Sneak Peek

December 8, 2014 * Stoy School * Miss Roberts


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

Over the past two weeks, the students have been learning and practicing how to write a book review. Congratulations to everyone for working hard to complete their first multiparagraph response of the year. This week students will chose a story on their own and write a response independently which includes the title and author, tells what they likes or dislikes about the book, and makes connections and has a strong ending.



Lesson 4-5: Estimating Costs

  • Comparing money amounts
  • Estimating money amounts to solve problems
  • Sharing strategies for estimating total money amounts
  • Key Vocabulary - estimate

Lesson 4-6: A Shopping Activity

  • Identifying the place value of two-digit numbers
  • Calculating money amounts
  • Use parts-and-total diagrams to solve multi-digit addition problems
  • Writing number models for pats-and-total problems

Lesson 4-7: Exploring Length, Area and

  • Distinguishing between centimeter and inch
  • Comparing lengths in centimeters and inches
  • Measuring to the nearest in. and cm.
  • Finding area by tiling with pattern blocks and counting shapes
  • Using rules to sort attribute blocks
  • Key Vocabulary - inch (in.), centimeter (cm) tiling, attribute blocks

Lesson 4-8: Paper and Pencil Addition Strategies

  • Sharing solutions strategies for finding the sum of 2-digit numbers mentally
  • Using base-1 blocks to add two 2-digit numbers
  • Practicing addition fact extensions
  • Estimating sums by changing the addends to "close but easier" numbers
  • Key Vocabulary - ballpark estimates


Many of the students have past experiences mixing two liquids like milk and chocolate syrup. In Wednesday’s lab, we are going to mix two solids; gravel and salt. The students will observe both pieces of matter before, during and after the process. They will create their own sieve to separate the mixture to see if either solids change after being mixed together. During Wednesday’s lab, the students will build on their previous mixing experience by mixing three solids; gravel, toilet tissue and kosher salt with water. They will observe the three solids in water and determine which one breaks apart, sinks, and dissolves and creates a solution. Finally, on Friday, the students will think about and discuss how to separate the mixtures they created throughout the week. Using a special tool, they will have an opportunity to learn how to separate solids and liquids



The students are visiting the Computer Lab once a week and are now working on three different websites. The first two allow students to listen to adults reading aloud some of their favorite stories aloud. This allows the students to hear mature readers with fluency and expression. Finally, the students are beginning to learn keyboarding skills. allows them to become familiar with the home keys and practice the correct process of typing.



*username: haddon

*password: books



  • Monday, December 8th - Student Council Winter Wish sale at lunch
  • Tuesday, December 9th - No Homework Night!
  • Friday, December 19th - Stoy Winter Concert 12 :45 and 2:00!!