It’s Tu B’shevat!

5th Graders came and spent a period in Language Arts.  They enjoyed playing games created by the 8th graders.



6th Grade Update by: Evan W.

This week in 6th Grade Language Arts, we read the book Prisoner B-3087. The book was about a boy named Yanek who survived ten concentration camps and a Ghetto during the time of the Holocaust. We also finished our first draft of an essay about the book Prisoner B-3087. We wrote five paragraphs explaining what we thought was the worst place Yanek went to (the places were the concentration camps and the ghetto) and why . Three paragraphs were reasons and there was an opening and concluding paragraph.

We also used commas in our essay because we were learning about where commas go and why they go there. We were learning about using commas in a series, with a fanboy for a compound sentence, on both sides of an Interrupter, after an Opener, and before a Closer.

Let’s Learn Some Rules with Courtney in 7th Grade!!

This week in Mrs.Teitelbaum’s L.A. class we practiced for our school’s Tu B’shevat celebration. The 7th graders sang and performed on Tuesday a parody of “Honey I’m Good” by Andy Grammer. We also had an all class discussion vocabulary quiz on the The Outsiders vocabulary words.

In this week’s grammar lesson we proceeded to work on subject-verb agreement.
Rules for Subject-Verb Agreement

The first rule is that the verb must agree with its subject. For example: The girl eat/eats pasta for lunch. Since there is only one girl and she is the subject so it has to be singular and the verb must agree

The second rule is a subject and verb that separated must agree. For example: The dog chases/chase the cat. The verb is chases/ chase and the subject is the dog. The subject is singular and they’re separated. The verb is chases.

The third rule is compound subjects (joined by and) take plural verbs. What this means is that a present tense verb doesn’t end with a “s”. This makes the sentence have compound subjects and it would have a plural verb. For example: The book or the pen is/are in the drawer. The answer is “is” because it is not plural.

The final rule is if the subject of the sentence is a singular indefinite pronoun like the words “each or every”, then use a singular verb form. For example: Either Ben or Zach is/are going to be there. The answer is “is”.

MAZEL TOV to Courtney on doing a fabulous job on her Bat Mitzvah!

To Kill a Mockingbird Update!

By: 8th grader, Samantha

Welcome to the 8th grade blog post! This week was full of reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We have finally finished it! We found out about a character that we have been wondering about since we started. I’m not going to spoil it any more, but you can buy the book here: TKMB

We’ve had questions to go with each chapter.  One question for chapter 28 being: How have Scout’s feelings about Boo Radley changed since the beginning of the novel? Questions like those have been asked and answered throughout this week.

In other news, each and every student has been studying every night for a vocabulary word test. All the words come from To Kill a Mockingbird. Some examples are: brevity which is a noun and it means shortness; acquit is an adjective and it means not guilty; and iota is a noun and it means a very small amount.  

Thanks for checking in again! 

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