Weeks of October 16 and 23
Fourth Grade has been learning through creative project work in the last two weeks. We focused on Sukkot last week. We began class by learning what made a kosher sukkah and why we sit in a sukkah anyway. All of the students were then able to sit in the sukkah, learn about the lulav and etrog and then shake the lulav and etrog. We focused on the theme of appreciation of what we have and that dwelling in the sukkah would help us think about what we really need and what it would be like if we did not have a sturdy place to live.
The students used the candies, graham crackers and frosting to fashion individual sukkot having three or more walls and a roof through which the stars could be seen.
This week, we reviewed the holidays of Rosh Hashanah, the yamim noraim - the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shimenie Atzeret, and on Tuesday of the this week, Simcha Torah. To understand the Torah for which we are happy on Simcha Torah, our class thought about the ten commandments and other laws that seem central to our community, such as not to lie or steal, not to gossip, etc. The students then made their own ten commandments - rules they thought were central to a community. An example of one of their fabulous ideas is: To not let social media get to you (we talked a lot about what a person should not share on social media and how words once shared on the internet, can't be taken back and how if you are mad one minute and go on line and talk down a friend in your angry state and then realize after that you were mistaken and your friend did nothing, you can't take that back.)
Here are some of the student sukkot and ten commandment tablets. I tried to get a photo of everyone's work. If I missed, please send me a copy.
We started work on our prayer learning. We reviewed the first three words of the Shema and how the word God is written as a symbol. We say adonai but the letters are yud yud, as in two y's. The students are looking at the prayers in Hebrew so as we work on reading, the students will recognize the letters of the shema.