Testing

After breakfast a
tall, clear glass
of snow-white milk
rested outside.

The hot summer sun
sizzles my skin and
cooks the milk.

Thirsty, I …
Blech! Yuck! Plephtshw!

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Sick in Bed

a four-legged horse
with a very flat back
carried cereal and milk
which Jack will attack

with his sword and a slurp
he’ll devour his prey
this banquet for kings
will return him to play

My School, My Teacher

I hate it on the playground
when someone’s on the swing.
I wait and wait and wait my turn
but hear the lunch-bell ring.

I love it, though, in springtime
and my teacher I adore
when recess isn’t over
and she gives ten minutes more.

I hate it in the classroom
when we’re sitting down to write
and Rob blames me for punching Pete.
Teach’ knows I never fight.

I love ‘em, though, the stories
of future, present, past.
I wish those times of wonder
Could last and last and last

(Ending 1)
My school is like kitchen and
my teacher’s like a mother-
serving up the Lima beans
with cookies like no other.

(Ending 2)
My school is like a woodshop and
my teacher’s like a dad-
sanding imperfections of
rough edges that I had.

Getting Ready for Second Grade

If you spend at least 30 minutes a day reading, writing, speaking and listening in English, your English will improve.

  • Write for 15 minutes (But don’t sit and say, “I don’t know what to write about.” That doesn’t count as time writing.)
  • Read and listen for 15 minutes.

I already shared some resources for reading/ listening online.
Here is a curated list of resources to use over the summer:

Websites for Reading
Starfall Begins with sounds; continues through short stories
Funbrain Reading
Robert Munsch– Wonderful stories to read and listen

Websites for Listening
Storyline
A Story Before Bed– Read and listen to authors read their stories

Writing
Keep a journal– What did you do today?  What will you do tomorrow? What did you like?  What didn’t you like? 46 more questions to write about, 50 more writing prompts,

Reading Passages
http://www.readworks.org/summer-reading-passages  (requires a free account)
http://www.k5learning.com/reading-comprehension-worksheets/first-grade-1 http://www.k5learning.com/reading-comprehension-worksheets/second-grade-2

If you know of other great resources (there are lots of them!) please add them to the comments section.

Redemption

If rotten to the core
Means damned for evermore
Then redemption can’t be found
Not above nor on the ground

Ever? Never?

Dualistic thinking:
You float or else you’re sinking
Please rise above the fray
Visualize the shades of gray

If you’re pure down to the bone
Go ahead and throw that stone

Otherwise…

Ways to End an Opinion Paragraph

Now it is time for the first graders- How do you end an opinion paragraph?  Here I offer three possibilities.

  1. Just Say It
    Dogs are the best pet.
    Vanilla is the tastiest flavor ever!
    Minnesota will be the best state you ever visited!
  2. Simple Summary Statement
    That’s why dogs are the best pet.
    Clearly vanilla is the tastiest flavor ever.
    For these reasons, Minnesota is finest of all the 50 states.
  3. Act! Do! Go! Try!
    Go get a dog!  You will see how great a pet they are!
    So try vanilla ice cream and you will see that it is the best flavor you have ever tried!
    Are you going to go to Minnesota? Yes!  You will love the lakes and trees and snow.

Ways to Start a Story

One of my 4th graders asked me for ideas on how to start a story.  We had a great conversation and looked at some wonderful examples.  Here is what we ended up with:

Ways to Start a Story

  1. Traditional

Once upon a time there was…

  1. Dialogue (people talking)

“Mom! Help me! I can’t…” I shouted to my mom as I fell out of the tree.
———————-
“But you promised to take me to the movies today! You promised! You promised! You promised!” I started crying.

  1. Action (something is happening)

My brother slammed the door just as the rain started. This time he did not get caught in the rain. This time he did not get struck by the lightning.
———————-
I watched from behind the bookshelf as the thief snuck into the living room and opened the top drawer of the desk. He did not know I was there.

     4a.    Description (what does the setting look like? sound like?)

The spring flowers bloomed and the honeybees buzzed along the banks of the river. The sleepy town woke up to the sounds of the roaring river flowing down from the dark mountains. Something floated in the water, trapped by an old tree branch.

     4b.    Description (what does the character(s) look like?)

Jaime was only 4 feet, 2 inches tall but he was the best goalie the team had ever had. He could jump higher than kids who were 5 feet tall. But he never bragged about it. He did not have to.