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We are proud to present our special performance, which summarizes most of the things we’ve studied and experienced this school year! You will find the lyrics underneath. Enjoy your little rappers!
Second Grade Rap!
Second grade has been a blast!
I can’t believe it went by so fast!
We learned many things, too many to say,
And we worked really hard each and every day.
With Morot Rivkas, Ilana, and Eta,
We learned about Jewish Studies in our Kitah.
We studied Torah, and each Parasha,
Shared our love of Israel by singing Hatikva!
B R E A K
We also did a project, early in the year –
Picking up litter, right near here.
This was a mitzvah, a really good deed.
Isn’t that what the world really needs?
Other mitzvot are: tzedakah, kashrut, and derech eretz.
They help us live a life filled with ethical merits.
Jewish Studies is really FUN too,
With tefillah and all the singing that we do!
We’ve been learning Hebrew every day & every night.
Now we are better when we speak, read, & write.
B R E A K
And we can’t forget about General Studies,
Mrs. McVearry and Ms. Stein are buddies!
In class, we read stories and analyzed them too.
With every single week, our vocabulary grew!
When English seemed tricky and made us feel tense,
We used our problem solving skills to make it make sense!
We studied Grammar and we learned to spell.
We communicate our thoughts by writing very well.
15 lessons of Wordly Wise –
So much knowledge before our eyes!
We’ve learned to think scientifically,
And Social Studies showed us that we’re blessed to be free.
Patterns and counting, and place value,
We practiced telling time on a clock, that’s true.
Adding, subtracting, and fractions of a whole,
Math has taught us to set and reach a goal!
L O N G B R E A K
School’s not always filled with excitement & thrills,
But it’s been awesome learning 21st Century skills!!
We had fun with Daily 5 in Language Arts,
Now our stamina and fluency are soaring off the charts!
This year, we’ve learned to work together,
And that is called collaboration.
Second Grade has been an AMAZING EDUCATION!
Copyright Ms. Stein 2013
* The fun music came from: http://www.shadowville.com/s=through+the+looking+glass&cat=0&submit=Search+Beats+»
In Torah last week, we finished Perek Dalet. We learned that Adam and Eve had another son, named Seth. We also studied the generation that came after Adam and Eve.
In Parashat Korah, Korah and his followers accused Moses and his brother, Aaron of taking power for themselves. Moses defended himself against the rebels by saying that the God will make the decision about who the leaders will be. Then, God punished them by opening up the ground, which swallowed Korah and his followers. The lesson here is to always surround yourself with people who are good influences.
In Hebrew, we discussed different types of clothing and uniforms that we wear for different occasions. We read a story and then watched a video about why the zebra wears pajamas! We also enjoyed another movie called “Mitz Toot,” which was also about animals.
This week’s Bloggers:
Reading Blogger (Isaac) - On Wednesday we read a book named A birthday basket for Tia It was a book about a girl named Tia . It was about a girl named Cecilia that gives her Great Aunt a basket. They celebrated her ninetieth birthday . Cecilia gave her Great Aunt a birthday basket filled with flowers, a red ball , a teacup , a flowerpot ,a bowl ,and a book. Cecilia put these object in the basket because they were speacal to her Great Aunt. On Friday we had a mystery reader and it was Courtney mother. Bye!
Spelling Blogger (May) - on Monday we went to spellingcity.com. Than we went the spelling word.on Tuesday we cheeked spelling homework. on Wednesday we studied both list . On Thursday we had spelling story for homework.on Friday we took a test.
Community of Kindness Blogger (Eva) - On Monday Eliana remembered that Aleeya was not here, and that she would like cookies and cream! Eliana reminded Ms.Stein. On Thursday when Moe was in the bathroom Aleeya cheeked his work.
On Monday, we had fun in Music class!
After Music class, we celebrated Moti’s special birthday!
On Wednesday, we celebrated Eva’s summer birthday!
We had a great time signing each others’ yearbooks on Thursday!
On Friday, we celebrated Eliana’s summer birthday!
Our Mystery Reader this week was Courtney’s mom!
We’re looking forward to a fabulous, last four days of Second Grade!
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka
Last week in Torah, we talked about the punishment that God gave to Cain. For the rest of his life, Cain had to wander everywhere. Also, the Earth would no longer give him crops easily.
