This week in Jewish Studies, we finished studying the story of Chanukah. To help us study, we read stories and played on the Smartboard. We learned about the two miracles: the oil lasting for 8 days, and the victory of the Jews against the Greeks.
We are continuing to progress in the Ashrei prayer.
For the last two weeks, we have been doing spelling tests in class. The kids have been very excited! First, I give a pretest, in which the students have not had a chance to study. Then, Morah Ilana corrects the tests. Next, the students copy the list at home. Finally, the students take a final test on Friday. Please encourage your child to study their words at home.
On Wednesday, Morah Eta read us the book “Molly’s Pilgrim,” and we discussed how there are different kinds of pilgrims, even today! These modern-day pilgrims still move to new countries for religious freedom and other reasons. We connected this story with the story of Chanukah. In both, people fought for the right to practice their own religion. Next week, we will watch the movie, “Molly’s Pilgrim!”
In Parashat Vayeshev, we talked about Joseph’s dream. We discussed each other’s dreams as well. In Torah, we are continuing to study the third day of Creation.
In Math this week, we practiced measuring in standard units, rather than the nonstandard units of last week. We began with the Metric System, studying meters and centimeters. We also added and subtracted lengths.
After taking notes, we had some hands-on experience measuring our shoes!
Next, we learned to measure curved lines! I first demonstrated by measuring a curved line on the board with a piece of string, taping it down as I went. Next, I measured the piece of string with a ruler. Instead of string, the students used pipe cleaners to slowly trace curved lines. Then, they measured the pipe cleaners with rulers. The students also practiced using tape measures, which saved a step in the process. This work took concentration and teamwork!
The kids are doing very well working in Centers. They have learned to work quietly and independently, which allows Ms. Wulbern and I to focus on groups and individuals. In one of the Centers, the kids read a story called “The Bremen Town Musicians.” Here is the vocabulary for that story, which I introduced to everyone on Monday.
Our Mystery Reader this week was Dr. Mitzmacher!
Next week will be a fun 2 1/2 days of integrating our regular work with our celebration of Chanukah and Thanksgiving! We’re looking forward to Intergenerational Day on Wednesday as well! There will be a 12:00 dismissal and no lunch served on that day.
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka