Friday, June 16, 2017

Small-Group Math [Teacher CPR]

Increase Math Achievement with Teacher CPR! After the whole-group mini-lesson, the students meet with their FLEXIBLE readiness groups. The groups are:

  • Teacher:  Tier instruction to offer support or use this time to teach students with advanced readiness different skills. Last year, many of my 2nd graders were doing 3rd grade work.
  • Computation:  Making 10s Card Game, Fast Fact Practice, Number Bonds - Once a week, students were given a sheet with 100 computation fluency problems. Once they finished the paper, they could do puzzles or pattern blocks. They were motivated to finish! :)
  • Problem Solving: Model Drawing -- Button Cards and Bean Cards work well! They're self-checking. You can purchase them through Crystal Springs Books, I've seen them on Amazon too.

  • Review: I use technology for this station. Front is one of my favorite educational sites because it differentiates based on readiness. Plus, it gives teachers data! 

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Writing Mini-Lessons for IL

Writing Mini-Lessons for 2nd Grade:

Writing Mini-Lessons for 3rd-5th Grades:

Writing PowerPoints: 

Parts of Speech Lessons: (These are meant to be layered. Start with SN/V PowerPoint. Spend five minutes a day (or less). After students are used to this question/answer rhythm, use the Adverb PowerPoint. It still revisits SN/V. :) )

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Prediction Lesson

 A Silly, Snowy Day is a wonderful book to use to teach making predictions. T!he students enjoyed the book. Shelley wasn't exactly truthful with her parents at the end, so we had a chance to talk about the character trait of honesty.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fun Rhyming Book

This Scholastic book was written in 2005, but it's new to me. I read it to my students today, and they loved it! The electricity goes out so Charlie takes a battery from his sister's doll. He ends up being sent to time out and finally uses his imagination to play with his little sister. You can find it on YouTube, but it's one I have in my library. You might check it out online before you buy it.

It's a great book for Rounding up Rhyming Words. Students can also easily make connections. I'll definitely use this book again.

Rounding up the Rhymes
We collected words that rhyme and then crossed out words that had a different rime (spelling pattern). The words written in red are transfer words. They didn't come from the book; the students supplied those words. This is a wonderful spelling lesson.

Students then signed into and searched for Nursery Rhymes. They worked through a similar lesson with partners. See the example below. Jiddle, forn, and fen are not words. We'll talk about this in small group tomorrow. This student did a good job collecting rhyming words (except none and home) but needs to work on transferring the rime  to other words.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Writing Mini-Lessons for 2nd or 3rd Grades

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Writing is talking on paper. If a child tells you that he doesn’t know what to write about, simply respond with this statement, “That’s so sad. It looks like you won’t be talking today.” 

Simply said, write ALOUD in front of your students for about 10 minutes each day. If you don’t finish a lesson, don’t worry. Simply pick up the next day where you left off. If you add on to your writing, students will add on to their writing. If you revise your writing, students will revise theirs. These lessons can easily stretch into 60 days, and it’ll be time well spent. Essentially, we’re teaching the same concepts over and over anyway.

Take time to SHOW students what’s going on inside your head.  When I was a first-year teacher, my principal said to me after observing a math lesson, “The difference in a mathematician and a good math teacher is that a good math teacher can teach others how to teach math. You’re a good math teacher.”

I’ve always laughed about how that was a backhanded compliment, but I agree wholeheartedly with him.  I believe the same holds true for teaching writing. If writing comes naturally to you, it may be harder for you to teach others how to write. If it doesn’t, you may be the best writing teacher out there.

Regardless of how easily writing comes to you, be sure to share the thinking that goes on inside your head with kids. Well, be sure it’s school appropriate! Some things you may want to keep to yourself. It’s okay to get stuck. If that happens, let your students help you figure out what you’re going to write next.

This packet is designed to get you started writing aloud with your students. You can use the lessons as they are written, or you can modify them to best meet your students’ needs. You can use a computer with a projector, document camera, chart paper, or an overhead projector when modeling. Just be sure the students see you writing.

Friday, July 8, 2016

2nd Grade Resources

2nd Grade Resources:

I will be adding more resources to this folder over the next week or two. Be sure to check back. :)