13 June 2014

Second Grade Review: Reading and Writing

So I had this brilliant plan that I would keep track of every book Agent E read in second grade. And I did pretty well, including most of what she read from July 2013 through May 2014 (the first 11 months of our year-round school year).

These are only books she read for fun . . . not specifically related to a particular study subject (e.g., space, the body, math).

I didnt realize how much work this would actually be, but once I started I pressed through. After combining all my monthly notes into one document, I had 358 titles.

There were 50 repeats . . . titles we took out of the library twice, several months apart. Yes; on purpose. This did not surprise me, because I would totally do the same thing. If I really like a book (or movie) or maybe just didn’t feel like I “got” everything the first time, I need to read (see) it again. Agent E is the same way. 

That means we were “down to” 308. 

Where you'll find Agent E at least a couple hours a day
As far as page count/difficulty, I would say at least half (maybe more) are pretty typical chapter books for 2nd-4th grade-ish range, anywhere from 75-125 pages with a few (or several) pictures depending on the series. Some are shorter paperback books based on a character or television show. Many are the 1-4 leveled readers, mostly the 3-4 range, but if she found a series she liked (e.g., the ones based on Star Wars) we read them all, even the “easy” ones. A few longer reads (more like 100-200 pages) as well as some random titles I wouldn’t have read until much later made there way in as well.

We also worked a bit this year on keeping a journal, cursive writing (she can read it better than she can write it), grammar, parts of speech, vocabulary, and spelling. However, we didn’t exactly have “lessons” for any of these topics . . . it was more of a natural unfolding from all the reading and chatting about said reading.

