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Second Grade Blog

Last Social Action Trip, Hebrew Party, and More!

Last Visit to the Cobble Hill Health Center Both groups did an amazing job performing and interacting with residents at thei last visits to the Cobble Hill Health Center. On Monday, the Green Group interviewed residents to find out what new materials we could buy for them, (Many residents said that our visits were present enough!). On Thursday, the Red Group delivered books and games that we purchased with the Tzedakkah money that we have been collecting all year. This has been such a meaningful Social Action project for the children. Thank you to all the parents and caretakers who...
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Chumash Play

Chumash Ceremony The children did a fabulous job at the ceremony, and the excitemnt from the event carried through the whole week. Student’s enjoyed exploring their chumashim throughout the week, and Helene even said that she read hers for her reading log homework on Wednesday night! On Thursday we watched the video of the play as a class, and the children got to relive the excitement together! We are so proud of them and all their hard work this year!   Maya and Hannah Exploring their New Tanachim after the Chumash Ceremony! from Hannah Senesh on Vimeo. Second Grade Chumash...
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Textile Arts Center Field Trip and More!

Field Trip In order to prepare for our field trip this week we learned about alternative uses for plants. During our lesson on Monday we observed, smelled, and tasted four types of herbs: rosemary, sage, cilantro, and thyme. As we investigated the herbs we learned different facts about each. For example, cilantro can help with digestion, rosemary grows well by the Mediterranean sea, sleeping with thyme under your pillow was once thought to stop bad dreams, and sage was used by Ancient Romans to soothe sore throats. We also rubbed the herbs on paper to see what type of color...
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Lag Ba’Omer

Lag Ba’Omer Lag Ba’Omer 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grades from Hannah Senesh on Vimeo. Israel We invited four eithgth graders to visit our class to tell us more about their trip to Israel. Frayda shared that her highlight of the trip was the night of Yom Ha’atzmaut in Tel Aviv, while Shachar shared that it was the food. Second graders had a chance to ask them some questions as well. See some of the questions below, and ask your child about the answers. Jonah- Did you have your own room at the hotel? Matan GW- Who were the other schools?...
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Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut

Math This week our fraction unit culminated with a fun project using colorful M&M. Each students was given their own fun pack of M&M’s. First, they estimated how many were in the pack. After opening the pack they counted and sorted them by color. Next, they figured out the fractions for each color of M&M. For example if they had 15 M&M, and 4 were red they noted 4/15. Then they continued noting the fraction for each color. After that they could eat or save one of each color and then note the fraction for each color again. This was...
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Idioms,

Math This week we continued learning about fractions and we learned the meaning of numerators and denominators and how to add fractions. We practiced word problems using fractions, for example if a pizza has 8 slices and only 3 slices were eaten, how many slices are left? ⅝ of the pizza slices are left. Our unit culminated with a fraction kite project in which students colorfully decorated kites with 25 squares and recorded what fraction of the kite was which color. If you stop by our classroom check out the fraction kites flying on our bulletin board. Over the weekend...
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Earth Day, Fractions, and Israel

Social Studies A very big thank you to all the 2nd grade families that contributed the amazing fruits, juices, and decorations that helped us to have such a festive Caribbean Celebration before Passover Break. Our class marked the end of its study of Brooklyn’s Caribbean community and culture by showing off our beautiful Carnival masks with ribbons and feathers, and we decorated the room with the Caribbean island flags. After cutting up bananas, and squeezing lemons and limes and we enjoyed learning about other tropical fruits that were new to us. We tasted mango and papaya, kiwi, pineapple, guava juice...
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Preparing for Pesach

Reading and Working on the Roof We took advantage of the nice sunshine on Monday and decided to spend our work time before lunch on the book. Students enjoyed independent reading or worked on their seder plates, while also soaking up some rays. At last it was starting to really feel like “Chag Ha’aviv”, the holiday of the Spring, as Passover is also called. Ask your child what other names Pesach has.   Making Matzo with Rabbi Kline Nomi’s sabba came to school on Tuesday to bake matzo with us. He taught us about “Matzah shel mitzvah”, Matzah which is...
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Writing Celebration, Gan Eden, and the Red Sea!

Math This week in math we continued practicing working with money, learning how to make change of a dollar using different coins and subtracting dollars and cents. We used several strategies for example counting up, subtraction using the algorithm, and a hundreds chart to help us calculate. Second graders played a counting money game, practiced turning dollars into cents and cents into dollars. Try playing store and let your child be the cashier and make change! Social Studies As we continue to explore our Caribbean community in Brooklyn, we read “Down in the Subway” by Miriam Cohen, the story of...
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Money in Math and Preparing for Kesher Day

Community Building This year second graders have experienced the joys in having a class pet. However, with those joys can come sad moments too, as both our class pet fish, Blueberry, and pet hermit crab, Patterns passed away. Second graders understood that this is a part of having a pet, and that sometimes things don’t end up as we had hoped. We shared our feelings and discussed ways we could honor our class pet, like writing special notes, drawing special pictures about them, and decorating the “casket”. During morning meeting we talked about the life-cycle of different species of animals...
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