Sunday, November 27, 2011

Informational Text

Our skill for reading this coming week is "Informational Text".  Using the South Carolina standards that means my students should be able to "read and comprehend print and non-print informational text."

We will begin by creating a anchor chart similar to the one I found from Second Grade Style:


Another great resource for text features is the wealth of information from Scholastic's very own Beth Newingham.  She wrote a fantastic article on nonfiction reading resources.  She incorporated not only text features but text structure as well.  I'm going to tackle both since I've already covered text features once this year. 
I will use these "slides" to reteach text features



Then, I will use these to focus on text structure.
Finally, have you heard of textmapping?  If not, you need to go over and check out Teaching My Friends.  This activity is a great way to tie in content areas into the literacy block.  Through textmapping, students are given an article (or in this case a few pages from the Social Studies text book) and they color-code the different text features.  Another way to use this activity is to color-code questions and answers from the text as you read.  However, with limited copies, I will laminate my sheets and have the students use different colors of dry erase markers to complete their color-coding.
Text Mapping...GENIUS IDEA

Finally, I found Mastery Connect (yes, there's an app for that):
You need to check out Mastery Connect to see great assessments tied to Common Core Standards.
Mastery Connect continues to add more and more content and "ready made" assessments daily.  I plan on using some of the Mastery Connect assessment questions on text features and informational text this week on our weekly assessment.  Thank you, Mastery Connect!

How do you teach Informational Text?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving

What do you do when you only have a two day week before Thanksgiving break?  You search for some great activities to keep your students engaged, while having a little fun, too!
Are you looking for some activities, too?  Here are a few of our favorite activities from the week:
We listened to the wonderful book Thank you, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I love this book! It is one of my favorite books to share the week before Thanksgiving.   This is the story of Sarah Hale, who spent 35 years petitioning to have Thanksgiving declared a national holiday.  It is because of her perseverance that we celebrate this holiday in America today.   After reading the book, we took time discussing perseverance. Students wrote about a time when they displayed perseverance.
The Pumpkin Pack:  Pumpkin Pie for All!

For math I found The Pumpkin Pack from Runde's Room and students completed the activities in math stations.

What types of activities do you complete in the short week before Thanksgiving?