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First Grade News

Hello Families,

In Hebrew, we learned the letter yud as well as a new vowel that makes the “Oh” sound and added new words to our word wall like yam (ocean), yona (pigeon), and yad (hand). We continued to practice our speaking, reading and writing with all the letters and action words that we have learned so far.

In Tefila, we learned a new prayer from the Amidah called harotze betshuva. We spoke about what or who reminds us to make good life choices.

This week Parasha is Vayetze, which is about Jacob leaving his home to go to Haran, and on his way, he had a dream. In the dream, God promises to protect him. We spoke about how at times, we must try new things even if we think that we are incapable of doing them and believing in ourselves; Jacob didn’t know what awaited him in a different place, but he went on his journey with confidence and hope. We also read about how Jacob met Rachel and Leah.

In Music class, First Graders have been practicing singing songs to a steady beat with the piano. They have also been singing Sevivon and using their musical skills to write and read the song’s rhythm.

First Graders have been developing a growth mindset, focusing on how they can persevere in solving problems and that it is ok to make mistakes. That is how we grow, learn, and become creative! We also read “Mistakes are How I Learn” by Kiara Wilson , “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, and “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg.

In writing workshop, we have continued to learn techniques to make our stories come alive. We have practiced adding dialogue, drawing our characters in action, showing how our characters feel and what they think, and writing our story in itsy bitsy steps. 1st graders excel at working with their writing partners throughout the entire writing process. They are successfully asking their partners questions to elaborate on their stories, helping them find tools, and reminding them of routines and writing strategies. We are now using paper with even more lines!

In math, we continue to compose parts into a whole and decompose a whole into parts using pictures, digits, manipulatives, number bonds, and equations.  We focus on balancing the parts with the whole. A new tool we have explored is called a math balance, where we can use weights to balance the whole number and its parts. For example, if we have 10 on one side, we can put 3,3,2, and 2 on the other side – breaking 10 into 4 parts!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ilana and Liz

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