Constitution Day

Hi Friends.... This year on September 17th for Constitution Day, I wanted to do something a bit different than I have done in the past.  This year, I decided to teach about Constitution Day during my Guided Reading groups by doing a close reading activity.  I felt that this was a perfect way to use a rigorous text on a wonderful topic about our history.  Prior to doing our close read on Constitution Day, I plan on showing a few short video clips about the constitution.  Here is one video that I am planning on showing....
constitution day activities

I will also use this text as well. If you click the image you can see it on Amazon.

During my Guided Reading groups, I will work on a close reading with my students on this important day in history.  We will also complete a Constitution Day Tab-Its that correlates to the close reading passage.  The students will focus on Key Details of the close reading passage by focusing on the topic of the passage and some of the main details.  The students will also engage in Vocabulary development, by using context clues and the dictionary to understand new and challenging vocabulary in the text passage.  They will also analyze the close reading passage by answering higher-level questions using text evidence from the passage.

constitution day interactive notebook

The close reading passage can be stapled inside of the Tab-Its booklet or can be glued on the adjacent page in your Interactive Notebooks.  This is the format that I have used in all of my Close Reading activities.  While these pictures show a George Washington Carver close reading, it is just to give you a frame of reference as to what the Constitution Day Close Reading will look like.

I hope you will check out my resource and help your students learn and understand the importance of this day that changed the history of our country.

constitution day activities

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Reading Street Resources for 2nd Grade

Hi Friends.... I have decided to offer my 
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Spelling Instruction throughout the Year!

Hi Friends.. I hope this post finds you well.  I am nearing the end of my summer vacation and I am sure that some of you are already back to the grind!  This summer I was on a QUEST to revamp my spelling instruction.  I wanted a little bit more variety in the activities my students were completing and I wanted it to be a bit more interactive.  

So I decided to CREATE something that my kiddos would enjoy and not get bored of.

So.... I created..

spelling activities for any words

My new Spelling Tab-Its will be placed in their Interactive Notebooks when they are completed each week.  On Monday mornings, my students copy down their new spelling words for the week. They usually copy them in their spelling notebook.  But this year, they will copy them down on the first page of the Tab-Its booklet which will be sent home for homework.  Each night they will be required to complete a different activity to work on using their spelling words.  There are 5 or 6 different activities for each day of the week so the combinations are endless.  Actually.. when I created this, I wanted to to figure out how many actual combinations I could do.  So I recruited the help of some of my upper grade blogging buddies to help me out (LOL.. I teach 2nd grade because upper grade math scares me a bit :) and they told me that there were 650 possible combinations of pages!!  How cool is that!

spelling for any words

Each week I will choose the pages that my students will work on during the week.  On Friday, there is a page for a Practice Test or the ACTUAL spelling test.  I am going to try out both for now and see which one I like better :)

If you would like to check this out, click the image below to check it out in my TPT Shop.

weekly spelling work

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All About Me Activities figurative language activities

spelling activities for any wordsholidays throughout the year

close reading for second grade

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first week of school activities

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Learning our Short Vowels!

Hi Friends... summer is almost coming to and end and I am ACTUALLY starting to think about my classroom and the first few weeks of school!  I basically have my first week planned out, but the second week of school we hit the ground running with content...content....content!  LOL

The first week of our reading series expects us to TEACH and REVIEW ALL.... yes... I said.. ALL...  of the short vowels.  I guess "people" expect second graders to come INTO second grade having mastered their short vowel sounds... um... nope!   Not even close. 

So I have to spend some time on getting them to master their short vowel sounds... in a SHORT amount of time!  I created this resource out of a need in my own classroom and I LOVE it... what I love about it is that it all fits beautifully into our interactive notebooks when they have completed the activity.

We start Shapin' Up or Short Vowels!!!!

making words

There are a few different aspects to this short vowel work.  First, the students use a workmat and create short vowel words based on a word family.  For Short A, they work on AT and AP word families.  They first build the words on their work mat using the Scrabble tiles, then they write the words they make in their mini books.  When they are done using the Scrabble tiles, I have them glue the letters in their interactive notebooks instead of throwing them in the trash.  It is just another reinforcement on mastering their short vowel sounds and blending sounds technique!

I have to say..for the most part, my entire class has a much stronger grasp on their Short Vowels when we complete this activity.  Some of my struggling readers usually need a bit more time and practice which I do in my small intervention groups using manipulatives, other types of hands-on activities, and I also add in my Short Vowel Word Family Tab-Its Book.

