Second grade readers have been busy applying reading strategies to help them grow as readers. Readers are reminded to utilize strategies such as taking picture walks and using the sneak peek blurb available on back covers to help them gather information about books. They are also encouraged to apply the “5 Finger Rule” to help them find books that are Just Right for them to read independently. Students are also working to boost their stamina by reading more and more during reading workshop times. Most recently, second grade readers have begun to note that reading is thinking — before, during and after reading. Reading assessments are ongoing and help each teacher gather more information regarding each reader. As we head into our second month of school, second grade readers are certainly growing like beanstalks in their reading lives!