The Last Two Weeks: Spookley and Main Idea Fun!

Hi Everyone!

I have to be honest. I started this post on Sunday, and am JUST finishing it up now… oops! Anyway, I have some great stuff to share from my second grade classroom. My kiddos have been hard at work and of course we had some Halloween fun. 🙂

First, check out these adorable glyphs we made to go along with the book The Legend of Spookley! They came out SO cute!


{Click here} to grab this glyph in my TpT store. I realize that Halloween is over, but better late than never!

We have also been focusing on finding the main idea of a non-fiction text.

Here’s the anchor chart I made. I really liked this one!

Main Idea Anchor Chart

My kids really liked the hamburger comparison, and I think it was the first time that I taught main idea and didn’t feel like I was speaking a completely foreign language. Yay!

As we read together, I had my kiddos jot down details from the read aloud. They then paired and shared them. As a whole class, we determined possible main ideas. Then, they made these adorable main idea flipper projects!

We studied pumpkins.

Pumpkin Main Idea Flipper

And we also studied bats.

Bat Main Idea Flipper

Do you like what you see above? Well, you can grab the whole packet at my TpT store! It has main idea and detail flippers for every season (15 total), and I’m super excited about it. It also includes 2 graphic organizers and a printable version of my Main Idea poster. I have been working on this baby for over 3 weeks trying to perfect it. It’s on sale for only $3 for today and tomorrow.

Just click the picture below to grab it!

Main Idea Flippers Pack

We also worked on bats this week because it was a short week.

I read aloud a different non-fiction bat text everyday, and my kiddos used their handy dandy Bat Data Books to write down the details and main idea.

Bat Data Book Cover

(Notice the Bat is saying “She’s learning about me!”) Love it!

Bat Data Inside

Bat Data Inside 2

At the end of our short week, they took what they learned from all three texts and wrote a paragraph explaining what they learned about bats. I gave them their topic sentence and told them to write three details and a closing sentence. I was very impressed with how they did. 🙂

Bat Data Paragraph 2

Bat Data Paragraph

AND your reward for reading all that? Click any picture of the Bat Data Book above to download it for free!

Before I go, I also wanted to let you know that I posted the first 2 months of my 2nd Grade Welcome Work (aka morning work). It’s been fantastic in my own class, so I wanted to share. It’s only 2 pages per week and is common core aligned. I plan to continue to post every 2 months and then I’ll bundle it up at the end of the year.

2nd Grade Welcome Work

Have a great rest of your week! 🙂

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