Grade 2-3 Teachers' Messages
January 12, 2018
This week we started our week by reading non-fiction stories about Martin Luther King Jr. We had many conversations about the struggles and injustices he faced and how he wanted to spread love and kindness. This kicked off our biography unit. The students had the chance to decide which biography they would read. Please ask your child what s/he chose.
As the children read, we started the conversation about character traits and which ones are shared amongst the biographical stories we are reading.
Open Circle focused on “speaking up”, (look at the person, speak slowly, clearly and loudly enough, express feelings in a respectful way), and “expressing angry feelings”, (learn ways to express anger in a way that is not hurtful to others, use calm breathing).
Thank you to those of you who have already donated to our “store/auction”. The students are getting very excited about this.
This week in Judaic studies, we mainly reviewed the different skills of the Chumash. We reviewed it as a practice and as preparation for the assessment which both second and third will have soon in the upcoming weeks.
In 2nd grade we also learned new two pesukim during this week. The third graders continued in chapter 18 and made lots of progress.
Parshat Hashavua-this week’s parsha is Vaera.We learned the parsha and watched a short video as well.
This week in Ivrit, we celebrated Savuah H’Ivrit which began on the 22nd of Tevet - Eliezer Ben Yehuda’s birthday. Every morning we began with songs, games and riddles in Hebrew that earned the student’s prizes. At lunch, the children learned new Hebrew slang like “Sababa” which means excellent and ”Magniv” which means cool.
In the regular Hebrew lessons, the students practiced reading, reading comprehension and vocabulary with texts, short videos, songs, crossword puzzles and various games about the Hebrew language.
A tremendous thank you to Morah Hani, Moreh Itzik, Gali and Aviya for making this week amazing!
Thank you also for those of you who have helped our Family Table donation. We are on our way but still need 13 more boxes of crackers and 10 ten more cans of fruit.
Enjoy the long weekend and please ask your child what s/he learned about MLK.
January 5, 2018
Wow! Happy 2018! We hope that you had a wonderful week last week. It was great to hear from the students about their break.
This week in Open Circle, we have been discussing “cooperation”. The students had wonderful examples of how they can cooperate.
We will be starting a biography unit soon and the students were able to make some choices as to what they would like to read. It will be an exciting unit for them.
The students also made their own word searches this week that were put into a booklet so that everyone could try all of them! They were very excited about this!
The students also each wrote a poem about winter and we were able to start a new bulletin board to showcase their work! Also outside our classroom, we have all the students’ maps hanging up. Please stop and take a look at them the next time you are in the school.
In Judaic studies this week, we concentrated mainly on learning the Chumash.
2nd graders started Parashat Lech Lecha chapter 12 pesukim 1 and 2. We learned how to implement all the skills which we learned in the Hachanah Lechumash. We also read the pesukim from the Chumash. We learned how to learn the Chumash and the students were excited about that.
3rd graders learned this week the Chumash and we are going to finish our parasha and to begin Chayei Sarah.
Parashat Hashavoua-This week’s parsha is Shemot. We learned about the new Chumash and about how a leader is chosen.The students watched a short video about the parsha.
This week we studied, as well, the saying “derech eretz kadmah latorah“. We discussed this saying and talked about the importance of good manners.
We have introduced a new incentive system for the students. They are able to obtain tickets during the day for appropriate behavior as well as demonstrating appropriate school-work habits. The students will be able to turn the tickets in for an item at our “store” or auction during the month. If you happen to have any items you would like to donate for our store or auction, all donations will be accepted!
Have a great weekend and stay warm.
December 22, 2017
December 15, 2017
In Judaic studies this week, we mainly focused on practicing for the Mesibat Hachumash. However, we still had time to learn about Hanukkah and the relevant halachut related to the holiday.
We also learned about Parashat Miketz.
The students have been working so hard to memorize a text which is almost all in Hebrew. We learned a lot about Hanukkah and also about the important value of Torah learning by practicing for the Mesibat Hachumash.
