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ELA Grade 2 Required and Recommended Texts

Note: MetaMetrics® made changes to the Lexile® levels in June 2017 in order to provide more accurate measures for early readers. These changes affected 32% of all previously assigned Lexile® levels, including some texts for elementary and middle grade readers. The Lexile® levels listed on EL Education materials were added before this shift and do not reflect updated Lexile® levels.

Module 1

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Important Book
by Margaret Wise Brown
1 per classroom
ISBN: 9780064432276
The Dot
by Peter H. Reynolds
6 per classroom
ISBN: 9780763619619
The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig
6 per classroom
ISBN: 9781582464503
Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools around the World
by Susan Hughes
6 per classroom
ISBN: 9781926818863

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World
by Matt Lamothe
Informational 620
The Barefoot Book of Children
by Tessa Strickland & Kate DePalma
Informational
School's First Day of School
by Adam Rex
Literature 580
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell
Literature 580
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Pena
Literature 610
Armando and the Blue Tarp School
by Edith Hope Fine & Judith Pinkerton Josephson
Literature 560
School Days around the World
by Margriet Ruurs
Informational 680
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
by Jeanette Winter
Informational 630
Where Are You Going, Manyoni?
by Elizabeth Stock
Literature 570
This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World
by Edith Baer
Informational 360
This Is My Home, This Is My School
by Jonathan Bean
Informational
The Way to School
by Rosemary McCarney
Informational
The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can
by Tererai Trent
Literature 770
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Literature 870
School in Many Cultures
by Heather Adamson
Informational 220
School Days Around the World
by Catherine Chambers
Informational
Recess at 20 Below
by Cindy Aillaud
Informational 900
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education
by Liz Suneby
Literature 680
My School In The Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around The World
by Margriet Ruurs
Informational 960
Listen To The Wind : The Story Of Dr. Greg And Three Cups Of Tea
by Greg Mortenson
Informational 740
It's Back To School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around The World
by Ellen Jackson
Informational
Crow Boy
by Taro Yashima
Literature 760
Readers Theater Script: Tent School
by EL Education
Literature
Readers Theater Script: Rainforest School
by EL Education
Literature
Readers Theater Script: Boat School
by EL Education
Literature
What Does School Mean to You?
by EL Education
Literature 750
The Magic Bow
by EL Education
Literature 870

Module 2

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Curious about Fossils
by Kate Waters
ISBN: 9780448490199
Fossils
by Ann O Squire
ISBN: 9780531262504
The Big Dinosaur Dig
by Esther Ripley
ISBN: 9780756655952
The Dog that Dug for Dinosaurs
by Shirley Raye Redmond
ISBN: 9780689857089
Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life
by Susan Heinrichs Gray
+ Show Notes – Hide Notes
ISBN: 9780531282748
Stone Girl, Bone Girl
by Laurence Anholt
ISBN: 9781845077006
Fossils Tell of Long Ago
by Aliki Brandenberg
ISBN: 9780062382078

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
You Can Be a Paleontologist: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott
by Scott D. Sampson
Informational 890
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth
by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
Informational 860
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings
by Doug Florian
Poetry
The Dino Files #2: Too Big to Hide
by Stacy McAnulty
Literature 400
A Mysterious Egg: The Dino Files #1
by Stacy McAnulty
Literature 440
Dinosaurs Before Dark: Magic Tree House #1
by Mary Pope Osborne
Literature 240
Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct
by Mo Willems
Literature 500
Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record (Ivy and Bean Series #3)
by Annie Burrows
Literature 520
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems
Literature 910
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
by Barbara Kerley
Informational 550
Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth
by Molly Bang and Peggy Chisholm
Informational 860
How Does a Bone Become a Fossil? (How Does It Happen)
by Melissa Stewart
Informational 870
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!
by Kathleen V Kudlinski
Informational 900
Explore Fossils!: With 25 Great Projects
by Cynthia Light Brown & Grace Brown
Informational 860
Dinosaurs
by Kathleen Weidener Zoehfeld
Informational 520
Fossils Tell Stories
by Yu-ri Kim
Informational 500
Dinosaur Discoveries
by Gail Gibbons
Informational 760
Life Story
by Virginia Lee Burton
Informational 870
Prehistoric Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins
Informational 1 130
Dinosaur Tracks (Let's Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Kathleen Weidener Zoehfeld
Informational
My Visit to the Dinosaurs (Let's Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Aliki
Informational 540
Dinosaurs Are Different (Let's Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Aliki
Informational 530
Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Aliki
Informational 490
Dinosaur Bones (Let's Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Aliki
Informational 460
Be a Paleontologist
by Lori Dowell
Informational
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
by Tracy Fern
Informational 1 010
Fossil (DK Eyewitness Books Series)
by Paul Taylor
Informational
Dinosaur Detectives
by Peter Chrisp
Informational 770
Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads
by Laura Evert
Informational
Living Fossils: Clues to the Past
by Caroline Arnold
Informational 1 040
How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
by Jessie Hartland
Informational 1 280
Fossil
by Bill Thompson
Informational

