FEETSPEAK’S Book Study: Comprehension Activity Units

FEETSPEAK’S Book Study: Comprehension Activity Units

FEETSPEAK Book Cover
FEETSPEAK Book Cover

Here’s an Overview of FEETSPEAK’S Book Study: Comprehension Activity Units I have created and posted on my  http://eashields.com/ website. In addition to several informational posts: “Childhood Mutism” and “Helping Your Grieving Child”, there are TWELVE so far with more to be added….

I’m listing these Activity Units in the order they were published with sequential considerations in place ~ not unlike how I would present them in the classroom. You can, of course select, download, and complete them in any order.

Number One:  Story Sequence 

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 9-page Unit include:

  • a Storage Pocket
  • 32 Sequence Sentence Cards
  • 5 Answer Cards
  • 12 Blank Sequence Cards
  •  Blank Other Important Events Cards

Here’s the link: http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-story-sequence/

Number Two: Vocabulary Study

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 30-page Unit include:

  • Parts of Speech Label Cards
  • Vocabulary Storage Pocket
  • Words To Know List Template & Cards Fill~In Diagram
  • Vocabulary Word Graphic Organizer Diagram & Blank Template
  • Blank Vocabulary Word & Definition Cards
  • Vocabulary Word Lists by Chapter & Page Numbers
  • Vocabulary Word Sentences Blank Template
  • Vocabulary Words Alphabetical Order Blank Template
  • Parts of Speech 
  • Sorting Rules
  • Answer Cards
  • Noun or Verb ? Vocabulary Word Page Locations & Answer Sheets

Here’s the link:  http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-vocabulary-study/

Number Three: Pictures of Words

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 14-page Unit include:

  •   Front & Back Covers
  • An Activity Plan
  • Image Options from each Chapter
  • Other Image Option Ideas
  • Image Frame Diagram
  •  Book Page Inserts   
  • Image Frames to Use Choices

Here’s the link:   http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-pictures-of-words/

Number Four: Comprehension Organizers

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 18-page Unit include:

  • Predictions
  • Story Map
  • Story Sequence
  • Main Idea
  • Problem/Solution
  • Character Traits
  • Summary
  • Cause & Effect
  • Facts & Opinions
  • Compare & Contrast Venn Diagram

Here’s the link: http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-comprehension-organizers/

Number Five: Writing About Reading

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 20-page Unit include:

  • Activity  Plan
  • Writing Ideas
  • My Edit Checklist
  • Vocabulary List
  • Graphic Organizers  & Writing Sheets
  • Paragraph Sentences
  • Informational Text
  • Narrative Text
  • Single Opinion
  • Compare & Contrast

Here’s the link:  http://eashields.com/writing-about-reading-feetspeak/

Number Six: Character Profiles

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 20-page Unit include:

  • Character Traits Organizer
  • Character Traits List
  • Character Traits’ Map Diagram & Blank Template
  • Character Traits Table
  • A Character Development Diagram & Blank Template
  • Character Chronicles
  • Front/Back Covers/ Think Sheet / SPOTLIGHT Blank Template

Here’s the link:   http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-character-profiles/

Number Seven: I Speak A Little French

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 21-page Unit include:

  • Map of France with Short Overview
  • Bordering Countries & Bodies of Water Activity List
  • French Culture Pages
  • Alsace Overview
  • Alsace Activity Images
  • French & English Word Sort Mat
  • French Words/Phrases Cards with a Storage Pocket
  • English Words/Phrases Cards with Answer Card
  • French Pronunciation Guide
  • Blank Words & Phrases Cards
  • Words & Phrases Book Cover with Page Inserts

Here’s the link:   http://eashields.com/i-speak-a-little-french/

Number Eight: Cinnamon Speaks

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 20-page Unit include:

  • BODY LANGUAGE  : Facial Expressions List & Labels
  • BODY LANGUAGE : Hand Gestures List &  Labels
  • SHOE  TALK : Info Sheet / Shelves & Shoes & Labels
  • CINNAMON  SPEAKS :  Short Story Fill-In Template

Here’s the link:    http://eashields.com/cinnamon-speaks/

Number Nine: Animal Antics

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 15-page Unit include:

  • Activity Plan
  • Storage Pocket
  • Animal Images
  • Animal Names & Page Number Clues
  • Animal Talk
  • Page Clue Answers
  • Sample Animal Antics Page

Here’s the link: http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-animal-antics/

Number Ten: Nature Views

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 26-page Unit include:

  • Activity Plan
  • Nature Views Storage Pocket
  • Category Labels
  • Settings by Chapters
  • Nature Views Photos
  • NATURE  VIEWS’ Sample Chapter 7 Page Insert
  • Category Answer Sheets
  • Photos by Chapters Answer Sheets

Here’s the link:  http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-nature-views/

Number Eleven: A Rainbow of Colors

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 42-page Unit include:

  • Activities Sequence
  • Color Palettes
  • Coloring Words
  • Chapters 1 ~ 11 Lists
  • Chapters 1 ~ 11  List Answers
  • Blank Color Page Template

Here’s the link:   http://eashields.com/a-rainbow-of-colors/

Number Twelve: A Story Quilt of Themes & Threads

The ACTIVITY CONTENTS of this 40-page Unit include:

  • Activity  Plan
  • Story Quilt Storage Pocket
  • 24 Theme/Thread Vocabulary Words & Synonyms Cards
  • Theme/Thread Vocabulary Words & Synonyms Answer Sheet
  • Story Quilt Square Templates
  • Story Quilt Square Diagram
  • 22 Story Quilt Square Samples

Here’s the link:    http://eashields.com/feetspeaks-story-quilt-themes-threads/

A Few More Notes…

Most of the Activities’ Material Needs are: card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, and colors. Additional Idea & Suggestions are included for completing each Activity.

Several more Book Study Activity Units for FEETSPEAK are in developmental stages…

You can access an Overview Post of FEETSPEAK by clicking on this link: HOT OFF THE PRESS: FEETSPEAK!

Again, please visit my author’s website for Book One of my I AM A CHILD Trilogy: FEETSPEAK.

Here’s the link: http://eashields.com/

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CLAMDIGGERS’ SUMMER GAMES: Vocabulary Study for Grade Levels 3 ~ 6

How about learning a new vocabulary word or two every day this Summer?!?

CLAMDiggers'Summer Vocabulary Games

CLAMDIGGER’S Summer Games: Vocabulary Study for Grade Levels 3-6 is here to help you do just that…

AND have fun while doing it!!!

A WORD Can Be Many WORDS

A Word can be named as a Part of Speech and/or several Parts of Speech:

  • nouns & pronouns
  • verbs
  • adverbs & adjectives
  • articles
  • prepositions & conjunctions
  • and, Oh ! ~interjections

It can, also, be:

  • a Synonym and/or an Antonym
  • a Contraction or a Compound Word
  • a Homophone
  • a Homonym
  • a Heteronym

You can, also, add letters to the beginning and/or ending of a Word to change its meaning. These are known as Prefixes and Suffixes.

Need  a fun way to introduce some of these Vocabulary Elements? An engaging, colorful book sprinkled with humor is perfect.

BLB’s Library has a Resource for you:

Vocabulary Study Book Lists for Engaging Grade Levels 3 ~ 6

If you are willing to increase your Vocabulary ~ as you should ~ you are going to enjoy quite a few benefits.

New Vocabulary Is Brain Food

Adding new words to your Vocabulary has quite a few perks.

It improves your  communication skills:

  • LISTENING ~ Language Acquisition
  • SPEAKING ~ Idea Development
  • READING ~ Comprehension & Word Recognition
  • WRITING ~ Expression & Grammatical Accuracy

It helps you to think and learn about the world.

It allows you greater access to new information.

AND ~~~~ it increases your intelligence!

Yes~ YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY!!!

Here’s more information on that mind-bending subject:

https://vocabularyzone.com/undeniable-link-vocabulary-iq/

The wonderful website Reading Rockets has a LOT of information and resources regarding the Value and Teaching of Vocabulary. Click to read:

https://www.readingrockets.org/reading-topics/vocabulary

You Can Help Your Child Increase Their Vocabulary

There are quite a few websites LOADED with fun & easy ideas for helping your child learn New Vocabulary.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/how-to-build-childs-vocabulary

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/vocabulary-instruction-teaching-tips-rebecca-alber

https://www.giftedguru.com/21_ideas_for_teaching_vocabulary/

https://imaginationsoup.net/teaching-kids-new-vocabulary-at-home/

https://bedrocklearning.org/blog/21-fun-ways-to-improve-your-childs-vocabulary/

And I have created several interactive, hands-on Games and Activities for learning the Vocabulary Words your child will be seeing, hearing, reading, and writing according to his/her current Grade Level.

CLAMDIGGER’S Summer Games for Boosting Vocabulary

Each of these Summer-themed Games contains Grade-Level Specific Vocabulary Word Lists collected from frequently cited reading texts ~ fictional and informational as well as academic terms used in the classroom on a daily basis.

The 7 games included follow Bloom’s Taxonomy sequence for increasing Critical Thinking Skills: 

  • The Vocabulary Guide presents a review of grammatical terms used to identify the components of Words ~ KNOWLEDGE.
  • Specific Game Sorts allows the learner to understand how each word follows certain rules  ~ COMPREHENSION by organizing, summarizing, translating & describing the wide range of categories Vocabulary Words can share.
  • Specific Word Activities provides opportunities for the learner to take what s/he knows & use it ~ APPLICATION of learned content to produce solutions  in a variety of problems.
  • Word Part Specific Charts, Lists & Tables enables the learner to use Critical Thinking  Skills for ~ ANALYSIS of learned Vocabulary Words into components by recognizing  the relationships of their different and/or similar elements.
  • Additional Vocabulary List gives the learner connections for making unknown words known ~SYNTHESIS of these diverse elements for building and strengthening Vocabulary acquisition.
  • And prepares the learner for ~ EVALUATION, then, provides opportunities for making judgements on newer, unknown Words by using the Skills attained from following the above sequence.

A Grade-Level Specific Literature List ~ see above BLB Resource Library link~ along with a general Lesson Plan are included.

A variety of Word categories are explored with each Vocabulary Word groups.

Vocabulary Word Groupings

These Summer-themed Vocabulary-Boosting Games cover the following Word Elements: 

  • Summer Blooms: Nouns & Verbs
  • Pool Party: Adjectives & Adverbs
  • Summer Fruit Basket: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words
  • Under The Sea: Synonyms & Antonyms
  • Sandcastles: Summer Compound Words
  • Summer Vocabulary Words Study: Third-30 words/Fourth-40 words/Fifth-50 words
  • Third-Contractions/Fourth-Homophones/Fifth-Heteronyms

And each of these Categories includes several components.

Vocabulary Word List Game Components

Each Game Unit includes these components:

  • Colorful Sort Mat Image
  • Matching Game Pieces
  • Storage Pocket with How-To-Play Directions
  • Fill-In Lists & Answer Sheets
  • A different Extension Activity per Game Unit with its Answer Sheet

Now, onto the Grade-Level Specific Summer Games with their TeachersPayTeachers Product links….

SUMMER GAMES: Boosting Third Grade~Level Vocabulary

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SUMMER-GAMES-Boosting-3rd-Grade-Level-Vocabulary-6944754

SUMMER GAMES: Boosting Fourth Grade~Level Vocabulary

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SUMMER-GAMES-Boosting-Fourth-Grade-Level-Vocabulary-6944778

SUMMER GAMES: Boosting Fourth Grade~Level Vocabulary

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SUMMER-GAMES-Boosting-Fifth-Grade-Level-Vocabulary-6944813

SUMMER GAMES: Boosting Sixth Grade~Level Vocabulary

This one is a Freebie!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SUMMER-GAMES-Boosting-Sixth-Grade-Level-Vocabulary-6948865

Oh ~ and remember I compiled CLAMDIGGERS’ Summer Literacy Enrichment Collection for you and yours.

Here’s the Overview link:

CLAMDIGGERS’ Summer Literacy Enrichment Collection

AAAAAAND~ I created a TpT Summer Activities Calendar entitled CLAMDIGGERS Summer Celebration Calendars to keep you and your BIZZY all Summer long!

Click here:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-Summer-Celebration-Calendars-6831968

Make this a Summer of Literacy Learning FUN!!!