In Parashat Shlah, we learned that Moses sent spies to explore the Land of Israel. Ten of them told the people that it would be too hard to conquer the land, and two of those spies told the people that the land was flowing with milk and honey. God responded to their lack of trust by punishing them with 40 years of wandering in the desert. The lesson we learned from this was that we should see the good things in all people and places. We then turned to the person next to us in class, and said something nice about them!
We continued to study the Hebrew words for daily routines: foods, activities, and school subjects.
Math Blogger (Ariel) - This week we took a test on Fractions. I got a 100 percent on my test because I am really good at Math. We also started a new subject, Time! I am really good at telling time.
Spelling Blogger (Daisy) - On Tuesday we did a spelling pretest,even though we usually do it on Monday. We were going to do two tests, the words that we were going to do we’re contractions.Luckily Miss.Stein said that we didn’t have two.So if we were on green list last week we are on green list this week,and if we were on blue list last week we are on blue list this week.the words that we are doing are sobbed, sobbing, smiled, smiling, traveled, traveling, distilled, distilling, equaled, equaling, admitted, referring, referred, tapped, tapping and the bonus words are inherited, inheriting, committed, committing, targeted, targeting. Did you notice that we had 22 words? For homework on Tuesday we had to put our spelling words in A.B.C. order.On Wednesday we checked it.On Wednesday we also got spelling story for fun! For homework on Wednesday we rote our spelling words 3x each On Thursday for homework we just had to study.On Friday we took a spelling test!
Wordly Wise Blogger (Yisrael) - On Monday we did our words. Our words this week are: adult, clump, curious, gratitude, herd, newcomer, plain, stalk, and tusk.On Wednesday we did page 109 to page 110. On Friday we did page 111 to page 113.
Our Mystery Reader today was Eva’s mom! She read us two very cute books.
As a fun change to the morning songs we sing, we enjoyed this special version of Modeh Ani!
This will be our last, full week of Second Grade, and it’s hard to believe! It will be a great week!
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka
In Torah last week, we learned about the first two children of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. When they grew up, each of them had their own occupation. Cain was a farmer, and Abel was a shepherd. We also learned that God accepted Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s. This is why Cain killed Abel. Since the Bible does not tell us exactly what the brothers argued about, we read a story that gave a possible interpretation of what may have happened. Finally, we discussed what to do when we feel angry.
In Parashat B’ha’alotkha, we learned that when the Israelites were traveling in the desert, they were given signs from God about when to stop and when to continue. Clouds and the sound of a horn were two of those signs. We also learned that the Jewish people were given a food called manna, which tasted like anything they could imagine. Yet, they still complained about not having meat. Therefore, God sent them a special bird for them to hunt and eat.
Last week, we also learned the Hebrew words for family members and morning routines.
Spelling Blogger (Anna) - On Monday we did a pretest. After we looked over the blue list and green list. We also got homework it was spelling colors. On Tuesday we checked it and I for got the rest. On Wednesday we got homework it was Mach it up. On Thursday in Daily 5 May and I went on spelling city and on spelling city we took a test then we played hang mouse. For homework it was study spelling. On Friday we did a spelling city packet. Then we took a test.
We celebrated a special birthday on Monday!
Our Mystery Reader on Friday was Saylor’s grandmother, “Gagy!”
We’ve been having a lot of fun at recess lately!
We’re looking forward to a great four-day week,
Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein
Yesterday in Math class, we began to identify fractions in a group. Today, we found fractions by first dividing a number of objects into equal groups. Then, we wrote the fractions of those sets. For example, we looked at 12 apples on the Smartboard.
A student helper arranged them into 3 equal groups. Next, I drew cute, little worms in the apples of one group. It did not matter that there were 4 apples in a group. We needed to see the fraction as 1/3, rather than 4/12. The kids and I talked about how 1/3 and 4/12 are equivalent, and that when we see the picture as 1 group out of 3 groups, 1/3 is the right answer here.
We repeated this procedure with 15 stars.
Another student helper arranged the stars equally into 5 groups. At this point, the kids were seeing this as division! Next, I drew hearts in the stars of two groups. It did not matter that there were 3 stars in a group, or that 6 stars had hearts inside them. We needed to see the fraction as 2 groups out of all 5 (2/5), rather than 6/15.
