To start off our Sunday, we talked about the holiday Tu B'Shvat! Tu B'Shvat will occur next Sunday, January 20th to Monday, January 21st. This holiday is dedicated to celebrating nature and the environment. Tu B'Shvat literally means "New Year of the Trees." It's a day to spread ecological awareness! Many people choose to donate money to plant trees in Israel. The students thought about how they can celebrate Tu B'Shavt in both big and small ways!
In Hebrew, we reviewed the letters in the Aleph Bet. Then we read and sang the whole Ein Keloheinu prayer. The last line of the prayer was a little bit of a tongue twister, but we stuck with it! We will continue to work on this prayer until the Spring. We also started learning some conversational Hebrew. This week our topic was on the days of the week and students learned how we can say:
"Today is Sunday."
"Tomorrow is Monday."
"Yesterday was Saturday."
Here are some resources to use at home if your student would like to practice (this is optional).
(1) The Aleph Bet song:
(2) The vowels chart in your student's folder!
(3) The Ein Keloheinu prayer is one of the two prayers 5th will learn this year. Later this year, 5th grade will be responsible to lead this prayer in a Shabbat service. We have now learned the whole prayer and will continue to practice it! Your student can practice singing along with this video.
We spent the rest of the day learning more about the Dead Sea and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Students read about the Dead Sea and learned about it's natural salinity and buoyancy. Ask your student about the Dead Sea Dress! Students also learned how the Dead Sea is also evaporating.
We ended the day doing a historical investigation on the Dead Scrolls. Students looked at different primary sources to learn about these scrolls and understand the historical significance of them as well. Check out this video to learn more about them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLQB-Y97bxk
1) Please bring in tzedakah if you can and are able to! The 5th grade will collect tzedakah from the whole Sunday School and donate it to the Jewish National Fund at the end of the year.
2) We have no class next Sunday, January 20th in honor of MLK Day.
Have a great week!