Thursday, April 21, 2016

Writing and Peer Editing

One thing we spend a lot of time on in Grade 2 is writing. We write narratives, opinion pieces, informative works, poetry, and more! 

One handy tool that has helped SO MUCH for both self and peer editing are these Writing Checklists!
Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.
After the 'good copies' have been completed, I have students self check, then peer edit one another's work. 
Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.
I laminated the checklists, and students use a dry erase marker to check off the items on the list that are correct...and put an X on the things that need some attention.

Students LOVE being the 'teacher'! After the editing checklists have been completed, they give the writing and lists back, and the editing process begins. They have some very amazing discussions as they show each other what can be fixed up.
Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.
Here are some of my favourites!
Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.
You can find the editing checklists {here}
Writing Checklists: Reusable editing bookmarks for peer editing and self checking.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Easter Books for Kids

It's almost Easter, and it's time to think about some fun Easter-themed books and activities!
Easter Books and Activities that focus on Sequence
 There are some fun Easter books that are PERFECT for teaching the concept of sequencing in the story. One of our favourites is
Easter Books for Kids
 The old lady is back again, swallowing various items that help to make....well I won't give it away, but it's Easter-themed :)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed...reusable story mapping chart!
Here is a picture of my sad-looking old sequencing chart from 2013. It has been thoroughly updated, and the best part is, it can be used for ANY 'Old Lady Who Swallowed' books! 
It is reusable because students affix the pictures using Velcro. 

What I like to do is hand out the pictures prior to the story, and as I read the book students who have the corresponding picture come forward to add them to the chart. This way the have to pay attention! :)

You can find the chart and pictures for every book (and more!) {here}
Activity pack for EVERY 'There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed' book in the series!

Another fun favourite Easter sequencing book is







Easter Books for Kids
 In this book, the skunk is SO excited to help the Easter bunny decorate the Easter eggs that he 'causes a stink'. Ha!

The book includes a great procedural element that describes step-by-step how to decorate Easter eggs.

Procedural Writing Activity: How to Decorate Easter Eggs
I have students write and illustrate the information in their own 'How to Decorate Easter Eggs' booklets.

It's part of a larger book study {here}
The Easter Bunny's Assistant book activities



Friday, March 04, 2016

Dr. Seuss

March is the month that is all things SEUSS!
Dr. Seuss activities
Dr. Seuss books offer lots of opportunities for students to practice phonemic awareness and phonics skills such as rhyme, alphabetical order and beginning word sounds.


Here are a few fun activities, and where to find them.
Dr. Seuss activities



Find ever MORE Dr. Seuss fun {here}!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day Activities!

It's Leap Day! 
Why is it that when a day is added to a year, it's in the winter...why can't it be in the summer??? 
Just sayin'.

Anyway, our class did a few fun Leap Day activities to celebrate. And it was extra special, since one of my students celebrates a birthday today...his 2nd...aka 8th!
FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!
We have been practicing skip counting, so this day was a great opportunity to skip count/leap around the numbers to count by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

We also made as many words as we could from LEAP DAY.
FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!

FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!

Since Leap Day is an extra day, we shared our opinions of extra things we'd like...and things we would not like more of.
FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!
 extra TV time/no extra mud
FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!

FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!
 extra ice cream/no extra brothers
FUN Leap Day activities for the classroom!
extra candy/no extra homework

You can find the activities {here}

Did you do any fun Leap Day activities today?
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