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Saturday, March 17, 2012

2nd Grade Common Core Exemplar Texts

If you are like me, you don't have a lot of time, so every bit of your time counts.  I have been researching and trying to figure out what the Common Core Tests are for 2nd grade and finally found a list.  I was checking them out on Amazon when it occurred to me that you, out their in reading land, are probably in the same predicament.  You are torn between spending time researching, learning, making activities, etc. and spending time with your husband or wife and kids.  These days, there is more work than every to take home and all sort of reports that have to be turned in by their deadline.  So, I thought I would just include the links that I used to purchase my Common Core Texts and Teaching Resources for you here in one spot.

First up, we have the beloved Charlotte's Web, which at my school, has traditionally been a 3rd grade text to read aloud.  I also went ahead and ordered the video so that we could compare the book to a movie.  Don't forget there is also the movie with Dakota Fanning in it.  I am on the hunt for a place to purchase this, but haven't found it yet!

Next up is The Stories Julian Tells.  I can't find this book at any of the online bookstores, but did stumble upon a teacher's guide for it.  If you click on the link of the book below, you can go there to get the teacher's helper.  If you find out where you can order this book, please let me know!

Then, we have My Father's Dragon.  This is a book that I am not at all familiar with, but look forward to getting my order in so that I can read it.  The cover looks fascinating!

We also have A Drop of Water which looked like, to me at least, a great book to use during water cycles, but it also looked very technical.  I'm not sure what to think about this one!

The Story of Ruby Bridges has always been a favorite of mine.  I usually use it with biographies and the kids love it.  I usually have 2-3 kids research her story each year because they love the ending.  There is also a Disney movie about Ruby that is really good.  I included its link here also.

 I was also happy to see this book, From Seed to Plant on the list.  I love any book by Gail Gibbons.  You can be gauranteed that this book will be colorful and informative.  There is a teacher's helper also that you can get to help with planning!

It is safe to say that I will have a huge box coming from Amazon soon!!  But, I figure it will be a good investment.  After all, I am investing in children's lives!  I hope that this post helps you shop swiftly, cheaply, and thoroughly!!!


  1. I cried like a baby when I was finishing up Charloettes Web! I had to leave the room. I just lost a best friend so it was a great "teachable" moment! Thank you for your great ideas! I am new to blogger and I am loving it! If you are interested in integrating technology into your classroom, maybe you could stop by my blog! I am your newest follower!

    Thank you,

  2. They have Stories Julian Tells on Amazon for $4.99. I was so glad to see it on this list. Two of my second graders are reading on an "N" level and just did a book read together with this and LOVED the book. I found the recipe for the pudding like a night on the sea on the authors website and sent it home with them. They were so excited.

  3. Just found your blog via pinterest--thanks so much for the awesome links and ideas! Just a note about the Disney movie RUBY BRIDGES: I wanted to show this movie to my 3rd graders this year as a tie-in to a study about Thurgood Marshall. I ordered the move from amazon and, while previewing it, realized it wasn't going to be appropriate (at least not without parental permission slips beforehand, and a LOT of discussion about what was going on in the movie at various points). There are several disturbing scenes of adults behaving viciously toward Ruby (it disturbed me, at least--I know it was really what happened, and that's good for excellent discussions...I just didn't want any parents to get freaked out if their kid came home and started describing what they'd seen--you know how kids can overly elaborate sometimes). And also the N word is used liberally throughout by the bad people. Another important, life skill discussion, but some parents may freak.

    So I chose not to show the movie. Which I hated, because it's such an excellent movie and kids can really identify with Ruby. And it would create such good, learning opportunity class discussions. It's just the current environment teachers operate under that made me deeply skittish about it...but if a letter went home explaining what the kids would be watching and why, and asking parental permission first, then I think it would be fine. Just an FYI/ warning--looking out for my fellow teachers' backs...don't want anyone on the 5 o'clock local news!!! :-)

    1. I've signed up to pinterest, and guess I'm once again technically challenged, as I'm unable to gain anything from it. Please help me? Thanks! email: 2nd grade teacher Davis Elem. Vernal, UT

    2. Have you actually been able to sign on to Pinterest? If not, you may need an invitation. If you haven't been able to actually get on there, let me know and I can send you an invitation.

      Once on Pinterest, you can search for topics on the search bar that is in the upper left hand corner. Another option is to look up people you know or blog names. You can 'follow' individual boards or the people themselves. Once you 'pin' something you like, you will be asked to create a board and name it so that the ideas that you pin have a 'home'. If you need more help, there are lots of great articles on google. Just google 'pinterest help'. If I can help you with anything else, just let me know!


  4. Great books all! We've yet to get to common core standards, but I know they're coming. Charlotte's Web and Ruby Bridges have long been a staple for our 2nd graders. We've also shown the Ruby Bridges movie with great interest & success from students & parents.
    Keep the good info coming.

  5. Wow! This is the first organized list that I've seen for 2nd grade. As a former 3rd grade teacher, these will be great discussion starters: I've read Julian, Ruby Bridges, and My Father's Dragon with my classes. My students alwasy enjoyed the Disney movie about Ruby, and we had a lot of discussion afterwards about how she was really treated.
    Question: are all these considered read alouds?
    Thanks so much for all the links.

  6. Thank you so much for the links! I do have a question, where did you find this list? Are these books the Common Core Curriculum Mapping book recommended or did you find this information somewhere else? This will be our first year in common core and I feel overwhelmed! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    1. Yes, the list is in the book! There is a book study going on about it right now. You can find it by going to my search box and typing in common core book study.

    2. Yes! I am currently doing the book study! I am loving it and is how I even found out about the Common Core Curriculum Maps book in the first place! My principal is ordering the book for me!!! Thank you so much for the list! I did find more exemplars in the book than what you have listed. Is there a reason you only bought these and not the others that are listed? Just wondering.

  7. Thanks for the list! Just want to mention that has the Julian books for sale!

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