30th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

March 27th, 2015

We had a relaxing Monday since we were still testing.  We started our morning with a dot-to-dot and then we even had a morning meeting before we got ready to take our test.  We took our test and then had snack.  We are trying to get back into some of our routine as we wind down testing, so instead of watching a movie during snack, we read a book!  After snack we had indoor recess since the weather was yucky.  Then we were off to art and then lunch.  When we got back from lunch we got to go out for outdoor recess since the weather got better!!  Then we came in to pack up for Jewish studies.

Tuesday we were excited since it was the LAST DAY OF TESTING!!!!!  Only a few of us have make-ups to do, but for the most part, we are finished!  We had our morning meeting and then we took our LAST TEST!!!  After our last test we were off to PE, then we got to watch a movie during snack time…we are going to finish the movie we started and then no more movies!!  After snack we went out to recess, but before we got to play, we got MESSY!!

Ms. Lewis made a special combination and we discussed if what she made was a liquid or a solid, or both?!

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Wednesday we were back to a pretty normal day!  We started our morning with a free write in our journal!  It had been so long since we had written in our journal.  After our morning meeting, we did read to self.  We really enjoyed our reading time!  After reflection and reviewing a few key things, it was already time for PE.  When we got back from PE we enjoyed snack time.

After snack we got to work in our math workbook!!! Again, we were excited to be working on math again!!!  We worked in our workbook and reviewed adding with numbers up to 40.  Tomorrow we get to work on subtraction with numbers up to 40!  When we were finished with math, it was time for lunch.  After lunch we enjoyed recess before packing up for Jewish studies.

Thursday Ms. Lewis was absent.  Ms. Rosi was with us.  We still had a great day!  We worked in our math workbook on our subtraction.  We also did a word work spelling review!

On Friday Ms. Lewis was back, but Mrs. Mcvearry was missing. Oy vey!  We started with a journal question and our morning meeting.  Then, we were off to library.  When we got back from library we had snack time and then started math.  During math we worked in our textbooks and learned to add 3 numbers at a time!  We have to always remember to make a ten, and there are usually a few ways to do it!

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We worked in our workbooks too!  Then we moved on to work on writing.  Some of us are finishing our second expository writing!!  We are all working on a new piece of writing or on our final.

Then we were off to lunch and recess and Israeli dancing with Morah Hannah!!!

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE……………………….

Next week is our last week before Passover break. The kitchen will be closed, so everyone needs to have a packed lunch!

We will have abbreviated homework next week, not too much.  There will be spelling and math.  Our spelling test will be on THURSDAY.

We are excited to have our Seder on Tuesday at 1pm.

If there are any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ms. Lewis!  Shabbat Shalom :)

29th Week of First Grade – General Studies

March 23rd, 2015

We are doing STANDARDIZED TESTS (and Monday-Tuesday of next week, plus make-ups) this week, so unfortunately there won’t be a lot of pictures on this post.

Monday we enjoyed starting our day with a very challenging dot to dot!!  There were 652 dots, can you believe it?! It’s a great, relaxing way to get our brains working for testing! We took only one test on Monday, so we could get familiar with the process again–we didn’t push it too hard.  We enjoyed recess and even got to go to art!  After lunch we watched part of a movie.  Then we got ready to go to Jewish studies.

Tuesday we started our morning again with a new dot to dot, this one had over 1,000 dots!!!  Most of us didn’t finish it ;) We took our first test for the day and then took a break for snack and PE.  When we got back from PE it was time for our second test.  Ms. Lewis gave us each a mint to help get us back into testing mode.  When we finished, we got to play at the big blur playground before going to lunch and then music.  We packed up after music and went to Jewish studies.

Wednesday we started our morning with an old dot-to-dot and then we got ready to take our test.  When we finished our first test we enjoyed snack with a movie and then we were off to PE.  When we got back, we got our mints, and started test number two.  When we finished our last test or the day, we got to go outside and then right to lunch.  After lunch we enjoyed more of our movie and even some popcorn (todah raba to Morah Galit!!)!!!

Thursday we were super busy!!  We had some hard tests to take, and we were ready!!  We took one of the shorter tests before we went to PE, then we had snack and took a break when we got back.  After snack, we had our mints and started test number 2.  When we were finished with testing for the day, we got to play at recess until it was time for lunch!!  Wow!!  Then we were off to lunch and came back to watch our movie and relax before Jewish studies.

