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Saturday, October 20th, 2007 by crystal

Read one of the following books to the class; Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levinson or Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington. They are both about the life cycle of pumpkins. These are short books, so the order of events should not be that difficult for the children to remember.

Type up a generic list of the events of the life cycle of a pumpkin. Mix up the entire list so that all of the events are out of order. Give each child the mixed-up list, a sentence strip, a sheet of green construction paper, a sheet of orange construction paper, a small square of yellow tissue, a pumpkin seed, and a di-cut or color sheet of a large pumpkin.

The children use all of their materials to glue the steps of the growth of the life cycle of a pumpkin in order, and make the process as they go along. They will start with the seed, then use the tissue paper to make the pumpkin flower, then use the construction paper to make a small green pumpkin and a small orange pumpkin, and finally use the di-cut or the color sheet for their final grown pumpkin. All of these things are glued on the strip in a sequence of events.
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Saturday, October 20th, 2007 by crystal

To inspire your young writers to “think out of the box”, pass out sticky notes to each child in your classroom. Tell them to think of an adjective to describe the season of autumn. Collect all the sticky notes and make a large, visible list for the children to see.

Read the book Autumn by Steven Schnur to the class:

After the story, tell the students that they are going to act like the author of this book and write their own acrostics. Create a class example using the word “Fall” so they know exactly what to do. Then, let each child write their own acrostics using some of the adjectives they all listed. Here’s an example:

Apples are yummy on a stick!
Usually, my family rakes colorful leaves together.
The best part of fall is going to the pumpkin farm.
Under stars we toast marshmallows by the fire.
My mom puts a scarecrow in the yard.
Nuts, acorns, and pine needles are all over the place!

After they write their acrostics, they can type them on the computer onto seasonal paper or they can re-write on large paper and illustrate their ideas.
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Saturday, October 20th, 2007 by crystal

“Pumpkin Cluster Chart”

This is a great way to check the children’s oral comprehension skills and abilities to summarize details. It’s also a fun fall/autumn/Halloween activity!

Before reading the The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons to the class, remind them that after hearing the story, they will be asked about what they remember. Also, remind them that they are going to have to remember specific details from the story to make a graphic organizer together.

Once the children have heard the story, ask them about four main parts of the story. (For example: growing a pumpkin, varieties of pumpkins, things to do with pumpkins, and so on) Make a large cluster chart on the board or on a sheet of chart paper using their ideas. Once completed, give each child a sheet of chart paper so they can create their own cluster chart. After that is completed, they can illustrate all of their ideas with drawings to match the ideas.
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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 by crystal

“Sensing Fall”

To get your second grade students in the spirit for the season of fall/autumn, the following writing activity and craft usually is a lot of fun and it turns out really nice too! It’s definitely a colorful fall hallway display or bulletin board activity idea.

Begin the lesson by reading the following book to the class:

It’s Fall (Celebrate the Seasons)

After reading the book, make a list of the following senses on chart paper: see, hear, smell, touch, and taste.

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Monday, July 24th, 2006 by crystal

Teaching, especially for the first time, can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful if you let it. There are so many preparations that must be done prior to school, during school, and on a daily basis. The following is a list of tips and ideas made by someone who truly had a bad case of anxiety as a first year teacher.

My story: I was so excited about becoming a new second-grade teacher. I had planned for this day for what seemed like years. I had so many teaching materials, student manipulatives, resources, ideas, and so on prepared and ready to go. Well, let me just say that NOTHING could have prepared me for the weight of responsibility that hit my shoulders when 22 seven year-olds were all sitting there staring at me with that “What now?” look on their faces. I smiled, introduced myself, then excused myself, and went and lost my breakfast in the restroom! This continued on for the rest of that day, the rest of that week, and for a couple more weeks! I had experienced an entirely new feeling- anxiety! I loved my job, but I was so sick for a while that it really took a lot out of me. Once I got the hang of it that year, I felt much better. Then the second year came and the anxiety again returned for a couple of days. From my third year on, it hasn’t been as hard but I still get those “First Day Jitters”!

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 by crystal

Once you’ve set down some rules and guideline in your classroom, there are so many fun things to do on that first day of second grade! The list below contains ideas, suggestions, and books that can be used to get the year off to a great start!

1. Name Game: Sit everyone in a circle. The teacher begins with, “My name is ______, and I______”. The student to the right of the teacher repeats, “Her (the teacher) name is ______ and she______. My name is ___________ and I like to ___________.” The game continues with the person repeating what the individual before him/her just said, and then they introduce themselves. After the circle is complete, a review of names and likes is repeated together. This is a cute and easy way to get to know everyone’s names on the first day of second grade!

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