Balanced Literacy Reading Course for 2nd and 3rd Grade

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Introduction: Becoming a Reader

1 Course Introduction 02:02

2 Know Your Genres 05:51

3 Know Your Genres- Answer Review Lesson 03:27

After completing the sort, watch this video to review your answers.

4 How to Pick a Book for Independent Reading 06:43

5 Setting Goals as an Independent Reader 03:39

Unit 1: Ask and Answer Questions & Visualizing a Text

6 Modeling Lesson- What is in the Present? 11:25

Picture of Modeling Lesson- What is in the Present?

Learning Objective:
Students will be able to ask a question and practice visualizing a "text" while drawing.

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

7 Unit 1 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 02:29

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

8 Engage In Shared Reading- Ask and Answer & Visualizing a Text 10:29

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to ask and answer questions, while visualizing the text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

9 Unit 1 Comprehension Worksheet Review 03:35

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "No Flying Allowed."

10 Unit 1 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to ask and answer questions, while visualizing the text independently. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

11 Writing About Reading With Excellence 03:41

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

12 Unit 1 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 03:53

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

13 Vocabulary- Spot the Clues, the Context Clues! 08:25

Learning Objective: Use the words in a sentence to determine meaning of a word. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

14 Unit 1 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 03:07

After completing the Context Clues worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

15 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 08:23

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 2: Summarize a Text

16 Modeling Lesson- Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then 07:52

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to summarize a text by using the strategy; Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

17 Unit 2 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 02:25

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

18 Engage In Shared Reading- Summarize a Fiction Text 16:23

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to summarize a text by using the strategy; Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

19 Unit 2 Comprehension Worksheet Review 04:44

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Rules of the Playground."

20 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to summarize a text by using the strategy; Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then independently. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

21 Writing About Reading With Excellence 03:15

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

22 Unit 2 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 02:26

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

23 Vocabulary- Prefixes 07:30

Learning Objective: 
Determine meaning of a word and use the word appropriately in a sentence when adding a prefix. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.
  • Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word (e.g., happy/unhappy, tell/retell).
  • Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., addition, additional).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
  • Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion).

24 Unit 2 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 04:14

After completing the Prefix worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

25 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 07:08

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 3: Main Idea and Details

26 Modeling Lesson- Mystery Bag 10:46

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to identify the main idea and key details. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

27 Unit 3 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 01:30

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

28 Engage In Shared Reading- Main Idea and Details 08:55

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to identify the main idea and key details. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

29 Unit 3 Comprehension Worksheet Review 04:01

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "T with Elephant."

30 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to identify the main idea and key details independently. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

31 Writing About Reading With Excellence 04:57

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

32 Unit 3 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 02:12

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

33 Vocabulary- Suffixes 05:33

Learning Objective: 
Determine meaning of a word and use the word appropriately in a sentence when adding a suffix. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.
  • Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., addition, additional).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
  • Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion).

34 Unit 3 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 03:20

After completing the Suffix worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

35 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 05:31

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 4: Character Traits

36 Modeling Character Trait Unit 4 Part 1 04:24

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe characters in the story with character traits. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

37 Modeling Sorting Worksheet Review Video 02:03

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe characters in the story with character traits. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

38 Engage In Shared Reading- Character Traits 16:00

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe characters in the story with character traits. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

39 Unit 4 Comprehension Worksheet Review 03:34

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "The Clear Choice."

40 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to describe characters in the story with character traits. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

41 Writing About Reading With Excellence 04:07

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

42 Unit 4 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 01:35

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

43 Vocabulary- Synonyms 05:47

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding that two words can have similar meanings. (said/told)

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

44 Unit 4 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 06:00

After completing the Synonym worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

45 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 05:13

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 5: Characters Point of View

46 Modeling Lesson Part 1- What Are They Thinking? 04:51

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine a character's point of view. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

47 Modeling Lesson Part 2- What Are They Thinking? 06:08

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine a character's point of view. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

48 Unit 5 Modeling Lesson Part 2 Worksheet Review 02:12

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

49 Engage In Shared Reading- Character Point of View 14:36

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine a character's point of view. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

50 Unit 5 Comprehension Worksheet Review 03:12

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Shh! It's a Secret."

