18th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

December 19th, 2014

The last week before winter break…..woah!!! We got busy on Monday morning and jumped into daily 5 with read to self and work on writing.

After daily 5, we started math right away.  During math we took a test!  It was a cumulative test and we did it all on our own!  Ms. Lewis went over the test with us before we took it, and then it was our job to show all the brain work.  We made Ms. Lewis pretty proud :)

Then we had snack.  We got to play freeze dance too before we headed to art!  We went from art to lunch and then to recess!! Before recess, we got in the Hanukkah spirit by listening to 2 different songs about Hanukkah!!!

Tuesday we were buzzing with Hanukkah jitters…we could feel the excitement!!!

IMG_5313 Mac was excited too!  He even wrote us a letter…the kids said his handwriting looks like Ms. Lewis’…..but we decided it wasn’t her!

We jumped into daily 5 and started with read to self then continued to word work.  We all added our words to our word bank!

We were off to PE and then came back to enjoy snack.  After snack we started math.  We are finally moving on to a new unit–shapes!!!!!  We worked together in our textbook and learned some tricks to count the corners and sides of a shape!!

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After math we had time for freeze dance before we headed to lunch.  Then we went right to music and came back to pack up for Jewish studies.

What a fun Wednesday!  We had Hanukkah music playing while we warmed up our brains with a Hanukkah word search.  We jumped into daily 5 with read to self and work on writing.  We are all going to finish the writing we are working on before winter break!  When we get back from winter break, we get to write post-cards!!

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We were off to PE!  When we came back, we got to celebrate Kyra’s birthday!!!

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After snack we started math.  We continued to work with our shapes unit.  We focused on grouping the shapes by size, color, or even how many corners they had!  We also worked on patterns, which was fun!

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When we came back inside, Mrs. Wayne, our school guidance counselor, came to chat with us!  Ms. Lewis and Morah Rachel thought it would be a good idea for Mrs. Wayne to come and talk to us about personal space.  We talked about everyone having a bubble and if we get into someone’s bubble then it can make them feel uncomfortable.  We also talked about keeping our hands to ourselves!  We watched 2 short videos and we talked about different choices that could be good or not-so-good.  We were able to ask questions, too!

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Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah came to listen to Mrs. Wayne too, so when we were finished talking with Mrs. Wayne we went right to Jewish studies.

We started our morning with fun Hanukkah music and a Hanukkah word scramble!  Before we knew it, we were off to PE.  When we came back, we did word work and work on writing.  We gave each other spelling tests and we also finished our writing!!

Then we had snack.  We got to read 2 Pete the Cat books from Lizzie :) Thanks for sharing! We had to switch our schedule around a bit, so we did math!  We worked in our workbooks and had fun exploring shapes on our own.  Then we went outside for recess.

We went to lunch and came back to take our AR quizzes.  We did NOT get new AR books, we will get them when we get back from Winter break.  Next, we got to play freeze dance until Jewish studies.

FRIDAY FINALLY ARRIVED!!!!!!! Our morning began with an all school Hanukkah party!!

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We had so much fun! We went to library after and then enjoyed snack.  Thank your Mrs. Hill for letting us borrow your fun Hanukkah movie!!!


Then, it was time for a Hanukkah party with Ms. Lewis and Mrs. Mcvearry!!!  Ms. Lewis’ mommy made us a special game that Ms. Lewis used to play when she was little, and even in 1st grade :) It’s called Pass the Parcel, which we learned is another word for a package or present!  We were listening to Hanukkah music and we passed the parcel around in our circle.  If the music stopped and you were holding the parcel, you got to unwrap a layer of wrapping paper (there happened to be 15 layers ;) ) and read the secret message with something silly to do! Once we unwrapped all the layers, there were presents inside the parcel!!!

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We were off to lunch and came back to a mystery reader.  We sat on the carpet and heard our clues…we were stumped!  Then we saw…………………….

IMG_5464 IMG_5469 IMG_5473 Sage, Gabe’s sister!!!!!!!!  She read a funny book about tushy’s–oh my!! and she also gave us a Hanukkah treat..thank you so much!!!

After mystery reader, we packed up our folders and got one last Hanukkah treat…….GELT!!!! Hanukkah would be incomplete without some gelt ;)

Just like that, we were off to Jewish studies for Israeli dancing and more fun on our last day before Winter break.

