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District List: DCPS - Second Grade Unit Text List

Description: District of Columbia Public Schools Unit Text List for students in 2nd Grade. #dcps

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Volcano Wakes Up

by Lisa Peters

Playful, kid-friendly poems from five alternating points of view explore the volcanic process and its effect on the surrounding land, flora, and fauna. From the lava crickets to the ferns, everyone has something to say about it! Follow one day--from sunrise to moonrise--on the slopes of a young, about-to-shout volcano.

Science-loving kids will get a kick out of this exciting look at an erupting volcano, and the creative poems offer something for everyone.

Date Added: 09/30/2019

The World According to Musk Ox

by Erin Cabatingan

From Africa to North America, Asia to the Arctic―our dynamic, hilarious duo are back and ready to travel around the world. Join a rowdy musk ox and a cantankerous zebra on the adventure of a lifetime―a tour through the seven continents!

Date Added: 09/17/2019

Investigating Landforms

by Lynn Gorp

Landforms are features on the earth's surface that are made naturally. Mountains, plains, and plateaus are all examples of landforms. The study of landforms is called geomorphology. Scientists can learn about the past and even predict future changes by studying landforms. Today we can take pictures of landforms from airplanes and satellites.

Date Added: 08/26/2019

The Fisherman and His Wife

by Rachel Isadora and Brothers Grimm

The fisherman's greedy wife is never satisfied with the wishes granted her by an enchanted fish.

Date Added: 06/20/2019

James Marshall's Cinderella

by Barbara Karlin

This Scholastic edition updates the classic Cinderella story and is retold by Barbara Karlin, with colorful illustrations by James Marshall. The happily ever after ending has been updated too!

Date Added: 06/04/2019


by Victoria Parker

Find out what school and home life is like for children in Mexico. What is the capital city of Mexico? When does Luis go to school? Why does Raul sleep in a hammock.

Date Added: 05/28/2019


by Bobbie Kalman

Updated facts and statistics support this fascinating portrayal of a nation built on immigration. Important issues that must be resolved with the Native peoples are sensitively portrayed.

Date Added: 05/28/2019

The Mysterious Giant of Barletta

by Tomie DePaola

The giant statue that has always stood in front of the Church of San Sepolcro in Barletta is called upon to save the town from an army of a thousand men that is destroying all the towns and cities along the lower Adriatic coast.

Date Added: 05/23/2019

Wild Horse Winter

by Tetsuya Honda

Based on an actual event, this suspenseful story tells the miraculous saga of a herd of beautiful wild horses and details the life of a young colt as it matures and follows the lead of its protective mother to overcome a wild, raging blizzard in the dramatic conclusion of their journey.

The soft paintings combine with the simple text to bring a vanishing breed vividly to life. A wonderful book for reading aloud or for sharing, the story subtly parallels the growth of all creatures and underscores the strong bonds that exist between parent and child.

Date Added: 04/16/2019

Extreme Weather

by Ann O. Squire

Every day, the world's scientists are working to solve some of the most thrilling mysteries on Earth. This True Book series highlights some of the incredible ways that scientists search for answers to our biggest questions. Readers will discover how scientists conduct experiments in extreme situations, how some of the world's most advanced laboratories have benefitted scientists, and much, much more. Most days, you probably don't think too much about the weather. You might wear a coat on a cold day or carry an umbrella when it rains. But weather can be unpredictable. Downpours can flood entire cities, raging winds can knock down buildings, and huge piles of snow can block roads. Readers will find out how scientists study some of the most extreme weather on Earth, from violent tornadoes to deadly hailstorms. They will also learn about some of the most devastating weather events in history. Features: Engaging sidebars highlight some of history's most remarkable scientific discoveries Timelines illustrate the ways our knowledge of science has changed over time Glossaries explain difficult scientific terms in a way that makes them easy to understand Eye-catching images give readers an up-close look at scientific procedures

Date Added: 04/10/2019

How Do Plants Grow?

by Louise Spilsbury and Richard Spilsbury

Looking inside a seed. We'll look at a cut-open bean seed and talk about the food store and the baby plant and the seed coat. The baby plant in a seed stays safe and warm inside the seed coat until it is ready to start growing, usually in spring when the weather is warm and wet.

Date Added: 04/10/2019

It Takes a Village

by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

On market day in a small village in Benin, Yemi tries to watch her little brother Kokou and finds that the entire village is watching out for him, too.

Date Added: 04/03/2019

Ashes for Gold

by Katherine Maitland

Tricked by a clever acquaintance, a poor Mexican still manages to turn ashes into gold.

