April 23-27

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 2.1a: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Students vote for favorite Washington Children’s Choice nominee.


April 16-20

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

We read Blizzard by Rocco, and students explore theme.


April 2-6

Learning Target: Common Core Speaking and Listening Standard 2.1a: Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).

To prepare for our author visit with Dan Santat and Aaron Reynolds, we read selections and discuss.


March 26-30

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

To finish our exploration of the Washington Children’s Choice nominees, we read two books: The Darkest Dark and The Bad Mannered Wolf. Students compare and contrast how characters respond to challenges.


March 19-23

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 2.8: Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

In preparation for a visit with author Katherine Applegate, we read Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Students determine author’s message.


March 12-16

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

We read Washington Children’s Choice nominee The Princess and the Warrior. Students relate back to folktale characteristics.


February 26-March 9

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

We read The Case for Loving. Students relate story to the idea of home.


February 12-16

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

We read Yep’s The Dragon Prince and determine the central message.


February 5-9

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 2.6: Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

Continuing our lesson from last week, students identify author’s purpose in Pink Blobfish.


January 29-February 2

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 2.6: Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

Students identify author’s purpose in short excerpts.


January 22-26

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

We read I am Martin Luther King, Jr. Students discuss traits of biographies and visit our biography section in library.


January 16-19

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.2.2: Request and choose materials related to personal interests.

Partners complete Dewey section scavenger hunt and share insights.


January 8-12

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.2.2: Request and choose materials related to personal interests.

Partners familiarize themselves with different areas of the library and identify one book of interest in each Dewey section.


January 2-5

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.1: Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.

We read selections from Mac Barnett in preparation for his author visit on January 11.


December 4-8

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 3.3.5: Contribute to the exchange of ideas within and beyond the learning community.

Using a die, students make “rolling recommendations” for reading.


November 28–December 1

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

Students consider the themes of inclusion and acceptance after we read Nerdy BIrdy Tweets.


November 13-17

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

Partners use our Online Patron Access Catalog (OPAC) to find authors and titles.


November 6-10

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 2.2.1: Develop skills to use technology effectively.

Partners complete Britannica School exercise from previous week.


October 30-November 3

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology 1.3.2a: Gather information using selected digital resources.

We introduce students to Britannica School. Partners will take turns “driving” the program to find and record information.


October 23-27

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

We read Mac Barnett’s How This Book Was Made. Students discuss taking care of books in the context of a reading community.


October 16-20

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

We read one of Washington Children’s Choice nominees, Sean Taylor’s Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh! Students make text-to-text connections and discuss possible messages (themes).


October 9-12

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

We read The Monsters’ Monster and readers make connections to story.


October 2-6

Learning Target: 21st Century Skill 4.1.8: Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.

We read one of Washington Children’s Choice nominees, Sherman Alexie’s Thunder Boy, Jr. Students consider secondary names for themselves.


September 25-29

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

We read Steig’s classic, Amos and Boris, to identify how characters overcome obstacles.


September 18-22

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

After reading The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School, students apply ideas of how they can take care of selves in Bryant Library.

 

 

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