In second grade our reading program consists of many sections. We will have Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Spelling, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Independent Reading, and Writing Workshop.
Phonemic Awareness & Phonics- I refer to this as "Word Work".
Phonics involves the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The goal of phonics instruction is to teach students the most common sound-spelling relationships so that they can decode, or sound out, words. This decoding ability is a crucial element in reading success.
Good Phonics Website
Storybook reading is a critically important factor in young children's reading development. There are multiple readings of the books over several days. Throughout, children are actively involved in the reading. I may pause in the reading and ask for predictions as to what will happen next. Because many of the books include predictable text, the children often chime in with a word or phrase. Groups of children or individual children might volunteer or be invited to read parts of the story. Through repeated readings and the predictable text, children become familiar with word forms and begin to recognize words and phrases.
Everyday we have a designated time for Shared Reading. We will gather as a whole group and share a book. This book could be a chapter book, picture book, poem, magazine article, or a story from our basal. During Shared Reading we will focus on specific skills and comprehension strategies.
Great Website for Reading
Online Stories for Kids
Practice Making Predictions
Practice with Sequencing
Guided Reading- Guided Reading has many of the same components of Shared Reading. Guided Reading has a smaller group of students and focuses on the individual need of each child. During GR time I work with each student on their instructional reading level to guide them in using the context, structural, and visual cues to get meaning. By using instructional texts that will gradually increase in difficulty, students apply strategies and feel successful. The goal is to get students to feel confident, become proficient readers, and most importantly LOVE TO READ!
Independent Reading- This is an important part of our day. During this time students will be reading books independently on their instructional and independent reading level. I will meet with each student at least once a week to have a reading conference with them.
Students will learn during the first week of school how to pick out a book that is JUST RIGHT for them.
How do I know if a book is JUST RIGHT for me?
5 Finger Rule for picking out a book
My approach to a Balanced Literacy Classroom
Mountain Brook School District Second Grade Scope and Sequence