education – 6th grade

Today in class we worked on: 

2/5-

  1. We continued our study of the Prophets. 
  1. We continued our research and worked in our groups’ 
  1. We began to create our poster and work on our presentation. 
  1. Owing to the 5th Grade Faux Wedding we had an unusual morning schedule.  After a joint all school Tefilla, which featured the 5th graders acting out a Shabbat Chatan V’Kallah, we enjoyed an abbreviated Shira with the 6th graders in our class room, led by Morah Ari. 

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  
  1. TropePlus materials on the Beth Am Website: https://www.bethambg.org/education-6th-grade-3/  
  1. 1/22/2023 practice the first 5 lines of the VHavtah and the Shema.  
  1. 1/29/2023  practice the Shema, all of the V’havtah,and the Blessings before reading the Torah.  
  1. 2/5/23: Continue studying last week’s homework. 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/29-

  1. We had Trope Plus.
  1. We began to discuss our unit on Prophets.  
  1. We chose groups and the prophet we were interested in. 
  1. We began to do our research for our poster and presentation. 
  1. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass talked about the prayer in which we express our thanks for having adequate clothing.  We also enjoyed the 6th graders rendition of the events in this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Beshalach.   
  1. All in all, it was great day in our class at Beth Am. 

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  
  1. TropePlus materials on the Beth Am Website: https://www.bethambg.org/education-6th-grade-3/  
  1. 1/22/2023 practice the first 5 lines of the VHavtah and the Shema.  
  1. 1/29/2023  practice the Shema, all of the V’havtah,and the Blessings before reading the Torah.  

Today in class we worked on: 

1/22-

  1. Boker Tov assembly! With all the classes together. 
  1. Reviewed what we did last week.  
  1. We watched 2 videos to help us review what was discussed. 
  1. https://youtube.com/watch?v=SAPKjWHikzM&feature=share  
  1. https://www.timesofisrael.com/blind-girls-bat-mitzvah-leads-to-braille-tech-innovati    
  1. We began to discuss our unit on Prophets.  
  1. We watched a video about the prophet David: https://youtu.be/Bsup35Xixtk 
  1. We brainstormed qualities of a good prophet and what a prophet does and stands for. 
  1. From our list, we chose 2 ideas of what a prophet stands for. 
  1. Next week we will be in groups.  Each group will study a prophet and how the prophet exemplifies the idea /ideas we are researching. 
  1. We had Trope Plus and T’Fillah. 

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  
  1. TropePlus materials on the Beth Am Website: https://www.bethambg.org/education-6th-grade-3/  
  1. Practice the first 5 lines of the V’ahavtah and the Shema for reading accuracy and fluency 

Today in class we worked on: 

1/15-

  1. It was great to have our parents with us for our 6th grade Boker B’yachad.  
  1. The parents and 6th graders joined in Trope Plus led by Morah Dickson.  
  1. Then, the parents and students separated for a half hour.  The parents had time with Rabbi Bellows to study. The 6th graders put thought in what it means to them to be Jewish by drawing a picture of ourselves and labeling how we can use our various body parts to be Jewish using middot, characteristics. They also used a quote from the Prophets that best describes their own ideas about Judaism. 
  1. The parents returned to the room where the learners shared the above work with their parents.  Then as family units, we filled out why becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is important. 
  1. Finally, at Tefilla Rabbi Prass discussed how many American Jews, supported Dr Martin Luther King in his important work as we approach MLK Day.  We also had a great play, facilitated by the 5th graders, on this week’s Torah portion. 

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  
  1. TropePlus materials on the Beth Am Website:  https://www.bethambg.org/education-6th-grade-3/  

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. Learning about giving back to the community. 
  1. We listened to the story, “The Trees with the Dancing Goats.” By Patrica Polacco 
  1. 4th – 6th grade had Shira led by Morah Ari. We had a great time with Morah Ari getting into the spirit of Chanukah, with some of the classic songs of the upcoming festival.  
  1. We did two tzedakah projects of making cards for the local police and book marks for a local a nursing home. 
  1. 4th – 6th grade had Shira led by Morah Ari where we focused on Chanukah songs.  
  1. 4th – 6th grade had t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass & Morah Ari. Rabbi Prass went over the meaning of some of the prayers in our school siddur. We acted out, with the help of several members of our class, this week’s Torah portion which tells the story of Joseph and his brothers.   

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.    

Today in class we worked on: 

12/4-

  1. We enjoyed the new morning schedule, which features a “Boker tov” assembly as Religious School starts. 
  1. At Shira, Morah Ari led us in songs for the upcoming holiday of Channukah.   
  1. Learning about anti-semitism. 
  1. We watched 2 videos and discussed them: 
  1. We tried coming up with a project to promote peace and togetherness.  
  1. We tried coming up with ideas to do a mitzvah project next week. 
  1. We made cards for the college boxes and some for CBA members who are sick 
  1. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass led us in a play describing the events in this week’s Torah portion of Vayishlach.  All in all it was a great morning of Jewish learning! 

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  

Today in class we worked on: 

11/20-

  1. Reviewing the ideals of Judaism. 
  1. Show parts of the movie “The Chosen”. 
  1. The movie is about 2 teenage boys one is Modern Orthodox, the other is Chasidic. The movie shows us how these 2 boys develop a friendship. https://youtu.be/BvlUk0kwDoE  This is the link from YouTube id you and your family wish to watch the movie. 
  1. We did a get to know you activity.                                         
  1.   We had T’Filah and Shira. 

