Introduction
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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

I would like to start off by telling you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I attended Minnesota State University - Moorhead for two and a half years. I decided to finish my schooling in Milwaukee. I received my bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in Early Childhood Education.

After graduation I moved back home and began substitute teaching in the Saint Paul/West Saint Paul Public School Districts as well as charter and private schools in Minneapolis. I then spent three years teaching in North Minneapolis charter schools. After this time, I was hired by the Minneapolis Public School District where I was lucky enough to find Pratt. This is my fourth year at Pratt. 

I have been married to my husband for four years. Together we are raising two wonderful children - Brielle (turning 3 in Dec.) and Liam (just turned 1). I will be starting my masters degree at Concordia this fall in Educational Leadership and will be hosting two amazing student teachers.

I am so excited to be returning and very eager to meet you and your children!

I am in the classroom everyday at 8:00 am. If you would like to meet me or if you have any questions/concerns I am available before school, from 8:00-9:00. Please call or email me in advance to set up meetings. If you are unable to come in and meet with me you may call me at 651-600-8311 or email me at Angela.Kraemer@mpls.k12.mn.us.           

I look forward to a terrific year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Angela Kraemer 

Fun Facts About Me:

*My Hobbies Include: Camping, Mountain Biking, Disc golf, Baking, Knitting and more

*Sports Played: Basketball, Rugby, Soccer and Track (shotput/discus)

*Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

*Favorite Meal: Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Milk

 

 

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Monarchs & Milkweed

We had our first field trip this week! We went to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to learn about Monarchs and Milkweed.

If your children want to track their butterflies go to: Monarch Watch website 

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Releasing our Monarchs!

Second grade raised Monarch butterflies. We watched as our caterpillars (larvae) grew and grew as they ate milkweed. Then we watched them go into J formation before going into their chrysalises. Finally, we saw our caterpillars emerge from their chrysalis as beautiful Monarch butterflies! We got to release them so they could start their migration to Mexico.

Ending Our Insect Unit

We ended our insect unit by inviting Margot, an entomologist, to speak with us. She brought a lot of different insects for us to observe. We even got to see a queen bee surrounded by her worker bees in a hive.

Project Based Learning

Our first unit of social studies is all about citizenship. We learned about rights and resonsibilities and what good citizens do to help their communities. The we asked a driving question: What organiztion can help us make a contibution to a community in need? Our students broke up into teams based on the community that they wanted to help. They did reseach on different organiztions and chose the one that they wanted to work with. Then they created persuasive speeches and had a caucus. The staff voted for the four teams to go on to the finals. Our four teams then created an informal/persuasive speech which inform the school what their plan was and why people should vote for them.Finally, they held a school wide election, tallied the votes and found a winner!

 

MN Food Connection

MN Food Connection is a program through the Steward Co-Op. A guest speaker came and taught us about local veggies, fruits, grains, and herbs. The students cooked and tasted foods, learned the importance of using local foods, and recieved recipes to make at home.

Native American Family Involvement Day

To honor this day, second grade read the Ojibwe legend of the dreamcatcher, made dream catchers, and learned about different games Native American tribes played before European settlement. 

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