September Days are Here

Many students shopped for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas; the items will be delivered this weekend. This was another successful mitzvah project for many of our 6th and 7th grade students.

8th Grade 

This past week in 8th grade Jewish literature class, we started our book The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak (if you want the book I’ll put the Amazon link here ). We are reading it because we are learning about the Holocaust. So far we are still in part one, but I’m enjoying it! It’s about the time of the Holocaust and it’s narrated by Death. Yes, Death! There is a girl named Liesel who moved into a foster home.

For grammar, we are creating games in teams. In my group, our game is on nouns and verbs:  examples of verbs include* run, *drive, *dream. Examples of nouns * school, *house, *book. Our group is still debating on the name for the game. All the games are going to be created based off of a real game or basically creating a game from scratch. We are making these games because we want the younger grades to have fun while learning. Our group’s game is a combination of Parcheesi and Sorry, but the pieces and the rules are going to be a little different.

In vocabulary we are learning the vocab from The Book Thief. We have learned vocabulary from the prologue and part one. The vocab is so rich in this book; there is so much vocabulary like *infamous- bad reputation, *genially- done in a friendly way, *septic- infected with bacteria. I am ready for my test!

That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading, from a trusty 8th grade blogger, Samantha!

The Holy Seven(th Grade)

This week was the second week of school, and you know the saying: “second is the best.” This Week we finished learning all eight parts of speech. Noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. A noun is person place or thing: “Aidan” is a noun. A pronoun is word that can replace a noun: “I” is a pronoun. A verb is an action word: “jump” is a verb. An adverb is a word that modifies a noun: “greatly” is andadverb. I would tell you the rest of the words, but it would take too long, so, on with the show! We also reviewed run-on sentences, independent clauses and phrases.

Another thing we learned this week was annotating text. Annotating text is adding notes to a text or diagram with an explanation to what you think about the text. In class we were annotating text while reading ‘The Dangerous Game”. We would underline, make notes and add symbols to the text so we would have a better understanding and to make Mrs. Teitelbaum happy. By: Aidan K.

Snazzy Second Week of 6th Grade

This week was my second week of the sixth grade.  In language arts we worked a lot on the text structures.  Text structures refer to how the information within a written text is organized.  The different types of text structures include: Chronological order, Compare and Contrast, Cause and effect, Problem and solution, and Description.  Chronological order is the order of how it happened; it is a sequence or time order.  Compare and Contrast is explaining how things are similar and different.  Cause and effect is when one thing or an event leads to another.  Problem and solution is explaining a problem of some kind and how to solve it.  Description is used to describe something.

We also learned about nouns, pronouns, and apostrophes. We had a worksheet to do almost every day when we came in and it taught us about nouns, pronouns, and apostrophes and how they work.  We need to learn about pronouns and nouns for proper grammar.  We need to learn about apostrophes because we want to learn the difference between contractions and possessives. By: Elliana

This week in Language Arts, we finished the elements of a complete sentence, nouns, pronouns, and apostrophes. We watched a slideshow, (made by Mrs. Teitelbaum herself), about 5 different Text Structures. We learned about chronological order, cause and effect, compare and contrast, problem and solution, and description. When you are reading an informal paragraph, you need to look for keywords that signify the type of text structure the author used.

Some keywords for Chronological order are: First, second, next, last, finally, and after that.

Some keywords for cause and effect are: Cause, effect, as a result, consequently, so, and because.

Some keywords for compare and contrast are: Similarly, alike, both, different, while, and but.

Some keywords for problem and solution are: Difficult, struggle, upsetting, worry, threat, trouble, answer, did it, solve (ed), possibility, hope, bright spot, future, and silver lining.

Some keywords for Description: Summary, one reason, and also, another reason, for example. Some spatial keywords for description are: next to, by, along, in, above, so forth, and west of. By: Talia

In language arts we learned about the elements of a sentence. A sentence needs a subject (noun) and a verb ( action) and a complete thought. Here is a sample sentence: Sally walked to school. You can make a small sentence that is still a complete thought like this: Sally walked. It’s still a sentence even though it is a short one, because is has a complete thought; Sally was just walking even though we don’t know where she is going. By: Maya

         Lovely Language Arts

This week in Language Arts (week of 9/1/17), we learned Text Structure. Text Structure, is a framework or foundation to a text. There are five types of Text Structure: Chronological, Cause & Effect, Problem & Solution, Compare & Contrast, and Description. Here are two text structures.

