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California 2nd Grade Language Arts Standards (with resource links)

1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development
1.1 Recognize and use knowledge of spelling patterns (e.g., diphthongs, special vowel spellings) when reading.
Short Vowel Word Sorts
Picture Match
Space Trash Spelling Patterns Game
Vowel Digraphs Game
Word Sorts
Carls Corner
Kiz Club Worksheets
Phonics Lessons and Activities (Florida Center for Reading Research. See the Phonemic Awareness and/or Phonics book section)
PBS Kids (When Two Vowels Go Walking Song, The Double OO Song)
1.2 Apply knowledge of basic syllabication rules when reading
Syllables Game
Word Sort
Clap and Count Practice
Syllabication PowerPoint
Syllabication Activities
Syllables Resource Page
Syllable Lessons and Activities (FCRR)
1.3 Decode two-syllable nonsense words and regular multisyllable words.
Teaching Multisyllabic Words (Scholastic)
1.4 Recognize common abbreviations (e.g., Jan., Sun., Mr., St.)
Abbreviation Flashcards
Abbreviation Match-Up (FCRR-See lesson V.005, page 31)
1.5 Identify and correctly use regular plurals (e.g., -s, -es, -ies) and irregular plurals (e.g., fly/ flies, wife/ wives).
Plurals Games
Plurals Quiz
Irregular Plurals Game
Plurals Worksheet
Plurals Lessons
Plurals Memory Game
1.6 Read aloud fluently and accurately and with appropriate intonation and expression.
The School Bell Dolch Kit
Repeated Readings Chart (Suzy Red)
Repeated Reading Chart and Lesson Ideas (Scholastic)
1.7 Understand and explain common antonyms and synonyms.
Antonyms Battleship
Antonyms Millionaire
Antonym Train
Antonyms Fairy Game
Synonym Word Frog
Synonyms Game
Synonyms Match
The Magic Key Synonym Game
Synonym Dominoes V.002, page 8 (FCRR-All three of these lessons can be accessed through this link)
Opposites Attract V.003
Synonym/Antonym Connection V.004
1.8 Use knowledge of individual words in unknown compound words to predict their meaning.
Word Sort
Compound Word Trivia (FCRR - Lesson V.009, page 1)
Compound Concentration (FCRR - Lesson P.037, page 1)
1.9 Know the meaning of simple prefixes and suffixes (e.g., over-, un-, -ing, -ly).
Flip-A-Chip Game
Suffix Jeopardy- 2 players
Prefix Word Sort
Suffix Word Sort
Prefix Games and Quiz
Suffix Games and Quiz
Base Word Games and Quiz
Prefix/Suffix task cards (thanks to the very hard-working teachers of South Carolina for this one)
Base Word Resource Page
Prefix Resource Page
Suffix Resource Page
Affix Hunt (FCRR - Lesson P.041, page 21)
Affix Match (FCRR - Lesson V.010, page 10)
Affix Action (FCRR - Lesson V.011, page 13)
1.10 Identify simple multiple-meaning words.
Online Practice
Multiple Meaning Powerpoint from Mrs. Kronemeyer
Multiple Meaning Match (FCRR - Lesson V.032, page 4)


2.0 Reading Comprehension


2.1 Use titles, tables of contents, and chapter headings to locate information in expository text.





Expository Text Exploration (FCRR- Lesson C.014, page 10)

2.2 State the purpose in reading (i.e., tell what information is sought).

2.3 Use knowledge of the author's purpose(s) to comprehend informational text.



Authors Purpose Task Cards (FCRR-See Comprehension, Text Analysis, C.023)

Author's Purpose Powerpoint


2.4 Ask clarifying questions about essential textual elements of exposition (e.g., why, what if, how).

2.5 Restate facts and details in the text to clarify and organize ideas.

2.6 Recognize cause-and-effect relationships in a text.




Cause and Effect Match (FCRR- Lesson C.021, page 11)


Cause and Effect Book list


2.7 Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and graphs.

2.8 Follow two-step written instructions.



Resources and links



3.0. Literary Response and Analysis


3.1 Compare and contrast plots, settings, and characters presented by different authors.


3.2 Generate alternative endings to plots and identify the reason or reasons for, and the impact of, the alternatives.

3.3 Compare and contrast different versions of the same stories that reflect different cultures.

3.4 Identify the use of rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poetry.




Wizard and Pigs Game


Rhyme Game #1


Rhyme Game #2






Rhyming Powerpoint




Rhyming Lesson Plan




Generating Rhymes lesson plan




Rhyming through Poetry lesson plan


Writing - 1.0 Writing Strategies

1.1 Group related ideas and maintain a consistent focus.

1.2 Create readable documents with legible handwriting.

1.3 Understand the purposes of various reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, atlas).

1.4 Revise original drafts to improve sequence and provide more descriptive detail.


2.0 Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)


2.1 Write brief narratives based on their experiences:

  1. Move through a logical sequence of events.

   b. Describe the setting, characters, objects, and events in detail.

2.2 Write a friendly letter complete with the date, salutation, body, closing, and signature.



Letter Generator



Parts of a Friendly Letter PowerPoint


Mr. Indent PowerPoint


Tons of Letter Writing Resources!


1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions

1.1 Distinguish between complete and incomplete sentences.



Identify Complete Sentences game




1.2 Recognize and use the correct word order in written sentences.




Sentence Order Game


1.3 Identify and correctly use various parts of speech, including nouns and verbs, in writing and speaking.







Verbs Lesson Plan (could be adapted to any part of speech)


1.4 Use commas in the greeting and closure of a letter and with dates and items in a series.




Punctuation Game (choose the Friendly Letter)

1.5 Use quotation marks correctly.


1.6 Capitalize all proper nouns, words at the beginning of sentences and greetings, months and days of the week, and titles and initials of people.

1.7 Spell frequently used, irregular words correctly (e.g., was, were, says, said, who, what, why).

1.8 Spell basic short-vowel, long-vowel, r-controlled, and consonant-blend patterns correctly.

1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies

1.1 Determine the purpose or purposes of listening (e.g., to obtain information, to solve problems, for enjoyment).

1.2 Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas.

1.3 Paraphrase information that has been shared orally by others.

1.4 Give and follow three-and four-step oral directions.

1.5 Organize presentations to maintain a clear focus.

1.6 Speak clearly and at an appropriate pace for the type of communication (e.g., informal discussion, report to class).

1.7 Recount experiences in a logical sequence.

1.8 Retell stories, including characters, setting, and plot.

1.9 Report on a topic with supportive facts and details.








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