Towards the end of the Chaverim Bivrit book, the students repeated words and sentences related to a birthday and birthday party, for example, how old you are in male and female, foods, and gifts. The students read stories like Avner's Birthday and A New Classmate. The students practiced reading comprehension.
After Chanukkah, there will be a change to the days for Ivrit homework. The days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. At this time, we would like to remind you that the homework is intended to repeat the material learned in the class. There may be times when it’s too difficult and we need to reteach. If your child does not understand the homework, please encourage them to still do their best work so we can see where they are stuck. We will help and repeat the material.
It was a real challenge to make words from chanukah, but we managed! Second and third graders continued to work on their mapping skills this week.
Many of them are also researching interesting facts about states and are excited to type them up for others to read. We watched a few informational videos about directions, compass rose, symbols and keys on maps.
Many of the students are also motivated to start typing their writing workshop stories on the computer. They are very excited to do this. Although we do not teach keyboarding at school, please feel free to download a free program at home so that your child can practice. There are many free programs.
Please remember that we do go outside every day. It is helpful if you child has a pair of outdoor boots as well as a pair of shoes/sneakers for inside. It is important that after recess, their feet can be in dry, warm shoes!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday morning at 10AM.
Shabbat shalom and Happy Chanukkah!
December 8, 2017
In a recent Open Circle Meeting, we talked about recognizing and naming our feelings. We made a list of many feeling words, such as excited, happy, sad, surprised and angry and we talked about what might happen to make us feel that way.
Body Language was the topic of another recent Open Circle lesson. Body language is a way of expressing feelings with our faces or bodies instead of using words. We practiced using body language to express different feelings such as excitement, anger and surprise. Feel free to point out examples of body language that you see in books or media and discuss them with your child.
We are continuing to master our mapping skills. If you have any maps you are interested in donating to our classroom, please do----all donations will be accepted!
The students continue to be excited and motivated to write during Writing Workshop, especially now that they have access to the computer for their work! It is wonderful to see their enthusiasm! They are also picking up new vocabulary as they play “Word On The Street”.
Place Value games are being played each day for practice in math as well as practice worksheets.
We had very intensive week in Judaic Studies.
This week we focused on many topics.
In Hachana Lechumash, the second graders practiced this week the structure of the Chumash. We played a fun game to practice the order of a pasuk and a perek. Please ask your child to tell you what “ yotze” means in the game. We also practiced how a word is built-techilit,shoresh and a soffit.
The third graders continued learning perek 22 in Bereshit.
This week we learned, as well, about the coming holiday-Hanukkah.We learned what a kosher Chanukiah is. We watched a 12 chanukiyot slideshow and the students had to decide which one is a kosher and which one is not kosher.
We continued getting ready for Mesibat Hachumash. The students are excited about their presentation next Sunday,12/17, at 10:00.
This week’s parsha is Vayeshev-we learned the parsha and we also watched a short video about it.
This week in Hebrew we practiced reading and reading comprehension in two texts. We learned new vocabulary and used them in different sentences.The students answered comprehension questions and wrote a text about themselves in the same narrative structure.
Chaverim Beivrit - We are about to end the first booklet. As a repetition, the students received a quick check on the vocabulary and began review work at the end of the booklet.
Other topics we learned were the days of the week, present verbs, and overall improvement of writing.
Have a great weekend and ask your child about our new class pet!
December 1, 2017
Happy December. It was great to see you all at parent/teacher conferences.
In our Open Circle time, we have learned two calm breathing techniques (balloon breathing and counting). We are practicing these techniques in class, please ask your child which technique s/he prefers! I am practicing both techniques when I am in traffic!
We also have learned what a listening body looks like when others are talking. We even had 2 brave volunteers do some role-playing. Next topic will be recognizing and naming our feelings.
We have finished our Thanksgiving work and the students have a good understanding of what it was like to live during that time.
Our current social studies topic is mapping. The students will have ample opportunities to look at and use maps and their mapping skills.
The students continue to work hard on their writing workshop stories. Some have even started their final copies on the computer.
Math continues our understanding of place value and number sense.
