• STEAM: A playdough process (continued)

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/22/2021

    playdough snowman snowman snowman

    We are on the second week of our STEAM project and learning about the Engineering Design Process. Today the class compared high-quality playdough to low-quality playdough. They created a scoring guide based on texture and the snowman test. Next week the children will test the three ingredients used to make playdough: salt, water and flour and notice how each ingredient changes as it is mixed with another ingredient. We will use this information to determine how we write our playdough process. 

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  • Working together

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/22/2021

    Today we received a package in the mail. As soon as the box arrived, the children assembled our new floor mat as a team. They all worked together to snap the pieces in place. Our classroom environment is so positive! They all encouraged one another and got the job done together. I am so proud! 


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  • No Masks Required at Recess

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/21/2021

    ...and this is how the kids in Room 25 respond to the news. 


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  • We are the same!

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/21/2021

    I spy with my little eye two things that are the same...

    moon phases

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  • Change of Scenery

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/20/2021

    What a day! The sun was shining and INVITING us to spend an extra day learning outdoors. We grabbed our pencils, writing and a clipboard and spent our writing block out by the friendship tree today. 

    warm weather  warm weather  warm weather

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  • Writing Leads

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/20/2021

    Today we worked on writing leads with our personal narratives. Most students start their narratives with a setting introduction like this...

    "Last week I...."

    Today we tried something different. Since we are learning about different tools authors use to keep us interested, we tried using ONOMATOPOEIA (sound words) to hook our reader. Students took a piece of writing they had already finished and tried out a new lead. Look!

    onomatopoeia  onomatopoeia


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  • Fundations

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/17/2021

    *I can spell multisyllabic words.

    Don't panic, this is the END OF THE YEAR second grade expectation. We'll get there. We've hit the ground running by starting our spelling program back on the first week of school. Students are reviewing letter sounds and writing basic cvc words at this time. Each day we start the lesson by drilling sounds and warming up. Here you will see a couple of students leading the class with letter sounds.


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  • Power of YET

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/16/2021

    Radiate Positivity....

    That's my belief and what I share with the children every single day. If you believe you can...you WILL.  Today we talked about the Power of YET. Ask your child what this means to them and how they will reach their goals with a growth mindset this year. 

    I hope you enjoy the video as much as we do!


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  • Engineering Design Process

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/15/2021

    science science science

    Today we started our first big STEAM project. For this STEAM project students will collaborate to design a process in which they make HIGH QUALITY playdough. Today we explored and experimented with store bought playdough. Students agreed that this playdough was in fact high quality. Next week we will use low quality playdough and identify its properties. We will then design a few tests and establish criteria for measuring the quality of student made dough. 

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  • We are Writing like Readers!

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/14/2021


    Let's celebrate! Today I listened to a student read aloud her personal narrative and there, in the middle of her writing was THE POWER OF THREE!!!! Students are beginning to notice author's craft sprinkled throughout the books we love and now are using these tools in their own writing. WOW!!!! Take a look at this student as she reads her personal narrative to you. 


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Our future is so bright, we gotta' wear our shades!

  • Meet Mrs. Hultgren

    Hi friends. Thanks for visiting my page. Let me tell you a little about myself. I'm thrilled to be in my 25th year of teaching here at Hiawatha Elementary School. I've been teaching second grade for about nineteen years, but I started at Hiawatha as a kindergarten teacher. I am super-lucky to report that I absolutely LOVE my job. I have a lot of fun with kids because quite honestly, I believe that I am still a kid myself.

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