I thought before I get totally in summer mode, I would share a couple of things we worked on at the very end of the year. I decided to create new response forms for both fiction and nonfiction. I tried it out with my kiddos at the end of the year, and they really liked the new format. You'll notice the spot for a fluency check. I like to have my students time each other as quick fluency checks on their library books. I also do fluency spot checks to make sure they are checking out "just right" books. I keep it simple, they time each other for a min. and write down their fluency. You can get the Book Bonanza in my TPT store by clicking HERE.
I also created a mini literacy unit to go along with the Big Al by Andrew Clements. I absolutely love this book and thought it would be fun unit for the beginning of the year. It has a heart warming message about friendship, so it would actually work well any time during the school year. I had a smaller group of second graders at the very end of the year for our extended year program, and we had a great time with Big Al. Here are a few pics of their work.
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You can get all the activities above by heading over to my TPT store. Of course, I had to end with a FREEBIE. So, this is a little activity to use along with all those extra Scholastic flyers you might have lying around. I like to use it in a balanced literacy station. Click on the image below to grab your freebie.