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November 14, 2019

Advisory On Friday, November 1st, students had their second trip to Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School. They read the book The Good Egg and lead students through a few comprehension activities.   Israel 7 with Phyllis and Ilana NB Israel class is getting exciting as the students received their character profiles last week!  Each student was assigned a profile that included gender, country of origin, birth date and a date of aliyah.  The dates of aliyah correspond to the waves of aliyah from European and Arab countries post-WWII and the establishment of the state of Israel.  Students started this year long project...
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October 31, 2019

Science Students have finished their blueprints of the “Rube Goldberg Machines”. The science room is now filled with engineers applying their skills. Everyone is problem solving and allow ideas from their  partners to be expressed in a positive and professional manner. We cannot wait to see how these machines develop over the next few weeks.   Math The 7th grade is almost finished with their second unit; Real Numbers. After that, we’ll be moving onto Unit 3: Introduction to Algebra. This is one of the most important units in the curriculum, as it sets the foundation for Algebra. It introduces...
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October 17, 2019

Advisory On Friday, October 4, 2019, students traveled to Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School as part of their year-long social action project. We read the book, The Empty Pot, and asked kids to put the events of the story in order. After that, 7th graders asked students to think of moments in the book where the main character displayed honesty, determination, and courage. Volunteers from the organization Repair the World assisted us in classrooms. The volunteers, as well as Sarah Kay and myself, were so impressed with the thoughtfulness and care put into interacting with the kindergarten and first grade students....
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September 26, 2019

Advisory In advisory this week, students met their buddies and read a story as a group, The Empty Pot. Great fun was had! On Friday, October 4th, students will be reading the same book to the kindergarten and first grade classes of Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School as part of their Guest Reader Friday program. Literacy is an essential component to the year-long Social Action Project.                                   Hebrew  One group learned the topic of “How does music influence us?” The students read different research, learned...
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September 5, 2019

Judaic Studies It’s been a pleasure getting to know the 7th graders this week! We began by exploring one of our major school values: מסע/Journey. This is a key value for us this year, because will be studying the book of במדבר/Numbers, which details the journeys of Bnai Yisrael on their way to Israel. This brought up a kushiya/question for us: If God is all-powerful, why doesn’t God just magically put all of Bnai Yisrael in Israel? Why do they need to travel through the wilderness? This led to a powerful conversation about why struggle and challenge might be important...
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Welcome to 7th Grade!

Welcome to 7th grade, Class of 2021! Humanities  My name is Allison Corvo, and I’m so excited to begin my third year at Hannah Senesh. I have loved being back in my classroom and getting it ready for new 7th graders! In advisory, students will receive accordion folders, pencils, and planners on the first day. I’m looking forward to discussing the summer reading book, The Outsiders, and seeing students’ reactions to the text. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at acorvo@hannahsenesh.org   Judaic Studies  !ברוכים הבאים Welcome! I am looking forward to a wonderful year...
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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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