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Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 1:11:00 PM
Second Graders had their Landmarks Celebrations last week! As an interdisciplinary unit, this was a culmination of work they did in reading, writing, art, science, music, and computers! In reading, students researched their landmarks, reading nonfiction texts and taking careful notes to record the information they learned. For details, photos from each class's celebration, and the fun facts videos...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019 12:08:00 PM
Twenty students and teachers were involved in another tremendous mitzvah – they donated their hair for Zichron Menachem to create wigs for children with cancer. HaKarat HaTov to Eli and the team at Eli's Hair Design salon at 243 East 84th Street, NY who donated all their time and services for this mitzvah. For pictures and more...
Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:29:00 PM
Fourth and fifth graders took part in a wonderful program by the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute called Link Up. They joined close to 2,000 other students from around the tri-state area in a highly participatory concert, in which they sang with and enjoyed listening to The Orchestra of St. Lutes with different soloists, in one of the most famous concert halls in the world...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 1:58:00 PM
This year's Friday Oneg has included many unique ways of connecting to each of our students at their own age and developmental level. Our newest addition has provided 4th graders with a chance to bring art, technology, and parasha into the same room. The Oneg team, including our Technology Teacher, Andy Greenspan, and our director extraordinaire, Morah Hadas, are guiding 4th graders in creating weekly Parasha videos, in which they are the stars! Each week, a topic in the parasha is imparted with a modern twist. Students practice their lines, choose their costumes and backgrounds, and then film their movie. This new addition has become a highlight of our Onegs and the audience loves seeing classmates up on the big screen while getting a new perspective on the parasha. For details and a sample video...
Posted Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:42:00 AM
4th grade students visited the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights, which served as George Washington's headquarters during the 1776 Battle of Harlem Heights. They were fascinated to walk on the original floorboards that several of our very first presidents also stepped upon on over 200 years ago, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson...
Posted Monday, May 20, 2019 6:17:00 PM
The third grade classrooms have been transformed into close-knit writing communities where we have immersed ourselves in reading and writing poetry. The students have learned many different poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, repetition, onomatopoeia, and personification. For details and great photos...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:10:00 PM
In the past few weeks, the first graders went on neighborhood walks! The students, accompanied by parents and teachers, walked up and down 85th Street exploring all the different places where people can purchase goods and services. They kept track of their observations using a checklist. The neighborhood walks are part of the students' year-end study of community workers. Students are already hard at work writing their nonfiction community worker magazines, which they will present to their parents in June...
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:51:00 PM
Israel is always in our hearts and our students have been taking the KLEE challenge over the past few weeks. They have made creative and uniquely designed bowls that will be used to help support Israel's economy Buy, Display and Support...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 9:37:00 AM
Even our youngest students were captivated by the amazing performances we had of Tubby the Tuba! The book Tubby the Tuba was written by Paul Tripp in 1954, and we are grateful that his son David Tripp narrated the book for us. If you aren't familiar with this classic story, it is about the adventures of a tuba named Tubby. "All day long Tubby plays oompah, oompah with his orchestra, but what he really wants is to dance with the pretty little tune. Tubby finds inspiration from a frog down by the river. He learns that everyone deserves to play his own melody..." To view the performance...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:54:00 PM
As previously reported in Zmail, The Lower School opened Women's History Month with an assembly for grades 1-4. Following are highlights of activities that have taken place in the classrooms this month.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:50:00 PM
The first graders read a book about Raye Montague, the female engineer who created the first computer-generated rough draft of a naval ship, and participated in an activity where they were able to design and build their own structures. After discussing the attributes of some flat (2D) and solid (3D) shapes, the students put their building skills to work as they designed and built their own 2D and 3D structures using chickpeas and toothpicks. It was amazing to see how well they worked together and how proud they were of their creations.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 11:43:00 AM
As part of their study of the city of New York and Women's History Month, the students in second grade learned about Emily Warren Roebling and the significant contributions she made to the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Connecting to their knowledge about the different types of bridges, they learned about a structure called "cantilever," where a beam or a plate extends from and is supported on one side. They saw pictures of cantilever bridges and buildings in New York City and then worked with partners to build their own cantilevers with base ten blocks. The students had so much fun figuring out how to build the longest cantilever- how many blocks to use, where to place them, how much weight was needed to support the extending side and whether to extend far out or a little at a time. It was wonderful to see our budding planners and engineers at work.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 11:37:00 AM
All year, students in the Lower School have been learning to code and coding principles, which explore skills such as logical thinking, planning, creating, and design. Recently, second graders have been programming Mbots. They were given a few instructions, a challenge, and were then set on the task of completing that challenge. Students transferred the coding skills that they have been learning all year on other platforms in order to drive the robots. Students got to see how their skills and knowledge could be applied to a real-world, concrete problem or challenge. For photos...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 10:35:00 AM
Can you draw a stick figure? Can you tell a story about what you did when you woke up? Are you Jewish? Well, then, according to Gorf (as Jordan B. Gorfinkel is known), you, like him, are a Jewish cartoonist! Our 3rd and 4th graders had the opportunity this week to work with author Jordan B. Gorfinkel to create and illustrate their own comic book of Megillat Esther.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 10:22:00 AM
Fourth grade students completed their team-making problem-solving program this week. Over the past few months, they worked together to discover and build the foundations of strong partnerships and teams based on open communication, active- listening skills, and learning from our failures. Students worked together with the staff of Team Makers to tackle unique challenges that required critical out-of-the-box thinking to execute.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019 9:43:00 AM
Lower School students are celebrating Women's History Month and the phenomenal accomplishments of many women. They kicked off March learning about Roboticist, Dr, Ayanna Howard; All Star, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA league MVP, Lisa Leslie; Alice Miller who fought (and won) in Israel's Supreme Court for the right to be a part of the male-only pilot course in in Israel's Air Force; Danica Patrick, professional car racer; Golda Meir, fourth Prime Minister of Israel; Dr. Peggy Whitson, astronaut and commander on the International Space Station...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:19:00 PM
Our third grade mathematicians are hard at work! As they continue to practice their multiplication facts through games, flashcards, and online tools, such as Xtra Math, the students are well-prepared to master division.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 12:58:00 PM
Our 4th Grade Degania students tasted sweet victory as they savored every bite of their special snack treats earned from our Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 MS Basketball game....
