Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! The Sunday before our thanksgiving break my 6th grade class started to explore the timeline of the Holocaust. We set up a timeline, where first the students were given dates and events and had to decide what the order of events was. Then when all the events were on the board we went through them and put them in the correct order of occurrence and made our own timelines. The students took great notes, discussed with one another about the timeline and shared knowledge about the time period. It was a great class and I am looking forward to deepening the discussion in the upcoming Sunday class. See you all very soon!
This past Sunday 6th grade briefly reviewed the events we had discussed in our last class and where that left us off. We finished preparing our presentations and got to enjoy three presentations from student groups. The first group presented on Crypto Jews also known as Jews undercover as Christians. This was a very interesting and informative topic, which the students were very interested in. Students asked questions, gave feedback and rephrased some of the key points they had learned about. Then we moved on to a presentation the Inquisition. Although a huge and difficult topic the students demonstrated a depth in knowledge that inspired other classmates to discuss the topic. The last presentation that we had to finish off our class section was on Jewish communities around the world. Three students chose Jewish communities in remote locations around the globe (one of them Uruguay). Students continued to ask great probing questions, like 'how did Jews get to these places and why'. These presentations were all great, so informative and inspiring! I know we all learned a lot from them and I saw all the incredible notes students had jotted down. Looking forward to our next chapters of history.
Last Sunday our 6th Class learned about different events in history from the writing of the Torah to the birth of Christianity and Islam. It was a very interesting class where we got to discuss the roots of these other religion and ask many interesting questions. Then we arrived at the golden age in the Mediterranean and what this meant for people of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths. We had a wonderful presentation on the subject by 3 students who presented material clearly and fielded questions. Then we had another incredible presentation on Maimonides, one of the great people of that time that we still talk about today. Thank you so much to our presenters! Looking forward to two more presentations next week and some more history activities.
This past Sunday our class reviewed some of the connections between the story of Purim and other Jewish stories we have read. We moved on to our writing reflections on our ideas and how the story of Purim also connects to events that we have seen in our lives.
We then dedicated the rest of the course to working on our presentations. Each student is working with a partner or small group on a certain topic that they are preparing to present to the class. The presentations are in the form of newspaper articles that the students craft with their partner(s) with pictures/drawings and facts about the event or person. Please ask your student which subject they are preparing for, just to do a bit more research and maybe help them find a picture to use. This review will help them better understand the event or person they are learning about and take notes to add to those they have already written. They are expected to find and record the 'Who, What, Where, How and When' of the person or event to present. Looking forward to this Sunday, we will continue with the presentations in class and be learning from one another!
This past Sunday our class flew through hundreds of years of Jewish history. Beginning with the holiday of Sukkoth, celebrating harvest and time to be together in a time when Jews were constantly on the move. We then settled in the time of the first temple, who it was built by and how it changed the lives of the Jewish people. Every student contributed to a great discussion about what a temple can do for a mobile people who escaped from slavery in Egypt. We then moved on to talk about the wealth of Israel in the time of the temple and how several empires came and took over. The students wrote copious notes and asked questions, it was thrilling to see them interacting with such complex material! Then we moved on to talk about the story of Purim and how it was connected to the Jewish history we had been talking about and the Sukkoth holiday. We ended our lesson talking about the idea that the Jewish people were and always have been moving, whether escaping or or being kicked out. We, as Jewish people are the ultimate travelers and how that can effect people in positive, but complex ways. We then broke into our groups for Hebrew and then a celebration in the Sukkah. It was truly a fantastic Sunday and I am so proud of every student and their contribution.
The past week in Hebrew school we used our journals to reflect on the holiday of Yom Kippur for our morning check in. We talked about forgiveness, mistakes and rules as a topic of the recent holiday and what we want going forward. Then we moved on to work on our group projects. Every student is assigned a topic (except for some that have missed the last two classes, they will get a topic when they come in next week). Each group of two to three students is responsible for researching their topic (the what, where, who, when, how) and coming up with a picture/image/drawing. Then the final product is a newspaper article that the students work together to create. The article is expected to explain the event as if it is very recent and make is relevant for other students to grasp the material. The first presentation was last class by two wonderful students on the ten commandments. It was great and I know we are all looking forward to more of the presentations to come! In my Hebrew class we started learning about verbs in Hebrew and conjugation of some of the words. Then in the arts and crafts class I teach we made signs for the new year with Jewish symbols and written on it: Shannah Tovah (Happy New Year). See you all next week!
his past Sunday flew by. In the beginning of the day we checked in and each student talked about the Joseph's coat collages that they had crafted in class last week. From there we moved right into the story of the Jews as slaves in Egypt. We took a five minute timed journal to reflect about the themes we learn about in the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. This brought about a great list of ideas and lessons we might take away from the Exodus story and how we might apply it to todays world. What does this story teach us about Jewish values? We also got to dive into the value of showing kindness to strangers because we were one strangers in Egypt.We then continued on to talk about group projects. Each student will be in a pair or group of three and have a subject of their choosing to research, but I will go over that more next class. Then we split into Hebrew groups and in my Hebrew class we learned pronouns and some vocal words. Then we split into mini courses and those in my classroom made Tzedakah boxes (for donation collection) and we talked about Jewish communities in Uganda and Mexico because of their recent struggles with natural disasters. Can't wait for next week!
This past Sunday we went over a broad timeline of Jewish history. We started off the day making collages that could represent Joseph's multi-colored coat. Students browsed magazines to find images that are reminiscent of their dreams or aspirations. We will be talking more about these collages at the beginning of next class. We then had an activity where the students were required to create an order out of all the events and then we went through it together to see what happened in comparison to other events (for example: the story of hanukah in comparison to the story of Moses- which came first). It was a busy day, but I think we got a lot out of it. In Hebrew class we started with some basics to check in where everyone is at- level wise before we switched to mini courses. In my mini course - art of the Jewish world we made friendship bracelets to represent the connection and common bond that Jews from around the world share. The bracelets were beautiful! Looking forward to this Sunday!
This week was a wonderful beginning to our year of learning together. After getting to know each other with some name games we jumped right into class material. The focus of this class was our family story and how important this is in Judaism. This class we started with the beginning of Jewish history: Abraham. We discussed his story and family tree of his, which we drew and illustrated with notes or images in our wonderful sketchbooks. We then got to connect these family stories and connections to our own family stories and make a family tree of our own. We also spent some time reflecting about what we had drawn and the value of family in our story and in Jewish history. After these activities we gathered together with the 7th grade students to decide on mini courses that each student would like to take. The students have already demonstrated great knowledge and respect and I'm looking forward to a great year with you all!