After choosing a book, students open the book and read a page. For every word they struggle reading, they put down a finger. If by the end of the page, all five fingers are down, then the book is too challenging. If all 5 fingers are still up, then the book is too easy.
(These students are working on this writing activity)
One of the wonderful things about Common Core is the rigor that is required! It forces you to push ALL your students. Have you actually looked through the lexile ranges?!
(To see a CCSS resource full of ALL the Common Core ELA standards and requirements for 2nd grade, click here)
These are just a *few* ways that you can challenge your students in your classroom. Be sure to check out how these other wonderful bloggers challenge their students.