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 4:00:00 PM
The first grade theme in the Lower School Art studio this month has been the season of winter. Students learned color theory, watercolor technique and guided drawing to create beautiful penguins! Each and every one had its own unique spin. In second grade, students are currently continuing their unit on New York City...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 3:58:00 PM
Since January, the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots have made 2 appearances in STEAM class. The connection between science and technology continues to develop for our curious 4th graders. As an extension to Sound and Light units, the student-scientists programmed special sensors attached to the robots. Testing the accuracy of the ultrasonic sensor, students programmed the robot to stop at a certain distance...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:29:00 PM
Adar is coming - we're so happy! Well, at least that is the song that plays in our heads every time that Rosh Chodesh Adar arrives. The excitement around Purim, the Megillah, costumes, Mishloach Manot and Matanot L'evyonim, sweeps students up the first time they hear a song with Adar in it. This year, double dipping is allowed! Students get to enjoy two months of Adar...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:23:00 PM
First graders love to play games! This week in math the students had so much fun playing different math games to practice addition and subtraction facts as well as their logical thinking. Whether playing by themselves or with a partner, math games are a great way to practice the math skills we are learning in school. Ask your children about the math games they enjoy the most!
Posted Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019 3:33:00 PM
To complete their study of urban planning, second graders had a visit from their classmate's father, Mr. Jed Resnick, who works in real estate development. He showed the students graphs that predicted the expected growth of NYC in the next 20 years and charts that taught the students how many buildings in Manhattan are older than their grandparents and how many are younger than the students themselves...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 10:07:00 PM
Fourth graders have been learning about the first people to live in New York State – the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, and the Algonquin. Students engaged in the research process both in class and during Library/Technology. They researched and wrote about various topics including Native American homes, food, clothing, school, jobs, sports, and government. Students presented their findings to parents during a special performance....
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 9:40:00 PM
Fourth graders took part in an interactive workshop entitled "Mommy - What's Wrong With That Lady?" Presented by Mrs. Chava Willig Levy, the children had an opportunity to learn firsthand about the life of an accomplished person in a wheelchair. Mrs. Levy explained that she contracted polio at a young age, and how that has changed her life. She demonstrated how she can tackle many "daily activities" - some independently and many with assistance, and taught the children about independent dependence...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 9:31:00 PM
Second grade classes participated in an interactive and engaging Tu B'Shevat carnival led by the Judaic Studies teachers. Divided into groups according to the "shivat haminim,"(seven species) the students rotated from one station to the next, learning about the various aspects of the "festival of trees"...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 3:06:00 PM
Second graders have recently become urban planners! Students learned that urban planners decide what types of buildings and spaces are needed in a community to make it an enjoyable place to live, work, and play...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 2:41:00 PM
In honor of Tu B'Shevat, LS children worked together to create real-life depictions of characters they invented - using only fruit and vegetables! Students later presented their original stories which featured these characters! They had a great time showing their friends what they made!
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 2:53:00 PM
Tu B'Shevat celebrates the "birthday of the trees" and all of the amazing miracles that take place each day with the thriving agriculture of Medinat Yisrael, the land of Israel. Second and third grade teachers have planned two amazing programs to help students learn the importance of the day and its meaning for the Jewish people...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:33:00 PM
As a culmination to their immigration study, the third grade students visited the Tenement Museum on the Lower East side. The students traveled back in time as they explored tenements from the 1800's and 1900's. They learned about the families that lived there and explored the different living conditions and objects they had in their homes during those times. Students were able to demonstrate their knowledge through their thoughtful questions and responses during the tour. As part of this study, the third graders read historical fiction and non-fiction texts related to immigration and Ellis Island. In addition, each student interviewed someone who immigrated to this country. The third graders wrote 2-paragraph essays about these experiences which are on display on the 8th floor.
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