Our first story was a drama titled, The Strongest One. They really enjoy this repetitive story of a little red ant who set out into the desert to find out who the strongest one is. I was super excited when I happened upon a great second grade blog called, iintegrate technology. She has fabulous second grade resources to go along with the Reading Street adoption. I love the 10 Important Sentences template she created. You can check it out here. She even posts her documents in a Smartboard file, so you can modify them as needed. We used the Smartboard to check our work.
In The Strongest One, a little red ant stops and talks to a variety of things/animals along the way. We visualized and illustrated each time little red ant stopped and spoke to someone new. I think they came out super cute. They put a lot of effort into their illustrations, and I think it really helped them remember the story better!
The following week, we read, A Walk in The Desert. They were able to make a lot of great connections to The Strongest One, especially in regards to the setting. We integrated science, and talked about animal adaptations.
We also recorded what we added to our schema about deserts on the freebie below. It would go well with any read aloud about the desert.