Opinion Writing: The Best Pet

My class has been busy writing opinions on which animal makes the best pet.  When we begin a unit of study, I like to read lots of books to my students so they get lots ideas on a topic.  Then we do lots of brainstorming together and I model many times.

Opinion Writing:  The Best Pet

Here is a great video to introduce opinion writing.

I like to start the unit by reading the book, Write an Opinion! by Kristen McCurry.  It is a great way to introduce what an opinion is.  We continue reading other books for ideas on what makes a good pet.  After brainstorming ideas, my students fill in their graphic organizers and begin their rough draft.  Click on the picture below for your free copy of the graphic organizer and writing paper.

I have included links to my favorite books to use when teaching opinion writing unit of study. (contains affiliate links)  Click on the book and it will take you to Amazon.      

Valentine's Day Ideas and Activities

It is hard to believe that February is just around the corner.  Here are some ideas, activities, and freebies to help you plan for the upcoming month.

Directed Drawing
My students love to draw.  I found this directed drawing activity on YouTube by Cassie Stephens.   We used oil pastels for the first time and the students had a blast drawing the various animals. 


My students enjoy going to centers.  This gives me time to work with individual students or small groups.  These Valentine's Day centers include missing addends, word problems. skip counting, adjectives, synonyms. telling time, and mental math.  A Valentine's review booklet is also included in the packet.  It is a great review for second graders.  You can check it out HERE.

Second Grade Math Centers

I found this FREE resource from Curriculum Castle.  Students predict whether candy hearts sink or float.  They also observe what happens to the candy when it is dropped into different liquids.  It is an easy way to incorporate science into your curriculum.  

I give my students morning work that reviews the skills that I have taught them.  It is also a quick informal assessment that tells me which students need additional help.  You can get your FREE copy by clicking the picture below.  You can buy the packet at my TpT store.

Second grade morning work

I found this adorable bulletin board FREEBIE and writing activity from Primarily Speaking.  

Grab these counting money task cards HERE.

Counting money task cards

Need more ideas and freebies for February?  Check out another post here.