פסח כשר ושמח Pesach Kasher V’Sameach 4/14

April 13th, 2014

חג שמח Chag Sameach  Happy Pesach to all!  We are so proud of our students.  They did an amazing job at our Model Seder and we know that they will show off well.

This class will be wonderful ambassadors of song & knowledge at your own family seders.  Enjoy!!

Here is  a picture of some of our Matzah holders that we made in class.

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FINALLY, we have reached the last letter in the alphabet and someone has been waiting a looooooong time for it.  Guess who??

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תמרה  Tamara!!

When we return from Passover Break, we will review and then begin cursive!  Very exciting!

 

32nd Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

April 11th, 2014

We are diving into the last week before Passover break!!  We started our morning with a journal question, the pledge and the hatikvah!  Once we wrapped up our morning work we started math.  Our problem of the day helped us get ready for math.  We got a sticker and began working in our textbook.  In our textbook we started talking about subtraction with numbers up to 40!  Once we were finished working together, we got to work individually in our workbook!  Ms. Lewis was so proud of our focus!  When we were finished we got to have snack.

We started a new Junie B. Jones book during snack!  We finished snack and started Daily 5.  We made it up to 15 minutes of stamina today!!!!!!!  It was a challenge too because this was the first time that Ms. Lewis walked around and met with us while we were reading; so we really had to work on not breaking stamina.  After we did ‘Read to Self’ we started a new component to Daily 5.  It’s called ‘Work on Writing.’  We just talked about it today and we will go more in depth tomorrow.  We are SO excited to start a new part of the program!!  We went to art, then to lunch and then we got to play outside until Jewish studies!!

Tuesday morning we started with our journal and then jumped into daily 5 right away!  We started with Read to Self and we reached 17 minutes of stamina.  Some of us had a hard time building our stamina today; Ms. Lewis reminded us about the reward ‘I had perfect Stamina today’ but she also told us about the opposite of a reward.  Ms. Lewis has a note that says ‘I broke stamina several times today’ and we talked about how we do NOT want to have to take one of these home!!  If we do have to take one home, them mom or dad have to sign and return it.  We are hoping that we will be able to keep our focus and not have to send a bad note home.

We also continued working on our next part of Daily 5 Work on Writing.  WOW1 WOW2 WOW3 WOW4

When we finished with daily 5 we headed to PE…..but then we came back because it turns out that Coach wasn’t at school.  So we decided to have recess and snack at the same time!!  When we started snack we had a visitor…….

turtle2 turtle turtle1  We saw a turtle!!!!!  We told Mrs. Robyn about him and Mr. Brent came to the turtle’s rescue!  He took our turtle friend back to the woods where he would be safe.

After snack/recess we started math with our problem of the day.  When we got our sticker, we were able to begin our independent work in our workbooks.  We are still working on our numbers up to forty.  We are looking at how many tens are in a number, and how many ones there are.  When we finished working on our math, we went over our work with Ms. Lewis or Mrs. Mcveary then we were off to lunch!  We went from lunch to music then back to the classroom to get our folders and head off to our SEDER in Jewish studies!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday we had a fun day planned!!  We started our morning with math, after our morning work!  We started with our POTD.  Once we finished, we continued working in our workbook!  When we were finished with our workbook, we were able to have an early snack.  We were going to do something special after snack….

Ms. Stacey was back!!!  Ms. Stacey was the one who brought us our fish, and now she came back to do a special science lesson about the water cycle and how we can save water.  Our favorite word that we learned was ‘aquifer’ …ask your children what it does!!

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We went to PE after our special science.  Coach let us move our PE time!!  After PE we came back to do Read to Self right before lunch!!  We had lunch and then came back to learn some more about Work on Writing.  We finished with enough time to have recess on the big blue playground!!!  Morah Hannah and Morah Rachel met us outside and then we were off to Jewish studies for the afternoon.

