to give my Science and Social Studies Tab-It’s a try for your Interactive Notebooks this year!

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Sight Word Sleuths and a FREEBIE!

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well and rested!  Have you finished school yet?  Not me!  I have two more weeks and then the summer will begin :)

I wanted to share with you something that I have been working on this year for my classroom and I am super duper happy with the way it turned out :)  This year I had a cohort of students in my classroom that were basically non-readers.  Honestly, I have had low readers before in second grade, but non-readers…not really.  So I knew I needed to figure out how I was going to help them master their sight words and begin the process of learning how to read. 

My kiddos LOVED and I mean LOVED my Detective-Themed guided reading flip flaps this year, so I thought that I would figure out a way to help my little ones learn their sight words using a detective theme as well.  And this was born….. 

Sight Word Sleuth Tab-Its!

My little ones went CUH-RAZY for them!  Happy Teacher right here!  I think they just loved the different types of activities that they had to do and there were 6 different FIND IT scenes that changed it up with the different sight words I taught them.

I used the first 50 Fry words in this set and I am creating a second set with the next 50 Fry words, so in the end the first 100 Fry words will be covered.  Do you use the Dolch word list?  If so, they are basically the same with some exceptions and the order in which the word appears on the list.  But if you can find the word on the Dolch list…it is 99% of the time on the Fry list as well!

Here is how each Sight Word Sleuth Tab-It is organized...

On the Trace It page, the students used an ink pad and their fingerprints to trace over the large sight word and then use a colored pencil to trace over the smaller sight words.

On the Write It page, the students will write Disappearing Words using a white crayon and a marker.  They will write the sight word on the confidential file folders :) using a white crayon and color over it with a marker for the word to appear!

On the Find It page, the students will be Super Sleuth Detectives and find the 16 hidden sight words in the detective scene using a magnifying glass.  I made 6 different scenes that are rotated throughout the resource.  They LOVED this part of the booklet!

On the Spell It page, the students use Ransom Letters to spell out the sight word four times on a Tricky Sight Word Wanted Poster.
They will cut out the letters that are jumbled up and glue them in the boxes on the page.

On the Use It page, the students will use the sight word in 3 different sentences that are written on the page and then they must write their own sentence using the sight word.

Soooo… in a nutshell, I definitely feel like they mastered the sight words that we worked on and I saw them applying the words we learned in their daily writing.  That in my book is called a success. I was truly happy with the progress they made this year with their reading.  It was a lot of hard-work for them, but they did it and reaped the benefits…and became
Sight Word Super Sleuths
in the process!

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Number Sense and Decomposition of Numbers!

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you all well.

I wanted to share a little bit about how we go about digging deep into number sense in our 2nd grade classroom and the beginnings of decomposition of numbers.  Just a side note… I have been teaching second grade for 22 years straight!…I know….right!  It's a long time in one grade, but I couldn't imagine teaching another grade level.  Every year I do everything in my power to change things up and add new ideas and activities to keep everything fresh and to keep MYSELF from becoming bored!

Anywho… a few years ago, we adopted Primary Mathematics which is a Singapore Math program.  This program adoption was a pretty big leap for us in terms of the way we taught mathematics for years in our school.  Most of the concepts and skills are the same, but we REALLY dig much deeper into understanding what makes up a number and how to decompose numbers.

I always begin the year with my Story Of Booklets.  I created these booklets to help my students understand fact families up to 10 and the concept of a number bond and the part, part, whole relationship using the number bonds.  We use our magnetic ten frames and counters to help us with this skill.  Here are some images of my students working on Parts of 10.  I always start with the Story of 5 and work my way up to the Story of 10.  These booklets are a perfect way to begin the year and to help your students gain a strong understanding of fact families and decomposing numbers.

This year I had some little ones who really needed more intensive instruction on what makes up a number and next year I am going to have a similar population of students with needs as well.  So I decided I needed to create something on a little bit of a lower level for my Guided Math groups to work on each specific number up to 20.  Since I use Interactive Notebooks in my classroom, I knew I wanted to create something that they could refer back to throughout the year that could be a resource for them to use!  I just created my Number Sense Flip Flap Biggies for my interactive notebooks.

These interactive notebook Number Sense Biggies will give my students a stronger grasp on number sense so when we go deeper into decomposing numbers, they will have a better grasp of the material.  I plan on using these with my struggling math students the first two to three weeks of school during my Guided Math groups.  These Flip Flap Biggies would also work extremely well in your kindergarten and first grade classrooms as well.  My little ones will practice writing the numbers {so they aren't backwards anymore}, writing the number word, practice subitizing, writing number sentences or equations, and using a number line.

These activities are just the beginning to help my students truly understand the concept of decomposing numbers!  In about a month and half after we dig deep into numbers…my students begin doing this….

and that = a HAPPY TEACHER!

If you are interesting in checking out any of my number sense resources, click the links below.

decomposing numbers

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