May Read Alouds for Second Grade

 I can't believe the end of the year is almost here!  It was bitter sweet posting this last set of interactive read aloud lessons for May.  I have really enjoyed making these and love teaching them even more!  But I was definitely read to be finished!  This month is heavy on integrating science, which is so fun for the last month of school.  Students definitely need more hands on activities during the month of May to keep them engaged!  The first two weeks focus on RI 2.7, identify and explain how illustrations and words contribute to and clarify a text.  The last two weeks review second grade literature standards.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

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May Read Aloud Books

Light is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer
Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound by Geoff Waring
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen


Light is All Around Us


We begin the month with Light is All Around Us, integrating light waves science standards.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

The goal with this text is for students to be able to identify and explain how the words and illustrations better clarify the text.  We use the anchor chart below throughout the week.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

We begin the week completing the tasks together, and then I gradually release independence as we go.  Students needs to be able to explain how the words and illustrations better helped them understand light waves and how they travel.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

The culminating tasks requires students to write their own book about light, in which they use their words and illustrations to help the reader learn about light.  We use another text from EPIC Books to gather more information for the text.  We work on this over the course of two days.  They also take a comprehension test at the end of the week.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

All stories come with a mentor sentence and vocabulary cards.

Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound


May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

We go from learning about light waves to learning about sound waves.  I like that this book gives lots of real world examples of sounds.  Again, we are focusing on the same standard as the week before.  

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

On day one, students will go on a sound hunt throughout the text.  On day two, students get to go on a sound hunt outside!  Such a great way to incorporate real world connections.  They have to also identify what types of sounds are made as they record the sounds.  Days 3-5 focus more on using the illustrations to answer questions about the text.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

I didn't give a specific day to do this activity, but it would be a fun Friday activity.  You will need straws, cardstock, and double-sided tape to make these pan flutes.  They will love getting to test out their pan flutes, and describing the different types of sounds that come out of the different lengths of straws.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

Rosie Revere, Engineer


May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

The Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty is one of the best!  Rosie is a second grader who loves to design and create.  Since this is one of the last units, I chose to review some of the literature standards with this book, as well as integrate STEM standards.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

We review recounting the story, determining the central message, describing how characters respond to major events or challenges, and describing different characters' points of view.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

By the end of the week, students will be ready for their STEM challenge.  They have to create a flying machine, just like Rosie, but in the form of a paper airplane.  Have students create their own paper airplane first, and then test out the creation.  Afterwards, show students an instructional video with a different design in which they will build.  They will then compare and contrast the flights of their two airplanes.  

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

If I Built a School

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

If I Built a School is the perfect book for the last week of school.  This book is my favorite in Chris Van Dusen's If I Built... Series.  The main character, Jack, describes his version of the perfect school, and I have to agree that it's pretty amazing!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

We are reviewing literature standards involving asking and answering questions, problem and solution, and using the illustrations and words to better understand characters, setting, or plot.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!



May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

On Thursday and Friday, students will design their own dream school.  They will make these foldable books that contain designs for the classroom, cafeteria, playground, and library.  You can also add more pages if you have time.  This takes lots of time, so it's perfect for the end of the year when you need students to be working independently so that you can get other things done.

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

I hope that these read aloud lessons are helpful and can take something off of your plate.  I have really enjoyed creating these and have loved hearing your feedback on them!

You can find these in my TPT shop; I sell them separately in print or digital, a digital monthly bundle, a printable and digital bundle, and a yearlong bundle that contains EVERYTHING!  I tried to post them in all these different ways to better meet your needs this year.  The digital slides are great for using in the classroom to guide your lessons or for distance learning.  Thank you so much for reading along!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!

May read alouds for second grade that integrate light waves, sound waves, and STEM for second grade.  Teach literacy skills illustrations and words, point of view, character response, problem and solution, ask and answer questions, and more!  Read aloud activities, anchor charts, and crafts for the end of the year!














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