Sunday, 17 May 2015

In the Woods...

Hi Everyone,
Today, in Second Grade we finished our camping unit by learning all about forest animals.
It was great fun and we learned so much!

(like how the great-horned owl is one of the only animals who can prey on skunks because it has a terrible sense of smell and the musk doesn't affect it!!!!)

First, we read a story about Randy Raccoon and his animal friends. We talked about the meaning and made some connections to the story. 

Then, we wrote a class story about forest animals and forest fun!

We also made some crafts!

Finally, we read the animal facts cards on the Smartboard and then completed some facts sheets. 
It was great fun! I've learned that my students really respond well to non-fiction and plan to use it more next year! It's so much fun and I always learn new things too (seriously!)!

After we got our reading response, reading comprehension, stories, crafts, and facts sheets completed, we had some time for a little fun! 
(all the other aforementioned activities proved to be fun too hehe)

We played forest animal bingo, read/write the room, memory...

This was one fun pack to share with my kiddies!
Stop by soon to read all about how we camped at school too!

You can grab this pack right HERE!
It's also part of a camping bundle! Check it out right HERE!

Until next time...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Camping We Will Go!

Hello Friends,
Today, in Second Grade we went camping! 
We had so much fun learning all about the great outdoors and getting prepped for our camping at school adventure!

After we went looking for BigFoot (click HERE for link to a post about this), we decided to suit up and write some camper stories. These kiddies are not strangers to the forest! They wrote some awesome stories. As usual, I had some spelling helpers and word wall theme words at the campers disposal.

I like to give each student a baggie and lay out the templates for the crafts. They pick up what they need and put it int their bag. This way, if they don't have time to finish, they have somewhere to put their pieces. This eliminates having to store their unfinished work somewhere in class and lowers the risk of losing parts.

Sometimes I print the templates directly onto construction paper while other times I let the students choose colors. I also sometimes just make a couple of copies in different colors and let them choose their favourite. I do find it easier to print directly onto construction paper, especially for more intricate crafts like this one. 

Of course, I always display their work. This is a MUST! 

After our writer's workshop sessions, we completed some literacy centers. I combined activities from a few of my camping packs and it turned out to be great fun.

BINGO is always a FAVE!

Always important to know what we need for camping and what can stay at home!


ABC order is always fun!

Word search and word wall games were a success!

Snapshots of our little campers turned out adorable!

We had so much fun with this unit! 
Click on the pictures to check out my different Camping Packs!
They are sure to be a hit!




I'll be back soon to tell you all about our forest animals projects!
Until next time...

Monday, 11 May 2015

Beware of BigFoot!

Hi Everyone, 
It just dawned on me (4 years of blogging later) that I should begin each post with Today, in Second Grade we... You'd think because I called my blog Today, in Second Grade with the intention of readers understanding that my posts would be about what happened in my second grade classroom that day that I'd have thought of this a little sooner! But alas, I sometimes am just not that witty! 
(only sometimes though) ;)

So here goes! 
Today, in Second Grade we went on a search for BigFoot. And guess what ladies and gents...
We FOUND him!

Where and how you ask?! 
Right in the middle of our language arts lesson! 

We read a story called Beware of BigFoot (a read aloud I created just for this lesson) and then practiced our fluency and intonation with some shared reading. 

After we worked on our reading, we wrote some BigFoot adventures. These stories were GREAT!
This is a theme that the kiddies really enjoyed getting creative with!

Some of our friends were quick to finish so they got to do some extended activities.

They measured BigFoot tracks, compared footprints, and even got a snapshot of him in action!

You can check out my Beware of Bigfoot Read Aloud HERE!
You can also take a look at my Beware of Bigfoot Craftivity HERE!


Until next time...