In the spirit of Tu B'Shevat, 2nd graders invited their family and friends to showcase their learning about this holiday. For the past month, 2nd graders learned all about Tu B'Shevat (ט״ו בשבט), a Jewish holiday occurring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat. It is also called Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot (ראש השנה לאילנות), literally 'New Year of the Trees'. In Israel, the day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.
Early in their studies, the students learned about recycling and how to turn trash into other useful objects. The students spent the remaining two weeks of the unit preparing to showcase everything they learned about Tu B'Shevat. At the celebration, students and their families interacted in four different stations:
- Classroom Gallery: Families learned about different kinds of trees that provide food and were able to explore students' flower artwork that they made during art class.
- Online Water Usage Survey: Students and their families calculated how many gallons of water they use every month in their homes.
- Photo Booth: Students and their families posed with different props to celebrate Tu B'Shevat.
- Planting Station: Using containers and old materials, students made planters and planted different types of seeds. They then took their plants home to watch the growing process unfold.
Second graders were thrilled to showcase their knowledge and artwork to their families and friends. This was one of the best celebrations they've had so far in 2nd grade!