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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Either Write Something Worth Reading…or Do Something Worth Writing~Benjamin Franklin


Weekly Update in Middle School Language Arts

6th Grade

Hi! My name is Anna and I’m the blogger this week.

This week in Language Arts the 6th grade was been busy. On Monday our class did word of the week which was  agile. Agile means being able to move quickly and it is an adjective. An example is: A cheetah is agile because they run really fast. After that, we got into our groups and continued reading the book The Watson’s Go to Birmingham. 

On Tuesday we learned about proper and common nouns. After that we continued writing our personal narratives. A personal narrative is a real story you write yourself about yourself. My personal narrative is about the time my dad got into a car crash. The crash was really scary. Eliana’s is about a camping trip she experienced at her camp.
On Wednesday we didn’t have class because the whole middle school went to Bolles to see a play about bullying.  It was a fabulous show!
On Thursday we continued reading The Watson’s Go to Birmingham in our groups. In my group we took turns reading pages. We didn’t have time to answer the questions about that chapter, so we are going to do that next week.
On Friday we worked on our first drafts for our Personal Narratives and got assigned partners for peer checking.
By:Anna F

7th Grade

In our class we have continued reading The Outsiders. We have been working on our rough drafts for our fictional narratives.  Some of us have even finished our drafts and have started to peer conference.  Our word of the week was allure, which is a verb that means to attract powerfully or charm.  Sample sentence: Promises of a large profit, allured the investor into giving his money.  We also worked on our new vocabulary words this week.  We will have a test next week.

8th Grade

This week our ‘word of the week’ was anonymity which is a noun that means the quality of being unknown.   An example sentence is: An author who is not releasing her name is maintaining anonymity.

 On Tuesday, we had a Social Media Slip Up.  Mrs. Teitelbaum gave us a piece of paper that had a tweet that was written by a celebrity who used very bad grammar, and we had to rewrite the tweet using correct grammar.  

On Wednesday we were given a short paragraph about clowns and how their job is not all fun and games and how being a clown is scary.  We had to write down the main idea of the paragraph and think of an appropriate title for the paragraph.  

On Thursday we reviewed the week’s vocabulary.  The test is next Friday and we will be tested on these words: polygon, pentagon, graduate, progress, biography, geography, inject, subject, conjunction, junction, location, local, manual, manufacture, megaphone, magnify, thermometer, barometer, minority, minute.  (root words are gon, grad, gress, graph, ject, junct, loc, manu, mega, meter and min) We will have to know the definition of the words, the root of the word, and how to spell each word.  

We also continued to read our class novels The Endless Steppe and The Book Thief. We have been working on our comprehension packets for each book. I hope everyone had a great week!  Shabbat Shalom!  Ariella T

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A Book is a Gift that Opens Again and Again~Garrison Keillor

Language Arts News


What’s happening in 8th Grade?  By: Elad O.

This week is language arts we learned about prepositions. A preposition is a word that shows a relationship between a noun and another word. Some words that can be prepositions are; about, for, to and around etc… We are also having a vocabulary and spelling test tomorrow. Some of the 8th grade students are reading The Book Thief  and others are reading The Endless Steppe. In The Endless Steppe,  Esther and the majority of her family just arrived at Rubtsovk in Siberia after the Russians took her family.

What’s happening in 7th Grade? 

This week in Language Arts, we did a lot of writing! We reviewed our grammar skills from previous years, took a test for our spelling/vocab words, and we started writing realistic fiction stories! Our word of the week this week was Affinity. Noun ~A feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas, or interests. An example sentence is: “I have a very strong affinity for video games.” By: Jack H

84This week went by fast! We started reading the first chapter of the Outsiders, It is about the sixties. We learned about a lot of the characters and the groups known as the Greasers and Socs. The book gives us so many detail of what life was like back then. We learned the main characters names and lot of them are odd including Ponyboy and Two-bit and Sodapop, to name a few!  By: Samantha L.

What’s happening in 6th Grade? By: Eliana M.


We have done so much stuff this week! We started our first class book, our first writing assignment, and so much more. Now here’s more information on our week.