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CLAMDIGGERS: March Literacy Enrichment Collection

 WELCOME

TO:

CLAMDIGGERS: March’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen. ~ Frances Burnett

March is filled with mystery. And some of its mystery is written in the whirling winds, changing from Winter to Spring.

This Mysterious Month encourages your Imagination to create a tale or two, observes Windy Weather, celebrates the Green of another Spring, and/or engages that sense of Humor you may have lost inside Winter’s cave.

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in March’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at March’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ March Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

March’s six poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-March-Poetry-Posters-6581788 

Use Your Imagination

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. ~ Dr. Seuss

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  March Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 42-page unit entitled Use Your Imagination.  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Use Your Imagination: A Guide in a personal journal format for recording “your fantastic ideas” with graphic organizers & “curiosity queries”.
  • Let’s Write A Script with templates for a storyboard, playbook covers & script pages.
  • Triangular Prism Diorama Sets with directions for constructing stage sets.

General Supply List: card-stock,printing paper, lined/unlined blank page inserts, binding, laminate, dry erase markers, construction paper, decorative papers, ruler, scissors,  glue, hole punch, markers, stapler

You can access the Use Your Imagination unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Use-Your-Imagination-6581911

Windy Weather

The wind said, ” You know I am the result of forces beyond my control”. ~A.R. Ammons

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 26-page unit entitled Windy Weather. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Wind ~ Wise includes informative text with a Comprehension & Vocabulary Fill-In component
  • Wind Power has a Positive & Negative comparison Match Chart as a lead-in for a Book with a Page Insert Template
  • Wind Catcher with instructions & a Diagram for creating an outdoor Wind Catcher
  • Wind Vane is a multiple activity with directions & a Diagram for constructing an outdoor Wind Vane as a tool for gathering data to fill-in a Wind & Weather Data Log table

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  binding materials, pencil, colors, scissors, ruler, glue, specific Wind Catcher & Wind Vane construction materials

You can access the Windy Weather unit by  clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Windy-Weather-6582041

A Wee Bit O’ Green

Nature’s first green is gold. ~ Robert Frost

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   20-page unit entitled A Wee Bit O’ Green. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Better Than Gold Poster with directions, images & Better Than Gold ideas for creating a Leprechaun/Rainbow-themed visual
  •  A Book O’ Green includes page templates & answers for categorizing all things green

General Supply List: poster board, card-stock, printing paper, paper scraps, markers, green pens, reference materials

You can access the A Wee Bit O’ Green unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Wee-Bit-O-Green-6582107

Spring Into Spring

Spring-an experience in immortality. ~ H.D. Thoreau

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is an 20-page unit entitled Spring Into Spring.  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Sprout A Mini Garden  includes instructions with a materials list for starting seeds to plant in your Spring/Summer garden
  • Watch It Grow Flip~Book with directions for converting your observation log into a flip-book
  • Nature~Watchers’ Spring Journal is a book & vocabulary template with page inserts for recording the changes in plant & animal life in Spring

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding materials, seedling starter cups (egg cartons, cardboard rolls, etc.), soil, seeds, craft sticks

You can access the Spring Into Spring unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Into-Spring-6582174

HUMOR: Now THAT’S Funny!

Humor is humankind’s greatest blessing. ~ Mark Twain

Week Five of CLAMDiggers: March Literacy Enrichment Collection is an 41-page unit entitled HUMOR: Now THAT’S Funny!  As a lead-in to  April Fools Day,  it contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • A Comedian’s Handbook: Helpful Hints  is a 24-page informative booklet with front/back covers and includes presentation ideas.
  • SOOOO FUNNY! : My Favorite Jokes & Riddles  has a category list for you to include as you construct a book of your favs to share.
  • Create  Cartoon Strip has dialogue templates and a sample cartoon frame to use for your new cartoon series.

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding materials,  pencil, notebook paper, cartoon strips, adding machine tape. construction paper

You can access the HUMOR unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HUMOR-Now-THATS-Funny-6582236

 How About a Bundle ?!?

You can  access CLAMDiggers:  March Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 5-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIggers-March-A-5-Unit-Bundle-6582428

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

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CLAMDiggers: November’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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 TO:

CLAMDIGGERS: NOVEMBER’S LITERACY ENRICHMENT COLLECTION

You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got. ~ V. King

Crisp November is a  month full of creativity, discovery, and gratitude. CLAMDiggers: November’s Literacy Enrichment Collection includes four of these events:

  • Engaging in an Autumn Fantasy
  • Exploring Long Ago to Modern Day
  • Discovering the Influence of Our Native Americans
  • Preparing for Giving Thanks

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at November’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ November Poetry

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

November’s five poems are printed onto five thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-November-Poetry-Posters-6120613

Autumn Fantasy

Let cheerfulness abound with industry. ~ R.L. Stevenson

CLMDgrsNov: Autumn Fantasy
CLMDgrsNov: Autumn Fantasy

 Week One of CLAMDiggers’ November Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 22-page unit entitled Autumn Fantasy . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit: AutumnFantasyProducts
Autumn Fantasy: Dancing Scarecrow, Barnyard Hoedown Diorama + Music Maker

  • DANCING SCARECROW: Template with Construction Instructions
  • MUSIC MAKER; Construction Instructions
  • BARNYARD HOE~DOWN DIORAMA: Farm Animal Templates with Construction Instructions

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, wallpaper, decorative papers, craft paper, construction paper, open diorama box, yarn, raffia, paper plates, large craft stick, dried beans, colors, glue, stapler, scissors

You can access the Autumn Fantasy unit by clicking on the link below:

  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autumn-Fantasy-6120722

Then And Now

Change is the law of life. ~ J.F. Kennedy

CLMDgrsNov: Then and Now
CLMDgrsNov: Then and Now

Week Two of CLAMDigger’s November Literacy Enrichment Colllection is a  55-page unit entitled Then And Now . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit: Then and Now Products
Long Ago to Modern Day: Card Match and Vocabulary Game, Mini-Info Book Connecting the Past with the Present + Toys Will Be Toys Informational Text

  • LONG AGO TO MODERN DAY: A Card Match & Vocabulary Game
  • FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT: A Mini-Info Book Connecting the Past with the Present
  • TOYS WILL BE TOYS: Comparing & Contrasting Long Ago & Modern Day Toys Using Informative Text

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding material, pencil, colors,  rubber bands, scissors, highlighter, fine-point marker, dry-erase marker,

You can access the Then And Now unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Then-and-Now-6120874

Native Americans

Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live. ~Sioux Prayer

CLMDgrsNov: Native Americans
CLMDgrsNov: Native Americans

Week Three of CLAMDiggers’ November Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   25-page unit entitled Native Americans. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit:Native AmericansProducts
Native American Words We Use Match Game, Fill-In Comprehension, Sacred Animal Sand Painting + Dream Catcher

  • NATIVE AMERICAN WORDS WE USE: Photo & Vocabulary Match Game with Fill-In Comprehension Activity
  • SACRED ANIMAL TOTEM SAND PAINTING :Some Animal Images with Construction Instructions
  • DREAM CATCHER: Construction Instructions

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, glues, scissors, dictionary, colored sand, paintbrushes, small bowls, beads, feathers, yarn, paper plate, glitz

You can access the Native Americans unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Native-Americans-6120967

Giving Thanks

Take a rest; the field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

CLMDgrsNov: Giving Thanks
CLMDgrsNov: Giving Thanks

Week Four of CLAMDiggers’ November Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 20-page unit entitled Giving Thanks. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit: Giving Thanks Products2
Giving Thanks Wreath + Giving Thanks Placecards

  • LET US GIVE THANKS WREATH
  • LET US GIVE THANKS PLACE~CARDS

CLMDgrsNovUnit: Giving Thanks Products1
Giving Thanks Mini Poster + Placecards

  • LET US GIVE THANKS MINI POSTER

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, dry bean soup mix, heavy-weight paper plates, raffia, tacky glue, pencil, 8 X 10 picture frame, colors, scissors

You can access the Giving Thanks unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Giving-Thanks-6121058

 

You can  access CLAMDiggers’  November Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-November-A-4-Unit-Bundle-6121225

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

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CLAMDiggers: October’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDIGGERS: October’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

The wind walks wildly in the trees tonight. ~ JT Stickney

Mysterious October is a  month full of exploration, discovery, color, and imagination. CLAMDIGGERS: October’s Literacy Enrichment Collection includes four of these events:

  • Celebrating Country & City Pets
  • Discovering Old World Explorations
  • Learning & Applying Healthy Nutrition
  • Enjoying the Fun of Halloween

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • A thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at October’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ October Poetry

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

October’s five poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-October-Poetry-Posters-6022128

We LOVE Pets

Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot

CLMDgrsOct:We Love Pets
CLMDgrsOct: We Love Pets

 Week One of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 30-page unit entitled We LOVE Pets . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Pets Care Manual
Oct:Pets Care Manual

  • COUNTRY PETS / CITY PETS: A PET~CARE MANUAL

Oct: Pets Poster Parade
Oct: Pets Poster Parade

  • SHOW & TELL PET PARADE

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, glue- stick,  scissors, binding materials, reference materials, envelopes/stamps, poster board, pet photos, mementos

You can access the We LOVE Pets unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-LOVE-Pets-6022312

Old World Explorations

Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what’s beyond. ~Buzz Aldrin

CLMDgrsOct: Old World Explorations
CLMDgrsOct: Old World Explorations

Week Two of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Colllection is a  53-page unit entitled Old World Explorations . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Ship & Game Cards
Oct: Ship & Game Cards

  • SETTING SAIL: Parts & Provisions of the Seafaring Vessel

Oct: Game Board
Oct: Game Board

  • INTO THE NEW WORLD: An Exploration Board Game

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors,  rubber bands, scissors, glue stick, tape/stapler, blue poster board, blue & green paint chips, ziploc, die, game-player movers, treasures

You can access the Old World Explorations unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Old-World-Explorations-6022465

Healthy Body! Healthy Brain!: A Nutrition Guide

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn

CLMDgrsOct: A Nutrition Guide
CLMDgrsOct: A Nutrition Guide

Week Three of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   42-page unit entitled Healthy Body! Healthy Brain! : A Nutrition Guide. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Nutrition Food Groups
Oct: Nutrition Food Groups

  • YES, YES, YES, PLEASE! 4 BAGS FULL!

Oct: Nutrition Menus, Servings & Recipes
Oct: Nutrition Menus, Servings & Recipes

  • EVERY DAY I NEED TO EAT…..
  • FOLLOW THE FOOD GROUPS RECIPES

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, glue-stick, scissors, reference materials, dry erase marker, hole punch, O-ring, food photos/images 

You can access Healthy Body! Healthy Brain! : A Nutrition Guide unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Healthy-Body-Healthy-Brain-A-Nutrition-Guide-6025336

Boos & Hisses ! It’s Halloween!

Boos and Hisses need Chocolate Kisses.~BLB

CLMDgrsOct: Halloween
CLMDgrsOct: Halloween

Week Four of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 47-page unit entitled Boos & Hisses! It’s Halloween !  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Pumpkins
Oct: Pumpkins

  • HANGING PUMPKIN PATCH

Oct: Halloween Party
Oct: Halloween Party

  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARTY!

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, recyclable paper shreds, straw-colored raffia, string, ribbon, yarn, pencil/pen, envelopes/stamps

You can access the Boos & Hisses! It’s Halloween! unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BOOS-and-HISSES-Its-Halloween-6025457

 

You can  access CLAMDiggers’  October Literacy Enrichment units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-October-A-4-Unit-Bundle-6025631

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

Just fill in the Contact Me form below. You will NOT be subscribing. 

Otherwise, fill in the BLB Exclusive form as a FREE subscriber!

