General Studies March 13-17

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.

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Chodesh Adar & Purim


H​appy ​Purim !!!!!!!

We are so happy, be​cause ​Purim is here !
We have been singing, playing and reviewing songs and stories we learned​ in K​ita Alef and laughing a “Lot” when we play with the concept of opposites “V​ e-N​a-Ha-foch-Hu”(ונהפוכו) with iTalAM.

We have been recording ourselves reading t​he “V​ e-Na-Ha-fo​ ch-Hu” in the K​ita Bet Book.

This year whil​e learning of the “whole M​egillah” story – we expanded our reading comprehension of the story focusing on identifying the emotions expressed by the characters in the ​Megillah and recognizing the important turning point​s in the story – “V​ e-Na-Ha-foch-Hu” moments.

As we read the​ story of Purim with iTalAM, verses from the M​egillah appeared in context and we deepened ou​r understanding of the language used in the M​egillah.

We are continuing to practice our Hebrew grammar and syntax via games and reflective creative writing: “What we did / How we celebrated Purim this year in class” with emphasis on past tense.


We Love to Learn with iTaLAM !!!

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March 6-10 General Studies

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!

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February 27-March 3 General Studies

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!

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February 21-24 General Studies

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.

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General Studies January 30-February 3

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!

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Tu Bishvat

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.

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January 17-20 General Studies

Here are some dates to mark down on your calendars:

January 30th:  Inservice Day/No School

January 27th:  Report cards will come home

February 20th:  President’s Day

March 24th:  Conference Day

We continued to work on multiplication and division this week.  We learned our times tables up to 4 and noticed the skip counting pattern.  This will help us find the products of our problems quickly.

We have finally finished up our Small Moments.  Our publishing party will be on Tuesday, January 26th.  We will share our writing with each other and then celebrate with a little treat.  Writing should be a sweet experience!  We have also learned about possessive nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns.  Learning about the parts of speech helps make us more aware of the sentences we write.  Next week we will learn about plural nouns and then onto verbs!

Our comprehension skill has been questioning while we read.  The children should constantly be asking themselves questions as they read and searching for the answers.  This keeps them involved in the story.  We use our schema, the author’s words, and pictures to help answer our questions.  Next week we will use questioning specifically for figuring out the meaning of unknown words we read.

Thank you to Aaron’s mom for being our mystery reader this week!

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January 9-13 General Studies

Busy week!  Well, they are always busy weeks.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the family trees.   I will be sending home an extra copy of the questions in case the children need to re-write the answers into complete sentences.

We had our first blog experience this week.  In the past, the teachers post work that the child has completed.  As they get older, the children are able to post on their own.  The blogs represent a type of portfolio where you can see their growth.  It also serves as a platform to remember projects they have done over the years.   The children learned how to log on, write a post, and choose a theme.  They did a fantastic job!  Their first post was about the map project we did in Social Studies.  It is ok that they have spelling mistakes and missing punctuation.  They will see how much they grow as writers over the years.  Please check out their first post.  You can access their blogs through our classroom blog.

We continued to review addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Please continue practicing at home.  This week we also started practicing our multiplication and division.

We are done with our Small Moments in Writer’s Workshop!  Months of work, drafting, revising, editing, and conferences.  We will celebrate soon with a publishing party where they each get to share their final draft.  This month is a focus on grammar.  We reviewed what a noun is and learned about pronouns and how they are important to our writing.  Next week we will talk about proper and possessive nouns.

We have jumped into our immigration unit by learning about why and how people immigrated.  The children learned the significance of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  We are starting our ‘own’ immigration journey.  We started packing for our journey to America.  It almost came to a quick end when I told them electronics weren’t part of our lives back then.  Next week we will get our passports and ship tickets and embark on our trip!

Thank you so much to Joey’s mom for being our mystery reader this week!

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General Studies January 3-6

I hope that everyone had a wonderful break and a Happy New Year!  We jumped right back into all of our learning.  Please note the following dates:

January 17:  Box Top Celebration/Pajama and Game Day

February 6:  Family Trees are Due (Please make sure the interview is written in complete sentences.  Let me know if you  need an extra copy for a ‘final draft’.)

We spent our week in math reviewing addition and subtraction with regrouping.  It is still tricky for a lot of us.  We will take a few more days to practice.  The tricky part is remembering what steps are for addition and what steps are for subtraction.  Please continue to practice at home as well.

We are learning grammar in depth over the next few weeks and how it is important for our writing.  We are going into detail about nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  Of course we started this unit off with some videos of School House Rocks…classics!  Next week we will talk about pronouns and verb tense.

We finished up our unit on Maps.  The children created their own 3 dimensional maps.  We learned about the compass rose, map legend, symbols, and titles.  These will be posted soon on their blogs.  Some maps were made out of paper, while others used legos.  They had a blast!  We started our next unit on Immigration.  We discussed the reasons why people immigrate/immigrated to the United States.

In DAILY 5 we were introduced to Mental Images.  A fancy way of saying that we make pictures in our minds while we are reading.  We rely heavily on the author’s words and our ‘schema’, background knowledge.  Our spelling pattern for the week is ‘oke’.  We also learned that you can make the ‘oke’ sound by spelling it ‘oak’.

Thank you so much to Leo’s dad for being the mystery reader this week.  We love our CSX safety bracelets!

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