We hope you enjoy the break and have a wonderful holiday!!  We will see you next year :)


Jewish Studies—We have rhythm!!

December 17th, 2014

Here we are praying with Rabbi Tilman.   We say  Halleluyah!!!


Week of December 15—Jewish Studies חנוכה שמח

December 14th, 2014

We wish all of our  כיתה אKitah Alef families a חנוכה שמח Chanukah Sameach Happy Chanukah!

גלידה גלידה G’lidah g’lidah!!! ICE CREAM for the letter Lamed!!! See how much fun we had even on a a cold day in Kitah Alef!!!  And everyone was healthy &  in school today!  Halleluyah!!


אריאות Ariyot Our letter lion has also reminded us

לקרוא Leek-row!! TO READ!!! Our new letters are:

מ Mem

ם Mem Sofit (final mem) Words like:

מילון milone dictionary

???? מילים עם milim im ??? words with question marks?? like:

מי me who?

מה mah what?

כמה kamah how many?

למה lamah why?

מלך melech king

משפחה mishpacha family

שמש shemesh sun

שמים shamayim heavens

ים yam sea

AND our very special person that starts with our letter……


מיטל  Maytal!!!!!    (We’re also learning Mem Sofit… Final Mem but couldn’t find an אברהם  Avraham    or a מרים   Miriam)


תודה רבה Todah Raba to those loyal readers who sent in the answer  to Rabbi Tilman’s question… How many candles do we need for the whole holiday?  44!!!

He also showed us a neat trick on how to add them all up:  For each night we have

2    then 3 then 4 then 5 then 6 then 7 then 8 and finally 9

If you add the first number and the last 2+9= 11

If you add the next number and the next to last number  3+8=11

IF you add the next number and the next to the next last number  4+7=11

and then you add the two numbers in the middle  5+6=11

And our amazing students could add 11+11+11+11=44!!!!  Very cool!!!

Look for more questions in the future for our loyal readers for more extra credit!!!

פרשת השבוע   ש  Portion of the week…..is Miketz.

17th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

December 12th, 2014

Monday morning we were ready to go!  We jumped into read to self.  We first started on the rug and we reviewed everything we have learned thus far-setting, rhyming, character traits, and more!  Today we introduced a new skill-main idea.  We read a book together and Ms. Lewis role modeled how to find the main idea.  During read to self, we tried to think about main idea in our own books.

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We jumped right into work on writing!  We have lots of stuff going on with our writing.  Some of us got to start a whole new story, some of us were finishing a story, and some of us are already ready to conference about our newest story!  Ms. Lewis also made our writing portfolio’s, so when we finish a writing assignment, we put it in our portfolio and we will get to take them home at the end of the year!

We took a break to do the Hokey-Pokey before starting math!


During math, we did more practicing!  It is our plan to practice ALL this week and then move on with our math, although we will frequently come back to our adding and subtracting!

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After art we went right to lunch and then we got to play outside until it was time to go to Jewish studies!  Some of us stayed inside with Ms. Lewis to take an AR quiz on our Daily 5 books, but we got to play right after! We got our folders and packed up.

Tuesday morning we started with Daily 5.  We read a lovely book about a little pig who said ‘ribbit’!  Ask you child why the froggy did that and what happened?! Also ask about the main idea of the story :) it was a great one!! We moved right along into word work.  We did an activity on the board about two different sounds — ‘sh’ and ‘th’ — we each had to think of a word for each sound and we got to write them on the board!!


Tomorrow, we will look for ‘sh’ and ‘th’ words while we read, too!  We also got to add our new spelling words to our word banks. Then we were off to PE.

We had snack after PE and then started math.  During math we continued to work on addition and subtraction.  Today though, we only did adding!!  We did some together on our little boards with Ms. Lewis and we also did some on our own!! We worked until it was time for lunch and we were doing so well that we were almost late!!  So we got ready quickly and headed to eat.  After lunch we went to music then came back to pack up and go to Jewish studies.

Wednesday we were so excited to go to the science lab with Mrs. Jaffa!!  We had some time before we had to go, so we started our morning by doing some handwriting practice!  We learned about the letters ‘b’ and ‘l’.

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When we were finished, we got a partner a gave each other spelling tests!!  What a great way to practice :)

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Then we were off to science!  We learned about mass.

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PE was next then we came back to have snack. After snack we started math.  We reviewed only subtracting!


We worked until lunch time and then we were off to eat!  When we got back we did read to self and then went outside to play before packing up to go to Jewish studies!

