• Sign Up!

    Please click the link above to sign up for a slot to meet with me. Thanks!

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  • Whisper-ma-phones

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/23/2022

    whisper

    One of the skills we work on every day in school is reading fluency. Second graders are working on reading words and reading them smoothly. We practice reading in longer phrases with expression. This week readers used whisper-ma-phones to hear how they sound while reading sort passages. 

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  • Class Jobs

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/23/2022

    operator

    Students received class jobs this week. In our class, we have a wide variety of responsibilities. Among these jobs, we have an electrician who shuts off all the lights in the afternoon, the operator who answers the phone, the trash compactor who smashes the heaping pile of paper towels down into the can, and the gopher who runs errands when needed and many other class jobs. Ask your child what they do for a class job.

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  • Cardio Desk Drumming

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/22/2022

    noodles

    In Room 25, when we need a little break from learning, students engage in this fun activity called Cardio Desk Drumming. Enjoy!

    Cardio Desk Drumming

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  • Fundations: glued sounds

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/22/2022

    Today we learned our first glued sound: -all. A glued sound is a series of letters when put together, they make a different sound. You cannot sound out a glued sound because the letters do not make their expected sounds. When students learn sounds in Fundations, they connect them to a key word and the letters. Our first glued sound looks like this...

    ball

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  • Help Needed

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/20/2022

    mural

    Hello parents and families, 

    The second grade classes will be working on an outside project with Ms. Gengras on October 12th and 19th. All three classes will create a mural for their outside door. It’s going to be quite spectacular when we are through. We are in need of a few parents to help with the final painting, (helping kids on/off the ladder, assisting with materials, etc.) If you are able to help, please let me know with a quick email or stop in to see me. We will most-likely start around 8:00 and shuffle kids in and out to paint in small groups. It would be nice to have two adult helpers in the morning and two others in the afternoon for both days.  Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering. Thank you so much!

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  • STAR Universal Screener

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/19/2022

    STAR screener

    Today was the first of two days spent administering the STAR universal screener with all Hiawatha children. Second graders spent about twenty minutes answering math questions as a way of determining where our young learners are presently at with math skills and concepts. Tomorrow we will resume the screening by taking the literacy test. 

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  • First Lunch Bunch

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/19/2022

    lunch bunch

    In room 25, students are rewarded with tokens for working collaboratively at tables. Whether students are staying engaged as a table, answering the right questions, cleaning up their workspace together or helping each other out, there are MANY ways to earn tokens for your table. As a cumulative reward, the table with the most tokens after a few weeks earns a special lunch bunch with me in the classroom. And let me tell you...these are FANCY lunch bunches. We have soft music, candles, and a tablecloth. Manners are a must. Napkins are on laps, we wait for each other to eat, one person talks at a time, (with an empty mouth,) and there are no elbows on the table.  We are all polite to one another. Students leave their hats off and ask to be excused when they are done. It's really quite lovely.  

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  • Learning Syllable Types

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/16/2022

    syllABLES

    Today, during our Fundations time, students learned the difference between an open and a closed syllable. As we practice and learn the difference between long and short vowels, we now know how to determine whether a syllable is open or closed based on the vowel sounds. 

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  • Introducing Scholastic News

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/15/2022

    scholastic news

    This week, while I am away, the students have gained access to our Scholastic News account in order to help them read and understand the articles they receive in class. Together, as a class they read and discussed the article and then used the site to answer questions, watch relevant videos and reread the article again to further understand the content. We will continue to use this resource to learn more about the world around us each week. 

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  • Mad Hatter

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/14/2022

    hat

    Today, during our steam block, students explored the different properties of materials used for clothing, such as texture, flexibility, and absorbency. In the activity, mad hatter, students used this information to design and build a hat that protects them from the sun. You can check it out with your child using the link below. 

    Mad Hatter Activity

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  • Welcome Back

    welcome

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  • welcomeHello parents, students and families! Welcome to our classroom page. Here is where you will find daily posts of what we've been doing in the classroom. I will post student work, photographs, and information about the day's lessons and activities. You can expect an email from me every Friday to remind you to check the blog, or you can check in regularly so you can be informed about your child's day at school. 

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  • 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 26th year of teaching here at Hiawatha Elementary School. I've been teaching second grade for about twenty 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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