Here are the 308 books she read this year, in alphabetical order (with all duplicates removed, hopefully).
  1. Amelia Bedelia and the Cat by H. Parish
  2. Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm by H. Parish
  3. American Girl (a Caroline Mystery): Traitor in the Shipyard by K. Ernst
  4. American Girl (A Kaya Mystery): The Silent Stranger by J. Shaw
  5. American Girl (a Kirsten Mystery): The Runaway Friend by K. Ernst
  6. American Girl (a Kit Mystery): Missing Grace by E. Jones
  7. American Girl (A Marie-Grace Mystery): The Haunted Opera
  8. American Girl (A Rebecca Mystery): A Bundle of Trouble
  9. American Girl (Girls of Many Lands, England): Isabel, Taking Wing by A. Dalton 
  10. American Girl (Short Stories): A Reward for Josefina
  11. American Girl (Short Stories): Addy’s Little Brother by C. Porter
  12. American Girl (Short Stories): Addy’s Summer Place by C. Porter
  13. American Girl (Short Stories): Addy’s Wedding Quilt by C. Porter
  14. American Girl (Short Stories): Again, Josefina! by V. Tripp
  15. American Girl (Short Stories): Felicity Takes a Dare by V. Tripp
  16. American Girl (Short Stories): Felicity’s Dancing Shoes by V. Tripp
  17. American Girl (Short Stories): Felicity’s New Sister by V. Tripp
  18. American Girl (Short Stories): High Hopes for Addy by C. Porter
  19. American Girl (Short Stories): Josefina’s Song by V. Tripp
  20. American Girl (Short Stories): Just Josefina by V. Tripp
  21. American Girl (Short Stories): Kaya and the River Girl by J. Shaw
  22. American Girl (Short Stories): Kirsten on the Trail by J. Shaw
  23. American Girl (Short Stories): Kirsten Snowbound! by J. Shaw
  24. American Girl (Short Stories): Kit’s Tree House by V. Tripp
  25. American Girl (Short Stories): Molly and the Movie Star by V. Tripp
  26. American Girl (Short Stories): Molly Takes Flight by V. Tripp
  27. American Girl (Short Stories): Samantha and the Missing Pearls by V. Tripp
  28. American Girl (Short Stories): Samantha Saves the Wedding by V. Tripp
  29. American Girl (Short Stories): Samantha’s Winter Party by V. Tripp
  30. American Girl: A Surprise for Caroline by K. Ernst
  31. American Girl: Addy Learns a Lesson by C. Porter
  32. American Girl: Addy Saves the Day by C. Porter
  33. American Girl: Addy’s Surprise by C. Porter
  34. American Girl: Aloha, Kanani by L. Yee
  35. American Girl: Candlelight for Rebecca by J. Greene
  36. American Girl: Caroline Takes a Chance by K. Ernst
  37. American Girl: Caroline’s Battle by K. Ernst
  38. American Girl: Caroline’s Secret Message by K. Ernst
  39. American Girl: Cecile’s Gift by D. Patrick
  40. American Girl: Changes for Caroline by K. Ernst
  41. American Girl: Changes for Joesfina by V. Tripp
  42. American Girl: Changes for Kaya by J. Shaw
  43. American Girl: Changes for Kirsten by J. Shaw
  44. American Girl: Changes for Molly by V. Tripp
  45. American Girl: Changes for Rebecca by J. Greene
  46. American Girl: Changes for Samantha by V. Tripp
  47. American Girl: Chrissa by M. Casanova
  48. American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong by M. Casanova
  49. American Girl: Felicity Learns a Lesson by V. Tripp
  50. American Girl: Felicity Saves the Day by V. Tripp
  51. American Girl: Felicity’s Surprise by V. Tripp
  52. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Addy! by C. Porter
  53. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Felicity by V. Tripp
  54. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Josefina by V. Tripp
  55. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Kirsten! by J. Shaw
  56. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Kit! by V. Tripp
  57. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Molly! by V. Tripp
  58. American Girl: Happy Birthday, Samantha! by V. Tripp
  59. American Girl: Happy New Year, Julie by M. McDonald
  60. American Girl: Josefina Learns a Lesson by V. Tripp
  61. American Girl: Josefina Saves the Day by V. Tripp
  62. American Girl: Josefina’s Surprise by V. Tripp
  63. American Girl: Julie and the Eagles by M. McDonald
  64. American Girl: Julie Tells Her Story by M. McDonald
  65. American Girl: Julie’s Journey by M. McDonald
  66. American Girl: Kaya and Lone Dog by J. Shaw
  67. American Girl: Kaya Shows the Way by J. Shaw
  68. American Girl: Kaya’s Escape by J. Shaw
  69. American Girl: Kaya’s Hero by J. Shaw
  70. American Girl: Kirsten Learns a Lesson by J. Shaw
  71. American Girl: Kirsten Saves the Day by J. Shaw
  72. American Girl: Kirsten’s Surprise by J. Shaw
  73. American Girl: Kit Learns a Lesson by V. Tripp
  74. American Girl: Kit Saves the Day by V. Tripp
  75. American Girl: Kit’s Surprise by V. Tripp
  76. American Girl: Marie-Grace and the Orphans by S. Buckey
  77. American Girl: Marie-Grace Makes a Difference by S. Buckey
  78. American Girl: McKenna by M. Casanova
  79. American Girl: McKenna, Ready to Fly! by M. Casanova
  80. American Girl: Meet Addy by C. Porter
  81. American Girl: Meet Caroline by K. Ernst
  82. American Girl: Meet Cecile by D. Patrick