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.    
  1. No class next week, Sunday, November 27. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Today in class we worked on: 

11/13-

  1. The meaning of Judaism whether it is Reform, Conservative or Orthodox. 
  1. At Shira we enjoyed having Morah Ari back.   
  1. We reviewed what we have learned about the Conservative, Reform  and Orthodox movement. 
  1. We created a poster with statements like when I see Judaism, I see…….  
  1. Not only did we say what we saw, but we included statements on what we felt!  
  1. We did statements for all of our sensory words. 
  1. We did a “get to know you” activity. 
  1. Finally, we finished our morning at Tefilla, led by Rabbi Bellows.  We enjoyed listening to a Dvar Torah on this week’s upcoming parasha of Chaya Sarah!   

Homework to be completed by next class:   

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.    

Today in class we worked on:

11/6-

  1. learning about Orthodox Judaism
  2. We reviewed what we have learned about the Conservative and Reform movement.
  3. We watched the following videos to get a picture of what Orthodox Judaism is about.
    1. https://youtu.be/RAkUKo9BFcU -10 Facts about Judaism
    2. https://youtu.be/aLqcL4E66-Q  -1 minute summary about Orthodox Judaism
    3. https://youtu.be/_2y0NVjEtYk A summary /comparison of all 3 branches of Judaism
  4. Brainstorm ideas about what an Orthodox synagogue looks like. Draw a picture of an Orthodox synagogue and list what is different  from the other branches of Judaism and what is the same.  Share information.
  5. We did a “get to know you” activity.
  6. Rabbi Prass and one of our high school students, Matthew Swolsky, led t’fillah with 4th – 6th graders
  7. Our high school student Matthew Swolsky led 4th – 6th grade in Shira.

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  

Today in class we worked on:

10/23-

  1. At Shira, Morah Ari introduced 4th – 6th graders to songs that were relevant to the upcoming Torah portion of Parashat Noach.
  2. In class, we were learning about Conservative Judaism.
  3. Read and discussed in our textbook pp 42-48.       
  4. Students created a drawing of a Conservative synagogue. They wrote 5 facts that make a Conservative synagogue different from a Reform one. We shared our information.
  5. We did a “get to know you” activity.
  6. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass built on the themes of the Torah portion and discussed some of the tzedakah projects Beth Am is working on. We also enjoyed having our madrichim lead us in the story/sermon.

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  

Today in class we worked on:

10/16-

  1. We are learning about Reform Judaism
  2. We had shira led by Morah Ari with 4th – 6th grade.
  3. Watched 2 YouTube videos about Reform Judaism
    1. https://youtu.be/zUNpC9Vjftg  and      
    2. https://youtu.be/Sc5zrTS7Z2M                    
  4. We discussed the videos and what makes Beth Am a Reform synagogue.
  5. Students created a drawing of a Reform Synagogue, Inside we wrote what makes a synagogue Reform.
  6. We had T’Filah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari with all of 4th – 6th grade.

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  

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.  First at Shira,  Morah Ari went over songs to help us prepare for the important holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
  2. We finish our name cards. We explained them to our classmates,
  3. We picked our Tzedakah project for the year!
  4.  We watched a YouTube video about an NBA player who converted to Orthodox Judaism. https://youtu.be/hLE9DB4u3Yw
  5.  We watched a video how Geoff Schwartz , a retired NFL player plans to educate team members and other players in the NFL.  https://youtu.be/zTgMOQYUw7I
  6. Students were divided into groups. Each group was given a situation where they had to educate non Jewish people about Judaism. They had to decide how to approach the situation and what to say.
  7. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass talked about how we can build community through the common experience of prayer.  We held our school service outside.

Homework to be completed by next class: 

  1. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.  

Today in class we worked on:
9/18-

  1. We enjoyed Tefilla, outside on the tennis courts, with the entire school, where Rabbi Prass blew the Shofar for the entire Religious School in celebration of Elul.
  2. We continued to do getting to know each other activities. We did activities that helped us to reacquaint ourselves with each other.
  3. We discussed how we will choose our Tzedakah project for the year.
  4. We watched and discussed another powerpoint about famous Jewish people and how they have influenced the world about Judaism.
  5. We made a name tag for ourselves. Besides are name, we put what we like to do in our free time and one of our strengths. On the inside, we put a sentence or 2 about what we want to learn.
  6. 4th – 6th grade had Shira with Morah Ari
    Homework to be completed by next class:
    9/18-
  7. Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.

Today in class we worked on:
9/11-

  • We enjoyed a very active Sunday, starting with the Opening School Ceremony led by Rabbi Prass, who was dressed as a Candy Bar as a sign of our hopes for a sweet school year of Jewish Learning here at Beth Am. It was great to have so many parents with us.
  • Getting to know each other. We did activities that helped us to reacquaint ourselves with each other.
  • We discussed how we will choose our Tzedakah project for the year.
  • We watched and discussed a powerpoint about what it means to be Jewish.
  • Shira with Morah Ari and all of 4th – 6th grade
    Homework to be completed by next class:
    9/11-
  • Please remember to bring paper and a pencil to class as well as Tzedakah.