English Language Arts Grade 2
Reading: Literature Standard 1
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why,
to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
A Trip to Wonderland
This unit explores Lewis Carroll's adaptation for younger readers of his beloved classic, 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. After sharing their concepts about Wonderland, students listen to the opening chapters of the story and view Sir John Tenniel's illustrations from the original edition. Using images of 'big' and 'small' from Alice's experiences, students develop these concepts in their own drawings. Students then compare Carroll's fantastic animals with creatures from other children's stories and use computers to craft images of their own fantasy creatures.
Aesop and Ananse: Animal Fables and Trickster Tale
In this lesson from EDSITEment, students will become familiar with fables and trickster tales from different cultural traditions. They will explore how folktales employ animals in different ways to portray human strengths and weaknesses and how this wisdom is passed down from one generation to the next. These lessons introduce students to the world of folklore and explore how folktales convey the perspectives of world cultures.
All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing
This set of 3 lesson plans from EDSITEment makes poetry exciting for students as they listen to, write, and recite poems that are sure to please. By the end of these lessons, students should be able to create lines of poetry in response to poems read aloud, identify musical elements of literary language, and recite short poems or excerpts.
Animal Study: from Fiction to Facts
This lesson describes how to use selected fiction and nonfiction literature and careful questioning techniques to help students identify factual information about animals. Children first identify possible factual information from works of fiction which are read aloud, then they listen to read-alouds of nonfiction texts to identify and confirm factual information. This information is then recorded on charts and graphic organizers. Finally, students use the Internet to gather additional information about the animal and then share their findings with the class. The lesson can be used as presented to find information about ants or can be easily adapted to focus on any animal of interest to students. Resources are included for ants, black bears, fish, frogs and toads, penguins, and polar bears.
Building a Matrix for Leo Lionni Books: An Author Study
In this author study, students listen to four books by author Leo Lionni over the course of four days. Each reading is followed by discussion focusing on literary elements and comparing characters and plots. After discussion, students participate in creating and organizing information on a large matrix which depicts the main elements of that day's story. During the week, the matrix helps students review and retell each story and to compare details of two or more stories at a time. On the final day of this lesson, individual students choose any two books to compare using a Venn diagram.
Carol Hurst's Featured Children's Books
Each featured book page includes a review of the book, a listing of points from the story to discuss, activities related to the book, other related books, and links to other resources.
Cinquain Poems: A Quick-Writing Activity
In this lesson from ReadWriteThink, students write simple cinquain poetry of their own as a follow-up to a subject they have been exploring in class. Cinquain (pronounced "cin-kain") is a five-line poetic form, using a wavelike syllable count of two-four-six-eight-two.
Cowboys and Castles: Interacting With Fractured Texas Tales
This lesson explores the way versions of fairy tales are created and challenges the students to create one of their own.
A diamante poem is a poem in the shape of a diamond. It doesn't have to rhyme but each line uses specific types of words like adjectives or -ing words. You and the computer can make a diamante poem together.
Dr. Seuss's Sound Words: Phonics & Spelling Play
Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo!-Everywhere you turn, you're bound to find exciting sounds. Whether you visit online sites that play sounds or take a sound hike at school, a near-by park, or on a field trip, ask your students to notice the sounds they hear then write their own book, using sound words, based on Dr. Seuss's "Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?" By focusing on these sound words, this ReadWriteThink lesson helps students develop spelling strategies that help them move from phonemes, the sounds they make, to graphemes, the written representations of those sounds.
Fairy Tales Around the World
In this unit of six lessons, from EDSITEment, students will read and learn to understand fairy tales so that they can better comprehend the structures of literature as well as for the sake of the wonder, pleasure, and human understanding these stories can provide in their own right.
Guess What's in the Bag
This lesson, from ReadWriteThink, gives students opportunities to interact and play with language. Students will use their imagination to describe hidden objects, listen to clues, and tap prior knowledge while playing the game "What's in the Bag." This lesson challenges students to develop and use descriptive language when communicating. This lesson incorporates interactive student activities and links to a variety of web resources.
It Doesn't Have to End That Way
This lesson, from ReadWriteThink, enhances story time by encouraging students to reflect on and respond to literature. They attempt to predict the way in which they think the story will end and create an illustration that reflects their predictions. This lesson challenges students to develop an ending that connects to previously given information.
Let's Talk About Stories
This lesson from ReadWriteThink develops students' reading comprehension and understanding through a variety of interpretive activities. Students become more aware of their personal reactions as they read, develop sensitivity to language, and come to value their own curiosity about a text.
Play with Words: Rhyme & Verse
Children of all ages enjoy listening to bouncy rhythms and reciting catchy rhymes. In this unit from EDSITEment, students will use their senses to experience poetry. Students will listen to poems and rhymes, clap out syllables, and sing along with familiar tunes. They will also use puppets and crafts to help recall and retell favorite poems. Finally, students will experience the joy of crafting their own original poems.
Poetry Portfolios: Using Poetry to Teach Reading
Students learn to read and write when they have an active interest in what they are reading and writing about. This lesson supports students' exploration of language skills as they read and dissect poetry. Through a weekly poem, students explore meaning, sentence structure, rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts. After studying the poem, students are given a copy of the poem to illustrate and share their understanding. All of the poems explored are then compiled into a poetry portfolio for students to take home and share with their families. To further connect home to school, a family poetry project is suggested.
The Wonder of Leo Lionni: Increasing Comprehension with Prediction Statements
Each session of this lesson plan focuses on the strategy of "wonder" statements, asking students to stop, think, and write about what may be happening in the text periodically as they read a story. This strategy helps students think about what they are reading and helps increase reading comprehension.
Under the Deep Blue Sea
In this lesson, students have the opportunity to explore oceans and ocean life. Through creative writing and research projects, students will learn about the ocean and the creatures that live there. This resource is located on the Edsitement website.
Unicorns, Dragons, and Other Magical Creatures
This lesson will explore images of magical creatures from around the world. After discussing the special attributes of such creatures, students will view images of specific mythological creatures from two cultures--a unicorn from the South Netherlands and a dragon from Korea--and listen to stories about them. Finally, students will create puppets representing magical creatures of their own invention, or ones based on the creatures they've learned about, and put on puppet shows, dramatizing original stories about their creatures.
Using a Predictable Text for High-Frequency Words
In this lesson, from ReadWriteThink, students develop fluency as they participate in a choral reading of the predictable text. After reading the story, students construct sentences using the words found in the predictable text. Students then have the opportunity to write their own stories using the interactive Stapleless Book.
Word Recognition Strategies Using Nursery Rhymes
This lesson from ReadWriteThink uses familiar nursery rhymes to draw attention to words that end with the same letters. Kindergarten and first-grade students are encouraged to create word family lists and compare them to words in different word families.
An interactive version of making words. Students use clues to build words.
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