As we completed problems in our Textbook and Workbook, we paid very close attention to how the problems were written. Were we supposed to find the number of sandwiches, or the fraction of sandwiches? Were we figuring out the number of boys at the concert, or the fraction of boys at the concert? Please pay close attention on the homework tonight!
Today in class, we also learned the big words for the two parts of a fraction.
Although some of the work lately is tricky, the students are doing a fantastic job of studying fractions!
: ) Ms. Stein
This Tuesday, May 21st, MJGDS will host our annual Talent Show and (new this year) Art Show. On display will be the portraits created by the students in Art class. Each portrait will have a QR code in Hebrew, recorded by the students. If you have a QR reader on your iphone, ipad or android, please scan, listen and enjoy!
I hope you had a very nice Shavuot. We had fun celebrating on Tuesday.
Although today felt like a Monday, we enjoyed some relaxed Friday activities. First, the students wrote about their summer plans on a fun sheet of watermelon paper! This writing goes along with a painting they created in Art class with Mrs. Gutterman. Next, the kids worked on their manuscript writing, preparing for cursive. Then, we celebrated a special birthday!
After recess, we continued to study fractions in Math class. Then, we listened to a story called “Horace and Morris, but mostly Dolores,” while following along in our Reading books. This was a cute fantasy story about three mice who are good friends. When the two boy mice decide to join the Mega-Mice clubhouse which doesn’t allow girls, Dolores feel sad and excluded. Dolores joins the Cheese Puffs clubhouse, but soon feels bored with their activities. She decides to start her own club, where she will get to have the adventures that she loves. Her club will allow all mice to join, boys and girls. In the end, Horace, Morris, Dolores, Chloris, and Boris build the Frisky Whisker Club, and enjoy each others’ friendship.
Community of Kindness Blogger (Alon) – On Monday we went over the students blogfolios. There were a few comments. On Tuesday we celebrated Shavuot. We called it the Bikkurim Festival. We gave the food to people that don’t have money to buy food. And that’s community of kindness. On Friday we celebrated May’s birthday. We sang birthday songs in English and in Hebrew. Even though her birthday is on Saturday.
In Parashat B’midbar, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. We related this to our class by discussing how we take attendance several times a day.
We learned about Yom Yerushalayim, which commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem. Yerushalayim is the capital city of Israel. We talked about places there like the Kotel, the Knesset, and the Israel Museum. Then, we read a story and talked about things that we wish for the world and for ourselves. Next, we did a fun activity using an app called Pic Collage on the iPads! Just as people put a real note into the Kotel, we were able to “visit” the Kotel using technology, and to write our special wishes onto the Wall.
Here we are creating our projects!
On Friday, we began studying Shavuot. We read a story describing how God gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mt. Sinai. Something strange happened . . . everything stood perfectly still! People did not move, birds did not fly, fish did not swim, and the wind did not blow. There was thunder and lightening; the sound of a shofar being blown; smoke and fire on the mountain. When God spoke, it says that people saw the voices. We had a brief discussion about how it’s possible to see voices, but we never came up with an answer. Any ideas? The class would love to read your comments on Monday!
Reading Blogger (Moses) – We read the world’s greatest poems. It’s a good book. There are a lot of good poems and they’re funny. On Tuesday we read the world’s greatest poems again. It’s a good book.
Math Blogger (Courtney) - We are doing fractions and Ms.Stein shows us. It was cool. We are doing lots of shapes and matching the parts.
Spelling Blogger (Elizabeth) - We do a Spelling Pretest every Monday. And we study wordly wise every day. We look over our test on Tuesday. We get our Spelling homework if we are a Green list or a Blue list. And some times we do Spelling stories. And we have to study every night to get ready for the Spelling test. A lot of kids in my class gets an A+ or a B or a C. And we do a wordly wise test every Friday too.
Wordly Wise Blogger (Saylor) – On Monday, we studied lesson 12. The words are: attention, award, collapse, demolish, excess, outline, sculpture, spade, & utensil. Tuesday: For morning work,we did pages 93-94. We were in a hurry, so we just said our W.W. words. On Wednesday, we did page 97 in W.W. I had SO much fun! The question was: ” What stays in a corner & travels around the world?” The answer was:” A postage stamp”. Then we checked page 93. Miss Stein kept saying ” W.W. page 93. That’s the page for you & me”. How we checked 93 is Miss Stein would just say the answers. P.S. Page 97 is a word puzzle. P.P.S. The reason Miss Stein just said the answers is she wanted us to have recess. On Thursday, Miss Stein just said the definition & she would call on someone to answer. She did it like this because she wanted us to have recess again. We checked page 97. Miss Stein would call on someone to read the question & say “blank” when they get to the word & say it & spell it. Friday: We didn’t do any W.W. at 10:30. We read the story, but we didn’t write the questions down.