 

Copyright©2020BizzyLizzyBiz

 

CLAMDiggers: September’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDiggers: September’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ~A. Szent-Gyorgi

September is such a dynamic month full of celebration and changes. CLAMDIGGERS: September’s Literacy Enrichment Collection includes five of these events:

  • Appreciating our Community of Helpers
  • Preparing for Back to School
  • Celebrating our Grandparents
  • Observing the changes of Autumn
  • Exploring the wonderful world of Apples

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • A thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at September’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ September Poetry

CLMDgrsSept~Poetry Posters

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

September’s six poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-September-Poetry-Posters-5901886

A Community of Helpers

Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

CLMDgrsSept ~ A Community of Helpers
CLMDgrsSept ~ A Community of Helpers

The 25-page unit of A Community of Helpers contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • HATS, TOOLS & VEHICLES: A Community Helper’s Helpers Sort Game
  • LABOR DAY CELEBRITIES FILL-IN CARDS
  • INTERVIEW WITH A COMMUNITY HELPER

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A Community of Helpers

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, highlighters, scissors, binding materials, clipboard

You can access the A Community of Helpers unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Community-of-Helpers-5902019

Back to School

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~ J. Thurber

CLMDgrsSept~Back to School
CLMDgrsSept~Back to School

The 27-page unit of Back To School contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • MY SCHOOL TOOLS
  • I CAN MAKE MY LUNCH FOR SCHOOL*
  • WHAT’S IN MY BACKPACK
  • I AM READY FOR SCHOOL

*Click on this link in BLB’s Shop for an effective Resource Product to further engage your child’s “Lunch Production”:

It’s Lunch Packin’ Time! (Kids Can Help Pack Their Lunches)

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Back To School

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, fine-point dry erase marker, scissors, glue stick, tape/stapler, hole punch, O-ring,  binding materials

You can access the Back To School unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-To-School-5902175

 Hooray ! It’s Grandparents’ Day !

Nothing makes a child as smart as having grandparents. ~ F.P. Jones

CLMDgrsSept ~ Grandparents' Day!
CLMDgrsSept ~ Grandparents’ Day!

The 20-page unit of Hooray ! It’s Grandparents’ Day ! contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • MEMORY ACCORDION BOOK
  • HUG CARD
  • LOVE COUPONS BOOKLET

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Hooray! It’s Grandparents’ Day!

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, photos,  construction paper, decorative paper, pencil, colors, ruler, glue stick, glue, tape, scissors, binding materials, ribbon, yarn, filler, raffia, glitz, stickers, embellishments

You can access Hooray! It’s Grandparents’ Day! unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hooray-Its-Grandparents-Day-5902416

Autumn Comes

And softly thro’ the altered air hurries a timid leaf. ~ E. Dickinson

CLMDgrsSept ~ Autumn Comes
CLMDgrsSept ~ Autumn Comes

The 27-page unit of Autumn Comes contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • AUTUMN TREES SORT: Trees, Leaves, Seeds / Nuts & Berries
  • AUTUMN LEAF SUN CATCHER
  • NATURE ~ WATCHER’S AUTUMN JOURNAL

CLMDgrsSeptAutProductfoto
Autumn Comes

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, wax paper, clear contact paper, pencil, colors, tacky glue, scissors, rubber bands, binding materials, hole punch, O-ring, string/raffia/yarn

You can access the Autumn Comes unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autumn-Comes-5902534

A Bushel of Apples

Johnny Appleseed is my hero ~ BLB

CLMDgrsSept ~ A Bushel of Apples
CLMDgrsSept ~ A Bushel of Apples

The 62-page unit of A Bushel of Apples contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • APPLEPEDIA: A 28-Page Interactive Reference of Apple Information, Organizers, Diagrams & Templates
  • A BASKET OF APPLES
  • TWO DOZEN APPLES BOOK COVER & PAGES INSERT TEMPLATE
  • APPLE EATS

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A Bushel of Apples

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, green poster board, pencil, colors, scissors, glue, stapler, rubber band, detachable gummy stick-um,  binding materials,  hole punch, O-ring

You can access A Bushel of Apples unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Bushel-of-Apples-5902626

 

 

You can  access CLAMDiggers’ September units individually or as a 5-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-September-Bundle-5903284

 

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

Just fill in the Contact Me form below. You will NOT be subscribing. 

Otherwise, fill in the BLB Exclusive form as a FREE subscriber!

 


Copyright©2020BizzyLizzyBiz

 

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

This is the CLAMDiggers’ Enrichment Program Overview!

CLAMDiggers Overview

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his/her might that which s/he desires. ~Paulo Coelho

I am very excited to share CLAMDiggers: a 52~week, cross-curricular, enrichment, and  interactive program I developed from my teaching and learning experiences with children, ages 8~11 years-old.

They always encouraged and inspired hands-on activities with readily available materials. Producing projects, such as games, books, sculptures, puppets, skits, paintings, food, keepsakes, etc. enhanced not only the learning process propelled by children’s love of an engaging read, but also, stimulated their creative skills in critical thinking, problem solving, visual & spatial reasoning, etc.

In the Beginning…

In the Classroom-Ludi
In the Classroom-Ludi

CLAMDiggers was originally developed as a classroom enrichment program and/or an after-school activity club for children, ages 8-11, integrating fiction and nonfiction literature with craft-making, role-play and artistic expression.

However, given the changing landscape of education, I tweaked and edited each Unit’s activities to make them more tech-friendly and accessible. Their priority remains as an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Initially formatted for a classroom teacher, I re-worded Activity Directions into an Upper Elementary Independent Reading Level. The Lesson Plan is written as a guide for teaching reading comprehension within the thematic trade book selection list.

 An Educational Overview

Building Cognitive Skills with CLAMDiggers-Hires
Building Cognitive Skills with CLAMDiggers-Hires

CLAMDiggers is designed to build Cognitive Skills through Critical Thinking.

While promoting the ongoing development of a child’s eagerness to explore the accomplishments of creative production through manipulative experiences, CLAMdiggers:

  • cultivates an appreciation for appropriate children’s literature using a thematic approach
  • addresses cross-curriculum objectives throughout each lesson for analysis, synthesis and evaluation
  • inspires creative production using a variety of art media
  • provides opportunities for extension and enrichment within the framework of each session
  • increases an understanding of the global community on both physical and cultural levels

The impact of CLAMDiggers is immediate and expansive, as each child internalizes the confidence to express imaginative responses.

CLAMDiggers’ Format

CLAMDiggers' Format-Canva
CLAMDiggers’ Format-Canva

This labor of love of mine is assembled into seasonal / monthly / weekly collections (Summer, too) and formatted to correspond with educational guidelines. Each session includes:

 An  Introduction with an Instructional Sequence

The Unit’s Introductory Overview includes a suggested Instructional Sequence for integrating the fiction and nonfiction, Thematic Literature, grade-level  trade books listed  with the Haptic Activities included.

Master Materials & Literature Books Lists

The Unit’s Master Materials List is a complete inventory of each Activity’s necessary supplies for completion. Substitution ideas are, also, included. The Unit’s Thematic Literature List is compiled of titles I successfully used in the classroom. Children predictably and positively responded to these 10-12  reads. There are spaces for you to lists your choices as well.

A Lesson Plan with Curriculum Objectives

Each Lesson Plan generally focuses on  ideas for utilizing a variety of Comprehension Elements within the Literature reads. It, also, provides the Objectives the specific session will address. These Curriculum guidelines are designated in abbreviations: LA (Language Arts), MTH (Math), SS (Social Studies), SC (Science), HLTH (Health), A (Art), M (Music) & PE (Physical Education). The Activities/Projects are listed as well.

Activities/Projects with Directions, Illustrations, Templates & Extensions

Directions for the Activity or Project have been sequentially tested for understanding. I know how LITERAL  children can be, especially with Hands-On tasks. Some illustrations and templates may be included for, hopefully, easier modelling and tracer accessibility. Extension ideas at the conclusion of each Activity/Project will give you and your child more possibilities for enrichment.

Seasonal & Monthly Studies

CLAMDiggers' Invitation for Study--Atlantamomoffive
CLAMDiggers’ Invitation for Study-Atlantamomoffive

Each Seasonal collection of Literature Study & Activity/Project options includes opportunities to:

  • celebrate Nature’s seasonal changes
  • investigate weather patterns
  • observe the sky’s phenomena
  • explore a variety of animals
  • discover plant-life

Monthly Units have a collection of mini- poetry posters to introduce a focus on the content of the different lessons within each weekly session. They may include connections to:

  • celebrate holidays & special occasions
  • examine historical events
  • research social environments
  • create plays & games
  • apply critical thinking skills for problem solving
  • use imagination for expression

Here’s Condensed Contents List of the CLAMDiggers’ Seasonal & Monthly Main Ideas:

JANUARY: Nature in Winter/Snow/Civil Rights/Hibernation

FEBRUARY: Asian New Year/Valentines/Friendship/US Presidents

MARCH: Dr Seuss & Imagination/Windy Weather/A Wee Bit O’ Green/Spring Into Spring/Humor

 APRIL: Fairy Tales/Clouds & Rain/Earth Day Everyday/Arbor Day: A Celebration of Trees

 MAY: Mothers’ Day/Baby Animals/Bicycles & Safety/Neighbors in the Neighborhood/Let’s Have a Picnic 

JUNE: The Sun/Fathers’ Day/Backyard Summer Fun/Going on Vacation

JULY: Independence Day/Summer Nights: Moon & Stars/Tall Tales & Legends/Fun in the Water: Oceans, Lakes & Rivers 

AUGUST: Spotlight/Insects/I’m Bored ! Daydreams & Mysteries/ Inventions: Machines & Robotics

 SEPTEMBER: A Community of Helpers/Back to School/ Grandparents/Autumn Comes/A Bushel Of Apples 

OCTOBER: We Love Pets !/Old World Explorations/Nutrition Guide/ Boos & Hisses ! It’s Halloween! 

NOVEMBER: Autumn Fantasy/Then & Now/Native Americans/ Giving Thanks 

DECEMBER: An Early American Christmas/Oh! Christmas Tree!/ Santa & His Reindeer/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year

Weekly Unit Components

Weekly Literature-Canva
Weekly Literature-Canva

Each weekly unit, or session includes the following components:

  • front & back covers
  • a contents list
  • introductory sequence overview
  • master materials activities list
  • thematic literature book list
  • lesson plan
  • one-four activities with sequential instructions & extension ideas

Crafts, Literature & More

Crafts, Literature & More-Hermann
Crafts, Literature & More-Hermann

You can utilize CLAMDiggers’ enrichment program in a variety of ways:

  • a Home-School enrichment program
  • an hour after-school club session introduced with a teacher-read trade book and guided activity
  • a several hours mini “workshop” with your child or several children partner-reading several trade books, electing a teacher-read book and producing activity (ies)
  • an on-going classroom, thematic DEAR with an independent and/or partner-student read, promoting a book-share, a teacher-read encouraging comprehension and culminating in project production with usage for evaluation
  • center-based tasks to include student-generated comprehension assessments in conjunction with activity production
  • cooperative group preparation of book and project presentation
  • multi-grade level student partnerships for book-shares and activity production
  • extra-credit or homework assignments to encourage parental involvement

Laminating a pocketed folder with brads or providing a notebook with dividers will help your child or children keep lessons and materials organized. A permanent black marker will enable them to title the cover.   

Book Reviews & Comprehension activities with Project Directions can be part of the folder’s contents.

Encourage your students to anecdote the Directions with questions & thoughts.  It will help generate Critical Thinking and, hopefully, facilitate Brainstorming and Creativity for Extension Activities .

CLAMDiggers’ Access

Whether selecting a few weekly units individually and/or a monthly bundle (which will include a 30-page booklet of Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension, Brainstorming & Writing), CLAMDiggers’ enrichment program for Upper Elementary Learners will be available ~hopefully~ for purchase on Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s Teachers Pay Teachers Shop several weeks before the Month’s due date. September’s Monthly/Weekly Units are first. Access to the Monthly Poetry Posters will be in the Shop as well. Here’s the link to my Shop:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mz-Bizzy-Lizzy-Biz

A Few CLAMDiggers’ Thank You Freebies

I hope this literature-based, Literacy enrichment program has caught your interest. Here are a few 10-page Freebies I created to show my appreciation. Just click on the links to open these PDFs:

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

As a parent-teacher and/or classroom teacher of children, ages 8-11, I know you and yours will find these Units engaging and fun. I would love to hear from you.

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

Just fill in the Contact Me form below. You will NOT be subscribing. 

Otherwise, fill in the BLB Exclusive form as a FREE subscriber!

Copyright©2020BizzyLizzyBiz

P.S.  HAPPY CLAMDIGGING!!!!

