In order to honor the holiday of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah, the Martin J. Gottlieb School is issuing our Ten Commandment challenge to all students in Kitah Bet The challenge is to memorize all Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Students will first recite them to their Hebrew teacher in class the week of May 22.
All students who demonstrate that they have met the challenge will be HONORED at Shavuot services at the Jacksonville Jewish Center on Wednesday, May 19th. The students who are being honored will be called up to the bimah. They will recite the Ten Commandments for the congregation and receive a special reward.
The following is a video of the Ten Commandments in Hebrew to help with practicing and memorizing:
The Israel unit in iTaLAM deepened our connection to Israel and to Jerusalem and gave us the opportunity to learn Jewish History with the help of an animated, speaking Israel map.
In the 1st part of this unit, Ariot taught us the unique Israeli, patriotic emblems which unite us all. We learned to recognize the unique characteristics of the emblems and the special music we learned in Kita Alef accompanies our learning. We played a riddle game where we had to find the different unique patriotic items related to the state of Israel.
The second unit helped us learn about the unique celebrations, and activities that take place in Israel during Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day).
We compared between our personal birthdays to Israel’s birthday and discussed what kind of special wishes are appropriate for the country we love and what is similar birthday wishes for a man and a country.
Students continued to work on creating sentences, using proper grammar and identifying and using roots words and family words.
In the 3rd part of this unit the students learned with the help of an animated map about the history of the land of Israel and the Jewish nation. The reading guided the students to identify the period in Jewish history on the Jewish time line, to determine if the Jewish people were in the land of Israel at that time in history and to identify the emotion felt by the land of Israel.
In the video below we are singing the famous song about the colors of the flag of Israel “Kachol V’Lavan”
Hello! I apologize for missing so many posts. All of a sudden time completely flew by. We have been so incredibly busy here in 2nd grade as we close our year.
We are finishing up our last unit in math, Geometry. It has been fun looking hard at our 3 dimensional solids. We have learned about the faces, edges, and vertices of each shape. We even attempted to make them with straws and clay. The pyramid was the most successful while the cube kept flopping over.
We also finished up our Responding to Reading unit in writer’s workshop. We have started our unit on learning to write like a scientist. The children are learning how to write up a well written and precise lab report about an experiment. So far, we have written our question, hypothesis, procedure, results and conclusion. Now, we are fine tuning the experiments and our writing.
Our literature circles have ended and we embarked on our final unit of Fairy Tales. We have been exploring many types fairy tales. Did you know there are different versions of one story? We have learned the components that help us identify a fairy tale and have searched for these in a Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt. We are exploring the many different kinds of characters that make these stories come alive. Soon we will be assigned to a play and the children will act out a fairy tale themselves. This gives them the opportunity to really work on fluency and expression.
Economics is exciting with our Flea Market in the near future. Our next topic of conversation will be saving money.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Don’t forget to save the date for Thursday, April 6th at 2:30! We will be doing our famous inventor presentations that day. It will be an informal time where you walk around and learn about some famous inventors.
We will be having another in school field trip on April 7th. Bricks for Kids is coming to our school to challenge us with some STEAM activities based on legos. The children will love this experience.
We are finishing up our unit on Time. This week we learned to tell how much time has passed. We also learned about the different kinds of time; day, hour, week, month, year, etc. This is a skill that will be taught and reinforced throughout the rest of the year.
In Daily 5, we finished up another round of literature circles where we applied all of the comprehension skills we have learned this year. Your children are learning to think while they read and carry on conversations about their books. We will be learning specific skills next week to help us read and understand non-fiction.
Our research projects are still going! The children are anxious to get started on their presentation boards. Thank you for sending those in to class. I can’t wait to see the final products.
Thank you to Honey’s mom for being our mystery reader this week.
Please don’t forget that conferences are on March 23rd and 24th. I am looking forward to meeting with you about your child’s progress. I sent out conference emails with your scheduled time. Please let me know if you need to reschedule.
We have started our unit on time. We learned/reviewed how to tell time to the nearest five minutes, how many minutes past, how many minutes to/until, and half past. Please help us out by practicing at home. Have them randomly tell you the time on a clock or watch.