We started reading our first class book, The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. The Watsons go to Birmingham is a Coretta Scott King award winning book, and in my opinion, so far it is really good. Today we finished the second chapter; the book is about a young boy and his family who live in Flint, Michigan, but they go and visit their grandma in Birmingham, Alabama. Mrs. Teitelbaum gave us two packets to fill out while we read the book. One has new vocabulary words that we learn while reading the chapters. The second one has a few questions to fill out to make sure that we comprehend each chapter. I have really high hopes for this book.

We also started our first writing project. We are writing personal narratives which are stories written from our point of view. My personal narrative is about a scary camping trip that I went on this summer at Camp Ramah Darom. I love learning about the different things that my friends have experienced, and personal narratives are a perfect way to learn more about them.

The part of speech that we are learning is verbs. We have discussed action verbs and helping verbs. We also learned a helpful song to remember the words that are helping verbs. We also have a vocabulary test Friday on our three words of the week and five root words. Our words are: Astro, Aud, Auto, Bene, Bio, Abhor, Absolve, and Adept. Wish us luck!

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August Update

6th Grade

This week in Language Arts we learned about root words. When you take away all the prefixes and suffixes in a word, the word left is called a root word. Some of the words we had were astro, bio, geo, and more. The word astro means space and stars so any word that has the root word astro has to do something with space and stars. Another example is bio. Bio means life; so if a word has the root word bio, it has to do something with life. Root words are important because they can help us understand more complicated words.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.13.04 PMWe also started our first class novel study on The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 after doing some research on the time period of the 60s. In addition, we started brainstorming ideas for our first writing assignment which will be a personal narrative. Finally, in grammar we reviewed verbs and learned a song to help us remember our helping verbs.

7th Grade

In language arts we started writing  our realistic fiction stories. Mrs. Teitelbaum said to think about something that happened to someone you know, and change it up.  We all wrote down ideas. Then we decided on one idea and started drafting our stories.

By: Allie B.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.15.35 PMLast week we started a book called The Outsiders. It is about a teenage boy in the 1960s. At his school, there are two main groups, the Socs (sosh-es) and the Greasers. The Socs are the rich kids, and the Greasers are the less fortunate ones. The Greasers typically don’t have a good home life. Ponyboy (the main character) shows us the struggles he faces in a society in which everyone believes that he is an outsider.

We have also had three Word-of-the-Weeks so far:
Abberation – It was an aberration for someone to commit a crime in the peaceful community.
Accrue – He wanted all his money back, plus what had accrued over time.
Affinity – Although he and I are very different, I feel a strong affinity for him.
We also have our first vocabulary quiz this Friday.
By: Abigail F.

8th Grade

This week we learned so much in Language Arts!  Everyday, for the first five minutes of class we do a warm up. On Monday we have a word of the week.  Last week, the word was auspicious, which means showing or suggesting that future success is likely.  An example is: When I asked the teacher if I got a good grade on the test, she gave me an auspicious smile.  This week, the word of the week was abscond which mean to go away or escape from a place secretly or to go away and take something that does not belong to you.  An example is: Several people absconded from the jail.  On Tuesdays we have a grammar warm up.  For the last two weeks, Mrs. Teitelbaum has given us a tweet written by a celebrity and we had to correct it and write it correctly.  On Wednesdays we have a reading warm up.  We were given a paragraph on something, and we had to write the main idea and make up a title for the paragraph.  On Thursdays we have a literary term warm up.  Last week we reviewed metaphors and this week we reviewed similes.  On Fridays we have a writing topic.  But since school was closed this past Friday, we didn’t have one.  We had a great second week of school and I hope that everyone had a great week as well!

By: Ariella T.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.17.47 PMScreen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.18.10 PMWe have also started our first novel studies.  Some students are reading The Book Thief and some students are reading The Endless Steppe. This week in Language Arts we learned about root words. When you take away all the prefixes and suffixes in word, the word left is called a root word. Some of the words we had were astro, bio, geo, and more. The word astro means space and stars so any word that has the root word astro has to do something with space and stars. Another example is bio. Bio means life so if a word has the root word bio it has to do something with life. Root words are important because it can help us understand more complicated words.

By: Eliana J.

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