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First Grade News

Hello Families,

In Hebrew, we learned the letters pey, fey and fey sofit (final fey) and a new vowel that makes the “Eh” sound. We added more words to our word wall, like parpar (butterfly),pil (elephant), pitriya (mashroom), perach (flower), patish (hammer), and parah (cow). We also spoke about the life of Hannah Senesh and enjoyed singing a song she wrote called “Eli, Eli.”

In Yahadut, we continued working on our siddurim and learned a new prayer from the amida called hael hakadosh, which we thank God for the holy thing (siddur, mezuzah, etc.) and times (Shabbat, chagim, etc.) in our life. We also spoke about the Sigd, an Ethiopian Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah (49 days after Yom Kippur) and is about wanting to return to Jerusalem. Many Ethiopian Jews have moved to Israel and are celebrating this holiday at the kotel (western wall in Jerusalem) with colorful umbrellas and wearing white. We read the book “What Makes Someone a Jew?”.

This week Parasha is Chayei Sarah.  This Parasha is about finding a wife for Isaac. We learned about how kind and giving Rebecca was, and we thought about times when we did acts of chesed (acts of kindness) and acted like Rebecca.

Our meteorologists have been busy tracking the weather in their journals. We have learned to read a thermometer, record the temperature, and write down what we observe in the sky.  We read about the many tools meteorologist use to measure the weather in What Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt We searched through books to start an inquiry about clouds and found that different types tell us how to predict the weather. After reading Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker and Shapes in the Sky by Josepha Sherman, first graders chose 4 different types of clouds to create a flap book. In the book, they described what the cloud looks like using comparative language and what the clouds tell us about upcoming weather. Then they created clouds out of cotton balls on the top of the book!

In math, we have learned about number bonds, a tool that helps us compose and decompose numbers when solving story problems and creating equations. We have been exploring how to use number bonds to organize our numbers when we want to represent our thinking when we solve problems. We continue practicing our math addition fluency through dice and card games.

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Shabbat Shalom,

Ilana and Liz