Sunday, April 21, 2013

Picture Prompt Writing, Bird reports, & countdown

Happy Sunday all!  If your days are anything like mine, you have spent it cleaning, shopping, drinking high-priced coffee, lesson creating/planning and of course blog stalking.  I personally wouldn't have it any other way.  Well except for the fact that Monday is...well....tomorrow :(

My lovely class just finished up a two week unit on Bird Research!  Students were required to:

1.  choose a bird



2.  locate information via text or online
3.  list their sources
4.  strengthen their writing (these were my examples)

Then, they had to do their own!
5.  revising & editing with a peer

Let me tell you, it was a challenge!  But to top off the unit, I had my students incorporate measurement in with the writing, by asking them to build life-size versions of their bird.  This was probably the ONLY motivation that got most of them to complete all the steps for this report! 

6.  measurements

(hummingbird, penguin, roadrunner & a Dodo)

Next up, is my Picture Writing Prompt Packet
Hot off the press is my picture prompt writing packet.  At this point in the year, kids should have mastery of the 3 most focused genres of writing in 2nd grade.  Because its the end of the year, I'm giving my kids a little freedom, and allowing them to choose the style of writing they want to do.  So with each picture, there are 3 different prompts to write about, one of each genre.  Check it out!

   I apologize for the extra long post, but it is FORBIDDEN to post twice in one day!!  The last thing I want to say is that, I have 29 days of school left.  That's all. I will give 3 of these packets away to the first 3 followers to comment and tell me how many days you have left!   Have a great week!


  1. I absolutely love your bird projects!! I'm your newest follower. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Thank you for stopping by Brandee! I just found your blog this morning thru the mentor text linky!!

  2. I love that you took your kids through the research process in such a supported way! Awesome!

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  3. Qiana, I love the bird reports. The support and scaffolding you provided is soooo important and amazing! I also love that you incorporated some math by asking them to create "life-size" measurements of birds. Integration of subjects is so important to me anymore that I try to get all subjects to come together as much as possible! I'm so glad I found your blog from Forkin 4th's giveaway - cannot wait to see more :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees

    1. Thank you Sara! My kids have struggled with writing ALL YEAR!! But, they were super excited about this report and nobody complained about all the steps!!I'm so glad you stopped by :)

  4. Thanks, I have 31 days left before summer break...this writing idea is so well laid out. Thanks for putting it out there.