Julius the Pig: 2nd Grade Common Core Lesson Resources for Reading and Writing

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***Julius the Pig Written Vocabulary Journal Pages
***Vocabulary Flashcards for Posting
***Julius the Pig Tier 2 Vocabulary Quiz

Oral Vocabulary and Sight Word List got font facelifts! :-)

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ORAL Vocabulary Matrix
This is a list of Tier 2 vocabulary words with scaffolding to support the production of complete sentences. CCSS SL.2.6.

WRITTEN Vocabulary Journal Pages
This is the place to synthesize their vocabulary work with definitions, quick pics, and important related information. CCSS L.2.4

Tier 2 Vocabulary Words for Posting
These are the right size for a sentence strip pocket chart or posting directly onto your bulletin boards.

Sight Word List
This is a list of the high frequency sight words that students specifically need to know for success reading Julius. Targeting the exact words needed to read this text aligns with the Reading Foundation Skills found in the CCSS. Sight words taught in context! CCSS (RF2.3 and 2.4)

Sight Word Homework Page
This is a parent-friendly homework that gives extra practice time for sight words. We also read the list in class with our partners.

“Pick the Perfect Pair” A Compound Word Game
Julius and Maya try on shoes, and now your students can join in the fun! This is a Concentration-style game in which students will use base words to form compound words that occur in the text. They must determine word meaning from the base words to complete the activity. CCSS L.2.4.d

Word Studies
One of the biggest shifts in the standards is a keen focus on language. Students need to appreciate that words have shades of meaning, multiple meanings, and relationships to other words. Students are to expand their vocabulary in the course of studying content. The following pieces address those areas.

Reflexive Pronoun Poster and Activities CCSS L.2.1.c
This mini-unit on 3rd person reflexive pronouns comes with a poster (2 versions) to lay out the concept, a fun whole class activity to reinforce the skill, and a printable that could be used for assessment purposes, or as a center activity.

Shades of Meaning: Word Choices for “Drink” CCSS L.2.5
We begin with Julius slurping his coffee, and move on to other drink words and their subtle and not so subtle differences.

Multiple Meaning Words CCSS L.2.4 and L.2.2.e
There is an organizer page for each of 4 multi-meaning words found in Julius. The first meaning comes straight from the story, and then students have the opportunity to explore a 2nd or even 3rd meaning. Active dictionary skills are included in the Common Core, and this is a perfect place to begin developing those.

Discussion Questions for Teacher Led Conversations
“K-2 should participate in rich, structured conversations with an adult in response to written texts....orally comparing and contrasting as well as analyzing and synthesizing, in the manner called for by the Standards.”

Response to Literature
Short constructed response is an element that will be part of the new standardized testing norm. Our kids need to write often and in a variety of lengths. Writing is part of the new test-prep- which is wonderful because more purposeful writing = better prepared for life students!

Opinion Prompt CCSS W.2.1
Included is a text-based opinion prompt which will require students to cite evidence from the text to defend their opinion. The prompt has directions and a checklist.

Opinion Prewriting Organizers CCSS (W.2.6)
Included is a graphic organizer to organize thoughts, and a sentence-framing organizer that provides crucial additional scaffolding!

Printable for Final Draft
Lined paper that makes neat printing easier for primary fingers!

Story Test in Multiple-Choice/Short Response Format
This 7 question test contains 5 multiple choice and 2 short response questions. The questions cover a combination of Reading Literature and Language Standards.

Tier 2 Vocabulary Quiz
A 5-question cloze style quiz with sentence-level context clues. It provides you with immediate feedback on students' progress.

If Julius is a part of your curriculum, please take a look at the preview for a sense of what this unit can do for you!

Make sure you download your updated Mrs. Brown Went to Town, too!

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