I needed an activity to use when I introduced writing in with my Daily 5.  I wanted to have ready made journals for the kids so that there were no questions about what they were suppose to be doing during writing time.  Below is a free sample of my September Journal.  You can get the full journal HERE and you can also get my October journal HERE.

Part of September

Treasures Reading: Language Reviews

The thing I loved about Saxon math was that it was very repetitive.  The students were practicing skills at the end of the year that they learned at the beginning of the year.  I really think it helped the students learn and remember their math concepts.  I decided to develop a Language Review that did the same thing.  Students learn the 4 types of sentences at the beginning of the year.  They will practice this concept until the end of the year.  The number of problems for each concept just simply decrease.  I have made these for all the reading stories except for the first 3 stories in the reading series.  To preview these unit click on one of the following:  Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit3, Unit 4, Unit 5, and Unit 6.

September 11 Tapestry

I found this idea online a few years ago and did it with my art class.  The activity was done with grades 3-5, but I wanted to try it with my 2nd graders this year.  I was unsure how they would do, but they did an amazing job.

1.  The first thing you do is draw 2 horizontal lines.  One at the top and one at the bottom.  This will divide the paper in to 3 parts.  The middle section will need to be a little bigger. 
2.  The top section is for American symbols.  They can draw anything that represents America.  We watched the American symbols on BrainPopJr to help us with this.
3.  The middle section is divided into 3 sections.  (invisible lines) On the first part, the kids draw what the twin towers looked like before 9/11.  The middle part is for what it looked like when the planes hit.  The last part is for what it looked like after 9/11.
4.  The bottom section is for them to draw what people around the world were doing the morning of 9/11.

 Below are a few pics to help explain how the project is completed.

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