education – 3rd Grade

Today in class we worked on: 

2/5-

  1. Today we began the chapter of the Torah about Abram and how he is considered the very first Jew because he realized that there is one God. God asked Abram, his wife Sarai, and their household to travel far from their home to a new land they would be shown. Following their arrival, both Abram and his nephew Lot, who had travelled with them, had become prosperous and there was discord among their workers of their flocks. To prevent future hard feelings, Abram let Lot choose where he would live and Abram would go the other way, because it was not good for families to  fight. We had a long talk about Shalom Bayit, the concept in Judaism of Peace in the Home, and what we can do to promote this at our own homes. 
  1. Owing to the 5th Grade Faux Wedding we had an unusual morning schedule, we had an all school t’fillah, which featured the 5th graders acting out a Shabbat Chatan V’Kallah. 
  1. We enjoyed Shira with the 1st/2nd grade class and Morah Ari.  
  1. We also continue in our “Partners with God’ book about what b’tzelem elohim – being made in God’s image means and how we can behave to show respect to that concept. 
  1. We closed out the day with a game of hodgy podgy. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

Work on shalom bayit at home. Make an effort to do things you are asked the first time, or communicating why you may need to delay doing something.  

Today in class we worked on: 

1/29-

  1. Today was 3rd Grade Boker B’yachad, where we welcome our parents to class for the morning. We had a full class with parents and a great morning.  
  1. Parents joined us for tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and then went for a special study session with her.  
  1. We discussed the concept of blessing and thanking God, about the different prayers we have for special occasions – hearing thunder, eating cake and cookies, smelling beautiful flowers, returning from a trip, seeing a wise person, seeing an exotic animal, seeing a rainbow, and even eating chocolate. We talked about gratitude and how prayer is a time to come together and recognize the amazing things God does for us all, not so much for asking for things. We can pray for strength or serenity, but not necessarily an Xbox. Rabbi Bellows’ drash even mentioned the need of us to move forward with challenges instead of just relying on God to fix things. That is how the Israelites were able to cross the Red Sea during the exodus – someone had to take the first step to get things moving. 
  1. Parents joined us for Shirah, and then came to class where the students performed their 10 Commandments song and we did a project together about how we can bring God more into our homes.  
  1. We also created our own Etzim Tovim to note special occasions at home that remind us of God. Students then showed their parents how to play Hodgy Podgy about what they did today. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

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Today in class we worked on: 

1/22-

  1. Boker Tov assembly! With all the classes together. 
  1. We shared “Chesed Happenings” which means Acts of Kindness and Love moments in their lives.  
  1. We enjoyed being together with the Gan and 3rd grade class for T’Fillah with Rabbi Bellows. 
  1. We learned in our Hebrew book lesson about the Hebrew Letters ALEPH with no saying sound, Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and signifies the number one. We also learned the letter DALET with the         saying sound of “D” (Hebrew Hint-looks like the letter RESH but the top looks like a door make sure it is written like a “hinge hanging over”). All the flashcards I provided have the name and the sound on the back.    
  1. We enjoyed Shira with the Gan and 3rd grade class and Morah Ari. 
  1. We discussed the word “Mensh” the Yiddish word that means “good person”. The students came up with words and descriptions of what makes a Mensh. 

  7. Lihitaot (good-bye)!  

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1.  Please remember tzedakah. 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/15-

  1. Today we worked on our 10 Commandments song and made posters for our presentation to our parents.  
  1. We also played hodgy podgy to review things we have learned so far this year. 
  1. We joined Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari for Boker Tov, joined Rabbi Bellows for tefilah and learned about prayers and God’s name, and then joined Morah Ari for shirah and sang songs about trees in honor of the upcoming Tu B’Shevat. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Continue practicing your 10 Commandments song. Here is a link to the song on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc 

Today in class we worked on: 

