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Telling Time: Reading and Understanding Nonfiction—with FREE download!

Posted by Hilary Gard on May 23, 2017 3:15:00 PM

Today's post features our new guest blogger, Hilary Gard, who is a 2nd grade teacher. If you like this post, make sure to check out her blog, Primary Planet!

Hi! I’m Hilary from Primary Planet and I am guest blogging at Hameray today!

Today, I am here to talk about reading and understanding nonfiction. Students often have a hard time remembering what they read when they read nonfiction. When we read nonfiction books together in class, we stop often to check for understanding. The books in the Real World series are a perfect way to make reading a “real world” experience!

One strategy that I use often with my students is to use sticky notes. Before we read a nonfiction (or fiction, for that matter) book, we stick sticky notes on every few pages. When we reach the sticky note, we say what we’ve learned from that section. Having students tell what they learned or teach a friend what they learned is a great way to for students to remember what they are reading about.

If we are reading independently, we write down what we learned on the sticky note. This is a great way to gauge what students are learning and remembering when you conduct reading conferences with your students.

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In this book What’s the Time?, the students read about different ways to tell time. We used a Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer to record the information we learned from the book.

After we read and filled in our graphic organizers, the students shared what they had written down with their partners.

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You can get your own copy of the Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer by clicking the link below. 

>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS BOOK <<

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you and your students enjoy the little freebie!

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Hilary Gard has been teaching for 17 years, 13 of those years in 2nd grade. She is a children’s book collector and does a weekly book series called Book Talk Tuesday on her blog, Primary Planet.

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To download Hilary's Nonfiction Notes Graphic Organizer, click the left image below. For more information about Story World Real World, click the right image below.

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Topics: Real World, Reading Comprehension, Nonfiction, Hilary Gard

Teaching Character Traits with Little Red Riding Hood—with FREE download!

Posted by Hilary Gard on Apr 25, 2017 3:07:00 PM

Today's post features our new guest blogger, Hilary Gard, who is a 2nd grade teacher. If you like this post, make sure to check out her blog, Primary Planet!

Hi! I’m Hilary from Primary Planet and I am guest blogging at Hameray today!

Today, I want to talk about teaching character traits. I recently used Little Red Riding Hood, retold by Alan Trussell-Cullen from the Story World Series, to teach character traits in my classroom.

Most of my students had heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood, so before we started reading, we had a conversation about the important events in the story. With so many versions, sometimes the ending differs from book to book.

We read Little Red Riding Hood together and talked about how this particular version was the same or different from the other versions we know.

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Then, we started talking about the characters. We decided that the two main characters in this story are Little Red and The Wolf.

We talked about what character traits are, and decided that there are character traits that you can see (outside traits) and traits that make the characters the people that they are (inside traits).

Then, using the activity sheets that you can download below, we listed outside and inside traits together for Little Red Riding Hood. I completed mine on the document projector with the help of the students.   

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Next, we had a discussion about the wolf. The kiddos had a great time talking about his character traits. Then, they worked with a partner to fill out the page with the character traits of the wolf. We also switched partners to see if they could add anything new to their pages. After that, we came back together to compile our findings on a class page about the Wolf.

Teaching character traits is an ongoing lesson in my classroom.  We talk about the traits of characters often during read alouds, reading conferences, and in small groups.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you and your students enjoy the little freebie!

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Hilary Gard has been teaching for 17 years, 13 of those years in 2nd grade. She is a children’s book collector and does a weekly book series called Book Talk Tuesday on her blog, Primary Planet.

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To download Hilary's character traits activity sheet, click the left image below. For more information about Story World Real World, click the right image below.

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Topics: Story World, Character Traits, Hilary Gard

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