Thursday we started the day with some fun–we did a math mystery picture!!  We had to solve the addition problems and then color the right colors with the right numbers.  When we finished it was time for PE.  We came back from PE and did our math.  POTD was first and then we worked in our workbooks, we had great practice with our numbers up to 40!!  Then it was time for snack.

After snack we had about 20 minutes before we were going to take the STAR test.  We did something VERY exciting!!! We did WORK on Writing (from Daily 5) for the first time ever!!!  We have to build stamina, just like in reading.  We started with 10 minutes today.  The thing about Work on Writing is that Ms. Lewis cannot tell us what to write about; we get to write whatever we want!!!!  Ms. Lewis was SOOOOOOOO proud when she saw all our heads down and our pencils moving so fast!!  Everyone was bummed when our 10 minutes was finished.  We reflected for a few minutes about how we think we did and Ms. Lewis made sure to sing her praise :)

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Mrs. Hallett joined us to help us take the STAR test.  Our results will be in our REPORT CARD folders, which will come home on FRIDAY.  While we waited for all our friends to finish taking the STAR test, we enjoyed some read to self time before we went outside :) Then, the best thing happened…..Ms. Lewis let us eat LUNCH OUTSIDE!!!!!

photo 3 photo 4  We ended our outside lunch with the Birkat and we headed inside for the rest of our afternoon.

The internet was out when we were supposed to take AR quizzes, so we will take them Friday morning and then get both our ‘fun’ book, and our AR book when we go to our regular library class.  We WILL be checking out AR books even though we are going into Passover break…it will be your choice if you take an AR quiz the week we get back, or the following week.  Since we didn’t take our AR quizzes on Thursday we had some extra time.  We did a REALLY cool weekly reader about different kinds of rare butterflies.  We had a lot of fun learning about these crazy, beautiful creatures!!  We had some time for freeze dance (when the internet returned), and then we were off to Jewish studies.

Friday we were VERY excited because it was our last day of school before Passover break!!!  We kept our focus and had a great day.  We started with our AR quizzes from yesterday, then we had another math mystery picture!  We did the pledge and the hatikvah and we were off to Library!  After library we went to Mrs. Guttermans room to have our eagle lesson.  We made ANOTHER popplet about our baby eagle.   Now we have a popplet about Liberty and Justice, and also about baby Jiberty!  When we were finished with our eagle lesson it was time for snack.  During snack we got to watch a special show about Passover :) such a treat!!

After snack we did Daily 5.  Mrs. Mcveary and Ms. Lewis are SO proud of the progress that we have made!!!  We reached 19 minutes of stamina during Read to Self and we reached 11 minutes of stamina in Work on Writing.  After Passover break we are excited to begin conferencing with our students during Daily 5!!!

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We reflected on how we thought our Daily 5 time went and then we were off to lunch!  When we came back from lunch we enjoyed show and tell, plus a round of freeze dance!!  Then we were off to Jewish studies and Israeli dancing with Morah Hannah!!

When we come back, it will be time to focus for the last month of school; can you believe it will only be a month?!  We still have lots to learn!  We hope everyone has a wonderful Passover and enjoys the break!!!

Week of April 7–Jewish Studies ת

April 6th, 2014

OUR MODEL SEDER IS THIS TUESDAY!!!  (1:30 PM in the Kitchen Half of the the Social Hall) 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. תודה רבה Todah Rabah to those parents who will help us set up our Seder plates.  (Come at 1:15 to help!!)

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!

אריאות  Ariyot   Yes, we are completing the 4th book of Ariyot and finishing the Alef-Bet!!  Mazal Tov!!

ת  Tof is the last letter  and we learn words like:

תודה todah   thanks

תורה תורות  Torah  Torot    5 Books of Moses

תעודה תעודות te-u-dah   te-u-dot  certificate (s)

אותיות o-tee-yot   letters

תנועות te-nu-ot  vowels

מתנה מתנות  matanah  matanot  present (s)

חוברת חוברות  choveret  chov-rot  workbook (s)

תפילה תפילות  tefila tefilot  prayer (s)

פרשת השבוע מצורע  Parshat HaShavua Metzorah The Portion of the week in the Torah continues about sickness and health.

