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Using the Winter Olympics in Your Classroom

SOCIAL STUDIES – The possibilities for incorporating the Winter Olympics into your Social Studies class is endless! The different countries in the Olympics enables you to do all sorts of map activities.
·      The 2018 Olympics are being held in PyeongChang. Locate it on the map. What other countries are in Asia?
·      When reading Olympic results, locate the different countries on the map.
·      Make some of the different flags from the participating countries. Display in your classroom or in the hallway!

MATH – Graphing can be easily done using the medal counts.
·      Create a medal chart and update daily with results
·      Use the results to add and find totals

You can find a free medal chart below!

READING – There are all kinds of topics that your class can read about that relate to the Olympics.
·      Read about the different events
·      Make graphic organizers comparing and contrasting the first Winter Olympics and the 2018 Winter Olympics
·      Read about different Olympians

SCIENCE – Did you know that the first Winter Olympics was held outside? This is a great opportunity to talk about weather and climate.
·      What role does the weather have in the location of the Winter Olympics?
·      Can our city or town host the Winter Olympics? Why or why not?
·      What role does the weather have in the events? Why are the winter and summer events different?

You can find a complete cross-curricular unit that your students (and you) will enjoy below!

Hispanic Heritage Month

October is Hispanic Heritage Month. In the elementary classroom it is crucial that we not only celebrate, but learn to appreciate different cultures and the contributions they’ve made to our country. During Hispanic Heritage month, we take the time to learn about 20 different Hispanic Americans and the influence that they’ve made in our society. Below are some of the people we study during this month.

Looking for an activity to start your Hispanic Heritage month in your classroom? Check out this Hispanic Heritage Month FREEBIE!

Need a complete unit? This Hispanic Heritage Month No-Prep Unit will keep your students engaged while learning about important Hispanic Americans.

Create Your Own Math Resource Folder

Math reference folders are the perfect way for your students to have all their math references at their fingertips.

"How do you spell September?"
"What shape has 5 sides?"
"How many days are in a week?"

Math reference folders help students to help themselves! These 3-sided math reference folders are simple to make and will hold up all school year.

 Looking for ready-made reference pages? Check these out!

"Learning to Read" to "Reading to Learn": Making the Transition

One of the biggest transitions that takes place in my second grade classroom is the move from learning to read to reading to learn. Throughout the school year, we continue to work on our reading and phonics skills. However, my goal for my students is that they leave the second grade with the ability to comprehend so that they can read informational text.

Upper elementary students are required to read to obtain information. Students have to be taught how to retrieve the information that they are looking for. One of the best ways to do this is to model this skill. This can be done as a whole class, small groups, or one on one.

Before you begin, make sure that your students have the supplies that they need. My students LOVE using highlighters. Yes, when they first start using them they tend to go a little overboard with the highlighters. However, once they get used to having them they use them more wisely.

Find a text that is meaningful! I would make the text relevant to something that you are covering outside of your Reading/LA block. I would use a text that relates to your current Social Studies or Science unit.

We start by reading the text together and discussing the text before we move onto the questions. If you are doing this as a whole group activity, I would definitely have the text enlarged on a projector. Once you start the questions, read the first question aloud. Allow for time before asking students where they found the answer in the text. I like to have students come and point to the sentence in which they found the answer. Then together, we all highlight the sentence that answers the question.

Then, we write down our answers. If students have more than one color highlighter I would allow them to change colors when answering different questions.

We work on this skill quite a bit in the spring as preparation for the third grade. These skills enable my second graders to be better prepared for third grade.

Looking for some FREE reading passages to use in your classroom? Check out these FREE Social Studies and Science reading passages!