We are continuing with our unit on opinion letters. The children were able to choose a part of the book where they had an opinion; favorite part, characters, pictures, title, author. They then need to retell the part of the story that supports their opinion to give the reader a solid mental image.
The students are wrapping up another literacy circle. I love seeing their growth and maturity with reading. They are learning to discuss the books and complete their individual jobs. Our spelling skill for the week is having er, ir, ur make the errrrrrr sound.
We almost have all of our posters for our research projects. If you have some extra time, please print out some pictures of their famous inventor and the inventions. This will help us with our projects here at school.
Thank you to Eli D’s mom for being the mystery reader!
It’s March!!!! How did that happen?!! Time is going by so quickly and we are learning so much.
We are finishing up our unit on fractions. The very last lesson will be learning about fractions of sets and using fractions in word problems. Our next unit will be telling time. It would be helpful if you start talking about how analogue clocks work with hours and minutes.
I am so proud of their opinion letter writing. It’s amazing how far they have come as writers. We will share our letters and then place them in the books that inspired us. Hopefully a reader next year will find them and enjoy their opinions.
We have started a new round of literature circles. The children are able to bring their books and assignments home with them if they choose. It is definitely not a requirement, it’s a choice. Feel free to ask them what it’s all about.
Our research is almost complete. Some of us have even started putting our facts into some graphic organizers. They can’t wait to create their posters. Please send them on into the classroom.
We celebrated Dr. Seuss with some fun Seuss inspired STEM activities. They used different, simple, resources to see how tall they could build a tower. What a fun time! They worked together and problem solved until they were successful. It was a great way to end the week.
Thank you to Vivi’s dad for being our mystery reader this week!
Please mark March 24th on your calendars. This is the date for our parent/teacher conferences. Please also consider coming to our Purim Carnival next weekend. The PTA has worked very hard and it’s a super fun experience. Please sign up to help out with our second grade booth if you haven’t done so already.
We started a new unit in Writer’s Workshop. We are writing letters to future readers in our class about our opinions. We are learning letter format, the difference between fact and opinion, and backing our opinion up with evidence from the text.
We are having a blast with our fractions. We learned what a fraction is, how to make a whole, and how to order fractions. Ask us about it!
Our class has started literature circles. We have learned how to use the various comprehension strategies and we are applying them during this time. The children have a selection of books they can choose from and groups are formed. They read and do a literacy job. Then we meet and discuss the book. It’s a great opportunity to apply our skills and teach each other.
We started our unit on Famous Inventors. Each child was assigned an inventor that they have to research. This is the first step to creating our projects.
Thank you to our guest reader Skyler Kaplan! A very happy birthday to Mason and Joey.
Please remember that the Family Trees are due this Monday on February 6th. Each packet included a rubric that explains how the projects will be graded. It’s been fabulous hearing about some of their research. I know this is a hard project but I promise they have learned all about your families…and maybe you have even learned a little too!
Speaking of immigration, our unit is coming to a close. They have really loved learning about how our country has grown. We have watched videos, had a lot of discussions, and even ‘immigrated’ ourselves. We packed up our ‘bags’, boarded the ship with our passports, endured the 90 day journey, and made it through Ellis Island. Our next unit will be on biographies of Famous Inventors. The project will be almost completely school based and end with our Inventor Museum. I will let you know the date ASAP!
Our math unit has been on Money. We have talked about how to write amounts, how to make change, add money, and subtract money. This will come in handy at the end of the year when we have our economics unit and class flea market.
We are still working on our grammar unit and how all of these rules and skills apply to our writing. We had a publishing party and shared our awesome personal narratives. You can check them out on their blogs. Our next writing piece will be Responding to Reading.
The children have been continuing to blog. Please remember their posts are authentic and will change as they grow and learn. It is becoming a much easier process to log on and post. Fast learners!
Thank you so much to our ‘surprise’ reader Eli Z’s mom!
In the last weeks in Jewish Studies, we learned about the structure of trees. We discussed the different kinds of branches, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Also, we talked about how trees can look very different during each season.We discussed the fruits that grow on various trees and the products made from those fruits. We also explored various seeds like apple and date seeds hands-on! We talked about appreciating trees because they give us: oxygen, shade, homes for animals, places to play, beauty, etc.