CCSS Language Arts

Reading Standards for Literature

RL.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Web Resources
Wh Questions- Change Statement into questions
iPad Apps
Aesop's Wheel of Fables
FableScapes-Create original stories starting from a wide variety of characters and scenarios.
How Zebras Got Their Stripes -Free Level K
Stories2Go -Many free stories - Fables, Folk Tales
Cinderella-Award winning retell
Question Builder-Answer questions based on illustrations
Three Little Pigs: The Wolf's Story-Free Level O reader-The wolf's point of view
Poetry Magnets
Clever Tales-A collection of 40 different clever tales-Allows you to search for a specific character or topic
iBooks-Hundreds of free books (Books>Children&Teens> Free)
LAZ Level N Library
LAZ Level O Library
LAZ Level P Library
Reading A-Z - Offers one free story at each reading level
Popplet Graphic Organizer
RL.2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or
Between the Lions-Folktales and Fables
Aesops Fables – Interactive Books
AesopSITE – Animated Books
RL.2.3. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Character Scrapbook-Scholastic
Character Scrapbook – Create a scrapbook of characters from stories.
Character Trading Cards
RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Rhyming Words- BBC
Poetry-BBC: play, read, watch, quiz
Voki – Speaking Avatar – free teacher account required - Have students discuss rhythm using an avatar -– voki classroom also available
Mighty Books - Interactive songbooks
RL.2.5. Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Elements of a story-(setting, characters, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax, resolution)
Poetry Magnets- Magnetic poetry – great on SMARTBoard
Plot Diagrams - Read, Write, Think-Beginning, Middle and End
RL.2.6. Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Point of View
RL.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.
Elements of a story-(setting, characters, sequence, exposition, conflict, climax, resolution)
Interactives: Elements of a Story -Interactive Web site where students can learn about different literary "ingredients" that make up a story
RL.2.9. Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Mother Goose- project for student and teacher lesson plans
Compare and contrast Interactive – Higher Level
Fractured Fairy Tales -Some information may be above grade level. Group activity suggested.
Printable Graphic Organizers
Graphic Organizers - Pdf, html or Word
More Graphic Organizers
BBC Graphic Organizer – Interactive
RL.2.10. By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Stories with built-in comprehension

Reading Standards for Informational Text (RI)

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RI.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details
in a text.
Web Resources

Wh- Questions

Reading Workshop Activities for Informational Texts

Who, what, where, when, why, how – Graphic Organizer

Teacher Resource Guides for PBS Arthur

All About Me – Lesson Plan

Fact Fragment Frenzy – Finding Facts Interactive
iPad Apps
Art Around Us - LAZ Reader
Coral Reefs - LAZ Reader
Desert People - LAZ Reader
How to MakeLemonade-Free Level M reader
Introducing Planet Earth-Free Level L reader
The Magic School Bus :Oceans
Totem Poles-Free Level N reader
RI.2.2. Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Identify the Main Idea – Interactive Practice

Main Idea Tutorial – Interactive

BrainPop – Main Idea
RI.2.3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text
Sequence of Events – Interactive Lesson

Teaching Story Sequence – Teaching Strategies

//“Six Reasons to Use Informational Text in Primary Grades”// – Article

Timeline -Read Write Think
RI.2.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
Sight Words – Interactive Chart

Instructions for Writing Directions

BrainPop – Activities for Synonyms and Antonyms

Scholastic Sea Scenes – Synonym/Antonym Practice
RI.2.5. Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons)
Book Cover Guide
Make your own Book Cover
Parts of a Book – Interactive
Parts of NonFiction Text
RI.2.6. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
Author’s Purpose – Interactive
TES Literacy: Information texts
RI.2.7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text
TES Literacy: Explanation Texts
RI.2.8. Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

RI.2.9. Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

RI.2.10. By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Listen & Read - Short, high-interest, nonfiction stories from Scholastic

Reading for Foundational Skills (RF)

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RF.2.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Web Resources
Literacy Centers Ideas
Spelling and Word Study
iPad Apps
Word Bingo-Sight Word BINGO featuring the Dolch word List
BooksterRecords and plays students' voices
  • RF.2.3.a. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words
Phonics-BBC: Three levels of difficulty
Gawain’s Word
Chicken Stacker – short a sound
Syllable Game
[[’s%20Race%20with%20Beaver%20spelling%20words.ppt|The Turtle's Race with Beaver]]
Chicken Stacker – short vowel sounds
  • RF.2.3.b. Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
Spelling- BBC: Three levels of difficulty
  • RF.2.3.c. Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.

