Interactive Spring ELA Notebook!
I created this pack to supplement your ELA curriculum for the Spring. Twenty-three different activities are included, with sample photographs for students to see the final product. Some of the activities are open ended and can be used with any text. Please note, there are no answer keys for these activities. A few of the activities are also differentiated for difficulty.
The following activities and concepts are covered in this pack:
• Literary and Informational Passages- Students read the passages, create questions, and then answer the questions about the text. Three levels of each text (beginning, middle and late 2nd grade) are included to allow for differentiation for your readers.
• Retelling- Two different open ended activities for retelling. One focuses on plot elements (character, setting, problem, event, solution) and the other focuses on beginning, middle, and end.
• Main Idea- Students identify the main idea and three supporting details. This is an open ended activity and can be used with any text. Another main idea activity is included. Students read four short passages and determine the main idea of each. Two versions of the passage are included. One has picture prompts to assist in decoding and the other does not.
• Character Responses to Major Events- Two activities are included. In the first activity, students read a passage and complete questions about the character’s responses. Two versions are included, a lower and higher reading level. Students complete the second activity after reading the book A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon and describe the main character’s responses.
• Context Clues- Several activities for context clues are included. In the first activity, students read four short passages and determine the meaning of an underlined word using context clues. There are two levels of difficulty included. The second activity has four vocabulary words from the book A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon. Students write the meaning of the words using context clues as the teacher reads the text aloud. The last activity is a blank format in which the teacher can write any four vocabulary words from any text for students to determine the meaning of using context clues.
• Cause and Effect- Students read a short passage and identify the cause and effect relationships.
• Point of View- After reading the book I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff, students write the mother’s point of view and the little boy’s point of view is in the text.
• Multi-Syllabic Words- Students read a fluency passage with several multi-syllabic words and then draw a picture to illustrate the story.
• Subject and Predicate- Students read and sort subjects and predicates.
• Complete and Incomplete Sentences- Students read and sort complete and incomplete sentences.
• Combining Sentences- Students read two sentences and combine them.
• Contractions- Students write the contraction when given the two words that make up the contraction.
• Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs- Students identify a given word as an adjective or adverb and then use it in a sentence.
• Antonyms- Students read sentences and complete with the antonym.
• Narrative Story Writing- Writing planner with character, setting, beginning, middle and end for narrative writing. A final draft paper is also included.
• Opinion Writing- Two activities are included. In the first activity, students practice writing reasons and backing them with an explanation. In the second activity, students write a paragraph about a pet. The perfect text to match this activity is the book Can I Keep Him? By Steven Kellogg.
• Sequencing and Expository Writing- Students sequence the life cycle of a frog using pictures and research the life cycle. Then, students write a paragraph. Final draft paper is included.
The following Common Core Standards are addressed in this pack:
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5- Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2- Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.3- Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3- Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.2.4.B- Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.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.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1- Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.E- Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.F- 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).
• CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.4.A- Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
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