Weekly Update

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.

Lesson 3.2a

After taking notes, we had some hands-on experience measuring our shoes!

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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!

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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.

Bremen Town Musicians 1

Our Mystery Reader this week was Dr. Mitzmacher!

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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.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka





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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

In General Studies last Monday, we discussed the special holiday of Veteran’s Day. We learned about some of the yearly traditions, such as flying the American flag at half-mast and attending parades. We also stood up and proudly sang the Star Spangled Banner. Here is some of the information we discussed:

Veterans_ Day

We also worked on a Veteran’s Day packet during Centers this week. It included historical information, as well as reading comprehension stories. The students worked in groups, helping one another, and we began to go over the packet together on Friday.

In Math class, we had two reviews and took two tests. Then, we began our unit on Length. Elliana helped me introduce the very first lesson!

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We learned about measuring in nonstandard units.

Lesson 3.1a

The next day, we continued to explore nonstandard units. The students measured things in and around the room, using: footsteps, forearms, ribbon, and small & large paper clips. They were quite creative!

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On Thursday, we watched a cute, little video, which reminded us to capitalize at the beginning of each sentence, and to put punctuation at the end. While most students are remembering these conventions, it’s always good to have reminders.

Science Update from Mrs. Jaffa!

“This week we continued to explore matter and how matter can change when we make mixtures and solutions.  We experimented separating a heterogeneous mixture and making a homogeneous solution.  The kids loved their separating and eating the Thanksgiving Mixture and drinking the  Pumpkin Punch Solution.  Soon we will finish discussing and experimenting with matter and move on to energy.”

2nd Grade Mixture and Solutions

This week in Jewish Studies, we continued to study the Chanukah story. On Thursday, Kitah Gimmel visited us, and shared Chanukah-related items, such as: Chanukiot, decorations, oil, and dreidels.

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In Torah, we began learning about the third day of Creation. We are progressing nicely through the Ashrei prayer, letter by letter. In Parasha, we explored Parashat Vayishlah. Twenty years after Jacob left his family, he returned home. Along the way, he met his brother, Esau. Jacob was afraid that Esau still wanted revenge, so he brought Esau gifts. However, Esau had forgiven him, and the brothers made peace. After wrestling with God’s angel, Jacob’s named was changed to Israel.

We are looking forward to our Thanksgiving/Chanukkah celebration at Intergenerational Day, next Wednesday the 27th! There will be a 12:00 dismissal on that day. Have a wonderful week ahead!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Spelling This Week


We will most likely not be using SpellingCity.com to practice our words in class this week. Therefore, I wanted to encourage your child to play the games and take the practice test at home, if they don’t already. I just finished posting the words for List #8, so have fun!

: ) Ms. Stein

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Weekly Update

Last week in Torah, we finished learning about the second day of Creation. In Parasha, we studied Parashat Vayetze, which talks about Jacob’s dream and the promise that God gave him. We also studied the Hebrew names of the items inside our pencil boxes, and how to say what we do with each item. It was fun playing a card game, in order to practice our singular and plural nouns. Although it seems too early, we began to study the story of Chanukah! As part of the Daily 5 literacy program, we practiced Read-to-Someone!

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Last week in Math, we completed our study of subtraction with regrouping. We did a fun activity where each child received 6 random playing cards, which were numbered 0-9. They had to decide how best to create two 3-digit numbers, which were then subtracted. We did this four kids at a time. The player with the lowest number won that round. The kids really enjoyed the game!

Lesson 2.5e Activity part 1 Lesson 2.5e Activity part 2

We also played a game in our three groups, called the “You Decide” Regrouping Game. Each group began with 950 points, and the object was to get down to zero, or as close as possible. One group member rolled a die, and then together as a team, the group decided if that number should represent ones, tens, or hundreds. That value was then subtracted. The tricky part was that each team had to roll the die exactly 7 times, so as they got closer to the end of the game, it really took some strategy and teamwork!

Regrouping Game

Speaking of teamwork, our Reading story last week was called Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat. We began by brainstorming the qualities of a good team.

Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat

Then, we learned some new Vocabulary words.

