Sneak Peek

Miss Roberts * Stoy School * January 11, 2016


It was wonderful to come back to school and see all of our friends in 2R again. We have reestablished our classroom routines and expectations and we have started 2016 off on the right foot. Everyone chose their New Year resolution to focus on in our classroom. The choices range from Math to Reading, Handwriting, and behavior. We are all looking forward to becoming "Learning Machines in 2016"!

This week, we are beginning the last lesson in Unit 2. The students will learn how to answer the question, “How do you know if something is a fact or an opinion?” First, we will read an Informational text called Jellies. We will then read another called Meet Norbert Wu. As we read, we will keep talking about the Big Idea, “Nature can teach us many things.”

Target Vocabulary: millions, choices, drift, simple, weaker, wrapped, disgusting, decide

Phonics Skills: Contractions

Vocabulary Strategy: Base words and suffixes: -er -est

Comprehension Skill: Identifying statements as fact or opinion.

Comprehension Strategy: Monitor/clarify – Good readers monitor their understanding. While reading, they ask, “Does this make sense?” If it does not, they go back to clarify.

Two of our Guided Reading groups will continue with chapter books which focus on carrying meaning over time, restating previously read sections, and using multiple reading strategies to understand the character and story. The remaining groups will be reading informational texts using text and graphic features to deepen their understanding text beyond just the text. The boys and girls will be sharing their Guided Reading responses with their groups and celebrating the strategies they are using to answer questions and support their ideas.

The students are enjoying learning about persuasive writing and were surprised to find out how often authors try to persuade others. Last week, we created a list of the important components of a persuasive piece of writing. Using the chart, the students begin writing about their favorite place to go and attempted to persuade their audience to visit. Once they have their two initial pieces written, we will examine a book review. The students will learn the “Star Rating” that shows a writer’s opinion and how to support a star rating with reasons.


Last Friday, the students worked to complete the Unit 4 assessment. Through conversations and practice, the students have learned the value of double and triple checking their work. Monday afternoon, before beginning Unit 5, the students will use all of the strategies and skills they have been learning to complete the Mid-Year assessment.

Lesson 5-1: Playing Beat the Calculator

  • Use <, >, and = to compare numbers
  • Write addition facts
  • Discuss how fact power can help them solve problems efficiently
  • Race to add numbers mentally and with calculators
  • Practice addition facts
Lesson 5-2: Using Coins to Buy Things
  • Skip Count by 5's, 10's and 25's
  • Find the total value of specified toolkit coins
  • Share strategies for counting their toolkit coins
  • Discuss equivalencies among coins and $1 bills
  • Show different ways to pay for items
Lesson 5-3 Counting Up with Money
  • Solve number stories
  • Draw coins to show the cost of an item
  • Practice making change by counting up from the cost of an item to the amount paid
  • Make change by count up in a shopping activity and record their transitions

W.E.B. Project

The Second Marking Period WEB Project was assigned last week. Each student has chosen their biography and many are enjoying learning about their person. If for any reason, you or your child decide to choose another person to learn about, please let me know. All projects are due by February 27th. Your child may turn their project in anytime before the due date. The students will present their projects to the class and share their work. It is a good idea to have your child practice talking about their project before bringing it to school. I hope that everyone has had fun learning about their person of choice.

Science & Social Studies

Our Science Unit "Changes" is behind us. Early in the week, the students will complete a self-assessment to put the finishing touches on the unit.

By mid-week, we will begin Unit 3 in Social Studies, "Looking at the Earth." We will start off by reading Cynthia Rylant's Tulip Sees America. It is a story about a young man and his dog, Tulip. They travel throughout the United States and discover a variety of landforms and bodies of water. Throughout the unit, the students will be introduced to, and learn about, many of the landforms found across the United States.They will identify and locate hills, plains, mountains, valleys, island and peninsulas. In addition, as a class, we will learn the characteristics of each landform and where they are found in our country, e.g. The plain states are from Texas to Montana. We will then move onto the three of the major bodies of water found within the United States; rivers, lakes and gulfs. The students will read about each and complete word web illustrating, labeling and defining each.

Happy Birthday - Molly McClellan! January 18th


**Thank you to everyone who helps to rebuild our supply of quality tissues for the classroom. The students are very happy!

January 11th -
  • Mid-Year Math assessment
  • 2nd Marking Period W.E.B. Project going home
January 12th - Student Council Hat Day & Pretzel Sale
January 13th - Talent Show permission slips due
January 18th - No School MLK Jr. Day
January 20th - Monday Schedule