Reader’s Chair

After hearing the successful stories of Mr. McKillip’s Reader’s Chair sessions, class 2N decided it was time to start that program as well.
Welcome Grade 2N!!!

Each week one student has the opportunity to share a book of his/her choice with the class. This week, Lenno from 2M and Malise from 2N had the opportunity to share one of their favorite books.

Students are given one week to choose a “just right book” to share. Students are expected to practice reading their book aloud to family and friends at home. Students present the book to their class, reading the book aloud, engaging the audience by making eye contact, showing illustrations and asking questions to check for their understanding.

Malise from G2N chose to start off our Reader’s Chair, by sharing Dr. Seuss’ Daisy-Head Mayzie. This book fit in nicely with the rhyming words we have been practicing in class. Malise made sure she showed the pictures to all the students, and would stop every once in a while, ask a question and close the book to allow the students to engage in conversation.

Lenno from G2M also chose a Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches. Lenno read just a portion of the book to the class. He read with confidence, making sure to pause at commas and fullstops. While reading Lenno stopped occasionally to ask questions of his audience, asking them to make predictions and checking for their understanding.

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendation:

Daisy-Head Mayzie
Written by Dr. Seuss
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (January 11, 1995)

“When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew’s head, she is faced with her classmates’ taunts, her parents’ dismay, and a publicity agent’s greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our time–and for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is vintage Seuss!” – from

The Sneetches
Written by Dr. Seuss
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (August 12, 1961)

“The Sneetches is a superb tale of two groups of creatures, separated by class, differing only by a star on the belly or not. The star-belly Sneetches control all the best trappings of society whilst those without stars are social outcasts.

Into this backdrop comes Sylvester McMonkey-McBean an entrepreneur with a message and high technology to take advantage of the ridiculous social divide that the Sneetches have made for themselves.

Fortunately, despite being taken advantage of to the last dollar, the Sneetches are able to come together in unity.” – from

Teaching Ideas:
Anti-Racism activity for The Sneetches from Teaching Tolerance online
Level: Grades 1 to 2 Grades 3 to 5
Subject: Social Studies

In this early grades activity, students learn about unfair practices in a simulation exercise and then create plans to stand up against discrimination.


One Response to Reader’s Chair

  1. The Smarties says:

    Hello IST Grade 2,

    Thank you so much for your very kind comments on our blog. We appreciate being able to see what you are getting up to in your classroom too!

    I love the idea of Reader’s Chair! What a fantastic way to get kids engaged and practicing their reading. They must be so proud when they manage to read a book to their classmates AND ask them questions about it too! Maybe later in the year I’ll do something like this with The Smarties too, if you don’t mind me stealing your idea!

    Love from Mrs N

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