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April 5, 2019

Kindergarten General Studies

A new baby sister, covers for our information books, counting by two’s and fives, studying maps, and sending cars down ramps made from one, two or three blocks give you just a taste of the excitement this week in the Kindergarten General Studies Room. Naomi welcomed her new baby sister Alona and shared pictures and information with the rest of the class who listened attentively. We added her pictures to those of Liz and her baby and realized that we will have more to add to this baby gallery in the coming weeks. We continue to work on our information...
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Weeks 28 and 29: Monday, March 25th – Friday, April 5th

Hebrew This week the 8th grade has finished reviewing the Future tense and we have starting preparing for our trip to Israel. The students are all enthusiastic and excited! Next Tuesday, the students will have a culminating quiz on the Future tense. I wish everyone a relaxing weekend, Andreea Heritage  להורים שלום השבוע התחלנו לתכונן לטקס יום הזכרון אשר במסגרתו התלמידים לומדים על מלחמות ישראל. במסגרת הטקס התלמידים ילמדו את השיר “זה הקיץ האחרון שלי” של הלהקה שפיות זמנית. סוף שבוע טוב, אילנה Humanities  ELA: Students have been reading Night by Elie Wiesel.  We have been discussing how trauma shapes identity...
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April 5, 2019

Math The probability that 7Y can tell you all about probability is certain! They’d also be able to tell you that a probability that is certain has a 100% chance to occur. They can talk about the outcomes of coin tosses, rolling dice, or spinning a spinner. They can also tell you a bit about how to use things like possibility diagrams or tree diagrams for more complex probability problems. They’ll be learning more about that within the next week or two before working their way to some statistical work. Meanwhile, 7X is busy learning about ratios, rates, and unit...
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Bingo, Creation of Adam, Purim and Pesach

Social Studies We began our new unit on another cultural community represented in Brooklyn: the Caribbean! We looked at a map of the Caribbean and described what we know about the Caribbean, and what information we can gleam from a map. Students shared that the Caribbean has many small islands, is a hot climate, and has many beaches. To learn more about what life is like in the Caribbean compared to New York, we read the book Angelina’s Island by Jeanette Winters. This is a warm story about a Jamaican girl now living in New York City. In the story...
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Dear Kindergarten Families הורים יקרים,

We started learning about Pesach this week! First we made a chart of all the things we already know. It was a long list! Then we talked about the word seder/סדר and that it means order. The Pesach seder is a time when we follow the directions and tell the story of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery while leaving Egypt. We’ve been practicing the four questions/מה נשתנה every day, asking why this night is different from all other nights. Yesterday we learned about the contents of a seder plate. We really love the book The Passover Seder by Emily Sper because...
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April 5 — Trips Galore!

PE with Anne A few weeks ago, Anne video’d the students during a special activity. Watch them here! General Studies with Hilary Dear 3rd Grade Families, What a whirlwind of trips we are having! Last week to the Brooklyn Bridge, this week to the Skyscraper Museum, and next week to the Wyckoff House — so much of New York City’s history is being explored! Social Studies: Over the past few weeks, students have been learning all about bridges! In Science, they learned the best shapes to use in bridge building, how caissons work, and how cables are put together. In...
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Hello 4th Grade Families

General Studies with Mike: This week in math class, we wrapped up our math unit on adding and subtracting decimals. Students can now add and subtract up to the hundredths place value. We began a new chapter on angles, and students have been introduced to several new vocabulary words. Feel free to incorporate words like “acute,” “obtuse,” and “right angle” into discussions at home. We also kicked off a new round of book clubs, with students reading historical fiction books set during the Civil War. The titles for this round of books are “Iron Thunder” by AVI, “Freedom Crossing” by...
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5th Grade Week of 4/1

Another successful week in 5th grade! Please enjoy our classroom updates below, and have a restful weekend! Humanities In Humanities these past couple weeks, we have been wrapping up our study of Tuck Everlasting. We finished our essays on symbols, and concluded our unit by watching the film version of the text. In Social Studies, we’ve gone all in on our China Museum research, including examining sources from the web, books, magazines, and museums around the city and world. We look forward to the next stage of the project, which will be to write a 5-paragraph essay based on the...
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First Grade News

First grade writers work hard to publish their series books. Each first grader wrote at least two books in a series about the same characters. We will celebrate their writing with a mini publishing party next week. As part of our science unit on organisms, each first grader planted their own seeds. We’ll observe these plants each week as they grow into our very own herb garden. After one week, we noticed that some seeds had sprouted! In phonics we’ve been studying all the different vowel teams and the various sounds they make. We’ve learned to be careful when reading...
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6th Grade News 3/25 – 4/5/19

HUMANITIES  In ELA last week, we began our new unit on “Coming of Age.” Each student has chosen to read either The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt or Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead. Both books follow middle school-age kids experiencing normal, “tween” and teen challenges related to friendships, family, clashing emotions, and identity formation. Students are discussing their reading in small book clubs of 3-4, practicing their speaking, listening, and compromising skills while they converse. We’re using these texts as a lens through which to confront issues relevant to the kids’ lives, as they come of age and explore...
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