Friday we enjoyed ourselves and relaxed a bit more.  We took our time in the morning and even had a morning meeting!  Then we went to library.  After library we had snack and then got ready to take our one and only test for the day.  We had our mints and got our pencils ready.  When we were finished with our test, we enjoyed recess until lunch time!  Then after lunch, we got to relax and watch a movie with popcorn (still from Morah Galit!!!).  We got our folders and packed up to go dancing with Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah.

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE……………….(or THIS WEEK since this was a late post!)

We are still doing standardized tests this week on Monday and Tuesday only.  We will be celebrating the end of testing on Tuesday with a super messy science experiment :)

This is our last week of no homework; next week we will resume normal routine and homework packets.  We are trying to start some of our normalcy again this week…no more movies during snack, back to reading, starting small groups later in the week and more of Daily 5, resuming math lessons daily, etc.  We WILL have our AR quizzes on Thursday, March 26 as per our regular routine.

REMINDER: The kitchen is closed next week, March 30-April 2, due to Passover cleaning; please remember to send your child to school with a healthy lunch!

Please get in touch with Ms. Lewis if you have any questions, concerns, or compliments.  Thank you for your cooperation as we finish up testing!

Weeks of March 23 and 30–Jewish Studies

March 22nd, 2015

Don’t forget our Class Seder is on Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 PM!

LOYAL READERS ***see below for extra credit winners!


אריאות  Ariyot!!!!

We will be moving ahead with the letter ש  Sin.  Imagine a dot on the left side!  We have 1 girl who is so happy to have this letter at the beginning of her Hebrew name!!  שרה  Sarah!!!


Words with the letter ש     sin :

משחק mesachek   plays for a boy

משחקת  mesacheket  plays for a girl

משחקים mesachakim  plays for many

שמח  sameach  happy for a boy

שמחה   s’mecha  happy for a girl

שמחים   s’mechim  happy for many

ישראל  Yisrael   Israel

ששון עושה Sasson (name of a boy)  o-seh   Sasson does

גילה עושה  Gila  (name of a girl)  o-sah  Gila  does

מעשים טובים   Ma-a-sim Tovim   Good deeds

שמלה  simlah   dress

שמלות  s’malot   dresses

יד שמאל yad s’mole    left hand

רגל שמאל  regel s’mole   left foot

שק   sak   bag

שערות  s-ah-rot   hair


פסח כשר ושמח  Pesach Kasher V’Sameach  Happy and Kosher Passover to everyone!!

We are preparing for our class Seder ( Tuesday, March 31  at the new time 1:00 PM in the kitchen half of the Social Hall)  and we should be really ready for our family sederim as well.  Listen for songs and parts to be practiced at home. Thanks in advance to those who will help us set up! (HELP us at 12:30!!!) Don’t miss this opportunity to see us in action as we show how much we have learned and how ready we are for our own seders at home next week. This is a true Kodak moment… videos, photos, etc. are welcome.

We will be searching for חמץ Chametz in our classroom and hope you will do the same in your own homes on Thursday evening, April 2.

בדיקת חמץ Bedikat Chametz After cleaning our classroom, we will be searching for the Chametz (Bread, etc. that we don’t eat on Pesach) in our class using a feather, wooden spoon and candle. Not only are we cleaning Room 207 (talk about Spring Cleaning!!) but we will also search inside ourselves to get rid of any “chametz” that we are not proud of. We all live together in our community of kindness and strive to be mensches! Hope this works at home as well!

פרשת השבוע Parshat HaShavuah  Portion in the Torah

This week’s portion is:

צו Tzav  about the work of the Kohanim (Priests).  Are you a Kohen or a Levi or a Yisrael???  It is passed down from father to children.

LOYAL READERS*******************

***EXTRA CREDIT goes to Avi, Elie, Esther, Chaya, Alana,  Itamar, Leela, Maytal, Shmuel and Sarah for turning in the correct name in Hebrew and English of our new book in the Torah.

ויקרא Vayikra   Leviticus!!  Good job!

Have a wonderful Pesach Vacation and enjoy our Kitah Alef students as they show  all that they know!!


Week of March 16–Jewish Studies

March 15th, 2015

Just a quick look at  the letter  ר Resh!!



Not only does Morah Rachel love this letter but so do

איתמר אסתר גבריאל קירה שרה ואריאות Itamar, Esther, Gavriel, Kyra V’Ariyot!!!