This week in Hebrew the students made fortune tellers and then had a chance to play! They wrote sentences according to the pronouns and the verbs which appeared on the folded paper. Please check out our bulletin board in the hallway with the students beautiful work. In addition, the students wrote beautiful letters to the IDF soldiers. Dan and Marcia Shimshek, who will be traveling to Israel before Chanukah, will give the letters to the soldiers. The students continued to practice reading and reading comprehension from Chaverim B’Ivrit. They read about the gifts that Tamar received for her birthday and practiced using the words before and after.
In Judaic Studies this week,we mainly concentrated on the topics of Chanukkah and Chumash.
In our activities about Chanukkah, we learned about the meaning of the name and also learned an acronym about חנוכה. Ask your child what each letter represents!
We also continued learning the Hachanah Lechumash in second grade. The third graders continued with Perek 18.
Parashat Hashavoua- Our week’s parsha is Vayishlach. We learned about the meeting between Ya’akov and Eisav. We watched,as well, a short video about the parsha.
We also talked about November 29-Kaf Tet Benovember.
We also practiced our Mesibat Hachumash! Please mark your calendars for December 17th.
Have a terrific weekend and a Shabbat Shalom!
November 17, 2017
This week we have spent more time developing our stories during Writing Workshop. The students are adding descriptive words to their characters and settings. They are starting to practice the writing workshop model of writing, editing, conferencing and rewriting. Many are finding this process very tedious and would prefer to just “write their books”, but they are beginning to appreciate how growing their story, really makes it more exciting and interesting.
Our engineering process to make play dough was a huge success. The students worked collaboratively in groups tweaking and changing the recipe and they all ended with “high quality” play dough. We definitely have a class of budding engineers! Speaking of engineers, we had a special visit from Mr. Gerber (Benjy’s dad), who is a chemical engineer. The students enjoyed listening to him and learning from him. Thank you Mr. Gerber!!
Scholastic News book order came home this week. If you child wants any books, please return the order and a check by next Tuesday.
Please also note that if your child is bringing in toys or things from home to school, it is becoming a huge distraction in the classroom. Please remind your child that unless asked by the teacher to bring something in from home, all things from home should be left there.
We are looking forward to seeing you next week at Parent/Teacher conferences.
November 10, 2017
How many words can you make from the word NOVEMBER? Our class came up with over 22 words ( Did you get venom? Our class did!).
We had a great time surveying our N/PK friends for our product research section of our science unit. The second and third graders had to perform product research to help a juice company decide what color to make their new juice product. Then they had to collect and analyze the data from the survey and finally make a recommendation to the juice company. It was a great learning opportunity for all.
Our next step involves the play dough process. Our guiding question is “how can we determine the quality of a play dough process and how do the play dough materials react when they are mixed together?”. As chemical engineers, the students learned that their job is to “improve” the process that creates the low quality play dough so that it creates high-quality play dough. I hope that when you ask your child about this, s/he will be able to explain it to you!
We saluted our Veterans by reading about them and discussing how lucky we are to have so many people who serve our country. In fact, many of the students in class have grandparents who served in the military.
Our rock collection keeps growing and the students are still excited to share what they have found. Please expect any rocks/gems that your child has brought in, to be coming home before Thanksgiving.
In Judaic studies this week, we learned and accomplished a lot in different subjects.
We learned about The Balfour Declaration-we watched a short video about the significant event and learned a lot about it. The students acted out the different people who were active in this event. It was great seeing them performing so nicely.
In the Chumash both classes made progress. The 3rd graders continued learning Perek 18 and this week we learned about Avraham and his relationship with his neighbors in Eretz Canaan.
The second graders learned this week a new skill in the second book of the Hachana Lechumash-Vav Hahipuch(The Turnaround Vav).We sang a song which helps us to remember the different rules relating to Vav Hahipuch. The students worked seriously in the book.
We learned, as well, about Parshat Chayey Sarah ( even though it was Thursday!)
This week in Ivrit we focused on writing sentences. The students wrote sentences for different verbs and expanded the sentences. The students continued to practice reading fluently.
