2nd Grade - Oral Presentations

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Stories and Literature
Oral presentations
Recount experiences or present stories.
Retell experiences and stories. Disregard information that does not relate to the main topic. Choose information or ideas that are similar to one another. Tell about an experience in a logical order.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does retell mean? (to tell something again)

(2)

What are details? (Besides the topic sentence, all of the other sentences in a paragraph are details. Details tell what the main idea or topic is about.)

(3)

The sentences below are mixed up. Read the sentences and number them in the correct order in which you would complete them.


Washing Your Hands


_____ Squirt the soap into your hands.

_____ Rub your hands together making sure to get the front and

back.

_____ Rinse the soap from your hands.

_____ First, turn on the water and get your hands wet.

_____ Finally, dry your hands on a towel


(4)

Read the story below. After reading the story, tell what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.


Tom’s Fear


Tom was afraid to go to sleep at night because he thought that something was hiding under his bed. Every night Tom would stay up for hours with his flashlight as he curled up in a ball underneath his covers. His parents were unaware of this and often wondered why he was so tired each morning. Finally, Tom realized that it was time to take charge. This was his bedroom and he was determined to face his fears. That night as his parents tucked him into bed and turned of the light, Tom sat quietly with his flashlight on. He decided that in order to face his fears he would need to climb out of bed and take a look for himself as to what was under his bed. Tom was so nervous. He counted slowly to five and then jumped out of bed with his flashlight in his left hand. He threw back the covers and peered underneath his bed. Nothing. He shined the flashlight from one end to the other. There was absolutely nothing underneath. Tom laughed. He had been staying up for so long now and there was nothing to be afraid of. Tom crawled back into bed. He took a deep breath and turned off his flashlight. Tom drifted quickly to sleep.


Tell what happened in the beginning of the story?

Tell what happened in the middle of the story?

Tell what happened in the end of the story?


(5)



Read the story below and then answer the question.


A Trip to the Park


It was a beautiful day and Sara could not wait to go to the park to play. When her mom and her finally got there, she realized that there were so many things to do. First, she ran to the swings. Her mom pushed her back and forth as high as she could go. Next, she slid on the slide. Sara laughed as she slid down fast. Finally, Sara decided that she wanted to catch butterflies. She was so excited when she had caught two butterflies and stored them in a jar. Sara’s mom had told her that it was time to go. Before they got in the car, Sara remembered to release the butterflies from the jar. Sara and her mom drove home, but Sara was already planning her next trip back to the park.


Circle the best answer.

In what order did Sara complete the activities at the park?


  1. slide, swing, catch butterflies

  2. catch butterflies, swing, slide

  3. swing, slide, catch butterflies

  4. chase rabbits, swing, slide


Learning Tips

(1)

After reading a story to your child, encourage your child to retell the story back to you. If your child is having trouble, prompt him/her by asking, “What happened during the beginning of the story?” Give your child time to answer. Remind your child to pull out the main parts from the story. The story does not have to be told word-for-word, however, key concepts should be taken from the beginning, middle, and the end.

(2)

Encourage your child to retell favorite well known stories or experiences that happened by acting these stories and experiences out. Allow your child to use props or items while retelling the story. This will allow your child to get into character and become better at remembering and reiterating details.

(3)

Another activity that will help your child recount experiences and stories is to have your child tell about an experience that happened to him/her. Have your child speak into a tape recorder or take the time to video tape him/her. This will allow your child to actually listen to himself/herself as the tape is played back. Allow your child to complete the activity a few times retelling the same experience. Have your child compare each new tape with ones taken prior. Children love hearing and seeing themselves. This will be an activity that your child will want to do over and over again.

(4)

When telling about an experience that already happened or a present story, remind your child to stop and take a deep breath before beginning to speak. Encourage your child to have his/her thoughts in order before beginning. If your child has trouble in the middle of speaking, remind your child to take another deep breath and pick up where he/she left off.

(5)

Encourage your child to write in a daily journal or diary. Have your child recount experiences that happened during that day. Encourage your child to tell each experience in a logical sequence while using details to support the main topic that is being written about. Making sure that each experience tells a beginning, middle, and an end. Once your child has completed the writing, encourage him/her to read the journal/diary out loud. This will allow your child to hear the order that the journal/diary is written and make any corrections necessary.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

What does retell mean?


  1. to speak louder

  2. to tell something again

  3. to act out a story


(2)

What are details? ____________________________________


(3)

What does sequence mean? ____________________________


(4)

Write two details that go along with the topic listed below

Washing a Dog


Detail 1: ____________________________________________

Detail 2: ____________________________________________


(5)

Read the story below and then answer questions 5-7.


A Trip to the Park


It was a beautiful day and Sara could not wait to go to the park to play. When Sara and her mom finally got there, she realized that there were so many things to do. First, she ran to the swings. Her mom pushed her back and forth as high as she could go. Next, she slid on the slide. Sara laughed as she slid down fast. Finally, Sara decided that she wanted to catch butterflies. She was so excited when she had caught two beautiful butterflies and stored them in a jar. Sara’s mom had told her that it was time to go because they had to eat dinner. Before they got in the car, Sara remembered to release the butterflies from the jar. Sara and her mom drove home, but Sara was already planning her next trip back to the park.


