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Happy Almost Sukkot

Reading This week, the students are practicing writing summaries about stories they have read. The students learned that a summary should contain the most important information from the story. In second grade, the students focus on the characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution. As the students finish writing their summaries, they are recording themselves giving book reviews that include the most important parts along with their opinions and other interesting details. Once all the students have recorded their book reviews in their digital portfolios on an app called Seasaw, I will send you a link so you can see their...

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Wow! I can’t believe it’s 5780 already! 🙂 Reading The students are practicing three reading strategies we have learned about so far this year: visualizing what they read, asking questions as they read, and comparing and contrasting characters. Each day, we practice these skills as a class with our read-aloud chapter book. Then, the students have a chance to practice the skills while they read books on their reading level. These are skills that the students can practice while they are reading at home. To check their thinking, you can ask them questions like- What part of the story really...

Happy September!

Reading The students have begun their literacy centers! During this independent work time, the students rotate through activities that review previously taught concepts and have a chance to apply new strategies and skills. Reading centers will focus on phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and there’s even some time to practice spelling words! This week, during centers, the students created goals for the year. Their goals will be on display at Curriculum Night (this Tuesday, September 17th, from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.) After listening to many picture books, we began our first read aloud chapter book this week. Our first book,...

Welcome to Second Grade!

Welcome to the Second Grade! We are off to a fantastic start to second grade! Thank you so much for getting the students here on time, making sure they have everything they need and filling me in on the little things that make your child special. We greatly appreciate your support!  What’s Going on in Second Grade? The students are learning the rituals and routines of their different classrooms. For example: What should the classroom look and sound like during literacy centers? Where can the students sit? How do they get help? Etc. The students are doing an excellent job...

Reidsville Overnight Trip

We had an amazing trip to the Besty-Jeff Penn 4h Center! The students learned about predators and prey, hiked around the beaver pond, played team building games, watched the camp guides perform in a campfire show, roasted marshmallows, studied bugs and insects in a creek, observed artifacts from the Suara Native Americans who once lived in the area, and slept in cabins ! I was very proud of the students for taking risks and trying new things on our trip! Reading Next week, the students will focus on making inferences based on clues the author provides in the text. For example,...

Another awesome week!

I was so proud of the students’ hard work on the CTP5 test this week! The following are some of the skills they will learn during these final seven weeks of school. 🙂 Reading During the next weeks of school, the students will practice writing reading responses about the fiction and nonfiction they read. A fiction response will discuss what is happening to the characters in that chapter, what predictions the students have for the characters, and any questions they have about the plot. A nonfiction response will summarize what the students have learned and share important facts and vocabulary...

Spring is Here!

Reading The students read folktales, recipes, and poems this week. They worked on reading each genre closely, so that they could answer comprehension questions about the texts. Some of the questions were very tricky and required the students to look back into the text AND do some thinking as well! We will continue to work on these skills next week. This week, the students learned about prefixes and suffixes. They went on a “prefix hunt” around the room to look for words containing the prefixes “un” and “re.” They’ve learned that prefixes and suffixes change the meaning of a root...

Almost time for Purim!

Reading The students worked on summarizing fiction and nonfiction stories. They are trying to focus on the most important details in their stories and include only the main ideas. This week the students also learned how to identify idioms and explain what they really mean using clues in the story. Some of the idioms they learned are piece of cake, zip your mouth, keeping my eye on you, and hang on. We finished another chapter book read aloud and the students got to choose to write a book review or another chapter of the book. I was impressed with their...

Another Awesome Week!

Reading The students continued to work on using context clues in a sentence to figure out difficult words. They figured out the following words while reading: anticipation, revolution, hatching, furious, aroma, sudden, roam, and moaned! Using context clues is a great way to learn a lot of new words and it is an easy skill to practice while reading at home. Vocabulary The students are still working on the following words: alarm, collect, damp, insect, plant, safe, scatter, soil, team, and tool. Their next set of words will be dive, enemy, frighten, herd, pack, prove, seal, smooth, soar, and steady....

100 Days of School in the Bank!

Reading In reading, the students are practicing using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. For example, in our read aloud book today, the students heard the word fatigue. The author gave them a lot of clues about this word, like the character wanted to take a nap and he went into his “sleeping chamber.” Using these clues, the students were able to determine that fatigue meant tired or sleepy. They will have chances to practice this skill in their own books next week! Spelling For several weeks, the students have been studying how to make words plural....

Happy February! (Hurry Up Spring!)

Reading and Vocabulary Wow! The class has really grown as readers! I have completed another round of reading assessments that require each student to read to me one-on-one. I am excited to say that the students have shown improvement in their phonics and fluency skills, mastery of sight words, and overall comprehension of text. In order to be ready for third grade, the students should continue reading at home each day. Some great questions to ask your child are: What is the main character trying to do? Or What is the main topic of your book? What do you predict...

