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! 

Denise, from #TeacherMom, loves to hold giveaways, too, so as part of this link-up, you will have lots of opportunities to win some awesome products. This week, I decided to offer the winner of my giveaway any product from my store BUT if my store makes it to 100 followers, I'll choose 2 winners AND if my blog also makes it to 100 followers, I'll choose a third winner! Yep, any product from my store. Your choice.

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