Sneak Peek

Miss Roberts * Stoy School * March 21, 2014


This week, we will ask, “What makes a character interesting?” First, we’ll read My Name is Gabriela, a biography of Gabriela Mistral. Gabriela is a girl who loved to read and who became the first Latin American woman to win a Nobel Prize. We will also read a few poems from a collection of poetry in Poems About Reading and Writing. .

Target Vocabulary: accepted, express, fluttering, grand, pretend, prize, wonder, taught

Phonics Skills: Words with long e sound for y (sleepy); changing y to I (sleepier)

Vocabulary Strategy: suffixes –y and -ful

Comprehension Skill: Understanding characters – tell more about the characters

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

During Writer's Workshop, we will be spending more time as poets as we contrast ordinary language and poetic language. The boys and girls will practice using comparisons to convey a sound, image, or idea.

I am thrilled to say that our Guided Reading lessons will restart this week. I hope everyone is ready!


The mathematicians in 2R are working hard to increase their accuracy and fluency solving single digit addition. Please remind you student to practice their mental math.

Lesson 7-8: Representing Data: Arm Spans

  • Mentally add and subtract 100
  • Explain how measurements relate to unit size
  • Find the differences between the longest and shortest arm spans in the class
  • Make a frequency table to show arm span data
  • Make a line plot and then answer questions about it
  • Vocabulary * frequency table * line plot
Lesson 7-9: Exploring Shape Attributes, Graphs, and Measurements
  • Add three or more numbers
  • Draw tally marks next to their favorite fruit
  • Discuss what they notice about shapes
  • Cut out shapes and sort them
  • Draw a picture graph of the favorite-fruit data
  • Measure body parts and record data
Lesson 7-10: Unit 7 Progress Check
  • Reflect mastery expectations and complete Self-Assessment
  • Complete Unit 7 assessment
Lesson 8-1: Attributes of 2-Dimensional Shapes
  • Solve basic facts
  • Identify 3 and 4 sided shapes
  • Describe 3, 4, 5, and 6 sided shapes
  • Sort shapes based on parallel sides and right angles
  • Vocabulary * attribute * side * angle * vertex * parallel * right angle


Last week, we learned that the properties of minerals are similar to those we examined in rocks. During lesson 7, the students will focus on a single property; color. They will be introduced to a field test that geologists use to identify minerals. After sorting the minerals based on their color, the students will apply the streak test to discover each mineral’s identifying color, which is not always the same as its observable color.

There are many other interesting properties of minerals. Using penlights, the students will explore the minerals and categorize them as transparent, translucent or opaque. When light is shone behind the mineral and it is visibly clear the mineral is considered transparent, when the light can be seen but is blurry – the mineral is translucent, and if the light cannot be seen at all – the mineral is opaque. The students will also use the penlights to explore the luster of the minerals. A mineral’s luster depends on the way its surface reflects light. Minerals that reflect light have a metallic luster. All others are nonmetallic. The students will divide the minerals into these two groups, then look more closely at the nonmetallic minerals to decide if they have a more waxy, glassy or dull luster.

Happy Birthday Blake! March 22nd


March 21st - Hershey Park Ticket orders due
March 23rd - Friday schedule; Student Council Stoy Spirit Day and Pretzel Sale
March 24th - Unit 7 Math Test, Jump Rope for Heart Assembly; 10:00 am, Report Cards go home
March 25th - 30th - No School - Spring Break