אריאות Ariyot We are soon completing the letter Resh and moving on.   Always review past stories & letters!!

Check out Voice Thread for new letters and Pesach songs!!

פסח כשר ושמח Pesach Kasher V’Sameach   Happy Kosher Pesach!

Spring arrives this week… just like in our song  אביב הגיע פסח בא Aviv Hegeeyah    Pesach Ba!    Spring arrives and Pesach  comes!



פרשת השבוע

This week in the Torah, we begin a new book.  Please send in with your child the name of the new book in Hebrew and in English for extra credit!!!  That name is also the name of this week’s Torah portion!


28th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

March 13th, 2015

Monday morning we were already buzzing with excitement about our field trip to the zoo!  After we discussed ALL the ‘what-if’s’ of the zoo, we started daily 5.  Mrs. Teitelbaum joined us for read to self and them we moved on to do work on writing!  Most of us have finished our first expository writing and have started another one!  Be on the lookout on our Blogfolios.

We took a break and had snack.  We even got to celebrate Itamar’s birthday!!  His Ema brought us donuts and we sang Happy Birthday.

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Next, we tackled math!  We worked in our textbook and we learned about adding and subtracting numbers up to 40.  We still have to remember to think in 10’s!


We were working so hard that we took a break to do some jumping jacks!

IMG_7009  We got back to work and finished our lesson!  We were supposed to go to art next, but Mrs. Gutterman is away at a conference so we have art later this week.  Instead, we went to recess since we had been sitting all morning!  Then we were off to lunch.

After lunch we were introduced to two new 1st graders–Liberty and Justice.  The cool thing about these first graders is that they are actually two bald eagles from Davenport, Iowa!!  We learned a little bit about them today and we are looking forward to learning more and eventually writing an expository story about bald eagles!  The best part about Liberty and Justice is that they just layed an egg!  We get to watch their journey of taking care of the egg and seeing the new eaglet when it hatches!  We get to watch all of the excitement through as live feed!  Today was just our first introduction and we were so excited to see Mama sitting on the egg!

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We watched our new eagle friends as we packed up and went to Jewish studies.

On Tuesday we had a BLAST at the Zoo!!! Click HERE to check out more pictures from the trip!  We loved our educational program about animal adaptations!  Due to a bus issue, we were late..but they let us see the animals and have a shorter presentation!!  We loved it and learned lots!!

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Wednesday we started our morning quickly because we would soon be off to the science lab!  After our meeting and morning work, we enjoyed complete choice of daily 5!   We got to choose if we wanted to do read to self, work on writing, or word work.  We knew our choices within the Daily 5 options, so Ms. Lewis let us pick all on our own!

Then we were off to the science lab!  We were so excited to be there.  We learned about eggs!  This was really cool since we are now watching Liberty and Justice with their egg.  Next, we went to PE.  When we came back from PE, we enjoyed snack time with frozen treats and a story!

We started math.  During math we worked in our workbook and then took a test.  We took a test on our tens and ones up to 40!  When we finished our test, it was time for lunch.  After lunch we got to enjoy the beautiful weather while we played outside for recess.  When it was time to come inside, we packed up and went to Jewish studies.

Thursday we were busy!  We started our morning by going right to PE, then we went right to art, and finally back to Ms. Lewis for snack time.  After snack we got to work with Daily 5; Ms. Lewis let us have our own choice again!!  Most of us chose work on writing :) When it was time, we had to stop writing and take our AR quizzes.  Then we were off to lunch.

After lunch we came back to class to do math.  We worked in our textbook and continued adding and subtracting with our numbers up to 40.  We are remembering to think about our numbers in tens and ones.  We had some extra time and we were able to play at recess for s short while until it was time to pack up for Jewish studies.

Friday morning we enjoyed our review spelling word search!  Then we were off to library.

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When we came back from the library, we were able to enjoy our Magic School Bus episode during snack time while Ms. Lewis started testing.  Our episode was about a trip to the zoo ;)

Next, we moved on to math while Ms. Lewis kept testing.  We worked in our workbook and then we took a test.  Our test was a great review right before testing next week!  Then we went outside for recess.

We were off to lunch!


