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June 7, 2019

Humanities So incredibly proud of all my creative, smart, thoughtful, hard-working students!!! 7th Grade Renaissance Slideshow We will finish the year strong with one final essay. I am so lucky to work with these students.   Math The school year is almost over and the 7th graders can look forward to a fun summer before returning to Senesh as seniors! How exciting! They’ve already been getting a glimpse of what’s to come next year in math by working on 8th grade Algebra I material. We learned about Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences, as well as Slopes of Linear Equations, Slope-Intercept Form,...
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May 24, 2019

Math It has been a very busy and stressful few weeks for the 7th grade as they spent most of their time prepping for the ERBs. Lag Ba’Omer on Thursday was a great way to relax after the test and before getting back to learning math for the last few weeks of school. We’re going to focus on math concepts that are essential for the 8th grade such as Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Slopes of Linear Equations. Hang in there, 7th grade; summer is around the corner!   Hebrew J We had “who needs what” conversations between the children....
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May 10, 2019

Social Action                                         Facing History with Phyllis and Ilana NB In anticipation of the seventh grade trip to the Holocaust museum in Washington DC, the students met with Phyllis, Allison, Ilana NB and Julie Arner on the Monday before the trip to prepare for the difficult experience.  Students were given the opportunity to talk about how they were feeling about seeing the disturbing images from the Holocaust and in particular the concentration camps.  We stressed the idea that everyone processes these...
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April 18, 2019

Science Science has been exploring the greenhouse effect and global warming these past few weeks. We watched a documentary about how global warming and how it changes the biomes we studied. Then we conducted an experiment to discovery how the greenhouse effect works. Students were outside with two thermometers, one inside a glass jar and one outside. They measured the temperature once a minute for 15 minutes. Then they wrote an official lab report in order to present their results. When we return from Passover break, we will start our last unit, the exploration of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources....
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April 5, 2019

Math The probability that 7Y can tell you all about probability is certain! They’d also be able to tell you that a probability that is certain has a 100% chance to occur. They can talk about the outcomes of coin tosses, rolling dice, or spinning a spinner. They can also tell you a bit about how to use things like possibility diagrams or tree diagrams for more complex probability problems. They’ll be learning more about that within the next week or two before working their way to some statistical work. Meanwhile, 7X is busy learning about ratios, rates, and unit...
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March 22, 2019

Hebrew 7J This week we continued learning about Tel Aviv. We also started learning about Hiriya, Israel, a city that used to be filled with garbage and then turned into a beautiful city with a beautiful park named after Ariel Sharon. In addition, we started learning future tense.   7K This week we learned a song by Dag Nachash, describing the preparation of Shabbat. We had a conversation about what Shabbat is like here vs. what it is like in Israel. The kids started learning a few new Hebrew expressions. We also continued studying future tense.   Hebrew Heritage להורים...
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March 8, 2019

Humanities In English/Language Arts, students read a variety of short stories and analyzed them for literary elements like plot and characterization. Students spent time freewriting in preparation for brainstorming and writing their own short stories next week! In social studies, students critically analyzed the History Channel documentary “The Dark Ages,” and then were tasked with created their own “trailer” for a section of chapter 17 (The Early Middle Ages). Some Greek/Latin roots to be on the look out for: Sic transit gloria mundi. Thus passes away the glory of this world – Thomas A Kempis Trans (across) Eo/Ire/Ivi/Itum (to go)...
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February 15, 2019

Advisory Students participated in a workshop about being allies in the midst of bullying behaviors, situations, and language. Students thought about people’s identities and how to communicate effectively, even in the midst of a disagreement or shift in perspective.   Hebrew K This week we continued to review the topic of the “Tzabar” Israeli. We talked about traits and characteristics and focused on the term “Hutzpa”. We discussed the positive ad negative aspects of the word, watched a video on the topic and debated a few examples , deciding if they are positive or negative. Hebrew J This week we...
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February 1, 2019

Humanities  In ELA, we’ve been diving into the rhetorical triangle – ethos, logos, and pathos. What are the mechanics used to persuade someone? How do we persuade someone in ethical ways? In the coming week, we’ll be researching a position and beginning to craft arguments that are well-researched and logical. We are in the midst of our second unit of vocabulary study, vacillating between Wordly Wise words and Greek and Latin roots. The most recent roots you should look out for are: Ars, Artis (art) Aoide (song) Canto/Cantare (to sing) Pingo/Pingere/Pinxi/Pictum (to paint, to embroider) In social studies, we are...
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January 18, 2019

Humanities In ELA, students have been working diligently on a theme project for Beowulf: A New Telling. Students needed to identify a theme and then find three passages in the book that demonstrate that theme! Students could identify their own or choose from a list brainstormed by both classes: the role of loyalty and generosity in successful societies envy and jealousy of others to conquer evil, one must acknowledge it within the self identity is complex and multi-dimensional creativity in battle is an asset appearance is not indicative of internal characteristics I have loved seeing their posters with text evidence!...
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