Second Grade News

Chodesh Tov, Families!

Welcome to the Hebrew month of Adar! We have begun to learn about Purim! We talked about opposites and the story of Purim. On Thursday, we celebrated the start of this happy month by making fun masks.

Please save the date: On Monday, March 2nd, we will be baking hamantashen! Please email Morah Rivka at if you would like to volunteer to help.

In Torah, we studied Shabbat. In Parashat Terumah, God instructed Moses to collect donations, in order to build a Tabernacle (Mishkan). That was a portable synagogue that the people used while traveling through the desert.

Last week in General Studies, we learned even more about Presidents’ Day! Working in rotating small groups, we enjoyed many different activities: writing about our country, putting all of the presidents into ABC Order, writing the names of our 50 states on maps, and designing our own White Houses, using specific measurements for the windows and doors! We sent home the classwork on Friday, even if not all of it was completed. We also created a class board game last week called Add It Up! We worked in three groups, called Crews: the Rules Crew, the Layout & Measuring Crew, and the Symbols & Money Crew. This project was student-led, and it took a lot of conversation and negotiation to create our final product. Mrs. Freedman and I are so proud of how hard the kids worked, and how positively they participated!

In addition, Mrs. Hallett helped us record facts about President Washington and President Lincoln, as we took a “virtual tour” of the White House!

Our special Mystery Reader on Friday was Liza’s Aunt Yaffa!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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This week in Jewish Studies, we studied the seventh day of Creation (Shabbat). We learned that it’s called Shabbat because God rested on this day. In Parashat Mishpatim, we talked about the laws that God gave to the Jewish people. For example: giving Tzedakah, taking care of orphans, and protecting each other from dangerous situations.

We’re continuing to create Tu B’Shevat projects using the app called Pixie. We finished studying the prayer, Ashrei. Next week, I’ll start testing the kids on this prayer, so please practice at home.

We also work in reading groups this week!

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This week in Math, we studied money, which tied in perfectly with Presidents’ Day! Please see Monday’s blogpost for more information.

We were all so proud of the kids’ musical performance Thursday night at Sea to Shining Sea! 🙂

Our Mystery Reader today was Blake’s mom! We loved having Blake’s sister spend time with us too!

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Next week, we will be doing some fun, hands-on, creative learning stations, in order to study Presidents’ Day! Here, Mrs. Freedman described the activities to the children, who seemed very excited!

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We also did a fun, Presidents’ Day activity today during Library class, with Mrs. Hallett. This research and technology-based project is ongoing, so we will give you more details soon.

This was an exciting Spirit Week! Thank you for all of your involvement and participation with the costumes!

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Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein and Morah Rivka

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Marvelous Money Monday!

Since Presidents’ Day is approaching, we thought it was the perfect time to begin studying money in math class! Today, we reviewed the names and values of the coins and bills.

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As with most subjects, there is a range of familiarity and comfort with the study of money. We discussed the cents sign, the dollar sign, and the decimal point. We then practiced decimal notation, and talked about how $0.50 is different from $ 0.05. Next, we worked on adding the values of coins and bills. If your child is not yet comfortable with any of these concepts, please practice often at home! We will be studying this unit for at least the next two weeks, and we’ll have hands-on practice each day, beginning tomorrow. Depending on how tonight’s two-page homework assignment goes, I may just assign one page for the next few nights. Also, there will be no math homework on Thursday night, due to the performance.

Thank you!

Ms. Stein & Mrs. Freedman

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This was a very exciting week!

Jewish Studies was all about Tu B’Shevat! On Monday, we collaborated with Mrs. Gutterman to plant parsley seeds in cute containers that we decorated. I hope they grow well, and that you’re able to use the parsley in your Pesach Seder!

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On Tuesday we went to Tree Hill! Pictures are coming soon . . .

On Wednesday, we had a Tu B’Shevat Seder, where we ate seven special species of food: wheat, barley, grapes, olives, pomegranates, dates, and figs.

In Reading this week, we studied Cause & Effect.