Module 3

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Seed to Plant
by Kristin Baird Rattini
one per student
National Geographic Society , 2014
ISBN: 9781426314704
What Is Pollination
by Bobbie Kalman
oner per pair
Crabtree, 2010
ISBN: 9780778733065
Plant Secrets
by Emily Goodman
one per classroom
Charlesbridge, 2009
ISBN: 9781580892056
From Seed to Plant
by Gail Gibbons
one per classroom
Holiday House , 1991
ISBN: 9780823410255

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Plants Can't Sit Still
by Rebecca E. Hirsch
Informational 510
Bees: National Geographic Reader Level 2
by Laura Marsh
Informational 530
From Seed to Flower
by Steven Anderson
Literature
From Seed to Apple Tree
by Steven Anderson
Literature
Slugs, Bugs, And Salamanders
by Sally Kneidel
Informational
Sylvia’s Spinach
by Katherine Pryor
Literature
What If There Are No Bees?
by Suzanne Slade
Informational 890
Achoo!: Why Pollen Counts
by Shennen Bersani
Literature 670
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner
Informational 730
In the Garden
by David M. Schwatz
Informational
The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds
by Ruth Heller
Informational
Insect Pollinators
by Jennifer Boothroyd
Informational 490
Animal Pollinators
by Jennifer Boothroyd
Literature 470
Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney
Literature 680
Weslandia
by Paul Fleischman
Literature 820
How a Seed Grows
by Helene J. Jordan
Informational 400
Plantzilla
by Jerdine Nolen
Literature 460
The Gardener
by Sarah Stewart
Literature 570
Our Community Garden
by Barbara Pollak
Literature
The Garden of Happiness
by Erika Tama
Literature 590
The Ugly Vegetables
by Grace Lin
Literature 390
The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown
Literature 840
City Green
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Literature 480
Bring Me Some Apples and I’ll Make You a Pie: A Story About Edna Lewis
by Robbin Gourley
Literature 810
What’s in the Garden?
by Marianne Berkes
Informational 710
Seeds
by Ken Robbins
Informational
A Seed Is Sleepy
by Dianna Hutts Aston
Informational 750
¡Muchas Gracias, Butterflies and Moths!
by El Education for instructional purposes
Informational
Forever Grateful, Flies and Wasps!
by El Education for instructional purposes
Informational
Thanks a Bunch, Beetles!
by El Education for instructional purposes
Informational
Merci Beaucoup Bees!
by El Education for instructional purposes
Informational

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Little Hummingbird
by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Six per classroom
ISBN: 978-1-55365-533-6
A Place for Butterflies
by Melissa Stewart
One per student
ISBN: 978-1-56145-784-7
A Place for Bats
by Melissa Stewart
One per pair
ISBN: 978-1-56145-763-2
The Ant and the Grasshopper
by Diane Marwood
One per student
ISBN: 978-0-7787-7901-8
Hey, Little Ant
by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Six per classroom
ISBN: 978-1-883672-54-6
The Lizard and the Sun
by Alma Flor Ada
One per classroom
ISBN: 978-0-440-41531-2

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Help Protect Butterflies!
by EL Education for instructional purposes
One per student
EL Education for instructional purposes, 2017
Bunnyyarl the Flies and Wurrunnunnah the Bees
by rewritten Australian Aboriginal tale
One per student
rewritten Australian Aboriginal tale,
Bats’ Roosts in Danger!
by EL Education for instructional purposes
One per student
EL Education for instructional purposes, 2017
The Ants and the Grasshopper
by Aesop
One per student
Project Gutenberg. , 2006

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Bees
by Alex Woolf
Informational 920
The Bee Book
by Charlotte Milner
Informational
Give Bees a Chance
by Bethany Barton
Informational

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