Great ideas! In second grade, I use pre-made graphic organizers for my students' reading response journals (Venn Diagrams, character maps, story element organizers). I would like to branch out of the organizers later in the year and get some of the kids' 'fat' thinking ideas incorporated into their notebooks as well. We spend A LOT of time working on developing 'fat' or 'thick' thinking and talking ideas!
I believe I would do that in second grade as well, Charlene. Eventually for more difficult skills, I know that Scholastic and other places like Eduplace online have TREMENDOUS graphic organizers. We are focusing on main idea a little right now- in this time, I am also focusing on questioning and jotting thoughts so they can look at the details that add up to the main picture. - Victoria
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