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First Grade News

This week in first grade there was a lot to celebrate!  From Lavi and Ethan’s birthday, to the 25th birthday of our school!

First, we started the week off with an apple taste test. We used our observations in Science to describe what different kinds of apples looked like in terms of color and size.  We tasted Empire, Honey Crisp and Ginger Gold apples, and decided if they were sweet or sour.  The entire first grade voted on their favorite and the Empire apples won!  We also looked at the core of the apples and seeds.  Students noticed that after some time the apples turned brown.  They shared ideas as to why they thought this happens and then we talked about the scientific reason.

In Reading, we got nice and cozy in our home reading spots around the room this week.  Everyone chose books and practiced their reading stamina and reading with a friend.

In Writing, we wrote about why Hannah Senesh is a special school to each of us.

In Math, we continued our work with same, fewer and more.  One thing we highlighted this week was that if a number is less than 6 it is not only 5, but it can also be 5,4,3,2, or 1.  We also continued working on our number patterns.

In the Hebrew classroom, we learned the letter alef and added lots of new words to our word wall. We also went over all the letters that we have learned so far and realized how much we have learned in such a short amount of time! We started learning about the holiday of Sukkot. We talked about the four species and how they similar in shape to parts of the human body (lulav– the spine,etrog– the heart,hadas– the eye and arava – the mouth). We learned the rules for building a sukkah and each first grader decorated a picture of a sukkah. They also made beautiful decorations for our school sukkah – it is going to be beautiful!

Lastly, we had a wonderful celebration in honor of the 25th day of school to celebrate the 25th year of Hannah Senesh.  We started off the day doing different activities with our 5th grade buddies.  We stepped back into 1995 and went to a museum classroom of artifacts from back then, as well as heard music and danced, watched commercials about the popular candy – and even got to choose a piece!  Next, students and buddies did a scavenger hunt based on a timeline that highlighted events in our school and the world.  We added to a beautiful mosaic in the backyard courtyard that will last for years to come.  We also built a giant version of what we think Senesh should look like 25 years from now.

Back in our classrooms, we created a time capsule to remember what this year is like for years to come.  We  interviewed our head of school Nicole about what Senesh was like years ago and teacher Marissa about what it was like to be a student at our school.

What a week of celebration!