Sneak Peek

Miss Roberts * Stoy School * January 4th


Happy 2016!! It has been a while since we’ve all been together in our 2R community. As we get back into the swing of things, we will review our routines and will jump into some new learning. This week, we are going to answer the question, “What can we learn from the way a character acts?” First, we will read a folktale called How Chipmunk got His Stripes. We will then read a traditional tale called Why Rabbits Have Short Tails. As we read, we will keep talking about the Big Idea, “Nature can teach us many things.”

Target Vocabulary: curled, direction, healed, height, toward, tunnel, tease, brag

Phonics Skills: Base words and endings –ed,

-ing (including spelling change of Drop Final e); words with consonant/vowel (CV) pattern

Spelling Words: liked, using, chased, making, hoping, asked, standing, riding, baked, spilled, closed, hiding would, own, kept *practicing

Vocabulary Strategy: Synonyms

Comprehension Skill: Understanding characters – tell more about characters

Comprehension Strategy: Summarize – stop to understand important events as you read

"Persuasive Writing" is our new writing unit. The second graders will first learn that persuasive writing attempts to make someone feel or think a certain way. Our unit will begin with practice on identifying the difference between a fact and opinion, followed by writing a few examples for practice. To get their feet wet, everyone will write a short persuasive paragraph about their favorite place to visit. When the students have a better understanding of persuasive writing, we will discuss the specific details a persuasive piece MUST have. First, they must write the name of the subject under discussion; for example; book, place, show or outfit. They should then use descriptive words to make the reader feel good about the topic. Finally, they will use choice words to make a powerful ending. We will spend time learning how to do each of these things. It promises to be a fun process.


Lesson 4-9: The Inch
  • Solve Quick Look Cards and describe what they see on a ten frame
  • Measure their foot-long foot with a pattern block
  • Share strategies for measuring their foot-long foot
  • "Meet" the inch and examine a 12 inch ruler
  • Measure with both square pattern blocks and 12-inch rulers
  • Vocabulary: standard unit * inch (in.) * foot (ft)
Lesson 4-10: The Centimeter
  • Identify the places and values of digits in numbers
  • Make exchanges with base-10 blocks
  • Compare a 12-inch ruler with a 10-centimeter ruler
  • Explore the 10-centimeter ruler and the tape measure
  • Use a tape measure or 12-inch ruler and 10-centimeter rulers to measure objects
  • Vocabulary: standard unit * centimeter (cm) * metric system * U.S. customary system
Lesson 4-11: Explorations: Matching Facts with Strategies, Measuring a Path, Exploring Arrays
  • Solve number stories
  • Discuss their favorite subtraction fact strategies
  • Solve subtraction facts
  • Match subtraction facts to possible solution strategies
  • Measure to find the total length of a path in both inches and centimeters
  • Build two different rectangular arrays for a number


The students will investigate some changes that occur when solids and liquids react chemically with one another. Through observation, they will see a visible chemical reaction that occurs when they mix vinegar and baking soda. Thanks to their observations, the students are introduced to the idea that some solids and liquids react with one another to form a new substance – a gas. Students will then observe, discuss & describe changes that occur when they put an effervescent tab in a bag of water.


Happy 2016!
  • January 8th - Unit 4 Math Test
  • January 11th - 2nd Marking Period W.E.B. Project coming home
  • January 12th - Student Council HAT Spirit Day
  • January 18th - No School; Dr. Martin, Luther King Day

  • Our supply of classroom tissues is minimal. If you are able, please send in a box to help 2R rebuild our inventory. Thank you!