On November 17, grades 2-5 enjoyed a performance of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) at the impressive and beautiful NJPAC concert hall. An orchestral version of Summertime, by the composer George Gershwin, introduced the theme of the concert this year: The Seasons. The concert highlighted how different composers have interpreted the seasons through their music. Jeffrey Grogan, the conductor, explained about different dynamics and other elements of music, with the help of host actor Sid Solomon. The students learned the difference between the musical terms, including piano (soft) and forte (loud), and between legato (smooth) and staccato (short notes that are not connected.) Other compositions that were featured in the concert included excerpts from Storm by Rossini, and Beethoven's 6th Symphony. There is no doubt, of course, that the students' two favorite pieces were Arlen's Over the Rainbow and Saint-Saens' Danse Macabre. This fun experience, our annual trip for our 2nd - 5th graders, is an important part of the music curriculum.
Morah Dassi, Music Teacher
Third grade students are learning about the weather and different instruments which are used to measure the weather. Last week, on a particularly cold day, we used thermometers to measure the temperature both inside the school and outside, and the temperatures of cups of iced, warm, and cold water. We took a trip to the nurse's office so we could measure the body temperature of one of the students. Of course, we first learned about the UNITS of measure for temperature - degrees Fahrenheit and degrees Celsius. We compared how people in Israel or Europe describe a warm day to how we, in the US, describe a cold day, by relating the temperature. For example, 25°F is a LOT colder than 25°C! Stay tuned for more weather news from the third grade!
During the past few days, the students in Kitah Hay the students learned the Hebrew names of vegetables and their colors. We discussed where vegetables come from and the blessings used over them. The class practiced writing Hebrew sentences describing all the vegetables and then wrote about their favorite one! We also played matching games to enhance the learning experience. The lesson culminated in making a salat (salad). We chopped, cut, smelled, tasted, and thoroughly enjoyed eating our delicious results!
As part of their study of energy and electricity, the fourth graders have been building electric circuits. They practiced lighting a bulb using wires and batteries, and then explored different materials to see if they were INSULATORS or CONDUCTORS.
Can you solve this conundrum? When testing a pencil to see if it was an INSULATOR or a CONDUCTOR, some groups managed to make the bulb light up, but others didn't. Why?
Bring your answers to fourth grade and receive a sticker for a correct answer. Your answer must be written on a piece of paper, with an explanation.
Third graders are reading The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill. The novel is set in Alaska in the 1940's and tells the story of a teacher from England who instructs the children of the village in a one-room school house. Miss Agnes teaches the students how to make tea, the English way. So, Mrs. Greenwald and the third graders brewed tea using tea leaves and a tea pot.
Here are the third graders enjoying their tea!