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9/23/22

We had a wonderful first full week of school! The students are settling in and learning routines! It was also wonderful seeing all of you at back to school night. We hope that you found it informative and helpful!    Scroll to the bottom for information about Tashlich on September 29.   General Studies   Reading: Our readers have started the year off strong! We have been discussing how to take a sneak peek before selecting a book. The kids brainstormed different ways to do this. The ideas they came up with include: reading the title, looking at the cover,...
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Welcome to second grade! 9/1/22

Hi families— בְּרוּכִים הַבָּאִים welcome to second grade! We are so excited to be back in person at 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 labeled water bottle (preferably one that has a sip top to avoid spills)  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! PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Arrival is at 8:15 at...
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Farewell Second Grade

Congratulations to our second graders on finishing the school year! It was a bittersweet last few weeks of school and we soaked up our joyful time together before summer break. The students reflected on their growth academically, socially and emotionally since the school year started. It’s hard to believe that that was ten months ago! As cliche as it sounds, time does fly when you are having fun.   The kids spent thoughtful time looking back at work and sharing how they have changed as readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, artists – the list goes on and on! They revisited their...
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Second Grade Blog

In JS and Hebrew we continued learn about Lag Baomer and Rabi Akiva and his famous phrase ואהבת לרעך כמוך treat other people the way you treat yourself it’s a great rule of the Torah. We prepared signs and got excited for the Lag Baomer activities in the park…. We learned about Jerusalem Day and the importance of the capital of Israel. We read a book about Miriam and the ocean being ready for the Summer… The children were excited to practice their line and sing the songs for the Chumash Ceremony next week on Thursday May 26th.  

5/6/22

Hi families–good news! We received our worms on Tuesday. These worms are currently feasting on oranges, bananas, and watermelon donated by your generous 2nd graders, in their newly constructed habitats. Ask your second grader how we created their homes? Here are some fun facts about worms: – An earthworm can grow only so long. A well-fed adult will depend on what kind of worm it is, how many segments it has, how old it is and how well fed it is. An Lumbricus terrestris will be from 90-300 millimeters long. -A worm has no arms, legs or eyes. -There are...
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2nd Grade Blog: 4/8

During Writer’s Workshop the second grade authors have begun a fiction unit! We began by reading and immersing ourselves in series books. We dove into Henry and Mudge and as readers we first studied how Cynthia Rylant writes her series books. The students discovered that Cynthia starts writing each book with the main characters and settings, that she keeps the main characters throughout the series and that there is either a problem and solution or an event (similar to a small moment) in each one. Next we started with prewriting! The students began by brainstorming their main characters and created...
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3/25/22

Our second grade scientists are learning about soil. We started our study with a KWL chart. K is what you know, W is what you want to know and L is what you learned (this part will get longer as we dive further into the unit and learn more). Here are some of the ideas that were discussed in class. What we know – It is organic. Soil is not dirt. Soil helps life grow. Soil is home to worms. Snails like wet soil. Plants and trees grow from soil. What we want to know – Can soil have too...
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3/11/22 Second Grade Classroom Blog

2nd graders in Judiac Studies started the week with a big concert for the Holocaust survivors. The survivors enjoyed the interactive activity 2nd grade created for them. Sharing their knowledge about Purim, performing songs and daily Teffilot. The children were amazing. 2nd graders learned about the importance of the relationship with elderly people and we all had a blast. Thank you Week of 3/9/22 Pajama day was a blast! The kids had so much fun and said that they wished they could have pajama day every day! During writing we wrote about our special stuffies and lovies and made up...
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3/4/22

We have been learning about stereotypes in second grade. The students first discussed what stereotypes are and learned about the definition of a stereotype – the false ideas that all members of a group think and behave in the same way. Then the kids engaged in an activity collaboratively in small groups where they brainstormed ideas about older people and teenagers. Some of their original thoughts included: Older People – have gray hair, they are slow, like to sleep and watch the news a lot and play card games. Teenagers – talk a lot, like to go to the mall,...
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Chinese New Year 2/10/2022

In second grade we celebrated the Lunar New Year! Welcome to the year of the….TIGER! The tiger is known as the third Zodiac in Western culture known for their fiery passion, daring, and fearlessness. Many of our second grade friends were born in the year of the horse which is symbolized by their popularity, energy and confidence. Others are the snake who are considered wise, reserved, and deep thinkers. We learned all about the traditions and customs of celebrating the New year including food, family and legends such as the Nian monster. Did you know that long noodles are eaten...
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