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Book Talk Questions

Here are some questions you can use to spark good discussions about your nightly reading homework:  

1. What did this book make you think about in your own life?

2. What did this book make you think about in the outside world?

3. Which other books does this remind you of? Why?

4. How does the main character feel in this book? Have you ever felt that way? When?

5. What didn’t make sense to you in this book?

6. What do you think the author is trying to say?

7. Is this an author you would like to read more from? Why?

8. Which words were hard to read in this book? How will you remember them for next time?

9. Which strategies did you use as a reader tonight? How did this help you?

10.How did this book touch your heart?

11. Can you retell this story in your own words? (setting,characters, beginning, middle and end)

12. Who is the main character? What can you tell me about the main character?

13. Where does the story take place? How do you know? What evidence in the book helps you make your decision?

14. What might we expect this story to be about based on the cover of the book?

15. What is the main problem in this story? How does the author solve the problem?

16. Tell about the most interesting, scariest, or funniest part of this story.

17. What did you learn from the reading this book? What was the author’s purpose for writing it?

18. Talk for 5-10 minutes about your favorite part of the story.

19. Is this book fiction or nonfiction? How do you know?

20. Would you recommend this book to your friends? Why or why not? 

REMEMBER to have fun talking about your reading!

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    Karen Kolokithas

    Welcome to 2nd Grade!!


    Second grade is an exciting year. We will be studying a wide range of topics from communities to animal life cycles. Throughout the year we will be strengthening our reading and writing skills. Math, music, computers, science and art are also some of the other invigorating things to which you can look forward to. Moreover, there will be many great class projects, and wonderful field trips.

    Daily Class Pledge


    Today I will do my best to be the best.

    I will listen.

    I will follow directions.

    I will be honest.

    I will respect the rights of others.

    I can learn

    I will learn.

    You see, I know it’s all up to me.

    Websites for Leveled Reading Books


    Leveled Books for Kids

     The Book Source

     Scholastic Books

    Spaghetti Book Club

    The Spaghetti Book Club web site is a place for kids who love to read and talk about books! It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids for kids. The Spaghetti Book Club was created as a way to support and encourage kids' love for reading by giving them an opportunity to connect, on a personal level, with the books they are reading and then share their reactions, thoughts, and opinions with family members, friends, and kids around the world.

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    Fun Links!!

    National Geographic for Kids


    Webster Dictionary Kid Central


    Scholastic Kids


    Quiz Hub - All Subjects

    Online Ordering Information
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    It's so simple! Here's how it works:

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    • SELECT the books you'd like to order -- choose from thousands of titles -- many more than in our monthly flyers. 

    Ordering online is fast, easy, and secure.

    Thank you,

    Karen Kolokithas 


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    Reader's Workshop Units of Study


    Unit 1 - Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt

    Unit 2- Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction

    Unit 3 - Studying Characters and Their Stories

    Unit 4 - Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power

    Unit 5 - Reading Nonfiction Cover to Cover: Nonfiction Book Clubs

    Unit 6 - Series Book Clubs

    Writer's Workshop Units of Study

    Unit 1 - Lessons From the Masters: Improving Narrative Craft

    Unit 2 - Informational Writing

    Unit 3 - Writing Gripping Fictional Stories

    Unit 4 - Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages

    Unit 5 - Lab Reports and Science Books

    Unit 6 - Writing About Reading


    Module 1



    • Addend (one of the numbers being added)
    • A ten (a place value unit composed of 10 ones)
    • Count on (count up from one addend to the total)
    • Expression (e.g., 2 + 1, 13 – 6)
    • Like units (e.g., frogs and frogs, ones and ones, tens and tens)
    • Make ten and take from ten (e.g., 8+3=8+2+1and15–7=10–7+5=3+5)
    • Number sentence (e.g.,2+3=5, 7=9–2, 10+2=9+3)
    • Number bond
    • One (a place value unit, 10 of which may be composed to make a ten)
    • Part (e.g., “What is the unknown part? 3 + ___ = 8”)
    • Partners to10 (e.g.,10 and 0, 9 and 1, 8 and 2, 7 and 3, 6 and 4, 5 and 5)
    • Say Ten counting (51 – 5 tens and 1)
    • Ten plus facts (e.g.,10+3=13, 10+5=15, 10+8=18)
    • Total (e.g., for 3+4=7or7–4=3, seven is the whole, or total)