 

 

 

Encouraging the FLC with Your Kindergartner’s Writing Skills

This is Part 5 of the Family Literacy Circle’s Five ~ Part Kindergarten Series

Developing & engaging the Writing Skills of your 5-year-old is this post’s focus.  This complex set, yes set, of skills has several components, beginning with the growth & development of your child’s fine motor skills. This can take some time, routine, exercise & patience. As a preparation-overview for helping your child with his/her writing skills, check out the sections: “Writing Activities & The Brain” as well as “Pre-Writing Readiness” in my post, Building Your Family Literacy Circle’s Reading & Writing with Your “I AM FOUR!” Just click on the link below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/building-reading-writing-skills-with-your-preschooler/

THE FINALE~ACT FIVE : Encouraging Your Kindergartner’s Writing Skills

You may give them your love, but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Written expression offers an exciting opportunity for your child toFLC Writing Skills see how the worlds of creativity are imagined & invented.

If drawing has been, and continues to be, part of her/his communication, letter formation & words will be easier to approach.

There are many different sensory activities that can encourage this key part of his/her Literacy growth & development.

By the end of Kindergarten, your child’s writing skills should include:

  • writing upper & lower case letters
  • writing her/his first & last names in a legible, readable way
  • using letters & sounds to spell common, frequently-used  words in a legible, readable  way
  • using letters & sounds to attempt spelling less common words in a legible, readable  way
  • writing several sentences without a lot of help from an adult
  • writing responses to topics studied in school, or elsewhere
  • writing about a book s/he has read
  • writing about some of his/her life experiences

Did I just hear a large chorus of OMGs?!?

The expectations in Kindergarten are now what YOU were expected to know at the end of First grade…. Read on for the Common Core’s current list of objectives & expectations for Kindergarten…..

The USA’s Common Core Writing Expectations

From 2011  to 2012 many states & territories of the USA reviewed, adopted & began using the K-12  Common Core Standards for Language & Math in their schools. By 2018, 41 of the 50 states were using these Standard Expectations. Some states revised & re-worded  the Common Core; some states continued to use their own set of Standards. For more specific information, click on the Common Core link below, or visit your state’s website:

http://www.corestandards.org/

And the Common Core Language (Some of Them) & Writing Standards Are……

If your child will be, or is attending school in one of the “Common Core” states/territories, here is a list of Kindergarten’s  Language & Writing Standard Expectations:

Language: Standard English Conventions

  • Writes & speaks using accepted English grammar
  • Prints many upper & lowercase letters
  • Understands & uses questions words
  • Produces & expands complete sentences
  • Uses capitalization, punctuation & spelling with accuracy
  • Capitalizes the first word in a sentence and the pronoun “I”
  • Recognizes & names end punctuation with accuracy
  • Writes a letter or letters for most consonants & short-vowel sounds
  • Spells simple words they way they sound

 

Language: Vocabulary Growth & Use

  • Sorts common objects into categories
  • Shows an understanding of common verb & adjective opposites
  • Identifies real-life connections between words & their uses

 

Writing: Types & Purposes

  • Uses drawing, dictating & writing to compose an opinion about a topic or book read; an informative or explanation about a topic; a narrative about one or several events in sequential order
  • Responds to suggestions for editing writing
  • Uses digital tools to produce & publish writing
  • Participates in shared research to produce writing projects

UH HUH!!!! Of course, these are progressive developments taking place throughout the year and continuing on into First Grade.

So, let’s get them grasping that fat red pencil in a way that promotes writing!!!

Strengthening Those Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills-PatrickFore
Fine Motor Skills-PatrickFore

How are your 5 year-old’s finger grasping skills?  Does s/he:

  • Hold a pencil or crayon in a non-fisted grip?
  • Control scissors when intentionally completing a task?
  • Trace lines & basic shapes with accuracy?
  • Copy figures like a circle, square, triangle?

Parents.com has a great article listing the skills your child learned last year as a 4-year-old, either with you or in Pre-School. Check it out by clicking on the link below:

https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/physical/child-developing-motor-skills/

There are lots of FUN activities to share with your child as Fine Motor developmental tools and/or to use as warm-up exercises for pre-writing.

 It is important to remember that drawing and writing, though similar, are not the same. Painting, scribbling & drawing are important steps in the growth & development of writing. Scribbles, in particular, are the early attempts of writing words & thoughts.

A child’s eye sees letters as a combination of curved & straight lines as well as  shapes.  Drawing letters can be a start, but the end result should be automatic when writing letters.  Drawing to form  an image uses a different part of the brain than writing letters to form words.

BLB’s Resource Library includes a page on locating sites with activities & exercises for developing Fine Motor Skills in children, ages 4~6. There are, also, some sites offering free, downloadable, practice skill sheets for tracing, cutting & letter-writing. Here’s the link:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/fine-motor-skills-resource-sitesteaching-activities-exercises-for-ages-4-6/

What Are the “Stages of Writing”?

Your child’s beginning, “purposeful” writing may look like scribbling….It is, but it ISN’T to your child. Just ask. You’ll receive several sentences describing what the “writing” is saying. There may even be some random letters and, or symbols included, but they won’t represent accurate sounds to words.

In the next stage of writing ~ Letter Strings~ your child will chose legible, random letters and write them in the correct progression-left to right. S/he will read the writing back to you from top to bottom. However, the letters s/he has chosen do not correspond with the sounds in the words written.

The final stage before your child is actually connecting letters & sounds into words is when s/he copies the words s/he sees, known as Environmental Print. S/he usually doesn’t know what the words are and they don’t form a sentence.

These  important stages, when encouraged and praised, will lead to your child’s ability to construct meaningful words into sentences.

Keep reading for some tips to encourage these important early stages of writing.

Call Those Scribbles ” Writing”

Kinder Pre-Writing Stage-EfraimStochter
Kinder Pre-Writing Stage-EfraimStochter

If your child enjoys drawing and attempts to “write” about her/his pictures, take that as a positive sign! Those “scribblings” are meaningful. You can encourage your child to make those “words” say something with an interactive conversation. When given a specific answer, write it down on the picture (with permission, of course).

You can, also, have your child help you write lists and notes. Be sure to take and send them once “written”. Write notes to each other.

Make sure to include fill-able writing forms in your child’s Pretend Play scenarios.

Use colorful sticky-notes to label things around the house.  Point and use these words in your interactive writings about events, routines & descriptions.

Your child can tell you sentences to write and, then, have him/her make a drawing to go with the sentences. Make a collection book of these writings to read together. SO FUN!!!

If s/he enjoys tracing letters, numbers & shapes ~ YAY!!! If you see random letters (some from her/his name) included in his/her descriptions ~ WooHoo!! Time to set up a Writing Nook.

Setting Up A Writing Nook for Your Budding Writer

Writing Supplies-AnnCA
Writing Supplies-AnnCA

First of all, make sure your child’s writing space includes a hard surface like a lap-desk, clipboard and/or table. Organize some of these materials in containers on a shelf or stacked crates:

  • pencils- colored & regular
  • crayons- glittered & regular
  • markers- water-based, fine & regular point
  • papers- 8×11″, lined, unlined, colored & white
  • papers- large, colored construction, manilla & newsprint
  • wallpaper- murals for pic ideas & deco for book covers
  • pre-made blank books & list pads
  • dry erase board with dry erase markers
  • cookie sheet & magnetic letters
  • pictured vocab cards & picture dictionary
  • blank cards & envelopes
  • stamps & stickers
  • glue sticks, tape & scissors

Hang an alphabet chart nearby with a few Writing Ideas containers.

  • The “Mystery Writer”container can have “hidden” choice strips for surprise prompts, like “The Big Red Truck” or “The Giant Ladybug”. 
  • You can, also, have a container with a stack of “Sentence Beginners” strips , like “I like to eat…..”, “I can draw…….”, “Outside I can see……..”, “I can play….”
  • A List-In 2 Me” Tin can have one -word cards as choices, like colors, toys, foods, clothes, friends, animals, family, celebrations
  • A “Travel Agent” container can hold pictures of places from around the world, vacation spots, habitats, the community
  • Include some Handwriting Practice sheets, too

Deb @learnwithplayathome collected some ideas from a variety of contributors.  Click on the link below :

http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/05/learn-to-write-12-activities-for-early.html

Join the Writing Nook, too, for modeling, actual writing, interactive writing, and sharing/reading what you are writing on your paper, cards, notepad, journal, etc.

You Are Your Child’s First Writing Teacher

Heart of Letters-GDJ
Heart of Letters-GDJ

In addition to Writing & Reading a Daily Morning message to your child  plus labeling house item together on sticky notes, there are many other writing activities you can do together.

Scholastic Parents & I have several suggestions for ways to “slip writing into everyday play”:

  • Make simple signs for block-built structures & Lego creations
  • Write lists together for going on errands.
  • Take pictures of Environmental Print while out & about, so you & your child can compile a  “World~Words” book together
  • Use letter stamps on play dough to explore letters & write words
  • Create simple menus & signs for Pretend Play restaurants, like Pizza Parlor, Cozy Cafe, Breakfast Bistro,  Sandwich Stand, Blue Plate Diner
  • Write name tags for different roles during a variety of Pretend Play scenarios
  • Use chunky sidewalk chalk on the driveway to create murals, game frames, designs, messages, floor plans, city-scapes, neighborhoods, pretend play scenery
  • Compose invitations for playroom tea parties, backyard picnics, fashion shows, plays, concerts, art exhibits, readings (especially authored storybooks)
  • Encourage your child to sign his/her paintings, drawings & other creations

As your child’s Kindergarten year progresses, try to include more school-objective expectations as writing activities into the Family Literacy Circle.

And On A More Serious Note…..

Letters To Words To Sentences To........-973894
Letters To Words To Sentences To……

Your Kindergartner’s teacher has probably presented a few Writing Structure expectations for her Sentence Writers to follow:

  • Sentences begin with a capital letter~ reinforce the differences using the alphabet letters chart.
  • Sentences end with an stop mark~make mini emoji-like faces on cards to go with each one.
  • Each word in a sentence is followed by a space~use a finger or thin craft stick to help with this skill.
  • Write letters as neatly as possible~handwriting letter practice will help with this.
  • Read the sentence to see if it makes sense~re-read, if necessary for accuracy.

Here’s an 8×11″  Writing Checklist Mini-Poster to hang up in your child’s Writing Nook. Just click on the link below, download & print:

MyPencilPerfectWriting

Once your young writer knows most of the alphabet with their letter sounds, s/he will using that knowledge to spell words during written composition. Try not to correct too much. Instead, help him/her learn how to use  a sight & vocabulary word chart/cards, word family lists, and a simple picture dictionary as well as word-sound stretching. 

Using these skills will help your child meet the high expectations that are currently part of your Kindergartner’s Writing Goals for the year: writing fiction & nonfiction stories (the narrative), writing a book review ( the opinion), and writing directions (the informative, or how-to)……

Yes, Seriously…..Continued….

My Story-PanXiaozhen
My Story-PanXiaozhen

I heard that collective GASP!!!! Believe me, many educators were/are part of that concern…..but that is a whole ‘nother convo-post.

Back to the ” informative” part of this section….

So, YES ~  3 main types of writing (several varieties are part of the “main types”) with several (usually about five) complete, related sentences on a topic, using minimal adult/teacher intervention are the Common Core Writing expectations by the completion of Kindergarten……

YES…5 Different Pieces of Writing….

How-To Draw A Face-RawPixel
How-To Draw A Face-RawPixel

The Narrative can be a personal, nonfiction story about an event in your child’s life. Think celebrations, holidays, vacations, younger/older siblings & relatives, friendships, growing experiences, etc. The other piece of story-telling your Kindergartner is expected to compose is a simple fictional piece, complete with a setting, characters, events  as well as  a problem to be solved.

The Informative can be a How-To, or Instructional sequence describing the way to make or do something. Think how to ride a bike, how to brush one’s teeth, how to make a breakfast cereal bowl, how to build a sheet-tent, etc. The other part of this expectation has to do with sharing learned, nonfictional facts about a subject. Think bears, apple trees, community helpers, parts of a flower, holidays, seasons, etc.

An Opinion is usually written about books being read as a class, by the teacher and/or independently by your emergent reader.

Graphic organizers can help with this process. I created a few as a PDF for you to use. Just click on the link below to download & print:

5 GOs for K Wtg

And as rigorous as this sounds, many 5 (soon to be 6)-year-olds are able to accomplish this. The growth from beginning Kindergarten (think Pre-K) to the  end of Kindergarten (think Pre-First) is HUGE and amazing!!!

However, some writers are reluctant, especially at this level….well at any level, really…. As a PUBLISHED author~it’s called a Block….

This Is TOO HARD!!!!!

