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Second Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

Last Week of Second Grade

What a week! We had a wonderful last week of school, packed with visiting students, performances, and celebrations. We welcomed the new incoming students with a special game and breakfast, went to our sixth grade buddies Greek Symposium, saw the third grade New York play, and had our last trip to the Cobble Hill Health Center. We did a lot of reflecting this week on our year together and feel so lucky to have been a part of your child’s educational journey. We wish you all a wonderful summer! Buddy Time Science For the last week of science we read...
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Field Trip

Writing Field Trip We began the week with a writing-based field trip to 826NYC, also known as the Superhero Supply Company in Brooklyn. At the Supply Co. we were lead back into the secret writing lab (which we entered through a bookcase that turned into a secret door!) and began to brainstorm characters and a setting for our story. Then, we decided what makes for a good problem in a story, which second graders described as “one that is exciting and hard to solve”. Then, with the help of the amazing Superhero Supply Co. team, we wrote the beginning and...
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Exploring new Chumashim and Textile Field Trip!

Chumash  Students were so excited to explore their new chumashim after yesterday’s fabulous Chumash Ceremony! They were especially excited to find verses in their new books that they recognized from class an the play. They started to get to know their new books by looking for this week’s parsha and finisng familar names and stories. Questions and Comments heard in class: “Where can I find the Pesach story?” “I found Ezra’s name!” “Does my book have Megillat Esther?” “I found a map of the route that the Israelite’s took from Egypt!” “This is the pasuk that I read in the...
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Plants, Landforms, Chumash Practice, and Weaving

Chumash We are busy preparing for the Chumash Play next Thursday. Students have been memorizing lines and working on four songs and dances. This week we used the stage for the first time, and learned how to stand on stage and project. There is so much to prepare and remember as we get ready for next week’s performance, and the students are working super hard and helping each other. We can’t wait for you to see all our hard work next week!   Social Studies This week we delved in to learning about different landforms. Second graders shared land forms...
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Special Visitor and Hebrew Party

Hebrew Celebration We had a special celebration in honor of finishing the script Aleph Bet and all our hard work in Hebrew this year. Activities included: Hebrew charades with notes made by students Sharing written work in partners Doing gematriya and word find activities made by students Wearing handmade letter crowns Made words and sentences from treats       Social Studies To close our unit on the Caribbean we were so lucky to have Georgia, Rohan’s babysitter, come in and talk about her experience living in Jamaica. The second graders prepared questions for Georgia to learn more information from...
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Kesher Day and Lag Ba’omer

Kesher Day General Studies Activity For Kesher day in the general studies class we began by talking about a growth mindset and how we can help ourselves when we are having strong feelings. We read the book Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg, a story about all the different mistakes that can happen on a piece of paper like tears, holes, spills, and stains, and different ways to fix them. We described the author’s message about what we can do when we make a mistake, like stay calm and think creatively. Then,our special guests for Kesher Day were asked to make...
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Special Visitors and Finishing the Aleph-Bet

Israel: Visitors from Eight Grade Second graders have been following the adventuresses of the eighth graders in Israel through their blog and pictures for the past two weeks. Now that the eight graders are backed, we invited a few to visit our class so that we could hear more in person and ask them our questions. They each told us about their individual trip highlights and something new that they learned in Israel. Hebrew: Learning our last letter of the Aleph Bet! We learned Phey Sofit, our last script letter! Students were so excited to have finished the Aleph Bet,...
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Fractions and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut Second graders celebrated with the rest of the school with many special activities. Our morning started with a school wide takes led by the fifth graders, followed by an Israeli snack. Next, we turned our classrooms into the Dead Sea and Eilat! Students got creative, making the entrance to the Dead Sea into a cave and creating a salty Dead Sea. Transforming the Hebrew room to Eilat! Exotic fish, hotels, and beach chairs!   We joined third grade in going to stations where we made salt scrubs at the Dead Sea, enjoyed artikim (popsicles) and learned about fish in...
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Trip to Cobble Hill Health Center

  Reading This week both reading groups finished their books! Each group completed a special activity that relates to a part of their book. One group created a chalk garden, based on their book The Chalk Box Kid, and the other group made Kasha Varnishkes based on a part of their book, The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein. Then, each group member paired up with one from the other reading group and they talked about their final activities, and discussed each of their books. We have so enjoyed reading these wonderful books, and can’t wait to start new books soon!...
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Chag Sameach!

Class Seder We had a wonderful student-led seder yesterday! Each student helped out on a committee (set up, serving, or clean up, as well as led one part of the seder. Ask your child what part of the seder they introduced, and encourage them to do this at your family seder! Chag sameach!! Lev R and Elliot prepare maror and parsley platters before the seder. They were part of the “setup” committee that set up food and set the tables. Students line up to add foods to the seder plates that they made. Itay leads the first step of the...
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