Then we came back to have a mystery reader.  We had good clues and had a guess but we weren’t sure…………

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When mystery reader was over we packed up and then we had a chat about testing week, next week.  We remembered how to fill in the bubbles, and we talked about how this is just another test..no big deal!  Nothing to stress about :) We also talked about bringing in ONLY healthy snacks.  After we finished talking about the perks of testing week, like no homework and lots of recess, we went to meet Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah for Israeli dancing and Jewish studies.


Next week, and the following Monday and Tuesday, we are doing STANDARDIZED TESTS.  Everyday, we will START testing at 8:45, promptly.  This means we need to be at school no later than 8:30.  We will need to go potty first and get our brains ready for our test.  Everyone should have a great healthy breakfast before coming to school, and we should be waking up from a great nights sleep!!

Due to testing, there will be no homework next week :) We are looking forward to a great week of testing and fun things to do afterwards!!!  If there are any concerns, please get in touch with Ms. Lewis.

Shabbat Shalom

Week of March 9–Jewish Studies ר פסח

March 8th, 2015


We finally made it to the letter  ק  Kof  AND look who is so pleased???

קירה   Kyra!!!!

We are  enjoying the letter ק  and are really getting our bodies into it!!!

In the meantime, here are some great pictures of Baking Hamentashen  and Purim!!

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WOW!!!! We had the best time last week!!  It was a  פורים שמח  Purim Sameach Happy Purim!!

We baked Hamentashen אוזני המן Oznay Haman!!  YUM!!!

תודה רבה Todah Raba A BIG THANK YOU to the parents who helped us….  the  parents (& some siblings)  of Lilah, Elie, Kira, Yochanan, Yonatan, Avi, Shmuel & Sarah,   And Morah Hanna really has the golden hands to make our dough just right!! Thanks also to Galit for the photos!!

Our costumes were terrific and we had such fun!! And it felt like summer and it is still winter again!!….. Purim is so upside down!!!

Now moving on…..

אריאות Ariyot  We will be continuing in our workbooks  with the next  letter which is:


מורה רחל   Morah Rachel  loves

this letter!!

Here are more words we are learning:

היום קר hayom kar  today is cold

גורילה  gorilla

אדון גורילה  adon gorilla  Mr. Gorilla

גברת גורילה g’veret gorilla  Mrs. Gorilla

מערה  ma’a-rah   cave

רעש   ra-ash  noise

רץ  ratz  runs (for a boy)

רצה  ratza  runs (for a girl)

רצים ratzeem  runs  ( for many)

גר   gar  lives (for a boy)

גרה  garah lives (for a girl)

גרים  gareem live (for many)

רוקד roked  dances (for a boy)

רוקדת  rokedet dances (for a girl)

רוקדים rokdeem  dance (for many)

It’s hard to believe but we’ve started preparing for  another holiday….. פסח Pesach (Passover!)  OY!   SEE  BELOW!!

Listen for our songs and parts in the Seder.  Please note that our Model Seder is on Tuesday, 3/31 at 1:00 PM in the kitchen half of the Social Hall.  It will be another memorable experience with this class!!  PLEASE NOTE ****NEW EARLIER STARTING TIME FOR OUR SEDER!!! Thanks in advance to those who can help set up our seder!!

פסח כשר ושמח Pesach Kasher V’Sameach    A Happy and Kosher Pesach

We are busy preparing for Pesach.  We love singing the songs from the Seder.  And learning words like:

בני ישראל  B’nai Yisrael  The children of Israel

המשפחה של משה  Hamishpacha shel Moshe   The family of Moses:

יוכבד  עמרם  מרים  אהרון  Yocheved, Amram, Miriam, Aharon –Moses’ dad, mom , sister and brother

פרעה  בת פרעה   מצרים  Paroah, Bat Paroah, Mitzrayim   Pharoah, Pharoah’s daughter , Egypt

מלך העולם Melech Haolam    King of the Universe

חג האביב Chag Ha-aviv    Holiday of Springtime

חג החרות  Chag Ha-cherut   Holiday of freedom

חג המצות  Chag Ha-matzot   Holiday of matzahs

עבדים  avadim   slaves

בני חורין  b’nai choreen   free people

חמץ  chametz   all the leaven we have to not eat and get rid of on Pesach.

פרשת השבוע ויקהל ופקודי Parshat HaShavua Vayakhel and Pekuday

To fit all the Torah portions into the year, sometimes we have to double up.   This is one of those weeks with 2 portions!!!

