Mrs. Snyder's Spectator

December 8-12th

Important Dates


8th - MOY NWEA MATH@ 9:35-11am

15th - MOY NWEA READING @9:35-11am

18th - 2nd Grade Music Program @7pm

22-6th Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

*As we take our middle of the year NWEA tests, please try not to schedule any appointments if possible during these times. Students have to complete the assessments prior to leaving for Winter Break. Also please make sure the student gets plenty of rest and a nutritious breakfast. Thanks for your help with this.*

Please make time for your student to get on Moby Max at least 3x a week in reading & math to get ready for NWEA coming up!

Moby Max Homework-

Your students' username is their ID # and password is Hse+birthdate.

Scholastic Book Order

I sent out the Holiday Gift Guide Scholastic Order before Thanksgiving Break and will be sending the December catalogues on Monday. I will be placing an order Monday, December 8th to ensure all books are here before Winter Break begins. If you are interested in purchasing books as gifts, I am happy to put them aside so your child doesn't see them if need be. Happy Holidays!

Music Program Information

Dear Parents,

We are very excited to show off the hard work your students have been doing in music class this year with a performance!

The second grade concert will begin promptly at 7:00 PM on Thursday, December 18th in the CRES gymnasium. Students should report to their homeroom teacher’s classroom at 6:45 PM.

The performance will last about 20-30 minutes. Students should wear semi-formal attire they can move freely in such as polos, dress shirts and slacks for the boys, and dresses or skirts for the girls. Any shoes are fine. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at or call (317) 594-4170 and ask to be connected to the music teacher.


Suley Hussain

Music Teacher

Cumberland Road Elementary

Specials/Related Arts

M- Computer

T - P.E.

W - Music

Th - Art

F - Computer & Library (Return books)

Reading Workshop

We are starting Unit 4: Non-Fiction/Informational Text. We are going to learn how we appropriate non-fiction text differently than fiction text. We don't always read non-fiction text beginning to end. We use the text features to help us locate information we want to read using the index, table of contexts, and headings. We will learn about non-fiction text features focusing on: table of contexts, index, glossary, maps, photographs, headings, subheadings, and bold words. We will also be recording What We Learn and our Still Wondering as we are reading non-fiction text.

Word Study

This week we will learn Sort 20 - Long O Vowel Patters: -o_e, -oa, -ow. We will spend two weeks working on Long O vowel patterns. My goal is that students begin to use these patterns in their writing.

*The students should be taking their words and sight words home every night to practice.*

Sight Words:

means, old, any, same, tell

Practice your words using Spelling City:

On Blackboard, there are ideas for home activities for students to do with their spelling words as well as their sight words. It is important they spend time at home practicing them.

Writing Workshop

We are starting our next Unit of Study - 'How To' Writing. In this unit, students will choose something they would like to teach or share with other students that they think they are an expert on.

Lessons in this unit include brainstorming a list of things students can teach others and make a list of materials needed. Then students will use pictures and words to share the steps the reader would need to follow. After sharing the directions with a partner, writers will change or add steps that will make them easier to understand.

Students will learn to:

· Write a how-to piece using a familiar topic.

· Use transition words to make directions easier to follow.

· Share writing with a partner and revise steps to make ideas more specific.

· Use precise words or description to help the reader follow the directions.

This unit gives second graders an opportunity for real world writing. You can help your child by sharing activities where you follow written directions. Using a recipe when cooking with your child is a perfect way to practice using step-by-step directions. As you are sampling the food, talk about pictures or extra steps that would have made the directions easier for both of you to understand.


We will are starting Subtraction WITH and WITHOUT regrouping. We will continue to work on adding and subtracting 2-3 digit numbers with regrouping up until Winter Break.

Our Classroom

Class Read Aloud: Box Car Children

Mrs. Snyder's Currently Reading: PBL in the Elementary Classroom