• 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 review letter sounds and writing basic cvc words at this time. Each day we start the lesson by drilling sounds 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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  • RL2.2 I can retell a story with using details from the text.

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/13/2021


    We have started our second grade Reader's Workshop with a focus on fiction this year. The essential standard we are currently addressing is

    *I can retell a story using details from the text.

    Each week students work towards a new learning target which brings us closer to meeting the standard and understanding our books. Students learned this week that there are two BIG components to becoming strong readers. They are FLUENCY (how we figure out words and read them well,) and COMPREHENSION (understanding the text.) This essential standard addresses comprehension. When we retell a story, there are pieces we should always remember to include. These are taught through daily learning targets. They are including the title, the character names, the setting, the problem and the solution. Take a look as this student retells a book she read independently during Reader's Workshop. Note how she walks you through the book page by page but she doesn't actually read the text back. She is able to retell the story with a quick peek at the illustrations. 

    RL2.2 Retelling with detail


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  • Quiet Rocks

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/10/2021


     Sometimes it's hard to sit still during lessons. We all learn differently and some of us may need something to fidget with in our hands so we can be a better listener. Pictured above you can see our class rock collection used for this very purpose. Students have the option to grab a rock to hold quietly in order to focus better during lessons. 

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  • Fall Testing...almost done

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/9/2021


    Parents, your children have shown incredible resilience, patience and persistence this week as they have endured the dreaded FALL TESTING WINDOW. I am happy to report that just about all students have been tested in reading, spelling and math from our class. Although I am not a huge fan of the time it takes to administer the district assessments, I am lucky to get to spend some one-on-one time with each student. I get a whole lot of information about your child during this time, and it's not all academic information. It allows me to connect with each child and get to know them a little better on a personal level, too. Kudos second graders on a job well done this week!

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  • Discovering Author's Craft

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/8/2021




    "Power of Three!"


    These are some of the terms you may hear flying around our room when we are listening to the words of some of our favorite authors. Your children are learning how to read like writers and write like readers. We first discover cool tools that authors use to keep us interested in their books. Then, we try it out in our own writing. Ask your child to tell you more about one or more of these terms and how authors use it. 

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  • Sorting in other ways

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/7/2021


    On Friday we used our Beetle Glyphs to sort by birth month, favorite sport, favorite season and number of people living in our homes. Here is a photo of students applying what they learned about sorting during math exploration time. 

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  • Helping one another

    Posted by Chrissy Hultgren on 9/7/2021

    At Hiawatha we practice being kind, safe and being our best on a regular basis. Today we met schoolwide via ZOOM and discussed what it means to be kind. Here's what our class came up with ...

    Being kind means to...

    *Care about your friends and teachers

    *Let others play with you

    *Help people when they are hurt

    Here are two of our classmates helping each other to take down the chairs.

    helping one another

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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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