27th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

March 6th, 2015

What a fun Monday!!!  We celebrated Dr. Seuss ALL DAY in general studies!!!  We enjoyed crafts galore, shows, and reading our old favorites.

We started our morning with a Dr. Seuss word search and a fill in the blank of all our favorites by Dr. Seuss!  Next, we moved on to make our own ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.’


Next, we got to make our very own Cat in the Hat!! We made ‘-at’ hats and we even got tickets if we used words with blends.

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We took a break for snack and Thing 1 and Thing 2 joined us in the form of strawberries and blue icing :)

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Finally, we met, and made, the Lorax!!

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As we were finishing our Lorax’s, it was just in time for art.  When art was over we came back to class and enjoyed watching The Cat and the Hat: The More You Know!  Then, to end our Seussical day, Ms. Lewis handed out treats that Mrs. Brodsky got for the class!!!  We each got our own pencil, eraser, and book mark!!!  A HUGE todah raba for our treats..they made our day perfect :)


Then we got our folders and packed up for Jewish studies.

Tuesday morning we enjoyed a journal question and our morning meeting.  We jumped into daily 5 with read to self.  Every group got to meet with a teacher!  During word work we added our new words to our word bank and then we enjoyed an activity from our usual choices: 3 times each, collage, rainbow writing, pyramid words, or sentences.  Then we lined up for PE and headed to meet Coach Goldman.

When we got back, we had snack and then started math.  We started a new unit in our textbook!!  We are working on our numbers up to 40!  We are breaking them into 10’s and ones.  We are even starting to add big numbers!  When we were finished with math, we had 10 minutes to go outside and play :) we are loving the sun and warm weather!  We were off to lunch and then right up to music.  When we got back, we packed up and headed to Jewish studies.

Wednesday morning we started with read to self.  Again, Mrs. Teitelbaum was able to join us and every group got to meet with a teacher!  During work on writing, Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcvearry continued to conference with us about our expository writing.  Most of us have started our final draft!  Be on the lookout to see them on our blogfolio.

We were off to PE and came back to enjoy snack.  After snack, we started math.  We worked independently in our workbooks on our numbers to 40 unit.  When everyone was finished, we had a little time for freeze dance before going to lunch.  After lunch we got to play at the courtyard until it was time for Jewish studies.

HAPPY PURIM!!!!!!!!!!


We did not have reading group homework because Ms. Lewis knew we would be busy celebrating :)  We started our morning with a Purim word search and we listened to Ms. Lewis’ favorite Purim song, meeshe!!

We enjoyed listening to the Magilla and shaking our groggers at Haman!!!

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After we listened to the Magilla, it was time to go to the Purim carnival!!

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When our time was up, we came back to class.  We took our AR quizzes and got new books from Mrs. Halletts library.  When everyone was finished, we took our snack and went outside until lunch!!!!!!!!!

When we came back from lunch, we had to buckle down a bit.  We did some math but we had to stop early because we were all pretty hyper and excited about Purim.  Luckily, it was time to pack up and go to Jewish studies.  However, since we weren’t able to finish our math lesson..we will be doing that instead of show and tell on Friday.

Friday we had our spelling review word search and then we went to library early!!  We went to library early because we got to Skype with an author.  We read a book that she wrote, 1 Zany Zoo, and then she even read up her new book!!!  Plus, guess what we learned?  She is Jewish, just like us!!!!!  So cool; we were so glad that Ms. Lori Degman gave us her time!!!

IMG_6966 IMG_6968 IMG_6972 When we got back from library, we enjoyed snack and the Magic School Bus.  Ms. Lewis began our spelling tests and Mrs. Mcvearry took over after our sho wand started math with us while Ms. Lewis kept testing.  When everyone had finished their test and their math, we got to go to recess!  We made sure to bundle in our jackets.


We came back in and did a weekly reader!  It was all about nonfiction books and fictions books.  Wer even talked about Dr. Seuss again!!  Next, we got ready for lunch.  When we came back from lunch we had a mystery reader!!!

With great clues, we were excited to welcome……………

IMG_6978 IMG_6982 IMG_6986 Mrs. Werwa, Alana’s Mommy!!!  She read us a great book that reminded us of Cinderella :)

After our reader left, we did our ticket drawing, played a quick round of freeze dance, and then we packed up for Jewish studies.

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE…………………………..