Ronald Morgan Vocab

In addition to reading that cute story, and taking the S.T.A.R. test for the second time this year, we also worked on Read-to-Self in Daily 5. We have now built our stamina of silent reading time up to 20 minutes!

In Grammar, we studied how nouns name: people, places, things, animals, and even ideas. Then, we studied how adjectives describe nouns. We used several interactive lessons on our Smartboard, which allowed students to take more ownership in the activity. With the wonderful help of Mrs. Gutterman, we began creating Adjective projects using an iPad app called Pic Collage. One group has created theirs so far, and the rest will do so this coming week. I felt extremely proud of those first projects because of the students’ excitement and the deep, authentic learning that was taking place! I can’t wait to see the other three groups’ projects!

Friday’s Mystery Reader was Andrea’s grandmother, “Yaya!” She was visiting from California, and it was a pleasure having her here.

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We are looking forward to another wonderful week of learning and fun!

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein

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Weekly Update

In Torah last week, we started learning about the second day of Creation. On Thursday, the kids decorated an electrical outlet cover. Since God said, “Let there be light,” the kids colored their projects yellow and wrote, “יהי אור”

Sam Sophia classIn class, we also talked about the items that help us to learn: books, cards, posters, games, etc (ספרים, כרטיסים, לוחות, משחקים). We played matching games on the Smartboard, using a site called Quizlet.

In Parashat Toldot, we discussed how twins can look the same, but be very different people. They can also not be identical, like Esau and Jacob, and also have very different qualities.

Last week, we had a different routine in General Studies, due to the field trip on Monday and no Spelling lists. We journaled on many topics, and enjoyed sharing our writing with the class. We also did a writing activity called “How Do I Learn?” It addressed several different learning styles, and helped kids think about: words, numbers, pictures, “body” (kinesthetic learning), music, people (interpersonal), and “myself” (intra-personal). The kids wrote a check mark for sentences that were true for them, left the line blank for sentences that were not true for them, and highlighted the ones they were still deciding on. I believe that when kids think about their thinking (metacognition), they start to understand how they best learn, and they develop more self-awareness in general. Take a look at the activity:

In Math, we continued to study the regrouping of tens and hundreds. We also watched a math video on subtraction with grouping. We’ll be finishing up Unit 2 soon, and then moving on to a fun unit on length!

It was nice to see many of you today at the Game On event today! The PTA and volunteers did an amazing job of organizing and running everything – thank you!

Have a wonderful week,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Tonight’s Math Homework


Today in Math class, we worked on subtraction with renaming in the tens place.               We practiced step-by-step as a whole class, and modeled problems on the Smartboard, using pictures. However, this skill is still brand new to most of the kids, and it will probably take a lot more practice for them to feel comfortable with it. Kids often get confused about how the numbers change (one less, one more, ten less, ten more), but as we practice in class, the concept becomes more clear. I told the kids to use whatever strategy works for them, such as counting up from the smaller number to the larger number, or using their hundreds chart. Here is the work we did today. I demonstrated how to go from the textbook page to another page (their Math Notebook) in order to line up the problems in straight columns and show their “brainwork.”

Textbook p.48-49 Textbook p.48-49 brainwork Textbook p.48-49 picturesPlease tell your child not to worry if this skill is challenging. We will keep practicing!

Have a good evening,

Ms. Stein

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Fantastic Field Trip #1!

Since we did not get to go on the Sukkah Hop, today was our first, official field trip! We had so much fun at the Florida Theatre, seeing Teacher From the Black Lagoon! Several stories were performed: Dogzilla, Grumpy Bird, I Want My Hat Back, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, Splat the Cat, and The Grasshopper & the Ant. We are so happy that Mrs. Rosen, Mrs. Davis, and Mrs. Scharf could join us for the fun outing! Enjoy this slideshow.

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Weekly Update

Hello, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about friendship. We studied verbs that go along with friendship, such as: helping, talking, playing, reading (together), etc. Playing Charades, we acted out friendship scenes, and of course, all in Hebrew!

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The message of Parashat Haye Sarah is to take care of animals. We learned about this from the caring actions of Rebekah. She gave water not only to Avraham’s servant, but also to his camels.