You can make anything by writing. ~ C.S. Lewis

Several factors can contribute to your child’s reluctance to putting the pencil-to-the-paper:

  • S/he is not confident with his/her knowledge of what the letters are, how the letters look, and/or how to form the letters on the paper.
  • S/he is struggling with grasping a writing tool  and, then, using it to form the letters on paper.
  • S/he becomes frustrated when trying to choose what to write about.

Continue practicing the alphabet with fun, hands-on activities. You can find some ideas from a number of websites. BLB’s Resource Library has a page to help with that. Just click on the link below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/15-abc-activities-websites/

BLB Shop has a download & print ABC Activities product, too. Here’s the link to these games:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/alphabet-games-8-literacy-activities/

If Fine Motor skills are part of your child’s struggle with writing, click on the several  links provided in the “Strengthening Those Fine Motor Skills” section of this post.

Remember to show your child  the importance of writing throughout the day as you write notes, lists, calendar appointments, etc.   Your interactive writing with your child is, also, very instrumental in the actual writing process of literacy.

HEY!!!! I CAN Write Words & Sentences!

Letting your reluctant writer set the pace for her/his learning is one of the keys to putting that pencil (or any writing tool)-to-the-paper. Instead of specific lessons, blend writing into everyday activities & especially during play, like labeling things, making signs, filling out Pretend Play lists & forms.

Every Picture Is A Story-Blake Campbell
Every Picture Is A Story-Blake Campbell

One of the easiest ways to start the writing process is to begin with a drawing your child has created. Label parts of the picture with post-its, describe what the picture is telling, give the picture a title, and, then, write some simple sentences together.

Another fun way to get the writing “juices” flowing is to use the rhyming activity the Word Families encourage. Use those words as a basis for a song to be performed on the Family Stage in Concert or as a verse to be shared during a Poetry Reading with other family poets.

Need a few Writing Tool Kits to include in your child’s Home Writing Nook?

BLB Shop can help! Just click on the links below to check them out:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/kindergarten-writing-tools/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/reading-writing-word-families-high-frequency-words-learning-tool/

Celebration Power

Probably one of the most powerful ways to engage your “budding” author is through the  Interactive Journal. This personal – written dialogue between you & your child can be quite a surprising way to learn as well as discover thoughts, feelings & knowledge. It is a very successful Literacy tool for writing (and parenting…..).

Need some other ideas, tips and/or suggestions? The post from Creekside Learning lists as for First through Third, but there are some FUN ideas you can use with your Kindergartner. Click on the link to read:

http://creeksidelearning.com/handwriting-activities-for-kids/

 

Well,  not a lot of Writer’s Block here (or on any of my other Posts for that matter)….. Hope you found some usable info. Writing in Kindergarten can be a struggle…..

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Upgrading The FLC with Your Second Grader’s Research Project Skills

Upgrading The Family Literacy Circle with Your Second Grader’s Research Project Skills

Within the first few weeks of school, I’m sure you (and your Second Grader) tried not to be too overwhelmed by :

  • the amount of content in ALL subject areas being covered ~ ALREADY!?!
  • the amount of Homework being given ~ where’s that WEEKLY checklist?!?
  • the amount of classroom expectations with their accountability ~ REALLY!?!
  • the amount of changes your child seems to be going through ~ QUICKLY!?!

With you  celebrating these changes with your seven-year-old, s/he will be preparing to embrace an even bigger change in what your young Scholar will achieve ~ the successful completion of…. THE RESEARCH PROJECT!!!

This is Part Three :

Upgrading the FLC with Your Second Grader’s Research Skills

Your Second Grade Scholar

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation. ~ Ray L Wilbur

By now you & yours have created a “work-space” for getting those academics done. Homework has been coming home for most students since Kindergarten, even if it was just reading together for minutes every night and a weekly spelling list and, oh yeah, some math problems…..

Yes, the Homework load will definitely increase, following your district’s guidelines for Second Grade. It should be a review of content to be done independently by your child. It will, usually, include independent reading for a certain amount of  time with a  a few sentences about comprehension to be written, a weekly spelling list with a daily study activity, and a few math computations with a word problem or two to solve. S/he should be able to complete these assignments independently in under 30 minutes, including the read time…. Issues?

Maybe BLB’s Homework Hotline Resource can help: https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/homework-help-hotline-parent-involvement-strategies/

Until…..it’s time for the Research Project, but that’s in the future (and not so distant…)

So…. your BIG Second Grader may be ready to move away from the kitchen table and into a more private, “serious ” study space. It may require some research….

A Private Study Space of My Own

I came across a helpful little article, “Quick Study” by Caylin Harris in the September 2017 edition of FAMILY CIRCLE. She collected some ideas from Amanda Titchenal, Leslie Josel & Kate Varness and offers these suggestions:

  • Make the creation & design a “joint effort”. The sense of ownership will encourage use & maintenance of the work-space.
  • Choose furniture with the flexibility to “grow” with your child, physically & aesthetically.
  • Keep going through that “Goes Home” folder together. Is there a separate Homework folder? They may be color-coded.
  • Music ? Yes/No ? Some types of music is actually beneficial for studying. Check out what moves, motivates or distracts your child’s focus & concentration. Headphones ? Maybe not….
  • Use organizational boxes, bins & racks. Have your child label them. I used dividers in drawers for easy, quick access to tools & materials. Not a fan of Junk drawers, myself…..
  • Open shelving on pegboard allows for easy access & visual organization. Big fan of that option especially in a closed space.
  • Make sure a Celebration Board is part of the work-space ~ cork, magnetic, plexiglass with ribbon.

Don’t really have space for a work-space?

A Home Project….and Some Research

Actually, you do. Josel suggests making a tri-fold privacy shield out of a presentation board. It does need to stand on its own and the height may need a trim.  Your child can decorate & stick on pockets for organizing. When the shield has done its work,  your child can fold it up and slide it under the bed, beside a chest of drawers or inside the closet.

Setting up a Home Learning Environment can be  challenging, especially if space is limited and other “stuff” is taking up space ~ DO NOT get rid of the dishwasher…. This BLB Resource may have some helpful ideas for you & yours:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/your-educational-home-environment-activities-to-boost-your-childs-literacy-growth/

You know your child has not only been engaged in research at school since Kindergarten, but, s/he has, also, been conducting informal Research Projects at home. They may be totally verbal, but…”Here’s why we need a dog..”; “There’s tons of stuff to do at….”; “I really need to join….”~ to mention a very few…

Collecting and ~ yes ~ writing down the information is an entirely different “project”. So, I thought I would create a few  Family Fun Home~Grown Project Templates with an idea list : Home Research Projects

Of course,  you  obviously are an important partner for developing those Critical Thinking Skills your child so readily uses to “present” a potential Family Research Project…

The “Brainiac” Project

Growing Those Critical Thinking Skills-Sulaco229
Growing Those Critical Thinking Skills-Sulaco229

The braininess of your young Scholar is really beginning to “present” itself. If you’re unsure, click on this Resource to confirm his/her state of mind: https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/parent-guide-building-thinking-skills/

And it’s only going to increase in growth & complexity…

There are 4 Big areas you can  continue to help develop your child’s cognitive skills:

Observation

  • Improves descriptions
  • Increases meaning & comprehension with details

Spatial Thinking

  • Defines shape characteristics: same/different, sequences/patterns, classifications into groups
  • Uses directional & positional words with increasing accuracy

Verbal Thinking

  • Shares picture descriptions with greater detail, using part to whole
  • Selects living & nonliving things with similarities & differences
  • Orders living & nonliving things into a sequence by characteristics
  • Classifies living & nonliving things by traits or characteristics

Academic Vocabulary

  • Understands subject-specific words that describe, classify & compare/contrast
  • Begins to apply or use subject-specific vocabulary during verbal & written explanations of key concepts

Academic Vocabulary development can be a tricky, if not confusing area to address. BLB Shop has a product with games & activities  to help understand and use these words in Second Grade : https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/second-grade-wow-words-vocabulary/

And speaking of Academic Vocabulary, did you know there are 4 types of Knowledge & 6 Cognitive Processes (Bloom’s Taxonomy ~ remember him…) !?!

Yes…There Are 6 Levels of Thinking within Those 4 Kinds of Knowledge…

And now for some 25-cent words to include in this SHORT explanation of Knowledge & Thinking… which, believe it or not, your Second Grader is already hearing in the classroom…

FOUR TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE

Factual

  • terminology (specific words/vocabulary)
  • specific details & elements

Conceptual

  • classifications & categories
  • principles & generalizations
  • theories, models & structures

Procedural

  • subject’s specific skills & algorithms (rules of process)
  • subject’s specific techniques & methods
  • criteria for determining when to use appropriate procedures

Metacognitive

  • strategic (careful design/plan)
  • appropriate cognitive tasks
  • self-knowledge

SIX COGNITIVE SKILLS

COGNITIVE PROCESSFACTUAL KNOWLEDGECONCEPTUAL KNOWLEDGEPROCEDURAL KNOWLEDGEMETA-COGNITIVE KNOWLEDGE
RememberListDescribeTabulateAppropriate Use
UnderstandSummarizeInterpretPredictExecute
ApplyClassifyExperimentCalculateConstruct
AnalyzeOrderExplainDifferentiateAchieve
EvaluateRankAssessConcludeAction
CreateCombinePlanComposeActualize

Again ~ not only does your young Scholar understand many of this “terminology”, but s/he will, also,  be  (if not already) using this Knowledge and Cognitive Thinking Skills during the Research Project Process. UH HUH!!!

Need a bit more info ? Click on the link below:

 https://galileo-camps.com/why-galileo/blog/a-parents-guide-to-blooms-taxonomy/

There are a few things you can do at home to help build the skills s/he needs to successfully & accurately produce a Research Project.

Home ~ Grown Research Project Prep

You can not open a book without learning something. ~Confucius

Open Your Mind & Learn-DavidClode
Open Your Mind & Learn-DavidClode

You are probably already doing this if you and yours are Nonfiction book readers ~ you have taught your child the value of learning how to use Informational Text Features like: the Table of Contents, the Glossary, Captions under images, Labels, Diagrams, Bold & Colored Print, etc.

Informational Text Features Infographic
Informational Text Features Infographic

Second Graders learn how to use at least 17 of these helpful clues when trying to understand and discover which pieces of information will be necessary to include in the Research of a Topic. Here’s a little workbook you can use for reviewing and/or reteaching these all important Research Skills:

I Understand Informational Text Features

I, also, painstakingly, created a fun and very concise Literacy Learning Tool for teaching Informational Text Features that includes an interactive Nonfiction book I wrote ~ THE TINY GIANT: A True Story About Watermelons~ with a mini comprehension workbook. Here is the BLB Shop link:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/interactive-informational-text-features-learning-tool/

An Informational Text Features Mini ~ Lesson

What Kind of Crab Is This?-Bmewett
What Kind of Crab Is This?-Bmewett

Your beach-loving boy has just caught a crab of some kind. A nonfiction book about Ocean Animals needs to be found because he needs to know EVERYTHING about this small, interesting creature. Wherever you decide to look for a book, it needs to have the right information. “So, where’s the first place you should look in the book?” you ask your eager learner.

He quickly opens to the Table of Contents, but doesn’t want to read that much yet. “Where else could you find what you’re looking for ?” If he doesn’t know about the Index ~ here’s your teaching moment~ and “SO, you know you want to find out about…” “A crab!” he exclaims. “Look! Here it is on page…!” Well, it’s a Section with all the different crabs found in the ocean. Guess, he’ll have to do a little more……research.

If there are pictures of different crabs, encourage him to study the photo and think about what he already knows. Then, it’s time to read the Caption underneath it to see if this crab could be the same, or a similar one. Is there a Map or some other Location image ? Ask your child to look for them.

Kind of like a Treasure Hunt, huh!?!

These interactive questions mirror how your Second Grader is learning how to use Informational Text Features in the classroom.

The Teacher ~ Parent Connection

Have you connected with your child’s school and the teachers ? We Are Teachers created a short PDF loaded with tips and ideas regarding the relationship between you, your child & school. Just click on the link:

https://www.weareteachers.com/free-school-success-guide-for-parents/

Classroom Research Project Sequence

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Socrates

Although author and book studies can be part of a Research Topic, Geography, Social Studies & Science are heavy hitters in this category.

The “I Wonder…” phase of the Inquiry is usually begun in a KQRL template. Here’s an example  : KQRL Template

Your Scholar is participating in a monthly Research Project which usually begins as a whole class lesson presented in sequential mini-lessons. Peer editing is usually part of this Process with a final, strongly visual Presentation piece, such as a flyer, poster, or even a sculpture.

