The best way for students to learn something is to make it relatable and relative to their own lives. We are currently learning about common and proper nouns. We have mastered what a noun is, but we are working on being able to tell the difference between a proper noun and a common noun.
I modified this idea from Amy Lemons, and my students had a blast with this. They were each given two half sheets of paper and two index cards. Before they could write on their index card, they had to draw a picture of a common noun on one half sheet of paper and a proper noun on the other half sheet of paper. Then once their drawings were complete, they wrote a sentence for their common and proper nouns on the index card. Students had to underline their proper and common noun to prove that they knew the difference.
My students were really engaged and excited about this activity. We hung it up in the hallway so that parents could see the students' hard work during Parent/Teacher Conferences.
This past week was full of real moments that challenged me, but have reminded me why I do what I do every day. We always end our weeks with a class meeting where we share things from our week. We call this our pit and peaks!
Some of the pits really tugged on my heart strings...
Yesterday was a student's birthday, and he told me that he didn't get to celebrate much at home or bring anything to school. I asked him what he'd want to bring to school with him to celebrate and he told me vanilla cupcakes with colorful frosting (preferably Pokemon).
It was my mission last night to find cupcakes for him, and after a few strikeouts I asked the baker at Hyvee if she could add some color to the cupcakes.
When the student got to school, I told him I was sorry they weren't exactly Pokemon cupcakes but they were colorful!
His response- "That's okay, Ms. Mitchell. They're still awesome!"
Appreciate the small things in life.
Hi! My name is Mikaela, and I am currently in my second year of teaching second grade. I am working at a Title I school with a diverse population of learners.