Thursday we were super busy, but we had fun!!!  We started our morning with Coach at PE!  We came back to enjoy a special birthday snack with Andrew and his Daddy!!  What a special day :)

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After our special snack, we started Daily 5.  We worked on writing, and we even did word work! Then we got to take a break and have some recess time!

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After recess we came back inside to take our AR quizzes.  We got new books and took our last AR quizzes before winter break will be next Thursday!  We will NOT GET NEW BOOKS next week. We were off to lunch.

We did more math review after lunch.  As I am sure you have heard, we have been working hard reviewing and practicing our adding and subtracting with numbers up to 20.  As we are getting ready to move on in our math, we wanted you to have a reference to look at if you ever need to help your child.  The thought process we have been learning is the foundation of our math curriculum. Mrs. Mcvearry and I mapped out 3 different problems for you, in child-friendly verbiage–1 adding, and 2 subtracting.

Adding 1 Adding 2 Adding 3

Sub saving 10 (1) Sub saving 10 (2)

Sub using 10 (1) Sub using 10 (2)

When we were finished reviewing, we packed up and headed to meet Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah!

Friday morning we went to library after our meeting.

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When we got back we started math.  We did just a few problems and then we had snack.  We have been doing so good with our practicing! Ms. Lewis is so proud of our hard work!  While we will be moving on to a new unit, we will keep reviewing!

We got to watch an episode of Magic School Bus while we had snack, and Ms. Lewis started our spelling tests!  Since we learned about mass in science, our MSB episode was about mass too :)

Next, we did show and tell with Mrs. Mcvearry while Ms. Lewis continued the spelling.  Then we were off to lunch!

When we got back from lunch, we got ready for mystery reader…we heard the clues and then we saw…………….

IMG_5251 IMG_5250 Mrs. Jaffa!!!!!!!!  She read us a great Hanukkah story, which was cool because Kyra’s birthday is during Hanukkah this year :) we get to celebrate next week!

We finished our story in time to play Homeworkopoly.  Then we packed up and met Morah Rachel outside for Israeli dancing.

COMING SOON TO 1st GRADE……………………….

Next week is our last week before winter break!!  Even though we will all be so excited, we will still have a new homework packet with spelling words and math homework.  We WILL have our spelling test on December 19th, but after our test, we will spend the day doing Hanukkah crafts, games, and lots of fun!!!

Week of Dec. 8–Jewish Studies ל ך

December 7th, 2014

LOYAL READERS…. see extra credit opportunity below.********************

ALSO please note that there are new songs for our new letters  and  for Chanukah on VOICETHREAD.  It will always be part of the homework assignment to sing and point to the words of the new songs.  If there are still difficulties in logging on to Voicethread, let us know.  The students will be assessed to see if they have accomplished their assignment on Voicethread. ( Just sing and follow along!)

אריאות  Ariyot  We are thrilled to be continuing in our new purple book. On the Smartboard we enjoy practicing what we know about the letters. (Thanks to Galit for helping us out!!!

AND there’s more!!!  This is the first time that we meet different versions of a letter.

כ כ ך Kaf (with dot in center), Chaf (No dot) and Chaf Sofit (final Chaf found only at the end of a word)

כ Chaf has words that we are learning like:

בוכה  bocheh  cries for a boy

בוכה   bochah cries for a girl

כוכב kochav  star

כוכבים kochavim  stars


ך   Chaf Sofit can only be found at the end of a word like:

איך  Aich?   How?

כך Kach    That’s the way

It also appears often in our prayers!!!


אריאות  Ariyot  Our letter lion next introduces us gleefully to:

ל Lamed   with words like:

ילד  yeled  boy

ילדה  yalda  girl

חולה   choleh  sick for a boy

חולה   cholah   sick for a girl

אוכל   o-chel  eats for a boy

אוכלת  o-chelet eats for a girl

חלה   Challah  special twisted bread for Shabbat

גלידה  g’leedah   ICE CREAM  (a very tasty word this week!!)


Check out those lovely students who have this letter at the beginning of their names:
לאה ולילה   Leah V’Lilah!!!


LOYAL READERS…. Please discuss and then send in with your child ASAP  … the answer to this question posed by Rabbi Tilman to our class:

HOW MANY CANDLES DO WE NEED FOR THE ENTIRE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH???? ( Note: each night an additional candle is added!!)  Extra credit to those who send in the correct answer!!  This is not an easy math problem!!   (Please send answer  in by Tuesday, if possible.  Rabbi Tilman comes to our class on Tuesdays!!)


