Sneak Peek

Miss Roberts * Stoy School * December 7, 2015


“Nature can teach us many things.” We are going to read a realistic fiction story and an informational text that will help us answer the question, “What helps you make decisions about a character?” In The Ugly Vegetables, a girl learns about her neighbors when she plants a garden. We will also see some HUGE plants from real gardens as we read They Really Are GIANT!

Target Vocabulary: blooming, muscles, nodded, plain, scent, shovels, tough, wrinkled

Phonics Skills: Double consonants and -ck-; double consonants (CVC)

Vocabulary Strategy: Homophones

Comprehension Skill: Conclusions – use details to figure out more about the text

Comprehension Strategy: Analyze/evaluate – tell how you feel about the text and why

During the next eight days, we will practice reading with better fluency and appropriate expression. The students will be introduce to Reader’s Theater. Each student will have a “part” in two stories and given a chance to practice and participate in a class performance.

Over the past week, the students have been learning and practicing how to write a book review. They have learned how to begin their response,including the title and author of the story, state their opinion and support their opinion with examples. We will now build on what they've learned and include a personal connection to the response. Later in the week, the students will have a chance to chose a story on their own and write a response independently and even have a chance to revise it. Look for completed copies on Seesaw!

We will then turn our focus towards Poetry. The students will learn the "ingredients" needed to write poems.

  1. Find a topic that gives you big, strong feelings
  2. Find a small object, moment or detail that holds a big feeling
  3. Look with poets' eyes and see ordinary things in a new way.


Lesson 4-1: Clocks and Telling Time

  • Count by 5's
  • Identifying clocks that correctly show times to the half hour
  • Discuss how to us the hour and minute hands to estimate time
  • Discuss the functions of the clock and units of time
  • Practice addition and subtraction facts
  • Vocabulary: estimate * analog clock * hour * minute
Lesson 4-2: Telling Time to the Nearest 5 Minutes
  • Count by 5's
  • Make 5 minute clocks
  • Use those clocks to tell and show time to the nearest 5 minutes
  • Discuss digital clocks and use digital notation
  • Practice telling and writing time
  • Review even numbers as the sums of two equal addends
  • Vocabulary: hour hand * minute hand * analog clock * digital clock
Lesson 4-3: A.M. and P.M.
  • Find distances between numbers
  • Discuss a situation involving 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M.
  • Distinguish between A.M. and P.M. times
  • Create a 24-hour timeline
  • Draw pictures of events that occur at given times
  • Practice addition facts
  • Vocabulary: A.M. * P.M. * 24-hour timeline
Lesson 4-4: Numeration and Place Value
  • Solve addition and subtraction number stories
  • Discuss a problem about digit values
  • Examine base-1en blocks
  • Represent 3-digit numbers with number cards, base-10 blocks, and expanded form
  • Vocabulary: digit * cube * long * flat * base-10 blocks * expanded form


After last week's Melting Race, the students will observe to see what happens to the water from their ice cube (evaporation). Since this process is difficult to observe happen, we will speed up the process so the students can actually see it happen. They will cover steaming water. This will allow them to trap and observe the water evaporate, condense and change back to a liquid. The Second Grade scientists will write about each of these experiments and record the information learned.

Many of the students have past experiences mixing two liquids like milk and chocolate syrup. Now, they are going to mix two solids; gravel and salt. The students will observe both pieces of matter before, during and after the process. They will create their own sieve to separate the mixture to see if either solids change after being mixed together.

Character Counts

December's Character focus is on Caring. We have discussed the importance of caring for others and ourselves. As a class, we trying to be more caring towards our friends. When someone is spotted being caring, their name and action will be placed in our "Caring Collection." Ask your child about it.

This week, we will read The English Roses by Madonna. Throughout the story, the students will deepen their understanding of how one's actions can affect those around them.


  • December 6th- 14th - Happy Hannukkah
  • December 15th - PTA Reindeer Games RMS @ 6:15
  • December 17th - Student Council College Day and Pretzel Sale
  • December 18th - Holiday Concert; HTHS Auditorium @ 10 A.M.