The third graders were busy learning about Literary Devices, or tools which authors use to make their writing more interesting.  So far, we have learned about idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, and alliterations. Mrs. Greenwald shared a nursery rhyme that she'd learned as a child (which was also written as a song in the movie 'Singing in the Rain').  Can you say this fast?

Moses supposes his toeses are roses
But Moses supposes erroneously
For nobody's toeses are posies of roses 
As Moses supposes his toeses to be!

Of course, we learned what the words 'posies' and 'erroneously' mean.  Do you know what they mean?

By Mrs. Greenwald
Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

The third graders were invited to meet their peers at The New Jersey Japanese School in Oakland, last Tuesday. We were greeted very politely at the door and welcomed by the six students in their third grade class. Our students were taught to say 'My name is ----" in Japanese, and the host students wrote their names for them in Japanese letters. They then played Cat's Cradle, which is called Ayatori in Japanese. The students also taught the GBDS children origami, the art of Japanese paper folding. The teachers and parents were amazed to see and hear the quiet and calm in the room as they worked together. The students also put on a play, called The Missing Rice Ball. Our new friends taught us a game called 'Give Us a Chair' which was a lot of fun! Ask a third grader how to play it!

One thing that we noticed was that the walls are covered in posters and signs in English and Japanese. This must be what it's like when people come to our school and see posters and bulletin boards covered with Hebrew!

Thank you to Rabbi Traiger for organizing the visit. We are excited to host the students at our school next week.

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By Mrs. Greenwald

Third and Fourth Grade Teacher


The Third Grade Parachute Engineering Center was a hive of activity at the Curriculum Fair. The third grade students, experts in the Engineering Design Process, displayed the parachutes they had already made. Using a variety of different materials, we had made and tested nine different prototypes to find the most efficient parachute. We learned about surface area, friction, air resistance, and forces. By only changing one variable each time, we were able to compare all the different parachutes. Ask anyone in third grade for instructions on how to make your own parachute.


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By. Mrs. Greenwald
Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

The fourth grade students have been studying energy and natural resources. This lead to an investigation of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Unfortunately, we are very dependent on fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, and natural gas, all of which are nonrenewable. All of the plastic which we use today is made using oil. We have been discussing ways to avoid using so much plastic. One way is to stop using plastic bags at the supermarket and to bring your own cloth bags instead. The curriculum fair presentation highlighted our reliance on plastic with a quiz game: Wheel of Plastic. Parents answered many questions, written by the students and received a reusable shopping bag as their prize.


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By Mrs. Greenwald
Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

The second graders have been learning about 
how rapid change and slow changeboth affect the Earth.  In social studies they learned about land forms and in science they studied earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. The excitement they expressed while learning about these changes sparked the idea for this be the central theme of this year's Curriculum Fair presentation! The second graders synergized on this enthralling project and had a terrific time interacting with their audience as they demonstrated what they have learned. They displayed the impact of different magnitude earthquakes on homemade shake tables and presented two different types of chemical reactions simulating an erupting volcano. In addition to these outstanding exhibitions, the students read aloud poems they wrote in groups about the types of disasters they had researched, which blew the audience away! Before leaving the classroom the guests had the opportunity to view the students' posters about their studies. The second graders worked incredibly hard to prepare for this much anticipated evening, evidenced by the multitude of information and decorations bedecking the walls and ceilingMs. Merker congratulates her class and is proud of all that they accomplished! 

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By Ms. Merker
Second Grade Teacher

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