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Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons
I find it hard to believe that I even have time to breathe today let alone put together a blog post, but somehow I am pulling out my multi-tasking powers to get it done {Also known as... I drank a lot of caffeine and have energy to burn!!}! I always fear that I'll get too busy throughout the week and won't check back in with you all, so there's no time like the present. Today we started our poetry unit. I don't have anything put together in a pack for poetry, I just use what I find from year to year and try to hit as many different forms of poetry that I can without wanting to pull my hair out. I want my students writing poetry, but I'm more concerned about the exposure and giving them opportunities to realize that they can write in several different forms!

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Second Story Window: Daily 5 A lot of people have asked what my daily schedule looks like, so here's a little peek at how things run in my class. I'm starting by explaining how I do Daily 5 since that program gives my day its main structure. A few years ago I was teeth-gnashing, nail-biting frustrated by the lack of time I had to actually teach. The number of weeks where I had 5 uninterrupted, routine teaching days could be counted on 1 hand. Organization Welcome! Here is the view of our first grade hallway at Wayland Bonds Elementary! This year we decided to go with a camping theme. Soaring Through Second Grade: My Daily 5-ish I'm so excited to share a quick overview of my version of Daily 5{ish} with you today! It's taken me awhile because {I think} I've finally figured out (and it's only the end of the year, right), what works for me and my kids {right now!}. It's been an ever changing system, as I tweaked and figured out with the kids what works best, what keeps the flow going, and is simple for us all to manage! So here it is... I start our reading block off with a fluency read.

38 more days…but who’s counting?! Heck yes, I’m counting! {Please go back and reread that statement in your best Napoleon Dynamite heck yes voice. So much better.} 25 Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for teaching your students all about writing. The Why Behind Writers Workshops Source: The First Grade Parade First and second graders will draw inspiration from this fun-filled anchor chart about why we write.

Getting to the Core 1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mitten-Themed Activities With Me Friday I featured activities to go with Jan Brett's story The Mitten. (Scroll down for that article.) Today I want to highlight a few more popular mitten FREEBIES. ♥Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!♥: Organization ~ Read Alouds By Month & Author! Follow my blog with Bloglovin Organized By Month & Then By "Left Over" Authors Judy Blume Section Writer's Workshop Resources and Ideas The majority of time of Writing Workshop is devoted to independent writing. During this time, students are prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their pieces. Depending on the age and abilities of your students, independent writing can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 45-60 minutes. It helps to build stamina with your class, beginning with a short amount of time and building that time until they can work for up 30 minutes or more.

A Famous American Paper Bag Book Hello!! I'm finally back with a school related post! Are you all as crazy busy as I am? You can feel the tension build as we are getting closer to state testing time. If you're like me you're feeling totally optimistic that all your kiddos are going to pass with flying colors! It's kind of like this:

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