If your 2nd and 3rd grade students are struggling with vocabulary and context, let them practice with Macy and Phillip. Macy and Phillip go on a variety of adventures. The stories are rich in vocabulary and reading in context. The lessons contain 4 short paragraphs with questions to follow. These stories also introduce students to the idea of figurative language. The questions are in the form of multiple choice and open answer, relating to Common Core standards:
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.
L2.4 - 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.
L2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.