Category Archives: English Language Arts

We Reorganized Our Classroom Library!

We are very fortunate that we have lots and lots of great books in our first/second grade classroom library.  For most of the school year, about half of our fiction books have been organized by category (Funny Books, Holiday Books…) … Continue reading

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Seeing the World Through Poet Glasses

Students in first/second grade are practicing putting on their poet glasses and viewing everyday objects and moments in their worlds through the eyes of a poet.  So far students have read poems about a pencil sharpener described as a hive of … Continue reading

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BioBuddies

The first/second grade class has completed their biography research and their amazing BioBuddy projects are hanging on the front bulletin boards in our classroom.  We shared many biographies as a class and talked a lot about both the elements of a … Continue reading

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Opinion Writing

In first/second grade writing workshop students are working on sharing their opinions and elaborating on their thinking in writing.  The class has been writing letters trying to convince judges that their favorite book should win the “S.E.S. Caldecott Moose Award.”  The writers are … Continue reading

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Our Countries of Origin

The Country of Origin Fair in first/second grade was amazing!  Students spent the past several weeks reading texts and books online to learn more about immigration and the many different people who have immigrated to the United States from many different countries, … Continue reading

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Countries of Origin Research

Students in first/second grade are researching to learn more about some of their countries of origin.  After a conversation with families, each student chose one country to focus their research and learning on.  One of the goals of this research project … Continue reading

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Writing As “Experts”

Today we wrapped up our informational writing unit in first/second grade with a writing share celebration!  Fifth grade students, who also just completed an informational writing unit, came to our classroom to share their writing.  The first/second grade students were … Continue reading

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