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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.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:32:00 PM
In science, second graders have been working diligently on building model race cars in order to experience Newton's Laws of Motion. During the process, the students surpassed several design challenges. They had to keep the wheels (recycled bottle caps) on the cars, using clay and wooden sticks. This proved to be the source of many revisions and test trials as the children worked in teams. A balloon would propel the cars forward. Working together to attach the balloon with straws, as well as to agree on the best angle of the straws to propel the car forward, proved to be more challenging than the children had originally predicted. For this activity, the students succeeded at designing, creating, and revising- all parts of the design process - their race car prototypes.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 11:52:00 PM
While it has only been a week since students have returned from break, they are back in full swing! The first few days back were like the first days of summer, where students spent time reconnecting with their friends and teachers. As Mr. Silvestri opened his email, he was so happy to receive many emails of #MenschMoments that took place over break! Seeing the stories that parents shared of their children exemplifying the warmth and mission of Menschlichkeit while on break was truly heart-warming! Lower School students are making a difference and positive impact - proof that the Mensch Madness is here to stay! The second half of the year is is about to start and LS students have more menschly work to do!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 10:55:00 AM
Fourth-grade students are focusing on singing American folk songs which incorporate grade-level rhythmic patterns. Students are formally identifying the patterns that they sang and applying their knowledge through performance on rhythmic sticks and orff instruments. In preparation for the upcoming recorder unit, students learned the Kodaly stick notation system that isolates rhythm from pitch. Fourth Graders also had fun playing "Teacher Mistake" which reinforced their audiation skills!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 11:50:00 AM
Just before winter break, Lower School students participated in the Cooperative Games Unit. They played a variety of games that required good teamwork, sportsmanship, communication, and menschlichkeit! One game, called "Island Hop," was a favorite among all classes! The students had to travel from their home island to a new island on the other side of the gym, using only a few pieces of equipment. They were given a noodle, a poly-spot, and a "magic carpet" and had to work as a team to move forward without touching the floor. It was great to see the students work so well together to reach their goal.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 2:07:00 PM
With Winter Break just days away, everyone is eagerly awaiting the upcoming time off. Last week, as part of our end-of-semester wrap up, each of our students received awesome "Mensch Madness" swag to enjoy and keep them warm through the next few winter months. It was a nice surprise for our students - and also a chance for them to proudly display our Mission of Menschlichkeit wherever they go...
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 1:58:00 PM
Students in the 3rd grade used color tiles and worked in partnerships to explore equal groups. They recorded findings by drawing models and writing number sentences. Later, students shared various ways in which 36 "crackers" could be shared in equal groups. Through this activity, they were able to make connections to addition and subtraction, and uncover big ideas and relationships at the foundation of multiplication and division.
Posted Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 11:12:00 AM
The students in first grade had so much fun playing the game "Cross Out the Sums." After rolling two dice, they crossed out either the sum of the two numbers rolled or any other two numbers that make that total. This game is a great way to practice the addition strategies the children have learned and to develop their fluency with basic addition facts.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:56:00 PM
The coding universe was once again taken by storm by the Hour of Code, a worldwide event where hundreds of millions of students around the world, dedicated themselves to trying new activities in Computer Science. As in years past, the Lower School participated in code.org's Computer Science Education Week. Students in grades 2-4, tried new coding games and puzzles designed by the biggest names in computer science education. Minecraft, Illumination, and Scratch, were some of the companies that designed new coding opportunities that are challenging and fun for our tech-savvy students. They each received a certificate, which marks their accomplishments. The portal is free and open to all. Parents looking for positive screen time activities can send their children of all ages to https://code.org/learn There are activities for all levels, from block coding, to learning Python, JavaScript, and more.
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