This 1st & 2nd Grade Back to School ELA activity pack is filled with ELA activities for 1st and 2nd graders. There are themed activities for each of the six Common Core Standards domains (RL, RI, L, SL, RF, and W). Your students will practice their ELA standards while incorporating the back-to-school theme as well. This will take some of the stress off of your plate by providing you with standards-based and Common Core-aligned seasonal activities!
Each domain will have 3-4 activities or passages. The domains are Reading Literature, Reading Informational, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Language, and Foundational Skills. There will be a mix of hands-on partner, whole group, and independent activities.
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1st & 2nd Grade Back to School ELA Activities Included:
Reading Literature: 4 passages plus 1 practice activity
Practice: RL.1.7/RL.2.7- Illustrations
RL.1.1/RL.2.1- Ask and Answer Questions
RL.1.6/RL.2.6- Point of View
RL.1.3/Rl.2.3- Story Elements
RL.1.3/Rl.2.3- Character Response
Reading Informational: 4 passages plus 1 practice activity
Practice: RI.1.2/RI.2.2- Main Topic
RI.1.1/RI.2.1- Ask and Answer Questions
RI.1.6/RI.2.6- Point of View
RI.1.2/RI.2.2- Main Topic
RI.1.1/RI.2.1- Ask and Answer Questions
Writing: 2 partner & 2 independent activites
W.1.3/W.2.3- Narrative Sequencing
W.1.3/W.2.3- Independent Narrative Writing
W.1.1/W.2.1- Partner Opinion and Supporting Reasons
W.1.1/W.2.1- Independent Opinion Writing
Speaking & Listening: 3 partner activities
SL.1.1/SL.2.1- Building Conversations
SL.1.2/SL.2.2- Listening to Read Alouds
Language & RF: 3 partner activities and 1 independent activity
L.1.2.a/L.2.2.a- Fix the Sentences
L.1.1.e/L.2.1.d- Verb Matching
RF.1.2.a/RF.2.3.a- Short and Long Vowel Sort
RF.1.3.d,e/RF.2.3.c- Syllable Sorting
This Back to School set is part of a growing bundle. Want all future themes?
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This resource is an add-on to the ELA units I have created for Common Core. All of these activities are standards-based activities. What makes these unique is that they are themed to a holiday or a season!
These activities were created to be used alongside the ELA curriculum! If you’re interested in checking that curriculum out, click here for 1st and click here for 2nd!
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Standards covered in this particular unit:
RL.1.7- Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
RL.1.1- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RL.1.6- Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
RL.1.3- Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
RL.2.7- Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
RL.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RL.2.6- Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
RL.2.3- Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
RI.1.2- Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
RI.1.1- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
RI.1.6- Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.
RI.2.2- Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
RI.2.1- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
RI.2.6- Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
W.1.3- Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
W.1.1- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
W.2.3- Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
W.2.1- Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
SL.1.1- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
SL.1.2- Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
SL.1.4- Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
SL.2.1- Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
SL.2.2- Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
SL.2.4- Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
L.1.2.a- Capitalize dates and names of people.
L.1.1.e- Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).
RF.1.2.a- Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
RF.1.3d- Use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
RF.1.3.e- Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
L.2.2.a- Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.
L.2.1.d- Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., sat, hid, told).
RF.2.3.a- Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
RF.2.3.c- Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
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