• Mr. Buckman's List of Links for Spring 2020 
    Well, what do you know? We will be out of class for a while.
    But that doesn't mean that we are without a chance to exercise our brains and find out something new. After all, you all know "Practice makes possible..."
    Below is a list of resources and links that you can do to keep your skills practiced until we meet again in Room 113. I will add new links to this site as I can, so check back often.
    So, let's get started. 
    What Do I Need to Do:
    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU CAN DO EVERYDAY IS to choose some "just right books" and read. Fiction or Nonfiction, it does not matter. What matters is that you choose a book that you want to read and put your skills to use reading that book. 
    Please continue reading our “One School, One Book.” I guess you do not have to follow the reading schedule on the bookmark if you don’t want to. But let’s make It our goal to be done with reading the book by the time we get back to school!

    I don’t know if we will continue posting our Crenshaw chapter videos, however you may want to check in once in a while to see if anybody has posted on flip grid it’s our goal to be done with reading the book by the time we get back to school!

    I don’t know if school staff will continue posting Crenshaw chapter videos. However, you may want to check in once in a while to see if anybody has posted on FlipGrid at: https://flipgrid.com/b68559cc
    Daily Journal
    Please keep a daily journal of to share when we get back together.  Please place each day's date at the top of the page.  You may share anything that you think is interesting to share while you are away from school that day.
    Some ideas can include:
    • What you did during the day.
    • Something that you helped to do for someone.
    • Your thoughts about a book that you read.
    • Things that you talked about at dinner.
    • A funny story about what your pet did.
    • Something that you had problems with.
    • What you miss about school.
    • What you DON'T miss about school.
    • What do you think Mr. Buckman (or Mr. Fitzpatrick, etc.) is doing now.

    Remember to use proper capitals, punctuation, and neat handwriting.


    Write a Letter to a Relative or Company


    Sometime before the end of our break, write at least one letter, address it and send it through the US Mail.  If it is to a relative, you can share your thoughts about what it is like being away from them or being away from school.  If you choose to write a company, tell them about a product that you use and how much you like it OR a suggestion on making it better. 


    Class Flipgrid Page (added 3/19/20)

    I have created a Flipgrid account for our class. I am asking that you visit our Class Flipgrid Page everyday and comment on question that I post. I suggest that you write out what you are going to say before you record yourself because it will save you time in the long run. This is a great way to stay in contact and to see each other. The videos will post to the page a couple of times a day, so check back often. The link is on the left side of this page OR your can click HERE.


    From Mrs. Walpole: (added 3/19/20)

    Mrs. Walpole has Flipgrid page up as well.  She is asking for YOU to view a story and be a book reviewer (no experienjce necessary). The easiest access to get here is to her website:  walpolelibrarylions.weebly.com.  


    Trombly Bob Predicts Late Arrvial of Spring - Article from the Grosse Pointe News February 12, 2020


    Links for on-line practice:

    Shortcut to Clever on GPPSS Server - Click here to access Lexia or Freckle. Use your student username and password, same as we have used in school (the link will take you to Lexia through Clever).  


    Shortcut to Everyday Math (connectED login) on GPPSS Server - choose McGraw- Hill connectEd from the first pull down menu, then login using your school login username (1500.......) and then your Password (GPPS....)



    Something that the children have probably used in the past is Raz-Kids. I have provided your child with access to Raz-Kids. After your child logs in, your child can select books to read on-line. I ask that you also take the eQuizzes after each of the stories you read.. 

    To access, go to , then:

    Step 1: Go to www.raz-kids.com

    Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher's username, mrb113 

    Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart

    Step 4: Your child enters his or her password, which is the red gpps#### on their class computer card (info being send to your parent’s email)

    Note: I believe the first time you log in, you must put in my email address.  Please use this address: steven.buckman@gpschools.org

    Also, you can get access mobile devices by downloading the Kids A-Z app from the app store (Data rates may apply).

    Please read a variety of texts (fiction and non-fiction.

    Frequency: They may use Raz-Kids for independent reading practice in for 15-20 minutes daily (a reasonable goal) for your child. 

    Special Offer: Here is a special Raz-Kids challenge to my second graders - If you have worked on Raz Kids for at least four days each week (15-20 minutes per day) that we are out of school, I will invite you to a “We Are Superstar Readers” luncheon with me once we get back to school. I will be looking in from time to time to see how you are doing.  Good luck with this challenge!


    This year, most of the class has been using Lexia to practice your skills.  Please continue to use Lexia no more than 15 minutes a day 5 times a week.  This is most important.  I will be looking how you are doing on Lexia through our break.  Since we cannot work on this at school, this is something you must keep up on at home.  Your username and password are what we have used in school (the link will take you to Lexia through Clever).  


    Click above to go to Freckle to work on math concepts (it will take you to Freckle through Clever). When you first go onto the site from a new computer, you must put the Mr. Buckman's email into the system.  Please put in THIS email: buckmas@gpschools.org .  Please work on this daily for about 15-20 minutes.  Start with the Math Fact Practice, then get started in the Operations & Algebraic Thinking AND Base 10 Adaptive Math Sections (you may need to take a pretest first).

