1st and 2nd Grade Summer ELA Activities



This 1st and 2nd Grade Summer ELA Activities 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 summer 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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Summer Activities Included:

Reading Literature: 4 passages
  • RL.1.9/RL.2.9- Compare and Contrast
  • RL.1.7/RL.2.7- Illustrations
  • RL.1.5/RL.2.6- Point of View
  • RL.1.5/RL.2.5- Story Structure
Reading Informational: 4 passages
  • RI.1.8/RI.2.8- Author’s Point
  • RI.1.4/RI.2.4- Unknown Words
  • RI.1.3/RI.2.3- Making Connections
  • RI.1.9/Rl.2.9- Compare and Contrast
Writing: 2 independent activities and 2 prompts
  • W.1.2/W.2.2- Informative Writing
  • W.1.2/W.2.2- Informative Writing
  • W.1.3/W.2.3- Narrative Writing
  • W.1.3/W.2.3- Narrative Writing
Speaking & Listening: 3 partner activities
  • SL.1.2/SL.2.2- Answer Questions
  • SL.1.4/SL.2.4- Telling or Recounting a Story
  • SL.1.6/SL.2.6- Complete Sentences
Language & RF: 3 independent activities and 1 whole group activity
  • L.1.1.1/L.2.1.b- Plural Nouns
  • L.1.1.f/L.2.1.e- Adjectives
  • L.1.1.j/L.2.1.f- Sentences
  • RF.1.3.d&e/RF.2.3.c- Two-Syllable Words
This summer set is part of a bundle. Want all themes?
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!
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Standards covered in this particular unit:


RL.1.9- Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
RL.1.7- Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
RL.1.6- Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.
RL.1.5- Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
RL.2.9- Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
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.2.6- Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
RL.2.5- Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.


RI.1.8- Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
RI.1.4- Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.
RI.1.3- Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
RI.1.9- Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
RI.2.8- Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
RI.2.4- Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
RI.2.3- Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
RI.2.9- Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.


W.1.2- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
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.2.2- Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
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.


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.1.6- Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 1 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
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.
SL.2.6- Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification. (See grade 2 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

RF & L

L.1.1.c- Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).
L.1.1.f- Use frequently occurring adjectives.
L.1.1.j- Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts.
RF.1.3.d- 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.2.1.b- Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
L.2.1.e- Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
RF.1.3.d- Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
RF.2.3.c- Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.