 

31st Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

April 4th, 2014

On Monday morning we came in to find another dot-to-dot.  We sharpened our pencils and got our heads in the game again for our last 2 days of testing.  We took our first test right away.  Then we enjoyed a nice, relaxing snack!  After snack we did social studies.  We read a weekly reader about wind!

When we were finished we started a new part of the daily 5 – Listen to Reading.  Now we have really been doing this ALL year long during our regular snack time.  Usually the librarian for the day gets to pick the books we read during snack.  However, this time, Ms. Lewis picked a chapter book!  We are reading a Junie B. Jones book!!!  (The kids were SO mezmorized!  They didn’t want Ms. Lewis to stop reading!!)

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While we were reading we talked about the setting of the story, the main characters, and even summarizing.  We had to stop reading when it was time to go to art.  After art we had lunch and then got to play until Jewish studies!

Tuesday we were so excited….for a couple of reasons!  We started off our morning with our LAST TEST!!!!!!!  We were so, so, so happy to be finished with testing!!!  We want to say a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Hoff who bought special treats for us EVERYDAY of testing, last week AND this week!!  It really helped motivate us :)  Another BIG thank you to Mrs. Resnick who brought donuts on the last day of testing to help us celebrate!!! We have such thoughtful parents in 1st grade!!

When we finished our test, we got to go to PE and then come back for a relaxing snack.  After snack time we got to read our Junie B Jones book!  We finished the first one and started another book.  During ‘Listen to Reading’ we focused on reviewing what we had heard yesterday and we also worked on listening for WOW words!  Then we were off to lunch.  We went from lunch right to music.

We are SUPER glad to be done with testing, but we are also excited for the rest of the week.  We have some fun stuff planned :)

Wednesday we came in.  We were kind of confused because there was no journal question, no dot-to-dot…we didn’t know what to do?!  Then Ms. Lewis told us that since testing was over, we were going to make a new seating chart and Ms. Lewis said that we could help and pick our seats!!

seats1  After MUCH discussion and switching and thought…somehow the kids ended up convincing Ms. Lewis to sit in a row of boys, and a row of girls….we will see how this goes ;)

seats2  If you notice, we also have our seat sacks!!  Our seat sacks are used to hold our books from Ms. Lewis’ library.  These are the books we get to read for Daily 5!  Ms. Lewis’ Mommy did a FABULOUS job of making them for us :) She rocks!!!

Once we got settled in our new seats, we read some Junie B. until it was time to go to the science lab.  Then we were off!!  We learned all about the parts of an egg.  We also learned what it feels like and looks like when it hatches!

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We went to PE and then had snack.  After snack, we finally caught up on our 7 Habit stories!!  We got to read and talk about our Synergize habit.  Then we were off to lunch.  After lunch we came back to talk about some BIG news.  It’s a good thing that we had just learned about the egg–how it hatches and cracks to open–because we have our EAGLET!!!!!!!  We noticed during lunch that half of the egg had popped off…this lead us to believe that the eaglet had finally come out!!!!  We even got to see the baby while we were playing at recess (luckily Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcveary were still watching!).

eaglet  We talked about our eaglet then went out to play, but kept a close eye on our baby!  We then got our folders back (finally!!!) and were off to Jewish studies for the afternoon.

On Thursday we came in to start our morning.  We saw a journal question on the board and got right to work!  When we finished our journal it was time for PE.  We got back from PE and started social studies.  We learned about different habitats!  When we were finished, we started to work on our 7 Habits again.  We had some catching up to do on the coloring with our 7 Habits folder.  Sadie pretended to be our teacher and she helped us review while we colored.

photo 1  When we were finished with our coloring we had snack and got to listen to Junie B. while Ms. Lewis read.  We had a shorter snack time and then jumped into math!  It has been a LONG time since we had math, so we took today to review!

During math, we had our Eagles on the smartboard and we got to see the Mamma feed our baby eaglet!!

