There is a similar post on the third grade board. I have taught 3, 4, and 5th graders... and gifted 2nd. So I will need a bit of help! What kind of books do they read at the beginning of the year? How long should I expect independent reading to last at the beginning of the year? How many sentences are they writing at the beginning of the year? Can they do a long term project- like an integrated unit that you sustain for a month or two?? Or do they get bored and want to move on to something new? How are they socially? What kinds of things do the girls play during recess or free time? What about boys? THANKS!