Sunday, August 19, 2012
Common Core Curriculum Maps
Some of my teacher/ blogging friends and myself are doing a book study on this book. (If you click the book, it will take you to Amazon for more information about the book.)
The book is set up by grade level (K - 5) and has 6 week units for every grade level.
I'm in charge of Grade 2 Unit 3 --Building Bridges With Unlikely Friends
The main focus of this 6 week collection of lessons is exploring figurative language. (The essential question is "Why do authors use figurative language?") We also explore some informational text, enjoy lots of read alouds, and write friendly letters.
Building bridges is such a great introduction to figurative language! I really want to share a cool website I found on Understanding Idioms. This site has several links to examples of Idioms and Second grade is such a great place to start working on Idioms and other kinds of Figurative Language, because they're just starting to "get" it, but they still see the humor of the literal meanings of sayings like "it's a piece of cake" or "hold your horses", or even "getting out of the wrong side of bed".
Come on over to Elementary Matters for to find out more about this Unit, and a freebie on figurative language, which is the big focus of Unit 3.