Reader’s Chair

Each Wednesday individual students have the opportunity to share a book of his/her choice with the class. This week, Talin (G2M), Aryan, Ilsa and Vansh (G2N) 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.

Talin chose a Step-Into-Reading book to share with the class. Talin obviously practiced reading her book at home as she read aloud with lots of expression. Her audience was thoroughly engaged listening as she changed her voice from narrator to the gruff gravelly voice of the dragon. Talin also made sure to stop from time to time to ask her audience questions to check for understanding.

At the conclusion of her reading, Talin presented the class with a scale she made at home. She used the scale to illustrate the weight and measure concepts from the story. Talin asked her audience to help her reenact the weighing contest from the story demonstrating that two items don’t necessarily weigh more than one.


Aryan read Fun With Friends, a Bobbie Kalman Book. It is a book full of delightful poems about friendship. Aryan read with lots of rhythm and energy. It was a book he enjoyed reading and got the rest of the class thrilled about poetry and talking about the things they like to do with their friends. The poem Being a Good Friend got the children to talk about their feelings, and opened the class to a lot of discussion. Thanks Aryan!

Other students to have a turn at the Reader’s Chair were Kizito who shared an Enid Blyton short story, The Goblin Hat, Ilsa who read Rose and Flo by Judy Nayer, a funny book filled with rhyming words, and Vansh who read The Sheppard and the Lion.

This Week’s IST Grade 2 Reading Recommendations:

The Dragon’s Scales
Written by Sarah Albee
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 19, 1998)
Language: English

“When a hot-tempered dragon seizes the local bridge, the people of Berryville are cut off from their supply of beloved strawberries until they can correctly answer three questions related to weight. The grownups of the town are stumped, but one very smart little girl saves the day with some facts she learned in school.” — from


Fun With My Friends (In My World)
Written by Bobbie Kalman
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Crabtree Pub Co (September 1985)
Language: English


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