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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 or Resource 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
The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson
Literary
My Name Is Sangoel
by Karen Lynn Williams
Literary 550
Goodbye, School
by Tonya Lippert
Literary
Dear Substitute
by Audrey Vernick
Literary
All Are Welcome
by Alexandra Penfold
Literary
Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson
Literary 530
Armando and the Blue Tarp School
by Edith Hope Fine and Judith Pinkerton Josephson
Literary 560
Amik Loves School
by Katherena Vermette
Literary
The Soda Bottle School
by Laura Kutner
Informational
Pan de Sal Saves the Day
by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco
Literary
This Is My School
by Mark Andrew Weakland
Informational
I’m New Here
by Anne Sibley O'Brien
Literary 390
Back to School: A Global Journey
by Maya Ajmera
Informational
The Barefoot Book of Children
by Tessa Strickland & Kate DePalma
Informational
School's First Day of School
by Adam Rex
Literary 580
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell
Literary 580
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Pena
Literary 610
Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
by Jeanette Winter
Informational 630
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 Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can
by Tererai Trent
Literary 770
School in Many Cultures
by Heather Adamson
Informational 220
School Days Around the World
by Catherine Chambers
Informational
Crow Boy
by Taro Yashima
Literary 760

Module 2

Texts to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Curious about Fossils
by Kate Waters
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780448490199
Fossils
by Ann O Squire
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9780531262504
The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs
by Shirley Raye Redmond
One per student
ISBN: 9780689857089
Paleontology: The Study of Prehistoric Life
by Susan Heinrichs Gray
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780531282748
Stone Girl, Bone Girl
by Laurence Anholt
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9781845077006
Fossils Tell of Long Ago
by Aliki Brandenberg
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780062382078

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
"The Maiasaura Dig: The Story of Dr. Holly Woodward Ballard"
by EL Education for instructional purposes
One per student
EL Education, 2019

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
My Best Book of Rocks and Fossils
by Chris Pellant
Informational
Rocks and Fossils (Discover Science Series)
by Chris Pellant
Informational
Grand Canyon
by Jason Chin
Informational 1 000
In the Past
by David Elliot
Informational
The Dinosaur Expert
by Margaret McNamara
Informational 550
Fossils Tell Stories
by DK Publishing
Informational
Finding the First T. Rex
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Informational 660
Dinosaur Days (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 3 Book)
by Joyce Milton
Informational 490
Dinosaurs!
by Dr. Robert T. Bakker
Informational
You Can Be a Paleontologist: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott
by Scott D. Sampson
Informational 890
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings
by Douglas Florian
Poetry
The Dino Files #2: Too Big to Hide
by Stacy McAnulty
Literary 400
Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record (Ivy and Bean Series #3)
by Annie Barrows
Literary 520
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
by Barbara Kerley
Informational 550
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 and Grace Brown
Informational 860
Fossils Tell Stories
by Yu-ri Kim
Informational 500
Dinosaur Discoveries
by Gail Gibbons
Informational
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
Dinosaurs Are Different (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Aliki
Informational 530
Dinosaur Bones (Let’s Read and Find Out Science Stage 2)
by Aliki
Informational 460
Dinosaur Detectives
by Peter Chrisp
Informational 770
Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads
by Laura Evert
Informational

Module 3

Texts to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Seed to Plant
by Kristin Baird Rattini
One per student
ISBN: 9781426314704
What Is Pollination
by Bobbie Kalman
One per pair
ISBN: 9780778733065
Plant Secrets
by Emily Goodman
One per classroom
ISBN: 9781580892056
From Seed to Plant
by Gail Gibbons
One per pair
ISBN: 9780823410255

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
¡Muchas Gracias, Butterflies and Moths!
by El Education for instructional purposes
One per student 2016
Forever Grateful, Flies and Wasps!
by El Education for instructional purposes
One per student 2016
Thanks a Bunch, Beetles!
by El Education for instructional purposes
One per student 2016
Merci Beaucoup Bees!
by El Education for instructional purposes
One per student 2016

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
Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature
by Nicola Davies
Informational
Honeybee
by Candace Fleming
Informational
Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book
by Britta Teckentrup
Informational
The Bat Book
by Elise Gravel
Informational 610
Butterflies and Moths
by DK Publishing
Informational
My, Oh My—A Butterfly!
by Tish Rabe
Informational 570
Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book
by Jerry Pallotta
Informational
The Bumblebee Queen
by April Pulley Sayre
Informational
Honey Bees (Explore My World Series)
by Jill Esbaum
Informational 650
The Buzz on Insects
by Gina Shaw
Informational 500
Bees: National Geographic Reader Level 2
by Laura Marsh
Informational 530
What If There Are No Bees?
by Suzanne Slade
Informational 890
Achoo!: Why Pollen Counts
by Shennen Bersani
Literary 670
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
by Kate Messner
Informational 730
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
Informational 470
Our Community Garden
by Barbara Pollak
Literary
The Ugly Vegetables
by Grace Lin
Literary 390
The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown
Literary 840
City Green
by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
Literary 480

Module 4

Texts to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
The Little Hummingbird
by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9781553655336
A Place for Butterflies
by Melissa Stewart
One per student
ISBN: 9781561457847
A Place for Bats
by Melissa Stewart
One per pair
ISBN: 9781561457632
The Ant and the Grasshopper
by Diane Marwood
One per student
ISBN: 9780778779018
Hey, Little Ant
by Phillip and Hannah Hoose
Six per classroom
ISBN: 9781883672546
The Lizard and the Sun
by Alma Flor Ada
One per classroom
ISBN: 9780440415312

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
Aesop’s Fables
by Aesop and Jerry Pinkney
Literary 760
When the Bees Buzzed Off
by Lula Bell
Literary
Glasswings
by Elisa Kleven
Literary
The King of Bees
by Lester L. Laminack
Literary
Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife
by Sarah Grace Tuttle
Poetry
Butterflies in Room 6
by Caroline Arnold
Informational
Follow That Bee!
by Scot Ritchie
Informational
These Bees Count!
by Alison Formento
Informational 620
The Bat Book
by Charlotte Milner
Informational
The Bee Book
by Charlotte Milner
Informational
Give Bees a Chance
by Bethany Barton
Informational

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