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It is so cool to watch our baby Eaglet, Jiberty (Liberty and Justice combined, kids choice!) grow right in front of our eyes!  Once we finished watching it was already time for recess.

We went to lunch after recess and then came back to class to take our AR quizzes.  When everyone was finished quizzing, we were able to play a round or two of freeze dance!  Then we got our folders and were off to Jewish studies.

Friday morning we came in and didn’t even have time for a journal question.  We came in to start some reading, we had great practice with building our stamina!  Especially since we hadn’t practiced in awhile, because of testing.

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We pretty much went STRAIGHT to library after we read while we waited for all of our friends to get to school.  We have been working on our book reports for too long, so we got to have extra library time today to finish them.

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After library, we went to the art room to meet Mrs. Gutterman for our eagle lesson!  We were working in Popplet to make our webs!

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After we finished with our eagle lesson, we had snack and read Junie B.  We finished our second Junie B chapter book…we just love her!  She is very funny :)

When we finished snack we worked on a project that is up on our bulletin board.  We were very buZZZZZZZy making some math bumble-bees!  Come check it out next week before Passover break.  We really showed our skills with our big numbers and thinking about tens and ones.

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We worked on our bees until it was time to go to lunch.  After lunch we did show and tell outside and then had recess until it was time for Jewish studies.  We enjoyed Israeli dancing before heading upstairs to Jewish studies.

Next week is our last week before Passover break.  We are back to our normal schedule and will have math homework and our nightly reading homework.  No spelling!  Next week we will be continuing in Daily 5 with ‘Read to Self’ and we will also be starting our writing block :)

Shabbat Shalom to all!  Have a great weekend!!

Week of March 31–Jewish Studies

March 30th, 2014

Here are the 2 beautiful girls who have names that begin with our letter ש Sin:  (note the dot on the upper left of this letter!!)

 

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שמחה ושמחה אלישבע  Simcha and Simcha Elisheva  Both these girls make us all very HAPPY!!!  שמח  Sameach!!

אריאות  Ariyot  We are getting close to the end of the Hebrew alphabet and  we are working hard to finish!!  Please remember to read  each night (review old stories as well as the one we are on this week)  and enjoy Voicethread.  It really helps!!  And don’t think that this is the end of Ariyot….  after the last letter, next we learn cursive!! WOW!!

פסח  Pesach is fast approaching…. and we are getting prepared!! For our Model Seder,  some  parts that need reviewing have come home on dark green construction paper.  Just practice reading.. no need to memorize!

סדר Seder means ORDER .  Come and see us in order on Tuesday, April 8 at 1:30PM in the kitchen half of the Social Hall.

פרשת השבוע מצורע  Parshat HaShavua Metzorah  This week’s Torah portion is Metzorah.

30th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

March 28th, 2014

We are prepared and excited for a great week (and 2 days) of testing!  We came in Monday morning, all on time, to sharpen our pencils and get our heads in the game.  Instead of journals this week, Ms. Lewis will be giving us EXTREME dot-to-dots!  Some of them go up to 300!!

We did 2 tests on Monday.  We were finished by 10:40ish.  We had snack and got to watch some of the movie Turbo!  Then went to art.  After art we went straight to lunch.  Then we got to play outside until it was time for Jewish studies!!

Tuesday was another quick day in general studies!  We started with a super challenging dot-to-dot!!!  It had over 500 dots!!  Yesterday we did one that went up to 100 and it was a breeze..this was a bit more challenging ;) We had our thinking music on and were really concentrating!  We took our first test and then took a break.  We had snack with Turbo and then got to run around during PE.

We took our second test after PE.  When we finished testing we enjoyed a special treat and then went to lunch.  We went to music after lunch and then we were off to Jewish studies.

Wednesday we had an in-between dot-to-dot to do before testing; with 365 dots, some of us actually finished!  We took our first test and then took a break and had snack.  We even finished Turbo!  We went to PE and came back to take our second test.  After our second test we were finished for the day.  We went to lunch and then came back to work on something special and fun.

