Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Reading

I LOVE to read!  During the summer I read quite a few books, but two of them were my absolute favorite. 
The first book, to further aid me in my classroom and literacy for the students, is the Daily 5, The (Second Edition): Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.  Let the literacy learning begin!
The other book, just for my pleasure, is Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon.  This book has 848 pages... GASP!  Lots and lots of Revolutionary War history woven into the story... captivating!
What book did you read this summer that was your most favorite? 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Language Arts Graphic Organizers

It's summer!  That means swimming, sunscreen, watermelon, and hot dogs.  Yet, I still find myself entrenched into teaching mode, and I am preparing worksheets for next school year.  I really want to have some worksheets, not only created by me, but ones that will be FABULOUS to look at and EASY to use for the kids.

So, I started to create worksheets for reading.  I have only created two so far, but will continue to add to them as the summer progresses.

I am really super-excited about this vocabulary worksheet!

My students really struggle with reading comprehension (as many are well-below the 2nd grade level).  I want to help them make the text-to-self connection in a simple, straightforward way.

2nd grade students must be able to ask and answer questions about the 5 W's (Who, What, Where, When, and Why and How) in order to demonstrate meaning of a text.  I created this worksheet to help them with that task.   I am LOVING the thought bubbles!!


My students must also be able to describe the structure of a story through the progression of Beginning, Middle, and End.  I created this organizer to help them with this task.  Still using the thought bubbles, which they will use to draw their thoughts.

I wanted a quick Book Response the students could do on their own and have them accountable for the AR book they are reading.  I had created this response sheet a while ago and found it in my files.


I really wanted to have an alphabetical order and dictionary worksheet that most students could complete on their own during their ELA center time.  I revamped some old worksheets I had quickly created to make them more functional and a bit more appealing to the eye.