We had so much fun last week celebrating Red Ribbon Week and our 5th Habit of Happy Kids: “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood!” I love that I’m starting to hear from parents about situations at home where kids connect these habits to their own, personal lives!
At an interactive assembly on “Stranger Danger,” the students were able to learn and even practice some safety moves!
Last week in Jewish Studies, we studied Parashat Tetzaveh, and learned about the high priests’ clothing (the Kohanim). We discussed that different professionals wear different uniforms. For example: doctors, policemen, and soldiers all wear certain clothing for specific purposes. Similarly, the Kohanim wore special clothing when the served in the Mishkan.
In Torah, we talked about how God created human beings. We are continuing to discuss daily routines and rituals, such as: what we wear, what we eat, and how we travel to school.
We are in the process of creating individual books on trees. Each student was assigned a type of tree to study, and the research is being done here in the classroom.
In Wordly Wise last week, some of our vocabulary words related to nature. For example: bud, core, hive, sapling, and trunk. While reading about bees collecting pollen from flowers and taking it back to their hive, we found an amazing image of this happening!
We also had fun playing games on WordlyWise3000.com. The games only cover material from every five lessons, and I was so excited when Sam reminded me that we were finally ready to play the first one! Here are some of us playing Hangman and a Wordsearch on the Smartboard.
In Math class, we reviewed material from our first five units, and then took a cumulative test, which will be coming home this week. As we moved into the next unit, studying the multiplication table of two, the students asked one day for more challenging problems . . . Take a look at these!
We continued to work on our Author Study of Kevin Henkes with Ms. Wulbern last week. We brainstormed a list of things we would like to find out about him. Then, we watched this “Meet Kevin Henkes” video to try to answer some of those questions. We’re looking forward to a lot more activities, as we explore some of the many books written by this creative author!
Our Mystery Readers on Friday were Sophia’s aunt and grandmother! It was so nice to also celebrate Sophia’s birthday with her parents and siblings!
This is going to be a fun week ahead! Instead of working on our usual spelling lists and Wordly Wise lesson, we will be extending our Community of Kindness initiative beyond our classroom by working with an author named Ms. Jena, who writes about rescue dogs. Her books teach about kindness through the caretaking of animals. We will be doing a Google Hangout (which is like Skyping) with her on Tuesday, connecting with a local pet shelter, and collaborating with our art teacher, Mrs. Gutterman to do some exciting activities! Now I need to ask a very important question . . . Does anyone in class have a dog allergy? If so, please let me know ASAP!
Have a wonderful week,
Ms. Stein & Morah Rivka