We studied two Parashot this week. In Parashat Ahare Mot, we discussed how the Cohen Gadol asks for forgiveness from God on Yom Kippur, on behalf of the nation of Israel.
In Parashat Kedoshim, we talked about what makes us holy. We keep Shabbat, help poor people, help old people, are nice to one another, etc.
We studied the history of the Jewish people and the land of Israel.
In Torah, we learned about the sin of the woman (whose name was not yet Eve) in the Garden of Eden. We discussed the conversation between the woman and the snake. The kids shared their thoughts about the Garden in today’s world. They had very insightful ideas about protecting the environment and enjoying what we have.
In Math class this week, we continued to study fractions. The students worked in rotating Centers, creating fraction art, doing independent work, playing a Fraction Pizza app on our iPads, playing a Hershey chocolate bar game, and also reviewing counting money and telling time.
Today, we had a Mystery Reader named Ms. Pulley. She is a Librarian at the Mandarin Library. She also hosts an Art Club every other week. Ms. Pulley gave us a virtual tour of the library blog, and then read us three fun books. We learned that you can get a library card when you are born, so there is no minimum age! There are so many wonderful resources at the library, such as: books, ebooks, magazines, and movies. This was such a special visit!
We have actually been using one of the public library’s amazing resources during our Reading Centers. It’s called TumbleBooks, and it allows students to read, listen to, and interact with online books. There are games and activities that go along with the stories too. Some of the kids have written letters to characters, and I’ll send that work home soon. The students who have not yet had a turn to explore this site in Mrs. Freedman’s group are very excited!
Please stay tuned for lots of fun events happening in May! From Lag B’Omer to the Art & Talent Show, and swimming in P.E. to our Shavuot Bikkurim Festival, it will be an action-packed month!
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka