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2nd Grade ELA resources

Here are some activities I found to help meet the ELA standards.

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San Diego Unified School District (here's the District's CCSS website--lots of resources!)

Grade 2 Curriculum Map

"I Can Statements" for each standard from Dr. Bobb Darnell on his website called Achievement Strategies, Inc. Check them out!

Reading Literature

LearnZillion Video Sequence: Close reading literature: "The Story of the Three Bears"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of the text, "The Story of the Three Bears," with illustrations by L. Leslie Brooke.

1. Identify the time period of a story using illustrations and text clues

Analyze the effect of setting on a story

3. Read dialogue in the voice of a character

4. Understand a character's personality traits

5. Use information from illustrations to understand characters

6. Describe how repeated words and phrases supply meaning in a story

7. Describe how characters respond to events in a story

Read Aloud Video (on the right side of the page)

Text of "The Story of the Three Bears"

LearnZillion Video Sequence: Close reading literature: "Why the Bear has a Short Tail"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of the text, "Why the Bear has a Short Tail" by Florence Holbrooke.

1. Answer questions about a story by rereading looking for key details

2. Identify the setting of a story by finding key details

3. Examine how characters interact through dialogue

4. Describe the structure of a myth

5. Identify character traits by finding words that show how a character is feeling

6. Identify and describe how an author foreshadows certain events

Read Aloud Video (on the right side of the page)

Text of "Why the Bear Has a Short Tail"

LearnZillion Video Sequence: Close reading poetry: "The Star"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of the poem, "The Star" by Jane Taylor.

1. Answer a question about a poem by looking at details in the text

2. Notice the describing words in a poem

3. Understand a poem's meaning by envisioning

4. Notice and describe repetition in a poem

5. Determine a narrator's feelings by noticing word choice

Read Aloud Video (on the right side of the page)

Text of "The Star"

Reading Informational Texts

LearnZillion Video Sequence: Close reading informational text: "Animals: Traits and Habitats"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of a chapter of the text, "Animals: Traits and Habitats," published by Millmark Education. This text focuses on introducing animal traits.

1. Answer a question about a text by finding facts and details

2. Determine the meaning of domain specific words to clarify understanding of a topic

3. Locate information using text features

4. Determine the meaning of words in a text using text features

5. Describe how an author supports her big idea

Read Aloud Video (on the right side of the page)

Text of Animals: Traits and Habitats

LearnZillion Video Sequence: Close reading informational text: "Energy: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of the chapter, "Energy: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy" from the book "Energy: What is it?" published by Millmark Education.

1. Identify the main topic of a text

2. Explain how an author helps the reader identify the main topic

3. Identify the main purpose of a section of text

4. Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes

5. Explain how a diagram contributes to the meaning of a text

6. Use text features to locate and answer questions about a text

7. Answer a question about a text by finding evidence

Read Aloud Video (on the right side of the page)

Text of: Energy: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy

Reading: Foundational Skills

Writing

LearnZillion Video Sequence: writing narratives in response to "The Story of the Three Bears"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the text, "The Story of the Three Bears." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit a narrative story re-imagining the ending of the story of the three bears and Goldenlocks.

1. Plan a sequence of events for a narrative story using setting and character details

2. Use evidence about characters to plan a narrative writing response

3. Write an engaging beginning to a narrative story

4. Write the middle of a narrative story

5. Write a strong conclusion to a narrative story

6. Use temporal words to signal the events in a narrative story

7. Add details to a narrative story by including characters thoughts, feelings, and actions

8. Add strong adjectives to narrative writing to make descriptions come alive

Text of "The Story of the Three Bears"

LearnZillion Video Sequence: writing narratives in response to "Why the Bear Has a Short Tail"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the myth, "Why the Bear has a Short Tail." Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit a narrative story about what happens to the bear and the fox after the bear loses his tail.

1. Plan the beginning and middle of a sequence of events for a short story

2. Plan the ending of the sequence of events for a short story

3. Add details to elaborate on events and action in a story

4. Write a rough draft of a narrative story in complete sentences

5. Add temporal words to signal sequence and timing in a story

6. Add details that describe the setting of a story

7. Add dialogue and clue words that show a character's thoughts and feelings

8. Revise a narrative story by rereading the draft

Text of "Why the Bear Has a Short Tail"

LearnZillion Video Sequence: writing narratives in response to the poem "The Star"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of the poem, "The Star" by Jane Taylor. Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit a narrative story from the point of view of the narrator of "The Star."

1. Plan a narrative using a story map

2. Add details to a story map

3. Draft the beginning of a story using a story map

4. Describe a character's thoughts throughout a story

5. Describe a character's feelings

6. Draft a conclusion to a story

Text of "The Star"

LearnZillion Video Sequence: writing explanatory essay: "Animals: Traits and Habitats"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a close reading of a chapter of the article, "Animals: Traits and Habitats" from Millmark Education. Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit a paragraph explaining "What are animal traits?"

1. Plan an explanatory paragraph using a graphic organizer

2. Add specific examples to explanatory writing by rereading a text

3. Plan introduction and concluding statements for an informational paragraph

4. Draft an informational paragraph using a graphic organizer

5. Clarify ideas in informational writing

6. Add descriptive details

7. Revise an introductory statement to include a hook

8. Revise a concluding statement to include a summary of facts and details

Text of Animals: Traits and Habitats

LearnZillion Video Sequence: writing an informative paragraph: "Energy: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy"

This sequence of process-based writing lessons leans heavily on insights from a chapter from the book, "Energy: What is Energy?" published by Millmark Education. Across these lessons, students plan, draft, revise, and edit an informational paragraph in which they explain how an object of their choice uses energy.

1. Select a topic for an informative paragraph

2. Develop points for an informative paragraph by rereading the text

3. Plan facts and definitions to support points in an informational paragraph

4. Introduce a topic by identifying the main point of the paragraph

5. Use facts and definitions to develop points in an informative paragraph

6. Write a concluding statement

7. Revise a draft using your planning sheet as a guide

8. Revise an informative paragraph by removing informal words and adding formal words

Text of: Energy: Kinetic Energy and Potential Energy

Speaking and Listening

Language

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