פרשת השבוע וישלח Parshat HaShavuah Vayishlach  Our Torah portion this week  is about Jacob and Esau meeting again.

16th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

December 5th, 2014

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends :)

We jumped back into our routine and kicked off the daily 5 with read to self.  We reviewed the skills we had learned before the break and look forward to starting a new skill tomorrow!

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We also did work on writing!  We are all working on our rough drafts of our ‘about me’ narrative.  We will conference and then start another piece of writing! We took a break for snack and started math.  We enjoyed reviewing in our workbook!

Before we knew it, we were off to art, then right to lunch.  We came back to play for recess and then we got our folders and packed up for Jewish studies.

Tuesday morning Ms. Lewis totally forgot that we had library!!! Ms. Hallett isn’t going to be here on Friday, so we rescheduled our class.  After our morning meeting we rushed to make it on time :) Also, since Ms. Lewis forgot to remind us..we were able to bring in our library books on Wednesday or Thursday. We started learning about predictions in literature; we even got to make our own prediction about a book Mrs. Hallett read to us!


So, we had a very busy morning because when library was over, we went right to PE!  We came back to have snack and then we took a math test.  This was the very first test that Mrs. Mcvearry and Ms. Lewis did not help us AT ALL!!!  Ms. Lewis went over the directions on the test before we took it, then we did it on our own!  We did GREAT. We get to take our tests home on Friday.

After our test, we got to have an impromptu lesson about gecko’s!  Mrs. Teitelbaum brought in her gecko, Squirmy, and Ms. Lewis gets to take him(her?) home as her new pet!!  So we took the opportunity, while Squirmy was with us, to do some learning!

IMG_5024 IMG_5032We learned that Squirmy is a reptile who is supposed to be nocturnal, but he seems to like the day time!  We also learned what Squirmy likes to eat and why his tail is so fat :)

We were off to lunch and then up to music.  We came back to get our folders and pack up for Jewish studies.

Wednesday morning we were excited to see ‘Mensch/Bench’ on our schedule for the day…..but first, we started with read to self.  We learned about the differences between realism and fantasy!  We read 2 books together, one realism and one fantasy–then we compared them.  When we started to do read to self, we made sure to think about if our own book was realism or fantasy.

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During reflection, Ms. Lewis let us share what we found!

Then, finally, it was time to learn about the Mensch on the Bench!!!!!!!  We opened the box and started to read the book that came with our new friend.  We learned about Moshe, the ‘unsung hero’ of Hanukkah, who watched over the menorah each night to make sure the Jews didn’t run out of oil in the menorah.  When we finished reading, we learned about the rules of the Mensch..first we had to name him.  After a vote, we settled on Mac the Mensch!!  So, we continued reading and discovered the rest of the rules about Mac.  We learned that he likes to be moved daily.  He also is friends with Hashem, so they talk about everything that Mac sees.  We also learned about Mac’s shamesh candle; he always holds the shamesh candle!  If we are behaving well, then when it’s time, Mac will release the shamesh and let us light the menorah to celebrate Hanukkah :) , however if we are misbehaving, then Mac will hold onto the candle and will not let it go..then we won’t be able to light our menorah :( we had fun with Mac today and are excited to see him again tomorrow!!! Who knows where he may be……

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We were off to PE and came back to enjoy snack. Then we started math.  We were going to take another test, but we decided to review on the big board instead–how fun!  We got to take turns being the teacher and we, again, practiced our addition and subtraction with numbers up to 20!!!

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Tomorrow, we will get to do our own problems!  We lined up for lunch and headed to eat.  When we got back, it was time for word work.

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When we finished word work, we decided to go back to Mensch on a Bench because Ms. Lewis found out about a contest to win a 5 FOOT Mensch on the Bench!!!!!!!  We took two pictures and Ms. Lewis sent in the one of us in the big sanctuary :)

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Cross you fingers for us to win!!!  When we got back, we packed up and headed to Jewish studies.

Thursday morning we started our day by watching the shuttle launch……that didn’t happen :/ it was really cool to watch the shuttle getting ready and listen to the operators troubleshoot!


We headed to PE and came back to have snack and take our AR quizzes.  We went to the library and got new AR books for our quizzes next Thursday!

