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Old 08-07-2017, 01:09 PM
 
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Hi everyone! After ten years teaching fourth grade and four years teaching third, I am going to be teaching second grade starting in September. I am super excited for this change but becoming increasingly nervous as the time draws near.

Can anyone tell me what the biggest academic difference is between an incoming second grader and an incoming third grader? I am especially concerned about the "Learning to read" vs. "reading to learn" that I have come accustomed to...

Also, my classroom library is filled with levels N through R books which I know will be too difficult for most children. What level J, K, L, M books are "must haves?"

Thanks so much!!


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Second grade is a fun grade! (I think I say that about all of them though!)

Second graders are still a little unsteady on their feet. Most are eager to learn and will be willing to try different activities.

You'll still have second graders reading at a mid-first grade level or possibly lower, so you may want to invest in books as low as E or F. My students have loved Henry and Mudge, the Little Bear books, Magic Tree House, and Mercy Watson. A lot of the National Geographic kids readers are at these levels too.

I really liked adaptive Daily 5 and CAFE to what worked for me and the district.

There might be a few bumps but I think you're in for a fun year!
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This will be my 9th year teaching second grade. I've also taught first and third. For me, the biggest difference is maturity. Third graders, at least for me, were a lot more mature than second graders. Believe it or not, some second graders still cry on the first day of school.

Also, I saw more growth with my second graders than any other grade.
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Hey!

I am in the same boat as you! I got bumped out of my fifth grade position down to second and I'm really nervous too! I don't have advice for you, but know that you're not alone! We'll get through it!
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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In the past, I've had readers as low as level E and as high as P in second grade so having a wide range in your library would be helpful.


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