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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I am so thankful for classroom full of bright and sweet kiddos!

In Singapore Math, we worked on double and three digit addition with renaming.  We learned how we have to regroup ones into a ten...and tens into 100...before as we add up our columns.  We played games and rolled some dice to practice this skill.

We have started our immigration unit and the children are fascinated.  We learned that the United States of America is also called 'The Great Melting Pot'.  Our class discussed why our country was named the 'Melting Pot', IMG_5110some reasons why people immigrated, and how the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were important during the time we opened our borders.  It has been awesome watching the children making the connection between family members that immigrated to the ones we watch in the videos.  Below is one of the videos we watched in class.

Our small moments are being published!  We are proudly displaying our work on the bulletin board outside of the room.  Stop by and check it out.  Our next writer's workshop unit will be Responding to Reading.

We are becoming much deeper thinkers as we read.  Our current comprehension focus is on predictions.  Sound easy?  Not for us!  We make predictions based on our schema...and then we start to read.  As we read, we are constantly checking to see if our predictions are correct.  If they aren't correct, we re-predict based on what we have read so far and continue to monitor.  Each child is responsible to apply this skill while reading to themselves during Daily 5.  I meet with each student to discuss the skills we are applying.

Happy birthday to our November babies!

Thank you so much for making conference day so successful!  I truly enjoyed meeting with you and discussing our goals for second grade.  I'm excited for what the year will bring.  Some dates to keep in mind;  VIP Day is Tuesday, November 24th...Family Tree Project is due December 7th...Field Trip to Ft. Menendez is December 9.

We have finished our units on addition and subtraction without renaming.  The students have been practicing lining up their ones, tens, and hundreds.  Starting our problems in the ones column will set us up for success next week when we begin regrouping.  In order to prepare ourselves, we played the game Race to Zero.

Some of us are ready to publish our small moments.   Very exciting and we can't wait for our publishing party!  Below is a glance at our Daily 5 time...

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 The children will get a chance to share their work and celebrate becoming a true author.  This will also be an opportunity for me to teach them to read with expression.

Our Native American presentations were amazing.  You can access your child's presentation on their blogfolios.  Please make sure you have your sound turned up.

We loved having Kyra's dad as our mystery reader this week!

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We are officially into our second grade year and I have seen such a large amount of growth.  I look forward to seeing you at conferences on November 9!  We had an awesome time at our IMAX field trip.  It was amazing to learn all about the different adaptations of animals and the reasons behind the evolution of these traits.

In Singapore Math we have finished up our unit on 2 and 3 digit addition without 'renaming.'  We will be moving on to subtraction next week.  We will also celebrate the end of our Native American unit next week as we share our amazing presentations.  They will soon be posted on their blogs and you can take a look at their hard work.  The children have learned a lot of skills during this unit: how to work together, how to utilize the internet to research, finding specific research on their topics, organizing their information, and creating a presentation.

We started a new Daily 5 rotation with a fresh spelling pattern.  This week we are focusing on the long a (ay, ai, a_e,) and then of course our rule breakers.  We also learned how to use a scrabble board with our spelling words.

We are super close to planning our publishing party.  Most of us have started our second rough drafts on our small moments.  The children are circling words they think are spelled incorrectly and using the dictionary to find the correct spelling.  They are also searching for capital letters in the beginning of a sentence and punctuation at the end.  Next week we will learn how adjectives can spice up our writing even more before we move on to our final drafts.  This is their first true journey through the entire writing process.  They will get to see how their writing has improved since they started.

Thank you so much to our mystery reader Naida Gould!

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Our last week of October!  Time is flying by.
In Math, we have started learning the traditional way to add up two digit numbers.  We used the smart board to learn how to line up our ones and tens.  The students practiced adding the ones column before moving on to the tens.  This will help us when we need to 'rename' or 'regroup' our numbers.  We even learned some silly math jokes during our lesson.

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We are becoming such thoughtful writers.  Our small moments have become stories that we will remember forever.  Many have started on their next rough draft and started reading like detectives.  We are on the hunt for places we need capital letters and punctuation.  We read a silly book to remind us how important punctuation is in a piece of writing.

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In Daily 5 we started learning about text to text connections.  We read Oliver Button and Amazing Grace.  We compared the two texts and found there were a lot of similarities between the characters.  I am hoping the children will begin finding connections between books they are currently reading and ones they have read in the past.

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Elie's dad was mystery reader this week.  We loved listening to him read The Book With No Pictures.

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Shalom, Families!

This week in Jewish Studies, we read a story about all of the things in the world (people, plants, animals, the oceans, the sun, the planets, etc). Then, we discussed who created all of those things - God! Next, we talked about what existed before this Creation. Things were there, but they were without form.תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ Nothing was organized. In our classroom, we created pictures of this תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ

We also did an activity last week using the initials from our names. Using our first and last initials, we created Hebrew words. Although some of the initials were very challenging, this was still an excellent activity for our brains!

In Parashat Lech L'cha, we learned about the promise that God gave Abraham, that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.  Then, we made paper stars, decorated with our names, which we hung from the ceiling. This is a visual representation of God's promise.He would make him a great nationncludes us, his descendants!.
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We are well on our way in second grade.  We have finally had some full weeks and our learning has blasted off.  We finally personalized our blog.  Here is one of the pictures that I loved.

