Reading is a huge part of our homeschooling experience. I’m a bookworm and nothing would make me happier than to raise four little bookworms of my own.
In second grade, one of the objectives is for children to learn to retell the main idea and details of a story. So I put together a printable reading journal for second grade with a cute fall theme! Read on to see how we used them and to get your own!
These would be wonderful for introducing kids to book reports, since you can use them to help students identify author, story, setting, and character. But they’re also a nice introduction to creative writing!
By the way, be sure to check out our second grade reading list for some awesome children’s book recommendations!
Fall Themed Printable Reading Journal for Second Grade
In first grade, Pooh really grew in his independent reading. I want to make sure that he keeps reading for fun this year, but we also want to make sure that he understands what he reads and can explain it to others. Enter a reading journal!
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On the cover page is a spot for kids to write their names on their journals.
The journal includes one cover page and eight journal prompts: two to be used each week.
The first prompt asks students to identify the title of the book, the author, the main character, the setting, the problem, and the resolution. Identifying problem and resolution are the stepping stones to analyzing plot.
On the second prompt page, kids can express their opinions about what they’ve read by explaining what they liked and didn’t like about the story.
They can also flex their creative writing muscles by rewriting the story’s ending their own way.
Since there are four journal sets in the product, you can use this reading journal for an entire month.
Simply print it three times to cover the entire fall season! If you use the journal each month for three months, kids will have read and analyzed 12 stories!
How to Use a Reading Journal for Second Grade
Here’s a look at the reading journal for second grade in action.
For this activity, my second-grader decided to read The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food. One of my favorites from childhood, too. 🙂
After reading the book, Pooh started working on his journal. Since we’re just beginning second grade, I don’t mind letting him look back at the story to recall details for his journal pages.
As the year progresses, though, my goal is for him to remember the details on his own. I think as we use the journals more often, he’ll get an idea of what to look for as he reads.
Plus, get more tips for raising readers on my Reading for Kids Pinterest board!
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Visit these sites for more journal activities for 2nd graders:
Apple Writing Prompts and Papers from Sallie Borrink Learning
Roll It and Write! Journal Activity for Kids from School Time Snippets
from Sugar Aunts
Heart to Heart Journals from Still Playing School
Digital Journaling with Kids from Rainy Day Mum
30 Free Journal Prompts for September from Life Over C’s
Connecting Science and Writing from Planet Smarty Pants
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