Second Grade Reading
Reading instruction contains
all of the parts of a balanced
literacy program that incorporates
the five areas of reading. In the
primary grades, reading instruction
is scheduled between 130 and 160
minutes each day. In our classroom
we will be spending about 135 minutes
to 140 minutes of reading a day.
The Framework of Reading Workshop
|Teacher Read Aloud:
Students will listen to a
book, story, poem, or other piece
of literature and have group or
partner conversations. These
discussions focus on topics ranging
from story elements to connections
with the characters or events in other books or in our own lives.We will be
using novels for teacher read aloud.
Mini lessons in Word Work and Shared reading:
Shared Reading Mini lessons
develop reading strategies and habits
of successful readers. The lessons
are selected based on Sunshine State
Standards Reading Goals and
Expectations. Mini lessons are grouped
into units of study focusing on topics
such as building a reading life,
reader's tools, character studies and elements of non-fiction text.
We will be using the Making Meaning
program during shared reading three
times a week. We will be using our
basal or Harcourt reading book for
shared reading as a whole group twice
a week. During Shared Reading with students, the teacher is actually
showing students how to read and
supporting them in the reading
Word Work is explicit and meaningful instruction in phonics and other
principles of how words are
constructed. In other words, students
are given instruction and practice to foster word recognition and meaning.
The spelling pretest and post-test
will be given during word work time
on Monday's and Friday's. On Thursday's
we will review the spelling words by
either making the words with foam
letters, or playing a word work game. Tuesday's and Wednesday's we will focus
on other areas and aspects of
constructing words, therefore practice
at home over the spelling words is very important.
Independent Reading Time:
During this time, students are reading self-selected books at their
"Just Right" reading level from their
book baskets. They are reading in
places where they do their best reading. Individual reading conferences are
taking place throughout this time as
well as book chats.
Partner and Group Reading:
Partner work is very important
to the development of a successful
reading life. During this time,
partners may read the same books or
books of the same series and spend
time sharing their thoughts and
opinions. They make predictions and
discuss how they came to their ideas.
They learn how to generate theories
about characters and use the book to support their thoughts.
Students will also be taught how to
form their own book clubs, where they
will do a five minute presentation to
the class on their book. The book
clubs will be student directed and have sign up sheets for anyone who wants to participate.
Books Chats are conducted with
classroom volunteers or the teacher
to show the student's level of understanding. Group reading or
small-group guided reading
is also used to work on specific
reading skills. Guided reading lessons
make it possible for the students not
only to read more difficult text but
to reflect and understand challenging
text and use it as a way of learning
more about the reading process.
We work through each of these
components during reading time every
day. My goal is for every student to develop a love of reading and find
success in attaining grade level expectations.
Students reading grade will
be based on the following:
1. Tests and class assignments.
2. Number of pages read per grading
3. Reading Logs
4. Book Chats
Homework is a very important part of
your child's academic career. It is included in your child's work habits
and a pattern of missed homework will negatively impact the child's grade.
For example: Home Reading Logs helps
a student's grade go up because it
increases the number of pages read
|Students are expected to read a minimum
of 5 pages a day at the beginning of
the school year with the number of pages increasing as the year progresses. My
goal is for each student to be reading between 15 and 30 pages a day by the
second grading period. This will be accomplished through Independent Reading time and at home.
First Grading Period
Number of Pages Students are Required
The minimum number of pages
that a child could read in order to
receive an S for Number of Pages Read
is 5 pages a day for 20 days each
month. This would equal 100 pages read
a month or 300 pages read for the
Number of Pages Read Grading Scale
1200 - 900 = E(15-30 pgs @ 20 days a month)
899 - 600 = V(14-10 pgs @ 20 days a month)
599 - 300 = S( 9-5 pgs @ 20 days a month)
299 - under= N
|Students will use Reading
logs to keep track of reading.
1. The school has a monthly reading
log that is provided by the media
center and the top is turned into
the media center at the beginning
of each month for a drawing to win
a book. It will be attached to your homework folder at the beginning of
each month. This Reading Log be turned
in for the drawing.
2. Independent Reading Logs will be
used in class only! Students will
record the date, title of book, number
of pages read, and a short summary of
what they read on log.
3. Home Reading Logs will provide the
same information as the independent
reading log and will be turned in on
Friday's along with the Independent
Students may trade in Home Reading
Logs for a new one whenever needed.
Independent Reading Logs
|1. Independent Reading Logs:
These logs are used during
Independent Reading Time to keep
track of the student's reading.
Logs will be collected every Friday.
If a student uses more than one in a
week, the new log should be stapled to
the front of the old log and all logs should be turned in on Friday. Logs
are worth 10 pts each.
2. Homework logs are turned in monthly
or traded in for new logs as needed.
The number of pages read will be added
into each days total for a grade on the total number of pages read.
|Book Chats will be conducted with
classroom volunteers or teacher.
When a student finishes a book that
is not considered a Reading Counts
book, they will fill out a book
chat form and stick the book with
the form inside it into the Book
Grading Scale for Book Chats
Book Chats for complete books
are worth 10pts.
|SAMPLE BOOK CHAT FORM|
|BookChat ||Name: Date:|
|Title of Book: || |
|Number of Pages Read:||Type of Chat Requested (circle one): To Show Understanding Text to Self |
Text to Text
|Summary of Book:|
*Reading Counts books can be checked out from the school Media Center or our classroom library.*
|READING COUNTS! Scholastic's "Reading Counts!" is a
reading motivation and management
program that helps encourage and
monitor independent reading. After
the student completes a book on the required list, she/he then
takes a comprehension quiz on it.
Students earn points for completing
each quiz, and their total number of
points determines a reading grade
which is calculated into the Reading
grade which appears on his/her report
How it Works:
- Students select books from a database
of over 23,000 titles from a wide
variety of publishers.
- Students read the books at their own
- Students take short quizzes on the computer to verify comprehension.
- 1. Kids read what they like.
Students choose from age and level appropriate books, literature that
appeals to their interests.
- 2. Readers get instant feedback. Personalized quiz results and
progress reports let students track
- 3. Lively congratulation screens
let students see their name "up in
- 4. Students can earn points based
on the length and complexity of each
book they read, helping to establish concrete goals. Points and scores can
be used as motivational tools at a
- 5. Kids' opinions count! Students
rate the books they have read, and
teachers can print reports of class
or school favorites.
READING LEXILE LEVELS:
Level 1 = 100-200 (BR)
Level 2 = 300-600
Level 3 = 500-800
Level 4 = 600-900
Level 5 = 700-1000
Level 6 = 800-1050
Level 7 = 850-1100
Level 8 = 900-1150
Thinking Strategies While Reading