Parent News January 6-10, 2014

Happy New Year!


*If you haven’t already: Please use the SJ Museum of Art Family Pass that the museum provided after their docent visited us last month. 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.

*PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m.

*No SCHOOL on Monday, January 20th in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

*We start at new Language Arts Unit and new story this week: “Officer Buckle and Gloria”. There is a wealth of support materials available for your children, often created by other school districts. We can’t do every activity during our limited computer and classroom time, however. If you would like to explore additional learning materials relevant to what we are doing in class, follow these links:
* “Mrs. Smith’s Second Grade Classroom” Blog
*“Officer Buckle and Gloria” on YouTube
*’s Officer Buckle Extension Activities

Language Arts:


Unit 4:


Story: “Officer Buckle And Gloria”


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.   are

2.   mark

3.  part

4.   hard

5.   card

6.  dark

7.  star

8.   carpet

9.  party

10. charm

11.  target

12. farther

13. team

14. between

15. beehive


Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:


Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:





  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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