Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Collective Nouns & Freebie #11

We're getting in some review during these last 2 weeks before the end of the quarter.  It's not just ALL about Christmas!  ;-)
We've been reviewing collective nouns which (for those of you that are not 2nd grade teachers) is a new standard for most of us in the Common Core Standards.
The students have actually done very good with this concept and we've had a lot of fun with it.
When we first studied collective nouns a couple of months ago, each student made a "Four in a Row" card, gluing the phrases down on any square of their choice (not all of the phrases were used).  I have kept these and we pull them out occasionally to play the game.

Each student is given a different task card with 4 collective nouns listed. On this activity, the student writes the correct phrase by filling in the blanks using one of the four words listed on the task card, then illustrates it.  This works well for lower students.

Another activity using the task cards is to write a story that includes all 4 phrases.

As I've mentioned many times, I enjoy playing games much more than worksheets. So of COURSE, our week has to contain a couple of games!!
In one of our literacy stations, the students have several collective noun phrase cards. 

We have used them for 2 different modes of play.  The first is to simply match.  The second is to turn face down and play in the classic concentration (or memory) game.

Yet another game is "Sneaking up on Collective Nouns."  The student must turn over a collective noun phrase card and complete the phrase - ex:  A bunch of grapes (or bananas or balloons...many times there is more than one answer).  If the student is correct, he or she may move ahead one space.  The first to reach Finish wins.
All of these activities (and MORE) is included in one unit here.
Now, here is today's FREEBIE!!!
If you've missed some of the freebies, please grab them here:
See you tomorrow!