Reading Comprehension Workbook: Reading for Comprehension, Level B - 2nd Grade Paperback – January 1, 2007
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- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 95 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0845416812
- ISBN-13 : 978-0845416815
- Publisher : Continental Press (January 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #300,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Level B starts with relatively short readings like Level A, but has considerable longer readings towards the end. For example, the second story "Why do skunks smell bad?" has three paragraphs with 4-5 sentences each. The story as the American flag always been red, white, and blue?" near the end has four paragraphs and is 20 sentences long. The sentences throughout are fairly simple in structure even in the longer stories, which is great for second graders. It would also work well to build confidence of older students who are not as good at reading. The topics are not at all babyish.
There are 46 stories in the book, with each followed by five straightforward reading comprehension questions and a sixth open-ended on-topic question that can be used either for writing or discussion. They are all non-fiction readings. The titles are questions that give the main idea of the paragraph. My kids find the topics pretty interesting, and they will occasionally refer back to what they have learned in these books or reread them. Some examples of titles from Level B are "Why did Abraham Lincoln grow a beard?", "What is in a camel's hump?", "How do frogs grow?", "Who was the first African American pilot?", "How are tulips different from other flowers?", and "What is origami?".
The only downside is the lack of an answer key. There are only five straightforward questions and the readings are pretty easy for an adult to skim, so it's not that much of a downside. It does get annoying when I let the grading slide too long or they work ahead and do many stories at a time. On the other hand, since my kids are close in age, I am beginning to have kids in levels that siblings have already done so I can use the old books as answer keys. I wouldn't let the lack of answers be a deal breaker. These books really are excellent.