  • RF.2.3.d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
Root / Prefix / Suffix Practice
  • RF.2.3.e. Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
Spelling Practice
  • RF.2.3.f. Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Look Cover Write and Check-Online spelling tool. Choose from built in list, or create your own list.
RF.2.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Strategies for Reading Fluency
Reader's Theater -A collection of stories that have been written for a reader's theater. -A great resource for fluency practice.
Giggle Poetry
Developing Fluency – Video
Instructional Guidelines for Fluency
  • RF.2.4.a. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

  • RF.2.4.b. Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings
Zoom Playhouse - Plays
  • RF.2.4.c. Use context

Writing (W)

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W.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.
Web Resources

Fact & Opinion-BBC: Three levels of difficulty

Writing Persuasively-BBC: game, watch, explain, quiz
iPad Apps

Storybuilder-Improve paragraph formation; - Improve integration of ideas; -- Improve higher level abstractions by inference.

iDiary for Kids -Excellent journal-writing tool for creative kids.
FableScapes-Create original stories starting from a wide variety of characters and scenarios
Puppet Pals HD -Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.
Rory's Story Cubes-Creative story generator-Create combinations with the cubes and make up stories
Story Patch -Children can use to create their own picture books
Toontastic -Simply press the record button and tell your stories through play.
Little Bird Tales App
W.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Story Planning- BBC: structure, style, setting, character, good story writing
W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and
Practice Editing: Instruction and Interactive
W.2.6. With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Kerpoof-Free Registration Required-Kerpoof Picture Make allows students to create a picture to write a story about or create Kerpoof scenes for students to use as the basis to write a letter about. - Kerpoof Movie Maker to allow students to write and produce their own eMovie.
Little Bird Tales-Free registration required.-Creative story building tool
My StoryMaker - interactive tool teaches children how to write a good story–plot, characters, setting, etc.
Scholastic Story Starter-Story Starter machine generates creative writing prompts.
Storybook Maker
Word Tamer
W.2.7. Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Reports-BBC: play, read, quiz
W.2.8. Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
Storybird-Collaborative Storytelling-Free Registration Required
Easy Essay -Follows Step-up to writing format.

Speaking and Listening (SL)

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SL.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Web Resources
iPad Apps
Conversation builder-Helps elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.
Dragon Dictation (free) - Talk into your device and it will turn your words into texts.
Toontastic -Simply press the record button and tell your stories through play.
Toy Story-Hear the story read aloud or students can record their own narration
  • SL.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).

  • SL.2.1b. Build on others’ talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.

  • SL.2.1c. Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.

SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

SL.2.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information,
or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

SL.2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Vocaroo-A free service that allows users to create audio recordings
SL.2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

SL.2.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.

Language (L)

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L.2.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Web Resources
BBC Spelling and Grammar Games
iPad Apps
iPractice Verbs-Fun and easy way to learn and practice basic English verbs.
Sentence BuilderHelps students construct grammatically correct sentences.
  • L.2.1.a. Use collective nouns (e.g., group).
Noun Dunk: Game to Identify Proper vs. Common Nouns
Nouns - Podcast
Fearless Frieda - Listen to the word, spell the word right, and watch how how she'll fly! -Keyboarding basics
  • L.2.1.b. Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish)
Brain Pop Jr. - Plural Nouns
Plural Nouns
Plural Rules
Plural and Singular Nouns
Plural Editor
Singular and Plural Nouns
Irregular Plurals – Interactive Games
  • L.2.1.c. Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).
Pronoun PowerPoint
  • L.2.1.d. Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).
Verbs PowerPoint

Verbs in Space
  • L.2.1.e. Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
Verbs & Adverbs-BBC: play, read, quiz
Adjectives & Nouns-BBC: play, read, quiz
Adjectives and Adverbs-BBC: label real-life objects
Adjective Adventure
  • L.2.1.f. Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences
Joining words (and, but)-BBC: Three levels of difficulty
Sentences: Statement or Command
[[,1,Questions and Statements|Q]][[,1,Questions and Statements|uestions and Statements: Interactive PowerPoint]]
Commands and Exclamations: Interactive PowerPoint
Complete and Incomplete Sentences
Complete and Incomplete Sentences (Reteach)
L.2.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Grammar Blast
Using Question Marks: Interactive
Punctuation Knowledge: Matching Game
What’s My Mark?
Using Commas
Capitalization/Punctuation Interactives
  • L.2.2.a. Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
Magical Capitals
  • L.2.2.b. Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.
Comma Chameleon
  • L.2.2.c. Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives
Possessive Nouns PowerPoint
Possessive Nouns – Interactive Games
Contraction Practice
Contraction Action
Brain Pop Jr. Contractions
Contractions PowerPoint
Contraction worksheet
Contraction Jeopardy
Contractions PowerPoint
Contractions Practice – Interactive Games
  • L.2.2.d. Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words
Spelling Practice
  • L.2.2.e. Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.

L.2.3. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

  • L.2.3.a. Compare formal and informal uses of English.

L.2.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and
content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

  • L.2.4.a. Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

  • L.2.4.b. Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word
Root / Prefix / Suffix Practice
  • L.2.4.c. Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root
Root / Prefix / Suffix Practice
  • L.2.4.d. Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g., birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark).
  • L.2.4.e. Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.
Compound words
Compound Word Practice
L.2.5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

  • L.2.5.a. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., describe foods that are spicy or juicy).

  • L.2.5.b. Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).
Similar Meaning-BBC-Three levels of difficulty
L.2.6. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).