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Passageways

Book B (Gr.2) Anthology 2 Teacher Guide
ISBN: 978-0-7609-2054-1
© 2003

Teach students to apply standards-based reading skills and improve critical comprehension and thinking skills. The Passageways® Series Anthologies is a hi-lo nonfiction, research-based series that offers three anthologies spanning a variety of content-area types and genres.

  • Supports NCLB goals of fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
  • Teaches students to apply the important standards-based reading skills
  • Supports ELLs

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In each Passageways book, a dozen or more selections progress in difficulty and feature:

  • High-interest informative text
  • Photos, illustrations, and other meaningful graphics
  • Selected-response comprehension questions
  • On-demand writing

Passageways Anthologies 1, 2, and 3 include:

Student books in five-packs

  • 15 reading selections (Books A, B, and C)
  • 12 reading selections (Books D and E)

Teacher Guides feature:

  • Suggestions for using the series
  • A list of skills covered by the comprehension questions
  • Guidelines for assessment
  • A list of vocabulary words for review
  • Reproducible writing rubric, student performance chart, and bubble sheet answer form
  • Completed answer form

The series supports ELLs with:

  • High-interest nonfiction selections
  • Photos, illustrations, and other graphic connections
  • Comprehension questions with embedded test prep
  • Vocabulary development
  • Practice writing to prompts

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A description of reading selections in
Anthology 1   |   Anthology 2   |   Anthology 3

A Sampling of Reading Selections in ANTHOLOGY 1

Book B (Reading Level 2.0–2.9)
The Apple: From Seed to Fruit: science content with well-rounded flavor
Young Abraham Lincoln: biography that speaks to all age groups
Let's Vote on It!: students experience majority, approval, and preference voting
Poison Frogs: habitat and habits of deadly rain forest frogs
Balto, Hero of Alaska: account of sled dog team that delivered lifesaving serum
Hello...It's for You!: the invention of the telephone, today's uses, and early operators
Water: intriguing science behind everyday encounters with water
The Many Uses of Corn: 7,000 years of ideas: from plastic ingredient to corn palace
Shake, Rattle, & Roll: Earthquakes: what they are and what to do in the event of one
Let's Make Music: four families of instruments detailed
Sally Ride: the first American woman in space and her math and science background
Extreme Weather: droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, and snowstorms
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!: in ancient times and contemporary cultures
The Big River: the Mississippi River and the people, farms, and industry it supports
A Different Kind of Home: how the Plains Indians built, furnished, and lived in their tipis

Book C (Reading Level 3.0–3.9)
The Shaggy Bear: one animal shelter dog's rags to riches story
The Most Famous House in the United States: a tour of the White House
The Yeti—Real or Not?: mystery of this legendary creature's possible existence
Colonial Williamsburg: A Living-History Museum: 1775 America redux, daily
Showing Courage: profiles of Jesse Owens, Anne Frank, Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller
Paper, Paper, and More Paper: history, uses, how it's made, and recycling
Tarantulas: facts about and photos of eating, self-defense, molting, and more
Henry Ford and the Automobile: how mechanical aptitude and a dream built success
Discovering Pyramids: explores the feat of building these tombs and other curiosities
Chocolate: from the Olmecs to present day, a sweet read packed with facts
Becoming a Citizen: a personal tale of author's parents becoming Americans
The Mojave Desert: climate, flora, fauna, caverns, volcanoes, and rock formations
Teddy Roosevelt: outdoorsman, war hero, president, national forest and park designator
The Underground Railroad: the secret route to freedom for slaves in the 1800's
Harvest Festivals: festivals from around the word associated with particular crops or customs

Book D (Reading Level 4.0–4.9)
Wolf!: all about wolves—charts, Venn diagram, and many photos
The Wild West Show: Buffalo Bill Cody and his 1883 stage show about the Wild West
Tide Pools: a look at these ocean habitats and their dwellers
Growing Up in Ancient Greece: fascinating social studies/history content
Migration: why they migrate: storks, terns, whales, turtles, caribou, and other animals
Benjamin Franklin: printer, writer, improver, experimenter, inventor, and statesman
It's Gold!: why it's prized, where it's found, and a look back through the ages
Langston Hughes, the Original Jazz Poet: the life and times of the brilliant writer
The Olympic Games, Then and Now: from ancient times to today's sports and athletes
Women Get the Vote: status of women, legally and socially, and the fight for the vote
The Growth of the Railroad: dangers, benefits, and fun facts about the early trains
A Tour of Japan: an overview of the land, history, and culture

Book E (Reading Level 5.0–5.9)
Race to the Poles: accounts of expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica
Jazz: the Jazz Age, radio and sound recording, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
Whaling: the whaling industry of yore to whale-watching cruises today
Money: from barter to wampum to coins and paper
Exploring Shipwrecks: seafaring dangers, the evolution of diving apparatus, and more
Lewis and Clark Explore the West: discoveries in the land west of the Mississippi River
Volcanoes: scientific explanation, different types, famous eruptions, and warning signs
China's Amazing Firsts: such as: fireworks, porcelain, silk, umbrellas, kites, and compasses
Mark Twain: biography of a life as intriguing as Tom Sawyer's
Caring for the Earth: history of conservation and present-day call to action
Space: The Final Frontier: space exploration: the 20th Century and into the future
The Abolitionists Fight Slavery: history of slavery and profiles of antislavery leaders

A Sampling of Reading Selections from the Passageways™ Series ANTHOLOGY 2

Book B (Reading Level 2.0–2.9)
Potatoes: how these tubers grow and ways they're eaten around the world
Smoke! Fire! Firefighters!: engines, ladder trucks, rescues, and daily chores
Black Bears: shelter and food, hibernation, bear cubs, and a comparison to humans
Learn about Trees: tree facts, broadleaf vs. needleleaf, how trees grow
Sharks: fact-packed! swimming, gills, more on anatomy, hunting, and shark babies
The Jamestown Settlement: historical account of early American settlers in Virginia
The Sahara: the world’s largest desert, from oases to camels
Meet the Monitor Lizard: Komodo dragons and Nile monitors: science with a zing!
Jane Goodall, Friend to Chimps: from young explorer to world-renown chimp expert
Castles: important architectural features and functions plus what life was like inside
Indians of the Pacific Northwest: living off the land and water; making totem poles
The Last Princess: Princess Ka’iulani and the annexation of Hawaii
Ride with the Pony Express: the network that relayed mail cross-country on horseback
Chinese New Year: the history and customs of this holiday
George Washington Carver: the man who invented peanut butter and changed the South

Book C (Reading Level 3.0–3.9)
The Loch Ness Monster: speculation about and searches for “Nessie” continue
Animal Helpers: dogs, horses, monkeys, and cats all help people live independently
The Ant Story: each with a job to do, fascinating ants and their communities
Enter the Big Top!: from chariots to high wires: the development of the circus
Looking into the Eye: how the human eye works, with diagrams and definitions
Matthew Henson, Explorer: the African American co-discoverer of the North Pole
Remember the Alamo: a Texas fort, a battle, and a lesson in patience
Amazing Amelia: record-breaking pilot and her famous flights
Earth Day: the environmental issues that precipitated it and what we can do to help
The Lion, One Big Cat!: lion prides: how and where they live
Meet Maya Lin: biography of architect whose work moves and inspires people
Interview with an Actor: in interview format, an insider’s look at the profession
Building the Erie Canal: clearing the land; building bridges, aqueducts, and locks
Sequoyah of the Cherokee: creator of the Cherokee alphabet who won over opposers
The Buried City of Pompeii: a peek at an ancient city through remains molded by volcanic ash

Book D (Reading Level 4.0–4.9)
The Viking Age: Vikings, sea-faring explorers, settled many geographic locations
Paris, the City of Lights: tour of Parisian sights, with historical connections
Interview with a DJ: a young DJ tells about beat-mixing and gauging the audience
Taking a Look at the Ocean: science: a look at oceans, delving to the depths of the abyss
Eleanor Roosevelt, a Remarkable Woman: her compassion changed the world
The Champion Called Man o’ War: the skill and spirit of an awe-inspiring racehorse
The Cactus, a Most Unusual Plant: types of cacti, how succulents store water, and more
To Space and Back with Mae Jemison: doctor, Peace Corps volunteer, astronaut, professor
Exploring the World of Special Effects: behind-the-scenes look at movie sounds and sights
Thurgood Marshall, Man of Justice: first African American Supreme Court justice
Have Fun with Healthy Eating: value of good nutrition and how to improve eating habits
The Story of the American Flag: historical content about the flag from 1773 to present

Book E (Reading Level 5.0–5.9)
Exercise for Health: Let’s Get Moving!: ideas to motivate us to exercise
Look Up...to Bill Russell: biography of a basketball player who revolutionized the game
Deep in the Everglades: mangroves, cypress, alligators, and manatees in the River of Grass
Meet the Mill Girls of Lowell: the experiences of America’s first factory workers
Beware the Black Death!: "the most terrible of all the terrors," plague of the 1300’s
Babe Didrikson, Sports Star: an all-around athlete who broke down gender barriers
What’s That Sound?: humans can differentiate 400,000 sounds—here’s how it works
OUTBACK: creatures, landforms, and people of the Australian Outback
Celebrating the Wright Flyer: the bumpy flights of the first airplane; the 2003 reproduction
Come On Down...to Rio de Janeiro: the history, people, and sights of Brazil’s capital
The Age of Silent Movies: from kinetoscopes to feature films plus actors of the day
Simon Bollivar, the Liberator: the great freedom fighter who liberated South America