The whole school is making a quilt about our newest habit-Synergy.  We decorated our piece of the quilt today.  We chose to listen to the new Lego Movie song and we worked with it :)

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When we finished our masterpiece it was time for Jewish studies.

Thursday we were excited to see that we only had one test to take instead of two!  We started our morning with a T-REX dot-to-dot and then we were off to PE!  We came back to calm down and eat our healthy snacks before it was time to take the test.

We took our first, and only, test around 10:30.  When we finished, around 11:15, we got to do something really fun!  We made snowflakes!!  We got to turn on fun music, scribble like crazy on a sheet of paper, then we folded it up, and cut crazy, silly, marks!  When we unfolded it, we each had our very own, unique snowflakes!!  We had so much fun that we did this until lunchtime!

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After lunch, some of us took our AR quizzes.  If we didn’t take an AR quiz, it is TOTALLY OKAY!!  Ms. Lewis didn’t want us to be stressed out during testing week, so if we didn’t take our AR quiz this week…no worries!! We just get a little extra time to get ready for the quiz and we will take it next week.  We got to go outside after AR and then we were off to Jewish studies.

Friday we started our morning in the library.  After we worked on our dot-to-dot we were off to library.  When we came back we were ready to take our one and only test for the day.  We even started the second test book!  After we were finished testing we had snack and watched Sword and the Stone!  When we finished, we got to go outside for show and tell!!  When we were finished doing show and tell we got to play until it was time for lunch.

After lunch we had Mrs. Gutterman come in and help us with our Eagles project!  We are working on putting our webs that we did last week into the iPads.  We wrote our thoughts on paper first and now we get to transfer them!  We also had some time to just ‘play’ around with the app so we could get familiar with using it!  We practiced a lot today and we will spend more time next week putting our final drafts together!

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When we were finished we were off to Jewish studies.  First we enjoyed some Israeli dancing!!

PLEASE NOTE: 1st Grade is STILL TESTING next week.  We will be testing MONDAY and TUESDAY.  We will use Wednesday to do any MAKE-UP testing.  

We will have no homework and it will be another fun week :) Please get in touch with Ms. Lewis regarding any questions or concerns!  Shabbat Shalom!!!

Week of March 24–Jewish Studies

March 23rd, 2014

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The letter Resh!!  Not only does Morah Rachel love this letter but so do…

ארי אפרת ברכה גבריאל זכריה תמרה  Ari, Efrat, Bracha, Gavriel, Zechariah and Tamara.

We also love the story about the Gorilla Family in their cold cave!  Enjoy! We will be moving ahead with the letter ש  Sin.  Imagine a dot on the left side!  We have 2 girls who are so happy to have this letter at the beginning of their Hebrew names!!שמחה      שמחה אלישבע  Simcha and Simcha Elisheva!!

Our new letter is:

ש     sin  (imagine a dot on the left side of this letter in all these words!!!)

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

We are preparing for our class Seder ( Tuesday, April 8th at 1:30 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.

פרשת השבוע תזריע  Parshat Hashavua Tazria   The Torah portion this week is about contagious diseases.  We know about strep throat etc. just like in the Torah (it was leprosy back then!! OY!).

Please keep checking on Voicethread for songs for Pesach and the new letter.  If you are having difficulties, please let us know.

29th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

March 21st, 2014

What a yucky, wet Monday!! Oh my goodness..so much rain!  Despite the yucky weather we were happy to be at school!  We did our journals and then jumped into math.  We started a brand new unit today!  We are working with numbers up to 40.  We started with counting.  Luckily, we all know how to count up to 40 so we were pretty excited to show off our skills.  We also talked about the tens and the ones that were in the numbers.

Once we finished math we started Daily 5.  We did not have a spelling pre-test.  We’ve decided that we don’t NEED to do pre-tests, our main focus is learning the words.  During daily 5 we reviewed how to make our ‘read to self’ time the most productive time for us.

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We even made it up to 10 minutes of stamina!!  Can you believe it?!

