Reading and Writing Strategies
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and Reading Gathering Area
Teaching Points for the 2nd Grade Curriculum
Manely Lion: Main Idea
Babbling Bear: Retell Events in Order
"What's the Matter?" Monkey: Problem and Solution
Summarizing Snake: Summarize
Digger the Dog: Draw Conclusions
"What's Happening?" Hippo: Cause and Effect
This or That Cat: Compare and Contrast
Iggy the Inferring Iguana: Making Inferences
Comprehension Strategy Teaching Points
Good readers use comprehension strategies
to make sure they understand
what they are reading.
Spinner the Spider: Makes Connections
(Text-to-Self, Text-To-Text, or Text-to-World)
I Wonder...Wolf: Generate Questions
Picturing Penguin: Visualize
Purposeful Pig: Author's Purpose
Fix-Up Froggy: Monitor Comprehension: Reread, Read Ahead
Eagle Eye: Use Illustrations
Factual or Fantasy Fish: Fantasy or Reality
Hop into a Just-Right Book: Finding a Just-Right Book
Students are taught these strategies during
small group and whole group reading instruction.
They easily go along with the strategies taught with any reading and
writing series, and follows state and national curriculum.
Small group instruction is taught at the kidney table, where a set of beanie babies
is available and posters are attached to table for reinforcement.
Suzie Q's Writing Camp Creatures
Writing Teaching Points
Good writers include many elements to add
voice and enhance their writing.
Leading Ladybug: Leading Off with the Setting, Question,
or Big Bang Beginnings
Wow Word Worm: Choosing Wonderful Words
Trotters, the Transitioning Horse: Using Transition Words
Small Moment Mousey: Focusing in on a Small Moment
"Quackers" the Dialogue Duck: Adding Dialogue
As Smelly As a Simile Skunk: Using Similes
Hoot! The Onomotopeia Owl: Including Sound Words
Fixin' Fox: Editing Your Story
Wrap-It-Up Rhino: Excellent Endings
Many additional beanies or other stuffed animals are found in bins in the room, which students can use during independent reading and writing, or during any reading practice time.