His/her teacher may assign cooperative groups of 3-4 classmates a variety of Topics for them to discuss and, then decide on a specific Topic Question / Sentence.

A partner Project may be next with an independent Project as a cumulative study towards the end of the year. One, or several may be given periodically as an ongoing homework task with a deadline schedule for the different parts of Project research until its  Presentation due date. 

The Topic usually starts out BIG : Animals to a Smaller Topic: Birds to a specific, simple Topic: The Life Cycle of a Robin.

Possible Second Grade Science Topics

Leaf Study-Stocksnap
Leaf Study-Stocksnap

These Topics may, also, be part of a Science Fair Project ~ again, Big to Small to Specific:

  • Animals: traits & characteristics as in diet, habitat, seasons, life cycle
  • Habitats : plants, animals & land-forms of ocean, forest, desert, tundra
  • Earth : properties & characteristics of rocks, soil, waterways, land-forms
  • Weather : characteristics of the seasons, elements, extremes
  • Human Body Systems : nervous, digestive, muscular & skeletal
  • Matter: properties & states of solids, liquids & gases
  • Forces: properties & management of electricity & magnetism

BLB Shop has 4 Science Labs: Physical, Earth, Life & Ecology to help you and your young Scientist explore these Topics:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-physical-science-lab/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-earth-science-lab/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-life-science-lab/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/homegrown-primary-eco-science-lab/

Social Studies & Geography Topics are next.

Possible Social Studies & Geography Topics

WWhere Oh Where ? BenKerckx
Where Oh Where ? BenKerckx

Here are some Social Studies & Geography curriculum objectives that may be explored during this Second Grade year :

  • Maps & Globes : identify geographic features
  • Communities : explore the different helpers, careers, goods & services
  • Governments : discuss purpose, elections, laws &  differences of local, state & federal levels
  • Historical Figures : impacts, contributions & biographies
  • America : history, customs & celebrations

You can check out my previous Second Grade post on Second Grade Celebrations for some ideas :

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/second-graders-celebrations/

Need a few  mini-lessons on Community Helpers, USA Symbols & USA Celebrations ? Click on these links :

Community Helpers

USA Mini Lessons

15 USA Holidays

Finally, BLB Library has a  Nonfiction Independent Reads Book List as a Resource for these 3 subject areas to assist your Second Grade Scholar with her/his Research :

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/nonfiction-independent-second-grade-reads/

And now, for the Feature Presentation ~the actual Research Project Process with its steps & expectations…..

The Research Project Process

Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children. ~ Walt Disney

Research-BessHamiti
Research-BessHamiti

Many school districts, including several of the ones I taught in, use the The Big 6 Research Model developed by Mike Eisenberg & Bob Berkowitz in 1987.

This Information Literacy Research Method continues to be used throughout the world because of its grade level & subject versatility.

This Research Model :

  • provides a plan for engaging students in the learning experiences of problem solving and critical thinking
  • helps them evaluate which pieces of information  will  answer the specifically defined Topic Question/Sentence
  • encourages students to create ideas for unique products or presentations of their research.

Many Primary educators adapt the Big 6 sequence into the Super 3, which provides students with the same basic elements using a simpler vocabulary.

Here’s a mock-up table comparing the 2 methods :

THE BIG 6 METHODTHE SUPER 3 METHOD
Task Definition : What am I supposed to do & what information do I need?Plan: What am I supposed to do ?
Information Seeking Strategies: What sources will I used to help me find this information ?Plan : What do I need to find out ?
Location & Access : Where can I find these resources & who can help me find them ?Do : How do I find what I need to complete the task ?
Use of Information : How will I record the information I find ?Do : What can I make to show what I have learned ?
Synthesis : How will I show what I have found & stay organized in a timely manner ?Review : Did I do what I was supposed to do ?
Evaluation : I will know I have done my best & use an editing checklist to be sure.Review : Did I do my best work or do I need to do something else before I am done ?

Pitt County Schools in North Carolina offers a 35-page, thorough, parent-friendly explanation of these 2 methods in a PDF.

https://www.pitt.k12.nc.us/cms/lib6/nc01001178/centricity/domain/34/0910_files/big6andsuper3pdf.pdf

BLB Library, also, has a Resource for  understanding the Inquiry Investigation Process:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/inquiry-investigations-authors-books-websites/

And, if you need an easy-to-use, step-by-step Instruction Handbook with Templates & Reference Checklists for The Research Project AND The Science Fair Project, you can find this Guide in BLB’s Shop. Just click on the link below :

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/research-project-toolkit/

About That Science Fair Project…..

Need specific Science Fair Project info ? This site, Science Kids, offers grade level ideas with a help-guide for using the Scientific Method:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects.html

Speaking of a help-guide….

Dear Parents of Project Researchers……

Oh Yay! A Research Project !-White77
Oh Yay! A Research Project !-White77

As a parent and educator, it’s really difficult for me to know where to “draw the assistance line” .

There are so many “variables” to consider when your child, especially your Second Grader, comes home with The Project to complete.

So, again, I did some research, and, I think I found a few pieces of sound advice to share with you.

Diane Divecha of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence defines too much help basically tells your child s/he is not capable of doing the work. Instead, she recommends support your child by helping him/her develop the skills to do the projects independently with experiencing the stress  big projects can bring.

The Advice…..

  • Teach those organizational skills needed for effectively completing all the parts of a Research Project ~ to-do list, materials list, task schedule
  • Show how time management can help make the Project advance more efficiently, even if it means s/he needs to modify some of the product.
  • Review, if necessary, how to use some of the tools, materials & supplies.
  • Act as a sounding board for ideas and a discussion resource to encourage your child’s ownership of his/her work efforts. 

I’m sure you’re not surprised by the length of this post, but there was a lot of ground to cover….Believe me ~ I did the Research…

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Upgrading the FLC with Your Second Grader’s Reading Skills

Upgrading The Family Literacy Circle with Your Second Grader

You may have noticed a BIG difference in your soon-to-become-a-Second-Grader’s speaking, listening & reading skills over the summer.

Not only is s/he listening for the meaning of discussions & conversations, s/he is, also, participating with his/her ideas clearly expressed in complete sentences AND is following multi-step directions with accuracy.

These are some of the “perks” her/his progress with reading comprehension skills : Main Ideas, Details, Sequence.

S/he is very excited about his/her ability to read some text independently.

And, although, s/he wants to transition from an Emergent/Beginning Reader into an Independent Reader, s/he still LOVES your time together reading together, especially those wonderful Chapter Books.

This is Part Four :

Upgrading the FLC with Your Second Grader’s Reading Skills

Your Second Grade Reader

The more that you read, the more you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~ Dr. Seuss

Here’s a brief checklist of other Reading Skills your child is preparing to use in Second Grade. S/he can:

  • Recognize & understand new words by using phonics & context clues
  • Use a basic sight & high frequency words vocabulary with accuracy
  • Speak the beginning, middle & end sounds within a word
  • Add, omit or change sounds in a word to make a different word
  • Read & make words in word families
  • Read some compound words & contractions
  • Understand & interpret  stories or short passages
  • Answer the 5 Ws & How questions accurately
  • Retell the Main Idea, Characters, Setting & the Sequence of Events with accuracy
  • Use a story’s elements to make a plausible prediction
  • Follow simple, written directions correctly

Your child will continue to develop and extend these skills during Second Grade as well as adding just a “few” more….

How’s your Literacy ~ Rich Home Environment coming along?

From Playroom to Study Nook

Is there a place in your home, near the “library ” bookcase for bean bags & large floor pillows?

If your child has a bookcase  in his/her nook, make sure to include other reading materials besides fiction & nonfiction books, like pamphlets, catalogs, comic books, magazines.

You may want to set up a special “display” area for current study materials as well as a calendar/schedule on a cork board.

Include infographics, labeled/captioned  posters, and/or maybe an “anchor chart” regarding specific skills ~ your child’s teacher may help with that resource.

Here’s an I AM A READER Poster you can make with your soon-to-be-an-Independent-Reader : I Am A Reader poster

Oh, and a dry erase board with multi-colored dry erase markers is a great tool for planning, vocabulary word of the day, graphic organizers, and, of course, a brain-break doodling session.

Need some other ideas?

Check out this Resources in BLB’s Library :

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/your-educational-home-environment-activities-to-boost-your-childs-literacy-growth/

And here’s A Materials & Activities List Freebie to download & print:

A Materials & Activities List for the Home~Learning Experience

Your Home is your child’s first classroom and can continue to provide an on-going Literacy Space. It will  encourage and build  her/his academic success with Reading accuracy as its foundation.

Second Grade’s Reading Expectations

Reading becomes more complex in its vocabulary within much longer content. The words have more syllables, common prefixes & suffixes, irregular spellings & complex phonetic rules. Synonyms, antonyms, compound words & adjectives are part of word definitions.

  The variety of fiction & nonfiction genres as well as poetry types expands into:

FICTION

  • Realistic
  • Historical
  • Fantasy
  • Science
  • Mystery
  • Traditional: Folklore, Fables, Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Legends & Myths

NONFICTION

  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Informational

POETRY

  • Acrostics
  • Limericks
  • Haiku
  • Cinquains
  • Sensory & Shapes

Story Structure (beginning, middle & end) with  its Elements (Main Idea, Character, Setting, Problem/Solution, Lesson)  are explored in greater detail. Emphasis of comprehension can be done by comparing & contrasting similar stories, characters’ response, and   cultural definitions. Why the author wrote the story is, also, part of the comprehension discussion.

Nonfictional reading is used for Research Projects with attention given to text features such as labels, caption, diagrams, glossaries, indexes, etc. Click on my previous post for A LOT more info:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/second-grade-research-skills/

So ~ reading at grade-level includes word recognition accuracy at a steady pace with expression. Using Comprehension strategies to locate evidence and self-correction skills are benchmarks for your Second Grade reader.

Here’s a List of the Reading Literacy Terms such as Decoding  Skills & Fluency Rate,  your child’s teacher will be using during The Conference : Literacy Terms

Let’s Begin At The Beginning

Blast Off ! - RDBrittliff
Blast Off ! – RDBrittliff

You and your child have been “working” on Word Attack Skills since, really, s/he was in-utero. Letters, sounds & their combos are the building blocks of beginning to read ~ think the hearing & speaking skills of Phonological Awareness to Phonemic Awareness and, now, Phonics ~ the written version.

Second Grade currently introduces more of those Phonetic structures to increase your child’s ability to Decode all those BIG, unknown vocabulary words s/he is experiencing while reading more complex content. 

Along with blending 2 or more consonant sounds together at the beginning and/or ending of a word, here are some other graphemes (written letters) & phonemes (spoken sounds), your child will be learning this year:

  • Consonants Digraphs: ch, sh, th, wh, qu, ng
  • Hard & Soft c & g
  • Silent Consonants: wr, kn, lk, mb
  • Long Vowels: silent e &  teams
  • Vowel Patterns: igh, y 
  • Diphthongs: ou, ow, oo, aw, au, oi, oy
  • R-controlled Vowels
  • Inflectional Endings: s, es, ies, ves, ed, ing

BLB Shop has TONS of games for teaching some of these specific skills:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/consonant-blends-learn-beginning-ending-blends/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/one-sound-consonant-combos/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/variety-vowel-sounds/

Here’s a short Parent Guide with Verbal Prompts to use while listening to your child read until s/he needs to Decode: 

Cracking the Code of Decoding Skills

Malia Hollowell from Playdough to Plato created & shared several Reading Roadmap “Sheets” for meeting some of readers’ challenges. Among her suggestions are:

  • Does that sound in the word: Make sense, sound right, look right?
  • Skip the word & come back to it during the re-read
  • Stretch out the word slowly; then saying it again fast (kids love this one & it can be very effective)
  • Make a good guess

Decoding Skills go hand-in-hand with the speed & flow of your child’s reading.

The Ebb & Flow of Fluency

Fluency, or Fluent Reading is the ability to read without stopping to decode words. Decoding occurs in a quick, mental, self-check way.

Speed, Word Recognition Accuracy, Comma Pauses, End Punctuation Inflections, and Expression are all components of Reading Fluency.

Getting stuck can be disruptive to his/her thought process & comprehension, although, it doesn’t always affect understanding.

