Hey guys! I am back with part two of my back-to-school read aloud series! Yesterday, I wrote about back-to-school read alouds for bilingual first graders and you can read about them here. Today I get to talk about my read alouds for my favorite grade level: 2nd Grade! I might be partial, seeing that I am a second grade teacher!
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Lista para segundo grado Ámbar Dorado and Segundo grado es increíble Ámbar Dorado by Paula Danziger are my favorite books to read the first weeks of second grade! How awesome is it to find a character, just like them (she has a best friend Justo for the boys), that is in second grade! These books also serve as a starting point for Pupitrina (The Desk Fairy) in my classroom. There are a whole bunch of easy readers staring Ámbar and Justo and the kids love them!
I have read La maestra del pantano negro by Mike Thaler the first day of school all eight years in the classroom! Why? It is funny and the kids love it! They laugh and get their nerves out! I also love the other books in the series, La directora del pantano negro and La bibliotecaria del pantano negro, too! This is the day that my students fall in love with these books and so I always make sure I have a basket full for them to check out from our classroom library.
I had a teacher friend who would use these books in her classroom (in English) as an introduction to all of the specialist teachers. She would invite them in the classroom throughout the week and they would read the book that went along with the special that they taught. So the librarian would read The Librarian from the Black Lagoon, etc. I thought that was such an awesome idea!
¡Qué nervios! El primer día de escuela by Julie Danneberg has been my go-to read aloud for our first afternoon of second grade. After we read this book together, the second grade team (bilingual and monolingual) get together to do activities from Abby Mullins' Super Second Graders Pack. We love reading the Jitter Juice poem and drinking our concoctions by the same name!
¡No te comas a la maestra! by Nick Ward is a funny little story about Sammy the Shark on his first day of school. It is perfect for talking about first week emotions such as being excited, nervous, etc. This book is a favorite of my students long into the middle of the school year!
I love books that lead the discussion about being you and Un caso grave de rayos by David Shannon is a perfect example of that! Camilla doesn't want to admit how much she loves lima beans so she starts changing different colors and no one can figure out why! #beyou.
Froggy va a la escuela by Jonathan London was on my first grade list, but I had to put on my second grade list, too. I love introducing my students to characters that they can read about in other books. It gets the reluctant readers something to grasp onto and they get really invested in these characters. We do the t-chart and compare/contrast Froggy's school life to our school life: the kids love it!
Speaking of books that get kids excited about reading, I think that ¡Yo puedo leer con los ojos cerrados! by Dr. Seuss is a great book to do so. The kids love this book and laugh the whole way though -- who am I to deny them of this funny book?
My last book is another one from my first grade list: Así vamos a la escuela by Edith Baer. I do a lot more with this book in second grade than I would if I was teaching first grade. We do another t-chart, but then the kids get to write about our school and another school around the world. It isn't a major writing activity, but it gets the kiddos thinking about school and education and how it is a global concept. We aren't the only kids and teachers that go to school in the whole world!
So there you have it! My list of back-to-school read alouds for bilingual second graders! I would love to know if you read any of these to your students or if you would add anything to this list! Comment below with your ideas!
Be sure to come back Monday for my final installment of Back-to-School read alouds when I share my top picks for third grade!