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Second Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

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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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Publishing Party Celebration and Preparing for Chanukkah

Science- Please read: Next week in science we would like to make crystals with the students.  They are very excited about the idea.  Please send a clean glass jar that is heat resistant to school with your child.  A jar that had food in it would be suitable such as: spaghetti sauce, pickles, jam, honey. Publishing Party  Thank you for attending the second grade publishing party! The joy and excitement from both students and parents was radiating throughout the room. We are all so proud of what the second graders have worked towards and accomplished so far this year. We...
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Social Action Trip and Thanksgiving

This week we were busy preparing for Thanksgiving! We read books about the history of Thanksgiving as well as a silly one about the lengths a turkey goes to in order to escape Thanksgiving dinner, called “Turkey Trouble” by Wendy Silvano. We prepared for our very first baking experiment of cornbread by discussing kitchen safety, hygiene, and expectations. Then, we had the opportunity to experience preparing for a Thanksgiving feast by cooking in the Hannah Senesh kitchen! Each student took a turn measuring, pouring and mixing our delicious cornbread. We worked together as a community to make something delicious! As...
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Preparing for Social Action Trip and Publishing Party

Community Building: Something nice you bring to the community is….” Today at the end of Kabbalat Shabbat, we talked about how our community is made up of all different people. Some of us have sisters and others have brothers, some have blonde hair and others have brown, some are girls and others are boys, and so on… After, we went around the circle and each person told their neighbor something nice they bring to the community. The students really impressed us with their thoughtful comments. Matan told Lev, “You bring friendship”. Josef told Allie, “You bring kindness”. Ask your child...
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Hannah Senesh Tekes

Yahadut: Honoring Hannah Senesh at School Tekes Second graders joined the rest of the school in honoring Hannah Senesh at a school assembly. We brought our Hebrew writing along with us to share. It is now hanging in the hallway. Ask your child what they wrote about Hannah in Hebrew.  Israel: Introducing “Sh’vil Yisra’el” Yaheli and Yuval visited our class and introduced us “Shvil Yisrael” the Israeli trail which runs from the north to south of Israel (kind of like Israel’s Appalachian trail). We split into groups with each group having to plan a packing list for a different area...
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Reading Groups, Writing Celebration and More!

Math This week in math we were regrouping machines! We regrouped in the ones, in the tens, and even in the hundreds. Some of us were challenged with numbers in the thousands! We reviewed the concept that if the sum of a number is more than 9, a two digit number, we must regroup. Next week we will be starting subtraction with regrouping. If you want to help your child get a head start, practice subtraction facts this weekend! Reading We had a big week in reading as we began our reading groups. Some groups worked on prefixes, idioms, and...
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Social Studies, Buddies, and More!

Social Studies We had a blast with our first social studies lesson! We explored three different kinds of communities: urban, suburban, and rural. We read the book Town Mouse, Country Mouse by Jan Brett and noticed how the story and beautiful illustrations gave us clues into the character traits and differences between the town mouse and country mouse. While we listened to the story we listed the differences between the lifestyles and appearance of each mouse, and we noticed that the Town Mouse wore bright and colorful clothes while the Country Mouse wore simple clothes in dull colors so not...
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Full Week of School!

Simchat Torah and Intro to Chumash In honor of Simchat Torah we took a closer look at the school’s torah. We compared it to the small torah that we have in our classroom. Ask your child about the similarities and differences that they noticed. We also watched a movie about a soferet, a scribe, and to learn more about how she writes a torah. Lastly we connected our studies of the torah as a ritual object, to the study of Chumash which we are beginning this year in second grade. The students are so excited to discover this new subject...
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Tashlich and Learning

Tashlich We read the book Tashlich at Turtle Rock in class about a family that completes a four part Tashlich ceremony. In class we created books with personal reflections about something good from the past year, something we want to throw away, and something we promise to try in the next year. Ask your child what they wrote about. Today we emulated the family’s trip with a four stop walk around the neighborhood and to the park. Thank you to Elliot’s mom Shirley for joining us! Writing and Reading We started reading our class read aloud- a true classic story,...
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Second Week of Second Grade

Community Building In class we reflected on what we would like to learn more about, improve on, or try this year. We called these our “hopes and dreams” and when we shared our hopes and dreams we realized that there were many different goals such as, “Speaking more Hebrew”, “Learning division”, “Reading longer books”, and “Making more friends”. We then brainstormed classroom rules to help us accomplish our goals. We organized the rules into three categories: rules that have to do with the classroom, yourself, and others. We learned that as a community we need to work together to support...
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