Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Study: Hi! Fly Guy and Paper Bag Book Club

When I came into Grade 2 this year, I just knew I could not teach a love of reading from the old basal readers that were on the shelf. I want my kiddos to feel successful reading chapter books. I want to introduce them to different genres. And I want to inspire a LOVE of reading using books by authors who've written a series, so that my students will seek out MORE by that author!
So began my newest 'hobby'...creating book studies...which I LOVE! I try to jam-pack the activities so that students learn various important story elements, will close read to recall information from the text, will make connections {text-to-self, etc}, and will offer opinions. They'll learn new vocabulary, decide which elements of the story can be fiction or non-fiction, and so on!

Our first book study was Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. We LOVE Fly Guy! Not only is the book engaging and funny, it is a chapter book, which gives students the much-needed feeling of success at this stage! We work on the book for about a month. At the end of our study we celebrate with Paper Bag Book Club! 
Here's a a little peek into our Hi! Fly Guy book study.
digging into the story for evidence...
Paper Bag Book Club
I saw this idea on Cara's blog, and just knew that I had to incorporate it into our program! What a great way to top off our book learning, by having a Book Club-style discussion, complete with paper bags of popcorn to enjoy!
 Hi! Fly Guy Book Study and Paper Bag Book Club
 Hi! Fly Guy Book Study and Paper Bag Book Club
 This discussion form was stapled onto the paper bag.
 LOVED hearing the discussion happening :)

 I told them they could work this group headed under the table.
 Checking the Genre wall to see what they think this story fits under.
You can find the pack here
Here are a few more! {click the pics}
 Book Studies by Anita Bremer {Mrs. Bremer's Class blog}
 Book Studies by Anita Bremer {Mrs. Bremer's Class blog}

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November Bright Ideas Round Up {Anchor Charts, Task Cards, Flashlight Friday, and More!}

Welcome to the November edition of the Bright Ideas Link Up! This one is a special one! Over the past 10 months, we have shared thousands of great ideas through our monthly Bright Ideas event. This month, we're recapping all of those great ideas from the past several months:
Use a plate rack to hold task card accordion folders!
{Read about it here}

Have students read-to-self every Friday with flashlights in the darkened classroom!
{Read about it here}

Store your anchor charts on a clothing stand, so that your students can access them whenever they need to...and it doesn't take up space in your classroom!
{Read about it here}

Use sticky notes to allow students to contribute to it...and so that you can reuse your anchor charts again and again!
{Read about it here}

Use some magnetic letters to spell NOISE. Every time your room gets noisy, take away a letter. As soon as it spells NO, there is no talking allowed!
{Read about it here}

Have students recommend books they've enjoyed using a plate holder and a 'Like' sign!
{Read about it here}

Use file holders labelled with student names for their mail-simple!
(Read about it here}
I hope that you've enjoyed these Bright Ideas! Be sure to check out the link up below for even more!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Problem/Solution and Action in the Story!!!

We have had SUCH a good time learning about story elements. After completing units on characters and setting {see post here} we discussed the problem/solution in the story and the action {verbs}.


Using Lyndsey's problem detective pack (here) srudents read short stories where the characters were faced with problems. They tried to come up with some possible solutions to the problems in the story. Their discussions were PRICELESS! :)

Action {verbs}
We used Lyndsey's verb pack (here) to focus on the action in the story. Students rotated through stations to practice learning about verbs in engaging ways.

Here students are pulling a card with an action word on it, then acting it out to see who can guess it. (Like charades.)
Here students are looking around the classroom and listing all of the verbs they see.

Students performed plays by reading the script and acting out their parts.

In this activity, students drew cards with verbs on them, then copied the word and picture and used them in sentences.

Students looked for 'Walk of Fame' style stars around the classroom.

They had to read the sentence on the star, and identify the verb in the sentence. So fun!

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