Hi, 2nd Grade Teachers!
This is a bundle of 30 weekly lesson plans aligned to the Harcourt Trophies 2nd Grade reading series. There is one entire week’s worth of reading plans for each story. I had previously uploaded a one week lesson plan for the 2nd grade Harcourt Trophies story, “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash.” This is the same format, though I changed the font to make it easier to read.
My district requires that we have a separate lesson plan that covers our 90 minute reading block only. I took the information they required and condensed it down to one page (from their 2 page format) so I could put the rest of my day on a separate template that I also created and fit the two pages in sheet protectors in my lesson plan book.
The lesson plans I have here have suggested times for each component and are aligned directly with the manual. Hence the number of minutes listed in each category.
Now that we are using the Common Core Standards, we embed the skills within our lessons. The lesson I am posting is not intended to be the end-all, beat-all, but a good source and something to refer to or use exclusively if you're not familiar with the stories yet.
This has been great to satisfy what my district/principal requires. I do not change it from year to year because it is the information directly from the Harcourt manual and therefore doesn’t change. This saves me lots of rewriting time! If you are a new teacher or a veteran teacher who is tired of writing out reading plans every week, it should be very handy to have the whole year all bundled up for your reading plans.
Three quick notes:
1) The manual says to give the story test on Tuesdays, just after reading the story the first time. I always wait until Fridays to do that and to give the weekly spelling test. It generally takes us most of our reading time to get through those 2 tasks (they’re 2nd graders, after all!), so I have made those changes to the way Harcourt laid it out.
2) I purposely did not put periods at the end of the last sentences. I am a big fanatic about grammar, but the font I chose was darker than the original free lesson plan I posted. It is definitely easier to read, but when I added periods to the last sentence in each section (if there was more than one sentence), it looked very cluttered and busy. I figured there was enough going on already!
3) The stories are listed alphabetically, not in the correct sequence-FYI.
I hope you enjoy and find useful this set of plans-teach those kiddos well!