Then and Now

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For social studies, we have been comparing and contrasting how we live now compared to how people lived 200 years ago. We have been working in a little booklet, reading, talking, and sharing stories about how different life was in the past. Some of my students can’t get over the fact that the early settlers didn’t have cell phones, air conditioning, or T.V.’s! 
I’m planning on tying this unit into a Thanksgiving unit by the end of the week.
xo
Mrs. O’Brien

What Do You Think About 2nd Grade?

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“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” -Dr. Seuss
xo
Mrs. O’Brien

Book Clubs

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An interactive reading Power Point Game
Much like any other club, our book clubs have membership cards. I allowed my students to work together and come up with group names. They decided on the Broncos (Go Denver!) and the Kids Book Club. They get their cards, review the meeting rules, and say the book club promise to each other. Then it’s time to get reading!

 

I love seeing how independent they are. They have come such a long way and really make an effort to focus, stay on task, and have amazing discussions about the books they read together. They help, teach, and learn from one another every day.


I preselect discussion cards that will allow my students to engage in a language-rich discussion about the book they have read. I change the cards depending on the genre of the book. They discuss the author’s purpose, the main idea, their favorite parts, their least favorite parts, how they would change the ending, what they learned, and so many other wonderful elements. Whoever has the microphone gets to speak while the others listen, and everyone is required to share their opinion. Sometimes they respond to the reading with writing. I created interactive reading journals that allow them to jot down any thoughts, questions, unknown words, and things they found interesting, so that they can discuss these matters with their group members. Other times they have an interactive book club meeting at the Smart Board and they discuss, write, and illustrate what they read about. Love, love, love, seeing their little minds hard at work! 
xo
Mrs. O’Brien
P.S. If you would like me to e-mail you a copy of the interactive reading journal, just e-mail me at naomi.obrien42@gmail.com


Discussion Sheets & Cards



Can You Blow a Bubble?

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Hello everyone! Today was a really fun day! I decided for our last expository piece of writing for the week, we would explain how to blow a bubble. One of my students, Alex, said, “I don’t know how to blow a bubble!” So I did what I thought was best… I brought gum to school! The kids were thrilled! We chewed and we chewed and we chewed. Then we blew and we blew and we blew.  


I did a pretty good job with my bubble. All of my students were VERY impressed.


Every good teacher knows, you can play hard, but you need to work harder. After the madness of chewing gum in class and attempting to form a bubble died down, we got down to business. The students used their background knowledge (acquired mere seconds before) to produce a rough draft of their expository writing piece. After we edited and revised our work, it was time to publish it, in our best handwriting, on a nice piece of paper.


When our writing was complete, we attached papers to colored sheets of paper and constructed pictures of ourselves blowing a bubble. Students took turns reading their work to the class and showing off their self portraits. Then we hung it up in the hall so that all of the other elementary students at our school will also know how to blow a bubble.
The great thing about my kids is that they are all very sweet and encouraging. Even my shyest students feel comfortable speaking in front of the class because of the safe community atmosphere we have constructed inside of our classroom.

 Ricco, Miranda, Jordan, Kiara, Christina, and Liya were incredible bubble makers! 

xo

Mrs. O’Brien

*No gum was swallowed during the creation of these projects. Although some accidentally got spit out onto desks during the blowing process.

Download this super cute /ew/ poem about a boy who likes to chew bubble gum, written by Lorrie L. Birchall for free!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Long-u-sound-ew-Bubble-Gum-Phonics-Poem-436815



 


A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen

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Who doesn’t love a good camping story? Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee go on a thrilling camping trip they won’t soon forget!

Tip: Review the vocabulary words from the story with your  class before reading it. You can even make up motions that the kids can do when they hear these fancy story words!

 You can also have students listen out for the many rhyming pairs they are sure to pick up on during this charming tale.

Vocabulary Words: Knolls, embers, dozy, hitch, shimmying, flowed, rapids, stranded, lo and behold, snatched, & rank

xo
Mrs. O’Brien