  83. American Girl: Meet Felicity by V. Tripp
  84. American Girl: Meet Josefina by V. Tripp
  85. American Girl: Meet Julie by M. McDonald
  86. American Girl: Meet Kaya by J. Shaw
  87. American Girl: Meet Kirsten by J. Shaw
  88. American Girl: Meet Kit by V. Tripp
  89. American Girl: Meet Marie-Grace by S. Buckey
  90. American Girl: Meet Molly by V. Tripp
  91. American Girl: Meet Rebecca by J. Greene
  92. American Girl: Meet Samantha by S. Adler
  93. American Girl: Molly Learns a Lesson by V. Tripp
  94. American Girl: Molly Saves the Day by V. Tripp
  95. American Girl: Molly’s Surprise by V. Tripp
  96. American Girl: Nellie’s Promise by V. Tripp
  97. American Girl: Really Truly Ruthie by V. Tripp
  98. American Girl: Rebecca and Ana by J. Greene
  99. American Girl: Rebecca and the Movies by J. Greene
  100. American Girl: Rebecca to the Rescue by J. Greene
  101. American Girl: Saige by J. Haas
  102. American Girl: Samantha Learns a Lesson by S. Adler
  103. American Girl: Samantha Saves the Day by V. Tripp
  104. American Girl: Samantha’s Surprise by M. Schur
  105. American Girl: Troubles for Cecile by D. Patrick
  106. American Girl: Very Funny, Elizabeth! by V. Tripp
  107. Angry Birds Star Wars II: Path to the Pork Side by S. O’Hara
  108. Angry Birds Star Wars: Darth Swindle’s Secrets by S.O’Hara 
  109. Angry Birds Star Wars: Lard Vader’s Villains by R. Amos
  110. Angry Birds Star Wars: Yoda Bird’s Heroes by R. Amos
  111. Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by N. Bruel
  112. Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray by N. Bruel
  113. Beauty and the Beast by J. Brett
  114. Blue’s Clues: A Visit to the Firehouse by L. Silverhardt
  115. Blue’s Clues: Blue’s Bad Dream by S. Albee
  116. Blue’s Clues: Healthy Snacks With Blue by J-P Chanda
  117. Blue’s Clues: Magenta Gets Glasses! by D. Reber
  118. Cam Jansen and the Barking Treasure Mystery by D. Adler
  119. Cam Jansen and the Catnapping Mystery by D. Adler
  120. Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery by D. Adler 
  121. Cam Jansen and the Mystery Writer Mystery by D. Adler
  122. Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery by D. Adler
  123. Cam Jansen and the Wedding Cake Mystery by D. Adler
  124. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets by D. Pilkey
  125. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy (part 1) by D. Pilkey
  126. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy (part 2) by D. Pilkey
  127. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space by D. Pilkey
  128. Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopy Pants by D. Pilkey
  129. Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by D. Pilkey
  130. Cinderella (junior novelization) by M. Lagonegro
  131. Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by L. Child
  132. Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now by L. Child
  133. Clock Cleaners (Disney)
  134. Dinosaur Train: I Am a T. Rex! by C. Bartlett
  135. Disney Fairies (graphic novel): TinkerBell and the Great Fairy Rescue (no author listed)
  136. Disney Fairies (graphic novel): TinkerBell and the Lost Treasure (no author listed)
  137. Disney Fairies (graphic novel): TinkerBell to the Rescue (no author listed)
  138. Disney Fairies (Secret of the Wings): New Friends by K. Richards
  139. Disney Fairies: A Masterpiece for Bess by L. Bergen
  140. Disney Fairies: A Present for TinkerBell (graphic novel)
  141. Disney Fairies: Beck and the Great Berry Battle by L. Driscoll
  142. Disney Fairies: Beck Beyond the Sea by K. Morris
  143. Disney Fairies: Dulcie’s Taste of Magic by G. Herman
  144. Disney Fairies: Fira and the Full Moon by G. Herman
  145. Disney Fairies: Lily’s Pesky Plant by G. Herman
  146. Disney Fairies: Queen Clarions Secret by K. Morris
  147. Disney Fairies: Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by L. Papademetriou
  148. Disney Fairies: Rosetta’s Dress Mess by L. Driscoll
  149. Disney Fairies: TinkerBell, The Perfect Fairy (graphic novel)
  150. Disney Fairies: Tinkering Tink by E. Risco
  151. Doc McStuffins: Run-Down Racecar by S. Higginson
  152. Donald and the Big Cheese: And Adventure in the Netherlands (Disney Small World Library)
  153. Dora the Explorer: It’s Sharing Day! by K. Larsen
  154. Finding the Titanic by R. Ballard
  155. Happy New Year, Minnie!: An Adventure in China (Disney Small World Library)
  156. Home Sweet Castle: An Adventure in Germany (Disney Small World Library)
  157. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark by R. Windham
  158. Indiana Jones: Great Escapes by W. Rathbone
  159. Indiana Jones: Indy’s Adventures by L. Kent
  160. Indiana Jones: Traps and Snares by C. Hibbert
  161. It’s Probably Penny by L. Leedy 
  162. Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Save Me, Smee! by M. LaRose
  163. Junie B. Jones Aloha-ha-ha! by B. Park
  164. Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth by B. Park
  165. Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peaky Spying by B. Park
