June 19-23

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.2.4:  Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.

Students receive suggested summer reading ideas from Seattle Public Library and NE Teacher-librarians. Interested readers may choose to participate in Bryant Summer Reading Bingo.


June 12-16

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Learning Standard 2.3.1: Select and use common applications.

We revisit Bryant Library electronic resources for over the summer. Students receive instructional bookmark for how to access from home.


June 5-9

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.1.1a: Practice the safe, responsible sharing of information online.

We review online safety and partners compete in Kahoot!


May 30-June 2

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 4b: Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Students perform Reader’s Theatre for Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.


May 22-26

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 1.9: Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

We read Jonah Winter’s biography, Frida, comparing to this year’s Caldecott winner, Radiant Child.


May 15-19

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 1.9: Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

We read this year’s Caldecott winner, Radiant Child, in order to compare the life of Basquiat to artist Kahlo next week.


May 8-10

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.3: Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.

Partners complete and recite poetry from spine labels.


May 1-5

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.3: Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.

Partners create poetry from spine labels.


April 24-28

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 a past winner from Washington Children’s Choice, The Two Bobbies. Students are challenged to find at least one informational text to check out.


April 17-21

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Foundation Standard 4b: Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

Students perform a reader’s theatre on The Day the Crayons Quit.


April 3-7

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

We read Washington Children’s Choice nominee, Job Wanted. Students identify personality traits of the dog and find evidence in story for those traits.


March 27-31

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

In preparation for author Brandon Mull’s visit, students discuss appeal of fantasy genre.


March 20-24

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

Students use Top Hat organizer to compare and contrast two biographies, in order to send forward top choice to next bracket.


March 13-17

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.

Week 2 of biography unit: We read second biography in order to compare/contrast to first.


March 6-10

Art docent lesson with Junior League paintings and sculptures.


February 13-20

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.

We begin a biography unit. After reading, each second grade class will nominate a finalist biography to share with other second grades. Depending on book, we will focus on different attributes.


February 13-20

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 Washington Children’s Choice nominee, I Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are. Students use facts to support their opinions about our little winged buddies.


February 6-10

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.1.2: Request and choose materials related to personal interests.

Partners finish visiting different areas of our Dewey sections to discover new reading options.


January 30-February 3

Learning Target: 21st Century Learning Standard 4.1.1.2: Request and choose materials related to personal interests.

Partners visit different areas of our Dewey sections to discover new reading options.


January 23-27

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.3.1b: Use basic navigation skills that increase in complexity across grade levels.

Partners finish identifying key words in order to conduct online searches.


January 17-20

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.3.1b: Use basic navigation skills that increase in complexity across grade levels.

Partners practice identifying key words in order to conduct online searches.


January 9-13

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

Partners complete online encyclopedia activity from last week and then independently explore site.


January 3-6

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

Partners use our online encyclopedia to respond to questions about Martin Luther King, Jr.


December 12-16

Due to annual book fair, library available for check outs only this week.


December 5-9

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 2.3.2: Visit teacher-selected websites.

Prior to reading informational text I’m Trying to Love Spiders, a Washington Children’s Choice nominee, students consider what they already know and what they’d like to learn. At conclusion we inventory gleanings.


November 28-December 2

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.

Prior to reading informational text I’m Trying to Love Spiders, a Washington Children’s Choice nominee, students consider what they already know and what they’d like to learn. At conclusion we inventory gleanings.


November 14-18

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.

We read short excerpts in order for students to identify author’s purpose: to entertain, inform, or persuade.


November 7-11

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

We read Washington Children’s Choice nominee Mummy Cat twice: once for the story through words; a second time for how the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs add dimensions to the story.


October 31-November 4

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Writing Standard 2.1: Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Partners will refer to the facts they recorded last week from PebbleGo, in order to make a case for featuring Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton on the $100 bill.


October 24-28

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Information Standard 2.9: Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

Partners will compare and contrast biographies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump using PebbleGo.


October 17-21

Learning Target: Washington Educational Technology Standard 1.1.2: Use interactive resources to practice skills, explore new concepts and describe patterns.

Partners use our online catalogs to find titles and authors.


October 10-13

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.

In recognition of anti-bullying month, we read Nerdy Birdy, which is also a Washington Children’s Choice nominee, Students identify how Nerdy Birdy defines “cool.”


October 3-7

Learning Target: Common Core Reading Literature Standard 2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

In preparation for our author visit with Mac Barnett, we read President Taft is Stuck in the Bath. Students look for places of exaggeration versus what is likely historical.


September 26-30

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

After reading Amos and Boris, students apply ideas of how they can help each other in Bryant Library.