Spelling in 2nd Grade

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What’s Developmental Spelling?

I am a believer in using a developmental spelling approach in my classroom. A developmental approach is a phonics based program that helps my students learn how words work in the English language.  In our classroom each week we do a word study. This allows my students to look at the words and develop a deeper understanding of how spelling works to represent sound and meaning.

What does Developmental Spelling Look Like?

Our district uses the Macmillan McGraw-Hill Treasures reading series and the spelling component that goes with it. I use a lot of word sorts on the interactive whiteboard and in our interactive journals to help my students learn sounds, patterns, and the meanings of words.  My word sorts are available to me through the reading series. In addition to our word sorts, we complete a spelling practice activity per day. They have several activities to choose from.

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Spelling Activities

Each week my students are given 15 spelling words. Ten follow a phonics pattern that we focus on, two words are review words from the week prior, and 3 words are high-frequency words from the story that do not follow the phonics rule of study for the week. Each day students choose 1 spelling activity out of a mesh file folder that is filled with various practice activities.

Spelling Test

For the spelling test, I have my students spell the first 10 words. I then give them a bonus word that follows this same spelling pattern. The students must then circle the correctly spelled high-frequency word. Lastly, they must circle the incorrectly spelled review word in each sentence and write it correctly.


developmental spellingClick on the test to download an editable version of this test.

If you use the Treasures reading series then check out all my unit tests that also have editable files included in each unit here.

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Types of Sentences

Sentences Types

Types of sentences are what we always study at the beginning of the year. We begin with making a class anchor chart. It always amazes me how much my students love making anchor charts. My charts are nothing much to look at but they get the job done.

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The best part about studying the four types of sentences is creating candy punctuation sentences. As you can see, it is a delicious Friday afternoon treat and it really makes learning fun.

We used Brach’s candy corn, Red Hots, Smarties, and Tic Tacs to create our punctuation marks since I have a student with a peanut allergy this school year.  You can also use the licorice pull n’ peel as a question mark but I did not know for certain if they were peanut free or not so went with Tic Tacs instead.

You can check out the links here or below for this fun candy punctuation activity and types of sentences classroom posters to use in your classroom.

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Responding to Literature

spring breakYippee! Only one more day until spring break and I am definitely looking forward to a week filled with much-needed family time. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Mother Nature will provide Southern Illinois with some sunshine for outdoor fun too. However, you never know what she will deal you. It is not uncommon to wear flip-flops one day and have it snow the next. She is a little unpredictable…kind of like my second graders!

Since Easter is only a few days away we filled our classroom learning with spring literacy activities.  I used Jan Brett’s book, The Easter Egg because I love her beautiful illustrations and the message of selflessness the book has.

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As we read and re-read this book we focused on story elements. We used this graphic organizer as a visual tool to write about the story elements. You can grab it for FREE by clicking on the image below.

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For one of our re-reads we wanted to explore story elements in an interactive way so we used these responding to literature retelling sticks. You can check them out by clicking the image below. They were super easy to make. I laminated them (because I am addicted to my personal laminator) and hot glued them to craft sticks.

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responding to literatureI found there are different ways to utilize them in the classroom. Sometimes we pass the bucket around and I let students pull out any stick they want to discuss. (We often start the year off doing this so that students get comfortable with talking in front of  their peers and build self-confidence.) Sometimes I hold the bucket backward (so the students can’t see the words) and have students blindly pull out a retelling stick. Both methods provide a versatile way to orally review a story’s elements.

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Domain 3- The Heart of What We Do

Recently I attended a Southern Illinois Reading Council spring meeting on Effective Literacy Instruction in Domain 3. I am happy to report that I walked away with some great resources to share with you today.  I have included links to them below.

So much has changed in the educational world since I first started teaching 16 years ago. There was one computer in my classroom, a newly installed dry erase board to cover up my old chalkboard, and a teacher-centered learning environment. Flash forward to current day and there is a technology rich environment with multiple computers, a Smartboard, iPads, and a student-centered learning environment.

In the 21st century student-centered learning environment I am giving my students the keys.  My students must work collaboratively and exchange information, think critically, and have active, inquiry based learning. I am embracing this change and loving student-centered learning! How about you?

Check out some of my literacy instruction strategies and resources I use in Room #7 by clicking the images below.

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Domain 3 Tools and Strategies Links 

Formative assessments (a virtual binder full of ways to collect evidence of student learning) –Formative Assessment

Brain Breaks (I promise your students will LOVE this!) –GoNoodle

iPads in the classroom (app suggestions too)-iPads in the Classroom

Writing (broken down by grade level, visitors can find grade level specific tools and resources that relate to text types)- Illinois Writing Matters

Math (math blog that incorporates math, literacy and technology)-Creative Math in Middle School

 

On a different note…did you see my Illinois blogger button? Click it in the sidebar and view other blogs by Illinois teachers. Thanks for dropping by!

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Quotation Marks & Macaroni

Who would have thought to learn quotations marks could be so much fun with a little macaroni and glue? Now it’s no secret that I absolutely love to use food in the classroom whenever I can. Who am I kidding… the kids enjoy it too! Since today was a gloomy and rainy day in Hometown Happy Illinois we were in need of something to brighten our day.  So what did we do? We pulled out the macaroni noodles.  (I keep the noodles stored in my classroom in a re-purposed Folgers can protecting them from small rodents.) Next, each student grabbed a bottle of glue and a handful of noodles and got down to work. The students used the noodles as quotation marks and glued them in the correct place within each sentence. It was a simple, effective, and engaging activity my students enjoyed.

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