    Zoo Glossary (Gr. 1-3)

    Practice using alphabetizing to help keep your skills up from Ms. Walpole.


    Storyline Online

    Children stories read by tv and movie actors. Nice site!


    AplusMath has many math games that can be set to a "just right" level.  This is a great place for practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills. 


    Educational games website involving numbers (math), letters (reading and word play) and more. 
    Choose Grade 2


    RoomRecess has several word, math and reading games.  From the main screen, you can choose games by grade level or subject.  

    National Geographic Young Explorers

    Non-fiction reading from the publishers of National Geographic.   

    Wonderopolis - 

    for the "wondering" mind.
    Another good online site to play/practice math skills.

    Lemonade Stand (added 3/19/20)


    You've played it at school, now how much can you grow your business in seven days. Is it profit or retirement? Try the medium setting.

    Math Playground (added 3/20/20)

    A number of math games to play. A lot of logic games. There are not many instructions, so it might help to have an adult help explain a game before you try OR try it anyway.  These are set for second graders to use.

    Kenn Nesbitt's Funny Poems (added 3/20/20)

    Kenn Nesbitt has a lot of poems that are fun to read.

    Forms and Kinds of Poems (from Kenn Nesbitt) (added 3/31/20)

    Dig a little deeper and you can find instructions on how to write your own poems. Lot of information on forms of poetry and a lot of suggestions. 


    Free Rice (added 3/20/20)


    Free Rice is a fun site that tests kids (and you!) on your vocabulary knowledge. When you start playing, it's hard to stop. They also donate free rice to third world countries!  Set the level at the easiest (by clicking the three lines in the corner) and and the catagory that you wish to do and you should be all set. BTW, I was having a tough time with the hardest level....


    Science - Matter (added 3/20/20)

    What do you need to know about matter? Plenty. Check this site out and learn that things really do "matter." 

    Bill Nye the Science Guy Videos on YouTube (added 3/21/20)


    Bill Nye likes science. Your teacher likes science. Therefore, your techer like you watching Bill Nye. Choose from a list of 48 shows. A suggestion would be to watch Episode 1 - Phases of Matter, Episode 7 & 32 - Waves, and Episode 48 Science of Music. Any others that get you attention are also good to watch.  

    Link for (Virtual) Spirit Week at Trombly for Tuesday, March 24 (added 3/22/20)

    On Tuesday, March 24th it is TOURIST TUESDAY Take a virtual trip ts somewhere new (to a zoo, Disney, Smithsonian etc.). Show us where you went, dress for the part! Mr. Buckman has found a few places that you may want to go, like The White House, The Louvre (France), Mount Rushmore, The Smithsonian, The Liberty Bell, zoos around the country, The Great Wall of China, The Leaning Tower of Pisa (italy) and more. Click on the link and start exploring!

    Have Fun with Coding (added 3/27/20)

    Code.org has some great resources and fun games that ask you to make things happen by using code.  There are many games to choose.  This is a great way to use your 'logical' brain.  IMPORTANT: some of these ask you to downloand programs onto your computer.  PLEASE choose coding games that DO NOT ask you to download anything.  Enjoy. 

    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems  (added 3/29/20)


    The Kennedy Center and Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!

    New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!


     Virtual Tours and Field Trips from Home (added 3/30/20)

    Every wonder about different places in the world? Click on the links below to find tours of interest near and far. Some of these videos are done in beautifully.

    Everyday Mathematics and Class Math (Card) Game Direction Videos (added 4/1/20)


    Have you wanted to play a math card game, but just couldn't remember one of the details?  Click on the games below and see how they are played. Uno cards, using only the cards with numbers on them, make a good substitution for the Everyday Path Decks that we use at school.


    Name That Number


    Michigan Department of Natural Resourse Natural and Historical Education Resources for Home  (added 4/2/20)


    A lot of videos about nature, virtual feild trips and online tours, and other ways to explore nature. If you like nature; try here.


    Science Crash Course for Kids (added 4/7/20)

    A YouTube Channel for kids that has tons of science-related videos on a lot of topics. Most helpful videos to watch are those about properties, states of matter, sound and light.

    Chrome Music Lab (added 4/8/20)


    A fun place where you can experiement with sound.  Try playing a scale.  Try making a sound.  This is a great way to explore sound. 


    Be a "Blackout Poet"  (added 4/8/20)

    Grab a magazine or newspaper article and block off words in order to create a poem. Rhyme or not - it's your poem.  Share with others.

    Mr. B TV - Coming Soon to YouTube

    Secure access to videos:


    Marble Run Challenge  (added 4/15/20)

    Measure off a section of wall and make a marble run with teh things you have around the house. Video the run and send it to Mr. B. 

    How to Write a Haiku Poem - Kenn Nesbitt  (added 4/21/20)


    CBC Kids - How to Write a Haika   (added 4/22/20)

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Children's Programming (CBC Kids) shares how to write a Haiku and many top examples of Haikus from Kids in 2019.