February 3, 2021 | Rebekah Lowe
Students in second grade are reading! A few times a week, students will meet in a small group. They will read a book that is at their level along with others in the class.
In the beginning of a small group, students might look at some words and spelling patterns. These are patterns that they will see in the book that they read.
Afterwards, students will read the book with the group. Sometimes, they will read out loud with the group. Other times, they may read silently or with a partner. There is discussion about the book before, during, and after, to review what happened.
There might be days where students create timelines or look for the main idea with supporting details based on the book.
They might even create a Venn diagram to compare things they read about.
Students are reading for understanding, but they are also reading to be fluent and accurate. Books are both fiction and non-fiction – they might also be biographies or fairy tales.
These small groups allow the students to practice their reading and comprehension as well as grow to be more confident readers.
Students have been enjoying the range of topics in reading groups. In the Meadows Class, students were reading about extreme animals and bed bugs and are now starting to read some biographies in preparation for the Notable American unit that will be starting soon!