• Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Experiment!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 1/5/2017

    After returning from break we started reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory.  We've finished Chapter 3 where Charlie's grandparents tell him about Prince Pondicherry's chocolate palace.  We decided to do some experimenting to see what type of chocolate would make the best chocolate palace.  Check out our hard work!


    Make sure to read up on our experiment here:

    Our Scientific Notes


    And check out these pictures of our hard work in our photo gallery!


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  • HBA Assessments!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 10/25/2016 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, Parents!

    We took our first standardized test today (yay?) and I wanted to let you know how your students did. You can access any test we take by going on Illuminate! If you haven't signed up yet you can go to https://www.highlineschools.org/Page/114 for more instructions. I never want your student's work to be a surprise and this is a great way for both of us to keep track! If you are unable to log in you may just go to http://hps.illuminatehc.com/login and ask your student to log in using their s- number and the password is their birthday.

    I'm working on getting the standards your student struggled with translated into Spanish and on their reports but until then you may want to check their scores on illuminate.  Celebrate what they did well and work on what they didn't do as well.  It's the first one of the year so don't be TOO stressed about their score if it wasn't great.


    Many students are still struggling with addition with regrouping.  I've sent home a bit of information with your students on how to do it in the classroom -- I hope they shared it with you! The second grade standard asks students to add to 1000 using base ten blocks.


    Some activities that may help:


    Build a number using the base ten blocks and ask them to tell you what it is.  They can also use these as a manipulative for adding.



    Here is a game to practice those base ten skills


    This video might help YOU to work with your student



    You can make up any addition problems and have your students use the blocks to add!

    If you want to do them without using a computer you can always print out your own base ten blocks here:


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  • A little bit of old news ...

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 1/18/2016

    I don't know about you and your students, but I have had a bit of a slow start to the new 2016 year.  Coming back to school was tough!  This 3 day weekend has allowed me to get through a bunch of work though! I've updated grades on illuminate, got a bunch of back logged grading finished, and started planning for some new units!


    I wanted to share with you all the amazing work your students completed JUST before winter break!  We finished up a non-fiction writing unit and some students had the time to show off their technology skills and create a Prezi (like powerpoint but online). Checkout the awesome work they did!




















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  • Hour of Code 2015!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 12/8/2015 3:00:00 PM

    Wow! We already have some really cool stuff happening on the hour of code!  Check out these cool programs we made:


    Steve wrote this game: https://studio.code.org/c/147664102


    Dillon wrote this game:  https://studio.code.org/c/145820403


    Jayden programmed this program https://studio.code.org/c/147657082


    Chris wrote this game:  https://studio.code.org/c/146870368

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  • Welcome Back -- HOMEWORK TIME! :)

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 11/30/2015 3:00:00 PM


    Welcome back -- Thank you all for coming to conferences! I had a great week off and I hope you guys did too! Time to get back to the daily grind -- here is an overview (and a couple attachments) for our homework today.


    Like always -- the half sheet reading log came home -- Read 20 minutes every night this week and turn it in next Monday!


    Writing --  We are currently working on All About books, I am asking students to do some research tonight and bring in artifacts that go with their books.  It could be a book about their topic, it could be an interview they do with someone that knows a lot about the topic, pictures from newspapers, magazines, or the internet, maybe even an object that goes with it.  Here is my example:

    I'm writing about butterflies -- I have a book about butterflies, a picture of a butterfly, and a butterfly in a jar to observe.  We will be using them in writing tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec 1) so please send them in!


    Math - Today we started word problems.  I sent home a word problem of the week packet. I'm also attaching it for any absent students or they can pick up the packet when they return.  Students only do one part each day. Follow this schedule:

    Monday - Read the word problem, circle what you know, write what you know by #1.

    Tuesday - Reread the word problem, underline the question, write what you need to figure out on #2. Draw a bar model. (see picture below)

    Wednesday - What do you need to do to solve the problem (add or subtract?) Do it!

    Thursday - Answer in a complete sentence.

    Friday -- Check your work with the inverse (opposite ... example: if they added, they should check with subtraction)

     English Word Problems   Problema de matematicas en Espanol


    Bar Model Chart

    Report Cards - Keep the report card -- send the envelope back to school!


    Thank you so much! Have a great week!


    Miss G.

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  • Professional Authors write for an Audience!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 10/30/2015 7:45:00 AM

    Good Morning, Parents!

    We have been working SO hard on writing small moment/narrative stories! This week our focus was on 2 things -- "I can get help from my teacher and peers to revise and edit my writing." and "With help, I can use a digital tool to publish my writing." This focus aligns directly with the common core standards we have to meet before going to 3rd grade.

    Several students were working SO hard they got to put their feet firmly on those 2nd grade steps and used a cool website called Story Jumper to publish their writing.  I wanted to share it with you! To check out our awesome work just go to:  http://www.storyjumper.com/profile/gerhardt  In the 2015 box type in the password: students

    Today we will be celebrating our hard work in Mrs. Drew's kindergarten classroom by sharing our stories with the kindergarten students!  We are so excited to have our first professional book readings!

    Thanks for taking an interest in our work! :)

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  • Hour of Code!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 12/10/2014
    Our class participated in Code.Org's Hour of Code!  We have been having a great time learning how to write code and program computers! Learning to code aligns with our district's strategic goal of being tech savvy and tech literate AND helps students work on problem solving skills!  I am so proud of their awesome work!  
    Check out this great cartoon Enrique made using computer programming!
    And Nalia's artwork:
    And Angela's artwork!
    More games we made:
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  • Apps to Check Out!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 11/25/2014
    I had a few parents ask about apps for students to play at home -- here is a short list of some of the ones I have on my iPad that are super fun (and super educational!)  Some of them have lite versions for free (so you can try them out!) and then you can buy the full version if you like it!  These are kid tested (both my niece and myself) and teacher approved (ME!).
    If your student is getting tired of Jiji, Lexia, and MyON you might give these a go! Click the link to see the PDF
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  • An Introduction to the Common Core

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 11/7/2014
    An Introduction to the Common 
    Your students are being asked to do so many things you didn't have to do as a student! With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards I am excited to see students being a more active participant in their learning.  This link will take you to a video that explains the common core -- in both English and Espanol!
    I'll have some other great resources for you at conferences! See you later this month! 
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  • We're almost there!

    Posted by Sarah Gerhardt on 8/30/2014
    Thank you so much to everyone who came to visit on our Meet and Greet night! We had some yummy treats and a I had a great time getting to see your faces!
    We will be using this blog to keep you updated on what we are doing in the classroom AND we will be having some very awesome guest blogging done by students!
    Keep checking back for updates!
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