We started work on writing after snack/AR quizzes.  Ms. Lewis was SO proud of our focus!!!  We accomplished a lot :) Most of us are working on our 2nd piece of writing, getting all the final touches done after conferencing with Mrs. Mcvearry!  Ms. Lewis also finished putting everyone’s first narrative on their blogfolio!!  Be sure to check them out!!!  We transitioned into word work and everyone did rainbow writing with their spelling words.

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Since we were working so hard this morning, we got to go outside for recess before we headed to lunch!  When we got back, we started math.  We continued to review by doing only a few example on the board and then EVERYONE got to do their OWN problems!!!  There are lots of steps to our addition and subtraction problems, so we took our time and worked until it was time to pack up and go to Jewish studies.

On Friday we were busy!  First thing we saw was Mac the mensch practicing for his spelling test…


After our spelling review word search, we started math.  During math we continued to review!  We did some together, then we got to work on our own.  It’s fun to review outside of our textbook, workbook, and tests!  We got to each have our own whiteboard today and our own marker!!

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After math we got to have snack and watch our Magic School Bus–the episode was all about being lost in space!  After snack we started show and tell.  During snack and through show and tell, Ms. Lewis gave us our spelling tests!  When everyone was finished taking their spelling test and show and tell was over, we played Homeworkopoly for those of us who did our homework!  Then, we got to go outside and enjoy recess until it was time to go to lunch.

After lunch we had a mystery reader………………….

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Rabbi Tilman read us a great Dr. Seuss book.  It was one of his favorite from when he was little!  It taught us a great lesson–don’t sweat the silly stuff!! Thanks Rabbi :)

When we were getting ready to pack up, we noticed something extra special……

FullSizeRender(2) Mac had closed up the stamp pad and he ever let go of the candle so we could light our menorah!!!!!!  It was the strangest thing though, Ms. Lewis had lunch duty and then we had a mystery reader…so we were all so busy….we just don’t know who helped Mac let go of the candle…Hanukkah magic ;) we were in awe!  We got our folders and went to meet Morah Rachel and Morah Hannah for Israeli dancing!


We have another full week next week.  We will get a new homework packet with math and spelling.  Don’t forget to be reading each night, too.  We are looking forward to going to the science lab on Wednesday! I wonder where Mac will be on Monday?

There seems to be a nasty little bug going around..be sure to get lots of rest and drink your juice :) stay healthy!!

Shabbat Shalom!

15th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

November 26th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!  What a wonderful time to think about all we are lucky to have in our lives…including our students and parents!!!  Thank YOU for being so involved in your child’s life :)

We started our Thanksgiving week by doing Thanksgiving Boggle!  Sophia found the most words-15!  We saved our letters and got to bring it home in case we want to try to find more words. Next we jumped into math.  We are almost wrapping up our numbers through 20 unit.  We have really taken our time and gotten lots of practice!

We next moved on to a Thanksgiving project that can be found on our bulletin board outside the room!! Enjoy :)

Art was the next thing on our schedule.  Afterwards, we cleaned up and went right to lunch.  After lunch, we got to enjoy the rest of our PJ party movie!!

On Tuesday we were getting excited about Intergenerational day!  We started our morning with a Thanksgiving word search!!  We jumped into math and did a review in our workbook.  After math we had time for some freeze dance before we headed to PE!

When we came back from PE, we finally finished our PJ party movie!! Whew! Then, when everyone finished snack, we had a few things to do to get ready for our visitors tomorrow!!!

WOW!!!!  What fun we had on Wednesday!  We started our morning with a math mystery Thanksgiving picture, however we could hardly contain our excitement!!  Before we knew it, it was time to head to the sanctuary to meet out guests!!!

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After singing songs, and giving out some awards, everyone came back to our classroom to do some fun crafts!!!  We made two different types of turkeys :) It was fun to have our special guests help us put our turkey’s together!

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When we were finished with our crafts, Morah Rachel met us in the lobby and we ended our fun morning with some Israeli dancing!!!  The kids had picked 5 songs they wanted to share with our guests :)


Thank you to everyone who came and made this day so special for us.  We are so appreciative of all the love that we got to feel on Wednesday :)


We are back to a normal week starting on Monday!  We will have a new homework packet and new spelling words.  We will continue to work on the Daily 5 and we will also be getting ready to start a new math unit on shapes!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the long weekend!!!

