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First Grade News

Hello Families,

In the Hebrew classroom this week, we learned the letters kaf and chaf as well as a new vowel, which makes the “Oo” sound. We added lots of words to our word wall like: kochav (star), kefafot (glaves), keter (crown), kelev (dog) and kova (hat). We wrote lots of sentences using the verbs ochel/ochelet (to eat) and ohev/ohevet (to love). We also spent time learning about Chanukah! We read the story of Chanukah – all in Hebrew and also learned how to say the symbols of the holiday in Hebrew. The first grader made beautiful dreidels which we used to decorate our classroom. Next week we will continue to learn about this special holiday!

In Tefila, we learned a new prayer from the amidah called chanun hamarbeh lisloach. We spoke about the importance of apologizing to people when we make mistakes and forgiving others after they say that they are sorry.

In Parasha, first Graders learned about Parashat Vayishlach. This is when Jacob and Esav reunite and apologize to each other. This parasha is an example to the new prayer that we learned this week, and we continued our discussion about the importance of saying sorry and forgiving each other.

Our first-grade meteorologists are in the process of creating tools to measure different aspects of weather. To measure rainfall, we created rain gauges using water bottles. Partners figured out their own way to measure the amount of rain we collect using rulers and a measuring cup.  We are still working out as a class how to accurately show measurement and will try a different way next time it rains! We also created wind socks to find out which direction the wind is blowing from. We are waiting for a windy day to try them out! Next, we will create an anemometer to measure how fast the wind is blowing.

Our authors and illustrators have continued the publishing process, by choosing a book that is important to them, revising, and editing. We use a green pen to show how we make our stories even better and easier to read. Partners have worked hard together to read each other’s work, make suggestions, and give compliments.

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Shabbat Shalom,

Liz and Ilana