Kleenex and Clorox and Lysol oh my!

We are disinfecting everything and telling those germs to hit the road! I missed everyone who wasn’t feeling well this week and hope you are able to rest up this weekend. Reading The students are working on reading fluently and with expression. Some of the tricks they are learning to help them are: 1. Reading forward- if there is one tricky word, do your best to sound it out and keep going. 2. Speak like the character- should you sound scared? Excited? Tired? 3. Ask yourself, “What makes sense?” Use the context clues in the sentence to figure out a...

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OASIS Sukkot visit

Yesterday Kitah Bet got to visit with the seniors at OASIS. Everyone partnered up with one or two senior buddies and made a beautiful booklet about Sukkot and Simchat Torah. They each got to say the bracha on the Lulav and shake it. Then we went to the Sukkah and had a treat. Everyone really enjoyed the visit. The seniors had made little corn ears out of beads to give to the children as a decoration for their sukkah at home and as a memento of our visit.  As one of the students said: “Thank you for taking us to visit...

Chag Sameach!

Sukkot is just around the corner! In class we learned different rules about the sukkah. The children all knew about the walls and the schach that covers the sukkah. The sukkah is a special place, a mitzvah place and we treat it with respect. We say a special blessing when eating in the sukkah. Ask your child why we  have the mitzvah of sukkah. The other mitzvah of Sukkot is the shaking of the lulav. We say a special blessing for that as well.  Did you know it is a mitzvah on Sukkot to be happy? Next week Wednesday our...

Kitah Bet Update

What a great first week we’ve had! The children are already getting used to our routines and they are ready to learn! We have learned how to welcome people to our class in Hebrew, and discovered that even our virtual sister-class has new students this year! Everyone is happy that we started reviewing and learning the Hebrew script letters and they just can’t wait to add new parts to Tefillah. Mrs. Gamlin came in to show us how to use the Chromebooks to play (really work – Shhh) iTalAm so we are looking forward to starting that as well. Make...


Sukkot: There are three mitzvot on Sukkot: To sit in the sukkah. We say a bracha. To shake the Arba’a Minim (Lulav, Etrog, Hadasim and Aravot). We say a bracha. To be happy! A special project is coming home today, please check your child’s backpack! Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

Yom Kippur

In Kitah Bet we have learned all about Yom Kippur and the preparations for this holiest day of the year. We focused on the following concepts:   Aseret Yemei Teshuva: There are 10 days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur. During these days we concentrate on Teshuva, Tefilla and Tzedaka.   Teshuva: we ask forgiveness from family and friends. Keyword: Slicha. Tefilla: We ask for a good year for everyone. In class we also sang Avinu Malkeinu during these special days. Tzedaka is more than putting money in the tzedaka box.  We do good deeds everywhere.   Yom Kippur: The...

Shana Tova

In class we have been getting ready for Rosh Hashanah. We focused on the following:   Getting ready for Rosh Hashanah: What do we prepare to get ready for Rosh Hashana and why? Apples in honey – for a year sweet as honey Shana Tova cards – we wish friends and family a good year Round Challot – for a good year all year long Machzor – because it has all the prayers for Rosh Hashana Pomegranate – the many seeds remind us of a year of many good deeds   All these things are important but most important is to...

Chagigat Siyum

Thank you all for coming to celebrate with us!                              

Eretz Yisrael

Have you ever heard a land tell its own history? Kitah Bet is! We are learning all about the history of Eretz Yisrael, from the beginning of time until now. The children will have a memento of what they learn in the timeline that they will create. Our centers in the classroom also revolved around Eretz Yisrael this week: the children wrote places on the map, did a difficult map puzzle, played Hebrew grammar games on the computer (shh, they think they are just earning points in a fun game!) and read a song about what it would be like...

Chag Pesach Kasher veSameach

We have been very busy preparing for Pesach. This week the children were very busy creating a mini book about getting rid of chametz. They took a lot of pride in this book and were really excited to bring it home.     We played a chametz / lo chametz game in class, it was very easy for Kitah Bet to know which foods are chametz and which ones we can eat on Pesach:   Did you know that Kitah Bet students make excellent cleaning helpers? They each cleaned their cubby, desk and chair till they were sparkling! And they...

Oasis game day

Today Kitah Bet had the honor of visiting Oasis! We sang Tu Bishvat songs and palyed lots of fun games. Enjoy the pictures!

Tu Bishvat

Today it is Tu Bishvat, the Rosh Hashana for trees. In Kitah Bet the students made flowers out of fruit roll ups!

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Second Grade Students

Abby Foster

Levi Garrison

Sofia Garrison

Yitzchok Gordon

Ryan Maltz

Ethan Miller

Maayan Lissek Nerenberg

Meleah Grace Pollard

Adley Rasowsky

Elaiy Rotchild

Adam Serbin

Maria Shirman

Leah Winther

Joshua Wisotsky




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