Second Grade News

Happy Friday!

In the white folders today, I sent home the Thanksgiving story that your child wrote. It had been hanging on our Sharing Wall, and I’m excited to now share it with you!

On Monday, we celebrated a special birthday!

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Today, we celebrated a special HALF-birthday!

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This week, we studied Martin Luther King, Jr. and delicately discussed how he changed the world. The class discussions and questions that the kids asked were wonderful! We read a Scholastic News magazine (which we’ll finish next week), and we watched a video about Dr. King’s childhood, experiences, and beliefs; as well as the laws at that time in history. We also talked about big words, like segregation and integration. Here are some images from that video.


Have a relaxing three-day weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Mrs. Freedman

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Second Grade News

Happy 2015!

Last week, in Parashat Sh’mot, we discussed the beginning of the Israelites’ slavery. We also talked about the birth of Moses and the burning bush. We celebrate Pesach in order to remember the hard lives that the Israelites lived in Egypt. The bitter herb reminds us of their bitter lives.

In Torah, we learned about the fifth day of Creation. God created the birds and the animals from the ocean.

We had fun naming the items in our pencil boxes by their Hebrew names. We played a game to practice these new vocabulary words. Next week, we will begin studying Tu B’Shevat!

In Math class last week, we continued to study subtraction with regrouping. Problems such as 600 – 182 were really tricky because the kids had to regroup twice, changing the tens place first to a 10, and then to a 9. Not only can this be a challenging skill for kids at first, but sometimes they regroup when they don’t need to. We talk about whether or not the place value positions are “happy.” If we’re able to subtract without doing anything, then the place is happy. If regrouping is necessary, then it’s not happy until we do the work. We will continue to practice in class.

The students are doing very well with our Word Work routine. Using their spelling words, they create flash cards, put them into ABC Order, and write sentences. For some lessons, there are sorting or matching games. Many of the students also enjoy practicing their words in the iPad app DoodleBuddy.

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During Daily 5, the students make choices on what they need to do. Here, you see students listening to read aloud stories, reading to themselves, taking an A.R. quiz, and publishing their writing. We love to see the kids gaining more and more independence!

Daily 5

 On Friday, we had a much-needed desk cleaning party!

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We had a special Mystery Reader on Friday!

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We’re looking forward to a wonderful week!

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka


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Tonight’s Math Homework

Today in Math class, we continued to study subtraction with regrouping. The problems were more challenging than before because the students needed to regroup the tens place twice, making it 10 tens, and then 9 tens. For an example, try the problem 600 – 182. For tonight’s homework, (Workbook p.63) do your best, and don’t worry if it’s tricky! We will go over the answers tomorrow, and we’ll keep practicing. Practice makes permanent!

Ms. Stein :-)

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Spelling Lesson

In Spelling class this morning, we began studying the Long e  sound. Instead of a Pretest this week, we brainstormed Long e words together, and noticed the different ways to spell them.

Long e Long e & i Before e Rule

The students will still be bringing home spelling lists, and as usual, there will be a test on Friday.

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News


We hope you had a wonderful Chanukah, and are enjoying your Winter Break! Last week in Jewish Studies, we reviewed the Chanukah blessings. We discussed what to do in order to remember the miracles: lighting the Chanukkiah, playing with dreidels, and eating latkes and sufganiyot!

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We also learned about three Parashot last week: Miketz, Vayigash, and Vayechi! We talked about preparing for the future, helping our families, and how it’s a custom for parents to bless their children every Friday.

We celebrated a special birthday last week!

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During that birthday celebration, we watched a wonderful Chanukah video!

In Math class, we began subtracting with regrouping. After practicing several mental math strategies, we learned the traditional method of renaming tens into ones and subtracting downward in straight columns. The students enjoyed coming up to the Smartboard to help us solve these problems.

Efrat Blake

We had two special Mystery Readers last week!

Here were the clues for the first one:

1. Has lots of cats, although they’re not real                                                                                     2. Traveled a long way to be here                                                                                                       3. Wears lots of rings

We were so happy to have Owen’s grandmother visit us!


These were the clues for our second Mystery Reader:

Mystery Reader 2.1 We were also grateful to have Morgan’s sister, Rebecca visit us!

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Last Friday, we had a great time celebrating Chanukah with the whole school!

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We would all like to thank you very much for your thoughtful holiday gift! Have a great New Year’s, and we’ll see you in 2015!