12/18- 

  1. We had an all school t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.  One student from each class helped with the physical holy objects.  We focused on the symbols of light we Jews use: the 2 Shabbat candles, then moved into making Havdalah (the wine cup, spice box, and twisted Havdalah candle), and then we lit the chanukiah in preparation for the first night of Chanukah.  At the end of t’fillah we had the opportunity to ask Rabbi Prass questions about Chanukah or the lights.  
  1. Then we went broke into 10 groups for the CBA Chanukah Candle Challenge (think Amazing Race for Chanukah).  The 9 challenges were: 
  1. Make a group magen (shield) just like the Maccabees 
  1. “figure out” the Chanukah story thru a rebus and then video it 
  1. Calculate how many candles you need for all 8 days including the shamas 
  1. Prepare a Chanukah song and record it (those will be posted on the CBA Facebook page) 
  1. Match Chanukah customs from around the world 
  1. Different spellings of Chanukah (the most correct one is the Hebrew one 😊) 
  1. Dreidel learning thru dreidel play 
  1. What are the important Chanukah gifts I can give (the answers will be posted on the CBA Facebook page) 
  1. What are my brachot (their work will be posted on the CBA Facebook page) 
  1. We regathered as an entire school to for a Chanukah shira led by Morah Ari.  We also heard the Chanukah story in the form of a play led by the 4th grade class.  

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1. Please remember tzedakah. 
  1. Happy Chanukah!!! 
  1. There is Hebrew School this Week (12/20 & 12/21) 
  1. The CBA Winter Break schedule is: 
  1. Sunday, December 25 - Sunday, January 8 NO Religious & Hebrew School – Winter Break 
  1. Tuesday, January 10 - Tuesday Hebrew School Resumes 
  1. Wednesday, January 11 - Wednesday Hebrew School Resumes 
  1. Sunday, January 15 - Religious School Resumes 
  1. You can always access the school calendars by clicking here
  1. You can always access the entire CBA calendar by clicking here

Today in class we worked on: 

12/11-

  1. Boker Tov! With all the classes together. 
  1. Today we began a new parshat in the Torah about the Tower of Babel. We learned that long ago, everyone spoke the same language and came to a lovely land they decided to settle in and build a city and a tower. After a time, they became so obsessed with how high they were building their tower, they decided to build it up to the heavens and make war on God, believing they were better than God. They forgot their friends, family, stopped caring about others, or appreciating the beauty around them. God became angry and caused their language to ‘babble’ so they could not understand each other. Those who ended up speaking a language teamed up with others who also spoke their language and moved off across the world and the tower was never completed. 
  1. We also joined Rabbi Prass for Boker Tov and Tefilah,and had a fun shirah with Morah Ari where we sang Chanukah songs. 
  1. We ended our day working on our 10 Commandments song,and listening to the Unicorn Song. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Work on your 10 Commandments song at least 10 minutes a day. Focus on the chorus and the last verse.  
  1. Finish any exercises in A Child’s Bible for the chapter that you did not complete in class. 

Today in class we worked on: 

12/4-

  1. Today we continued with our discussion about Noah’s Ark. We reviewed the parshat and students illustrated it. We also worked in our Child’s Bible Game Book. 
  1. We also worked on our 10 Commandments song – students are doing great in learning the words. 
  1. We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and fun shira with Morah Ari singing Hanukkah songs. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Keep working on your 10 Commandments song from GodCast. It can be found here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc 
  1. If you did not finish the exercises in your Game book, please do those as well. 

Today in class we worked on: 

11/20-

  1. Today we began our next parshat of the Torah about Noah and his ark. We learned that several generations folloing the tragedy of Cain & Abel, many people were making bad decisions and angering God. God decided to start over with a clean slate and ordered Noah, who still followed God’s ways to build a big boat that would hold 2 of each of the animals and his family while he brought a great flood to wash the evil away. Noah did so and God sealed them in with the animals as it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Eventually they came to rest on the mountain of Ararat and God gave us some new rules  – allowing us to eat meat as long as it isn’t alive, to take care of each other – and promised to never again destroy the earth with a flood. As a symbol of this promise, God gave us the rainbow. 
  1. We listened to the Unicorn Song, and learned why the unicorns didn’t make it on the ark, too! 
  1. We joined Rabbi Bellows for tefillah and discussed kindness and thankfulness. She gave us homework to be kind and focus on kindness this holiday weekend, especially when we gather with others.  
  1. We joined Morah Ari for a fun shirah. 
  1. We also worked on our 10 Commandments song  (and even got songsheets!) together.  

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Practice kindness this holiday weekend where you can.  
  1. Practice your 10 Commandments song 10-15 minutes each day. You can find the song at this link. https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc 

Today in class we worked on: 

11/13-

  1. Today we reviewed the parshat about Cain & Abel then we illustrated it.  
  1. We worked on our 10 Commandments song and then played hodgy podgy to review. 
  1. We had a lovely tefilah with Rabbi Bellows discussing the importance of kindness and a fun shirah with Morah Ari. 

Homework to be completed by next class:  

  1. Complete the exercises in chapter 3 in your game book if you have not. Practice the 10 Commandments song for a few minutes every day. It can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc 
  1. You can slow the song down to .75 speed and turn on the captions to see the words.  
  1. You can find the lyrics at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x-WilE2oIBAcpL0CPxh4a5rmDxr21mW6/view?usp=sharing  

Today in class we worked on:

11/6-

  1. We enjoyed being together with the 1st/2nd grade class for T’Fillah with Rabbi Bellows.
  2. Today we continued our Torah learning by learning about Cain and Abel. We discussed sibling rivalry, jealousy, anger, ways to positively channel our emotions, consideration, the importance of really thinking about doing something for or giving something to someone. We also discussed compassion when someone does something wrong, just as God protected Cain even though he was punished for killing his brother.
  3. We enjoyed Shira with led by one of our high school students, Matthew Swolsky.
  4. And we began studying our 10 Commandments song! Students did really well learning the first verse and chorus.
  5. We then played a couple rounds of Hodgy Podgy to review today’s Torah parshat.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Finish the exercises in chapter 3 about Cain & Abel in “A Child’s Bible.” Practice your song 5-10 minutes a day. It can be found here on YouTube. https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

Today in class we worked on:

10/30-

  1. Today was Yom Kayitz (summer day) where we prayed, sang, and studied like every Sunday, but did it in the mode that takes place at many of the Jewish overnight camps.
  2. We had a few minutes in our respective classrooms with introduction activities.
  3. We then gathered as an entire school in the atrium for t’fillah.  This week we made Havdalah and then were led by a student and several madrichim in a creative retelling of this week’s Torah portion, lech l’cha.
  4. Then we broke into thru 3 rotations by grades.  The rotations were:
    1. Limud (study): We studied the Torah portion and then made a creative retelling of the story.
    2. Kibud (snack): we talked about Jewish foods.  And then said the bracha (blessing) over snacks.  And then we ate smores.
    3. Zman Sport (sports time): We talked about the value of shmirat haguf (care for the body) and played ga-ga.  Ga-Ga is a Hebrew word which means ‘touch touch’.  It is a form of dodgeball  which is popular at Jewish overnight camp.
  5. We regathered as an entire school for shira (music).
  6. Then we had a special guest, Beth Rodin, the director of Reform Judaism’s summer camp in Wisconsin, OSRUI. Since JCYS’ TV wasn’t working, we did charades with the activities we could have seen on the camp video. If you want to see the OSRUI video, click here.  Many of our learners were excited to hear about the things they could do next summer at Reform Judaism’s overnight camp.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Please remember tzedakah.

Today in class we worked on:

10/23-

  1. We enjoyed being together with the 1st/2nd grade class for T’Fillah with Rabbi Bellows.
  2. Today we reviewed the parshat about the Garden of Eden, including Adam naming all the animals, and being told not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Students then illustrated it for their Torah scrolls. We also talked about how we can find signs of God all around us, especially when we take the time to let in the world around us, as opposed to shutting everything out.
  3. We joined the 1-2 grade with Morah Ari for a fun shirah with songs about Noah’s Ark, which we will be studying soon.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Finish any exercises in Chapter 2 in your A Child’s Bible Gamebook (the blue one).

Today in class we worked on:

10/16:

  1. We had a lovely tefilah with Rabbi Bellows and the 1st, 2nd graders.
  2. Today we began the next chapter in the Torah, about the Garden of Eden. We learned that Adam and Eve were warned not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, yet they did. In doing so they lost the privilege of living in the Garden and lost the innocence they had before eating of the fruit. We also talked about where we can find God in our live, especially when we slow down and take the time to pay attention to what is going on around us.
  3. And we had a rousing shirah with Morah Ari and the 1st, 2nd graders.
  4. We finished our day with a game of Hodgy Podgy reviewing what we had learned today.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings. Take time each day to listen and look around and see what reminds you of God.

