This literature lesson guides kids towards a deeper understanding of second grade texts through an exploration of character, setting, and plot. Kids will be challenged to answer the who, what, where, when and why of a story, in addition to determining the story's message. Two versions of the same story will be presented in order for second graders to see story elements in action.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities.
5 W's Song: Who, What, Where, When, Why? Who? What? When? Where? Why? The five W's help children gather crucial information about a text and are a critical component of writing. This song helps students understand the importance of each W and how they improve fiction and nonfiction comprehension. This is an ideal resource for second graders who will enjoy singing along to the catchy tune and without realizing they are learning how to improve their reading and writing skills too!
Jack and the Beanstalk It all started with a few magical beans—and grew into a beloved fairy tale. Children are whisked away to a fantastic world of fairies, giants and magical beanstalks in this classic. Complete with three different reading modes, this interactive story offers features so it can be told aloud, feature highlighted words, or enjoyed independently by every kind of reader.
Jack and the Beanstalk Reading Comprehension What did Jack sell for his magic beans? Kids will exercise important reading comprehension skills in this interactive quiz. A perfect follow-up to Jack and the Beanstalk, this game helps children learn which kinds of details they should be paying attention to as they read, a skill that will help them always get the most out of a text.
Ogg and the Beanstalk The classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk is flipped on its head in this amusing retelling of the beloved fairy tale—this time, from the giant's perspective! Perfect for a conversation on comparing and contrasting fairy tales, this interactive story will have kids seeing the classic story from a fresh perspective.
Compare and Contrast Jack and the Beanstalk Stories Jack and the Beanstalk is a tale of an evil or lonely giant and a desperate boy, depending on whose perspective you read it from. Kids have the opportunity to compare and contrast the two versions of the classic story in this interactive quiz, strengthening critical reading comprehension skills in the process.

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