Then we had a special birthday snack to celebrate Ari’s birthday!!

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After snack it was time for art.  Then we were off to lunch.  When we came back from lunch we had some bad news…

We learned that Liberty and Justice lost one of their eggs.

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We think that Liberty or Justice stepped on the egg making it crack.  We took our time, asked questions, and talked about what could have happened.  We also talked about what it means to Liberty and Justice that they lost an egg and what they do with the broken egg.  We spend so much time talking about it that we missed our recess time (which was probably good since it was raining!).  We finished our chat on a happy note; we are excited for the other egg to hatch in late March or early April.  We know that Liberty and Justice will do their very best to take care of their egg!!

We got our folders and headed to Jewish studies.

On Tuesday we barely saw Ms. Lewis or Mrs. Mcveary!! We were SO busy!!  We started with our morning work and then did the pledge and Hatikvah.  We jumped into daily 5 after our morning work.  We started with a review and then we found our spots for ‘read to self’ time.  We worked our stamina up to 12 minutes, but we had a tough time with it.  SInce it was so hard for us, we didn’t color up to 12 on our stamina chart, but we colored up to 10.  We had great reflection time when we were finished.  Ms. Lewis is so proud of how involved everyone is!

After daily 5 we went to PE.  We came back to have snack and then went off to library.  Mrs. Hallett will be out of town on Friday, so she let us pick another day to have our library class.  We are still working on our book reports, but they are looking great!!  After library we went to lunch.  When we were finished with lunch we were off to music! (I told you we barely saw Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcveary!! It was crazy!!!)  We got our folders and packed up for Jewish studies.

Wednesday we were excited to spend more time in our classroom!!  We started with our morning work and then started daily 5.  We did the same routine as Tuesday-review, stamina, reflection.  We were able to reach 11 minutes during our ‘read to self’ time! We even got rewards for our perfect stamina!!  We were off to PE when we finished reflecting about our Daily 5.

When we came back we had a special snack to celebrate Charlie’s birthday!!

photo-29 We had donuts and even cool napkins!!

When we finished our snack and started math.  During math we worked on our numbers to 40 some more.  We talked about 1 more than a number or 2 less than a number.  We also talked more about tens and ones!  We did GREAT work during math today; we didn’t have time to do math yesterday, so we had lots to do today!  We finished in time to play one round of freeze dance before we were off to lunch.  Since we did such great work today (and since we have been cooped up for 2 days), Ms. Lewis let us play outside until Jewish studies!

Thursday we had our journal questions and then went right to PE.  We had math when we came back from PE.  During math we worked in our textbook some more.  We did adding AND subtracting today!!  We also worked a little in our workbook.  Our workbook helped us to get more familiar with numbers up to 40.  We had snack when we finished our workbook.

We started daily 5 next.  Instead of reviewing first, we jumped right into ‘read to self.’  We reached 12 minutes!!  We also STARTED talking about ‘read to someone’.  We will go into more detail about this part of daily 5 tomorrow.  We are pretty excited about it though!!  After daily 5 it was time for lunch.

We came back from lunch to take our AR quizzes.  When we went to the library, we got a new AR book and we also got our usual library book!!!  We had time to play some freeze dance, and then we were off to Jewish studies.

Friday we were dressed to impress.  We didn’t even do a journal!  We started our day right away with daily 5!!  We started with ‘read to self’.  We worked our way up to 13 minutes and Mrs. Mcveary and Ms. Lewis were so, SO proud!!

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We are really excited to be working towards read to ‘someone’!  We won’t be as ‘strict’ with our schedule next week because we are going to be busy testing!

Mrs. Gutterman joined us next for a lesson about our eagles, Liberty and Justice!

photo 3  We watched a short video about eagles, and their symbolism to America!  We then made a web.  We have been working on eagle painting in art, so that will go in the middle of our web.  Then we wrote facts that we knew about eagles!  Next week we are going to make our webs on the iPads!

