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All about Mrs. Hanna:

My name is Brenda Hanna. My husband and I have been together for almost twelve years and and have been married for 3 of those years. We have two fur babies at home. We have an eight year old boxer named, Cope Hanna, as well as a five year old beagle named, Billy Hanna.
We also have a new addition to our family. Our son, Case Bailey Hanna was born December 21, 2016.
He is the sweetest and happiest baby! I can't believe my baby will be 2 this year! 
I am a graduate from Sam Houston State University. This is my fourth year at Decker Prairie and am very excited to be teaching your Second Graders. I am truly passionate about teaching and helping each of my students meet their fullest potential. We are going to have a lot of fun and learn more than imaginable this school year. It is going to be a great school year!! 
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Monday-Thursday 9:45-10:35 

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Week of Feb. 25th

Important information/dates:
Book Fair starts on Thursday 02/28/19
Readers of procedural text will read to find out how to do things (putting objects together, cook recipes, ride a skateboard)
Readers of procedural text pay attention to the order of the steps the author provides.
 Readers pay attention to transition words to help them understand and follow written multi-step directions.
Readers pay attention to verbs authors use to help them understand and follow multi-step directions.
Readers will use context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Social Studies:
Citizens will be able to identify Texas symbols.
Citizens will be able to identity and distinguish the difference between U.S. Symbols and TX Symbols.
Scientist will observe, describe, and record patterns of objects in the sky, including the appearance of the moon. 
Math experts will discuss "benchmarks" and explore finding objects that represent different units of measurement. (what can we use to represent an inch, centimeter, foot, and meter) 
Math experts will determine and explain which measuring tool would be best to measure certain objects. (ruler, yard stick, meter stick)
Math experts will estimate and solve lengths using benchmarks to select the correct unit of measurement. 
Writers will show what they already know about procedural text.
Writers will understand that steps need to be in a clear and concise order.
Writers will create a list of ideas to prepare for their writing of a procedural text. 
Writers will choose a procedural idea you know a lot about so you can help others learn how to do something.
Writers include materials and step-by-step instructions to teach the reader about your procedure.

Week of Feb. 19th

Important Information/Dates:
No School- Monday the 18th 
Picture Day- Thursday the 21st (Class, Club and Individuals) 
Reading Main Idea Test - Thursday the 21st 
Math Test- Thursday the 21st 
Writing Major Grade Due
Readers will review Main Idea to prepare for their test.
Social Studies:
Citizens will be able to identify and explain US symbols.
Math experts will review how to analyze and solve one step and multi step 3 digit word problems to prepare for their test. 
Writers will publish their writing.

Week of February 11th

Important Information/Dates:
NO VISITORS- Feb. 12th- Practice STAAR Test
Valentines Party- Thursday 2:30-3:30 No Parents will be allowed to come to this party. 
Science Test- Feb. 14th
No School- Feb. 15th
No School Feb. 18th 
Picture Day Feb. 21st
Readers understand that they can use text features as evidence to support their inferences.
Scientist will identify the importance of weather and seasonal information to make choices in clothing, activities, and transportation.
Scientist will understand how to measure weather information.
Students will analyze and solve one step and multi step 3 digit word problems.
Writers will edit their writing for correct subject-verb agreement.
Writers will edit their writing for punctuation.

Week of Feb. 4th

Important information/dates:
Career Day- Feb 7th 
Valentines Party- Feb 14th 
No School Feb 15
No School Feb. 18th
Picture Day Feb. 21st
Readers will understand that authors have a specific purpose for writing each section. 
Readers will understand that authors purposely insert text features.
Readers will find evidence to support their inferences about author’s purpose. 
Scientist will observe and describe the weather. 
Scientist will understand how to measure and graph weather information.
Math experts will analyze and solve multi step 3 digit word problems with regrouping with one or both operations. 
Writers will continue editing and revising their Expository writing about who they admire. 

Week of February 28th

Important Dates: 

Wednesday- Library Day

Week of Feb. 4th- Our Class will be doing the Call to Excellence

February 7th- Career Day



Readers will locate facts that are clearly stated in the text.

Readers of informational text use the topic and subtopic to help them recognize the main idea of the text.

Readers understand nonfiction text by activating schema and asking questions before, during, and after reading.



I can describe the order of events by creating a timeline of the school day, analyze for proposed changes, and present thinking to class.

I can create a timeline and place historical events on a timeline.



Math experts will analyze multi step 3 digit word problems and solve incorporating strip diagram visual using place value blocks . 



Writers will write their main idea and conclusion statement for the expository writing piece.

Writers will write their complete first draft of their expository writing.

Writers will check for clarity by rereading what they’ve written and looking for missing elements.

Writers will revise drafts by deleting words, phrases, or sentences that are irrelevant details to the topic.

Week of Jan. 21st

Important Dates/Information:
Science Test- Wednesday
Readers navigate nonfiction text by using text features (table of contents, headings, and index, illustrations, and title)
Readers use the text features to determine the main idea.
Scientist will review and take their test over natural and man-made resources. 
Here are some things you can use to review with your child:

Essential Questions:

In what ways are natural resources and manmade resources important to life?

Why do we want to take care of our natural resources?

What ways can we take care of our natural resources?

What solutions might you suggest for conserving water in your house?

How does recycling compare/contrast with reusing?

