We have started writing friendly letters in my second grade classroom. Once a week (or so), my students will write me a letter. They must have the five parts of a friendly letter, answer the questions they were asked, and ask anywhere from 2-5 new questions back. They are also allowed to share anything else they would like to write in their letter.
When we started, I wrote a letter to the class. It said something like:
How are you doing? I am great. I am excited to write letters back and forth with you this year. Did you know that I play soccer one day a week? What are some of your favorite things to do? I hope you write back to me soon.
Our school’s literacy coach was in my classroom teaching while I started my reading assessments. We had practiced an oral response for our letters the day before and she helped them put it into writing. Here are a few of the letters I received from my students.
For the first letter, many of them forgot to include some questions to ask back to me. Since that happened while I was out of the room, I wrote a second letter to the entire class. When the students wrote their second letters, I was able to check each one to make sure that 2-5 questions were written down. Now, I just need to carve out a few minutes each day to respond to my kiddos 🙂
Practicing addition is a lot more fun if kids get to go shopping, right?!? 🛒 And, this pack is FREE, so it really doesn’t cost you anything but the time to print and cut. 🖨 ✂️ This Snowman Supplies pack is a great way for students to add four 2-digit numbers.
Look at this great book sharing idea for Valentine's Day! It's called Blind Date with a Book. Students can wrap up a good book and write a description on the outside. Then others can choose a new book based on the description!A BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK! 😍 Wrap the books and write a description on each of them- have the kiddos read the descriptions and pick a book for a blind reading date! How memorable! What an amazing idea for #valentinesday! Thank you for sharing Jessica! I see so many teachers trying this out! @thegreenelementaryteacher LOVE! #books #reading #library #blinddate ... See MoreSee Less
Now I wish I worked in a school with a staircase. I love this idea!I have all of the heart eyes for this beautiful staircase by @newacademycanogapark!!! These are some of the books they’ve read during their schoolwide book time! This is such an awesome way to encourage reading! ... See MoreSee Less