Second Grade Overview
In second grade, children move from a “little-kid” focus on print to a “big-kid” focus on meaning. The first unit, Reading with Stamina, Fluency and Meaning, teaches children to take charge of their reading, drawing on everything they know to figure out hard words, understand authorís craft, and build big ideas about the books they read. Children learn that books can be their teachers, in which they learn more about familiar topics and grow understanding of new topics while working on word solving, vocabulary development, and comparing and contrasting information across texts. Children learn strategies to build three foundational reading skills of fluency, understanding figurative language, and comprehension. In addition, children work within book clubs to study authorís craft to understand ways authors use figurative language, punctuation, and patterns to construct a series and evoke feelings in readers.