Weeks of Nov. 24 and Dec. 1–Jewish Studies

November 23rd, 2014

We  are SOOOO thankful for our amazing students and their families in Kitah Alef.  We aren’t just giving thanks on Thanksgiving but every day!!  מודה אני Modeh Anee!!

Enjoy the holiday with family and friends!

We will soon have 2 new workbooks…. a new one for the holiday of Chanukah and a new Ariyot!

We are  just beginning our newest Ariyot book… it is purple!!!

Our new letter, כ , (with a dot in the middle) has lots of new words like:

כד  kad  pitcher

כדים  kadim  pitchers

כותב   kotev  writes for a boy

כותבת kotevet writes for a girl

כואב  ko-ev  hurts

כחול  kachole  blue

כיתה  kitah  class

The portion this week is  ויצא Vayetze and next week’s is וישלח Vayishlach about Jacob and Esau.

AND we have begun practicing our parts for Haggigat HaSiddur.  No need to memorize… we are reading our parts at school and will send them home if needed.  SAVE THE DATE.. 2/7/15!!

Before we know it, a favorite holiday will be here….

חנוכה Chanukah!!!!

חנוכה שמח Chanukah Sameach Happy Chanukah!!

We are learning lots in our חנוכה שמח  Chanukah Sameach  Happy Chanukah workbook.   Eventually, just ask any of us which is the correct way to light the  חנוכיה Chanukiya and we will show you  how!!

We are learning words for the holiday :

יהודים Yehudim  Jews

יונים  Yevanim  Syrian Greeks

בית המקדש  Bet HaMikdash  The Holy Temple

אסור  asoor   forbidden

פסל  pesel   idol

נס נסים  nes,  nisim    miracle (s)

שמן  shemen   oil

חנוכיה   Chanukiyah    Chanukah menorah 9 branched candleholder

סביבון  sevivon    dreidel

לביבות   levivot   latkes

ספגניות  sufganiyot    jelly donuts

14th Week of 1st Grade – General Studies

November 20th, 2014

We started our Monday morning with a journal question and our morning meeting.  We jumped right into daily 5…..but first, we took our shoes off.  Why not?! We wanted to make Monday exciting ;)

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During read to self, Ms. Lewis taught us about character traits!  We read a few stories together and Ms. Lewis modeled how we find character traits.  We also talked about some examples.  Tomorrow, we will get to think about the character traits of the characters in our own stories!  We started word work next.  During word work, we did something a bit different.  Ms. Mcvearry made each of us a word back; in our word bank, we will be able to find all the spelling words we have had in the past!  So, during word work, we took time to write in the words we have already had, and now it’s just something we will do each week!  We will also get to use our word bank during work on writing :)

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We started math.  We continued to work in our workbook after we did problem of the day!  Then, it was time to celebrate all the November birthdays in class–Elie, Sam, and Lily…and Ms. Lewis :) what a treat!!!

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After we ate all the sugar, we were off to art ;) then we went right to lunch!  After lunch we got to go outside until Jewish studies.  We had to come inside a bit early because of the weather, but we still had fun!

Tuesday morning we were so busy we started our morning meeting early!  We jumped into work on writing.  Most of us got to finish our first narrative!!  Keep an eye on our blogfolios to see them and hear our reflection.  Also, you may be able to see them on Intergenerational Day (November 26th, 2014).  If we were able to finish our first narrative, we got to start on a second one that is all about us!!!

We also did read to self before we headed off to PE.  When we came back it was time for snack!  After snack we worked in our workbook during math.  We finished with enough time to play freeze dance before lunch!

We went right from lunch, to music, to Jewish studies.

On Wednesday we were excited to be heading to the science lab after our journal and morning meeting!  We got to experiment with light and shadows!  We made our own puppets and got to look at their shadows.  Check out our science bulletin board for our work!

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After science we were off to PE and then we came back to have snack.  When snack was over, it was time to start math.  We are getting really good with our adding and subtracting!!  It is a good thing we get so much time to practice.  We worked in our workbooks until it was time for lunch.

After lunch we began work on writing.  Most of us finished our hamburger writing!!  Ms. Lewis started to help us post them to our bolgfolio with a reflection, take a look!  Those of us who finished their hamburger writing, we got to start a new piece of writing that we are using in art too!!  It’s another narrative, but this one is all about US!!  We were so busy working that we lost track of time and were a tad late to Jewish studies! Oy!!

