Reader’s Chair

Each Wednesday one student has the opportunity to share a book of his/her choice with the class. This week, Danni had the opportunity to share one of her 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.

Danni chose a classic Fable book to share with the class. Danni was well prepared. She read her book with confidence obviously having practiced reading at home. She made notes for herself to stop at certain points to ask her audience questions to check for understanding.

Earlier this year, Grade 2 students studied about Fables. Danni reminded us that no one really knows who wrote the original Hare and Tortoise tale. BUT thanks to people like Aesop who collected and wrote down these ancient tales, we can enjoy reading and retelling these wonderful stories again and again.

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendation:

The Hare and The Tortoise
Retold by Carol Jones, Aesop
Illustrated by Carol Jones

Interest Level: K – 2
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5
Lexile® measure: 620L
DRA: 38
Guided Reading: O

Other versions of The Hare and The Tortoise:

There are many online versions of this classic tale. Here is a short illustrated version from

Here is a fantastic clip, Sesame Street News Flash – The Tortoise & The Hare Rematch. Sesame Street retold the classic tale and added some new details to make it even more fun to listen and watch.


11 Responses to Reader’s Chair

  1. Tamara says:

    Hi I’m Tamara. The Muppet show was funny. It was sad how the hare was saying mean stuff to the tortoise.

    Room 8
    Melville Intermediate
    Hamilton, New Zealand

  2. Chase says:

    Wowww! That Muppet video is funny. My favourite character is Gonzo he’s funny. My mum says that Selena Gomez looks like him HEHEHE!!!!. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! See you fellas later!

    Melville Intermediate
    Hamilton, New Zealand

  3. Annalize says:

    Hi I’m Annalize. I think your blog is fantastic. What do you like to do at school in your spare time?

    Melville Intermediate,
    Hamilton, New Zealand

  4. holly says:

    Hi my name is Holly. I love your news flash video. I love to play sports. I hope you guys do too.

    Melville Intermediate,
    Hamilton, New Zealand

  5. otis says:

    Hey! I think your Muppets video is awesome and Kermit is my favourite character. If you want another funny Muppet video download – Muppet’s Bohemian Rhapsody off YouTube.

  6. Isla says:

    That hare wanted to WIN. Why? He will get a lesson…


  7. Hello 2nd Graders,
    We liked hearing about your Reader’s Chair. We like the idea and will try it ourselves. What other books do you recommend that we read?
    We watched the Video – it was funny. Thank you for sharing it.

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