Next week we will have new homework packets including spelling, math, and reading homework to be sent home on Wednesday.

TUESDAY we are off to the ZOO!!!!!  PLEASE BRING A BAGGED DAIRY LUNCH!!  Also, please let Ms. Lewis know if you plan to join us. 

The week of March 16th, we will be doing standardized testing.  Please start thinking about how this will effect your schedules and eating habits :)

If there are ever any questions, concerns, or compliments please let Ms. Lewis know!!  Shabbat Shalom

March 1–Jewish Studies ק פורים שמח

March 1st, 2015


1.  Baking Hamentashen  this Monday—March 2 at 1:30 in Gym!!!

2. Purim is this Wednesday night (shpiel will be fun!)  & Thursday–Costumes required!!!



Here we are making our משלוח מנות  Mishloach Manot baskets for פורים Purim in the style of Jackson Pollock….. drip, drip!  Thanks to Ms. Gutterman for all her help and letting us get messy!!

Below, see Morah Rachel’s granddaughters 2 years ago at the Met in NYC viewing Jackson Pollock’s work, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)  We could have made something just like that!!


Here’s some of our final product!! Watch for them this week with Hamentashen inside!! Each one is beautiful and unique!  Todah again to Ms. Gutterman for all her help!


First Grade « Mrs. Gutterman_s Art Blog

To learn more about “Action” Jackson, we saw this video:


יום הפוך Yom Hafooch   Backwards Day  We had a great time in our pj’s!! It was suolubaf !!!!! Hot cocoa, sitting on our desks, even singing Pesach songs….. it truly was fabulous!



פורים שמח Purim Sameach! Happy Purim!!  Come and hear the megillah read on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  Dress up, make some noise, eat some hamentashen and have a great time!

אריאות Ariyot  We are working on the letters צ   ץ   ק  Tzadee, Tzadee Sofit (final) and beginning the new letter Kof.  Here are words from this new story:

מקשיב   maksheev  pays attention for a boy

מקשיבה  maksheeva   pays attention for a girl

מקשיבים  maksheevim  pays attention for many

מקליט  makleet   records (a voice or sound) for a boy

מקליטה makleeta    records for a girl

מקליטים  makleetim  records for many

קול  kol   voice

מדביק  madbeek    glues for a boy

מדביקה   madbeeka  glues for a girl

מדביקים  madbeekim  glues for many

קוף kof  boy monkey

קופה  kofah  girl monkey

קופים  kofim   monkeys

קופץ  kofetz   jumps for a boy

קופצת  kofetzet  jumps for a girl

קופצים  koftzim  jumps for many

צוחק   tzochek    laughs for a boy

צוחקת  tzocheket  laughs for a girl

צוחקים  tzochakim  laughs for man


פרשת השבוע כי תשא Parshat HaShavua— Ki Tisa    This week’s Torah portion is about the Golden Calf and the broken tablets.


26th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

February 27th, 2015

On Monday morning we started our day with some warm up math problems!  After our morning meeting we started read to self.

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Then we started work on writing!  We got to start writing our very own expository!!  We wrote our topic and grabber last week and today we added our 7 details (sentences) of information and facts.

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We took a break for snack and then started math.  During math, we started one of Ms. Lewis’ favorite units!  GRAPHING!!  After we worked in out textbook, we did a bit of graphing on our own!

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After math it was time for art.


Then we were off to lunch!  When lunch was over, we got to go outside until Jewish studies.

IMG_6755 Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcvearry even did our folders outside so we got extra playtime :)

Tuesday morning we had some choices!  After our journal and morning meeting, we started read to self.  During read to self, we were able to choose if we wanted to read is small groups, or if we wanted to read on our own!  Those of us whoe read on our own enjoyed our time and if we were in a small group we were with Mrs. Mcvearry or Ms. Lewis.  We were even able to switch up the reading groups!  Then we changed gears for word work.  We added our words to our word bank and we were given options to pratice our words!  We were able to write our words 3 times, make a word collage, do rainbow writing or pyramid words, or we could write sentences. Some of us even did more than one!  Then we were off to PE with Coach Simon!!

When we got back from PE, we had snack.  We enjoyed reading with Mrs. Mcvearry and then we started math.  We worked in our workbooks and learned more about graphing!  If we finished early, Ms. Lewis even gave us a challenge!!  No one even finished the challenge and Ms. Lewis collected them for us to work on tomorrow.  Then we were off to lunch!  Right from lunch we went to music and then off to Jewish studies.