Date Added: 04/03/2019

Every Human Has Rights

by Mary Robinson and National Geographic Editors and Elderslie Township Historical Society Staff

The 30 rights set down in 1948 by the United Nations are incredibly powerful. According to the U.N., every human–just by virtue of being human–is entitled to freedom, a fair government, a decent standard of living, work, play, and education, freedom to come and go as we please and to associate with anyone we please, and the right to express ourselves freely. Every Human Has Rights offers kids an accessibly written list of these rights, commentary–much of it deeply emotional–by other kids, and richly evocative photography illustrating each right. At the end of this deceptively simple book, kids will know–and feel–that regardless of individual differences and circumstances, each person is valuable and worthy of respect.

Date Added: 03/27/2019

Aesop's Fables

by Michael Hague and Aesop Aesop

The noted illustrator presents thirteen of Aesop's most familiar fables.

Date Added: 03/25/2019

Can We Help?

by George Ancona

Real kids make a real difference in their communities in this vibrantly photographed chronicle by George Ancona.

George Ancona celebrates the joy of kids giving back. In one after-school program, middle-school students mentor and tutor younger children. Via a special partnership, schoolchildren help professionals train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. At a community farm, families plant, grow, and harvest produce for soup kitchens and charities. In these and other examples of volunteering, kids of all ages work together knitting hats and scarves for those who could use warm clothes, packing hot meals to deliver to housebound people, and keeping roadways clean. Young humanitarians reading these accounts may well be inspired to find ways that they can help, too.

Date Added: 03/25/2019

The Stories Julian Tells

by Ann Cameron and Ann Strugnell

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 03/06/2019

The Vegetables We Eat

by Gail Gibbons

Glossy red peppers, lush leafy greens, plump orange pumpkins, and delectable little peas: vegetables come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Leaf. . .root. . .stem. . . . These are three of the eight groups of vegetables. From how they are planted to how they get to stores, here is a wealth of information about them, including how to plant and tend your own vegetable garden.

This book does not contain images, only image descriptions.

Date Added: 02/27/2019

Ramona the Pest

by Louis Darling and Beverly Clearly

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. No longer does she have to watch her older sister, Beezus, ride the bus to school with all the big kids. She's finally old enough to take the bus too!

Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush rejects her in front of everyone. Beezus says Ramona needs to quit being a pest, but how can she stop if she never was trying to be one in the first place?

Date Added: 02/22/2019

A Pumpkin Grows

by Linda D. Bullock and Debby Fisher

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 02/22/2019

The Bad Beginning

by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

NIMAC-sourced textbook

Date Added: 02/22/2019

The Stories Julian Tells

by Ann Cameron and Ann Strugnell

Julian is a quick fibber and a wishful thinker. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people--especially his younger brother, Huey--believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up!

[This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for grades 2-3 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Date Added: 02/04/2019

Ramona the Pest

by Beverly Cleary and Tracy Dockray

Ramona Quimby is excited to start kindergarten. No longer does she have to watch her older sister, Beezus, ride the bus to school with all the big kids. She's finally old enough to do it too!

Then she gets into trouble for pulling her classmate's boingy curls during recess. Even worse, her crush rejects her in front of everyone. Beezus says Ramona needs to quit being a pest, but how can she stop if she never was trying to be one in the first place?

Newbery Medal winning author Beverly Cleary expertly depicts the trials and triumphs of growing up through a relatable heroine in Ramona Quimby.

Winner of Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award

Fountas and Pinnell Level: O
Lexile: 691L - 770L
Reading Recovery: 34
DRA: 34
PM Readers: 24 Silver
Grade: 3
Ages: 8 - 9
Learning A to Z Level: S
Accelerated Reader (ATOS): 3.9 - 5.1

Date Added: 02/04/2019

The Bad Beginning

by Lemony Snicket and Brett Helquist

Imagine tales so terrible that as many as fifty million innocents have been ruined by them - tales so indelibly horrid that the New York Times bestseller list has been unable to rid itself of them for seven years.

Now imagine if this scourge suddenly became available in a shameful new edition so sensational, so irresistible, so riddled with lurid new pictures that even a common urchin would wish for it. Who among us would be safe?

Begin at the beginning - even if it is a bad one - with the first in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Date Added: 02/04/2019

Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella

by Tony Johnston

In the old growth forest, a dashing Bigfoot prince searches for his Bigfoot princess. Rrrrrella, who also lives in the forest, would be a perfect match. But can she get past her ugly stepsisters to win the prince's heart?

Date Added: 02/04/2019

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