Parent News for December 16-20, and for Winter Break!

Ms. Seyan is posting late this week…she apologizes for any confusion this may have caused! 🙂


*On December 9th, the Second Grade Classes had a visitor from the San Jose Museum of Art. We learned about line, shape, and color; we looked at diverse art works and shared our insights, and asked Big Questions about “Art” and what it means. Please use the SJ Museum of Art Family Pass that the museum provides to spend quality time enjoying art with your family!


The San Jose Museum of Art’s website is located at To check on the exhibitions before attending with your family, click here. For more information on the “Let’s Look at Art Program”, click here.


*Second Grade December Birthdays Party: Friday, December 20th at 2:00 p.m.


*New Year Break: Monday, December 23rd, 2013-Monday, January 6th, 2014.

*Would you like a Winter Break work packet for your child? There is a good one here, and it uses the same reading curriculum as our school district: Second Grade Winter Break Packet (pdf).

*We will see you back at school on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014!


Language Arts:


Unit 3: “Text Structure”


Spelling Word and Story review


2.RF.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word-recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


2.RL.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.


2.SL.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


2.W.5 With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed through editing and revising.


Spelling Words

1.   this

2.  why

3.  with

4.   cheat

5.   each

6.  chain

7.  today

8.   white

9.  mouth

10. crown

11.  hour

12. down

13. tea

14. snowman

15. tree





Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:


Main idea, details, topic


narrative, temporal


Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:


close reading




  Unit 5: Measuring Time


Purpose/Focus: Students tell (orally and in writing) and write time after reading analog and digital clocks. Time should be to 5 minute intervals, and students should also use the terms a.m. and p.m. Students should understand that there are 2 cycles of 12 hours in a day-a.m. and p.m.. Recoding their daily actions in a journal would be helpful for making real-world connections and understanding the difference between these two cycles.  ( SJUSD Division of Instruction, June 2013)


 2.MD.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes, using a.m. and p.m..


Standards for Mathematical Practice:


 MP5: Use appropriate tools strategically. Use appropriate tools recognizing the strengths and liabilities of each. In what situations might it be more helpful or informative to use….”


 MP6: Attend to precision. Communicate precisely with others and try to use clear mathematical language when discussing their reasoning.

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