Thursday was such a FUN day!!! We were sure busy though, whew!  We had our morning meeting and did a spelling review word search to start our day.  Then, we did a project for math!  We made flower clocks.  They are all on display in our classroom, on the math bulletin board..come by and take a peak!  We made a clock face, and numbered it.  Then we added petals that tell us what the numbers mean, like when you count by 5’s!  We even used leaves for the hands on the clock; a long leaf for the minute hand, and a shorter one for the hour hand.  We had to take a break for PE and we finished when we came back.  We got to have snack, too!

Between our flower clock and PE, we used all our time and started AR quizzes after snack.  We took our quiz with Ms. Lewis and went to the library to pick out a new book with Mrs. Mcvearry.  There will be NO AR QUIZZES next week.  Our next AR quiz will be Thursday, December 4th.  When we finished AR, we headed to lunch.

When we got back from lunch, it was finally time to start the PARTY part of our PJ day!!!!!!  Mrs. Scharf brought us fruit and chocolate covered popcorn.  What a treat!!! Ms. Lewis brought in a special move—Rio 2!!!!!!!!  We got to relax and enjoy until it was time to go to Jewish studies :)

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Next week we only have 2 and a half days of school, one of them being Intergenerational Day!!  We will use these few days to review and catch up on work we may have missed.  There will be no homework packet, but we will be busy during the day.  We will also use this time to have some fun :)

Week of Nov. 17–Jewish Studies י Intro to VOICETHREAD

November 16th, 2014




We had a great time acting out the story או או הטוסט   Oh, Oh  The Toast!! About a

טבח Tabach  a Chef (Just like somebody’s dad in our class!!)    And how he gets

distracted while watching TV about a new car and burns the toast!!  OY!

אריאות Ariyot

The next letter we are studying is the letter  י  yod   with words like:

יד  yad   hand

יושב  yoshev  sits for a boy

יושבת  yoshevet sits for a girl

יויו  yoyo   YOYO!!! :)

חגיגה  chaggigah   celebration  (our Haggigat HaSiddur Celebration of the Siddur  is on 2/7/15)

חידה  chidah   puzzle

We have 2 people with names that start with י

יוחנן       יונתן  Yochanan and Yonatan!!



It is a busy week…and we still read the Torah!

פרשת השבוע  Portion of the Week in the Torah is תולדות Toldot is about twins—-kind of like Mrs. Yegelwel’s new twin grandchildren!!

What a great time we had celebrating Ms. Lewis’ Birthday!!  חגיגה בכיתה א Haggigah B’Kitah Alef!  Celebration in First Grade!!!

עוד חגיגה Ode Haggigah….. Another celebration…..

You will be hearing soon about חגיגת הסידור Haggigat HaSiddur (Celebration of getting a new prayerbook for Kitah Alef students  (Consecration)  at Shabbat services at the JJC on 2/7/15) and the role that the parents play in this simcha.  You will be asked to do some preparation (sh-sh-sh…it’s supposed to be a surprise for your child)   of a  personalized Siddur cover.  More details to follow. DON’T WORRY!!!

Not only will our first graders be participating in the service that morning, but parents are invited also to participate.  If you would like to read Torah or chant the Haftarah or would like some time to work on a certain prayer for that Shabbat morning, please let Scott Zimmerman or us know and we can assign that part.  Each family will hopefully have one adult participating in the Shabbat morning service on 2/7/15 whether it is a Hebrew or English or non-speaking part.  More details to follow.  If you have a preference already, let us know. We can tutor anyone who needs help!!  It will be a very memorable Shabbat and one that grandparents, etc. won’t want to miss!


 And now introducing on your own computer at home, etc.:   


“Dear Kitah Alef Parents,

We are excited to introduce the online program VOICETHREAD (Kol Kesher).  VOICE THREAD is an amazing new learning tool, which allows for conversations around images and for Hebrew to be brought into every home.

Each student has been set up with his/her own account and we are asking parents to help sign in their child at VOICE THREAD. The instructions will follow….”

Coming home on Monday, 11/17, will be more of this letter explaining about Voicethread and the  reading/singing assignment for Kitah Alef.  It will also give you your child’s password.!  These are the correct usernames and passwords!!   The homework is just to listen to the songs and point to the words.  We will practice the whole process at school so the children will be experienced.  Thanks for joining us in this new endeavor!!!  It will get better and better as we all get used to it!!