In Torah (Chumash B’resheet – Genesis), we studied what there was BEFORE God began creating the world. We also learned about what God created on the first day. Next week, we will be studying the second day of creation.

General Studies

I’d like to say “Slicha!” for not posting the Mystery Reader information from a week and a half ago. It was a wonderful surprise to have George’s grandmother visit our classroom!

Mystery Reader 1-1 Mystery Reader 2 Mystery Reader 3 Mystery Reader 4 Mystery Reader 5It was also wonderful this past Friday to have Lily’s mom as our special Mystery Reader!

MR 1 MR 2 MR 3 MR 4 MR 5Last week, we began the Daily 5, which is our comprehensive literacy program. We are easing into the 5 components of this program, beginning with “Read to Self.” We created a chart to carefully introduce the procedures and expectations. Then, two students modeled the inappropriate ways to behave during “Read to Self,” followed by the appropriate ways. It was very silly!

On Friday, we celebrated a special birthday!

Birthday 1 Birthday 2 Birthday 3 Birthday 4 Birthday 5We are so excited for tomorrow’s field trip! Pictures to follow. Due to the short week for the kids (with Conference Day on Friday), there will be no Spelling lists this week.


Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka


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Weekly Update

Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we continued the activity from last week, where we used the initials from our names to create riddles using Hebrew words. For example, with the letters “lamed” and “vet,” we created the word “lev,” which means “heart.” Another example is using “shin” and “koof,” to create the Hebrew word “sak,” which also means “a sack” in English.

The students were excited to look through an album that they created in Kitah Alef. It was an introduction to the new material that they are learning now, in Kitah Bet.

In Parashat Vayera, we learned about Avraham welcoming guests to his tent. We discussed how we welcome guests to our houses in these modern times.

In Reading this week, we enjoyed a fun story called The Strongest One. Unlike the stories we’ve read so far in the category of Realism, this one was a Fantasy. It was about a brave ant named Little Red Ant, who went in search of the strongest creature or element in the world.

Realism, FantasyThis fantasy story was in the form of a play, and we had fun reading the parts! It was ironic that there were exactly 17 roles since there are 17 kids in class!

The Strongest One roles

We also studied some challenging vocabulary words that went along with this story.

The Strongest One Vocabulary, part 1 The Strongest One Vocabulary, part 2

On Wednesday, we discovered a new way of thanking God each morning! Here we are, watching the video for the first time, and here is a link to the video itself.

Modeh Ani Texas Style!

Watch the whole song here!

We’re excited to browse through Mrs. Hallett’s Book Fair on Monday, and to make our Wish Lists! Feel free to send your child with money (kept in a safe place) to purchase books on Tues, Wed, or Thurs.

On Thursday, Oct 24th, we will be acknowledging a “Stomp Out Bullying” day here at school by wearing the color blue. Your child may wear any blue shirt, along with uniform bottoms.

Shabbat Shalom!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Tonight’s Math Homework

Today in Math class, we began renaming with addition problems! We focused on a basic fact, such as 7 + 5 = 12, and identified the 2 in the ones place. Next, we solved 67 + 5 = 72, noticing the basic fact of 7 + 5 in the ones places. One strategy is to break apart 67 into 60 and 7, add 7 and 5, and then add 60 + 12. Another strategy is rewrite the problem in straight columns, which I strongly encouraged. This helps the kids clearly see the place value positions. We also talked about what would happen if you were 67 years old and grew 5 years older. You wouldn’t be in your 60’s anymore, you would be in your 70’s. That’s why the tens place changes. We also modeled problems like this, using a place value chart and circles representing ones and tens. When there were 10 or more ones, it was time to “make an exchange,” trading 10 ones for a ten.

Next, we worked on the more challenging problem of 367 + 5 = 372. We referred back to what we already knew (67 + 5), and simply added 3 hundreds. I am fine with the students using whichever strategy they are the most comfortable with (mental math, adding in straight columns, using a hundred chart, etc). If your child is struggling with this work, please don’t worry. Having hands-on experience this week should make the concept more concrete. You can also review the place value positions (ones, tens, hundreds) to make sure that skill is mastered.

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