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January 27, 2023

First Grade News

Hello Families, In Hebrew, we continued to work on our word dictionary. We also started learning about Tu Bishvat (the birthday of the trees) and spent time learning Hebrew words related to the holiday. We started to practice changing words from singular to plural tense using different parts of trees. The first graders made beautiful trees and we are looking forward to learning more about Tu Bishvat next week! In Tefila, we learned two new prayers from the amida. The first prayer is called, shover oyvim umachniyah zedim. In this prayer we thank God for protecting us from danger. We spoke about who are the...
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3rd Blog – 1/27

We are continuing to read Because of Winn-Dixie and learning all about the main character, Opal. We thought that she was kind because she rescued Winn-Dixie, but we realized that it extended to people too when she asked Miss Franny to be her friend. We dug deeper into her personality to theorize why Opal is like this. We thought it might be because she’s lonely after moving to a new town and not having any friends. The thing she wants the most is to have friends. We are transferring these comprehension skills to the books we are reading in our...
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Kindergarten Blog 1/27

Dear Kindergarten Families, It was another busy week in Kindergarten! Read all about what your children have been learning below. In Hebrew/Judaic studies, this week we are learning about the holiday of “Tu B’shevat”  טו בשבט. The 15th of Shevat is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees as well as the season during which the trees begin to bloom in the Land of Israel. We learned about the parts of the tree and its fruits. We asked why the tree is important? And what does the tree give us? The children took part in...
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1/27/23

Writing: Writer’s Workshop: The past two weeks have been busy! We launched a new unit in Writer’s Workshop on Informational writing and creating expert books. The students started by listing topics they know a lot about such as gymnastics, cats, baseball, soccer, pets etc. Then the students chose one topic from their list and wrote an introduction to hook and interest their audience. Our next steps include adding chapters with details where they can teach and share their expertise with an audience. Stay tuned… During word work, the students learned  how to use a dictionary. They practiced looking for words...
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January 27, 2023

HUMANITIES 7th graders are engaging with Revolutionary America, writing essays in response to the question: Was the response of the American colonists to the Stamp Act justified? They have been engaged with primary and secondary sources to develop a myriad of reasons defending their position. Asking your student where they stand and why! Meanwhile, in ELA we have started reading a collection of short stories entitled Flying Lessons and Other Stories. We have discussed story structure and the elements that are necessary for a story to be a story. Students will work their way towards writing their own short stories...
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January 27: A New Semester

Humanities We are well into our new units in humanities! In reading, 5th graders have been assigned and started reading book club books. Each book features a main character who has autism. In connection with our upcoming visits to the Brooklyn Autism Center (BAC- more info to come!), we learned about what it means to be a person with autism. Although we learned about some common symptoms associated with autism, our books and partnership with BAC will emphasize that everyone is a unique individual. The 5th graders have created a reading calendar for their club and will have reading and...
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6th Grade: Winter Updates 1/27/23

Math: In math, 6th graders have been focusing on dividing fractions and operations with decimals. They have been engaging in hands-on activities and real-world problem solving to deepen their understanding. They are currently working on a project where they will be creating apartment complexes. The models will be inspired by Architect, Moshe Safdie. Students will analyze the cost and revenue of their apartment complexes based on windows and floor level. They will present their apartments to the class next week.  The next topic we will cover is: Rational Numbers.  Katie Humanities  January has been a busy month with full weeks...
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