Chronological order is the sequence things happen in, in text. It uses words like: first, next, finally, after that, and before. Cause & Effect is another type of text, it tells you what caused an event, and what the consequence is. It uses words like: because, as a result, caused.

We also learned, about apostrophes. (this is an apostrophe: ) . Apostrophes can be used in different ways. The word DON’T contains an apostrophe between the N and the T. The word “don’t” is a contraction, combining DO & NOT. Apostrophes can also be used to show possession. Here is an example sentence: Bailey’s favorite shirt, has ladybugs on it. By: Lily

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An Amazing New Year for Middle School!

The rehearsal and reinforcement steps to establishing procedures is critical. Consistency with expectations of what is to occur with the procedure is equally important.

A Few Posts from 6th Grade

This week was our first week of middle school! In language arts we learned about the different parts of sentences, sentence fragments, and other grammar rules. There are three parts of a sentence: a verb, a subject, and a complete thought. Without one of those, it would be a sentence fragment. A sentence fragment is when you don’t have one of those parts and it cannot stand alone. We also learned parts of speech, procedures, and where everything is located in the room. By: Madelyn M.

This week in 6th grade Language Arts, we learned about how and what you need to make a complete sentence. Complete sentences need to have a subject, a verb, and a complete thought. For example, Jacob went and ate lunch at Hero’s eatery. Jacob is the subject, ate is the verb, and ate lunch at Hero’s Eatery is a complete thought. In class, we also learned about some safety protocols.

Some of the safety protocols we learned about included what to do when there is a fire drill or a code red. When a fire drill alarm goes off we need to line up quickly and we will turn left and go out the main entrance if the double doors are closed we will turn left and go out the back exit. When a code red goes off we will lock the door turn the lights off and go in the bathroom and close the door.     By: Jacob G.

This week in language arts, we learned about the elements of a complete sentence. We did three worksheets that explained to us about the elements of a complete sentence. A verb, subject and a complete thought make up a complete sentence. For example: Bob is running has a verb and a subject. Another example is Bob is walking and jumping to school; it has a verb and a subject. By: Jacob M.

This week was my first week of 6th Grade, and of Middle School. In this post, I will talk about my Language Arts experience. On the first day, we went over supplies. Binders, Books, all that kind of material. We learned about the rules of the classroom, where our lockdown safe room was, how we would get out of the building in a fire.

Over the rest of the week, we reviewed what make a complete sentence. We learned that every sentence must have a subject and a verb. We did a few papers and reviews, and that was what we did this week. By: Sam K.

7th Grade is Back and Intact

This was our first week of school in seventh grade. After a long break, we reviewed some skills from last year in Language Arts class. We reviewed sentence fragments, when to use quotation marks, and commonly confused words. There is a big difference between being bored or a board. We also reviewed parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and conjunctions. We learned about adverbs, prepositions, and interjections. An adverb is a word that describes how or when a person did something. For example, I can swim slowly, quickly, or I can swim tomorrow. An interjection is a phrase that usually stands alone and is often followed by an exclamation point. Ouch! I accidentally poked myself with a pencil!

Since this was our first week of school, we also took our Star Reading tests. These tests help us determine which books are fit for us. To help us keep track of how our reading skills have improved, we take these tests during every quarter of our school year. In class, we are also working on a writing assignment to test our writing skills. Our job was to write down ideas for story topics. If you were going to make up a story, you would have to include the plot, setting, and the main characters. We have had an excellent first week of school, and hopefully we will learn even more as the year progresses. By: Ariel O.

Eighth Grade~A Sentence’s Loose Ends or Quoteception

As we started off our first week of eighth grade, we reviewed the important procedures for a fire drill and a code red (a term used to describe a lockdown). Our teacher, Mrs. Teitelbaum, also told us about some new procedures in the class such as a bathroom signout and more. After we got used to being back and got familiar with everything again, we started to talk about our work.

We started reviewing independent clauses, sentence fragments, and the use of double quotation marks and single quotation marks to make sure the whole class remembered what we worked on in seventh grade. Independent clauses are sentences that include a subject, a verb, and a complete thought such as the sentence, “My mother baked delicious cookies.” whereas “Ran into the wall” is a fragment. We also went over how double quotation marks are used to set off the exact words of what someone said and single quotation marks are used to distinguish a quote within a quote.

Halfway into the week, we started a small group project focusing on parts of speech. Every two students were given a piece of chart paper, a part of speech, and told to create a poster with the part of speech they were given. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, were all split up between the eighth grade but as the first week of eighth grade starts to end, we quickly finished up our parts of speech posters and and completed our review on simple sentences. By: Isa Z.

