Grades 2-3 Teacher Message
Septebmer 20, 2019
20 Elul 5779
In Hebrew, 2nd graders continued to work on script letters. So far we did ” י,ו,ן, נ, מ, ר”.
Students also worked on their reading skills.
There is a new game station in our classroom called letters battle. The rules of the game are as follows: students flip over one card at a time which contains a letter, and the highest letter is a winner (similar to the card game “war”). This game helps students to practice letter identification and alphabetic order.
3rd graders finished reading and answering questions about Lisa’s summer. We talked about their summer, what was special and how much fun they had doing different activities.
Next week we’ll start the Chaverim B’Ivrit workbook which the students are very excited about.
In Judaic Studies this week, we learned the difference between one (יחיד) and many (רבים) single units. We learned new roots and revisited old skills.
We learned about this week's parsha - there are commandments that relate only to the Land of Israel. In prayer we learned about - אשרי יושבי ביתך Blessed are those that dwell in Your Home, Shema Yisrael, and how the Amida is prayed.
We also learned that there are ways to do Teshuva. From who repents (everyone), when (until Yom Kippur), and why (???).
We heard a story about a boy who couldn't pray from a siddur and how his prayer to HaShem was special and important. We did a lot of work on Elul and Rosh Hashanah. It was a busy and fun week!
What a great week we had at school. This week we started Reading Workshop--the students partner read one book and then write in their reading journals what the character says and what the character does. It was wonderful watching them work together to understand the character development in each story.
We also reviewed nouns and the students were able to make their own lists of nouns and then make sentences.
We played math games about place value and the kids also got to to on iReady.
It was great to see so many of you on Back To School Night---have a wonderful weekend--enjoy the warm weather!
September 13, 2019
13 Elul 5779
The students brought in 4 items from home which could fit into a brown lunch bag and then we all tried to guess who was who… we had a great time guessing and the students enjoyed trying to make it a challenge for their classmates!!
This week we started our language arts unit : character study. We have been working as a whole class reading and dissecting the book Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. We have been discussing character traits of Lilly and Mr. Slinger at the beginning, middle and end of the story. The students are learning many character traits (puzzled, sneaky, thoughtful).
We also started working in our math books as well as starting print and cursive work!
How many words can you make from the word SEPTEMBER? Ask your child to help you!!
We also had a wonderful week of learning and fun in judaic studies class! We learned a lot of new information through lessons and games. In chumash, we explored how words can be categorized as either zachar-male or nekeiva-female and what is the difference between them. How can we easily tell the words apart? Why is this important?
We heard the shofar everyday and reviewed the names of the sounds of the shofar.
We learned about the importance of the Torah and how to keep it.
We worked in centers and covered different topics in creative ways.
We learned about prayer and its various parts. We are learning what the Tefillot mean and how important they are to us.
We studied script writing and what the difference is between the letters.
In Hebrew, the students started to work in groups. They learned that they have two rotations every class, where they should go, and what the name of each rotation means. They are very excited that one of the rotations is a game in Hebrew!
In addition to game stations, 3rd graders participated in a reading and writing station. In the writing station, they wrote about their summer. In the reading station, students started to read a story about Lisa’s summer. Lisa is my daughter and she is in second grade. She had so much fun this past summer! Students reflected on Lisa’s summer and their own as well.
Second graders also had a reading and writing station. In the reading station, they read a story and answered a few questions. In the writing station, they started to learn script letters. They were very excited to learn script!
September 6, 2019
6 Elul 5779
Who had first day jitters? In general studies, we read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and realized that EVERYONE (including teachers) can feel a little nervous on the first day of school! We wrote down our “jitters” and even got to have some Jitter Juice --ask your child if s/he enjoyed that part of our day!!
We started to get to know each other by playing “people” bingo and we realized that many students in our class do not like bananas!!
We have already started playing math games and have even started some math assessments.
We are so excited to work with your children this year---we have a lot of fun activities planned and I know that your children will really enjoy the year!!
We had a wonderful first week back in judaic studies! After two months of rest, we have returned excited, motivated, and ready to learn!
We spent some of this week getting to know our classmates and classroom routines. We discussed what we have in common and how we are different - who has a dog? Who plays a musical instrument?
This week was a Remembrance Day for Rabbi Kook הרב קוק ז”ל.
We learned a poem he wrote, Rise Up the Leaf עלה למעלה עלה.
This song represents the power of man and we learned the meaning of the different parts of the poem.
In Hebrew class, we started the week with fun activities. Students shared what they did during the summer and learned a few new words related to summer. They enjoyed completing the word search with their names. Then students decorated their apples with a short blessing for Rosh HaShana. I was very pleased to see original blessings with unique decorations. Please stop by our beautiful bulletin board in the hall!
August 30, 2019
29 Av 5779
We hope you had a wonderful summer! See you on Tuesday!