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Rooted in Reading Spring 2nd Grade for April Read Aloud Comprehension & Activities {2nd Edition}



2nd Grade Reading Lesson plans for April are DONE for you! We have a full month of reading, vocabulary, nonfiction integration, grammar, mentor sentences, and phonics ready to go for the month of April with Rooted in Reading. Your students will learn about life cyclesgardeningpoetrydrawing conclusions, nonfiction text features, 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 April:

A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston

10 Beautiful Things by Molly Griffin

Harlem Grown by Tony Hillery

Song of the Wild by Nicola Davies


What is included in the April 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 April:

  • Nonfiction Text Features
  • Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
  • Author’s Purpose
  • Analyzing Poetry


Comprehension Printables:

  • Expository Nonfiction Printable
  • Text Feature Printable
  • Using a Timeline Printable
  • Drawing Conclusions Graphic Organizer
  • Drawing Conclusions Match
  • Text Clues and Conclusions
  • Harlem Grown Descriptive Language Printable
  • Spin and Describe
  • Descriptive Writing Activity
  • Impact of Repetition
  • Creating Similes and Examples of Personification
  • Rhyme and Pace of Poems Printable

Anchor Charts:

  • Lovely Little Ladybug Bags
  • Let’s Grow a Garden
  • Connecting our Clues
  • Let’s Look at Text Features
  • Harlem Grown Colorful Language
  • Analyze Koala Lullaby
  • Let’s Classify Animals
  • Science is Beautiful

Nonfiction Readers:

  • Lovely Ladybugs
  • Science is Beautiful
  • Raised Garden Beds
  • Animal Groups

Directed Drawings:

  • Rainbow Stag Beetle
  • Sunrise
  • Plant
  • Orangutan


  • Ladybug
  • Windmill
  • Carrot Garden
  • Cheetah


  • Picture Cards for Vocabulary Words and Definitions
  • Vocabulary Writing Prompts
  • Read the Definition
  • Let’s Picture It
  • Gazing at the Glossary
  • Vocabulary Assessment

Grammar: Prefixes

  • Prefix Focus Posters
  • Prefix Picture and Word Cards
  • Root Words Printable
  • Prefix Added Printable
  • Un and re Prefix Flapbook and Sort
  • Matching Prefixes
  • Pick a Prefix Assessment

Grammar: Homophones and Homographs

  • Homograph and Homophone Focus Posters
  • Homograph and Homophone Picture and Word Cards
  • Homograph Printable
  • Which Homograph Sentence Classroom Scoot
  • Homophone Flap-book
  • Which Homophone Sentence Classroom Scoot
  • Homophone Assessment

Grammar: Compound Sentences

  • Simple and Compound Sentence Focus Posters
  • Sentence Cards
  • Writing Sentences Printable
  • Combining Sentences with and, but, so
  • Sentence Puzzles
  • Which Conjunction Classroom Scoot
  • Creating a Compound Sentence Flower
  • Combining Sentences Assessment
  • Looking at Clauses Assessment

Grammar: Review of Grammar in Poetry

  • Finding Prepositions in a poem
  • Grammar Board Game with a poem
  • Draw and Describe a Gorilla in response to a poem
  • Poem Flap-Ups

Phonics: Multisyllabic Words with Bossy R

  • Syllables and Bossy R Focus Posters
  • 2 Syllable Word and Picture Match
  • Spin, Read, and Cover
  • Circle and Spell it
  • Fluency with Sentences
  • I Spy Bossy R Words
  • Roll and Read
  • Word Practice
  • Assessment

Phonics: Kind Old Words

  • Focus Posters
  • Activities
  • Games
  • Printables
  • Assessment

Phonics: Silent Letters

  • Focus Posters
  • Activities
  • Games
  • Printables
  • Assessment

Phonics: Multisyllabic Closed

  • Syllables and VCV Posters
  • 2 Syllable Word and Picture Match
  • Elimination
  • Circle and Spell it
  • Fluency with Sentences
  • I Spy VCV Words
  • Roll and Read
  • Word Practice
  • Assessment


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