Friday, January 28, 2011

Second Grade Reseach Unit

Second grade has done an awesome job researching the three types of forests this week in the library: Coniferous, Deciduous, and Rain Forest!

This is the cover of the research unit. I encouraged the kids to draw in additional plants and animals they might see in a forest.
The triple venn diagram was quite challenging, but the second graders were up for it!
This chart has three pages. Feel free to let me know if you'd like a copy of them.
Students cited their sources on the last page.
I'm so proud of our Allen second graders for learing so much this week during our research unit. Next week, they will continue to learn about the different animals in each forest.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program

Are you ready for some Six Flags fun? To earn a free ticket, you need to read for fun for a total of six hours. Reading for a class assignment or homework doesn't count. You can use the form below to help you keep track of all of your reading. Don't forget to turn it in to your teacher by February 25th! I hope to see you at Six Flags!!!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bluebonnet Voting Results At Allen

The votes are in, and the following three books received the most votes:

Umbrella Summer 55 votes
11 Birthdays 50 votes
The Uglified Ducky: A Maynard Moose Tale 22 votes

Monday, January 24, 2011

Book of the Week: Because of Mr. Terupt


This is a story that will stay with me for a long time! You'll want to have a box of Kleenex handy while you read about seven fifth graders whose lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt. F BUY

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Second graders are gearing up for a library unit on different types of forests.  Before that, though, they'll be learning some important note taking skills.  Here is a powerpoint that will teach them about those essential trash and treasure words.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Book of the Week: Grounded


This is a prime example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.  What an awesome story!  You won't want to miss reading this one.  Did you know that the author of this title, Kate Klise, will be visiting Allen next year? 

After her father, brother, and sister are killed in a plane crash, twelve-year-old Daralynn's life in tiny Digginsville, Missouri, proceeds as her mother turns angry and embittered, her grandmother becomes senile, and her flamboyant aunt continues to run the Summer Sunset Retirement Home for Distinguised Gentlemen,  while being courted by the owner of the town's new crematorium.  F KLI

Thursday, January 6, 2011


A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of school.  E HEN

After reading Wemberly Worried to first graders, we put together a book of first grade worries.  It will be available for check out from the library. 



Top Six Worries of First Graders:
*family members
*pets
*first day of school
*spelling test
*monsters under the bed
*forgotten lunch


Monday, January 3, 2011



When Shante' is sent to find black-eyed peas for her family's New Year's celebration, she learns about each of her neighbor's New Year's traditions in their home countries.  E PIE