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07 Apr

Our week began with another amazing tutoring session with the 5th grade students. In addition to practicing the Seder order, 4 Questions, songs, etc, they played games, and came up with questions to ask at your Seders! Wednesday morning the 8th grade joined these groups and shared their fun way of singing Chad Gad-ya. By the time Peach arrives your children will be the most well informed participants at your Seder!
The week ended with LOTS of fun during the Ezra Academy Exodus Games! All of the Ezra children were divided into 8 teams. The teams rotated around the school for different activities relating to Peach. We had a whole school lunch and whole school recess and ended the morning with a rousing song and banner reveal. It was a wonderful way to end the week and a great way to begin a 
We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Pesach and hopefully a relaxing time with the family. 
Morah Beth and Morah Miriam
Secular Studies:
This week in Science we learned about the moon. After reading books, watching video clips, and gathering information the children created a moon to be hung up with their constellations and galaxies in the hallway. They also worked in teams to come up with fact about the moon that are prominently displayed on our new Solar System bulletin board. 
Ask your children some of these questions.  
Q. How long would it take you to get to the moon?  A. 3 days
Q. The moon circles around the Earth. What is this path called? A. Orbit
Q. Is the moon a planet?  A. No. It is a satellite
Q. How many days does it take for the moon to travel around the Earth?  A. 28 days. 
Q. Who were the first men to walk on the moon?  A. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Q. Why will Neil Armstrong’s footprint be on the moon for more than a million years? A. Because there is no wind to blow it away. 
Q. Why do astronauts need to wear special spacesuits on the moon?  A. because there is no air, and it is very HOT in the sun and COLD in the shade. The suit helps protect them from all of this. 
Q. What does it mean to say the moon has phases?  A. The moon changes every night for for a month. It gets smaller and then starts the cycle over again the next month. 
We encourage the children to observe the moon for a variety of nights and document it’s change throughout the month. 
This week Reading consisted in a variety of way. Children are being strongly encouraged to read (and re-red) instructions in their math, spelling, sight word, etc, books. There has also been a great deal of paired reading where children will put themselves into groups and read to each other.

Things 1 were introduced to new sight words /why/ and /what/, /how/, /when/, /who/, and /where/. They completed their packets and are doing an exceptional job learning a very long list of words!!!  Things 2 were given their new Spelling words that focused on words ending in /ing/. With this  the group learned the difference between past and present tense.

This week in math the Things 1 have been learning number to 100!!!! Using a 100’s chart they are finding and filling in the missing numbers, as well as skip counting by 10’s. 
Things 2  continue with the unit on time. They are learning to count around the clock by 5’s. They are also learning to tell time to the hour, half hour, as well as learning new vocabulary. 
Parshat Tzav: we watched the godcast and Alephbeta videos.  We discussed the sacrifices, showing thanks, expressing remorse, and the connection between the sacrifices and our current practice of Tefillah (prayer service).  
Regarding Pesach, we continued to work on: familiarizing ourselves with the Haggada; the search for and burning of the Hametz, and the associated blessings; the Order of the Seder, the 4 Questions, the 4 children, Pesach, Matza and Maror, Dayenu, the 10 plagues, and Had Gadya.  We sang songs and brachot for Pesach, and read books about the holiday.  We learned the 4 names for the Holiday: Hag HaPesach, Hag HaAviv, Hag HaHerut, and Hag HaMatza.  We learned the 4 seasons in Hebrew, and put many different things in order: 4 seasons, 10 plagues, and 14 sections of the Order of the Seder.  We had an especially fun time singing and dancing to the Afikomen Mambo.  Our special new song of the week: We are Hollow Bamboo.  I tried to mail each family a link to at least one “favorite current song”; if you did not receive one, let me know and I will send it.  And…we briefly skyped with Orly and Michal!
sons    בֵּן   to eat   אָכַל   to succeed   הִצְלִיחַ   they/them    הֵם  God   אֱלֹהִים
Hebrew Vocabulary for this week included the following words. 
teeth   שיניים  boils          שחין  sandwich    כָּרִיךְ  war    מִלְחָמָה  dead    מֵת
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