Welcome to Reading in 2nd grade. We will be doing several screenings the first few weeks of school to aide in the appropriate placement of your child in a small group for Reading. These screenings include finding the individual reading level for your child, sight word knowledge, and spelling of sight words. We will also use a Developmental Spelling Assessment or DSA that shows which features or combinations of letters in words your child is already using in spelling. (like digraphs, double consonants, vowel combinations, etc.)
Once Reading groups are formed, Reading will be a two hour block of time. It will begin with a 30 minute whole group mini-lesson on a reading strategy that we will be working on for the next few weeks. The remaining time in Reading is for small group time with the teacher and for independent activities called the Daily 5. Daily 5 activities begin with "must do's" which are independent activities that reveiw our reading strategies, writing and grammar skills, and reflection or comprehension activities. Following the "must do's" are free choice activities that include journal writing, reading to self or with a buddy, use of our 10 new chromebooks for access to reading programs like RAZ Kids, and some word work games for skill practice. In reading group, the students will be working with me at what we call the Rainbow Reading Table. The group will consist of 5-8 children and will have word study practice first. Then we will work on reading strategies to improve reading accuracy, fluency, word knowledge, and comprehension.
Our first Reading strategy will be visualizing. A good reader knows how to paint a picture in their head of what the author is telling in a story. This is a great skill to practice while your reading with your chld and will help increase your child's vocabulary as he/she uses words to describe what is he/she is visualizing.
In 2nd grade, students are learning how to use reading strategies to help them understand or comprehend what they are reading. Our focus this year is moving from just learning how to recognize lots of words, to reading at a good pace (fluency), with expression, accurately reading print (accuracy), and understanding what has been read (comprehension). The children learn to use what they know (their schema) and what the author is telling them (the text and pictures) combined to help them understand what has been read.
Below is a list of comprehension strategies we will be focusing on each quarter.
- Visualizing/Analyzing Character
- Fiction vs. Non-fiction text features
- Inferencing/Story Elements
- Non-fiction text features
- Summarizing/Sequence of Events/Comparing and Contrasting
- Continue Summarizing/Sequence of Events/Comparing and Contrasting
- Predicting/ Cause and Effect
- Questioning/ Main Idea
- Continue with Questioning/Main Idea
- Drawing Conclusions/Inferencing
- Determining Text Importance
- Review of All Skills