We had snack after we finished our eagle webs.  We got to enjoy our frozen treats today since we had had donuts on Wednesday.  When snack was over, we got to play outside until lunch!!!

After lunch we enjoyed show and tell.  Then we were off Israeli dancing before Jewish studies.

On Monday we start TESTING!  We will be testing ALL next week and the Monday and Tuesday of the following week.  There will be NO homework.  We will have an easy going, fun, stress-free week!!!  We have talked about what to do to get ready for testing:

-EAT a good BREAKFAST

-Go to BED ON TIME and eat a great DINNER

-Bring HEALTHY snacks to school

-Get to school ON TIME

We will also do some things of our own to help us be prepared and relax.  We will do some stretches, make sure we have plenty of potty breaks, and we will have our own testing area too!

Please get in touch with Ms. Lewis if there are any concerns or questions :)

Week of March 17—Jewish Studies ר

March 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

We got to sit on our desks, wear pj’s or our clothes backwards, and pray with Dr. Mitzmacher (on our bellies and all over the classroom!).

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

תודה רבה Todah Raba A BIG THANK YOU to the women who helped us….  the Moms  (and brother)  of Danial, Zachariah, Simcha Elisheva, Efrat and even Morah Rachel’s mom, Batya, and her friend, Esther, from the Coves!! And Morah Hanna really has the golden hands to make our dough just right!!

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Our costumes were terrific and we had such fun!!

 

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Now moving on…..

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

ר  RESH

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)

פרשת השבוע שמיני Parshat Hashavua Shemini  This week’s Torah portion is Shemini and it’s all about the laws of Kashrut.

WELCOME BACK, Michah!  We missed you and can’t wait to hear all your stories of Israel!!

פסח Pesach Passover is approaching!! Listen for our songs and parts in the Seder.  Please note that our Model Seder is on Tuesday, 4/8 at 1:30 PM in the kitchen half of the Social Hall.  It will be another memorable experience with this class!!

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

We are busy preparing for Pesach.  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.

 

28th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

March 14th, 2014

On Monday Ms. Lewis was back! She was so excited to be greeted with such warm hugs and smiles :) thanks to everyone who sent their well wishes to my family and I!

We started our Monday morning with our journal question.  We said the pledge and hatikvah and jumped into math!  We started with our POTD.  Once we finished it was time to take a cumulative test.  Ms. Lewis was very proud of us!!  We explored some science after we were all finished with our test.  We talked about pushes, pulls, and even force!  When we were finished with science, it was time for snack.

Ms. Lewis let us finish watching ‘The Lorax’ during snack.  Daily 5 was next!!  Ms. Lewis was very excited to see the progress we had made while she was away.  Mrs. Mcveary reviewed all that had been taught so far.  We reviewed how to Read to Self.  We reviewed the ways to read a book.  We also reviewed how to find a ‘good pick’ book!  Then, we got to show Ms. Lewis how we had built up our stamina.  We reached 7 WHOLE MINUTES!!!!!!!!  Ms. Lewis could NOT believe it.  Once we finished, we got to fill out our stamina chart!  We will be tracking our stamina as a class, and on our own!!  We even got our own Daily 5 folders.

After Daily 5 we were off to art and then lunch.  When we got back from lunch we worked on our handwriting.  We had a review before moving on to new letters.  We went to recess and then we were off to Jewish studies.

On Tuesday we had our same morning routine: journal, pledge and hatikvah.  We started our morning with a math test.  This test was all about graphing.  Again, Ms. Lewis was so proud!!  When we finished our test we had a mystery subtraction picture to solve and color!  After math we had a few minutes to clean out our desks.  We are working on organization as we make our way through the year.

When we finished, we went to PE and came back in time for snack.  When we came back, our desks were in a circle!!! It had been awhile since we changed our desks, so Ms. Lewis did it while we were gone!! SURPRISE :)

Next we started our Daily 5 block.  We reviewed what was expected and dove right into building our stamina.  We were still aiming for 7 minutes, but unfortunately we only made it to 4 minutes.  We will try again tomorrow!

