Monday, August 17

Building Back 2 School: Language Tools

This week will be busy... and exhausting. Meet the Teacher night. First day with the kids. Yep! Here's to starting the year out strong!

Today, I'm linking up with Denise from #TeacherMom again to share some Language tools with you. This is a little tougher topic for me, because my original thought is what Language tools do I use that I can really talk about? Well, I use our basal's lessons to guide my topics and instruction. I also supplement those lessons with activities I've made or I've found in other fabulous teacher stores. What could I share about that, though?

Then, it hit me. This year, I decided to try a Word Study journal. I can talk about that!

I feel like second grade is all about word study, learning lots of new words and vocabulary as they move from ok readers to really good readers. We notice things about words all year. Second grade is like a transition in a relay race. We're moving from foundational skills to being able to really think and comprehend.

If you want to use a Word Study journal, you will need a notebook for each of your students. I personally prefer composition notebooks because the pages don't come out as easily. They're more sturdy. I like to hot glue a ribbon to the back cover that the kids can use as a bookmark. I also make sure to put a little piece of duct tape on the end of the ribbon so it doesn't fray.


Unfortunately, this will be my first year using a Word Study journal, so I don't have it all figured out. I have started pinning lots of great ideas and free resources to help me this year as I figure this notebook thing out with my kids. Yes, I will definitely give an update through the year to share how it's going. You can click on any of the pictures below to go to the resource links I've found so far.



Those are the types of activities that we will put in our notebooks as we study all the interesting things about the English language. If you have any tips or suggestions, I'd love to read them in the comments below! 

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  1. I tried interactive notebooks last year -- and my one problem was some of my friends couldn't keep track of where they were. Thanks for the idea of a bookmark! I also like how you called 2nd grade a transition year -- hadn't really thought of it that way, but that is so true! Sara

  2. I only heard of Interactive Notebook after I stopped teaching, BUT I wish I had before! They are such a great idea and teach such great organizational skills! The ribbon book mark is a wonderful idea and could be applied to all work books.

    Thanks for the tips!
    Learning with Sunflower Smiles

  3. I can't wait to see how your language notebooks pan out! I'm hoping to do something similar with my little man at home! Soaking up the ideas now :)

    And what a great giveaway! Just gave you a follow on BlogLovin! Happy road to 100!! :)

    Denise Hill, #TeacherMom

  4. Love the Interactive notebooks! I do the same with my vocabulary studies! Love your ideas!

  5. I love the bookmark idea! That is such a helpful tip. I tried using regular bookmarks and they always fell out.

    Notes From the Portable

  6. Loving the ribbon! I might be stealing that for our writing journals!


  7. I love the ribbon bookmark idea, too! :-) It would also work great for older students. Good luck with your Word Study--it sounds like you're off to a great start!

    The ESL Connection

  8. I LOVE using interactive notebooks in my classroom. Each year I tell myself I will get more creative with them (buying composition books, etc..) but never do! Thanks for the inspiration!! LOVE the ribbon idea too!!!


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