  166. Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim’s Birthday by B. Park
  167. Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake by B. Park
  168. Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket by B. Park
  169. Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl by B. Park
  170. Junie B. Jones Is a Graduation Girl by B. Park
  171. Junie B. Jones Is Captain Field Day by B. Park
  172. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook by B. Park
  173. Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy by B. Park
  174. Junie B., First Grader (at last!) by B. Park
  175. Junie B., First Grader: BOO . . . and I MEAN It! by B. Park
  176. Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch by B. Park 
  177. Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants by B. Park
  178. Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny by B. Park
  179. Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) by B. Park
  180. Junie B., First Grader: One-Man Band by B. Park
  181. Junie B., First Grader: Shipwrecked by B. Park
  182. Junie B., First Grader: Toothless Wonder by B. Park
  183. Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff) by B. Park
  184. Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest by A.A. Milne
  185. Lego Hero Factory: Meet the Heroes by S. Last
  186. Lego Star Wars: Attack of the Clones by E. Dowsett
  187. Lego Star Wars: Darth Maul’s Mission by A. Landers
  188. Lego Star Wars: Save the Galaxy! by A. Landers
  189. Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out by A. Landers
  190. Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace by A. Landers
  191. Lego Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by H. Dolan
  192. Listen Up, Tigger (Disney)
  193. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): A Good Night for Ghosts by M. Osborne
  194. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): A Perfect Time for Pandas by M. Osborne
  195. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Abe Lincoln at Last! by M. Osborne
  196. Magic Tree House (A Merlin Mission): Christmas in Camelot by M. Osborne
  197. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Dark Day in the Deep Sea by M. Osborne
  198. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Days in the Dead of Night by M. Osborne
  199. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Dragon of the Red Dawn by M. Osborne
  200. Magic Tree House (A Merlin Mission): Eve of the Emperor Penguin by M. Osborne
  201. Magic Tree House (A Merlin Mission): Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve by M. Osborne
  202. Magic Tree House (A Merlin Mission): Hurry Up, Houdini! by M. Osborne
  203. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Leprechaun in Late Winter by M. Osborne
  204. Magic Tree House (A Merlin Mission): Monday With a Mad Genius by M. Osborne
  205. Magic Tree House (A Merlin Mission): Moonlight on the Magic Flute by M. Osborne
  206. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Season of the Sandstorms by M. Osborne
  207. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Stallion by Starlight by M. Osborne
  208. Magic Tree House (a Merlin Mission): Summer of the Sea Serpent by M. Osborne
  209. Magic Tree House: A Crazy Day With Cobras by M. Osborne
  210. Magic Tree House: Blizzard of the Blue Moon by M. Osborne
  211. Magic Tree House: Buffalo Before Breakfast M. Osborne
  212. Magic Tree House: Civil War on Sunday by M. Osborne
  213. Magic Tree House: Dark Day in the Deep Sea by M. Osborne
  214. Magic Tree House: Dingoes at Dinnertime by M. Osborne
  215. Magic Tree House: Earthquakes in the Early Morning by M. Osborne
  216. Magic Tree House: Good Morning, Gorillas by M. Osborne
  217. Magic Tree House: Hour of the Olympics by M. Osborne
  218. Magic Tree House: Lions at Lunchtime by M. Osborne
  219. Magic Tree House: Midnight on the Moon by M. Osborne
  220. Magic Tree House: Mummies in the Morning by M. Osborne
  221. Magic Tree House: Night of the New Magicians by M. Osborne
  222. Magic Tree House: Night of the Ninjas by M. Osborne
  223. Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon by M. Osborne
  224. Magic Tree House: Revolutionary War on Wednesday by M. Osborne
  225. Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night by M. Osborne
  226. Magic Tree House: Sunset of the Sabertooth by M. Osborne
  227. Magic Tree House: Thanksgiving on Thursday by M. Osborne
  228. Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn by M. Osborne
  229. Magic Tree House: Tigers at Twilight by M. Osborne
  230. Magic Tree House: Tonight on the Titanic by M. Osborne
  231. Magic Tree House: Viking Ships at Sunrise by M. Osborne
  232. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express by S. Yates
  233. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Clubhouse Kitchen Adventure by S. Amerikaner
  234. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: No Place Like Earth by S. Amerikaner
  235. Mickey’s Christmas Carol by J. Razzi
  236. Movie Magic: A Star Is Born! by A. Cottringer