For example, a child may read the words accurately without stopping in an even pace, but NOT understand anything s/he read. Just as another child may read and decode more slowly, but understands exactly what s/he read.

Click here for a Parent Guide on Fluency :

Parent Guide to Understanding FLUENCY

Malia Holloway ( The Reading Roadmap) and Emily@ Education to the Core along with her Facebook Group Teachers shared these suggestions for building Fluency:

  • Model a comfortable fluency pace with your daily read-aloud.
  • Make sure your child is choosing a just-right book to read.
  • Create some flash cards with short, silly sentences or phrases, using Sight & High Frequency words.
  • Use poetry as an effective way to teach & improve fluency.
  • Speak with different voices for different characters.
  • Monitor punctuation pauses  : short for comma / longer for a period / voice up for a question / excitement for an exclamation.
  • Remember informational, or nonfiction text is usually read more slowly that fiction.

And, speaking of Sight & High Frequency Words…..

Words, Words & More Words

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Lotsa Words-159556Pixabaycco

Memorizing Second Grade Level Sight Words &  High Frequency Words can definitely improve your child’s Fluency Rate.

I combined Dolch’s Sight Word List with Fry’s High Frequency Word List as your Second Grader will view them from the beginning of the year onward. Here’s the List with some Activities:

2nd grade HFW Lists & Games

Here’s a great site for DIY Sight Word Games including links:

https://thelettersofliteracy.com/27-awesome-sight-word-activities/

And, it’s not just Sight Words & High Frequency Words your Second Grader is learning…..

WOW! Those Are Really BIG Words!

Using those Decoding Skills to read those BIG, new Vocabulary words can, also, help with Fluency and, more importantly,  Comprehension.

Hopefully, my Freebie Parent Guide can shed some light on this Word Study subject : Solving the New Vocabulary Words Mystery

I, also, created a few Noun/Verb Freebie Games for you & yours to play:

One Frog Hops uses Sight Words for matching Plural Nouns and their corresponding Verbs.

Collective Nouns includes picture/word matches for groups of  living & nonliving things.

BLB Shop has more than a few Games & Activities to engage your Second Grader in Word Study:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/second-grade-wow-words-vocabulary/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/category-word-sort-groups/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/compound-words-connections-ten-file-folder-games/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/contractions-prefixes-suffixes-activities/

Finally, I organized my Reading Strategies into a Mini-Poster & Flip Cards Sequence Guide   ~ Ready To Read ~ for your Second Grade Reader when solving the “I’m STUCK on this word!” dilemma : Reading Success Sequence

The Vocabulary in the MANY different books s/he is reading this year is GINORMOUS!!!

So,  What Books Are on My Second Grader’s Level?

A book is a dream you hold in your hand. ~ Neil Gaiman

Reading on the Moon-MysticArtDesign
Reading on the Moon-MysticArtDesign

Before I get into actual Reading Comprehension Strategies, I thought I’d go on a bit more about the “newer” book genres your child will be sharing with you from the classroom (according to the Second Grade Core Expectations).

Within the Fiction Genre, there is an emphasis on stories created that could happen in real-life, have a historical basis,  contain mysteries to be solved as well as inventive futuristic stories and imaginary fantasies. Books & stories about the Creative Arts can be very engaging to your aspiring artists.

BLB Library has a Book Resource for you & yours:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/creative-arts-book-list/

S/he will be reading a large selection of Traditional Literature, which are 100s-of-year-old tales passed from one generation to another. BLB Library has a Book List Resource : https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/fables-folktales-from-around-the-world-k3-book-lists-websites/

Exploring the many types of Poetry is another on-going genre in Second Grade. Here’s BLB’s Library Resource link for this genre:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/poetry-collection-book-lists/

You may have noticed your child’s developing sense of humor. Funny chapter books are a wonderful way to read-aloud while guiding & sharing & laughing out loud:

And, yes, BLB’s Library has a Resource for you:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/20-funny-books/

Don’t forget Joke & Riddle Books, too.

Now for the NOT funny side of your Second Grader’s reading experience….

Non~Fiction Readers

Although these books may not be as entertaining as fictional reads, they will capture your child’s fascination for the real world and all it real-life wonders.

BLB’s Library has a Resource to help meet those Informational Text needs:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/nonfiction-independent-second-grade-reads/

Oh, BTW ~ Research Projects are an on-going part of Second Grade….. So, here’s a Freebie to help your child learn about those Informational Text Features :

I Understand Informational Text Features

BLB’s Shop has a few products to help you & yours with this huge step, well, written step that is now an, again, on-going part of her/his academic life.

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/research-project-toolkit/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/interactive-informational-text-features-learning-tool/

Here are five sites with fiction & nonfiction Book Lists, summaries, opinions & locations collected by teachers, librarians, parents & kids:

https://www.weareteachers.com/second-grade-books/

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/book-lists/favorite-books-for-second-graders/

https://www.readbrightly.com/9-superb-chapter-books-second-graders/

https://imaginationsoup.net/read-aloud-books-second-grade/

https://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/best-books-second-grade

There’s A LOT to understand…..

YIKES!! That’s A TON of Text to Understand !

I Understand-Pezibear
I Understand-Pezibear

Comprehension Skills can be mastered by using a variety of Reading Strategies.

You have been teaching your child many of these during your read-alouds with him/her throughout the years. You did this by:

  • pointing out specific details & key ideas/facts in the illustrations on the Picture Walk and throughout the story (click on this link for the Parent Guide to the Picture Walk : Going on A Picture Walk)
  • asking & answering the 5 Ws
  • defining time & place regarding present, past ,future & fantasy vs reality
  • retelling the story by including important details, such as the characters, setting & plot (click on this link for the Parent Guide to Tell Me A Story : Tell Me A Story Abt the Story Read)
  • using descriptive language & lots of expression
  • explaining new vocabulary words
  • making personal connections to the story
  • discussing lessons & morals of the stories
  • sharing both fiction & nonfiction books

Your child’s teacher uses similar strategies during read-alouds to encourage comprehension.

Guided reading promotes an effective way to teach how-to-understand-the-read  strategies during one-on-one time.

Guided Reading Comprehension Strategies

In Second Grade many of the following Story Elements Comprehension Questions are discussed orally with maybe a short prompt or two for written responses.

However, as the year progresses, written responses to these questions begin to occur more frequently. This Comprehension Q & A can help your child understand & answer those questions with accuracy: Primary Rdr’s Comp Q & A

Filling in Graphic Organizers (Click on this Reading Graphic Organizers link: K Rdg Comp GOrgs ) are easy ways to engage your child’s understanding of texts read. Here’s a Comprehension Freebie example using  Aesop’s fable ~ “The Crow and the Pitcher” : I Understand the Story

Take a breath ~

Although your Second Grader may feel overwhelmed at certain times, s/he is totally capable of learning all these things AND MORE!!! You and yours have got this!!!

OMG!!!! How Can I Help!?!?!

Now that you’ve taken a deep breath…or several….

Remember, there are several ways you can help your child read and listen to stories with a purpose in mind, which you have probably been doing for years.

Dr. Michael Gurian, a brain scientist, family therapist & author of the book, Nurture the Nature, offers these suggestions:

  • Engage discovery in nature
  • Encourage imagination with physical & mental play
  • Include morals & values in family discussions
  • Foster positive relationships with peers
  • Show support of the school environment

There are many DIY Comprehension games you can make together &  play with your child to keep learning fun. Here are a few links:

https://www.weareteachers.com/second-grade-reading-comprehension-activities/

https://www.themeasuredmom.com/10-diy-reading-games-for-kids/

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/six-games-reading

https://www.word-game-world.com/reading-games-for-kids.html

I Can Read Anywhere-Victoria Borodinova
I Can Read Anywhere-Victoria Borodinova

Keep reading anything everywhere with your child everyday and encourage her/him to read  to other children. Listen to books on tape while driving. Record your child reading a story. Act out stories.

And… if your child struggles with reading…….

  Teaching Your Child to Read WITHOUT Words

For some children Reading is a challenge…..for a number of reasons.

Does your child “freeze” at the sight of words on a page you are not reading?

Wordless Picture Books are not just created for “babies”. They are, also, “written” for older children ~ like me ~ and may be the way to actually engage your child into reading. Really….

 They can inspire your child’s creativity & imagination while building reading comprehension skills, vocabulary AND critical thinking.

Nicole Clevenger@playfullearning.net and I  have some  suggestions for fun activities with Wordless Picture Books:

  • Use Post It notes to write down thoughts or dialogue of the characters & place them directly on the book pages beside them.
  • Use Post It notes to write down observations, questions, predictions, and/or inferences about what’s happening in the illustrations.
  • Ask your child to write a book review that includes the story elements: Main Idea, Characters, Setting, Problem/Solution.
  • Encourage your child to create a Wordless Picture Book and narrate it as it is being read. Write down those thoughts & attach them to the backs of the illustrations. Hopefully, your child will want to read those words.

I, also,  compiled a Wordless Picture Books list for older children:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/wordless-picture-books-older-readers/

Please know ~ it’s not that s/he can’t read or doesn’t want to read. S/he may just not be ready to read.

Well…S/He Can Read…. A Little…..

Check out this little Freebie: Help! My Child Hates to Read

A few questions, regardless of your child’s reading level:

  • Is the reading material  interesting to your child?
  • Are you reading together & talking about what’s being read?
  • Is your child tracking the words as s/he reads?
  • Does s/he use the pictures in the story to help?
  • Is your child trying to sound out unknown words with some accuracy?
  • How many sight words can s/he read quickly?
  • Can your child retell the story accurately?

If you answered yes to most of these questions, keep doing what you’re doing with lots of repetition & review. Soon, his/her reading level will increase.

Here are some other Resources in BLB’s Library I hope will help:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/guide-nonreader-readers-world/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/read-aloud-chapter-books/

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/repetitive-predictable-pattern-books-for-emergent-readers/

And a little follow-up Freebie to go with Repetitive Readers : I Can R, W & D Bks Repetitive Prompts .

A more in-depth approach to this reading strategy can be found in BLB’s Shop:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/read-write-draw-books/

One more VERY effective Reading Strategy for engaging a Reluctant Reader is Partner, or Paired, Reading ~ usually with a peer, friend or slightly older “mentor”.

Reading Together-KOMUnews
Reading Together-KOMUnews

I used this reading strategy every year with my struggling readers and found this approach to be highly effective for building confidence, improving reading skills, and encouraging a love for reading ~ for pleasure. A definite Win ~  Win ~ Win !!!

Click on this Reading Rockets link below for more information:

http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/partner_reading

And now with summer coming….

Your Summer Reading Program

Reading……a vacation for the mind. ~ Dave Barry

No, I’m not talking about Summer School….more like a Summer Camp….with an emphasis on Reading.

Summer Reading- Sondich
Summer Reading- Sondich

I’m creating a Summer Literacy Handbook, so stay tuned…..

SO~UPDATE~ here’s the link to my TpT shop where you’ll find, among other freebies & products ~ my Summer Literacy Camp Handbook:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Literacy-Camp-Handbook-for-K-3-4620902

It’s JAM-PACKED!!!

In the meantime, here’s a few suggestions to Encourage Reading for Pleasure :

Encourage Reading for Pleasure

WHEW!!!

If you’re still reading this post, Faithful Reader ~ thank you !!!

Hopefully, you have read some useful information regarding your child’s Reading Literacy.

Part Five on Writing Skills is my next & final post on the FLC’s Second Grade Series.

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Upgrading the FLC with Your Second Grader’s Writing Skills

 Upgrading The Family Literacy Circle with Your Second Grader

If your soon-to-be Second Grader’s vocabulary & reading skills have progressed over the summer, pat yourself on the back because those daily reading sessions have worked. Even s/he is surprised (YAY for the Family Literacy Circle !).

Now……How are those Writing Skills coming along ?

Unless your child LOVES to write…..prepare for a Super-Sized learning curve with Super-Sized expectations in your Second Grader’s Writing Workshop.

Got your Family Literacy Circle Writing Center ready?

