Ithan Elementary School

     SECOND GRADE READ ALOUD BOOKS
    We have learned how important it is to use our schema when reading.  Making connections to our background information helps us better understand the text.  The following sites should help you better visualize, predict and infer.
 
The Cricket In Times Square
by George Seldon
Chester is a field cricket from Connecticut who finds himself in the Times Square Subway Station.  Read these articles and learn more about crickets.  Do you think a real cricket could survive in a subway station?
The Bellinis love opera.  Visit this site to learn about one of their favorite composers and listen to pieces of some of his operas.
Have you ever visited New York City?  Have you ever ridden on a subway?  The pictures on this page will help you visualize the station.  Just click on the image and it will enlarge the photo.
 
Tucker and Harry take Chester to Times Square at night.  Chester is so overwhelmed that he has to close his eyes for a moment.  Imagine that you are a tiny cricket when you look at these pictures of Times Square at night.  Would you be overwhelmed?
 
Would you like to see what New York City looks like undergound?  Take a tour with this National Geographic site.
 
 
 

 Gooseberry Park

by Cynthia Rylant
 
Gwendolyn is a Hermit Crab.  These sites might help you visualize when you are reading about her in this story.
 
 
Stumpy is a red squirrel.  These sites might help you visualize when you are reading about her in this story.
 
 
 
 
Kona is a chocolate lab.  These sites might help you visualize when you are reading about him in this story.
 
 
 
 
Murray is a bat.  These sites might help you visualize when you are reading about him in this story.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Prince of the Pond
by Donna Jo Napoli

The setting for this story is thePond. Explore this site to learn a little about ponds.

http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow9/jun99/slideshowtest.htm

There are many creatures that livein the pond. Visit some of these sites to learn about these creatures.

All AboutTurtles

http://octopus.gma.org/turtles/index.html

Snapping Turtle

http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/snapper.htm

http://www.lx.org/pdfs/Snapping%20Turtle.pdf

Arthropods

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/pond/arthropod.html

Pond Insects

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/index.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/pond/insects.html

Frogs

http://www.exploratorium.edu/frogs/

FictionConnection

When you are reading the story, ThePrince of the Pond, you may make a connection to another text, The FrogPrince. Although the stories are not the same, there are some parts of thetexts that are similar. Here is an online version of The Frog Prince.

The Frog Prince

http://www.yesicankids.gov/bedtime/princess.html

                  
Poppy
by Avi
    The following links will help you make connections, predictions, and  inferences during our reading of Poppy. 
Deermouse
 
Porcupine
 
Great Horned Owl
 
Owl Pellets
 
Avi
Last Modified on August 27, 2013