A Sampling of Reading Selections from the Passageways™ Series ANTHOLOGY 3

Book B (Reading Level 2.0–2.9)
The Buzz About Honeybees: all about the hive and how its inhabitants make honey
Pasta for One and All: a world-wide history and basic directions for making pasta
Brave Bess: biography of Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot
Lighthouses: replacing bonfires, lighthouses and their keepers saved many sailors
Seals and Sea Lions: comparison and contrast accompanied by great graphics
Playing Soccer: about the game and skills used in playing the world’s most popular sport
The Great Wall of China: How and why it was built, photographs from earth and space
Poisonous Snakes: rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and coral snakes
Mars: Our Neighbor in Space: similarities and differences between Mars and Earth
Mary McLeod Bethune: she worked to bring schooling to African-American children
The Tallest Animal—giraffes: lots of interesting facts about their anatomy and habits
The Brooklyn Bridge: historical account of building the Eighth Wonder of the World
K-9 Crime Fighters: the jobs and training of four-footed police officers
Diego: Painter of Murals: famous Mexican artist and his style and medium of choice
Up, Up, and Away!: a past and present look at hot-air balloons

Book C (Reading Level 3.0–3.9)
Batty over Bats: brown bats, vampire bats, and others plus how they use echolocation
Strange Plants: science discovery of the ways three meat-eating plants catch food
Glassmaking: a look at uses of glass, what it’s made of, and how it’s worked with
All Ears: the functions of the outer, middle, and inner ear with labeled diagrams
The Dust Bowl: devastating dust storms brought about great changes to the Plains states
The News on Nelly Bly: brave investigative reporter known as "the voice of the people"
On Top of the World: Mount Everest and people who have climbed it
Bill Pickett: Rodeo Star: his special technique for wresting steers and ensuing fame
A Slice of Life—bread: early civilizations’ versions to today’s; the invention of the sandwich
Aloha Hawaii: the natural beauty, culture, and sports of the friendly island state
In Step with Laurence Yep: children’s book author who used his writing to find himself
A Comet’s Tale: telescopes and spacecraft tell us about comets and space mysteries
Elephants at Large: all about these largest of land animals
Cinco de Mayo: the battle for Mexico’s freedom and the fiesta that celebrates victory
The Search for Hidden Animals: on the trail of mysterious creatures with cryptozoologists

Book D (Reading Level 4.0–4.9)
Simple Machines: inclined planes, screws, wedges, levers, wheels and axles, and pulleys
Rice: how it’s grown, nutrition in grains, ways other parts of the grass are used
Buffalo Soldiers: African-American cavalry regiments that protected settlers in the West
Time for a Deep Sleep: hibernating bears, bats, woodchucks, turtles, and someday humans?
The Nile: the world’s longest river and its uses in ancient Egypt and today
The Inca: about this rich, powerful, South American empire and its conquest by Spain
Disasters: six destructive events that struck suddenly in the United States
Light: plants and humans need light, sources of light, lengths of light waves, Edison
Memories of Cambodia: a Cambodian refugee shares experiences from her homeland
Statue of Liberty: how, why, and where this symbol of freedom was built
Maria Tallchief: a celebration of a famous prima ballerina and proud Native American
The Great Race: history and danger of the Indy 500 and the special cars raced

Book E (Reading Level 5.0–5.9)
Trapped and Broken: into the coal mines with the boys who toiled there 100 years ago
London: landmarks and history of this 2,000 year old city
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: these Mediterranean creations defy belief
Dale Earnhardt: Stockcar Racing Champion: biography of the late great racecar driver
Gladiators: ancient Roman public games pitted man against man and against animal
Marie Curie: First Woman of Science: her thirst for learning led to momentous discoveries
The Cliff Dwellers: the lives of southwestern Indians who built homes in cliff walls
Odd (and Ugly) Animals: naked mole-rats, frogfish, peanut-head bugs, and more
Skateboarding’s Long and Bumpy Ride: this popular sport traveled a rough road to acceptance
Cuba: all about the beautiful island nation and its interesting history, plus Cuba today
The Story of Maps: from ancient stick charts to today’s weather maps
Biosphere 2: a science experiment to see if life could exist in a sealed community

I love this book for guided reading. The articles are very interesting and the topics are ones the children can relate to. The anthology I've been using is the nonfiction book C. It's a little more challenging than a usual third grade book, but again the subject matter really get the students interested.

Maria D'Arpa, New York

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