Saylor The Wordly Wise Blogger.
Community Of Kindness Blogger (Daisy) - On Monday it was Moe’s birthday,and his parents brought doughnuts.The doughnuts were special doughnuts they had chocolate with sprinkles they were really good.(yum yum). The nicest part is that Moe brought us really cool erasers.On Tuesday it was Josh’s Birthday. I think that was funny that it was Moe’s birthday and then the day after Moe’s birthday it was Josh’s birthday. Anyway Josh’s mom and grandfather brought doughnuts with creme in them. They spend extra $ on us. Well I think.If they did that was really nice. On Wednesday we made a surprise (you might know what it is) we also made cards to the Israeli solders.On Thursday we did not do any Community Of Kindness but know one was being mean to anyone.On Friday we did not do any Community Of Kindness but again know one was being mean to anyone.
On Monday, we celebrated a special birthday!
On Tuesday, we celebrated another special birthday!
Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein
Last week in Jewish Studies, we finished learning about the timeline of Jewish history. We also completed our study of the punishments that God gave to Adam and Eve. This week, we are learning about Adam and Eve’s children.
On Tuesday last week, Rabbi Olitzky visited our class to answer some challenging questions. One of them was about whether dinosaurs or human beings came first! It was a lively discussion, and the kids enjoyed it.
We studied two Parashot last week. Parashat B’har discussed how God told Moses to instruct the people to give the land a rest once every seven years. Parashat B’hukotai discussed how God told the people of Israel that if they followed God’s commandments, they would be provided with rain to feed their crops. If they did not follow His commandments, there would be punishments like drought and famine.
Spelling Blogger (Eliana) - On Tuesday we got our new spelling lists. We did not take a spelling pretest this week,so if you were on Green List last week,you will be on Green List this week. If you were on Blue List last week you will be on Blue List this week. The Green List words are: knock, sign, knee, wrong, write, climb, wrap, wren, gnat, lamb, comb, knob, knuckle, wrestle, and plumber. The Blue List words are: bologna, wrinkle, knickknack, gnaw, wrench, knapsack, crumb, wrist, wring, thumb, kneel, knead, answer, daughter, and foreign. The Bonus Words that the whole class does are: knowledge, lasagna, knight, honeycomb, and assignment. We are studying Silent Consonants this week. Remember to study your spelling words every night. We are on list #22 in spelling.On Wednesday we did a missing letter sheet for Morning Work. It Was for Green List and Blue List. We checked our Spelling ABC Order homework. We checked both Blue List and Green List. On Thursday we practiced a Code Red Drill, instead of checking Spelling-Fill-In-The-Blanks our homework from Wednesday night. My group is with Mrs. McVearry, our group goes into the bathroom. Ms. Stein’s group goes into the closet. We thought that we were going to have to share the closet with First Grade, but they can fit all of there students into the bathroom, so we get to have the closet to our self. On Friday we took a spelling test. The Green List words are mostly the same as the pretest words, but the Bluelist words are different from the pretest. We checked our spelling homework from Wednesday. We checked both Blue List and Green List. We took a spelling test. I am on Blue List. I think I got the whole tests right. I hope you liked learning about what we did in spelling this week. Bye! Your Friend, Eliana the spelling blogger!
In addition to visiting the site SpellingCity.com to practice our weekly Spelling list, the students can also visit WordlyWise3000.com to practice our weekly Wordly Wise lesson! Make sure they click “Students,” choose Book 2 for second grade, and then choose the lesson we’re studying that week. On both websites, the kids can either do a review/test or play games.
Reading Blogger (Josh) - This week Mrs. Mrs. Mcvearry Bought a poem Book and took it to school. It was very funny! I also read a magazine about a man who chases lightning. He drives around,fallows storms,and takes pictures of lightning. I also read another magazine about plants that eat bugs,like a Venus flytrap. It was very interesting.
In Wordly Wise, we studied Komodo Dragons! Enjoy these videos!
Have a wonderful rest of your week,
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka