Informational Text

Foundational Skills
General Resources

Second Grade

Literature (RL)
Key Ideas and Details

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.

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

. Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
  1. Aesops Fables
    - From Mighty Books
    -Available full screen
  2. Aesops Fables
  3. Character Scrapbook
    -Analyze the characters in any book
  4. Character Trading Cards
    -Interactive tool
    -Higher level
  5. Favorite Character Cards
    -From Scholastic
  6. Folk Tales and Fables
    -From Between the Lions
    -Mini movies
  7. Folk Tales and Fables
    -From StarFall
  8. Graphic Organizers
    - Education Place
    *story map 1
    *story map 2
  9. Graphic Organizers
    -Enchanted Learning
    *Character Analysis
    *Five W's
  10. Pinball Graphic Organizers
    - 5 interactive graphic organizers that have a "pinball theme."
  11. Somebody Wanted But So
    -Helps students understand literary elements
  12. SpeakaBoo
    - Short read-alouds of fables and folktales.
    - Stories go full screen
    -Many stories are free of charge
  13. TES Literacy: Traditional Tales
    - Retell tales: fairy, folk and fables
  14. TES Literacy: Narrative Text
  15. What's the Story?
    - Pick the who, what where and when
  1. Aesop's Wheel of Fables
  2. FableScapes
    -Create original stories starting from a wide variety of characters and scenarios.
  3. How Zebras Got Their Stripes
    -Free Level K
  4. Reading A-Z
    - Offers one free story at each reading level
  5. Stories2Go
    -Many free stories
    -Quick stories: Fables, Folk Tales
  1. Kidspiration: Character Analysis Template
  2. KIdspiration: Character Map Template
  3. Kidspiration: Story Board Template
  4. Kidpix-Draw a hand showing the 5 W's



Craft and Structure

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.

RL.2.5. Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

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.
  1. Children's Poetry Archive
    - Archive of poets reading their own work.
  2. Kerpoof
  3. Kerpoof Lesson Plan using Poetry
  4. Mighty Books
  5. Plot Diagrams
    - Read, Write, Think
    -Beginning, Middle and End
  6. Poetry for Kids (Ken Nesbitt)
  7. TES Literacy: Narrative Text
  8. Voki
    - Create personalized speaking avatars (teacher registration required)
  1. Kidspiration: Fictional Retell template
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

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.

RL.2.8. (Not applicable to literature)

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.

  1. Character Scrapbook
  2. Character Trading Cards
    -Some information may be above grade level. Group activity suggested.
  3. Compare and Contrast Map
    -Some information may be above grade level. Group activity suggested.
  4. Dr. Stripp
    -Order of events
    -Some information may be above grade level. Group activity suggested.
  5. Fractured Fairy Tales
    -Some information may be above grade level. Group activity suggested.
  6. Graphic Organizers
    - Pdf, html or Word
  7. Interactives: Elements of a Story
    -Interactive Web site where students can learn about different literary "ingredients" that make up a story
  8. Plot Diagrams
    - Read, Write, Think
    -Beginning, Middle and End
  9. Story Map
    -Interactive activity focuses on character, setting or conflict
  10. TES Literacy:Traditional Tales
    - Fairy, folk and fables
  1. Cinderella
    -Award winning retell
  2. Question Builder
    -Answer questions based on illustrations
  3. Three Little Pigs: The Wolf's Story
    -Free Level O reader
    -The wolf's point of view
  1. Kidspiration: Comparing Literary Elements
  2. Kidspiration: Venn diagram template
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

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.

  1. Children's Books Forever
    -Use on Starboard
    -Classics and Children's Favorites
  1. Clever Tales
    -A collection of 40 different clever tales
    -Allows you to search for a specific character or topic
  2. iBooks
    -Hundreds of free books (Books> Children&Teens> Free)
  3. LAZ Level N Library
  4. LAZ Level O Library
  5. LAZ Level P Library
  6. Reading A-Z
    - Offers one free story at each reading level
Reading: Informational Text
Key Ideas and Details

RI.1.1. Ask and answer such questions as who,what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

RI.1.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

RI.1.3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.

  1. Timeline
    -Read Write Think
Craft and Structure

RI.2.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.

RI.2.6. Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.

RI.2.7. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

  1. TES Literacy: Information texts
  1. Kidspiration: Compound Words
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

RI.2.7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

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.

  1. TES Literacy: Explanation Texts
  1. Kidspiration: Comparing Literary Elements
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

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.

  1. Listen & Read
    - Short, high-interest, nonfiction stories from Scholastic
  1. Art Around Us - LAZ Reader
  2. Coral Reefs - LAZ Reader
  3. Desert People - LAZ Reader
  4. How to Make Lemonade
    -Free Level M reader
  5. iBooks
    -Hundreds of free books (Books> Children&Teens> Free)
  6. Introducing Planet Earth
    -Free Level L reader
  7. The Magic School Bus :Oceans
  8. Totem Poles
    -Free Level N reader
Reading: Foundational Skills
Phonics and Word Recognition

RF.2.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.* Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.

  • Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.

  • Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.

  • Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.

  • Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.

  • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
  1. Between the Lions: Games
    Includes a collection of games to review phonics and vocabulary words.
  2. Look Cover Write and Check
    -Online spelling tool. Choose from built in list, or create your own list.
  3. The Best Trampolini Game
    -Understanding suffixes
  4. Fun City
    -Click on the Misspelled words in a busy city.
  1. KidWords
  2. Word Bingo
    -Sight Word BINGO featuring the Dolch word List

RF.2.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

  • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

  • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression.

  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
  1. Reader's Theater
    -A collection of stories that have been written for a reader's theater.
    -A great resource for fluency practice.
  1. Bookster
    Records and plays students' voices
Text Types and Purposes

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.

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.

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.

  1. Binky's Facts and Opinions
    -Decide if Francine and Buster are saying facts or opinions
  2. Comic Creator
    -Interactive tool that invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts
  3. Writing Games BBC
  1. Storybuilder
    -Improve paragraph formation;
    - Improve integration of ideas; -
    - Improve higher level abstractions by inference.
  1. KidPix
  2. Kidspiraton: Fact or Opinion Hot Buys
  3. Pages
Production and Distribution of Writing

W.2.4. (Begins in grade 3)

W.2.5. With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Little Bird Tales
    -Free registration required.
    -Creative story building tool
  3. Scholastic Story Starter
    -Story Starter machine generates creative writing prompts. You never know how your story will start.
  4. Storybook Maker
  5. Word Tamer
    -Interactive website where you “tame words and train stories".
  1. iDiary for Kids
    -Excellent journal-writing tool for creative kids.
  2. FableScapes
    -Create original stories starting from a wide variety of characters and scenarios
  3. 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.
  4. Rory's Story Cubes
    -Creative story generator
    -Create combinations with the cubes and make up stories
  5. Story Patch
    -Children can use to create their own picture books
  6. Toontastic
    -Simply press the record button and tell your stories through play.
  1. Kidspiration: Journal **
Research to Build and Present Knowledge

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).

W.2.8. Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

W.2.9. (Begins in grade 4)

  1. Storybird
    -Collaborative Storytelling
    -Free Registration Required
  2. Easy Essay
    -Follows Step-up to writing format.
  1. Kidspiration: My First Report
Range of Writing

W.2.10. (Begins in grade 3)

  1. Good Night Stories
    -an interactive Web site where students can write endings to stories, choose different directions within a story, and fill in a "mad lib" structure to make a silly story.
Comprehension and Collaboration

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.

  • 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).

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

  • 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.

  1. Make Beliefs Comix
    -An educational comic strip creator
  2. StoryBee
    - Listen to professional storytellers from across the country as they spin their wonderful tales
  3. Vocaroo
    -A free service that allows users to create audio recordings
  1. Conversation builder
    -Helps elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

SL.2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

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.
  1. Little Bird Tales
    -Students can create fiction and non-fiction digital stories: students can upload their own artwork, record their voice, and add text. Free registration required.
  1. Dragon Dictation (free)
    - Talk into your device and it will turn your words into texts.
  2. Toontastic
    -Simply press the record button and tell your stories through play.
  3. Toy Story
    -Hear the story read aloud or students can record their own narration
  1. Kidspiration: Storyboard
  2. KidPix Slideshows
    - Uses voice and visual displays/drawings.
    -Complete sentences can also be included through typing.
Conventions of Standard English

L.2.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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

  • Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
  • Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).

  • Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).

  • Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

  • Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).

L.2.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.

  • Use commas in greetings and closings of letters.

  • Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives
  • Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage → badge; boy → boil)

  • Consult reference materials, including beginning dictionaries, as needed to check and correct spellings.
  1. Arcademic Skill Builders:
    Choose Language Arts
  2. BBC The Magic Key
    - Fun literacy activities
  3. BBC Spelling and Grammar Games
  4. Crickweb Literacy
    -Many interactive games and activities to help improve Literacy Skills
  5. Fearless Frieda
    - Listen to the word, spell the word right, and watch how how she'll fly!
    -Keyboarding basics
  6. Language Arts Games from Shepard Software
    -Parts of Speech Tutorial
    -Noun Explorer
    -Adjective Adventure
    -Verbs in Space
    -Comma Chameleon
    -Magical Capitals
  7. Letter Generator
    - Interactive practice composing and proofreading both formal and informal letters
  8. Spelling City
    Students can study and learn customized word lists
  9. Wall of Words
    -Unscramble the sentence and put it in order to build a wall. Student must choose punctuation.
  1. iPractice Verbs
    -Fun and easy way to learn and practice basic English verbs.
  2. Sentence Builder
    Helps students construct grammatically correct sentences.
Knowledge of Language

L.2.3. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  • Compare formal and informal uses of English.
  1. Letter Generator
    - Interactive practice composing and proofreading both formal and informal letters
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

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

  • Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g., birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark).

  • Use glossaries and beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases.

L.2.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

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

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

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).

  1. Little Explorer Picture Dictionary
    -enchantedlearning membership is supported by ccsd
  2. Squanky the Tooth Taker
    - Quiet Quest for Opposites
    -Tooth Tally Synonyms


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