Our second to fifth grades filled the school bus, on November 17th, with joyful spirits. They were enthusiastically anticipating the melodic sounds that they would hear on their experiential learning trip to the New Jersey Symphony's performance at the NJPAC! The students thoroughly enjoyed the music, encapsulating the emotions and activities of the four seasons. They were exposed to classical favorites from Gershwin, Beethoven, Copland and more "for a thunderously good time!"

Third Grade is all about weather. The students are learning about the field of meteorology, different types of weather, atmospheric conditions, and how to measure those conditions using weather instruments. Andy Anderson, an environmental engineer, greatly enhanced the students learning through his presentation on wind vanes. Mr. Anderson spoke about the history of weather vanes and their importance in agriculture and sailing. He brought a small sample of his collection of hand-made wind vanes. Mrs. Greenwald challenged the students to take pictures of wind vanes in their neighborhood to display in the classroom as well as complete a homework activity related to Mr. Anderson’s lesson. Soon, students will build their own wind vanes, and will measure weather conditions including wind direction, wind speed, precipitation, and air pressure.

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By Sheila Barbach and Rachel Greenwald

Students in Ms. Merker's second grade class were ecstatic to have their first science lab with the help and expertise of Mrs. Barbach! In conjucntion with their first unit of study, The Scientific Method, the second graders practiced what they learned in class about the Scientific Method via an experiment. Here is what they did! You can share the excitement and try it at home with household ingredients!

Baking Soda and Vinegar Balloon Experiment

Materials:

Balloon

A soda bottle with a small opening such as a water bottle

Funnel

Spoon

Chemicals:

Baking soda

Vinegar

Directions:

Step 1: Gather materials

Step 2: Use a funnel to pour vinegar into the container. Since the size of the bottles used varies, fill container 1/4 of the way with vinegar

Step 3: Attach the funnel to the opening of your balloon and pour the baking soda into the balloon filling it up half way.

Step 4: Detach balloon from funnel and place opening of balloon onto the container opening, making sure you do not spill the baking soda into the container.

Step 5: Lift the balloon and allow for the baking soda to enter the container.

Step 6: Watch what happens next!

Ask yourself...

What did you observe? Why do you think this happened?

 

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Hebrew learning and the fall season were "FALL-lessly" combined in first grade creating a dynamic and interactive learning activity. Students were introduced to weather, seasonal, and nature words, while incorporating previously learned vocabulary into the lesson. The first graders drew themselves engaging in fall activities such as raking and jumping in piles of leaves and then worked diligently to write a sentence in Hebrew describing their drawing. The class made their way outside to collect leaves and put their vocabulary skills to work! When they returned to their classroom they added the leaves to their artistic creations. To wrap-up the "Fall-tastic" activity, students celebrated in song and dance to fall themed music!

Morah Hana
K/1 Judaic Studies Teacher

Students in second grade learned all about Christopher Columbus on Monday as part of their holiday curriculum! The second graders learned about the notable explorer and presented a poem about the event to the entire elementary school. They highlighted the historical voyage undertaken by Columbus and his crew. The students also displayed their own class-made acrostic poem and used various props to describe the journey from long ago.

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By: Ms. Marissa Merker
Second Grade Teacher

 

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