We went on reading about Tamar's birthday party. Yotam, Tamar's brother, was a clown at the party and, together with him, the children learned verbs in a female and male.
We had the pleasure to host your children at our house on Shabbat. The children were lovely and we received lovely compliments about the food!
November 3, 2017
Reading Group Cafe was a big hit his week. The students are enjoying their hot chocolate while reading! They are all progressing well in their books and answering the comprehension questions in a timely manner.
Science: we completed our chemical engineer book and are now working on definitions for words such as: processes, liquid, solid, technology. The students are also learning about product research as they experiment with creating flavored juices, and surveying some students in the school to see what they like by looking at the colors of juices.
Math: greater than, less than as well as more math games
Language Arts; prefixes and writing more descriptive sentences.
Students are learning how they are the same and different in Open Circle.
As the weather changes, please make sure that your child has layers for school! Sometimes our classroom is warm and sometimes it is chilly. We also go outdoors every day and the students should have appropriate clothing for that.
We had a chance to learn many things in Judaic Studies class this week.
On the 11th of Cheshvan, we learned about Rachel Imenu and her beautiful personality.
We continued to practice sofiyot-suffixes in second grade. The third graders continued in chapter 18 and are making great progress.
We started preparing for Mesibat Hachumash! Please help your child in memorizing their part for this milestone event on December 17.
We are excited to be hosting our students for this coming Shabbat. The main idea about the parsha as we learned it today is Hachnasat Orchim-welcoming the guests.
We would like to host the students and to talk about this important value.
This week in Ivrit we continued with “Seder H’yom Shel Shachar”- we used verbs from the book and practiced writing sentences correctly in different variations. We also practiced reading fluently and enjoyed a writing activity where the children had to insert the vowels missing in the text.
We went on reading about Tamar's birthday party. Tamar's mother played songs and the children ate and drank. Following the text, we practiced which nouns are matched with the verb for eating and drinking.
We would like to remind you that the Hebrew homework is given on Monday. Please remind your child to do their homework and help them to make sure that they put their homework into their backpack. The children should use their homework folder so that the page or book is kept clean and neat.
October 27, 2017
Can you believe it is the last full week in October? The students have been enjoying looking at our gems/minerals and rocks this week. Many of the students have even brought in pieces from their own collections. It has been very exciting to see the collections and naturally it has brought up many conversations about the similarities and differences in the rocks. We also have “on loan” a rock polisher. The students are very excited to get that up and running!
This week we were very lucky to have Mindy Levine come to class to show us static electricity explore what is in a diaper (polyacrylate absorbents) and make SLIME with the students!! Oh, ask your child what Mindy put in her mouth (hint: there was fire!).
The students are learning prefixes and suffixes in Hebrew and English. They were so excited to see them in both languages.
Reading group cafe was busy this week as each group got to have their hot chocolate and read and discuss their book.
Math continues to be numeration, and place value. These concepts will continue through the year. The students are progressing nicely through iReady and are also enjoying the games that are part of our Envision curriculum.
This was a very busy and intensive week in Judaic Studies. We accomplished a tremendous amount of learning!
Our main focus is on the Chumash but we learned some other topics, as well.
2nd grade-We mainly concentrated on Sofiyot- pronoun suffixes. We studied 10 new suffixes in different ways. Whole group review. flash cards and....a new song which helps the students to memorize the different sofiyot!
3rd grade- we continued this week in chapter 18 pasuk 5. We learned the different skills in the Chumash and also the Jewish values in these pesukim.
In addition to our Chumash work, we learned about 7th of Cheshvan. We learned about arvut hadadit - caring for every Jew in the world.
Parshat Hashavoua- this week’s parasha is Lech Lecha. We will b”h send a detailed parsha sheet with the students.
This week in Ivrit we started reading and understanding a new reading book about Shachar. Yes, the same Shachar from first grade! The book talks about what Shachar’s day is like. The students identified Hebrew verbs from the first pages and changed them from zachar and nekeva to rabim and rabot. They were so happy to say that in their Chumash studies and in general studies they are learning the same subject!
