Second Grade – Unit 2
Then & Now
“I Can Statements”
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
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”
Comparing Fables and Folktales
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
Suggested Texts *****
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
-form many new words using known roots, bases,
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)
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
Contraction Games (Type contractions into “Search” Click on Contraction Game)
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
-decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with
-identify words with inconsistent but common
-recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly
-determine the meaning of words and phrases
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.
“I Can” Statements
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
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
Lesson Plans (See the gravity lesson)