Parent News April 21-25, 2014

Welcome back to school! I hope you enjoyed your Spring Break!

1. once

2. only

3. enough

4. almost

5.   story

6. worry

7. copy

8.   guilty

9. family

10. dirty

11. empty

12. category

13. noisy

14. party

15. sorry


“Carousel” by Pat Cummings
“Jalapeno Bagels” (for group reports)
“Ants” (for group reports on a science topic)
eWord Game
Story Summary
Plot Order (Flow Map)
Inference Game
-Thanks to “Mrs. Smith’s Second Grade Weebly” for the above links!
Prefixes and Suffixes Games
The Plural Girls
Math Support:
Investigations Math Games- Includes money, multiplication

Language Arts:
Unit 5:Learning Through Research
Unit Overview:
Why is it important to explore multiple sources when researching a topic? How does comparing and contrasting multiple texts help the reader to thoroughly understand the topic? How can the reader communicate the information they have learned about a topic to others? …the main purpose for the reader or writer is to communicate their understanding of the message.
Students will:
-ask who, what, when, where, why, and how questions to demonstrate their understanding of text.
-compare and contrast two different texts on the same subject.
-engage in a shared research project to produce a written and oral presentation.
-record science observations.
-use structural analysis and context clues when decoding text.
2.RL.4 Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
2.RI.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
2.RI.9 Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
2.SL.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts
and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
2.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
2.W.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
2.W.8 Recall information gathered from experiences or gather information provided form sources to answer a question.
2.L.1 Demonstrate command of conventions of Standard English Grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
2.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown or multiple-meaning words and phrases based on Grade 2 text.
2.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Language Arts Academic Vocabulary:
Information, research, opinion, information, exposition, main idea, detail, compare, contrast, revise, edit, possessive, contraction
Language Arts Domain Specific Vocabulary:
Chrysalis, larva, larvae, life cycle, butterfly
(Language Arts information from:
San José Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services PreK-5 ELA 2nd Grade Curriculum Map aligned to the Common Core State Standards page 59 of 112 SJUSD/Div. of Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services, PK -¬‐5:Albarrán/Lax/Petkiewicz/SJUSD 2nd Grade CCSS Cohort Version: November, 2013)

Unit 11:Adding and Subtraction Whole Numbers With Regrouping
enVision Topics 9 and 10; Investigations Units 8:3 and 8:4Purpose/Focus:
The purpose of this unit is to give students time to work toward fluency when adding and subtracting numbers within 100. Fluency means accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility. The standard calls for students to use pictures, strategies, and standard algorithms to find the solution. Students who struggle with this may benefit form using concrete objects such as place value blocks. Students must understand the situation before they will be able to solve problems.
*Students will: Solve one and two step word problems, explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, and fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Common Core Standards:
Standards for Mathematical Practice
MP 3
MP 4
MP 5
(Math information from:
San Jose Unified School District Curriculum, Instruction & EL Services PreK-5 2nd Grade CCSSM Scope and Sequence SJUSD Division of Instruction –Albarrán/ Lax/ Petkiewicz / Centeno / SJUSD 2nd Grade CCSS Cohort Page 23 of 47.
Created and modified from original work with permission from the Dana Center, University of Texas, Austin June, 2013)


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