On Wednesday we were busy!  We started with read to self–if we chose not to have small groups yesterday, than we did today; those of us who did have small groups yesterday got to enjoy our own books!  We also did work on writing.  Most of us are finishing our first draft of our first expository writing!!!  We can’t wait to post them to our blogfolios when we finish with the writing process.  Next, we were off to see Coach Simon for PE.

When we came back from PE, we enjoyed snack time.  After snack we started math.  We continued to work in our workbooks and did more graphing!  We also got to continue working on our challenge that we started yesterday.  Before we knew it, we were off to lunch!  When we got back, we got to play outside for recess..our finger crossing worked!!  We played until it was time to change into our jammies  for Jewish studies!

Thursday we enjoyed starting our day with PE!  We had snack afterwards to rebuild our energy.  When we got our energy back, we started word work.

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Then we moved on to work on writing.  During work on writing, we continued to finish our expository writing and some of us even began to conference with Ms. Lewis or Mrs. Mcvearry!!  We were so excited about our writing that we were late to visiting the science fair!  We really enjoyed looking at all the hard work done by the middle school students!

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When we came back from science fair, it was time to take our AR quizzes.  Then we were off to lunch.  When we came back we took a math test about graphing.  We worked our hardest and did great!!  (We even noticed all the graphs we saw on the research at the science fair!!!)  We packed up after our test and we were off to Jewish studies.

Friday morning we enjoyed our word searches!  We were off to library and then came back to watch Magic School Bus.  Ms. Lewis started spelling tests, but then we took a break for recess!  When we came back in, we started show and tell while Ms. Lewis started spelling tests again.  When everything was finished, we reviewed Code Red drills and then we were off to lunch.

After lunch we anxiously awaited our mystery reader….our clues were hard!!  We were stumped.  We drum rolled, and in came…………….

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Ms. Amanda!!!!!  We were so excited for her to read to us!!  When she left, we played Homeworkopoly and we even did ticket drawings for the chatter chart!! Then we packed up and headed to Jewish studies for Israeli dancing.

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE……………………………….

We hope to see you Sunday at the Purim Carnival!!

We can’t wait to dress up for Purim on Thursday, March 5th.

We are going to the ZOO on Tuesday, March 10th.

Next week we get new spelling words, new math homework, and we are back to our normal reading groups!  We are looking forward to so much and are ready for another great week next week.

Shabbat Shalom y’all :)

Week of Feb. 23—Jewish Studies יום הפוך

February 22nd, 2015

“משנכנס אדר Me-sheh-nichnas Adar When Adar comes

מרבים בשמחה Marbim b’simcha There is much happiness!”

Yes, it’s  Adar, the Hebrew month! AND we are getting close to the Purim festivities.


We made great masks and had fun in class celebrating Rosh Hodesh Adar.


(Backwards Day in Jewish Studies on 2/25, Baking Hamentashen on 3/2, and Costumes on Thursday, 3/5 in honor of Purim!)


Becuase of the holiday that is celebrated during this month…..

פורים Purim!!!

Everything is upside down and crooked in our classroom!

Nwodedispu! ??????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHY??? Because the Jews celebrated and Haman didn’t!!!!

Listen for more songs (like the one above at the top of the page) and lots of noise (Rash, Rash, Rash!!)




יום הפוך Yom Hafooch!  Backwards Day!  PLEASE SEND A BAG WITH P.J.’S OR A ROBE AND SLIPPERS for your child.

We will change into our pajamas after General Studies and enjoy an upside down, backwards class on Wednesday afternoon in our Jewish Studies class. Sitting on desks will be allowed, pretending it is night time and lots of other craziness will take place!


BAKING HAMENTASHEN with your children and grandchildren is the best!!! Please volunteer and bake with us on MONDAY 3/2 at 1:30 PM. You will love it and so will we!!! Let us know who can come. NO experience needed!!!

We will celebrate Purim at school on Thursday, 3/5 in costume!! Come hear the Megillah on Wednesday evening 3/4 and Thursday AM!!

אריאות Ariyot We are still working on last week’s letters.  Enjoying it all!!



Each of us flew our עפיפון  afifone kite ( the wind helped!)  and we ate

מלפפון melafafone cucumbers that had been soured (aka pickles)   YUM!!!