Winter Text Set Grade 2

The Mitten

  • Author & Illustrator: Jan Brett
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • ISBN:978-0-399-25401-7
  • Pages:28
  • Genre:


A little boy ask his grandmother to knit him a white mitten. Out of concern the grandmother tells the boy it would be foolish to do such a thing because if he lost the white mitten he would never find it in the snow. Eventually the boy's grandmother caves and knits him his white mittens. The boy then goes outside to play in the snow and sadly loses his mitten. From then on the book describes a scene in which the boy looks for his mitten while multiple animals find the mitten and burrow inside for warmth. One of the animals, a bear squeezes inside the mitten and shortly after a mouse does too. Due to there being no room in the mitten anymore the mouse lays on the bears nose and causes the bear to sneeze. The bears big sneeze send the white mitten flying into the air. Later on the boy finds the mitten floating in the air just in time before his grandmother looks out the window to check on him.

Teaching Points

  • Vocabulary
  • Standard: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate
  • Objective: Students will demonstrate the ability to discover the meaning behind unknown words by using context clues.
  • Alignment: Students will build onto their vocabulary skills by address unknown words within the story. In order to find the definition or meaning behind these words they will need to use context clues from the reading. By doing this students will enlarge their vocabulary and build on their reading comprehensions skills too.

The Night before The Night Before Christmas

  • Author: Natasha Wing
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN: 978-0-545-05201-6
  • Pages: 30
  • Genre: Rhyme


This book takes a fun twist on the classic christmas story, The Night Before Christmas. One little girl and her family keep running into struggles two days before christmas. Her mother is sick, the tree is wimpy, and their christmas lights wont work! Eventually at the end of the story the little girl and her family are reminded of what christmas time is truly about, love. After this they make use of what they have and end the day reading the classic story The Night Before Christmas.

Teaching Points

  • Fluency
  • Standard:– Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • Objective: Students will be able to locate and analyze which sections of the reading contribute to the rhythmic pattern of the story.
  • Alignment: I think using this book to practice fluency with students would be great. Due to the continued rhyme through out the book and the amount of voice needed to read the story I think it would push students to work on reading smooth sentences. In order to bring the story alive it is also crucial to use expression while reading this book which will help students with their fluency. The rhyming may also make it easier for students to make the words flow.

Snowmen All Year

  • Author: Caralyn Buehner
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN:978-0-545-61326-2
  • Pages: 31
  • Genre: Fantasy Fiction


A boy imagines what his life would be like if there was magical snow that made his snowman come to life. Throughout the story he follows each season and paints a picture of what he would imagine life would be like if his snowman lives year around. The story end with the boy coming back to reality, but still holding hope that the snow he builds his snowman with would be magical.

Teaching Points

  • Phonemic Awarness
  • Standard:– Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
  • Objective: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the long vowel teams ee and ea
  • Through out the text the long vowel ee and ea are present. Students will discuss and analyze each of the vocabulary words consisting of these long vowel team this will build their phonemic awareness too.

An Otis Christmas

  • Author: Loren Long
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN: 978-0-545-79598-2
  • Pages: 38
  • Genre: bedtime


A little tractor goes on a mission to find a doctor to bring back to his farm to help a pregnant horse give birth. The story describes his excitement and fear during his journey. In the end he saves the day and brings back the doctor who helps give birth to a baby foal.

Teaching points

  • Vocabulary
  • Standard:Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and
  • closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).
  • Objective: student will compare and contrast verbs throughout the book to verbs used in their everyday lives.
  • Alignment: The book contains a lot of verbs so asking the students to come up with other verbs they believe would be synonyms would build their vocabulary. On the flip side asking students to distinguish slight differences between the verbs will strengthen their comprehension skills.

The Gingerbread Man

  • Author:Jim Aylesworth
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN: 0-590-81298
  • Pages:
  • Genre: Fantasy


The classic tale of the gingerbread man who ran off out of the oven. The entire story follows the old man and lady and numerous other characters as they chase after the mischievous gingerbread man. Nobody seemed to be able to catch him until he ran into the fox....who ate him all up!

Teaching Points

  • Comprehension
  • Standard:Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • Objective: Student will demonstrate their ability to compare two different text from two different authors that cover the same topic
  • Alignment: In order to be able to compare and contrast two different text that cover the same topic a student would need to be able to comprehend it. Therefore Students could read this version of the gingerbread man and then read another version and compare each one. Before doing so they would need to break down the text and really get to know it.

Deep Snow

  • Author: Robert Munsch
  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN: 978-0-545-44191-9
  • Pages: 20
  • Genre: Fiction


During one snowy day two girls go out to play in the snow with their father. Due to the snow being very deep both the girls fall into a deep hole in the snow. Their father must try to get him out. By pulling them up by their hair he eventually gets them out, but then he falls in while looking for their boots. Now the girls must pull their father our with the snowmobile.

Teaching Points

  • Phonics
  • Standard:– Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
  • Objective: Students exhibit their knowledge of inconsistent spelling sounds by identifying vocabulary words within their text.
  • Teaching Points: Students will identify the common and inconsistent spelling sounds and then could explain why or how it is spelled that way. This will help them work on phonics because they will be more aware of how sounds relate to the way words are spelled.

The Spirit of Christmas

  • Author: Nancy Tillman
  • Publisher:Feiwel and Friends
  • ISBN: 978-1-250-00291-4
  • Pages: 32
  • Genre: Fiction (imagery)


This book brings to life a visual image of christmas time. As a child dozes off to sleep she begins to paint a colorful picture of all things the emodie the christmas spirit. At the very end is when the book turns, we find the child growing with excitement at the thought of sharing christmas with a loved one.

Teaching Points

  • Comprehension
  • Standard:– Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text
  • Objective: student identify the 5 W's Using the illustrations and text
  • Alignment: A large part of comprehension can be attributed to using context clues. One of these context clues can be the illustrations of the text. By having the students pair the illustration with the text to identify the 5 W's it will help them build on their ability to use their reading skills to better comprehend a text.

Hanukkah Haiku

  • Author:Harriet Ziefert
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books
  • ISBN:978-1-934706-33-6
  • Genre: Poem


Each page of the book uses a Japanese Haiku to create a visual image that brings to life each night of the Hanukkah holiday.

Teaching Points.

  • Fluency
  • Standard:– Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Objective: Student will demonstrate their fluency by reading text with accuracy
  • Alignment: Having the students read a poem will help them with fluency because it will motivate them to add life and expression into their reading. This will help them best comprehend the text also.

Snowflake Bentley

  • Author: Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
  • ISBN: 9780395861622
  • Genre: Non Fiction


A little boy who loves snowflakes grows up to become a photographer who take beautiful pictures of snowflakes. This was an uncommon thing amongst people during this time because most did not realize the beauty in them, but Bentley did.

Teaching Points

  • Comprehension
  • Standard: Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
  • Objective: Students will display their ability to put themselves in another perspective and identify the purpose of the text from the author pov.
  • Teaching Point: By putting looking at the story from the authors pov it will deepen their understanding of the text which will then enhance their comprehension.


Created with images by nitli - "firs nature forest" • Muffet - "snowflake ornament" • moises terrero - "snowman" • tookapic - "christmas hot chocolate snowman" • Cristiana Bardeanu - "Snow"

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