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Second Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

Chinese New Year

Social Studies This week we celebrated the Chinese New Year! We compared the Chinese New Year with Rosh Hashanah, seeing some similarities and differences in food, clothing, music, and symbolism. We ate oranges because for the Chinese New Year they symbolize wealth and good luck. We also made “good fortune” mobiles with Chinese characters that mean happiness, and good luck coins. See if there are any Chinese New Year celebrations in your neighborhood, you might be able to see some fireworks! Reading What is more relaxing than hot peppermint tea and a good book on a chilly day? The second...
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Kindness and Finishing First Chapter in Chumash!

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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Celebrating Tu B’Shvat and Learning Measurement

Yahadut: Celebrating Tu B’Shvat We celebrated the holiday of Tu B’shvat with the school. Our sixth grade buddies took us to the school fair. Jed from third grade visited our class to read a Tu B’shvat book written by his grandma. Israel: Working together on Kibbutz Yaheli and Yuval taught us about what a kibbutz is. They showed us images from google maps of the kibbutz that Hannah Senesh lived on, kibbutz Nahalal. They challenged us to group cooperation activities, as people have to live and work together on kibbutz. Lastly, students had a chance to use their dramatic skills...
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The Chinese Community, Friendship, and More!

Community: Kindness Puppet Show with Karen Karen and her puppets visited class on Monday to talk about the power of words. We saw an example of how teasing words, even when meant in a joking way, can be hurtful and powerful in a harmful way. Ask your child how Sir Quail’s words were powerful for bad, and then good.  Social Studies In social studies we are beginning to focus on a new aspect of Brooklyn – Brooklyn’s immigrant communities. We began this study by learning about the Chinese community of Brooklyn. First, students brainstormed the many different cultures and immigrants...
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Experiments, Reading Groups and More!

Sixth Grade Buddy Time We had the chance to enjoy some time with our sixth grade buddies on Thursday. They designed creative and challenging games for us, such as scavenger hunts, word games, crosswords, and trivia. Ask your child what game they played and see if they would like to make a game to play at home! Community Building In honor of Jorge’s last day before he takes a leave for his upcoming surgery and re-cooperation, the second graders made cards for Jorge wishing him a speedy recovery, making sure to tell him that we appreciate all that he does,...
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MLK Tekes and Tzitzit

Community: Switching Groups and A Visit from Two Friends: Old and New Today at Kabbalat Shabbat we reflected on this past week which was our first full week in a long time, and our first week with new groups. Students were asked to say something nice from this week, or a challenge or a compliment. Sam said he was happy to be in a new group where he could work with new kids, like Zelig. Matan complimented the teachers that they made good groups. Rohan and Allie both said that they enjoyed math this week. All students participated in the...
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Welcome 2018!

Community Building 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 give us ideas about what information to share about the item. Second graders are practicing being respectful audience members and asking the sharer thoughtful questions. We are excited to learn more about each other and practice speaking and listening! Social Studies In preparation for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. day, we...
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Chocolate Fun and Social Action Trip

Writing In writing this week we let our imaginations soar! Second graders were given the choices of special stickers to use as main characters in their stories and were challenged to use the elements of a good story: a setting, characters, problem, and solution. Some of us created stories with a buddy, some of us worked independently, but it has been so fun being creative and deciding all the parts of our stories. Math In math we have been multiplying and dividing. We learned that multiplication numbers in a problem can be switched around (for example, 2×4 can also be...
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Chocolate Factory and Touring the North of Israel

Field Trip Preparations Most of our writing this week was spent preparing for our field trip to Cacao Prieto, a kosher chocolate factory in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We began the week by learning how to make chocolate, and took turns reading each slide in a slideshow. Check out the slideshow we created and learned from here. We practiced putting the steps in the correct order, and made illustrations to show what we learned. Then, we focused on the who of chocolate making, taking time to recognize each person and each job that is involved in making chocolate. We thought about...
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Growing Crystals, and Charades!

Hebrew Charades Every week in Hebrew we practice reading new vocabulary words from the board together. After, we reinforce the meaning of the words with a game of charades, before recording the words in our notebooks. In the pictures below you can see students acting out vocabulary words that start with the letter Shin. Try to guess what the students are acting out, or play a fun game of charades at home over Shabbat! Shin is for Shabbat We learned the letter Shin, the first letter of the word Shabbat. We talked and wrote about what we do in Kabbalat...
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