Today was a great day in the 4th grade classroom. After our usual Community Gathering and music class, we dove deep into the book, "I Have Some Questions About G-d". We worked as a class and in small groups to discuss and read the chapter. The question that we talked about had to do with Hebrew, and wondering if G-d only understands Hebrew. After our dicussion and writing, we looked at the Bible Graphic Novel, which the students seemed to really enjoy. After we split up for Hebrew, my class reviewed the Hebrew letters they have already learned and practiced writing the letters too. We ended the class learning 2 Israeli dances which generated a lot of laughs and smiles. Looking forward to seeing you all next week!
The topic of our class today was peace and equality. During music class we learned a new song (ask your students to sing it for you). “Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Together we will walk in the land of Hashem.” We sang these words many times and after a few times, I taught them another verse to the song in Hebrew. “Lo yisa goy el goy cherev, lo yilme’du od milchama.” which translates to “A nation shall not raise a sword against a nation and they shall not learn any more war.” We talked about these passages briefly and students were asked to find similarities, differences or pick one text to focus on and either write a written response, create and illustration or write a poem. The students thoughtfully completed this activity and followed up the activity with a meaningful discussion. We worked on the next lesson in the Hebrew book that we are using. We learned a new letter and practiced reading and writing the other letters and vowels that we previously learned. Looking forward to diving into some Tu’Bishvat learning in the weeks to come.
What does the phrase “acts of loving kindness” mean?
We had a great morning today! After our usual community gathering and music class, we went back to our classroom and worked on a project to be donated. We made tie blankets and the students worked together beautifully! We also made cards to go along with the fleece blankets. Students learned that this “act of loving kindness” is called Gimilut Chasadim. After creating these presents for those in need, we got right to working on Hebrew reading and writing. Have a nice few weeks and enjoy your break!
Congratutions for the 4th grade putting on a wonderful play! Everyone contributed equally as we had many stage managers and directors all helpingout. We learned the bracha over eating snacks. donuts and had an amazing game of Dreidel. Fourth graders did a wonderful job up on stage singing for the holiday. Thank you parents who contributed to the in- class Chanukah celebration!
Hello families, There was a lot of energy in the air this morning in anticipation of Chanukah starting tonight! We had a great morning talking about Chanukah, singing Chanukah songs and rehearsing for our Chanukah play (that will be next Sunday December 9). In Hebrew we reviewed the letters and vowels we had previously learned and we also added a few new letters as well. Wishing everyone a very happy Chanukah!
We had a great morning! After our usuall community gathering and music class, we talked about G-d and explored the question "Does G-d know what I'm thinking or what I'll do?" After our G-d talk discussion we talked about thanksgiving and how it is related to Jewish holidays. We decided that thanksgiving is the closest related to sukkot because they both are holidays that celebrate the harvest. After our discussion we created art work that had the Hebrew word for thank you (todah) in the middle and then students wrote/drew what they were thankful for around it. The pictures were beautiful so make sure you ask them to show you. Finally, we wrapped up our morning together with Hebrew lessons. My class reviewed the letters and vowels we have been working on. We will start a new set of letters after the break. Happy thanksgiving! See you all in 2 weeks.
I can’t believe that it is already November and that we started talking about Chanukah today! After our community gathering and music class, we started talking about Chanukah and discussed the story of Chanukah! We also talked about Jewish symbols and what those symbols represent. Students started making a collage of Jewish symbols and will be working on those more in 2 weeks when we meet next. We ended our morning with Hebrew and my class Worked on reviewing letters and vowels that they learned last week by playing games and completing matching exercises on the front board. Looking forward to seeing you all in two weeks! Enjoy sleeping in next Sunday!
We had a great mroning today! After praying as a community about peace durin our morning meeting, we headed to music class where we learned a new version of "Henei Ma Tov". This version of the traditional prayer was to the song, "In the Jungle". Students really got into the singing and even made up a dance to go along with the words. After music, we read the graphic novel Bible which was great because the story we read matched up with the question we talked about in the book, "I Have Some Questions About G-d". We had a very meaningful conversation around the question, "If There is One G-d, Why Are There So Many Religions?". To dive deeper into an understanding of this complicated question, we read three different interpretations by three different Rabbis, all who each had something a little bit different to say. After we read the Rabbi's interpretations, we made our own interpretations about why there are so many different religions even though there is only one G-d. The answers were incredible! Make sure you ask your children about what their answer was or which Rabbi they identified with the most. We ended our morning with Hebrew. In my class, we learned the letters shin, sin, bet, vet and tav. We also learned most of the vowels and practiced saying and reading the letters with the words. Overall, it was a grreat morning! Have a nice week.
Our morning together started with a community gathering with the whole school in the auditorium. We sang songs, met with Michelle and learned more about the traditional Jewish prayer, the Shema. After music we talked about g-d and dove deeply into the question “Where does god come from?”. After talking another g-d we read some torah stories in our graphic novel bible. After reading the stories, students broke off into 3 groups to create skits about the stories we were reading in the graphic novel Bible. Students were enthusiastic about this task and were excited to perform their skits to the class. We ended the morning with Hebrew. This week in Hebrew we reviewed the vowels and talked about the process of reading Hebrew and blending the letters and vowels. Have a nice week!