November 19, 2017

2nd Grade Verbs Review Activities



I have been noticing that applying our grammar skills has been an area that my students are struggling most with during our ELA assessments. While grammar takes up a good portion of our literacy block, clearly my students need more support.

Keep reading to find out how we reviewed.

Starting this week I have begun to spiral our grammar skills more in class. I feel that too often students memorize something in order to do well on a test and then it is forgotten. Application is also a large part of students to show they have mastered a skill.

In my classroom we use Journeys for our reading series. Lesson 10, Super Storms, focuses on action verbs. To review for our upcoming test we complete centers focused on action verbs.

Not only were these centers fun for my students, they showed me a lot of where there weakness and strengths are. 

Headband Game


This was so much fun! I saw other teachers take a spin on the popular game and play it in their classroom to review concepts. So, I figured I would give it a go!

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Boom Cards/Task Cards


At the second station, students worked on the laptops to complete the boom cards I created. For these cards, students had to read the sentences and type the verb in the box. Cards are self-correcting for students. In addition, the teacher can view the data on the individual students. Great way to assess your students as well.


If you have not tried Boom Cards yet, I have included traditional task cards as well. Students will read the sentences and write the verb on the recording sheet. My students love to complete task cards as a whole group scoot game!

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Verb Tense


During our rotations, one group was always working with me. My students are still struggling with present tense and irregular past tense verbs. So - that is what we reviewed!

Students had to identify the verbs and then the correct spelling for each verb tense. If time remained, we practiced using the verbs in sentences.

Noun and Verb Sort

Our final station is one students will need to identify nouns and verbs. A few of my students are still struggling with the concept of nouns vs verbs, so this will certainly be in the rotation again. 

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November 16, 2017

Using Boom Cards in the Classroom



I have to tell you all, I am LOVING Boom Cards in my classroom. Even better, my students are loving them. If you are not familiar with Boom Cards click here to read about getting started.

How Am I Using Boom Cards?

Boom Cards are used in my classroom daily during Math Centers. During centers there is an option for "At Your Seat". Instead of having my students work with paper and pencil we utilize our laptops for Boom Cards.
Students use Boom Cards on laptops during centers.


Feedback From Students

Boom cards are still relatively new, and therefore my students have not been exposed to them. I know this because I am teaching coworkers about Boom Cards! Since they are new for my students there is a huge buy in from my students. One reason students are enjoying the cards is that they can work on them from home and redo sets that they enjoy.

Student Data

I created log ins for my students and assign all decks to my students. This allows me to collect data on my students, as well as analyze their errors.
Data from Boom Cards
With data and I am able to analyze that the student did not know or listen to the word. 

Great for Early Finishers

Including centers I have also left out laptops for students to complete ELA cards when they are finished with an assignment. My students quickly understand how to sign in and select their decks to complete. Decks do not require teacher support as there is audio included in some slides.

Homework

Send home your log in codes for your students to practice at home! During conferences I had some great feedback from parents that their child was excited to practice!

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