• English Language Arts-  GRADE 2

    READING
    What children will study this year:
    Foundational:
    • Applies phonics and word analysis skill to support decoding:
    • The student uses word structure and phonics knowledge (including consonants, blends, diagrams, and vowel combinations) to decode words.
    • Reads accurately and fluently to support comprehension:
    • The student reads accurately, smoothly and quickly enough to support understanding of the text.
    Literature:
    • Asks and answers questions about the story:
    • The student asks and answers who, what, where, when, why and how questions to demonstrate understanding of fiction text.
    • Recounts details and explains central message, lesson or moral:
    • The student identifies and retells the characters, setting, problem, events, and solution of a story, including the central message, lesson, or moral and how characters respond to major events and challenges.
    • Acknowledges differences in the characters point of view in the story:
    • The student describes how two characters view the same event in the story.
    Informational:
    • Asks and answers questions to show understanding of details:
    • The student asks and answers who, what, where, when, why and how questions to demonstrate understanding of nonfiction text.
    • Determines main topic of a text:
    • the student identifies what a nonfiction text is about, what each paragraph is about, and the author's purpose for writing the text.
    • Compares and contrasts two texts on the same topic:
    • The student compares and contrasts the most important points presented by two texts with the same topic.
    • What families can do at home to help:
    • Share books with your child as often as you can. Read to your child and let your child read to you. Praise efforts at reading. Discuss the stories as you are reading them. Ask your child to make predictions about what will happen next and how they think the story will end. Ask your child to describe their favorite character in the book and tell you why that character was a favorite.
    • Surround your child with books. Go to the library to borrow books and tapes/CD sets that have books with them.
    • Let your child tell and retell stories. Let him or her tell you about experiences. Ask questions and help your child tell events in order.
    • Share family stories. Let the child listen and then retell the story to someone else.
    • Play with words. Look for interesting words. Make a game of looking for interesting words.

    SPEAKING, LISTENING, VIEWING
    What children will study this year:
    • Effectively participates in discussions within a group:
    • The student contributes to classroom discussions including small and large groups.
    • Presents information and ideas effectively
    • The student clearly communicates ideas orally.
    • What families can do at home to help:
    • Let your child tell and retell stories. Let him or her tell you about experiences. Ask questions and help your child tell events in order.
    • Share family stories. Let the child listen and then retell the story to someone else.

    WRITING
    What children will study this year:
    Writing:
    • Writes to communicate ideas and information effectively:
    • The student writes with enough detail and clarity to communicate clearly with the reader.
    • Uses the writing process to develop and strengthen writing:
    • The student, with guidance, focuses on a topic and strengthens writing through revising and editing.
    • Learns and applies handwriting skills:
    • The student learns and applies handwriting skills.
    What families can do at home to help: 
    • Retell events in your child's life and change character names.
    • With your child create a character and a setting, then brainstorm ideas of what could happen to that character.
    • Come up with a problem and then discuss ways that it could be solved. 
    • Children can sketch objects focusing on a detail then create a web around the sketch with describing words.
    • Read different kinds of poetry and discuss the poet's meaning. 
    • Create poems together as a family
    • Track three 'scenes' from an activity that students can use to tell a story.
    • Have your child journal events with personal ideas and thoughts.
    • Come up with a problem and then discuss ways that it could be solved. 
    • Read and discuss different interests.
    • Read and discuss recipes and directions.
    • Take some time to be researchers using the internet, public library, books you or other people have to find out more information on your topic.
    • Discuss the events of your life with your child calling the events, 'The Parent's Life Story.'
    • Together make a simple timeline of your child's life. Then have your child create a story based upon that timeline. 
    • Have different family members create a simple timeline of their life. Then read them and guess who the timeline belongs to.
    Language:
    • Uses grammar and punctuation in writing and speaking:
    • The student uses standard English conventions (nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc.) when speaking and writing.
    • Acquires and uses appropriate vocabulary:
    • The student applies strategies to learn and use new words and phrases.
    • Learn spelling word lists:
    • The student learns spelling word lists.
    • Applies spelling strategies to written work:
    • The student applies strategies or uses resources to spell unfamiliar words.

    SPELLING
    What children will study this year:
    • Learn spelling word lists
    Apply spelling strategies
    • What families can do at home to help:
    • Review spelling lists and strategies