Hi families! This Sunday was an exciting day because we got to combine the two 5th grade classes into one. It was great to hear new voices in our class. I started off the class by priming their background knowledge on mitzvot. These were our two guiding questions for this lesson: What are mitzvot? Why do we do mitzvot? After Hebrew and music, we talked about a basic definition of a mitzvah. But then we dove deeper and discussed how mitzvot are commandments and talked about the “modern” mitzvah. The students read about the different analysis of mitzvot throughout the years and then thought about mitzvot in their own lives. Then we discussed the two main questions again: What are mitzvot? Why do we do mitzvot? We connected it to our new year’s goals and resolutions that the students shared at the start of the class and how we can follow through on them by performing mitzvot.
Lastly, we took a closer look at the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. This city has always been of special interest to me, especially how it’s been called “The Mediterranean City of Cool” by the New York times. After a quick history lesson of how Tel Aviv came to be, the students broke up into 9 small groups and rotated through different articles that discussed specific aspects of Tel Aviv. The students then wrote, with their partners in their groups, their reactions to the article. This could’ve been in word or art form. Here are the posters the students did at each rotation: