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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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12/2/22 December is here! And second grade has been busy growing their brains. Check out what we’ve been up to… Reading: During phonics in reading, the second graders have been learning all about homophones! They figured out jokes like, What did the beach say when the tide came in? Long time no sea!  They also discovered other homophones such as to, two, too and where to use each in a sentence. Writing: The students have been busy learning about opinion writing, specifically with reviews of their favorite books that they read in school. We don’t want to divulge too much here,...
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Dear Second Grade Families, It is hard to believe that November is already here! We really enjoyed meeting with you at conferences to share the wonderful work the children are doing in class!   Reading: In reading we have been learning that second grade readers roll up their sleeves and get to work upon encountering tricky words. We built on decoding strategies and learned that readers often use many strategies at a time. If your child has a difficult time figuring out a difficult word at home, these are our strategies: Look through the whole word part by part Use...
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10/21/22 Hi everyone! Can you believe it is already the middle of October? The month is flying by with the holidays and the kids have become more settled into our daily schedules. We are busy, busy, busy and learning a lot! Reading: Our readers learned how to scoop phrases in order to read more fluently, as if we are speaking. They practiced reading aloud so we could hear the breaks or pauses within the sentences. At home, be sure to ask your child to read in a storytelling voice where they capture the essence of the story while scooping phrases...
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10/7/22   Hello Second Grade families! We hope you had a meaningful and restful Yom Kippur. We’ve had a shortened week but we’ve still gotten busy with our learning of new content across the subjects.   Reading: In reading we have been building our reading stamina each day! Our readers are reading more and stretching their reading muscles. We have been slowly building up our minutes and are up to at least 20 minutes a day!   Writing: Second grade writers have been adding seed ideas to their ever growing lists. They have been learning how to stretch one small...
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We had a wonderful first full week of school! The students are settling in and learning routines! It was also wonderful seeing all of you at back to school night. We hope that you found it informative and helpful!    Scroll to the bottom for information about Tashlich on September 29.   General Studies   Reading: Our readers have started the year off strong! We have been discussing how to take a sneak peek before selecting a book. The kids brainstormed different ways to do this. The ideas they came up with include: reading the title, looking at the cover,...
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Welcome to second grade! 9/1/22

Hi families— בְּרוּכִים הַבָּאִים welcome to second grade! We are so excited to be back in person at Senesh. Here are some friendly reminders to help your students prepare for the start of school.  Your student will need:   At least 2 masks (labeled in a baggy)  A labeled water bottle (preferably one that has a sip top to avoid spills)  A light dairy or pareve snack (quick 5-10 mins to eat) A dairy or pareve lunch  A change of clothes labeled in a bag Shoes they can move in! PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Arrival is at 8:15 at...
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Hi families–good news! We received our worms on Tuesday. These worms are currently feasting on oranges, bananas, and watermelon donated by your generous 2nd graders, in their newly constructed habitats. Ask your second grader how we created their homes? Here are some fun facts about worms: – An earthworm can grow only so long. A well-fed adult will depend on what kind of worm it is, how many segments it has, how old it is and how well fed it is. An Lumbricus terrestris will be from 90-300 millimeters long. -A worm has no arms, legs or eyes. -There are...
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Our second grade scientists are learning about soil. We started our study with a KWL chart. K is what you know, W is what you want to know and L is what you learned (this part will get longer as we dive further into the unit and learn more). Here are some of the ideas that were discussed in class. What we know – It is organic. Soil is not dirt. Soil helps life grow. Soil is home to worms. Snails like wet soil. Plants and trees grow from soil. What we want to know – Can soil have too...
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We have been learning about stereotypes in second grade. The students first discussed what stereotypes are and learned about the definition of a stereotype – the false ideas that all members of a group think and behave in the same way. Then the kids engaged in an activity collaboratively in small groups where they brainstormed ideas about older people and teenagers. Some of their original thoughts included: Older People – have gray hair, they are slow, like to sleep and watch the news a lot and play card games. Teenagers – talk a lot, like to go to the mall,...
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