51 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine a character's point of view. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

52 Writing About Reading With Excellence 02:50

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

53 Unit 5 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 02:22

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

54 Vocabulary- Antonyms 05:20

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding that two words can have opposite meanings. (hot/cold)

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

55 Unit 5 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 04:16

After completing the Antonyms worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

56 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 06:43

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 6: Author's Point of View

57 Modeling Lesson- What's the Opinion? 05:04

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the author's point of view from the details in the text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

58 Unit 6 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 05:37

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

59 Engage In Shared Reading- Author's Point of View 16:57

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the author's point of view from the details in the text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

60 Unit 6 Comprehension Worksheet Review 03:54

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Coral Reef: The Ocean's Coolest Neighborhood."

61 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the author's point of view from the details in the text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

62 Writing About Reading With Excellence 02:26

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

63 Unit 6 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 02:24

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

64 Vocabulary- Homophones 07:03

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding that two words can sound the same, but be spelled differently and have different meanings. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

65 Unit 6 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 05:25

After completing the Homophones worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

66 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 04:44

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 7: Compare and Contrast Story and Finding Themes

67 Modeling Lesson Part 1- What's the Message? 04:56

68 Unit 7 Part 1 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 02:47

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

69 Modeling Lesson Part 2- What's the Difference? 05:02

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the theme in a text and compare/contrast the theme with another text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

70 Engage In Shared Reading Part 1- Finding the Theme 15:36

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the theme in a text and compare/contrast the theme with another text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

71 Unit 7 Birthday Treat Comprehension Worksheet Review 02:50

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "A Birthday Treat."

72 Engage In Shared Reading Part 2- Finding the Theme 10:01

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the theme in a text and compare/contrast the theme with another text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

73 Unit 7 Surprise Party Comprehension Review 02:52

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Surprise Party."

74 Engage In Shared Reading Part 3- Compare and Contrast the Story 06:22

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the theme in a text and compare/contrast the theme with another text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

75 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to determine the theme in a text and compare/contrast the theme with another text. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

76 Writing About Reading With Excellence 03:09

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

77 Unit 7 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 02:31

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

78 Vocabulary- Metaphors 08:00

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding and identify literal and nonliteral meaning of words and phrases. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).

79 Unit 7 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 04:38

After completing the Metaphor worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

80 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 03:43

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 8: Cause and Effect

81 Modeling Lesson- What Happened? Why? 06:21

Learning Objective: 
Students will be identify cause and effect relationships in a text

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

81 Unit 8 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 03:08

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

83 Engage In Shared Reading- Cause and Effect 17:43

Learning Objective: 
Students will be identify cause and effect relationships in a text

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

84 Unit 8 Comprehension Worksheet Review 05:08

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Why Leaves Change Color."

85 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be identify cause and effect relationships in a text

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

86 Writing About Reading With Excellence 03:24

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

87 Unit 8 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 01:58

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

88 Vocabulary- Similes 07:49

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding and identify literal and nonliteral meaning of words and phrases. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).

89 Unit 8 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 04:57

After completing the Similes worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

90 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 03:47

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 9: Making Connections

91 Modeling Lesson- Let's Make a Connection 06:36

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to make text to self and text to text connections. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

92 Unit 9 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 02:43

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

93 Engage In Shared Reading- Making Text Connections 11:05

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to make text to self and text to text connections. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

94 Unit 9 Comprehension Worksheet Review 03:17

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Funny Faces."

95 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to make text to self and text to text connections. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

96 Writing About Reading With Excellence 02:15

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

97 Unit 9 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 02:06

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

98 Vocabulary- Idioms 07:02

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding and identify literal and nonliteral meaning of words and phrases. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).

99 Unit 9 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 04:02

After completing the Idioms worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

100 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 05:08

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Unit 10: Compare and Contrast Non-Fiction

101 Modeling- Name That Category 07:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will compare and contrast key details in a text

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

102 Unit 10 Modeling Lesson Worksheet Review 02:38

After completing the modeling review worksheet, watch this video to check your work.

103 Engage In Shared Reading- Compare and Contrast a Non-Fiction Text 13:05

Learning Objective: 
Students will compare and contrast key details in a text

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

104 Unit 10 Comprehension Worksheet Review 03:33

Watch this video after completing the comprehension questions for our shared reading story, "Three Types of Bears."

105 Independent Practice- Show What You Know! 01:14

Learning Objective: 
Students will compare and contrast key details in a text

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

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

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2-3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

106 Writing About Reading With Excellence 04:05

Learning Objective: 

Students will be able to use text evidence from the reading passage to complete the writing prompt. 

Learning Standards: 

Third Grade Standard

With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

Second Grade Standard

(This particular standard starts in 3rd grade, however students will be working towards the same goal as the third grade standard as this activity still practices age appropriate writing skills.) 

107 Unit 10 Writing Prompt Worksheet Review 01:54

After completing the writing prompt, watch the review video.

