Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we read two Parashot, Parashat B’har and Parashat B’hukotai. We talked about giving the land and crops a rest every seven years; the Jubilee tradition every 50 years; and the benefits and punishments of following God’s rules.

We digitally “visited” the Kotel and wrote notes about our wishes.

Shavuot is coming soon! We studied the different names for the holiday, and read a story about receiving the Torah. Remember that our Bikkurim Celebration is taking place next Friday, 5/22. Please have your child wear all white, and bring a small basket of fruits and/or veggies. If you would like the basket returned to you, please label it with your name! 

In Math class this week, we studied fractions in a group.

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After a math test this week, we enjoyed a spontaneous moment of reading together!

Reading Together

In Library with Mrs. Hallett and Mrs. Freedman, the kids have been doing biography research, using books and kid-friendly websites. After gathering their information, they have begun writing their reports in General Studies. Here are some of the students sharing their Biographies with their classmates.

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We enjoyed meeting with you during our conferences today, and look forward to meeting with the rest of you next week!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News


In Jewish Studies this week, we studied places in Yerushalayim, such as: the Kotel, museums, and the Supreme Court. We discussed what we would do day-to-day, if we were living there.

In Parashat Emor, we studied holidays that are in the Torah (Sukkot, Pesach, etc), and others that are not (Chanukah, Purim, etc). During holidays that are found in the Torah, we are not allowed to do any work. During the other holidays, we can still do our normal activities.

On Thursday, we had so much fun celebrating Lag B’Omer!

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This week, we enjoyed reading and discussing a story called Red, White, & Blue – The Story of the American Flag.

Red, White, & Blue Flags Red, White, & Blue

We studied some challenging vocabulary words, and practiced our dictionary skills too!


Have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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This Week’s Spelling Skill

This week, we are revisiting an earlier skill that we studied. It’s called Inflected Endings, and it’s where we add -ed  and –ing to base words. We practiced the skill this morning.

List #18 Inflected Endings -ed & -ing

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Everybody!

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.

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photo 3In 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.

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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!

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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!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about the Israeli flag, symbols, and national anthem (Hatikva). On Thursday, the whole school celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s 67th Birthday)!

Here is a Yom Ha’Atzmaut video for your enjoyment!

We studied Parashat Tazria and Parashat Metzora this week. They both discussed leprosy and purification rituals. The lesson we learned is about Brit Milah and keeping ourselves healthy.

In Math class, we began studying fractions!

Lesson 10.1 Halves & Quarters Lesson 10.1 Halves and Quarters

Here, the students were folding rectangles and circles into halves and quarters.

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Samantha and Zoe, from middle school, taught us two, fun lessons this week! We learned more about Synonyms and Making Predictions. Thank you, Samantha and Zoe!

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Our Mystery Reader today was Rabbi Tilman! He read us The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, and then we had a great discussion!

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 We hope to see all of you at Community University on Sunday!

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Happy Earth Day!

Today, we discussed the history of Earth Day, and reviewed the mechanics of writing.      All week long, we are studying this important holiday, as we work in small groups.         The kids are reading stories, answering comprehension questions, and writing poems about our very special planet!

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Second Grade News


We hope you had a wonderful Passover! This was a very productive week of school.

In Jewish Studies, we prepared for Yom Ha’Atzmaut, by studying the date and traditions of the holiday. We compared and contrasted the birthday of Israel with our own birthdays.

We will be celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut next Thursday. Please have your child wear blue and white.

In Parashat Shemini, we discussed kosher and non-kosher animals. We also talked about the kosher symbols.

In Math class, we continued working on multiplication and division. The kids are doing a wonderful job of seeing the relationship between “families of numbers!” The students took a test, which is coming home today in their white folders.

Today, we discussed another way to write a division problem, and I explained that they will use that form in the future for long division. Then, we created a silly representation of that form, by having students become the divisordividend, and quotient!

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In Reading class, we learned about Helen Keller, and had a “word hunt,” searching for vocabulary words in the story.


We also studied poetry this week! Since it is National Poetry Month, we’ll continue to read, write, and enjoy poems throughout April.


Since there is no school on Monday, we look forward to seeing the students on Tuesday. If your child is in the Talent Show, please remember to send in any music they’ll be using on Tuesday! 

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

We were all so proud of the kids’ performance at the Passover Play on Tuesday! They worked so hard; and spoke and sang so beautifully in Hebrew! We hope you enjoy these video clips.

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In Reading class this week, we read a nonfiction story called “Frogs.” We studied vocabulary words, learned about baby animal and adult animal names, and had a fun discussion about frog facts.

Frogs Vocab Frogs Intro 1 Frogs Intro 2 Frogs Intro 3

We also watched a fascinating video about the Glass Frog, which the students showed interest in, the day before. We discussed the words: transparent (able to be seen through), translucent (mostly clear), and camouflage (blending into the environment). We also shared facts about Benjamin Franklin, who invented (among many things) the “glass armonica,” which is a musical instrument featured in the video. You can enjoy the Glass Frog video here.

Have a wonderful Passover Break! Chag Pesach Sameach!

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News


This week in Parashat Tzav, we learned about the different laws of sacrifices. We discussed who teaches us laws in our lives today: our parents, Rabbis, teachers, the Torah, etc.

In Torah, we had already learned about Adam’s Creation. This week, we learned that Adam named the animals, and we studied the Creation of the first woman, whose name was not yet Eve.

The students studied the order of a seder and the foods on a seder plate. They have also been practicing very well for the upcoming Passover play! We hope you can be here this coming Tuesday, 3/31 from 9-10 am!

Passover play

In Reading this week, we enjoyed a nonfiction story called Life Cycle of a Pumpkin. We studied vocabulary words and Fact & Opinion. The students searched for facts and opinions in their own, personal books. We also reviewed capitalization & punctuation.

Word Study Skills Fact and Opinion

In Math, we continued to study multiplication and division. In our Centers, we enjoyed playing the games Multiplication War and Monsters of the Deep! You’ll see a multiplication test in your child’s white folder today.

Please remember to pack your child a cold lunch Mon-Thurs next week! The kitchen will be closed in preparation for Passover, and there is no school on Friday. Todah!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Today’s Spelling Lesson

Today, we studied short “u” words, and discussed the two sounds that are made from them. For example: jump and push both have a short “u,” but their sounds are different. Also, textbook makes a short “u” sound from its oo. The students are great at brainstorming words, based on the skill we’re studying, and we always seem to have more ideas than time in which to share them! 🙂

Short u Words

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