One thing I love to do with 2nd grade is introduce them to chapter books. Some of them are already at that reading level by the time I get around to this lesson, but it is still fun and they enjoy it. Also, I feel this intrinsic need to introduce students to beginning chapter books other than Junie B. Jones, Captain Underpants, and Wimpy Kid. Each time they come to library, I read two chapters out loud to them and then we have a little discussion. And this is also awesome because it is 5 weeks of lesson plans that I don't have to worry about... :) Here are the chapters and the discussion questions I ask:
Chapters 1 & 2 - Do you think Marvin is Prince Robert? Why or why not?
Chapters 3 & 4 - If you were a prince or a princess, what would you have your servants do for you?
Chapters 5 & 6 - If you thought you were royalty, how and when would you tell your parents? What do you think they would say?
Chapters 7 & 8 - What are some things you would not be able to do anymore if you were a prince or a princess?
Chapters 9 & 10 - What do you think now? Could Marvin still be Prince Robert? Why or why not?