Friday, November 16, 2012

Turkey Time & FREEBIE for you :)

Hi friends! TGIF! Today was a pretty long day for some reason... Usually Fridays fly by, but not today! I don't know if I am just getting anxious for Thanksgiving break or what :) Only 2 more school days! {Oh, how I envy those of you who get the full week off!!!}
This week has been all about TURKEYS! We started the week reading one of my favorite stories, A Turkey for Thanksgiving! And lucky for us, it's on our basal!
We listened to it one day and made a story map together. We discussed the characters, setting, and worked on summarizing the beginning, middle and end of the story.
The next day we had the students buddy read the story and discuss it {btw, our kiddos are doing an amazing job during Read to Someone! They are all into "checking for understanding!" LOVE IT!} When they were done, they got to make these cuties!
These were their story map booklets {inspired by Amy Lemons} that they did on their own without the help of the poster. The booklets included characters, setting, and B, M, E. They did an awesome job :)

This week we also reviewed fact and opinion. We first read Turkeys by Julie Murray.
The kids loved it! We talked a lot about nonfiction text features. I made a powerpoint with facts and opinions that I projected on the smart board. The kids had to make an "F" with their body if it was a statement of fact, and an "O" with their arms if it was a statement of opinion. Our kids have got fact and opinion DOWN!!! We made these fact and opinion turkeys.. I am not sure where I got the feathers from {they were given to me my first year of teaching}, but I used the same bodies that we used for our booklets. They wrote "Fact" on one side of the orange paper and "Opinion" on the other side...  {Next year I will use turkeys that are already labeled "fact" and "opinion." This was kind of a last minute deal and I just was not thinking!}
Then yesterday and today we practiced how-to writing using sequencing words. As a class, we wrote the steps of how to bake a pumpkin pie. Then the kids did their pre-writing of how to cook a turkey! I always LOVE this writing activity :) The kids did a great job!
{One student's planning page}
{Another student's final draft}
Well, I am off to spend some time with the hubs since he just got home! Have a wonderful weekend!!


  1. Wow, I love all your turkey ideas!! I am so excited to have found another second grade blog to follow! I'm a new follower :)
    Help Tori get to 500

  2. Your story map booklet turkeys are the cutest thing ever! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great turkey day!!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

    1. You're very welcome! Have a great turkey day yourself :)

  3. Such a cute idea! Do you have a printable for the booklet?