What is the setting of the story? ___________________________________


(6)

Circle the best answer.


In what order did Sara complete the activities at the park?


A. slide, swing, catch butterflies

B. catch butterflies, swing, slide

C. swing, slide, catch butterflies

D. chase rabbits, swing, slide


(7)

Why did Sara’s mom tell Sara they had to leave the park? _____________________________________________________________


(8)

Tell in order the steps needed to complete the topic below.

Washing a Car

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(9)

Write the steps needed to complete the topic below.

Washing a Car

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(10)

The sentences below are mixed up. Read the sentences and number them in the correct order that they happen.


Washing Your Hands


_____ Squirt the soap into your hands.

_____ Rub your hands together making sure to get the front and

back.

_____ Rinse the soap from your hands.

_____ First, turn on the water and get your hands wet.

_____ Finally, dry your hands on a towel


(11)

Cross out the idea that does not go with the topic.

A Day at the Zoo

1. Watched the seal show

2. Skated on the ice

3. Fed the animals

4. Bought a ticket to get in the zoo


(12)

Write three details about a time when you completed the topic below.


Topic: Going Swimming


Detail 1: ___________________________________________

Detail 2: ___________________________________________

Detail 3: ___________________________________________


(13)

Write three details that go with the main idea listed below. Remember to be creative.

Main Idea: It was a beautiful day to play at the park.


Detail: _____________________________________________

Detail: _____________________________________________

Detail: _____________________________________________

(14)

On the line below, write the topic that the details are describing.

_______________________________

1. Put the clothes away

2. Dusted the furniture

3. Ran the sweeper

4. Cleaned the windows


(15)

Read the topic that is given. Then, complete the 5 W’s chart below. Give at least one detail to answer each question.


Topic: My First Day of Second Grade

Who:

What:

Where:

When:

Why:


(16)



Using the 5W’s Chart in problem 15, write about your first day of second grade on the lines below.

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(17)

Read each sentence. Number the sentences in the correct order starting with the number 1.


_____ Brush your teeth and get dressed.

_____ Wake up and get out of bed.

_____ Get on the bus to go to school.


(18)

Read each sentence. Number the sentences in the correct order starting with the number 1 in the order that you would complete them.


_____ Enjoy your peanut butter sandwich.

_____ Get out two slices of bread.

_____ Put one slice of bread on the other.

_____ Put peanut butter on one side of the sandwich.

(19)

Read the paragraph below. Then, move around the sentences to retell the paragraph in its order. Rewrite the paragraph on the lines below.


James wanted to wash his hands. First, he turned on the water. Then, he poured soap in his hands and rubbed them together. Next, he rinsed the soap from his hands and turned off the water. Finally, he dried them off with a towel. All clean he thought.




James wanted to wash his hands. Finally, he dried them off with a towel. Next, he rinsed the soap from his hands and turned off the water. First, he turned on the water. Then, he poured soap in his hands and rubbed them together. All clean he thought.

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___________________________________________________

___________________________________________________

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(20)

Write the missing step from the set of directions.

Planting a Flower

  1. Gather all your materials.

  2. Dig a hole outside.

  3. Place the seed in the hole and cover it with dirt.

4.

5. Wait patiently for your seed to grow.


(21)

Every story should have a _________________, ________________, and __________________.


(22)

Read the story below. Tell what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. (Questions 22-24)


Tom’s Fear


Tom was afraid to go to sleep at night because he thought that something was hiding under his bed. Every night Tom would stay up for hours with his flashlight as he curled up in a ball underneath his covers. His parents were unaware of this and often wondered why he was so tired each morning. Finally, Tom realized that it was time to take charge. This was his bedroom and he was determined to face his fears. That night as his parents tucked him into bed and turned of the light, Tom sat quietly with his flashlight on. He decided that in order to face his fears he would need to climb out of bed and take a look for himself as to what was under his bed. Tom was so nervous. He counted slowly to five and then jumped out of bed with his flashlight in his left hand. He threw back the covers and peered underneath his bed. Nothing. He shined the flashlight from one end to the other. There was absolutely nothing underneath. Tom laughed. He had been staying up for so long now and there was nothing to be afraid of. Tom crawled back into bed. He took a deep breath and turned off his flashlight. Tom drifted quickly to sleep.


What happened in the beginning of the story? _________________________

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

(23)

What happened in the middle of the story? ___________________________

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______________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________


(24)

What happened in the end of the story? ______________________________

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(25)

Read the paragraph. Retell the paragraph leaving out the sentence that does not belong.


My Favorite Subject


My favorite subject in school is Math. I love it because I like to work with numbers. I even practice extra math problems at home. I also like to eat apples for snack. My favorite lesson in Math is when we get to work with money. I am so good at counting change.


 

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