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Welcome Back

Welcome back students!  It’s going to be a great year!  We will start our weekly posts this week!  Students, you will be writing the posts based on what we learn in class each week!

8th grade: Weekly assignments have been given

7th grade: Weekly assignments will be given this week

6th grade: Everyone will be creating a blog post for the first week as a practice!


Weekly Homework:

Everyone needs to read a minimum of 100 pages per week.

Vocabulary will be assigned  weekly  based on the grade.  Some of the vocabulary will be based on our novel studies, some will include root words, and some will be SAT prep vocabulary words.  Due dates will be posted on the pages for each specific grade level.

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Phenomenal February

6th Grade

Our class is continuing to read the book The Giver. We are all enjoying it and anxiously waiting so see what happens with Jonas.  We are learning new words each week that are related to the story.  In grammar, we learned about simple sentences, and now we are working on compound sentences.

On Friday, we wrote essays with topics that related to the novel The Giver.  We will finish them this week, and hopefully finish the book too.

Word of the Week: Thwart (prevent someone from accomplishing something.)

Building a “Book House” for a mitzvah project…

7th Grade

Last week we had a vocabulary review quiz for the Bud, Not Buddy words; the final test on these words will be this Friday. We are continuing to read Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. We have just finished chapters thirteen and fourteen.

We are also working on compound sentences. One way to fix a run-on sentence is by using FANBOYS. FANBOYS are coordinating conjunctions that join two independent clauses with a comma (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so).  You can also use a semi-colon without a fanboy, or you can just use a period to separate two independent clauses.

Word of the Week: Squalor (a state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.)

8th Grade

Last week the eighth grade continued reading To Kill a Mockingbird. We also continued our lessons on commas. Commas can be used to separate items in a series, set off a closer, set off an interrupter, or set off an opener. Commas can also be used to separate two independent clauses when used with a FANBOY. We had a big vocabulary test on Friday using the words we have learned from To Kill a Mockingbird. Most of us are enjoying the book.  We are waiting to find out what will happen with Boo Radley and also Tom Robinson.

Word of the Week: Apoplectic (overcome with extreme anger).





Mitzvah trip~”Shabbat in a bag”

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Happy Hanukkah


A clip from Samantha and Arin’s video:

6th Grade

What did we do this week?

  • We finished Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie; we all loved it and are writing essays about the book
  • We had 3 choices to write about: write an epilogue, write a journal entry summarizing the entire year of the main character, or write every detail about our favorite scene in the story
  • We all made a Quizlet to review the vocabulary words for the book and then we practiced them daily until we knew all of the words

We will be back in January and ready to start our new novel study on The Giver!

7th Grade

We finally finished reading Freak the Mighty.  We had a big discussion on whether or not we thought Max’s dad was guilty or not and why.  We all found out at the end, but only one person in our class had made the right assumption.  Most of the class loved the book, and many of us are planning to read the sequel, Max the Mighty.  There is a movie to the book, so hopefully we can still watch it in class.

We all made a Quizlet to review the vocabulary words for Freak the Mighty and then we practiced them until we knew all of the words.  We sent Mrs. Teitelbaum a screen shot of our test score once we got a 90% or higher.

Our second AR was completed this week and we will be starting a new novel study in January on Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

8th Grade

This week in language arts we worked on our figurative language projects which were due on Wednesday.  The examples of figurative language we used in our projects were similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperboles, metaphors, oxymorons and more.  We also read a couple of chapters from the book Dad is Fat.

Projects included clips from movies with figurative language, clips from songs with figurative language, original stories written by students with examples, clips from Broadway shows with examples, and even hand made board games.  Everyone did an amazing job!

A small clip from Ariella’s figurative language video and a slide from Maiah’s project::





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Reading is Dreaming With Open Eyes

The second AR tests for this grading period must be completed by December 16.  There will be an opportunity to take one additional AR test after winter break, which can drop your lowest AR grade.  All students will complete the third AR test for the grading period no later than January 18.