108 Vocabulary- Plural Nouns 05:58

Learning Objective: Demonstrate understanding of how to form plural nouns. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • 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.
  • Use collective nouns (e.g., group).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.

109 Unit 10 Vocabulary Worksheet Review 04:47

After completing the Plural Nouns worksheet, watch the video to review your answers.

110 Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Practice 05:34

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to demonstrate phonemic awareness by manipulativing sounds to create new words. 

Common Core Learning Standards: 

Second Grade Standards: 

  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil).

Third Grade Standard: 

  • Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.

Course Overview

This course uses researched based practices to help your learner become an independent reader. I have based my instruction on the balanced literacy approach to reading, while also aligning content to Second and Third Grade Common Core Standards. In a balanced literacy approach, students receive instruction in word work, writing, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies. Research shows that when students are given instruction for all of these important elements of literacy, they are able to grow as independent readers. 

I utilize the gradual release of responsibility model to structure my reading comprehension strategy lessons. Students will first engage in a fun, interactive modeling lesson. Then, the learner and I will share the responsibility and practice the reading comprehension strategy with an on-level text. Finally, students will select their own text to practice the reading strategy learned in each unit. Giving learners a choice in what they read helps promote independent readers. 

This course includes:

  • Introduction and 10 Units
  • An Easy to Follow Suggested Parent Scheduling Tool, Located in Resources
  • 65 Worksheets with 40 Counterpart Answer Sheets. (The other 25 worksheets are completed together or are independent, authentic reading practice graphic organizers) 
  • 63 Lesson Videos
  • 10 Online Vocabulary/Phonics Review Quizzes
  • 12 Comprehension Quizzes/Review Video/Answer Key
  • 10 Fluency Passages
  • 20 Weeks Worth of Literacy Instruction! 

 

Course Goals

*Students will be able to use reading and vocabulary strategies in their independent reading books. 

*Students can use text evidence when writing about reading

*Students will be able to hear and manipulate sounds to spell words. 

*Students will practice fluency skills to help support reading comprehension skills. 

Course Requirements

This course would be great for any student currently in 2nd or 3rd grade. If your learner is slightly below or above a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level, this course is still appropriate for them. Lessons have high teacher support, so they will understand the strategy and be able to apply it to their independent reading. Students will be able to differentiate the level during the independent practice because they are choosing the text. 

 

Course Topics

Each unit contains the following sections: 

  • Modeling: In the modeling lesson, Mrs. Terlau will introduce the reading strategy in a fun, interactive lesson. This lesson will help students feel confident in the reading strategy before applying this knowledge to a text. Most lessons include a graphic organizer that will be used in the shared reading and independent lessons for consistency in learning. 

  • Shared Reading: Mrs. Terlau will walk students through the text focusing on that unit's reading strategy. Students will use a graphic organizer to help organize their thoughts and keep their brain engaged in reading. Mrs. Terlau also provides optional comprehension questions that go along with the shared read. This is a great resource for parents/guardians who would like a small comprehension quiz in each unit. 

  • Independent Practice: It's the students turn to pick a book they enjoy and use our reading strategy from the unit. It is so important that students apply what they learn into authentic practice. Allowing choice keeps students engaged and interested in what they are learning. Mrs. Terlau will provide a recommended book list to help students if they are having trouble picking a book. 

  • Fluency- In the Resource section, Mrs. Terlau provides differentiated Fluency poem passages for each unit. There are instructions on how to best utilize this resource. There are 2 different poem passages to choose from. One is on a 2nd grade reading level and the other is on a 3rd grade reading level. 

  • Vocabulary Lesson and Practice: In the vocabulary lesson, students will receive direct instruction in an element of vocabulary (ex: figurative language, context clues, synonyms/antonyms, etc.) They will also need to complete a vocabulary practice page for the vocabulary skill learned in that unit. Students will also have 8 vocabulary words to work on through the week. Mrs. Terlau will provide a practice worksheet for the assigned words. 

  • Writing About Reading- Each unit students will have a writing prompt that goes along with the Shared Reading text. In my instructional video, Mrs. Terlau helps students read and understand the writing prompt by highlighting important words and helping students with their starting sentences. 

  • Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Practice- 2nd and 3rd graders need a solid foundation in phonics in order to read and spell multisyllabic words. In this lesson, students will have assigned letters and will create words as I say them. Students will have to hear the sound then manipulate the letters to create new words. I challenge students to look for more words and find multisyllabic words in their reading for the unit. Whether this lesson provides instruction for a new skill or review for your learner, it is sure to be beneficial. 

Introduction:

  • All about different book genres

  • Setting goals 

  • How to pick out a book

Unit 1:

  • Comprehension Strategy: Ask and Answer Questions, Visualizing a Text

  • Vocabulary: Context Clues

Unit 2:

  • Comprehension Strategy: Summarize a Fiction Text

  • Vocabulary: Prefixes

Unit 3: 

  • Comprehension Strategy: Main Idea and Details in a Nonfiction Text

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Suffixes

Unit 4: 

  • Comprehension Strategy: Character Traits

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Synonyms

Unit 5: 

  • Character Point of View

  • Antonyms

Unit 6: 

  • Comprehension Strategy: Author's Point of View

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Homophones

Unit 7:

  • Comprehension Strategy: Compare and Contrast Themes

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Metaphors

Unit 8: 

  • Comprehension Strategy:Cause and Effect in a Nonfiction Text 

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Similes 

Unit 9 :

  • Comprehension Strategy: Making Connections in a Fiction Text 

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Idioms

Unit 10:

  • Comprehension Strategy: Compare and Contrast in a Nonfiction Text

  • Vocabulary Strategy: Plural Nouns

 

Special thanks and acknowledgement to Superteacherworksheets, for allowing me to utilize their resources throughout this course. 

  • Teacher: Katie
  • Areas of expertise: Elementary Reading
  • Education: Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy K-12 from Benedictine University. Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Music from the University of Dayton.
  • Interests: Reading book series, nature, singing, and being with my family and dog.
  • Skills: I am organized, creative, and love helping students become life long learners!
  • Associations: Certified Teacher: Illinois Teaching License for *Birth-Grade 3 *Reading Specialist K-12 Ohio Teaching License: Birth-Grade 3 4th and 5th Grade Generalist *Past Member of the International Reading Association. *Committee Chair of past district's Social Studies Committee.
  • Issues I care about: Family Literacy

It is my passion in teaching to create authentic learning experiences that help promote lifelong learners. I am a certified K-12 Reading Specialist and a certified K-5 elementary teacher.I have 6 years experience teaching 3rd grade. Two of my 6 years teaching, I was the general education teacher in a co-taught classroom. I love helping all learners succeed in my classroom. “There's no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books.” -James Patterson

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Parent Course Guide and Suggested Schedule

This resource will tell parents and guardians more about the course. 

Unit 1 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 1 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Book Recommendation List Independent Practice

This resource can be used if your learner is having a hard time finding a book to match the strategy learned that unit. This is just a helpful list, learners do not need to use books only from this list. 

Answer Key for End of Unit Phonics and Vocabulary Quiz

This resource includes the answer key for all 10 Unit's End of Unit digital quiz.

Unit 1 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Context Clues practice sheet.

Unit 2 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 2 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 2 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Prefix practice sheet.

Unit 3 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 3 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 3 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Suffix practice sheet.

Unit 4 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 4 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 4 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Synonyms practice sheet.

Unit 5 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 5 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 5 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Antonyms practice sheet.

Unit 6 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 6 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 6 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Homophones practice sheet.

Unit 7 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 6 Modeling Fact and Opinion Answer Key

Use this resource to check your work after completing the Fact and Opinion practice sheet in Unit 6 Modeling Lesson.

Unit 7 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 7 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Metaphors practice sheet.

Unit 8 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 8 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 8 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Similes practice sheet.

Unit 9 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 8 Modeling Cause and Effect Answer Key

Use this resource to check your answers with the Cause and Effect Practice Sheet.

Unit 9 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 9 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Idioms practice sheet.

Unit 10 Fluency Resource

Resource Description: 

This resource includes two fluency passages. One passage is geared toward a 2nd grade level and the other is on a 3rd grade level. I am including both for differentiation of your learner. 

How to Use: 

The goal of this resource is to help students tune into how they read a text. Research tells us that building fluency will also build reading comprehension. Students should decrease errors each time they read the passage. I suggest they read the text once a day for 3-5 days. 

Day 1:

  1. Adult models fluency by reading the passage out loud. 
  2. Student reads the passage out loud and circles any words they have trouble with. 
  3. Student and adult read the passage together.

Day 2: 

  1. Highlight all ending puntuation and commas. Remind student that these are places where readers need to take a break. 
  2. Student reads passage out loud. 

Day 3: 

  1. Student reads passage out loud. 

Unit 10 Reading Comprehension Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the reading passage's comprehension questions.

Unit 10 Vocabulary Practice Sheet Answer Key

This resource contains the answers to the Plural Nouns practice sheet.
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