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Rooted in Reading 2nd Grade for January and Winter Read Aloud Comprehension & Activities {2nd Edition}



Transform your ELA block with quality picture books and hands-on reading activities designed to enhance reading comprehension! This complete unit features Winter & Chinese New Year activities and lesson plans for cause and effect, connection of scientific ideas, descriptive languages, and more!

2nd Grade Reading Teachers, we want to save you time and energy when it comes to lesson planning for the ELA and reading instruction for your classroom! Rooted in Reading provides everything you need for deepening comprehension, developing and expanding vocabulary, and integrating language skills with the use of a mentor text in your classroom. Rooted in Reading takes the guess out of planning for language arts instruction. We provide lesson plans, focus posters, printables, assessments, anchor charts, and more!

The teacher READS the book throughout the week and models how to think deeply, ask questions, monitor comprehension, and so much more. Each week we focus on different comprehension skills and strategies that will take your little learners on a reading journey like never before. All lesson plans and activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and TEKS. 

This can be used as a stand-alone curriculum OR as a supplemental curriculum. You can do ALL of what we include or pick and choose the activities that work best for you and your students!

Books needed for January:

If Polar Bears Disappeard by Lily Williams

Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper

Mornings with Monet by Barb Rosenstock

The Chinese New Year Dragon Nian by Virginia Loh-Hagan


What is included in the January unit? Look below!

● Daily Lesson Plans for 4 Weeks

● Book Question Cards

● Reading Passages

● Comprehension Focus Posters, Printables, and Assessments

● Fiction and Nonfiction Reading Passages

● Nonfiction Readers with Assessments

● Anchor Charts

● Vocabulary Picture Cards, Vocabulary Writing Prompts, Vocabulary Printables and Assessments

● Directed Drawings and Crafts

● Grammar Lesson Plans, Focus Posters, and Printables

● Daily Deep Deep with Mentor Sentences

● Phonics Lesson Plans, Focus Posters, Printables, and Assessments

● Phonics Focus: Compound Words, R Controlled Vowels, Au/Aw words


Comprehension Focus for January:

  • Connection of Scientific Ideas
  • Cause and Effect
  • Descriptive Language
  • Compare 2 Words about the Same Topic
  • Information Gained from Illustrations and Digital Print


Comprehension Printables:

  • Cause and Effect Flap-Ups
  • Cause and Effect Linking Chain
  • Cause and Effect with Photographs
  • Illustrations as Clues Digital Activity
  • Illustrations Printable
  • Learning info from Text and Illustrations Flap-Ups
  • Drawing Conclusions Printable
  • Nonfiction Printable
  • Nonfiction Response Printable
  • Comparing Text Printable
  • Descriptive Language Printable
  • Simile Flap-book
  • Sensory Detail Flap-book

Anchor Charts:

  • Connection of Scientific Ideas (Cause and Effect)
  • Playful Polar Bears
  • What Did We Learn? Comparing Digital and Print Text
  • Chinese New Year Facts
  • Descriptive Language Examples
  • Everything’s Snow Interesting
  • The Marvelous Monet Facts
  • Let’s Compare Stories (comparing informational and narrative nonfictino)

Nonfiction Readers:

  • Polar Bears
  • Marvelous Monet
  • Chinese New Year
  • Did You Know? Snow Edition

Directed Drawings:

  • Polar Bear
  • Dragon
  • Snow Hat
  • Claude Monet


  • Polar Bear
  • Gong
  • Mitten
  • Paintbrush


  • Picture Cards for Vocabulary Words and Definitions
  • Vocabulary Writing Prompts
  • Vocabulary Sentences
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Gazing at the Glossary
  • Vocabulary Assessment

Grammar: Antonyms and Synonyms

  • Antonym Picture and Word Cards
  • Antonym Puzzle Printable
  • Synonym Word Cards
  • Synonyms Printable
  • Sorting Synonym and Antonym Pairs
  • Polar Bear Color by Code
  • Seeking Synonyms Printable
  • Antonyms Assessment

Grammar: Onomatopoeias

  • Onomatopoeia Focus Poster
  • Onomatopoeia Picture and Word Cards
  • Onomatopoeia Printable
  • Onomatopoeia Word Cards
  • Illustrate it! Printable
  • Onomatopoeias in Sentences Classroom Scoot
  • Name the Sound Classroom Scoot
  • Read and Find Onomatopoeias
  • Illustrate Onomatopoeias

Grammar: Root Words with Suffixes

  • Words with Suffixes Focus Poster
  • Words with -ful and -less Picture and Word Cards
  • Tell Me More Printable
  • Words with -ful and -less Word Cards
  • Words! Words! Words! Printable
  • -Less and -Ful Flap-Book Sort
  • -er and -est Word Cards
  • Complete the Sentences with -er and -est
  • Words with Suffices Assessment

Grammar: Irregular Verbs

  • Irregular Verbs Focus Poster
  • Irregular Verb Picture and Word Cards
  • Draw and Write Printable
  • Irregular Verb Word Cards
  • Which is Correct Printable
  • Color by Code Irregular Verbs
  • Find the Verb in Sentences Classroom Scoot
  • Irregular Verb Asessment

Phonics: Compound Words

  • Compound Word Focus Posters and Picture Cards
  • Compound Word Color by Code
  • Compound Word Word Cards
  • Race to the Finish with Compound Words
  • Circle and Spell It with Compound Words
  • Compound Word Sort
  • Spin, Read, and Cover with Compound Words
  • Fluency with Compound Words
  • Word Practice and Assessment

R Controlled Vowels: ar and or

  • Focus Posters for Bossy R, ar, and or
  • Picture and Word Cards for ar and or
  • Color by Code
  • Race to the Finish
  • Picture Sort
  • Formulating Sentences with ar and or Words
  • Roll, Write, and Build
  • Spin and Color
  • Clue and Guess
  • Fluency with Sentences
  • Word Practice and Assessment

R Controlled Vowels: ir, er, and ur

  • Focus Posters for Bossy R, er, and ir
  • Word and Picture Cards
  • Circle and Spell It
  • Race to the Finish
  • I Spy ir Words
  • Spin, Write, and Build
  • Color by Code
  • Word Sort
  • Fluency with Sentences
  • Word Practice and Assessment

Vowel Teams: au and aw

  • Focus Posters for au and aw
  • Word and Picture Cards for aw and au
  • Au and Aw Picture Soort
  • Spin and Color
  • Spin, Read, and Color Printable
  • Roll and Read
  • Circle it and Spell it! Printable
  • Fluency with Sentences
  • Elimination Word Game
  • Word Practice and Assessment


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