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September 17, 2021 — The Start of Something New

Judaic Studies with Shira We were so excited to be able to do an actual Tashlich cremony this year outside of school, after not being able to leave school last year. Fourth graders walked to the Gowanus Canal as a whole class with Shira and Hilary, side-by-side with their “tfilah buddies”, the student they sit next to at whole group tfillah each day. Every student sits next to a student from the other group to give them a chance to interact more with other students. We collected natural items along the way, such as leaves or acorns, to discard into...
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Sept 3 — We Just Can’t Wait For Fourth Grade to Begin!

Dear Fourth Grade Families, We hope you had a wonderful summer! Welcome to an exciting year of learning in FOURTH GRADE! We have been hard at work organizing, cleaning and setting up the classrooms in anticipation of greeting your children on the first day of school. We know that the rooms are not complete until your children are added to the mix. This is going to be an exciting year, full of laughter, learning and joy! This year, the fourth grade team includes both new and returning teachers. Humanities teacher, Hilary Davis, Hebrew teacher Rimma Berenshtein, Hebrew teacher Tomer Yanay,...
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Friday, June 11 — the last day 😭

Math with Justin Fourth Graders finished the year learning about customary and metric measurement. Our students learned the different units for measuring weight, length, volume, and temperature. We also learned about some of the different prefixes from the metric system (micro-, milli-, centi-, kilo-, mega-, etc) and how they are used with different base units. We also finished up the year reviewing important concepts from earlier in the year such as multiplying fractions, multi-digit multiplication and division, and strategies for solving word problems. It’s been a wonderful year for our fourth grade mathematicians. I’m very proud of their growth and work....
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Friday, June 4 2021 — an amazing publishing party!

Hebrew with Rimma It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the year. In our Hebrew class we are wrapping up our unit about Music. Students developed their vocabulary on this topic and practiced their speaking, listening and writing skills. They learned how to change the direct to indirect speech by using reporting verbs like ‘say’, ‘tell’, and the word ‘that’ to introduce the reported words. Students learned declensions of the prepositions and practiced these rules in speaking and writing. We read a few fables that deliver important lessons and morals and how it’s relevant...
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Friday May 7 — Welcome to Half Group Central

Humanities with Hilary Dear Families, Can you believe that we have 22 more days of school, and we FINALLY get to feel like we’re a bit back to normal by having half groups?! Today was the big switch. In room 117, we have the 4A Fish Squad🐟🐠🐡, and in room 116 we have the 4B Bulls. There was definitely some nervous energy as they returned from lunch, and slowly went their way to their new (or the same) classroom. When asked how they felt about this change, some responses were It feels abnormal I feel happy It feels weird …...
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Friday, April 23 — April Showers Bring ….

Hebrew Heritage with Tomer The 4th grade heritage strengthened their vocabulary and how to use keywords in past tense. We are also getting ready to Lag Bomer and learning about the history that led to that event. Judaic Studies with Phyllis After learning the stories about the upstanding communities in Billings, Montana (Not in Our Town) and Denmark during World War Two The fourth graders delved deep into the moral question of whether  “good people’s silence” can be “as damaging as the bad people’s actions.” They reinforced their understanding of the vocabulary “perpetrator, victim, bystander and upstander” by creating visual representations of the different roles in a...
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Friday April 16 — Happy Birthday, Israel!

Humanities with Hilary Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel! We’re excited to celebrate you today 🥳 Fourth Graders have been learning a LOT since we last updated you 😱 In ELA, we have worked on: persuading an audience that one of the amendments from the Bill of Rights is THE most important most students chose the following amendments: First Amendment –> freedom of speech/protest/religion/press Third Amendment –> the assurance that the government or military will never force you to have the military live in your home Ninth Amendment –> the right for humans to have rights NOT specifically stated in the Constitution Tenth...
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Friday, March 12 — WELCOME BACK TO IN PERSON SCHOOL!

Humanities with Hilary Dear 4th Grade Families, Wow. Today marks one year since our last day of in-person teaching for 3rd Grade …. What a year this has been! Our classroom community has been through so much, but since day 1 of Zoom teaching (March 23rd, to be exact) we have had some mega stars in our midst who adapted to and learned technology so quickly I was bragging about them to everyone I knew. Thank you all for being a great support in helping us get through this year, and please remember to keep being safe (and following protocols)...
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February 5 2021 — Walking in a Winter Wonderland …

Hebrew Heritage with Tomer The beautiful snow and being at home allowed the 4th grade Heritage students reflect and explore winter. They wrote of their different experiences such as building a snow man with their family, wrote poems the winter they can observe from their windows, and of the experience of studying from home.   Judaic Studies with Phyllis The fourth graders are becoming quite the Chumash scholars!  This week we began the story about when Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of soup.  Not only did the students breeze through the new verb vocabulary, but they are now...
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Fourth Grade Blog 1/22

Math with Justin Our Fourth Graders are wrapping up their unit on fractions. Students have learned how about mixed numbers and improper fractions and how to convert between the two. They have learned how to add, subtract and multiply fractions with like-denominators. They have also been working on simplifying fractions and solving fraction word problems. Try some fraction fun yourself with these virtual cuisenaire rods. Students have also been solving ‘fraction splats’ like this one:   If there are 7 wholes total, can you figure out what is covered by the splat? All of this fraction expertise will come in...
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