The seven steps of T’shuva (repentance)

For the past two weeks we studied the steps for T’shuva according to the Rambam (Maimonides). Students learned that there is a seven step process to complete when correcting wrong behavior.  This applies to everyday throughout the year, not just during Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.  Students enjoyed listening to the  story How Do We Make T’shuva?  Following the story, the students practice the steps in various forms.

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Florida State Symbols

Last week we learned about a variety of official state symbols. I proposed the following question to the class: What else do you think should be made official by the state?

What if Florida had an official state milkarticle of clothing, recreational activity, water bottle or dog? Have you ever considered an official state ice-cream flavor? We had not one, but two suggestions! Some students suggested a change to current state symbols. Check out the changes made to the Florida state flag and the proposed change of the state tree.

Check out the corresponding blogs to see what the class thought! Leave a comment! Let the authors know what you thought of their symbols.

Welcome to our Unified classroom ברוכים הבאים לכיתה המאוחדת

The last  two weeks have been all about getting to know each other and our classroom.  We are learning about our new routines, becoming familiar with expectations of classroom behavior, and starting Kitah Dalet curriculum.

We worked on our curriculum theme for the year which is HaKitah HaM’oochedet ‘building a unified classroom’.  The first unit focuses on the unique nature of each student (their special qualities and needs) and what each one of them can contribute in order to build a unified class.

The entire class put together the puzzle of the new unified Kitah Dalet class.


Each of the students created used the Tellagami app to create a short decription of their unique qualities.  The Tellagami videos are on the students’ individual blogs.

Welcome Back!

Shalom Parents,

We are happy to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year!

Hopefully, the summer has provided you with many memorable opportunities to spend time with family and friends. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can have a successful year.

Thank you all for attending Meet & Greet this afternoon! It was nice to see all your faces. We are looking forward to having an exciting school year!



See you on Monday!! 

Morah Rivka and Ms. Lewis

Our Week in Review (2/22/16 – 2/26/16)

Language Arts

This week in class we started our blog post for Quad Blogging and commenting. For word work we had a test on and had a worksheet of a ladder that gives you hints on what to add, subtract, or t rearrange the letters. On Wednesday we received a reading log for reading 30 minute every night.

Nava K.

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In Science we made our March Mammal Madness Trading Card and sent them to Mrs. Gutterman and she printed the out. In Social Studies we chose who we wanted to do research on for a biography project we are starting.

Maya L.



This week is Math, we learned about Fractional Parts of a Whole and multiplying them. I like the strategy Ms. Lewis taught us; where we put the whole on top of the denominator and multiply that number by the numerator. Here is an example:¾ of 12 = 12 divided by 4  x 3 = 3×3 = 9We also did word problems where we had to find a fraction out of a whole by using that strategy.


Sam K.


Our Week in Review (2/16/16-2/19/16)


This Week In Math we learned about Fractions of a Set for example

1/4 of 20 = 5 because 5 goes into 20 4 times. We also worked on our Khan Academy recommendations. We also leaned how to multiply fractions.

Lily D

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Language Arts

This week, in Daily 3 we did read to self, word work, and work on writing. In Word Work we learned the correct way to use common misused words  such as, know, no, too, to, two, and a lot. We learned that “alot” is not a word just like you would say “apig” or “allama” you don’t say “alot”. We also took some test on noredink. In work on writing we worked on a blog post about school. We are working on this blog post for our quad blogging which is now a tri-blog. We will post our blogs about our school next week so that the kids from the other schools will be able to comment on them. In read to self we read and work on our AR goals.

Evan W.

Social Studies

In Social studies this week are class got split up into groups of 3. Each group had 3 maps of Florida they also had a paper with 20 questions on it 10 were about the physical features around Florida. Physical features are lakes, rivers, and oceans. The other 10 were about population centers in Florida. population centers are places where a lot of are or live.

Jacob G.

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Our Week in Review (2/8/16- 2/12/16)

Language Arts

Hey guys! In Language Arts we wrote our comments for Quad blogging. Quad blogging is when four fourth grade classes write on other students blog. We are doing this for four weeks, each week one class writes the blog and the other classes comment. We had to write quality comment. Quality comments start conversations, they ask questions, greet the blogger and share things you have in common. One of the classes had to pull out so now we’re calling it  “tri blogging.”

We also  about “A” and “An”. For example: – use “A” when the first letter of the word begins with a consonant. Examples: A baby. A kite. A foot. – use “AN” when the first word is a vowel. Examples: An eagle. An apple. An orange.We also did a Nored Inc quiz about “A” and “An”.

Lucy G

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Science/Social Studies

This week in science lab, we have been researching the animal we have drawn in art class. The things we were looking for about the animals were, diet and habitat, characteristics, if there was a history of the animal cross breeding (mating with other species of animal), and background. As that was happening, we found out that our meal worms have gone into the  pupa stage.

In science in class we have been learning about animal and plant adaptations. We have learned about animals and plants that live in still water, and moving water. An example is that an adaptation for a fish that lives in rushing water is that it has a strong tail, and a streamlined body helps it stay in place and move against the current.

In social studies, we have started talking about a project that we will be doing  in the near future. Everyone in class will be assigned a person that is important to Florida and we will research that person. We may even do reports on the person we have been given. I am very excited about the assignment. This morning we looked at two photos of Miami, one was the late 20th century and the other one was from the 1900s. We split into partners and we discussed where we thought it was, when we thought it was. We also compared them to see what was different and what was the same and why they were different. At the end of the lesson we said that the reason they were different was because of the population’s needs and because the population increased overtime.

by Talia Z.



This week in math we took a quiz about improper fractions and turning improper fractions into mixed numbers. We are still keeping up with Khan Academy. We have a new activity in class that if you complete the homework for the night, you can pick out a spot on a bingo chart and if your spot was picked you can win a prize. We are continuing to do the rocket math. Today we did our first two minute timing. It was very hard!  

by Jake R.

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Helping The Aliens Look For The “Tree of Life”

Our Tu B’Shevat unit included a story about two aliens who came to earth to look for food and the Tree of Life.  The search took them around the world and they visited different countries such France, Canada and Israel.  In each place they were given the food that is native to that country.  When they arrived in Israel they learned that the “Tree of Life” is not a physical tree but the Torah.  At the end of the unit the students worked in individually or in groups to create a video based on the story.

Some students created a video that summarized the story. Other students  presented the story as a news interview or added another chapter to the story.  Here are their final projects: