Grade 4-5 Teacher's Message
September 21, 2018
12 Tishrei, 5779
We began our study of the Industrial Revolution by reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The Onceler realizes that he can make more Thneeds if he builds a factory rather than make them on his own. Soon, he becomes rich, not caring that his factory is slowly destroying the environment. Students were asked to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of his factory. Then, they met in groups to read about the changes to America at the start of the Industrial Revolution and reported back to the class about things that they learned.
Wonderopolis is a great non-fiction website for kids. They enter in any topic and all sorts of great articles come up. New vocabulary is highlighted and then students can play games with the words. This site was introduced as we delve into our informational unit.
Do you know all of the states and their capitals? We are starting to learn them!
In Ivrit, the 5th graders started the week with a new text about second language acquisition, how it exercises our brain and enlarges the grey matter of the brain. Ask your children why they think it’s important to start learning a second language at young age. We had a classroom discussion in particular about Hebrew language in our life.
The 4th graders are still talking about summer, we can’t let it go so easily after we’ve been waiting for our amazing New England summer after so many cold winter months. We read a poem about summer, answered questions, and talked which foods we associate with summer.
Toward the end of the week, all students created self-portraits using words to define themselves. Our plan is to finish it next week and post it on our bulletin board, so stay tuned!
On Friday we continued our mini drama club. The club is optional, however it has become a hit! Friday is full of surprises and students will be able to choose 2-3 activities during the class.
In Jewish Studies we talked about experiences from Rosh Hashana and what we did on Rosh Hashanah night.
We continued to learn about portions of the prayer and the laws of the תפילת שמונה עשרה.
We opened the Holy Ark and said, "Avino malkenu".
We blew the shofar. We saw a short video about the preparation of the shofar and the cycle of the year.
We learned about the special prayers and the Selichot. We talked about the Ten Days of Repentance.
We learned about the laws of the Succah and the Four Species and built a succah model on a truck.
September 7, 2018
27 Elul 5778
Welcome back to school! It is wonderful being able to see and work with all of your smiling children once again! Our first week was great!
In General Studies, we played several “getting to know you” games. Our job system was explained and students had the opportunity to apply for those jobs. We learned new classroom systems and created two bulletin boards. When we return from the holiday, we will dive right into our new curriculum.
In Hebrew, students created goals for the new school year and wrote them on pomegranates symbolising Rosh HaShana. Check out our bulletin board in the hall!
We worked in mixed grade groups on the norms of the classroom and read an interesting book emphasizing the importance of good manners and respect. The book focused on eight norms. Students worked in small groups to create a poster for each norm and present their norm to the rest of the class.
In Judaic Studies, we’ve had a great start to the year and spent this week getting to know each other. In Chumash we reviewed some of the skills from the previous year. It is wonderful to see how prepared and excited the children are to jump right into their text learning!
We also learned about Rosh Hashana and the repentance process. We have learned that the Rambam says – It is very important to understand before we do a sin. First, we must understand there's a problem. Then we can move from there.
Mazal Tov to the 4th grades for beginning their study of Mishna!