Morah Rivka, Morah Ilana, Morah Mazal, Ms. Stein & Mrs. Freedman

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Today’s Math Lesson

Good Afternoon, Parents!

Today in Math class, we learned about mental subtraction skills. From First Grade work, and from lessons earlier this year, we reviewed number bonds and making numbers more “friendly.” :-) While these were called mental math activities, we also wrote down our brainwork, in order to help us keep track of information, as the numbers got bigger. You can see here how the information from one problem prepared us for the next.

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We talked about how different strategies work better for different people. Since some kids were familiar with the traditional algorithm of writing the numbers vertically, I did give a little preview of tomorrow’s lesson, where we’ll be learning to regroup when subtracting! However, for tonight, I’ve asked the kids to try to use the strategies we practiced in class. Here is more of what we worked on:

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Mrs. Freedman and I even modeled this lesson by sitting on the floor with the kids, breaking apart a 10 into ten ones, and then subtracting. We called this making an exchange at the bank! We’ve played several games this year that help the kids practice this hands-on skill with concrete objects. Tomorrow, we will learn what Singapore Math calls the abstract method of subtracting, where we rename tens and ones. Kids grasp these concepts at different rates, so please assure your child that it will all come together. Also, please continue to practice the basic subtraction facts through 20 with your child so they have faster recall. We always allow the kids to use hundred charts and addition charts; and we’re going to give them subtraction charts as well!

Thank you!

Ms. Stein

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Second Grade News

This week in Jewish Studies, we discussed the two miracles of Chanukah. One was the victory of the Maccabees, and the other was the burning of the oil for eight nights. We also talked about where to place the Chanukkiah, why to place it there, and when we should light it. Through songs, stories, and poems, we enjoyed learning this history.

In Torah, we studied the fourth day Creation. God created the moon, the stars, and the sun. We reflected upon the purpose of these celestial objects.

In Parashat Vayeshev, we talked about Joseph’s dreams, his brothers’ anger, and the consequences that followed. Afterward, the students took turns sharing their own dreams.

In General Studies this week, we had a very special visitor. Noam’s father spoke with us about his time in the Israeli Army, and how he used to repair helicopters! He shared with us a wonderful slideshow, and some artifacts and pictures too! It was amazing to hear about his experiences, and we thank him for his time.

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We also enjoyed a visit from a Mystery Reader! Micah’s dad read us a beautiful and touching story about a real, African American astronaut named Ronald McNair. This lead to an excellent conversation that will be continued in the future!

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Please rest up for the exciting Chanukah activities next week! :-)

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka



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Second Grade News

Shalom, Families!

This week, we finished studying the Chanukah story, and talked about the Jewish date on which we celebrate the holiday.

In Torah, we finished learning about the third day of Creation.

In Parashat Vayishlah, we discussed the changing of Jacob’s name to Yisrael.

Today, we began a Chanukah project, where we collaborated with Mrs. Gutterman in Art class!

In Math class this week, we practiced addition problems, in which we renamed ones. Then, we played a game called Renaming Tens. First, we played as a whole class. Next, we played in small groups. Afterward, we played individually!

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Then, we  worked on problems where the renaming could happen in either the ones or the tens place. Next week, we will study renaming in BOTH places!

In Reading class, we learned about Sequence. We listened for the order of events in several stories, and did a fun cutting and gluing activity.

Sequence Sequence Key Words Sequence Activity

In Writing class, we studied the Personal Narrative, and began the writing process with our own story!

personal narrative graphic organizer - Google Search

This process will continue as we draft, peer-conference, teacher-conference, revise, edit, and then publish our writing!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Rivka & Ms. Stein


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Intergenerational Day!

What a fun time we had today! After singing songs about Thanksgiving and L’Dor V’Dor with the whole school, we then enjoyed having parents and grandparents visit our classroom! We created “Trees of Gratitude” and ate cupcakes, made by Sadie and her mom.

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We really missed Zoe, Morgan, and Brian today! Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you on December 1st!

Ms. Stein & Mrs. Freedman

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Addition with Regrouping!

Today in math class, we began adding with regrouping!

Place Value Chart Textbook p.40-41

Mrs. Freedman and I reminded the kids how important it is to write the problems in straight columns, even if they think they can do the work mentally. Mental math is a great skill for certain situations. It is also very important to first add the ones, and then add the tens. Since regrouping is a brand new concept, I did not give any math homework tonight. We will practice a lot more in class!

Ms. Stein :-)

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