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Third Week of Second Grade

Writing In Writing Workshop we delved into beginning our narrative unit on small moment stories. In order to learn how to choose meaningful small moments, we studied authors who have written meaningful small moment stories. We read the first page of the story Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, and noticed how she begins to describe this one night of owling with so many details! We got to writing our small moment narratives, using ideas from our decorated writing folders, and studying Jane Yolen’s writing to help us stretch our stories. With our writing buddies we talked about our ideas, brainstormed ways...
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Second Week of Second Grade!

 Community Building We opened our first full week of school by beginning the social emotional curriculum. The first lesson we learned is about how to have a sharing circle. A sharing circle is when a question is posed and second graders pass a speaker power object to the person who gets to speak. We practiced being completely silent when we are not holding the speaker power object, and even made rules so that our sharing circles can be successful. The rules the class came up with are: Sit in a listening position, eyes on speaker, pass the speaker power object...
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First Week of Second Grade!

Community Building   What a wonderful beginning to second grade we’ve had! In the first week of school we began building our classroom community through playing games to learn more about each other, practicing new routines, and discussions about how to make our classroom a place where everyone can learn their best. We played “our favorites” game, where we learned each other’s favorite ice cream flavor, hobbies, and more. We played a team building game where in small groups students had an elastic band with pieces of strings attached to it. The objective of the game was to stack cups...
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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Welcome to 2nd Grade! We are excited to begin this school year and are hard at work preparing to greet your special second graders on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 3rd. On the first day of school, please send your child with: A dairy or pareve morning snack (every day) A dairy or pareve lunch (every day, unless your child is signed up for school lunch) Water bottle (labeled with their name, can stay in school) Spare change of clothing in a labeled bag (stays in school till end of year) Wearing sneakers, or shoes they can comfortably run in (PE...
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Last Trip to Cobble Hill Health Center

Chocolate Factory In celebration for finishing our class read aloud Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, we decided we now need to visit a real chocolate factory. Before taking our field trip to Cacao Prieto, a kosher chocolate factory in Red Hook, we learned about the actual process of making chocolate.  Through a slideshow and nonfiction literature, we practiced putting the steps of making chocolate in the correct order and learned new vocabulary words like tempering, conching, and nib. Check out the slideshow we learned from here. Then, we focused on the who of chocolate making, taking time to recognize each person and...
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Lag Ba’Omer, Hebrew Letter Party, and Chumash Ceremony

Lag Baomer This year due to the rainy weather we had Lag Baomer indoors. We began our day with Tefila with our team color, lead by the older graders and learning catchy cheers for our team. We made team banners, played lots of collaborative games, ran relay races, and spent the sunny afternoon in the park. We even got to roast marshmallows over an open flame in the park since kids in Israel celebrate with bonfires. Second graders showed great sportsmanship throughout the day by congratulating other teams and encouraging each other.   Hebrew We finished learning the whole Hebrew...
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Fairy Tales and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut We celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut with the rest of the school. In the morning we attended the school tekes led by the fifth and sixth graders, followed by an Israeli snack of Bisli. Then we had four stations  with the third grade students and teachers: Israeli games with Shira and Hillary Yemenite folktales with Aliza Dancing with Ilana and Sammi Hamsa making with Jessica and Julie Ask your child which of the four games we learned about was actually invented in Israel! Repahel’s parents came in to tell us about Mishel’s family’s story of immigration from Iran to Israel....
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Library Field Trip and Celebrating Pesach

Chag Pesach Sameach! We’ve spent the past few weeks preparing for Passover. Students read the story in Hebrew and made personal haggadot and seder plates. Our class seder was a culmination of all the learning we’ve been doing, as students were able to put items on their own seder plate and lead a class seder together. Chag Sameach to all the second grade families!   Students hand out seder plate items while other students tell them where on plate to place them. Our seder plates are ready! Go serving crew! Phoenix leads the order of the seder Ronnie and Eleanor...
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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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Purim and Kindness Week

Community Building This week we have been focusing on kindness- how we can spread kindness at home, in school, and the greater community. Second graders heard the story Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, a story about a girl named Maya who moves to a new school and the main character Chloe chooses to be unkind to her. Maya attempts many times throughout the story to befriend Chloe, but Chloe continues to choose to be unkind. As we discussed how we thought the story would end most students predicted “They will make up and become friends”. However, the story closes with...
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