Sneak Peek

Miss Roberts * April 20th * Stoy School


This week, we will be talking about changing neighborhoods and making new friends. We will be exploring the question, “What can you learn from a character’s words and actions?” In the realistic fiction chapter book The Stories Julian Tells, we will be reading the chapter excerpt Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend. We will find out what happens when a new girl moves next door to Julian. We will also learn how to change simple supplies into a kite in the informational text, How to Make a Kite.

Target Vocabulary: lonely, seriously, copy, heavily, planning, answered, guessed, knot

Phonics Skills: Homophones, base endings –er and - est

Spelling Words: meet, meat, week, weak, where, wear, tail, tale, there, their, they're,

too, two, found, **main**, mane

Vocabulary Strategy: Figurative language: idioms

Comprehension Skills: Understanding characters and character traits: A character’s actions, words and thoughts

Comprehension Strategy: Question: ask questions about what you are reading and ask

questions about characters

The students of 2R will begin working on a new persuasive writing unit. They will learn how to create a graphic organizer with a position statement and reasons that support that statement. This new skill will then extend into flyers and emails. The students will learn the specific details a persuasive piece MUST have. First, they must write the name of the topic you are talking about; for example book, place, show or outfit. Then, they should use words to make the reader feel good about what they are reading. Finally, the students need to use descriptive words throughout and write a powerful ending. We will spend time learning how to do each of these steps. It promises to be a fun process.

The Second Graders "Big" Non Fiction Report is quickly approaching. Please know that the entire process will be modeled and completed in school. Each child will be bringing home their the topic of their insect report later this week. They will be responsible for finding some resources; hard copy and electronic to supplement what we have available at school. They will need to have these by next Tuesday, April 28th. Thank you in advance for your help.

Third Marking Period W.E.B. Project

Last Monday your child brought home their final 2nd Grade W.E.B. Project assignment; a poem. Each child will be reciting and performing their poem on May 15th. The author of their poem was written at the bottom of their paper. Part of the assignment is to gather a few facts about him/her and talk about them prior to their performance


All of last week's Math Home Links were two consisted of two pages. Many of the students did not realize this and did not complete the full assignments. Please check your child's Home Links book to ensure they have been done so.

Lesson 9-5: Measuring Longer Distances

  • Comparing measures
  • Solving number stories
  • Estimating measures
  • Key Vocabulary – mile, kilometer

Lesson 9-6: Exploring Capacity, Area, and Measures

  • Identifying appropriate units (centimeters and inches) used to make measurements
  • Counting unit squares to find the area
  • Identifying and creating models of cylinders.
  • Key Vocabulary – area, square centimeter, square inch

Lesson 9-7: Area

  • Counting square centimeters
  • Counting unit squares to find the area of rectangular shapes
  • Key Vocabulary – surface, square unit

Lesson 9-8: Capacity

  • Exploring equivalent measures
  • Comparing numbers
  • Solving measurement equivalency problems involving a rule
  • Key Vocabulary – capacity, cup, pint, quart, gallon, liter
  • Key Vocabulary – mile, kilometer


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 one 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.


April 22nd - Happy Earth Day & Flower Sale orders due

April 23th - Jump Rope for Heart - dress appropriately & Student Council Hat Day; please donate $1.00 to wear a hat ALL day

April 25th - Stoy School Fair Noon - 4:00 @ Rohrer Middle School

April 27th - Student Council Pretzel Sale

It is getting warmer. Please label and bring a water bottle to school each day and dress in layers to be prepared for the spring weather shifts!