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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