This is what I use with my students who struggle with learning their short vowel sounds.

short vowel activities

You can check out my Word Families Tab-Its here.... 

word family activities

Anywho... I just wanted to give you a little insight into how I teach and review short vowel sounds in the beginning of the year!

Close Reading - Biography Edition

Hi Friends… This post is going to be a quickie because I am headed out to the pool with my kiddos!  I just wanted to tell you about my newest resource!  My Close Reading Tab-Its - Biography Edition!

nonfiction close reading

 Is it a little CRAZY nutty that I am excited to go back to school to use these during my guided reading groups??!!  LOL  I cannot wait to introduce these tab-its to my new bunch of second graders! I really think they are going to love them.

What I LOVE about them is that the close reading passage has TWO different ways that it can be used.

  • It can be attached directly inside of the Tab-It booklet as the second page where it is easy accessible to the students to refer back to when they are answering their text-dependent questions.  
George Washington Carver close reading

  • The second way that it can be used is by simply adhering the close reading passage adjacent to the Tab-Its booklet in your interactive notebooks.  
nonfiction close reads

EEEEEK!  I am excited!  What do you think?  Wanna give them a try?  Head on over to my TPT Shop to pick them up… Click the image below…

biography close reading

Oh… I also just uploaded my BRAND SPANKIN' NEW

holiday activities

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Science FUN with Interactive Notebooks!

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your summer break.  I just returned home from a relaxing vacation in Punta Cana!  It was a tons of fun and I really needed the R & R :)   I actually wrote this blog post on the plane there...BUT… the flight didn't have any WIFI and I was going a little batty {like I lost a limb} without WIFI, so I decided to just write a blog post that I have been thinking about doing and uploading it when I returned home….

So…on to content!

Science… Do you follow a specific curriculum for Science?  Do you have a specific scope and sequence to follow?  We use a science program called Science 21 in my district.  It is a decent program, pretty hands on…BUT…everything is a worksheet.. UGH!  Worksheets definitely have a place in my classroom, but for science I like something a bit more interactive, which aligns with the lesson and/or experiment we are doing in class.

science activities

So I spent the better part of a month or two creating some activities to match our science curriculum that are a bit more engaging for my students and can be put into our Science Interactive Notebooks.  So I decided to create my Tab-Its aligned to our science units.  However, I wanted to make them somewhat generic enough that they could be used for different activities and for a variety of teacher needs.  Here are the Science Tab-Its Bundles that I have created so far….

Science Interactive NotebooksScience Interactive Notebooks

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This resource below is a MEGA BUNDLE that has all of the bundles above for a deep discount!

Science Interactive Notebooks

All of my Science Tab-Its are also SOLD SEPARATELY just in case you only do only some of these units!

We actually work on the Scientific Method and complete all of the steps for four different experiments that we conduct in our classroom each year.  I made this Scienctific Method Tab-its Booklet that can be used for ANY science experiment!  Time-saving at its best…don’tcha think? J

Science Interactive Notebooks

Every year we also study the moon phases and the students actually need to learn the phases of the moon and be able to identify them, so I KNEW my littles were going to need a ton of practice with this, so in addition to all of  the other experiments and activities that we do about the moon, I used my MOON Tab-Its as an informal assessment at the conclusion of our unit .  However, it could also be used during your unit as you study the phases and the moon in general.

phases of the moon interactive notebook

Below is an image of our Moon Flip Flap Book that we complete when we are researching different facts about the moon as well!

phases of the moon

After I taught our unit on the moon, my littles were OBSESSED with outer space… and I mean OBSESSED J  They were all taking solar system book out from the library to do research on the different planets….and then….my littles said to me… “Mrs. DiGilio, can you make one of those cool tab books for the solar system?”  YES..this actually happened.. so I happily obliged J  However, I couldn’t take class time up for lessons about the solar system so I had my students complete the Solar System Tab-Its Books when they went to Work on Writing every day during Daily 5!  OH BOY… can I tell you how EXCITED they were!  Oh my goodness…HAPPY TEACHER here!   Some of them working on it for a week and it took some of them two weeks.  But I didn’t care!  They worked on their Solar System Tab-Its book each day for 20 minutes while they went to the Work on Writing Station.  Check out some of their work!  The did such a FABULOUS JOB… I even received and e-mail from a parent telling me how cool it was and that their child LOVED it J  Awww…makes me heart sing!

planets interactive notebooksolar system interactive notebook

solar system interactive notebookplanets interactive notebook

We did so many other Science AND Social Studies Tab-Its this year….Here are some images below so you can check them out.

government interactive notebook

social studies activities

So, I hope you have some time to give my Science and Social Studies Tab-It’s a try for your Interactive Notebooks this year!

Thanks for dropping by :)