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Second Grade Blog

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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Chag Purim Sameach!

Celebrating Purim! We celbrated Purim with our buddies and the whole school through so many special activities: megillah reading, costume parade, carnival, mishloach manot exchange, buddy time. nacho lunch, and Ari Safari! Ask your child about the highlight of their day. Animals in Costume with Ari Safari We had a special treat at the end of the day today. Ari Safari, the third grade science teacher, did a special presentation for us where he talked about the “costumes” that animals where. We saw two chameleons, a snake, and a chinchilla! Ask your child what they learned about those animals today....
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100th Day, Pajama Day, and More!

Welcome back from Break! It was great to see the children after February break. They were eager to greet each other and their teachers and share stories about their adventures. We started the week off by celebrating the 100th Day of school and Pajama Day with special stations with the third graders. The second graders impressed us with their behavior and their ability to participate nicely in challenging activities with older children. Read more details about the content of the stations below. Hebrew- Bingo and Pajamas In honor of the 100th day we played Bingo in Hebrew. Second graders are...
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Be’er Sheva and A Reading Treat

Reminder: During the month of Adar, the month of Purim, it is a tradition to do things that make us happy. To get ourselves into the Purim spirit, all teachers, staff, and students should come to school in pajamas on Monday, February 27th (Rosh Chodesh Adar – or the first day of the month of Adar)!  Students must wear shoes or slippers (no socks or bare feet). This week we were so lucky to be able to get excited for the school Talent Show, as our teacher Jessica was the organizer of the event. We discussed how to give a respectful applause, and why each and...
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Read-A-Thon Excitement

Reading and Writing With the Read-a-thon in full swing, this week was full of reading and reading-writing connections. On Monday, students were surprised with a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read), when all regular activity in the school paused and was replaced with some reading! On Wednesday morning we really enjoyed the 2017 seconds of reading, where we got to get cozy in the gym with our classmates, teachers, and even some of our siblings and grown ups for 2017 seconds of reading. That afternoon, second graders had their own reading surprise. In honor of the Read-a-thon and the gorgeous weather,...
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Special Guests in the Hebrew Classroom and Read-a-thon

Reading With the Read-a-thon in full swing, this week was full of reading and reading-writing connections. On Monday, students were surprised with a D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) moment in the morning, when all regular activity in the school paused and was replaced with some independent reading! We also continued our weekly reading groups, reading wonderful books and having engaging book discussions. Ask your child which book they are reading for their reading group. Writing This week we continued to think about stories we have been drafting and how we can turn them into plays.  We’ve been thinking about the...
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The Chinese New Year and Play Writing

Reading & Writing   This week we started thinking about what makes a good story. We read the book Carla’s Sandwich by Debbie Herman and used the examples in the story about how unkind behavior, like teasing, can be changed to kind behavior, like sharing. We read the book Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke, a story about a mouse named Penelope who asks her Aunt Isabel to tell her a good story. Aunt Isabel tells an adventurous tale, making sure she has a clear setting, characters, problem, and solution. We worked together to identify the characters...
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The Chinese New Year, Soil Party, and Fiddler

Shabbat Shalom and Fiddler on the Roof Next week the middle school will perform the acclaimed musical Fiddler on the Roof. Since the show has many Jewish themes in it, we have been watching short clips of the film during dismissal so that students can be exposed to the play and understand the plot if they attend. The second graders have become very interested in the characters and plot as we observe the way the characters observe Jewish customs. Today we watched the Sabbath scene at the beginning of our class Kabbalat Shabbat and noticed that the family in the...
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MLK Tekes, Kindness, and Hebrew Bingo!

Community Building This week we focused on our school value of chesed, or kindness, and read the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes to see examples of kind and unkind behavior. Each child received a cut out of a heart and every time they heard a character tease another in the story, they had to fold the heart. At the end of the story, second graders were told to unfold their hearts and make them as smooth as they were at the beginning of the story. Sure enough, we found the task impossible! We noticed that the hearts were all wrinkled....
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Community Building and New Groups for the New Year!

Community Building and New Groups! On the first day back from vacation second graders were placed into new learning groups. We voted on new group names. The students chose Green Apples and Red Cherries. We spent a lot of time this week reviewing routines and doing bonding activities to get used to our new groups. In Morning Meeting we began “share”, where a second grader gets chosen to bring in an item from home and share it with the group. We discussed using the 5 W question words “who, what, where, when, and why” to help guide our share and...
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