Guided Questions:

  • What kind of resources do we use that are not found in nature?

  • What do we call resources that are not found in nature?

  • What does man-made mean?

VOCABULARY: Natural Resources, Manmade resources, renewable, nonrenewable, limited, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, reuse, recycle, deplete


Math experts will analyze and solve multi step 3 digit word problems incorporating strip diagram visual using place value blocks. 

Writing: Expository Writing

Writers will make a list of people they know well. (truths)

Writers will create a graphic organizer based on a person they know well.. (I chart- sentences)


This is the message that we have received from Verizon regarding the REMIND APP.
We’re sorry to write with disappointing news. Recently, we learned that Verizon will be charging Remind a new fee that makes it impossible for us to continue supporting free text messaging for anyone who has Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier. Please read on for all the important details—we promise to keep this as short as we can.
What’s happening?
To offer our text messaging service free of charge, Remind has always paid for each text that our users receive or send. Now, Verizon is charging Remind an 
additional fee intended for companies that send spam over its network. Your Remind messages aren’t spam, but our efforts to resolve the issue with Verizon haven’t been successful.
As a result, the Verizon fee will increase our costs of providing text messaging by 11X—pushing our annual costs into the millions of dollars. This isn’t financially feasible for us to support, and it’s forcing us to end Remind text messaging for everyone who has a wireless plan with Verizon.
How will this affect you?
January 28, 2019, the people in your classes who normally get your Remind messages as texts will no longer receive these messages if they have Verizon Wireless as their phone carrier.
What can you do?
To make sure people in your classes continue receiving your messages, 
ask them to download the mobile app or enable email notifications—both of which are free of charge. Our team’s also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and we’ll share more details with you before January 28.
In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to make sure educators, students, and parents have access to effective communication. To do this, we need your help: If using Remind has made a positive impact in your classroom, at your school, or anywhere in between, please ask Verizon to reverse the fee here:
We’re very grateful for your support, and we’ll be in touch soon with an update.
The Remind team

We are in need of...

Our class is in need of some donations.
We are having 8-15 students a day that do not bring a snack. We eat lunch at 11:20 so the kiddos are starving by 3:30.
Also, we are in need of black dry erase markers. We have gone through all of the ones from the beginning of the year. :)
Any help with wither of these would be greatly appreciated it! :)
Thank you! 

Week of Jan. 14th

Important Dates/Information:
2nd 9 Weeks Awards Ceremony- Friday 9:00 am
No School- Jan. 21st
Readers will determine the difference between a topic and the main idea in a nonfiction text. 
Scientist will determine the difference between natural and man-made resources. 
Math experts will analyze and solve a one step (addition and subtraction) word problem involving 3 digit numbers. 
Writers will identify the noun and verb in a complete sentence. 
Writers will expand their ideas by adding details to their sentences. 

Week of Jan. 09th

Week of Jan. 7


Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing break. 
This week, we will be reviewing classroom procedures and expectations.  
Reading: We will be using text features to learn new information in nonfiction.
Writing: We will start our unit on expository writing.
Math: We will start adding 3-digit numbers.
Social Studies: We will learn about people in history who have influenced our community.
Important Dates:
1/7-1/8 Student Holiday
1/18 2nd Grade 2nd Nine Weeks Awards Celebration @ 9am
1/21 Student Holiday
*Our classroom is in need of snacks. If anyone can donate a few snacks, we would greatly appreciate it! :)
Students should not bring toys, purses, make-up, etc. to school.
Students may bring ONE snack to eat in the classroom that is not messy.
Students may keep a water bottle at their desk with water only.
Thank you :)

Week of December 17th

We have made it to the last week of the year! 
Here is what we have planned for this week!
Important Information:
Monday- Students will be making Christmas ornaments.
Thursday- Students will watch Polar Express and eat cookies and drink cocoa. 
Friday- End of the 2nd 9 weeks
Sing-A-Long (Students may bring a Santa Hat to wear while they sing along to Santa's Coming to Town) 10:50-11:20
Christmas Party- 11:30-12:30
Early Release- 12:50
Lunch will be served during the Christmas Party
Readers will locate text features in an expository text. 
Readers will read expository text and use text features to help locate new information.
Readers will distinguish among the different types of sentences. 
Students will describe different cultures in my community. 
Students will compare my culture and customs to others living in the same area. 
Students will explore other countries celebrations of winter holidays.
Math Test on Wednesday.
Students will learn how to address an envelope.
Students will use adjectives to describe a tree they decorate. 
Students will use adjectives to describe a cup of hot cocoa they create. 

Week of December 10th

Important Dates/Information: 
Science Test- Friday
-Rocks and Water
Math Graphing Project- Due Wednesday 
Readers read informational text expecting to learn something.
Readers notice what repeats to determine the topic of an informational text.
Readers find a subtopic or a smaller part of the topic in an informational text.
Readers of informational text use the topic and subtopic to help them recognize the main idea of the text.
Writers use a certain structure to write a friendly letter.
Writers will revise drafts by adding/deleting words, phrases, or sentences.
Math experts will solve addition and subtraction word problems using a variety using a variety of strategies. 
Math experts will collect and record data, create graphs (bar a picto) and analyze data to answer questions. 
Scientist will identify and compare natural sources of freshwater and saltwater.