Here are some suggestions for your young author’s Writing Space:

Home Wtg Space Checklist

This is Part Five :

Upgrading the FLC with Your Second Grader’s Writing Skills

Your Second Grade Writer

Sometime this summer, inventory the following Writing & Spelling Skills with your soon-to-be Second Grader:

  • Writes last name with accuracy
  • Writes messages using phrases & sentences
  • Writes simple stories with a beginning, middle & ending
  • Recognizes & uses print conventions when writing:  end punctuation, grammar, nouns/verbs
  • Spells common grade-level words with accuracy
  • Locates known & unknown words in a picture dictionary
  • Recognizes & uses phonetic rules to spell unknown words
  • Understands & identifies the differences between a noun & a verb
  • Can write a simple, complete sentence
  • Understands compound words
  • Identifies some prefixes & suffixes
  • Identifies regular & some irregular plurals
  • Understands the meanings of synonyms & antonyms

Yeah! And there will be MORE  to learn in the Writing Arena throughout the year….

Oh ! A quick word or two about Handwriting…..

The Labors of Legible Handwriting

Picking up a paper using those fine motors skills is easy compared to the complex set of muscles (brain included) needed to write thoughts, grasping a #2 pencil onto that piece of paper in a clear, readable way.

Those skills ~ still growing and developing~ can be “nurtured” in several ways. Seemingly, “mindless” practice is one of them, but they are part of your Second Grader’s Writing Skills.

Click on this link to access a Resource on Fine Motor Skills from BLB’s Library :

Fine Motor Skills Resource Sites: Activities & Exercises for Ages 4~6

Here are a few other Handwriting~specific sites :

https://flintobox.com/blog/child-development/improve-handwriting-child

 https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-improve-kids-handwriting-4108552

https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/fun-handwriting-activities-for-kids/

Writing & Reading Together

If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it. ~ Toni Morrison

Writing Dreams-MysticArtDesign
Writing Dreams-MysticArtDesign

Is your child choosing to use reading and writing for different purposes without your input?

BLB’s Library has a Resource List of books about writing for your hesitant writer. Just click on the link below:

Reading About Writing: 15 Books to Encourage Your Young Author’s Writing Skills

Engaging your child to draw pictures of the words s/he is reading can be a stepping stone into the Writing Process. S/he may decide the story should be written differently and will “edit” the text (YAY!) in a creative way.

Using Dialogue clouds in those character  pictures is definitely writing. Think comic books and cartoon strips.

Here are some book title ideas in this little freebie~ Read, Write and Draw Books :

I Can R, W & D Bks Repetitive Prompts

You can, also, find additional RW&D books in BLB Shop. Here’s the link:

I CAN READ, WRITE & DRAW THESE BOOKS, TOO!

Or, maybe, “reading” some Wordless Picture Books together may inspire a story or five. BLB’s Library has a Book List Resource for you:

More Wonderful Wordless Picture Books for Readers, Ages 5~8

Time to Make A Book ?!?

Yes, You Can Be A Bookmaker!

Record your child’s imaginings & help him/her write it/them down on pages to be bound into a book, using card-stock, paper & binding materials. Here are a few DIY bookmaking sites:

http://www.makingbooks.com/families.shtml

https://growingbookbybook.com/making-books-with-kids/

If you & yours want a “serious” book-bound presentation, this website can help you with that:

https://studentreasures.com/

Engaging your child in the fun and creative process of story telling is a very productive way to inspire writing. However, your Second Grader’s Writing Skills will include learning and mastering many other writing elements this year

Second Grade Writing Expectations & Objectives

If your campus follows the Common Core, there are two major components of the Writing Process: Language, or Standard English Conventions, and the actual Writing Purposes.

Here’s a General Overview, listing the Second Grader’s Writing Skills Expectations for Language Usage & Composition:

2nd grade ELA Writing CC

You may want to check out this ELA Common Core PDF link for Parents:

 https://www.cgcs.org/cms/lib/DC00001581/Centricity/Domain/36/ParentGuide_ELA_2.pdf

I’ll get into a little (haha) more detail on these 2 HUGE topics, beginning with Standard English, or Grammar.

Good Grief, Grammar !!!

No one is perfect ~ that’s why pencils have erasers. ~ Wolfgang Riebe

I Got, I Mean, I Use Good Grammar ! -Elementus
I Got, I Mean, I Use Good Grammar ! -Elementus

Informal speech, also known as slang, colloquialisms, street talk, jargon, lingo and, even, dialect, can make learning “proper”, or Standard English confusing. Heard in peer groups, media and read in “literature”, expecting your child to use good grammar while speaking can be frustrating.

And in writing….oh my…..

Here are a few of my Freebie Helpers with a BLB’s Shop Product:

NOUNS:    Collective Nouns 

 Choose A Category : Sorting Words Into Different Groups

VERBS:    One Frog Hops

CAPITALIZATION: Make That Letter A Capital

I, also, created a 100+ page Grammar Handbook that includes lots of activities for learning & practicing Good Grammar with a Sentence Builder component, using Adjectives & Adverbs. You can preview it in my TpT Shop. Here’s the product link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Please-Practice-Good-Grammar–4711045

And, although Vocabulary is listed as more of a Reading Skill, I’d like to chat a little (again, haha) about it’s significant role in writing ~ choosing the exact words to express exactly what you want to say.

Here’s What I Want to Say…..

My Vocabulary -SharonAng
My Vocabulary -SharonAng

Although reading plays a large role in Vocabulary Acquisition, knowing which words you want to use in your writing, how to find them, and how to spell them correctly definitely takes some practice. It is a skill good writers learn through lots of repetition and review.

Using a Picture Dictionary is more appropriate for Second graders than teaching the actual Dictionary skills. Even my Third Graders found learning how to use a dictionary challenging. Again, practice, practice, practice. 

Click on the link below for ideas and games to help teach your Second Grader how to use a dictionary:

 https://www.theschoolrun.com/teaching-children-to-use-dictionary

Synonym, Antonym, Homonym Lists can help as well as Adjective & Adverb Lists. Here are a few sites with Primary Level Words:

https://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-antonyms-synonyms-and-homonyms-for-kids.html

https://freelanguagestuff.com/antonyms-and-synonyms/

I have several products available in my BLB Shop:

PREFIXES & SUFFIXES:     WORD FIXES: Contractions, Prefixes & Suffixes Literacy Activities

COMPOUND WORDS:  COMPOUND WORDS CONNECTIONS: Ten File Folder Games

VOCABULARY:  WOW WORDS in Second Grade: 25+ Learning Games & Activities

I, also, have a few SPELLING Freebies:

Spelling Activity Ideas  &   ABC Order 

Yes, ALL of this in a Written Expression or Ten….yes, at least 10 by the end of Second Grade…..

The Storyteller Becomes The Author

Write the kind of story you would like to read. ~ Meg Cabot

Writing to Read-Pexels261967
Writing to Read-Pexels261967

Your youngster has been inventing & writing stories since Kindergarten. This year those stories will be following certain guidelines to meet Expectations. Her/his editing skills, as well as, paragraph construction play heavily into meeting those expectations.

Believe it or not, within the first few weeks of school, your Second Grader’s Writing Skills will help him/her produce more complex and interesting stories, opinions and reports.

Does s/he keep a journal or diary at home ?

S/he will probably be excited about an upcoming Research Project (aren’t you?). YAY! It’s Our Family Tree Project !!!

And, yes, there’s more….

The Second Grade Writing Experience

Writing About This & That!-SarahJane
Writing About This & That!-SarahJane

There are more than a few writing assignments s/he will be given during Second Grade. Here’s a list of Written Expressions (with some helpful Resource links  ) your child will be composing this year:

  • The 5~Sentence Paragraph Formula ~ topic sentence, 3+ topic-supporting sentences, and a conclusion sentence, which re-states the beginning topic sentence

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paragraph-Planner-A-Literacy-Tool-for-Primary-Writers-4735915

  • Narrative, or story ~  real, imagined real-life and/or total fantasy

Seasonal Story Starters

PRIMARY STORY SEQUENCE STARTERS: Pics & Sight Words Helpers

  • Informative, or report ~  nonfiction, singular topics supported with specific  facts and/or details relating to the topic

I Understand Informational Text Features

  • Persuasive, or  opinion ~ feelings about a specific subject with details to support the specific feeling

Opinion Wtg K-2

  • Research ~ group, partner and/or independent projects involving the use of several resources to support a nonfiction Main Topic

Upgrading The FLC with Your Second Grader’s Research Project Skills

  • Letters ~ recognizing & using the specific parts of a letter

It’s in the Mail

  • Journals ~ a daily free-write, usually, for expressing thoughts on a variety of subjects, including reading responses, math problem solving & science observations

INTERACTIVE Journal Prompts

  • Poetry ~ identifying & selecting some of these styles for composition : acrostic, limerick, concrete (shapes), sensory, haiku & cinquain

50 Beginning Rhyming Words

Poetry Collections for K~5

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/grades-1-2-poetry-lessons/

Your child’s teacher may introduce the Explanatory, or How-To form of Writing. Directions and recipes are examples of this type of writing.

Editor, Please!

The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. ~ Terry Pratchett

Editor Time-MasterStudio
Editor Time-MasterStudio

The Writing Stages usually taught in the classroom are :

  • Pre-writing~the brainsorm & research
  • Organizing~thoughts & sequence
  • Sloppy Copy~ the first draft
  •   Revising~ sentence building

and then, the tiresome, but, oh so necessary,

  • Editing~ grammar, punctuation, capitalization,  & spell check for accuracy

All these steps are taken BEFORE a piece of Writing is ready to be published into ~ The Final Copy.

Need a few suggestions ?

BLB’s Revise & Edit Resources

Here are some Resources to help your Second Grade Writer with the Revising & Editing Processes:

  • Sentence Builders:

Asking & Exciting Beginnings

Words Can Make Sentences: Lists, Labels & Love Notes as Writing Literacy Tools

2nd grade HFW Lists & Games

WOW WORDS in Second Grade: 25+ Learning Games & Activities

COMPOUND WORDS CONNECTIONS: Ten File Folder Games

WORD FIXES: Contractions, Prefixes & Suffixes Literacy Activities

  • Editing Tools:

Choose A Category : Sorting Words Into Different Groups

One Frog Hops

Collective Nouns

Make That Letter A Capital

Spelling Activity Ideas

ABC Order

To the FINAL COPY & PUBLISH !!!! Share with your family, share with your friends, share with your cuddlies, share with your class ! And take a BOW!

A Definite Call to Your Family Literacy Circle 

You  encourage your Second Grader’s Writing Skills when s/he sees you :

Everyday Writing
Everyday Writing

You, also, encourage those rapidly growing memory skills, which are engaging her/him in thinking with more complexity and depth. Check out this Growth Mindset Tools Chart:

If you are participating in an Interactive Journal (see link above), you are already seeing lots of growth in your Second Grader’s writing skills.

If your child writes~and mails~ Thank You notes, greeting cards, and friendly letters to others, s/he is experiencing a personal sense of pride in her/his writing abilities.

Have the two of you created a story book together?  How about an alphabet book on animals, plants, foods, toys, etc?

Do you know how your child feels about writing ?

A Writing Attitude Survey

If your child is a Reluctant Writer, you may want to have an informal “writing attitude survey” chat with him/her.

Have this list of statements in front of you so you can record his/her responses, like never, sometimes, and/or always.

A “Sometimes” response might need some clarification ~ does it depend on the day, the subject, some hand cramps, rather doing something else, etc.

  • Do you think you are a good writer ?
  • Do you enjoy writing at school ?
  • Do you like writing at home ?
  • Is it easy to think of things to write about ?
  • Do you like to write about real-life or make-believe ?
  • Do you like to read your writing to others ?
  • What do they think about your writing ?
  • How do you feel when it’s time to write ?
  • Which do you like better : reading or writing ?
  • How do you feel about editing your work: grammar, spelling, etc ?

And now for a few more FLC Writing Resources…

Home Writing Helpers

BLB Library has an Inquiry Resource:

Inquiry Investigations: Authors, Books & Websites for Your Child’s Exploration & Discovery

And some Freebies:

KQRL Template

Home Research Projects

Kris Bales of Thought Co’s Second Grade Writing Prompts

My Checklist for Perfect Writing

With several BLB Shop Products:

MEETING PRIMARY LEVEL’S WRITING EXPECTATIONS

OH YAY! A RESEARCH PROJECT!: Processes, Templates & Resources

Plus, a Homework Hotline Helper resource from BLB’s Library:

Your Homework Help HOTLINE : Parent Involvement Strategies

So, that concludes the FLC’s Second Grade Series.

I have a new & exciting Series in the Vault ready to be released. I created it for the Independent Third Grader and above. However, your Second Grader might enjoy  these activities as well.

Hope to see you then! Thank you for reading!

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