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Second Grade Blog

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other significant Civil Rights leaders 1/14/22

Happy new year! It’s been great being back with the children in the classroom. Since our return from vacation we have been learning about the Civil Rights Movement and people who were instrumental in it. We have been busy learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Rosa Parks, and Ruby Bridges. The students have been engaged in many read alouds and rich conversations about each person and how they were key figures in the movement. In this study children also learned about what a quote is, how to use it and also about character traits during reading and writing...
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The last blog for 2021

Welcome to the last blog for 2021! We hope everyone has an amazing break and we look forward to seeing you in 2022! In SEL, social emotional learning, the students have been learning many skills. Through the past few weeks they focused on a few specific lessons. The first was how to have a constructive conversation about how to agree and respectfully disagree with one another. The students brainstormed wonderful ways where they can validate hearing others and then responding to them with kind language. Some prompts that came up were: I agree because _______ I disagree because _______ Ask...
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Week of 11/29/21

Judaic Studies: The 2nd graders students were excited to learn about Chanukah. We learned how much it is important to keep your identity and when lighting the candles of Chanukah we remember the miracles of Chanukah and that we are part of a community. The students learned the difference between the Menorah and the Chanukiah. And while learning about the customs of the holiday, each student wrote in script sentences relating to Chanukah. Hebrew: The 2nd graders start reading sentences and short stories containing all of the Hebrew vowels, including the brachot of Chanukah and the songs they were singing....
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2nd Grade 10/29/21

In General Studies our second grade readers and writers explored and learned about beautiful language in texts such as Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen. The students studied what makes language beautiful and why the author chose certain words to express emotion and meaning. Then we learned what synonyms are and how to use a thesaurus using guide words on the pages. We gathered words from our writing and other common words that are used in second grade. Each writer chose a word, looked it up in a thesaurus, and wrote them on paint chip samples moving from weakest (palest color)...
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2nd Grade– 10/15/21

In Second Grade we have officially kicked off workshop in reading and writing! It has been amazing to watch the students dive in and get excited about all parts of our literacy program! In writing, the students have started their own small moment stories and are learning how to craft their ideas with details. In reading, we have been building reader habits while practicing strategies such as scooping up phrases to help read fluently. At home, be sure to ask your child to read aloud while scooping phrases with a pretend ice scooper just like we did in class! In...
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Sukkot and Buddies

In Ivrit we continued reading words with one and two syllables. In Judaic studies we add more Tefiliot to our personal siddurim. We celebrated Simchat Torah and learned about the differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazi sefer Torah. This week we also met our sixth grade buddies on the roof. There we played a few get-to-know-you ice breakers that entertained us all. We learned about what we have in common as well as what makes us different. The children discussed the meanings of being created by the Image of g-d as well. Dancing with the Torah in circles emphasizing the meaning...
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Picture yourself in 2nd Grade 9/17/21

This week in General Studies we had a great time getting to know one another and reacquainted with old friends. Each morning we engaged in a morning meeting where we greeted our classmates, took part in an activity, talked about our daily schedule, and reviewed the calendar. We also talked about what it means to be in second grade and artfully created self portraits! As part of our social emotional learning curriculum, we discussed what it means to take care of ourselves, others, our community/environment and what this looks like in school. These three values help keep our classroom a...
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Welcome to 2nd Grade

Hi families– בְּרוּכִים הַבָּאִים welcome to second grade! We are so excited to be back in person at Hannah 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 water bottle (labeled) 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! Arrival is at 8:20 at the side yard–Marisa will be there taking attendance. Dismissal is at 3:15 Mon-Thurs and 2:15...
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Feels Like Summer

Dear Senesh Community, It is with great pride and heartfelt blessings that we share our final blog of the 2020-21 academic year.  Summer is always winter in a different part of the planet and autumn is always spring.  We look forward to a well-deserved break as we take a rest and celebrate our accomplishments for all of our lower-school at HSCDS.  Please read on for specific acknowledgments by subject area below. General Studies – Jacob The year began with so much uncertainty. We had new routines, masks, and a host of new expectations for our second-graders. It was a significant...
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Another Year Starts with Summer

Dear Senesh Community, It’s hard to believe but we are standing at the threshold of the close of another amazing year at HSCDS. We look forward to our last week of learning for our second graders as we review and reflect on all of our projects and accomplishments.  Our garden is blooming with rich color and new verdant shoots of goodness.  Please read on below to learn about specific areas of study. General Studies – Jacob Thank you for sharing a piece of your family’s culture with a culture share video. Each video has been engaging, informative, and full of...
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