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Second grade has had many exciting science activities in the past few months.We have learned about force and motion as well as beginning a unit on the human body.

The students had a great time planning and designing Tinker Toy cars and ramps for their STEM project which focused on motion.We started the lesson on a Monday and discussed force and motion and how it pertains to speed.The students began by planning their cars and ramps on paper then proceeded to build the cars the following day.The object of this STEM project was for students to race their cars down the ramps and measure which car went the farthest.The class was divided up into groups of two or three students.These groups worked well together planning and designing their cars and ramps.When one particular group raced their car down the ramp and discovered that the car was not going very fast~ they had to redo the entire ramp.

The anticipation of race day was especially exciting because of the competitive nature of a few of the students.We has a first and a second place winner for the car that went the farthest after traveling down the ramp.We will continue to do these types of projects throughout the year.The students really enjoyed creating their own projects and working in cooperative groups.

Our first human body activity  in response to the question, "Why do our skeletons have so many bones?"

In this experiment students consider what would happen if their body didn't have any bones.We used baby oil,Qtips,construction paper and dark colored crayons.The students traced their hands and drew their bones by opening and closing their hand in a fist.They were able to "feel" the joints when the hand was open and then when they made a fist.Then they outlined their bones on the hand that they had drawn earlier. Using a QTip, they were able to fill in the gaps and the joints with baby oil. After the oil was dry on the paper we hung up our finished pictures on the window so that when the the light shines through we can see our "bones".



When we recite the Hanukkah blessings, we say:  ...... "SheAsa Nisim LaAvoteinu"......  Nisim are miracles ~ there were 2 Hannukah miracles.  One was the military victory of the few Maccabees over the mighty Greek army.  The second miracle was that the small pitcher of oil lasted for 8 days and nights.

In Kitah Bet we learn about the miracles through stories and songs.   Watch us learning & singing about the military victory נס המלחמה and the miracle of the oil נס פך השמן.



What Hebrew month is it now?  The year ended with the month of Elul and began again with the month of Tishrei. It is now one month after Tishrei and one month before Kislev. Just listen and find out! We'll be singing this song before every holiday to find out in which month we celebrate the holiday. Check back at Chanukah!

      Second grade has been very busy with learning exciting and creative ways to add and subtract. We are using the Singapore Math curriculum which is new to me this year. I spent two days in math training and learned all about strategies that help all students compute and really understand math concepts. Singapore Math focuses on mastery instead of memorization. The small island country of Singapore ranked in the top three in fourth and eighth grade math scores, while the United States ranked ninth and eleventh respectively. The goal is for children to perform well because they have a deeper understanding of the concept instead of studying to pass a test. 

      In our second grade class, the students are playing with different types of manipulatives each day in order to strengthen their math skills. For instance, this past week they used "VersaTiles" which involve solving problems with puzzle pieces. If their answers are not correct, then the puzzle pieces will not fit and the answers need to be recalculated. They have really enjoyed the challenge and some look for more difficult puzzles immediately after finishing their classwork. 

     As for homework, I usually send two pages of math or grammar home each night. Your children should be reading out loud to an adult or to themselves for at least 20 minutes each night. I encourage you to listen to them read every night and ask a few comprehension questions. 
     Please email me with any concerns about your child and I look forward to seeing you at Open House at 7:00 pm on Oct. 24 and also at parent-teacher conferences on November 1st. I will email you that schedule as soon as it is available.

        Last Wednesday a special guest artist visited our classroom. The students were very excited to meet Mrs.Scharf-Anderson's mother, Roberta Scharf! Mrs. Scharf demonstrated how to bead necklaces and fastened them onto sunglasses or eyeglasses for every child. The students worked very hard on this project and were so happy to be able to take them home. Yesterday your child should have come home with a beaded eyeglass chain.

It was so wonderful to meet everyone today! For anyone that could not make it today, we will be sending home information packets with your child on Monday. This year second graders will have "planners" that will go home nightly. Mrs. Paul and I will be writing a note in the planner to parents each afternoon concerning homework and about the day in general. Please sign your child's planner nightly  and respond to one of us if you have a question. We will be having snack each morning and I do ask that you consider sending healthy snacks with your child.

We are so excited for this school year! Thank you for sharing your children with us this year! If you have any questions, please email me at

See you on Monday!

In order to honor the holiday of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah, the Martin J. Gottlieb School is issuing cartier jewelry replica 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 mens cartier bracelets
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 discount cartier bracelet honored will be called up to the bimah. They will recite the Ten Commandments for the congregation bracelet replica cartier 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 fake cartier bracelets
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 bracelet replica cartier 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 mens cartier bracelets
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 replica cartier love bracelets of the flag of Israel “Kachol V’Lavan”