Second Grade – Skills Strand Lesson 1: Thanks Engageny

So, today, I did the Core Knowledge Skills Strand Lesson 1 from Module 1. This is the lesson that SHOULD HAVE been taught on Day 1 of Second Grade.

There were many materials that I didn’t have – flip picture cards (hat, cat, sad, etc), and some things I didn’t do – the word dictation and “word chaining” (at — cat—bat—bad–mad–map). I think the “word chaining” was meant to be written as I read, but I looked at that and decided to skip that too.

I thought “Let’s get right to the reading bit.” I passed out the workbooks (printed by our BOCES Center and sold to us) and had my students open to Lesson 1.1. There was a story for them to read and on the following page 4 questions to answer. I had great confidence that most of them could this in about 5 minutes or less – I know them well as they were my first graders last year. I anticipated which students may struggle and was prepared to pull them as a small group to work at the table with me nearby, but still doing most of it on their own.

When nearly all of my class asked me to identify the word “Skipper”, I was honestly stunned. This shouldn’t have been a difficult word -even as names go. I took a closer look at the text they were reading, and this is what I saw:


So, apparently, in “real world texts”, words have little dots separating the syllables? Have you ever read anything like this? Of course not! Why on earth would second graders be given text that looks like this? This does NOT look like anything they read anywhere else. Well, no wonder my “kids” didn’t know what they were reading! Yeah, thanks engageny for THAT!

Then, the questions:

Now, of course, in all the wisdom that engageny possesses (yeah, I’m being sarcastic) the words in the questions do NOT have those little dots. Thanks engageny for THAT too!

Following this lesson (remember which was to be taught on the first day of school) there’s this gem of a parent letter that they were supposed to take home. My students? NOPE – they didn’t take it home, but Thanks engageny for THIS too because you know, I am unable to write my own parent letter.


And………..coming up in lesson 9 we’re going to work on compound words with this little gem of a worksheet:

Yeah, because it makes sense to teach compound words with words that aren’t even real. Thanks, engageny!

Tomorrow we tackle lesson 1 of the Listening and Learning Strand …… I am so


16 thoughts on “Second Grade – Skills Strand Lesson 1: Thanks Engageny

      1. Jo Marley

        Absolutely! ..It’s /skip/per/….and /of/fer/…..the rule is when letters form a vowel consonant consonant vowel combination (vccv)…separate the syllables by breaking up the consonants. It is one of the most basic syllable segmentation rules. This is a MAJOR error….send those texts back to the publisher. I would refuse to use them! Seriously!

    1. antiqueteacher60 Post author

      It’s not only the CCSS and materials – don’t forget the testing costs which include the technology to do them all online! The workbook that I used for just Skills Unit 1 was about $8/student and that’s through the BOCES Center. The other option is to print it all from the engageny website – if your school copiers can handle it!
      I’m hoping someone will post a link with cost estimates – I don’t have one handy to post.

  1. Tracy Aranda

    We’ve been using this core knowledge material for a few years, We were even one of the pilot schools who test-drove this in kgn through 3rd. This year our 3rd graders are using Ready Gen (teachers still waiting for those materials to arrive), and kgn – 2nd is still on CKLA

  2. Mary Herl

    My heart breaks for you NY. . . and all teachers under these core standards. Hang in there and do what is right for kids. I made it through my last 3 years my keeping my mouth and my door shut and doing what was right for them.

  3. Jo Marley

    PS…’s ‘EX-CI-TED’, not EX-CIT-ED…..CIT would be pronounced as /sit/ (short i)because it is a closed syllable…..CI is pronounced as /si/ (long i) because it is an open syllable….just saying

    1. Jo Marley

      I know these rules because I use modified Wilson Reading lessons to teach my hearing impaired kids to read phonetically…it works…they read at and above grade level…They know all 6 syllable type and all 5 segmentation rules…This text (above) and their segmentation rules(above) are WRONG!

    1. antiqueteacher60 Post author

      First they are not all correct, and second ….. any other text that my second graders pick up will NOT have the dots indicating syllable breaks. So, how is this manufactured material preparing them for college and career?? They will never face this type of text anywhere but in this ridiculous workbook.

  4. Liz

    I’m not agreeing with it but they mark the syllable divider after the double letter for a specific reason, it explains it in the assessment and remediation guide.


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