  237. My Adventures With Winnie the Pooh by. W. Elks
  238. Obi: Gerbil on the Loose! by M. Delaney
  239. Oliver Twist (Great Illustrated Classics) by C. Dickens
  240. Oz, The Great and Powerful: The Witches of Oz by S. Peterson and M. Siglain
  241. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  242. Phineas and Ferb: Attack of the Ferb Snatchers by K. Depken
  243. Phineas and Ferb: Boogie Down by K. Depken
  244. Phineas and Ferb: Perry Speaks! by E. O’Ryan
  245. Pinocchio (Classic Starts) by T. Zamorsky
  246. Portraits of Little Women: Ghostly Tales by S. Pfeffer
  247. Prilla and the Butterfly Lie by K. Richards
  248. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Classic Starts) by D. McFadden
  249. Return of the Jedi by E. Levy
  250. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by L. Baker
  251. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Ackbar’s Underwater Army by S. Beecroft
  252. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Boba Fett: Jedi Hunter by C. Hibbert
  253. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Chewbacca and the Wookiee Warriors by S. Beecroft
  254. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Forces of Darkness by H. Scott
  255. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Jedi Adventures by H. Scott
  256. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Jedi Heroes by C. Hibbert
  257. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Jedi in Training by H. Scott
  258. Star Wars (The Clone Wars): Pirates . . . And Worse! by S. Beecroft
  259. Star Wars by L. Weinberg
  260. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by S. Beecroft
  261. Star Wars Episode I Journal (Anakin Skywalker) by T. Strasser
  262. Star Wars Episode I Journal: Queeen Amidala by J. Watson
  263. Star Wars Trilogy: A New Hope by R. Windham
  264. Star Wars Trilogy: Return of the Jedi by R. Windham
  265. Star Wars Trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back by R. Windham
  266. Star Wars: A Queen’s Diary by S. Beecroft
  267. Star Wars: Are Ewoks Scared of Stormtroopers? by C. Saunders
  268. Star Wars: Battle for Naboo by L. Stock
  269. Star Wars: Blast Off! by R. Colson
  270. Star Wars: Clone Troopers in Action by C. Hibbert
  271. Star Wars: Darth Maul, Sith Apprentice by J. Casey and C. Saunders
  272. Star Wars: Death Star Battles by S. Beecroft
  273. Star Wars: Even Droids Need Friends by S. Beecroft
  274. Star Wars: Feel the Force by B. Harper
  275. Star Wars: Galactic Crisis by R. Windham
  276. Star Wars: Join the Rebels by C. Saunders
  277. Star Wars: Journey Through Space by R. Windham
  278. Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight by C. Saunders
  279. Star Wars: R2-D2 and Friends by S. Beecroft
  280. Star Wars: Ready, Set, Podrace! by S. Beecroft
  281. Star Wars: Star Pilot by L. Buller
  282. Star Wars: Tatooine Adventures by C. Hibbert
  283. Star Wars: The Adventures of Han Solo by L. Kent
  284. Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Planets in Peril by B. Burton
  285. Star Wars: The Legendary Yoda by C. Saunders
  286. Star Wars: What Is a Wookie? by L. Buller
  287. Star Wars: Who Saved the Galaxy? by C. Saunders
  288. Swiss Family Robinson (Classic Starts) by C. Tait
  289. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by D. Pilkey
  290. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Classic Starts) by M. Woodside
  291. The Backyardigans: Agent Secret by JC Schwanda
  292. The Backyardigans: Race to the Tower of Power by C. Lukas
  293. The Backyardigans: Say Please! by C. Lukas
  294. The Best That I Can Be (Inspiring Words for American Girls) (compilation)
  295. The Boxcar Children (graphic novel) by S. Denton
  296. The Boxcar Children by G. Warner
  297. The Boxcar Children: Blue Bay Mystery by G. Warner
  298. The Castle Mystery by G. Warner
  299. The Empire Strikes Back by L. Weinberg
  300. The Jungle Book (Classic Starts) by L. Church
  301. The Magic School Bus Sees Stars by N. White
  302. The Mystery Horse by G. Warner
  303. The Secret Garden (Classic Starts) by M. Hailey
  304. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Disney)
  305. Tinkerbell and her Stories for a Rainy Day (graphic novel; no author listed)
  306. TinkerBell and the Day of the Dragon (graphic novel) by A. Machetto
  307. Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by L. Child
  308. Winnie the Pooh Storybook Collection by Disney Press
Our plan for third grade is to incorporate more writing time . . . she doesn’t seem to be as interested in composing stories as she is in reading them, but I’m hoping that will spark soon. She does, however, seem to have a good grasp on grammar and spelling and when things just “sound right.” 

As far as what we would do differently, I’m not sure. She seems to be pretty content with the current system of Take a Bazillion Books Out of the Library and Read Them Whenever You Feel Like It. I’d say we’ll probably continue doing that. 

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