6th Grade

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-2-06-07-pmWe are continuing to read our current class novel  Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.  We each wrote an essay in our composition books explaining how the Harper family has been affected by Jeffery’s diagnosis.  We shared our essays in class.  We worked on finding figurative language examples throughout the story. Here are a couple:


  • you could hear the tick, tick, tick of the property values dropping as passersby took it the tableau of horror (onomatopoeia and metaphor)
  • it was like they were planning a space mission (simile)

We continued to add to our vocabulary list, and we have a total of 30 words to review for our quiz next week.  We reviewed (or learned) how to create a quizlet for studying. We also took our prefix quiz on Friday

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-1-44-15-pm7th Grade

We are continuing to read our current class novel Freak the Mighty. It is getting quite suspenseful.  We make daily predictions in class and we discuss the plot thoroughly.  We have been identifying vocabulary words within each chapter.  We are creating our own quizlet to prepare for a cumulative vocabulary quiz next week on the words in the book.  We have also been working on daily comprehension questions in class.

In addition, our final drafts for the Science Fair research papers were due today.  We had a vocabulary test today too.

We also reviewed run-on sentences.  We reviewed how to determine whether we need a comma, a semi-colon or a conjunction in a sentence.


8th Grade

This week, the 8th graders have done a few things.  At the beginning of the week, we finished the expository essays that we had been working on which you can read on our blogs.  After that, we started working on a new project for figurative language.  Some of us are creating movies, some of us are creating songs or finding examples in existing songs, and some of us are creating board games. These projects are due next week. On Friday we took a test for the prefixes that we have been learning this week.

By: Evan L

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Dazzling December


Enjoy the pictures from our turkey deliveries, our VIP day, and our annual mitzvah trip to the cemetery to clean the tombstones

6th Grade

On Monday, we took the star reading test to see how we have improved in our reading. I had an easy time on the test, but other people didn’t. We also got a new word of the week,  dichotomy, which means a division or contrast between two things.  On Tuesday, we read our book Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie, and continued to add new words to our growing vocabulary list. We also learned some figurative language terms: hyperbole and simile.  We found several examples in the book and wrote some of our own. On Friday our vocabulary words were due so we went over the words and then continued to read Drums Girls and Dangerous Pieby: Ava


7th Grade

On Monday, we took the star reading test to see how we have improved in our reading. We also got a new word of the week,  clemency, which means leniency.  On Tuesday, we started reading a new book Freak the Mighty, and we began to learn about the characters and make some predictions. We now know about the two main characters Freak, or Kevin, and Maxwell, or the Mighty.  They are both very interesting characters. We have also been working on figurative language examples and were able to identify several in a passage.  On Friday, we discussed our new vocabulary words and shared our creative sentences.



8th Grade

In language arts class this week, after taking our STAR reading test on Monday, we learned our new word of the week, flippant (non-serious or disrespectful). We have been working on expository essays. We made a graphic organizer on a topic  approved by Mrs. Teitelbaum. Each student then had to write an essay on their topic. We also did a vocabulary list on prefixes. Practicing figurative language has been one of our morning warm ups this week, as well as, main idea and grammar review of semi-colons. Overall we had a good week with our amazing teacher. by: Jona






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Amazing Annotating & Analogies

6th Grade Review

This week we have been really busy. We first started our book Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick. It is about a boy named Stephen whose brother, Jeffery, gets a disease. We have been taking words from the book that are not usually used everyday, and with them, we have created a vocabulary list. So far we have about sixteen words. We also have been doing writing projects based on the book. For example, Stephen writes about a time when his brother was being annoying in his Journal, so we wrote about a time when our sibling(s) were being annoying in our Composition books.

In the book we looked out for similes and metaphors. We also looked out for Stephen’s character traits. Some of us said that Stephen was selfish while others said that Stephen was a great brother. We also made predictions about the book. Mrs. Teitelbaum has been leaving us on cliffhangers a lot so we have been making many predictions.

We also have been learning about analogies. Analogies are when two words are either antonyms, synonyms, or have the same purpose. An example of an analogy is: hot:cold  as yes:no. Analogies are read like, hot is to cold as yes is to no. On our vocabulary test today, there were a lot of analogies. This has been such a great week! by: Eliana M

7th Grade Review

This week the 7th graders have been working tirelessly on their Science Fair research papers.  After finding credible sources and creating the proper citations for those sources, the students learned the proper technique for taking notes on their sources.  Once the notecards were all completed, the students created their “Works Cited” pages.  Next week the students will be writing their actual research papers using the notecards.

8th Grade-2 Weeks in Review

This week in Language Arts our class learned something new. We learned about annotating. Annotating is where, when you’re reading a book, you write your thoughts and predictions in the margins and circle and square important information. In annotating, you examine the front and back first. Then you check what you’re reading for pictures. Afterwards, you check for bolded or italicized text. Finally, you look at how the text is set up before you start reading. After you’ve read the article, you should reread the annotations, reread the conclusion and beginning, and try to find patterns.We also wrote a reflection after we finished annotating the article about hacking.

