Materials To Support 2nd Grade ELA

This page covers ELA CCSS RL 2.9 and RI 2.9

Breakdown of Standards

RL 2.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

RI 2.9 Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

Source: http://www.corestandards.org/

^Check out the fun Focabulary video above. It explains Compare and Contrast in a fun way for the students. Who doesn't love a good rap about Venn Diagrams?

Compare and Contrast Two Stories of The Three Little Pigs

The first link is to a YouTube video of the Three Little Pigs. It is the traditional story. You can even explain to your students how it is a very old Disney cartoon. This is the most common story of The Three Little Pigs. It is also told in 3rd Person point of view using a narrator. Here is the LINK


The second link is to our own school library. It is The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. It is told in 1st person point of view, but from the perspective of the wolf. Click the link HERE to check out the book from our library.


Activity Idea: Create an anchor chart with your class. Create a venn diagram compare the two stories. If you class needs a challenge, instead of comparing the stories, compare the point of views. (i.e. how did the wolf telling the story change the feeling of the book?) See the picture in the upper right corner for an example. Enjoy!

Cinderella Stories

Here are some options of different versions of Cinderella with descriptions. Most of your students will know the traditional story of Cinderella. It might a good idea to review the story as a class before reading one of books listed below.

Cinderella Around the World

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Here is list of many other Cinderella stories. We have some of these titles in our library, but not all. If you find one that you are interested in sharing with your class, but we do not have it please let me know. If you want to download the list click here.

Ideas for Informational Text (RI 2.9)

States of Matter Articles

Click HERE to find two paired passages discussing States of Matter. Both passages set the students up to practice the skill of comparing and contrasting two different text covering the same topic. Plus, 2nd grade studies States of Matter in science. Feel free to use this in your science lessons as well as ELA.


Readworks is a fabulous website. You can search for passages by reading level, standard, or topic. There are also lessons ideas to support certain standards.


Grab this freebie graphic organizer. The students will compare and contrast the facts they find in their reading. This graphic organizer can work with any informational text. See the picture to preview the graphic organizer.

Works Cited:

Bengal, Jen. "Graphic Organizer: Compare Facts From Two Nonfiction Texts." Teachers Pay Teachers., 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. <https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FreebieCompare-Facts-From-Two-Nonfiction-Texts-1125763>.


"Compare and Contrast." Flocabulary. Hollywood Legends, 01 Feb. 2015. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.

`<https://www.flocabulary.com/compare-and-contrast/>.


"Comparing Solids." ReadWorks.org., 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.

<http://www.readworks.org/passages/comparing-solids>.


Gannon, Tiffany. "Comparing and Contrasting with the Three Little Pigs."The Lemonade Stand.,

11 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Mar. 2016. <http://www.thelemonadestandteacher.com/2013/01/comparing-and-contrasting-with-three.html?utm_content=buffer3e416&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer>


Martin, Rafe. "The Rough-Face Girl." Books. Amazon, Web. 18 Mar. 2016.

<http://amzn.com/0399218599>.


"Preparing America's Students for Success." Home | Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Web. 18 Mar. 2016. <http://www.corestandards.org/>.


ReadWorks.org., 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. <http://www.readworks.org/>.


Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs. New York: Viking, 1999. Print.


"Silly Symphony - The Three Little Pigs." YouTube. Disney, 10 June 2008. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.


<https://youtu.be/Olo923T2HQ4>.


Time for Kids Staff. "Bug Business." TIME For Kids. TIME Inc., 25 Mar. 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.

<http://www.timeforkids.com/news/bug-business/377281>.


Time for Kids Staff. "Bug Business: Video." TIME For Kids. TIME Inc., 16 Mar. 2016. Web. 20

Mar. 2016. <http://www.timeforkids.com/photos-video/video/bug-business-382891>.


"Trisha Speed Shaskan." Barnes & Noble. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.

<http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Trisha%20Speed%20Shaskan%22?Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ntx=mode+matchall>.


WeAreTeachers Staff. "WeAreTeachers: The Best Fractured Fairy Tales: Cinderella." The Best


Fractured Fairy Tales: Cinderella., 04 Apr. 2013. Web. 18 Mar. 2016. <http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/book-club/2013/04/30/the-best-fractured-fairy-tales-cinderella>.