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2nd Grade's Gone Batty!
Ms. Parker and Mrs. Forsen's second grade classes have been exploring bats and integrating their findings into their daily lessons and projects. Bat Day started with an investigation into nonfiction text. The students helped to create a class Fact Bat with new information that they gained from the book's text. They built on their reading strategy of schema and connections and used their background knowledge to form new learning and a deeper understanding of the information. Students then each completed a graphic bat organizer that included identifying the main idea and supporting details from the story.
Later that day in writing, they did their own research on the digital reading app Epic!. Students had been learning about paragraph structure and were able to use this knowledge to begin writing their individual informational paragraphs about bats.
Day 2 of Bat Day included a comparison of fiction and nonfiction genres. They read the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon and worked together to chart story elements. They recorded their findings in their Reader's Notebooks, including new learning, connections from the previous day, and their thoughts and wonderings.
The completed class graphic organizer included many story elements, including characters, setting, problem, and solution. They also worked in partnerships to retell the story orally. Research continued in writing using their new schema from the class read aloud's to create their main idea, supporting details, and wrap up sentences in their formal paragraph.
A bat craft, snack, and math review game completed this mini-unit. Second graders really enjoyed becoming bat experts in the second-grade bat cave!
Mrs. Forsen teaches Second Grade at Oakhill Day School.
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