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March 8 — 15 miles on the Erie Canal

Music with Eyal Students have been learning a new song on the xylophone! 3rd Grade Music Hebrew with Ilana This week the third grade learned the song “Tamid Nishar Ani” – “Always Being Myself”. In the song there are adjective words and opposite words. The students practiced writing sentences, find the opposite word, and worked on comprehension of the song. Also they had conversation about themselves using the opposite feelings and then answering questions in writing. On Monday they will have quiz on the vocabulary. Here is the link for the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwSCm-bcVwQ Shabbat Shalom Judaic Studies with Aliza  This...
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February 15, 2019 — The Fall of New Amsterdam

General Studies with Hilary WRITING: Throughout the end of January and into February, we have worked on coming up with a topic for persuasive speeches. Some students chose to write about people others should know about, such as our moms and great grandfather. Others chose to write about aspects of school that should be changed, such having more homework; having less homework; being more productive in a warmer climate; and tables in the lunch room. This week, the focus has been on the physical look of our paragraphs, as well as including strong, personal examples in our speech. Third Graders...
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February 1 — Exploring the Arts

Music with Eyal Something to warm you up in this freezing weather:) Here is a fun video of 3rd graders learning a new chord and a new song on the Ukulele. The song is called, “Put the Lime in the Coconut” Click here to see the video!  Art with Iviva Students have been working on Tu B’Shvat collages. Here are some pictures of them in action. General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade families, Happy February! We are gradually returning to our full third grade selves after a week of colds and flus. We hope you all a healthy start...
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January 18 2019 — A Seat on the Bus

General Studies with Hilary: Dear Third Grade Families, What a week of change! Academically, we have been diligent investigators in Social Studies and math by learning more about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and multiplication. Social Studies and Writing In Social Studies, we concluded our study of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For the past two weeks, we have focused on perspective writing. Taking all of the information learned throughout the first week of January, about the Civil Rights Movement and Rosa Parks’ standing up for her rights as a human on a bus, students were asked to walk...
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January 4 — a shehecheyanu to 2019

Welcome back, everyone! What a week of change! First with the start of a new year.Then, more importantly, with the mixing of half groups. Third Graders rose to the occasion, and have smoothly transitioned into their new half groups. While we enjoyed our week from school, we definitely missed each and every one of the members in our third grade community! As community builders, each half group participated in two separate activities to strengthen our bonds — one by showing how each individual comes together to create a whole, and the other is how communication can help us to achieve...
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December 14 — Science In 2018

Science with Julie For the opening weeks of 3rd grade science, students focused on creating individual scientific notebooks and doing a variety of introductory activities before delving into our first topic, Rocks and Minerals.  We discussed what it means to be a scientist, and heard firsthand from a number of different scientists about what they do from Scientists @ the Smithsonian online. Students were given science partners, and learned the steps of the Scientific Method through games and song.  They put the method into practice by conducting a few “awesome” experiments involving for instance, milk and food coloring,     We...
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December 14 — Exploring the National Museum of the American Indian

General Studies with Hilary Dear 3rd grade families, How amazing were our students in the Chanukah Play? A round of applause to the students for their spectacular performance, as well as to Ilana for directing and managing the whole play! This week marked our FIRST field trip of the year! With the support of four parents, Tomer and I accompanied the class north to the Battery Park area to explore native history and some background information for our future New Amsterdam study. When first arriving at Whitehall (the term the British gave to New Amsterdam’s Director General Peter Stuyvesant’s house),...
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November 30 — Prospering Publishing Party Posters

Dear Third Grade Families, How wonderful and amazing were the Third Graders today? Seeing the number of smiling faces before, during and after the publishing party was such a sight to see! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it. We hope you learned at least one new piece of information. Starting on Monday, the eight posters will be put up on our bulletin board. If you were unable to attend today, or if you have family who you would like to share the information with, attached to this blog post you can find a Publishing Party Video....
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November 28 — Learning about the Lenape and Preparing for the Publishing Party

General Studies with Hilary Dear Third Grade Families, While last week was short, the learning has not stopped! We have been researching even more about the Lenape culture, as well as life for the Algonquin Tribe (who also lived in this area). Students can’t wait to share their research with all of you at our Publishing Party on Friday, December 1 (aka this Friday!), which will begin at 9:00 am. They have been gaining knowledge about what the Lenape ate, their religion, wampum, clothing and more!           For the majority of this week, students were devoted...
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November 9 — Publishing Share

Dear Third Grade Families, We have done so much work these past two weeks! In Social Studies, we started learning about the Lenni Lenape, which is the Native American tribe that lived in New York City back in 1600. We started by looking at a map of Manhattan from the 2000s, and comparing it to a map of what Eric Sanderson (a landscape ecologist) — through research — believed Mannahatta (land of many hills)  looked like in 1600.  Students noticed that the Hudson River looked wider back then. Some wondered if the water level had dropped and maybe that’s why...
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