Have you heard of GoNoodle? It is a website with tons of brain breaks for your classroom. The students love them. Just a short brain break really does your students a world of good. It gets the wiggles out in a fun and interesting way. I observed in a second grade reading class Thursday morning. The students started the lesson with a few yoga stretches and then a tight rope exercise. Sorry about the blurry pictures...I had trouble keeping balance myself.
The teacher, Andrea Smith, used Primary Junction's printables. She read the passages to the class and asked questions along the way. Building comprehension is of high importance in any grade level. The students were given orange fact cards and used highlighters to locate the facts. For example, did George Washington like math or did Abraham Lincoln like math or did they both like math. This activity helps students locate evidence in the text.
I hope you enjoyed a look in a second grade class!