This week we focused also on building sentences correctly and how we can enrich them. The children enjoyed building sentences with pictures on the smartboard and made sure that in each sentence they answered the questions: who(name), what he is doing, where, when, and which is the verb. We continued to practice reading fluently and continued to practice writing correctly.
We want to remind all of you that next Shabbat, Parashat Vayeira, everyone in the class is invited to Shabbat dinner at the home of the Moyals. Moreh Itzik will meet the children immediately after T’filah in the shul, and will walk together to the house. Parents should plan to pick their children up at 7:30. Please let me know if your child is not able to join us.
Shabbat shalom and have a great weekend!
October 11, 2017
Although we have had the excitement of the holidays and some beautiful weather, the students have still been learning quite a lot in the last two weeks.
We have continued our work with nouns and are working carefully on creating full, complete sentences. The students are continuing their work on numeration in math and are really enjoying the math games that we play.
Our trip to Borderland on Monday was a huge success (despite the muddy ground). Here are a few highlights/ observations that the students made:
Fished up a penny
Saw a freaky bug
The mansion was 105 years old.
Saw a snake
Big piano in mansion
Girls and boys had rooms on different floor in mansion
The library was 2 floors
Secret button on floor in dining room to call the butler
Liked seeing how people lived
Big bell outside
Big dragon and swords in library
Ghostbusters filmed there
Oaks and his diary
Although a short one, this was a great week in Judaic Studies!
We learned a lot about Sukkot and continued our Chumash learning as well.
The 2nd graders this week learned about the YONAH letters - hidden letters which sometimes are hidden in the root of the word. On our trip to Borderland State Park and we crossed over many tree roots, the students asked, “Where are the techiliyot and sofiyot?” It was wonderful to see them thinking about the different skills and concepts even outside of class!
The 3rd graders continued in chapter 18 and this week we learned and practiced pasuk 4.
This week we also had a great Sukkah Hop at The Cheses Family. The students learned about the sukkah, played Sukkot Bingo, and also heard a story about the holiday.
Thank you so much to the Cheses Family for their warm hachnasat orchim and welcoming us into their Sukkah for snack this week.
In Ivrit this week we read the story “Baruch haba Yehuda” again. This time, we focused on finding the characters in the story and the time and place where the story happens. In addition to that, we read texts from Chaverim Bivrit. We practiced by matching games, and by writing sentences for the new vocabulary. We also focused on repeating and practicing the names of the parts of the body. In another activity, we practiced using the words “Ze” for male and ”Zot” female.
We have 2 volunteers to come with us to the field trip next Wednesday. We are still looking for more! Please email us as soon as possible if you can help us so that we can go!
September 29, 2017
We have had a great week of learning: both grades have been working very hard at identifying nouns in our language arts work, both grades are also working each day on producing complete sentences with appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation. We will be spending time each week practicing proper letter formation. We are working on our math skills by using worksheets and games. The students are already becoming stars at flashcards! Our math program is also reinforced by the computer program iready. The students are really enjoying watching their progress as they advance in iready.
Please ask your child what s/he is reading for DEAR time! They love the time to read each day in a quiet space in the classroom. We also just finished reading aloud Gooney Bird Greene . The students loved it. Please ask your child about the story!
We had a great week in Judaic Studies. 2nd and 3rd graders accomplished a lot during this very intensive week.
We learned about Yom Kippur about the fast and all mitzvot related to the holy day.
The students heard a personal story from me about my own personal experience when I was a bit older than they are now, and “my Yom Kippur War”. Ask your children more about this story. The students learned about the war and also identified gematria about places during the war.
In Lehavin Ulehaskil we made also a great progress.
2nd grade- this week we learned the next skills about singular/plural nouns and verbs in the chumash and how words are built. We identified prefixes, roots and a suffixes for multiple words. Our main concentration was on the prefixes.
3rd grade- this week we continued perek 18 pesukim 1-3. We also learned about the mitzvah of welcoming the guests.
Parsha- in lieu of our usual focus on Parshat Hashavua, we learned about Yom Kippur this week.
