English Language Arts Grade 2
Reading: Literature Standard 10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
A is for Apple: Building Letter-Recognition Fluency
Students will interact with letters in a variety of settings to better understand the letter name-sound connection; build their letter-recognition fluency through a variety of activities including the exploration of interactive alphabet sites; demonstrate their knowledge of letter names and sounds by creating an alphabet book; practice sharing their work by participating in whole-class and partner discussions.
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.
Book Sorting: Using Observation and Comprehension to Categorize Books
This lesson takes the "I Spy" genre activity a step further into more critical thinking as student sort books by a variety of criteria.
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.
Doodle Splash: Using Graphics to Discuss Literature
As students read a short story, they "doodle," either in a journal or using an online tool, responding to the text through images, symbols, shapes, and colors. They must be sure to represent all of the elements of the short story (setting, plot, character, point of view, and theme) in their doodles.
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.
Into the Book: Teacher Area
Into the Book is a rich resource for teaching and learning reading comprehension in grades K-4. Organized around eight key strategies, the website offers videos and interactive activities for students while providing short PD videos, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers.
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.
Students will define length as a measurable attribute of objects and measure using nonstandard units.
This site has a collection of poems students try to unscramble. It also includes a blank "fridge" where students can create their own magnetic words to use in poems and sentences.
This unit (consisting of 5 lessons) uses multiple materials and models to help students explore measurement. Students use objects, pictures, and symbols. Connections to children's literature, when appropriate, are incorporated into lessons. Students engage in measurement activities involving length, area, volume, time, and weight. Students practice measuring using standard and nonstandard units.
Students will model prices to 99 cents, compare amounts to prices, and count on from prices to find change.
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.
Qualitative Elements of Text Complexity Rubric for Literary Texts
This text complexity rubric provides descriptors of a continua of increasing complexity for literary texts.
A shape poem is a poem about an object or thing. It is written in the shape of the object. Make a poem in the shape of a star, a leaf, heart, fish or other shape.
Stories in Quilts
Heighten your students' awareness of how quilts tell stories that reflect the lives of the people who create them, and that record the cultural history of a particular place and time. Students will be able to understand how quilts and other cloth-based art forms are used to preserve family and community traditions and recognize that people of different countries and cultures use cloth-based art forms to pass down their traditions and history.
The Meaning Behind the Mask
Students explore the cultural significance of masks, discuss the use of masks in stories, and then investigate the role masks play in ceremonies and on special occasions in various African cultures. After students have studied these masks, they are then given an opportunity to choose a familiar story and make simple masks to perform the story.
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.
http://www.uen.org - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education
(USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education
(USHE). Send questions or comments to USBE
and see the Language Arts - Elementary website. For
general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director
These materials have been produced by and for the teachers of the
State of Utah. Copies of these materials may be freely reproduced
for teacher and classroom use. When distributing these materials,
credit should be given to Utah State Board of Education. These
materials may not be published, in whole or part, or in any other
format, without the written permission of the Utah State Board of
Education, 250 East 500 South, PO Box 144200, Salt Lake City, Utah