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Grade 2 Books Overview

Enemy Pie - Derek Munson

Hey, Little Ant - Phillip & Hannah Hoose

Pinduli - Janell Cannon

The Summer My Father was Ten - Pat Brisson


A Ball For All - Brigitte Weninger (Discontinued)

Bat's Big Game - Margaret Read Macdonald (Discontinued)

A Ball for All – Activity #1: "Joining In"

  • Grade 2
  • A Ball for All – Activity #1: "Joining In"

Activity 1: “Joining In”

This activity teaches the social skill of joining in. Students review the positive steps to joining in by reviewing both verbal and non-verbal cues.


  • Chart paper
  • Felt pens
  • Steps to Joining In template (provided)

Teacher Preparation:

  • Have the below two charts prepared on chart paper to complete with the students
  • Create a large version of the “Steps to Joining In” to review with the students and post in the classroom


Step by Step:

Step One: Talk to the students about how having friendly body language (E.g. a smile) is important when they want to join in. Have the students brainstorm what shy, angry, and friendly body language would look like, using the chart template provided. Record ideas on chart paper.

What Does it Look Like?

Nonverbal Shy Angry Friendly
Facial Expression      
Body Language      
Other Gestures      


Step Two: Talk to the students about how having a friendly voice is also important when they want to join in. Have the students brainstorm what a shy, angry, and friendly voice would sound like, using the chart template provided. Record ideas on chart paper.

What Does it Sound Like?

Verbal Shy Angry Friendly
Voice Volume      
Voice Tone      


Step Three: Review the Steps To Joining In poster with the students. Once the students understand each step, permanently display the poster in your classroom.

*This activity is adapted from Skillstreaming in the Elementary School by Ellen McGinnis




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