The Common Core standards emphasize close reading of informational texts. This workbook has been written to meet that need.
Bats by Lily Wood is a Level 1 Scholastic Science Reader, available at http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/bats-9. With mostly one-syllable words, large font, and beautiful pictures, Bats is accessible to strong kinders later in the year and most firsts. All second graders should be able to read it fluently.
NOTE: The 2000 and 2010 editions differ substantially in page numbers and sequence of text, so be sure you buy the right workbook! Also, be sure all your students have the same edition to read.
This workbook helps the students focus on the close reading skills expected by CCSS literacy standards for informational texts. There are information questions about details, inferences, extension questions, and questions that get information from the illustrations. There are questions that ask for the topic of a paragraph.
The workbook also pays attention to foundational skills: silent e, short and long vowels, consonant blends, counting syllables, initial-middle-ending sounds, capital letters and periods.
Most of the text is repeated in the workbook, so the students practice reading the same passages more than once as they are answering the questions. This reinforces the words and increases fluency.
If you don’t have enough of the books to make a class set, you could have ONE book and project it for the reading lesson. Then students can work from the workbook. The workbook contains enough samples from the text that students can answer almost all the questions without needing their own copy of the text. The teacher can project just the page needed for each day’s lesson, usually a page with pictures on it, and students can look up to find the answers.
The answer key is included.
I hope you like it! My school has a set of six copies of several of these Scholastic Science Readers (Bats, Sharks, etc.), so I have different reading groups working on their book at one time. I call one group over to my table, we read the text, and we look at the questions together to plan how to answer them. I teach or review the skills needed, such as counting syllables. Then that group goes off to work together on their answers, while I bring a new group to my table. This series of science readers is great for informational reading!