The purpose of this unit is to teach students how to effectively engage in class discussions after developing a class set of norms. Please note that the lessons are not listed by day. Instead, the lessons are listed in numerical order. When I teach these lessons in my second grade classroom, I will teach one mini lesson, give students an opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills with the provided activities, and then teach another mini lesson. Although the mini unit is six lessons long, I hope to teach the unit in less than a week. The lessons included three picture books: Listen, Buddy by Helen Lester, Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow and Mr. Chatterbox by Roger Hargreaves.
I also developed this unit with another purpose in mind. Unfortunately, the sad reality of teaching involves large amount of data collection. I am hoping while students work in partnerships or on independent activities to complete the necessary beginning of the year paper work and data collection.
This unit includes:
*6 mini lessons with correlated Common Core Standards for 2nd and 3rd grades
*Printable anchor charts for each mini lesson
*3 Listening and Speaking Posters
*One class book idea
*Two partner activities (Pal Ponderings and All About Us) for students to practice listening and speaking skills
Additional Activities to Supplement the Unit include
*The partner game Quiz, Quiz, Switch
*The writing activity, All About My Friend ______, which is differentiated by difficulty level.
*A Comparison/ Contrast writing activity that can be differentiated by providing the given text frame
Communicating is such a practical skill, yet one that so many kids don't have yet. I look forward to finding the books used in this unit, and presenting it ... in just a few more weeks now, when school starts!
July 17, 2012
Thank you for this unit!
July 17, 2012
Common Core is being implemented in my school this year. Thank you for a unit that not only addresses that, but also addresses kids as communicators. I love how colorful and relevant your unit is!
Mandy Gregory has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com). Mandy has over 10 years of experience.