An Update from Our Class Blogger

Ava J. was our blogger last week. Pictures are from our documentarians, Anna and Mason.

 On Monday 11/10/14- In the morning we had Jewish Studies with Morah Rivkah. We worked in our Torah book. We also had Abigail’s parasha. Her parasha was on parasha Vayera/וירא. For her parasha we had to pick a disaster out of a cup.

Then we went to Math/Social Studies. We started to learn the Order of Operations. In the order of operation we use PEMDAS to remember that my class uses “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.”

Then we went to L.A.. We read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. After that we did Author’s Chair. In Author’s Chair we shared personal narratives that are on our blogs.Then we did the Daily 3. If you are unfamiliar with Daily 3 it is when you read to self, work on writing, and word work.

In science we worked on a triple Venn diagram. The Venn diagram was for the three states of matter: first solid, second gas, third liquid.

Ariel shares his personal narrative during “Author’s Chair.”

On Tuesday 11/11/14- We first had Math/Social Studies. When we went in there was a sticky note challenge on the board that we did. It was for the Order of Operations.Then for fifteen minutes we got to play a math or a social studies games on our iPads. After that we got to watch a slide show from our friend Moti. The slide show was called Amazing Algebra.Then we went to L.A. We finished up the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. No one in the class wanted it to end, but it did ;(. After the story ended the whole class took an AR quiz. Then we did Author’s Chair, then the Daily 3. In Jewish Studies we split up in groups and worked on the parasha for this week. Then we split up into groups again and worked on the rules.

On Wednesday 11/12/14- We first went to Jewish Studies. Then we went to P.E. and did tennis after that we went to Math. In Math we learned more about Order of Operations. Then we went to L.A. We did Author’s Chair. When we did it we only had to do two last people, Eliana and Moti.  In daily 3 we did W.O.W two times. W.O.W stands for Work on Writing. We did W.O.W 2 times because we did a book review on Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. We did the book review on our iPads using Pixie. We did W.O.W first then Read to Self second because we needed to finish the book review that very day. Then we went to Science class and we did a heat experiment. It was really fun to do and watch.

Eliana read her personal narrative during "Author's Chair" time.

Eliana shares her personal narrative with the class during “Author’s Chair.”

On Thursday 11/13/14-  In math we ended up the Order of Operations and started to continue with Word Problems. In L.A.  we were getting ready to Skype with a 4th grade class. But we were not able to Skype them because they had internet problems. We were all very sad, but then at the end we became happy because we got to do daily three. In Jewish studies we put our spelling words into our notebooks and and then made a game on our iPads. On our iPads we made a game called ( Hac-Ta-Va ). After recess we went inside for Anna’s parasha called parasha Chayei Sara היי שרה.

Anna shares summary & life lesson from Parasha "Chayei Sarah."

Anna shares summary & life lesson from Parasha “Chayei Sarah.”

On Friday 11/14/14-  In J.S. we first figured out all our spelling words in English. Then we went to L.A. We did the Daily 3. Then we went to Science. In Science we filled out a sheet of paper.  In math we learned more about word problems. All of the word problems had to do with PEMDAS.

Elizabeth enjoys read to self time during the daily 3.

Elizabeth enjoys read to self time during the daily 3.

And that was our whole week.


Eva G was our blogger last week.

This week in L.A we have been getting ready for student-led conferences. It was a lot of fun but it was not easy. If you go to some peoples blogs you will see Telligamis, Work Habits & Citizenship, Math Reflections, for L.A. we did a Self Evaluation. It was so so so fun. I think every body liked it.

Weekly Language Arts Post

Thank you to Daisy for being our LA blogger this week and to Elizabeth for being the documentarian.

This week is another week of #GRA (Global Read Aloud). We are reading the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We are all very interested in the book. So on Monday we worked on our Personal Narratives, they will be on our blogs shortly. We made a rough draft.

On Tuesday we had library. The book fair is here!!!! We also read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and did sketchnotes. For our personal narratives some of us were putting it on our blogs and some of us were still doing our rough draft.


On Wednesday when we first got in to class some of us were doing tests and some people were doing read to self.
On Thursday we took our Star Reading tests.  We also worked on our personal narrative. We did read another chapter of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

On Friday we did three rounds of Daily 3. Again we did Global Read Aloud and sketch notes. Sketch notes are pictures or words that help you understand a book. Some people do sketch notes and some don’t.

I hope you like the post!!

-Daisy H

Rules for a unified classroom

We have been continuing to discuss the rules for establishing a unified class. This week, we introduced two rules. The second rule specifies keeping the environment and daily surroundings clean. We read a story, we discussed ways to help the environment, and we also talked about keeping our own classroom clean. This rule applies to our the MJGDS new lunchroom policy where students take turns cleaning the tables after lunch so that the next group of students will eat on a clean table.

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The third rule is to respect school property and our friends’ property.  In class we read about a student taking someone else’s workbook without permission.  Every one was upset and discussed the rule.

We are looking forward to learning rules four and five next week.

Weekly Post from Danny

Thank you to Danny for writing this week’s blog post. Documentarians this week were Aleeya and Saylor.

Here at MJGDS Language Arts we did a lot of cool things this week!

On Monday we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and we did Daily 3. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Daily 3 it is when you  read to self, work on writing, and word work. We also learned how to make connections while reading. In order to connect you have to link it to something in a book, in real life, or in the world.

On Tuesday we had our pajama reading party. We read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and we did Daily 3. We also learned the steps of how you become CHAMPS. C is for Conversation, H is for Help, A is for Activity, M is for Movement, P is for Participation, S is for Success. We also read The Lion And The Mouse.

On Wednesday we did Daily 3 and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. On Thursday We did Daily 3 and we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We also learned what a personal narrative is. This week was REALLY FUN!!!


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What does the Mishna say about a kosher sukkah

For the past two weeks we studied the halachot (rules) from the Mishna for a kosher and non kosher sukkah.  For example you are allowed to build a sukkah on a camel, on a balcony and on a boat but not under an existing tree. image


We also studied about the  ארבעת המינים (Four Species) and their connection to the various characteristics the Jewish People.  We also discussed who is obligated to dwell in the sukkah and who is not.