Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Super Kids Reading Program

The Super Kids Reading Program would make a wonderful asset to any 2nd grade classroom. My school purchased this for my class last year and I was so head over heels for this program that I purchased a small part of it with my own money to use this year. 

Check it out at

They provide a library of books and non-fiction magazines that allow the teacher to have enriching guided reading lessons through out the school year. I purchased the magazines and I'm following the exact same format in my class this year. We do fiction for two weeks and non-fiction for two weeks which gives of a 50/50 experience with both types of text.

If your school is looking for a new reading program, I highly recommend checking this one out. It literally has everything you need!
                                              Mrs. O'Brien

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy this fun, St. Paddy's freebie with your students! 
I plan on using it tomorrow and surprising them with mini water bottles filled with green water! Since the story is about Lucky Leprechaun Water, I'm sure they'll love it! I hope your kids do too!

Mrs. O'Brien

Monday, March 3, 2014

Author's Purpose Checklist Freebie!

If your students are like mine, they sometimes have trouble determining the author's purpose for different types of text. Feel free to use this Author's Purpose Checklist to help support them with this tricky skill!


Students can use this sheet to help them choose the correct author's purpose while reading and practicing this skill.

Mrs. O'Brien

Also, you can purchase this fun game to help with even more practice!

Purchase this game on TpT!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Up, Up, and Away!

This week in science, my students have been learning about air, wind, and weather. I posed following question to my class: 
"How can the wind move things that are light?" We discussed this in class for a few minutes. Students used background knowledge and example of things that they see every day like leaves blowing in the wind, paper getting blown down the street, and seeing "trash tornadoes" spin around on the sidewalk.

We made some predictions about how the wind would effect our paper kites and devised a plan to see if our predictions were correct. Then, we experimented!

We came back inside and recorded our information and observations like good scientists do!

My students had a great time! Try this out in your class some time.

Mrs. O'Brien