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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.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:54:00 PM
Third graders learned about Rashis' life, his contribution to the Torah, and even how to read his commentaries. Last Thursday, "Rashi" came to visit the 3rd graders and tell them all about his life and answer their questions. The kids truly enjoyed "meeting with him" and were curious to learn more details about him. Examples of questions asked by students include: what were the names of his daughters? How did he have all the answers?
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:53:00 PM
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math came alive this past week, as the entire LS took part in a wonderful collaboration of specialties in our Chanukah STEAM program. Each student had the opportunity to design his or her own wooden dreidels with unique markers and stickers. The students gathered in groups to enter the "Spin Zone" where they had the chance to test their dreidels on three different spinning surfaces. Afterward, they entered the "Black Light Spin Zone," where their dreidels came to life - shining in a variety of ways that could not be seen in regular light. Students had a chance to redesign their dreidels, based on what they observed in the Black Light Spin Zone and then come back to see them react again to the new environment.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:50:00 PM
Chanukah is a holiday that celebrates our dedication to our mesorah, our legacy and traditions, throughout the ages. The lights of the Chanukiyah remind us of the steadfast approach to Torah and mitzvot represented by the Maccabees which still rings true today. On Monday, we had the opportunity to embody that mesorah as the MS students, together with Ms. Sandy Dweck, built a Chanukah Carnival for the Lower School's first and second grade students. The MS students ran each station with joy and enthusiasm as they created a welcoming and warm environment for the LS children to have fun, explore, and enjoy the final day of Chanukah. It was a wonderful sight to see the two schools join together to celebrate the holiday and show their menschlichkeit towards each other.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 2:23:00 PM
Chanukah in the LS is in full swing. Daily we have been gathering for our legendary rendition of Hallel; the entire school gathers together to express gratitude and appreciation for the miracle of Chanukah through a musical experience led by our wonderful music teacher Moreh Edan....
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 12:24:00 PM
Thanksgiving is a holiday when we try to come together and spend time with those who matter most to us – our families. Whether you weathered the frigid temperatures during the parade or you were part of a large meal, you will most remember those with whom you shared those experiences. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, the Lower School also gathered as a family and expressed how appreciative we are for the all that Hashem has bestowed upon us....
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 11:57:00 AM
First Graders made slime in Science class to celebrate the culmination of our Matter: Solid, Liquid and Gas unit. This anticipated day came together as the students discovered, through observations and conversations during Science class, that often matter can present itself as a mixture of different states and substances. In this case, slime is a mixture of glue, baking soda, contact lenses solution (activator) and of course very festive and colorful glitter...
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 11:37:00 AM
The first graders have been very busy these past few weeks in the Lower School Art Studio. After learning about and viewing the work of artist Wassily Kandinsky, the students were inspired to create their own masterpieces. Working on round circles, students used their knowledge of line and shape and created a composition that filled their space. Following this step, they were then guided to fill in the rest of their work with a variety of color. Jazz music was played throughout this process to motivate the artists!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 1:36:00 PM
In the Library, fourth graders are preparing for their upcoming research about the Native Americans of New York State. Students started by reviewing how to access and locate books in the library. They then learned how to access vetted subscription databases, with a number of sessions devoted to practice using them. We are now focusing on skills and strategies to increase the accuracy of students' keyword searches. Students work independently on their iPads as they will when they begin their individual projects. The importance of citing sources and practice doing so, has been incorporated into these lessons as well.
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