In Ivrit this week, we read texts from Chaverim B’Ivrit. We met Tamar who told us about herself, her birthday, and her family. We read the books “Baruch H’bah Yehuda” and “Brucha H’baha Nurit”. Students learned to use the strategy of marking words they did not understand. While reading it for the first time, they tried to understand the words from familiar words, for example, yeruka from yarok.
The students practiced “getting to know you” sentences as well, such as yesh li, yesh lecha, and ein li.
While organizing stories according to the order, the students practiced writing in script. We emphasized the importance of writing in the correct direction for Hebrew and we also made sure to put spaces between the words.
“I AM HUNGRY’! We hear that sentence every day! Please make sure your child has 2 snacks (morning and afternoon), and a full lunch. It would be helpful if you and your child could decide what s/he will have for snack so that s/he knows what to save for later in the day. Your children are growing at a fast pace and they need to keep up their strength for that! Thank you for your help with this.
We are looking for volunteer drivers to help us go to Slater Mill in Pawtucket on October 18th. We will leave at 9 and be back at school for lunch. Please email Mrs. Klayman (email@example.com) if you can drive.
Shana Tova and Gmar Chatima Tova!
September 15, 2017
We had a wonderful week learning Judaic studies!
We learned during the week a combination of Lehavin Ulehaskil and about the upcoming chagim.
2nd grade- This week we learned in the Hachanah Lechumash the following topics: How to identify if a word is a masculine/feminine and plural/singular. We also learned new words which will help us understand the Chumash.
3rd grade- This week we learned roots of words and also started to learn in the Chumash. We learned in chapter 18.
We also learned about Rosh Hashanah. We sang songs which will help us remember the months in the Hebrew Calendar.
This week’s parsha is Parshat Nitzavim-Vayelech. We will send with the students a detailed sheet about the parsha.
In Ivrit, we start each lesson with the activity "We speak Hebrew". This week we practiced the sentence I have--yesh li, he has--yesh lo, and she has--yesh la.
We practiced our reading fluency by reading the books Baruch Haba Yehuda and Brucha Hbaha Nurit.
We reviewed the Hebrew script rules, and practiced with various activities, using whiteboards and worksheets.
We worked on our reading comprehension with the story “In the school”.
And there’s always time for games like memory and Mishmash!
In general studies, the students come to school ready to learn and are excited about each day. They were all so excited for you to see their classroom, thank you for coming to our Back To School night.
One of the things that we will be working on this semester is handwriting. The students will have many opportunities to work slowly and carefully so that their letter formation is correct. They have started writing in their journals and are enjoying having a “conversation” with me as they answer my questions. It has been great getting to know the students as they share their thoughts.
The students also spent time on both math and language arts assessments (iReady and Lexia). They will be able to work on both computer programs each week.
We also started our Envisions math program and it was fun to watch the students learn and play new math games.
The students love our DEAR time, ask you child what s/he is reading! Please also check with your child to make sure s/he has plenty of food for the day. They have 2 snacks per day and are always hungry!
September 8, 2017
Wow, we are off to a great start in 2-3!!
The students are learning the new systems and protocols in our classroom as well as getting to know their new teachers.
We have started some assessments in both language arts and math. The second graders are excited to learn our “iready” math program on the netbooks.
It has been a lot of fun seeing what everyone brought in for their brown-bag and making a guessing game from it!
Your child is welcome to bring in a water bottle to the classroom to have during the day. The students also have both a morning and afternoon snack time so make sure they have plenty of food to eat. They get very hungry during the school day.
Even though started on Tuesday, this week was very busy, interesting, and filled with learning!
We were so happy to greet the students and begin many new procedures.
We started a longer Shacharit and also a longer Birkat Hamazon.
The 2nd graders learned many new topics during this week. We started the Hachanah Lechumash and we made lot of progress. The 3rd graders also learned many new things. We began Chumash Beresheet.
Together we studied the Jewish calendar. We discussed in class the difference between the beginning of the year according to the Torah and according to our time. We also learned the song “Bashanah Habah“.
We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday evening for our Back to School night.
Mrs. Klayman and Moreh Itzik