With 10 minutes to spare, we went outside!!  Then we were off to music.  We came back, got our folders, and were off to Jewish studies with Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah.  We were very excited for a crazy, fun day in Jewish studies!!

On Wednesday we enjoyed coming into see our new seating arrangement!  Some of us forgot that we got new seats ;) We started our journals and finished our morning work.  We started with math, AGAIN!  We had ANOTHER math test!!!  We had a cumulative test on Monday, Tuesday was a graphing test, and Wednesday was another cumulative test, including our graphing unit.  Everyone has been working really hard and Ms. Lewis gave us a reward later in the day!

Once we finished math it was time for PE.  We came back for snack and also enjoyed our frozen treats!  Once we finished snack we started Daily 5.  We were able to work our way back up to 7 minutes of stamina.  We filled out our graphs.  Today we did something a bit different; Ms. Lewis chose our book for us.  We will only do this once or twice a week because Ms. Lewis really wants us to learn how to chose our own ‘good fit’ books.  The books Ms. Lewis chose were from our Reading Street series.  There are different levels and even questions at the end of each story!  When we were finished it was already time for lunch.

Since Ms. Lewis was SO proud of all the hard work we had been doing, we got to go outside after lunch until it was time for Jewish studies.  We were excited, again, to go to Jewish studies to make Hamentaschen!!!

Thursday we finally changed our schedule a bit!  We did our journals and went to PE.  When we came back from PE we started Daily 5.  We reviewed all that we had learned and we made our stamina goal 8 minutes.  Believe it or not, we were able to do it!!!  Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcveary were SO incredibly proud!!  We filled in our stamina charts for 8 minutes and then we were able to get our snacks.  We had a great snack and then moved onto math.

Today in math, we did NOT take a test!!  Ms. Lewis has been so proud of our hard work in math, so we got to do something super fun today!  We did m&m graphing!!!!  We each got 10 m&m’s and had to make our own bar graph.  Then we had a worksheet to go with it!  When we were finished we got to eat all 10 of the m&m’s!!

mm2 mm1 mm3 mm4  It was perfect timing, after all the m&m’s, to go outside for recess!  We played until lunch.  When we came back from lunch we took our AR quizzes.  We also got to play freeze dance when everyone was finished!  We went to Jewish studies after 2 rounds.

THE PURM CELEBRATION WAS FINALLY HERE ON FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!  We were looking good in our costumes.

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We told jokes until everyone came to the celebration in the sanctuary!  Even some of our friends told jokes!!

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Once we had the parade, we got to go back to our classrooms for activities with the middle schoolers!

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We even had a surprise guest……..MICAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  He skyped us from Israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We were SOOOO happy to see him.

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We had snack with all of our purim fun.  We especially loved having some hamantaschen!!!  Once we finished snack we started Daily 5 for the day.  Even though we were having a fun day, we wanted to keep our routine.  We took our spelling test first.  Then we started our review of Daily 5.  Mrs. Mcveary and Ms. Lewis were not super surprised that we didn’t meet our stamina goal today (especially with all the sugar and costume madness!).  We didn’t even make it to 2 minutes :( we talked about things we can do if we think we may have a hard time keeping our stamina.  We took it as a learning experience and then went to recess :)

We were then off to lunch and then went to library since we weren’t able to go this morning.  We were so busy working on our book reports that we totally forgot to check out books!!!  It was time for Jewish studies and we didn’t check out books today.  We were excited to get our folders and continue our day with Israeli dancing!!

Next week we will get a new homework packet.  Our homework packet will be due on FRIDAY, March 20th.  We will NOT have homework during testing, so we will turn this homework packet in before.

TESTING will start Monday, March 24th.  I will talk to the kids about this next week at school but it is VITAL that we come to school ON TIME, WELL RESTED, AND WITH HEALTHY SNACKS (and a great breakfast!!!).  Like I said, we will discuss this more next week.

Hope everyone has a HAPPY PURIM weekend!!!!!  Shabbat Shalom :)