Calling all 2nd and 3rd grade teachers! Do you need an easy opinion writing unit that doesn’t take YEARS to prep, is common core aligned, engaging, and student centered? Well look no further!
OPINION WRITING PACK GRADES 2-3
From ready to print anchor charts, to sorts, games, graphic organizers, writing prompts, assessments, checklists, etc. this pack has pretty much EVERYTHING you need to start a successful writing unit. One of the reasons I love this unit so much is because of the resources to help scaffold and differentiate instruction when needed. If you teach ELL students, this resource is especially helpful! The graphic organizers, charts, sentence stems, etc. really help every student succeed! I even included a breakdown of how to use all the resources to implement a 4o day opinion writing unit!
A few years back when teaching 2nd grade, I was trying so hard to teach opinion writing with the common core standards without having all the resources I really needed. I felt that my teaching was all over the place. I would use free revised Lucy Calkin’s lessons that I found online, various common core aligned lessons/activities/printables I found, and random books I had in my classroom library to help. While I was happy with how my students’ writing was improving and progressing, I felt lost, stressed, and ALWAYS thinking about WHAT I was going to teach next. I never really had a full plan with where I was going. That’s when this pack was created. It made my life so much easier, my students writing so much better, and it was actually a very fun unit to do! Other teachers have tried it and so far I’ve heard only positive results! I hope your classroom has the same success and fun as well!
PREVIEW THE ENTIRE PRODUCT HERE!
Get one of the opinion writing graphic organizers for free HERE!
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Before students can become fluent readers, there are many foundational skills needed. One skill is knowing the difference between lowercase and capital letters. An easy way to help your students practice this is by SORTING! Here’s an easy no prep cutting/gluing sorting page:
Another foundational skill that readers need is the ability to distinguish between letters and words. Here’s a sort for that!
If you think you could use these in your class, check out all 12 of the sorts I’ve created right here: LETTER SORTING!
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I’m not sure exactly why, but I LOVE teaching parts of speech. So it’s probably not a surprise that I’ve created yet another product for them!
These printable sheets will give your students more practice with learning and understanding parts of speech while also letting them have fun! This fun pack is aligned with the Common Core to meet the language standards L 1.1 (first grade), L 2.1 (second grade) and L 3.1 (third grade).
Check out the full product HERE!
These are just a few pages from the 35 page product I created. They are perfect for literacy centers, independent practice, assessments, homework, or early finisher activities.
Hope you like them as much as I do!
I remember a day a few years back when I was reading with a student. That student was completely guessing on words she didn’t know. I had recently taught the class the strategy “cross checking” (Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?). I knew that we had an anchor chart displayed in the room somewhere and I kept reminding this student to look at it. It was apparent that the student needed a reminder right in front of her to help her with this strategy. So, I created READING STRATEGY CARDS!
Here’s what you do:
- Print a bunch of them (I suggest at least 20 of each strategy card)
- Laminate and cut them all out
- Organize them in baggies, a file folder, a binder with sheet protectors and dividers, or any other way that works for you so that you know how to easily get to each strategy card
- Have them ready wherever you work with students (mine were in a binder on my guided reading table)
Then, when you are working with a student and you see that they need to be taught/reminded of a strategy, bring out the card, teach/reteach the strategy to them, watch them practice it, and send them off with the strategy card. They can keep them in plastic bags or keep them on binder rings.
I have all my students have all their strategy cards out in front of them while they read in the classroom. When I meet with students one on one to read, they have them out and we review them. When I meet with small guided reading groups, they have them out. When they partner read, they have them out. They are ALWAYS out when reading.
When I notice that a student doesn’t need that strategy out as a reminder anymore, I have them return the strategy card to me. This just makes it so they don’t have 15 cards out in front of them. I suggest no more than 3-5 cards at a time.
I have created 36 reading strategy cards that are all aligned with the Common Core Standards. Here are the strategies that are included:
You can get the reading strategy cards here!
Still aren’t sure you will use them and LOVE them? Try a few out for free here!
Let me know how you like them!
As I’ve mentioned before, I am OBSESSED with sorts. I think sorting is such a great activity for so many reasons:
- teaches students about relationships of things and classification
- encourages logical thinking
- helps students organize ideas
- helps with compare and contrast
- students love it!
I had a handful of second grade students that were really struggling with long and short vowel sounds. They would overgeneralize a rule (ex: when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking) and run with it. Each of these students had a strategy card in front of them when reading reminding them to “flip the sound” (if the short vowel sound doesn’t work or make sense, then flip the sound and try the long vowel sound). If you’re interested in this strategy card (along with other reading strategy cards), you can check them out here! While the strategy card helped at times, they still needed more practice and support with their vowel sounds.
I decided to create some long vowel/short vowel sorts to help the handful of students. It ended up being such a success, that I implemented them during my Daily 5 time for word work for many of my spelling/word work groups.
GET LONG VOWEL/SHORT VOWEL SORTING FUN HERE!
If you have any students struggling with vowel sounds, you need an engaging activity for word work, Daily 5, or literacy centers, or you just want some easy no prep sorting pages to keep on hand, here you go!