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Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Markowitz

From the Desk of Mrs. Markowitz

3rd Grade General Studies 

 Shipley Nature Center

The 3rd graders went on an exciting field trip last Monday to the Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach. They had the opportunity to take part in the hands-on presentation which allowed them to "travel" back in time to learn more about the Native Americans of California. 

The students learned a wealth of information, including: natural remedies to ail sicknesses, musical instruments used during ceremonies, hunting techniques, their monetary system, and how to create string for a variety of different tools. 

The children had a wonderful time with this engaging, outdoor program!


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Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Jenna Sagan

From the Desk of Mrs. Sagan

2nd Grade General Studies

Integrating our General and Judaic Studies for Purim!

In second grade, we have been engaged in a month-long integrated studies unit centered on the holiday of Purim. Morah Ronya Fajnland and I collaborated on a series of fun, hands-on activities designed to get our students excited about the holiday, while integrating both Judaic and General Studies concepts.

In Judaic Studies, students learned the events and characters in the Purim story. To do this, students used comprehensive study guides, as well as art-based projects such as masks and homemade groggers.

In general studies, we learned about adjectives, and connected this to a study of Purim story character traits. We learned th… Read More »

Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Lauren Wolder

 From the Desk of Mrs. Wolder

1st Grade General Studies

Anyone who had visited our school during the first month of the year and who now returned to our first grade classes, would be completely overwhelmed by the maturity and all round growth of our students.

On entering our class, all visitors are met with an enthusiastic smile and a respectful greeting.

Our children's academic skills are steadily progressing and sometimes even surpassing the standards for the next grade. I listen to our daily reading, enjoy our daily writing and math, and am constantly in awe of how far these children have come in the last few months.

Not only am I amazed at the academic progress that I see, but also, the social maturity that is s… Read More »

Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Jennifer Bentley

From the Desk of Mrs. Bentley

Kindergarten General Studies

In Kindergarten, we are celebrating National Read Across America Month in honor of Dr. Seuss and his birthday, which took place on March 2nd. Since Dr. Seuss has a plethora of rhyming words throughout his books, I have taken this opportunity to create a variety of Language Arts lessons that will help the students develop their phonological awareness. The students were asked to identify the rhyming words throughout these books. We then made a chart to graph all of the word families that we found in the books and then added our own words to the appropriate word families. Some of the books we used for this lesson were The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, G… Read More »

Elementary Experiences - Mrs. Susan Choi

From the Desk of Mrs. Choi

5th Grade General Studies

History Comes Alive!

The American Revolution plays a central role in the 5th grade social studies curriculum. For the past few months, students have been learning the causes of the revolution, looking at the events and individuals involved, and researching revolutionary leaders. They also learned how the revolution was fought and won by studying its most important battles (Battle of Yorktown, Battle of Trenton, Battle of Lexington, just to name a few).

This week, the 5th grade class participated in, “Walk Through the American Revolution.” This program was an interactive program where students actively participated in an exciting retelling of our nation’s beginn… Read More »

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