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We enjoyed hearing multiple-choice Cause & Effect stories read aloud, which help to build listening and comprehension skills. (This is good for test preparation too!) We also had fun playing a little game, where each student had either a Cause or an Effect on a piece of paper. They each had to find their matching partner. Also, we practiced this important skill during our small reading groups.

Our special Mystery Reader today was Noam’s mom!

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The Scholastic News Weekly Readers that we sent home today are optional reading material, just for fun!

Please send in a plastic bottle cap for a project we’re doing in General Studies. 🙂

Next week is Spirit Week! Here are the activities for each day:

Monday – Blast to the Past! Please wear a costume from any time period in history, such as: the 80’s, the 60’s, or the Colonial Days.

Tuesday – Bring a pair / Wear a pair of PJ’s!

Wednesday – Dress as a Character! 

Thursday – Team Spirit Day!

Friday – Crazy Hat Day (Wear Shabbat clothes.)

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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Our 100th Day of School Celebration!

We had so much fun celebrating the 1ooth Day of School today!

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We sang a cute song about this special day!

We made estimates about how many times we could do certain activities in 100 seconds, like: clapping, saying the alphabet, and writing our names. Then, we calculated the actual times, and reflected on what we learned. Here, we are jumping for 100 seconds!

We also had free choice time, where the students could solve 100 basic facts, stretch their minds with tricky story problems, draw a portrait of themselves as a 100-year old, write an acrostic poem, and other fun activities. What a fun day! 🙂

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Groundhog Day!

Today, we had a wonderful discussion about Groundhog Day! We read aloud a book called Groundhog Gets A Say, we explored this website, and each student made a prediction about an early spring or six more weeks of winter!

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Last week, we enjoyed reflecting upon our special CritterKin project. Here is a wonderful video, made by Mrs. Gutterman!

In Math last week, we continued measuring in standard units, especially meters and centimeters.

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We even measured how far we can reach!

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We had two special Mystery Readers last week! Here are pictures from the first one, Rabbi Lubliner!

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Here are pictures from the second one, Charlie’s dad!

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February is going to be a very busy month, full of fun activities, such as Spirit Week! I will post reminders here, since it’s a lot to remember.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ms. Stein

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Shalom, Families!

Mrs. Gutterman is working on a recycled art project for Tu B’Shevat. She is asking for donations of empty and washed 2-liter soda bottles by January 31st. Thank you!

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about the structure of trees. We discussed the different kinds of branches, leaves, flowers, and fruits. Also, we talked about how trees can look very different during each season. Using an app called Pixie, we are designing trees of our own, and naming the parts in Hebrew!

In Parashat Bo, we studied the last three plagues (locusts, darkness, and the death of the first born son). From this Parashah, we learned what the mezuzah represents.

In Torah, we learned about the Creation of the human beings and the animals. People were created in God’s image, and they are the “king” of the animal kingdom. We should appreciate and use what God has given us (intelligence, resources, etc).

In Math this week, we began studying Length. We learned about measuring in Non-Standard Units, such as: paper clips, footprints, and arm spans. While this was fun, we saw that these units wouldn’t be understood by everyone in the world, and that they can change over time.

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Next week, we will study Standard Units!

As you know, we worked on a project this week called CritterKin! We learned about rescuing animals, accepting differences and imperfection, and being kind to all creatures. You will see the notes that we took in class arriving home today in your child’s white folder. We enjoyed doing two Google Hangouts with author and illustrator, Jena Ball! Here are two videos from the first one.

We also enjoyed making dog toys from the T-shirts you generously sent in!

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We were so grateful to have Morah Eta’s sister, Ms. Osher and her dog, Gypsy visit our classroom!

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We learned a lot about Greyhound dogs, and everyone had the chance to pet her. We even examined Gypsy’s toes, mouth, and toothbrush!

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Our Mystery Reader today was Efrat’s Safta!

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She read us a beautiful book, completely in Hebrew, and Efrat translated!

Stay safe and dry this weekend!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka

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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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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!

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 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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