We shared our new vocabulary words last Friday, which included eight new root words. by: Ayden

This week in 8th grade we learned about annotating. You can annotate when you read a short story, dialogue, article, or a book. Annotating is when you read a book you add your own opinions, what will happen next, definitions, explanations and more.  We also read the short story “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant and we annotated it and wrote a detailed essay comparing and contrasting the characters. We also took a vocabulary test using last week’s list of root words.

Lastly, we are continuing our class read out loud Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan.  The book is a comedy about what it is like to be a new parent. by: Elad

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There is More Treasure in Books Than All the Loot on Treasure Island~Walt Disney

screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-8-32-17-amAll middle school students will have a vocabulary quiz next Friday.  Also all middle school students should have completed their second independent novel by next Friday.

6th Grade

Hi! My name is Daisy and I am the blogger this week for 6th grade. We had a very productive week. We did reading and writing. The word of the week is callous. Callous means showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others.

On Monday and Wednesday we continued our book Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis.  I absolutely love this book. It is about a little boy and his “Weirdo Watson” family. The Watsons live in Flint, Michigan. I am still not sure why it is called The Watsons Go to Birmingham because it hasn’t mentioned anything about Birmingham (yet). I recommend this book to everyone!

On Tuesday  and Thursday we continued peer checking our personal narratives. Mine is about when I did a two mile parade at camp. Some people met with Mrs. Teitelbaum and Miss.Davis to conference and most are publishing their narratives now.

In grammar, we reviewed adjectives.  We also continue to review nouns, verbs and helping verbs.  We have our next “root word” quiz next week.

7th Grade

Our word of the week was bibliophile. A bibliophile is a person who has a great love of books.
We continued reading The Outsiders. We just completed chapter six. In chapter six, Johnny and Ponyboy rescue some kids from inside a burning church. They are taken to the hospital after they are injured. There, Ponyboy sees his brothers and he shares the story of how they got there with a man named Jerry. Jerry was the teacher whose students were in the church when it began to burn. Jerry was very understanding and agreed with Ponyboy when he said that it was just self-defense.
We also have our next vocabulary quiz on October 7.  Most of us our ready to publish our first narratives.   Abigail

8th Grade

This week in Language Arts we learned about predicate nominatives. A predicate nominative completes a linking verb and renames the subject. In a sentence, the linking verb can be replaced with the word equals. For example, my mom is a person… is can be replaced with the word equals (my mom equals a person). Person, in this example, would be the predicate nominative.

We also continue reading our class novels and hope to be completing them within the next two weeks.

Our next root word quiz is next week. Did you know that ped or pod means foot?  That’s where the words podiatrist and pedestrian come from.

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A Book is Like a Garden, Carried in the Pocket….Chinese Proverb

6th Grade

My name is Ava, I’m in sixth (6th) grade, I love to write, and I’m the blogger this week. On Monday, we got our word of the week- botanist: to study plants in a scientific way; example: I think botanists are lucky because they get to look at pretty plants for a living and study them.

We also read chapter 5 of The Watson’s go to Birmingham, before we read we had to split into our groups. My group did a review of chapter 4 for us to remember, and because someone in our group left early on Friday.

On Tuesday, we went over our personal narratives with our partners; everyone  worked with other classmates on writing. We continued that till the end of the class period. Then on Wednesday, we read chapter 6 of The Watson’s go to Birmingham, after that we answered the questions for the chapter. Thursday, we started class out by going over the work sheet reviewing nouns and verbs from the day before and getting a new one; after that we did a final check with our partners, and had to discuss our analysis of our partner’s story with them. Friday, was picture day and our vocabulary test.  Ava

7th Grade

It was quite an interesting week in seventh grade! We finished chapters two, three, and four of The Outsiders, and we worked a lot on our short stories. Our word of the week for this week was apathy or lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.  Example: The child showed much apathy for the game of chess. Jack

8th Grade

This week in language arts we learned some new words. We had a new vocabulary list with new root words. Some of these words are, gon, graph, min, and mega/magna. We also continued reading our class novels. Half of our class continued The Endless Steppe. The other half continued The Book Thief. We had a new word of the week, which was arbitrator. On Friday we took the test on our vocabulary. I had sooo much fun. Ayden

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