Mrs. McCormick's Second Grade Class
Lewis Elementary
Lewis, Iowa

We read several books about signs of fall:
The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
Why Do Leaves Change Colors? By Betsy Maestro
It’s Fall! By Linda Glaser
Fall Changes by Ellen B. Senisi.

We also read Junie B., First Grader Cheater Pants by Barbara Parks. In this book the students were taught how to write cinquains, a type of poetry. We wrote cinquains about things we see in the fall and illustrated them, using the software program Kid Pix Deluxe 3.

The benchmarks met with this project are:


The learner will read expression, i.e.: pause at punctuation, use inflection, read in phrases. The learner will recognize antonyms, homonyms, and synonyms. Language:

The learner will correctly use nouns, proper nouns, and verbs in writing. The learner will spell 80% of words correctly in spontaneous writing. The learner will write using grade-level punctuation and capitalization in their writing. The learner will correctly apply the rules of grammar. Technology:

The learner will enter simple text using a word processor. The learner will launch, interact with, and exit developmentally appropriate programs. The learner will use painting and drawing tools. The learner will work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers when using technology in the classroom.

Patricia Knox & Susan Silverman - Fall Into Autumn 2004