Second Grade – Unit 2

 Then & Now

Unit 2 LA Standards


Managing Student Work in Labs

Informational Questioning Stems

Literature (Narrative) Questioning Stems

(6 Weeks)

     Essential Questions

“I Can Statements”

         & Assessments

                      Instructional Activities

             Lesson Resources

1.  What are informational text structures?

This means I can use knowledge of informational text structure to identify main topics and purpose of text.

 -use text features to locate key facts or information

   in a text efficiently

 -identify the author’s main purpose of a text

 -compare and contrast the most important points

  in two texts on the same topic

Suggested Texts

Unit 2 Introduction Lesson: Then and Now

Now & Ben Opinion Writing 

Shared and Independent Opinion Writing

2.  What is literature (narrative) story text structure?

This means I can use knowledge of story text structure to analyze the central message.

This means I can research and write informational text

 -understand and explain the elements of Folktales

-understand varied voices of characters

 -understand and explain the elements of Fables

 -recount/retell familiar stories, including fables

  and folk tales


 -compare folktales, fables, and fairy tales

 -describe overall story text structure and central

   message, lesson, or morale

 -describe how the beginning introduces the story

  and the ending concludes the action

 -identify the main topic of a paragraph

-understand distinct characteristics of Tall Tales

-research a real person in the 1800s and do a class presentation

-use information texts to answer “who, what, where, when, why, and how”

Suggested Texts 

Suggested Folktales

Compare & Contrast Two Folktales

Voices of Characters

Folktales Lesson with Writing

Online Fables

Fables Readers’ Theater

Comparing Fables and Folktales

Comparing Fairy Tales

Comparing Folktales and Fables Lesson Plan

Birth of Paul Bunyon


Tall Tales


Growing Up Long Ago

3.  What are collective nouns, reflexive pronouns, and irregular plural nouns?

This means I can understand and use nouns correctly.

 -understand and use proper, collective, and

  irregular plural nouns in writing

 -name and use reflexive pronouns

 -use capitals correctly when writing for proper

  nouns, specifically holidays, product names, and

  geographic places

Suggested Texts *****


Noun youtube

Noun Lesson

Graphic Organizer

Noun Worksheets

Proper Nouns

Collective Nouns

Additional Resources - Collective Nouns


Reflexive Pronouns

Irregular Plural Nouns

4.  What are prefixes and suffixes?

This means I can make new words when a known prefix or suffix is added to a known word.


 -discover prefixes and suffixes when reading

  grade-level texts

 -form many new words using known roots, bases,

  and prefixes

Suggested Texts

Phonics Scope & Sequence

What’s My Meaning?

5.  What is the purpose of an adjective or an adverb?

This means I can use adjectives and adverbs to expand and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences.

 -write simple sentences about life today

 -expand the simple sentence by adding descriptive

  words (adjectives for nouns  or adverbs for verbs)

 -write compound sentences about life in the past

 -expand the compound sentences by adding

  descriptive words (adjectives for nouns or

  adverbs for verbs)

Suggested Texts 


Practice with Adjectives  


Adjective Game 


Lesson: Using Adjectives


6. What are apostrophes?

This means I can use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

 -understand and use apostrophes to form

  contractions in verbs and pronouns

 -understand and use apostrophes to form


Frequently Occurring Contractions


Verb and Pronoun Contractions


Contraction Memory Game


Contraction Games  (Type contractions into “Search” Click on Contraction Game)

Apostrophes for Possession

Apostrophe Uses

7.What knowledge is needed to read second-grade words?

This means I can use spelling-sound correspondence, identify syllable structure (including two-syllable words), and understand the pattern in irregularly spelled words.

 -use spelling-sound correspondence in reading

  and writing

 -decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with

   long vowels

 -identify words with inconsistent but common

  spelling-sound correspondences

 -recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly

  spelled words

 -determine the meaning of words and phrases

Aligned Resources for 2nd grade Phonic/Word Study Scope 

Utah State Core Curriculum Standards: SCIENCE

Enduring Understanding: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials while observing falling objects.

Essential Questions

“I Can Statements

& Assessments

Instructional Activities

Lesson Resources

8.  What are the different characteristics of rocks?

This means I can describe the characteristics of rocks.

-identify the author’s purpose when reading suggested texts about rocks

-compare and contrast multiple texts about rocks to determine the specific points being made in each text

-explain how smaller rocks come from breakage and weathering of larger rocks

-describe rocks using terms that explain their parts (e.g., crystals, grains, cement, etc.)

-participate in large and small group discussions about rocks, following agreed upon rules for discussion

Suggested Texts

Everybody Needs a Rock

Text Features


Lesson Plans (See the lesson “Rocks, rocks everywhere”

Speaking and Listening

Rock Shared Reading Lesson

Rock Shared Reading Lesson **

9. What makes objects fall?

This means I can describe properties of materials and the forces of motion that act upon them.

-observe a variety of falling objects and describe the difference between speed of fall for each object

-communicate observations that similar objects of varying masses fall at the same rate in small group discussions

Suggested Texts

Lesson Plans (See the gravity lesson)

Gravity and Falling Objects Lesson Plan

Easter Eggs Are Falling