Today in class we worked on:

10/9:

  1. We began the day with an all school t’fillah in our CBA sanctuary.  As part of the t’fillah, we talked about what makes our sanctuary space unique.
  2. Then we broke into 6 round robin rotations by grade:
    1. An ice breaker to get to know our classmates better
    2. Sukkah visit: with Rabbi Bellows where we shook the lulav & etrog
    3. Movement: Practicing reading/saying the words lulav and etrog by playing duck, duck, goose with the words lulav, etrog
    4. Craft: Talking about ushpizin (sukkot guests) and which ushpizin we want to spend time with this week of Sukkot.  Their ideas were turned into sukkah decorations.
    5. Building: we studied one of the original rabbinic texts (Mishnah Sukkah 1:1) about the Sukkah construction and then built a sukkah with either Legos, Lincoln logs, or designed them with colored pencils.
    6. Sukkot Brachot: We studied the traditional 3 Sukkot brachot, and then wrote our own creative ones based on the traditional themes.
  3. We all came back together for an all school shira in the sanctuary
  4. After shira we met with the mother and sister of Zac, who started Zac’s Zoo.  Our learners had lots of great questions for them and were clearly inspired by this project.
    1. The project continues thru Sukkot & Simchat Torah which is Tuesday, October 18th.  Our learners set the goal of bringing in 100 new stuffed animals.  Thank you to our 7th grader, Hayden Kidd who brought this project to Beth Am.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Next week, Religious School returns to JCYS
  2. Please remember tzedakah.

Today in class we worked on

10/2:

  1. Today we continued our lesson of Bresheet, Creation. We reviewed the text and students drew their interpretation of the story. Once finished, students worked in their game book to reinforce what we learned.
  2. We talked about potential tzedakah projects for the year which we will vote on next week.
  3. We went to tfillah with Rabbi Prass and shirah with Morah Ari.

Homework to be completed by next class:

  1. Finish the exercises in your game book for chapter 1.

Today in class we worked on:

9/18-

  1. We joined Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari, and the entire school for a morning tefillah outside.
  2. This week we learned about Creation, called B’resheet, in Hebrew. We learned about how creation came into being, from the creation of light and darkness, to land and seas, plants, then animals and fish, humans, and finally how Shabbat was created by God resting from the work of creation. We also discussed that creation is an ongoing process and life and cycles are designed to keep on going. We talked about how God created humans as a partner to care for and continue perpetuating the work of creation and maintaining the world we were given.
  3. 1st  – 3rd grade joined Morah Ari for a fun shira session where we sang songs and learned a new one about a train in Hebrew.
  4. We also began our book “Partners with God’, discussing how even though we can’t physically see God, we see evidence of God all around us in the blooming of flowers, changing color of leaves, the blowing wind, and the faces of those around us.

Homework to be completed by next class:

9/18-

  1. Ask your parents about ideas for tzedakah projects we can vote on as a class for the year. Also work on the worksheet in chapter 1 of “Partners with God.”

Today in class we worked on:
9/11-

  1. What a great opening day for school!
  2. We had a special opening ceremony with the whole school and parents, where Rabbi Prass sounded the shofar to begin the new year.
  3. Then we went into our class, got to know each other, and had a wonderful discussion about cycles of our lives, how circles and cycles work together in beginning, ending, and beginning again. Students listed all the different cycles they could think of – and it was a lot! – and then we looked at how surrounding all of this amazing things, God encompasses it all. We learned about how the Torah, the central learning in Judaism, means ‘teachings’ and has many lessons on how to relate to each other, how the world came to be, and origins of the Jewish people.
  4. We had a fun shira (music session) with Morah Ari
  5. Then went back to class to begin our book on how we can be partners with God in making the world a better place and how we are all created in God’s image, no matter how different we may be.
  6. We then played hodgy podgy to review what we had learned today.
  7. A really great day and wonderful way to start the new year. Thank you all and I look forward to a really good year with you all.