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Our Native American projects are almost done.  We just have to put our finishing touches on our final project and then we are ready to teach!  Mrs. Gutterman even had us create some incredible totem poles in art...this is a common type of art for Native Americans in the Northwest region of our country.  They came out super cute.  Check them out in the hallway of our primary wing.

In math we have stretched our brains to add up and subtract two and three digit numbers with mental math.  It has been very interesting seeing what method of solving these problems work for each student.  The idea is to teach them a variety of strategies until they find the one that is just right for them.  Next week, we will add two and three digit numbers the traditional way.

We have switched things up a bit in DAILY 5.  We have known that we are all unique and work at different paces, have different strengths and weaknesses, etc.  So, I have created a new method where they must complete each component of DAILY 5 by the end of the week...but they can go at their own pace and order.  My only requirement is that they choose to go to Read to Self or Read to a Friend for at least 20 minutes each day.  This is the time where I am reading both individually and within small, flexible groups.  Some of the skills we are working on are:  word attack strategies, picking a GOOD FIT book, our key comprehension strategy, and SLOWING DOWN!  Most of our readers speed right past words they don't read correctly.  We need to read at a pace where we can recognize that these words don't sound quite right, and then go back to decode them.

Our key comprehension strategy is making Text to Self connections while we read.  I am having students recognize experiences they have had (schema), and connect them to the story they are reading.  This helps the reader to engage, become involved, and understand the text they are reading.  They write these connections down on post its and stick them on the page they connected to.  When I come around, they read me the section of the text where they made their connection.

Thank you to Beth Wolpoff for being our mystery reader for the week!

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This week, we read Parashat Noah, and learned that God put a rainbow in the sky, and promised that the earth would never again be destroyed. The rainbow is the symbol of that promise. You can find a summary of Parashat Noah here.

Every Friday the book, My Weekly Sidra, is coming home with your child. Their homework is to read it together with mom or dad.  Please SIGN on the page with "My Comment" so that will know that you read this with your child. (Please DO NOT sign on Shabbat.) So for example, this weekend, your child should read pages 22-25 with you. This is a wonderful opportunity to share Torah with your child!

Mazel Tov to our second graders! They began a new Chumash (book), B'resheet!

We discussed what we know about the Torah. Each student shared their ideas by writing and drawing.

We also worked on Hebrew grammar, learning about the past tense of the word is. "I was/was not in Morah Rachel's classroom last year." (אני הייתי/לא הייתי בכיתה של המורה רחל בשנה שעברה)

We finally had a full week of school!!!  This is really exciting because we are back to establishing a routine for our days.  Daily 5 continues to be a success and reading has become FUN!  It's great to have a choice in what we are able to read both independently and in small groups.  Our discussions are exciting and we also get each other interested in new books by listening to what our friends have to say.  We reviewed picking a GOOD FIT book for ourselves.  Here are the steps we take...1. Pick a book  2. Why do we want to read it? What is our purpose?  3.  Does it interest us?  4.  Can we understand it?  5.  Do we know most of the words?    It's a hard to determine if we have a GOOD FIT book, especially if it's one we want to read, but it's just too challenging.  We also finished up learning about our basic story elements, which were characters, setting, problem/solution, and main idea.  Now we off to becoming engaged and active readers.  Friday, we started learning how to use our schema to make some text to self connections.

We finished our first unit in Singapore Math and we have started Addition and Subtraction.  We will be learning and reviewing all sorts of interesting strategies to add and subtract, including mental math.  Please let me know if your child has any difficulty with their math homework.

Our Native American projects have been challenging and fun.  Our groups are almost done with their research and most have started on their Wixie presentations.  Once they are finished, I will post them in your child's blogfolio so that you can see all of their hard work.  It has been a learning process ranging from finding accurate information on the internet (guided research) to learning how to work together.

Reminder, we have a field trip to the IMAX theater on November 4.  This will tie into our science curriculum about adaptations.  I have also scheduled a field trip on December 9 to Ft Menendez where we will learn about the lifestyle of the Florida Indians.

Our class came in close to winning the Box Top competition!  We are celebrating with a dress down day on Monday, October 19.  Send your child to school in their most comfortable clothes...Pj's or a favorite play outfit.

We also held our class election for Knesset representative.  It was an anonymous election where the students heard speeches labeled with a letter, rather than a name.  They voted for the speech that explained why the candidate would make the best representative.  Kyra was voted to be our class representative and Maytal is our alternate.  Congratulations ladies!

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We are so lucky to have such amazing mystery readers!!!

We had such  fabulous, yet super short, weeks!  The Sukkah Hop was so much fun. The middle schoolers were well prepared to teach and entertain the 2nd and 3th graders at each home.  Students enjoyed Sukkot puzzles, a trivia game,  learning new songs and eating delicious snacks.

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In class we discussed that during Simchat Torah, we finish reading the Torah and start reading it again.

Mazel Tov to our 2nd Graders! We have begun studying Parashat Ha'Shavuah.  This week, we read Parashat B'resheet.