# Sneak Peek

## Literacy

We are going to wrap up our Heroes and Helpers unit by exploring the question, “How can stories be alike and different?” First, we will read the fantasy story Dex: The Heart of a Hero, about a dog who becomes a superhero! We will also learn about some real heroes in the informational text Heroes Then and Now.

Target Vocabulary: depended, overlooked, sprang, studied, gazing, hero, exercise, sore

Phonics Skills: Words with r-controlled vowels or (for), ore (bore)

Vocabulary Strategy: Prefix over- (means “above” or “beyond”)

Comprehension Skill: Compare and contrast – tell how two things are alike or not

Comprehension Strategy: Monitor/clarify – find ways to figure out what doesn’t make sense

In Writing, we will continue to expand our writing techniques and developing a main event.

## Math

Lesson 8-5: Equivalent Fractions – Using Fraction Cards

• Using fraction cards to find equivalencies
• Reading and recording equivalent fractions
• Comparing fractions

Lesson 8-6: Comparing Fractions

• Find equivalent fractions
• Discuss strategies for comparing fractions
• Identify and compare fractions using shaded fraction cards
• Key Vocabulary – unit fraction

Lesson 8-7: Fraction Number Stories

• Make up and solve number stories involving fractions of collections
• Use manipulatives to represent fractions and collections
• Share strategies for comparing fractions

**Sample Fraction Number Stories**

1. I had 10 cupcakes. My Mom ate half of them. How many did she eat?

2. There were 6 bricks. 2/3 were knocked over. How many bricks fell?

## Science

We are beginning our third science unit, “Rocks and Minerals” this week. The unit will begin with the understanding that the properties of a rock are their individual features. The students will observe three different rocks and then document the individual features of each. As a class, we will compare the properties of the three rocks based on their similarities and differences. We will then “rockslide” into lessons two and three. We will observe and describe the properties of 12 different rocks. Each lab pair will sort rocks based the on similarities and differences they observe. They will share and discuss their sorting method with their peers.

## FYI

• March 25th - Student Council Pretzel Sale
• March 26th - PTA Family Fun Night at the Cherry Hill Skate Center
• March 27th - Report Cards sent home & Student Council Stoy Spirit Day
• PTA Soda Collection for the Stoy Fair begins today

• Mark your calendars!!! 2R is going on a walking field trip on May 12th extend our knowledge of rocks and minerals. Look for more information AFTER Spring Break