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Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:44:00 PM
Third and fourth graders in Gush, Golan, Dimona and Degania participated in a very special rooftop Ramaz B'Omer "field day," which involved such games and activities as Spike ball, Cornhole, Scooper Knockout, and Basketball as well as other physical challenges. Each cohort participated in a cohort versus cohort challenge, choosing a representative to compete in push-ups, wall sits, balancing and races. The level of excitement was off the charts as students clapped and cheered for their classmates. The day concluded with lunchtime relaxation and a sweet treat for all. View a short video...
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:45:00 PM
In third grade, students are preparing for their poetry celebration, which will be held virtually at the end of the month. They are practicing presentation skills, including, how to read slowly and clearly and with expression to engage the audience. Students have been practicing reciting their poems out loud in partnerships and small groups.
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:42:00 PM
Second graders have been busy building their Middot Marks, acting as architects to build their landmark and make sure the different parts of their building represent their chosen value. Students are building their prototypes from various recycled materials they brought in from home.
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:41:00 PM
Learning to tell time on analog clocks and recording in a digital format seems to strike a perfect balance between traditional skills and the digital world. Our first graders can be seen doing just that in the photo above. This helps them understand the passage of time, and figure out time in various multiples of 5,10, 15 and so on. According to a recent article, "The key thing to keep in mind while teaching children about time is that the way they understand it now leads directly into how time rules their lives in the future."
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:33:00 PM
Our first graders began mapping their classrooms as part of a social studies unit on mapping skills and cardinal directions. Learning to read a map is a foundational skill essential for developing a wide range of knowledge and skills, including spatial reasoning, visualization, and most importantly, helping young students figure out their place in an increasingly global society.
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:30:00 PM
Our fourth graders wrote notes and placed them on a virtual Kotel created for Yom Yerushalayim. It was very moving to read their requests for peace and wellness in Jerusalem. As one student in Dimona poignantly wrote: "my blessing for Jerusalem is that there will be no more wars and that everyone would respect Jerusalem."
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:26:00 PM
Students in first grade took on the roles of b'nai Israel as they acted out waiting to receive the Torah at Har Sinai. Acting out a story is especially powerful as it makes learning exciting, bringing emotion to the experience and involving all types of learners in the process.
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:23:00 PM
This week our entire Lower School worked together to create a collaborative virtual Yerushalayim in honor of Yom Yerushalayim. Each cohort learned, explored, and designed a poster of a well-known Jerusalem landmark – nick-named "Jerusalandmarks." Together they transformed the lobby into a Virtual Jerusalem, with each cohort "visiting" Jerusalem and immersing themselves in this exhibition. Both students and teachers enjoyed learning interesting facts about Ir HaKodesh. Using iPads...
Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2021 3:32:00 PM
Second graders are becoming architects! They are working on the blueprints for the prototypes of their MiddotMarks. In groups, they are planning how to create a structure to represent or support a value that is important to them, such as kindness, creativity, or friendship. Students brainstormed together to come up with ideas and even gave constructive feedback and suggestions to each other!
Posted Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021 5:21:00 PM
Our third-grade classes visited Central Park this week for a "Poetry in the Park" inspirational writing day. They are nearing the end of their unit of study on poetry, and beginning next week, will begin preparations for their culminating celebration in May. Poetry offers students a different way of expressing their thoughts, emotions and seeing the world around them.
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