education – 6th grade

Today in class we worked on:
5/15-
1. We began our session with Trope Plus with Morah Dickson.
2. making cards for children who are homeless.
3. We continued to work on our group presentations.
4. We presented information about the religions we studied to the 4th graders.
5. We wrapped up our school year with a Joint Tefilla Session for all of the grades in our Religious School.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/15-
1. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
2. It has been a wonderful year of learning! Have a great summer!

Today in class:
5/8-
1. 4th – 6th grade joined together for shira with Morah Ari.
2. We watched a video about Buddhism: https://youtu.be/Lxq-RiLb-6M
3. We discussed the video.
4. We worked on our worksheet that helped us to compare the religions of the world.
5. We formed groups to become “experts” on our assigned religion.
6. We will be making a presentation to 4th graders next week.
7. We enjoyed being in a special T’Fillah (prayer) with the rest of the classrooms and with Rabbi Bellows, Rabbi Prass, and Morah Ari. We also honored all parents. The 2nd Graders participated in an Olim Ceremony.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/8-

1. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website. Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavta, Avot V’Imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.
2. Since we are going to begin learning trope, please make sure you bring the highlighters with the following colors: yellow, orange, green, pink, and blue.
3. Bring in Tzedakah.
4. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class
5/1-
1. We reviewed the information we learned from our speakers Sheila Rawat and Junaid Ahmed. We wrote them thank you notes.
2. In honor of Israel Independence Day we watched a video about the building of ice hockey in Israel. https://youtu.be/gnKpguqHfag and the video Hatikvah https://youtu.be/GQCu9kl68Tg
3. We learned about the story “Six Million Paper Clips”. It is about how a small town in Tennessee learned about the Holocaust. This was in honor of the holiday when we remember those who perished in theHolocaust.
4. We had an all school T’fillah led by Rabbi Bellows and Morah Ari.
5. 6th grade had Trope Plus today led by Morah Dickson.
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/1-
1. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website. Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavta, Avot V’Imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.
2. Since we are going to begin learning trope, please make sure you bring the highlighters with the following colors: yellow, orange, green, pink, and blue.
3. Bring in Tzedakah.
4. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class
4/24-
1. We did not have trope plus today.
2. 4th – 6th grade had an assembly with Rabbi Prass where we heard a song connected to the holocaust in commemoration of the upcoming Yom Hashoah, and a song about Israel in celebration of Israel’s upcoming birthday. We also had a chance to look at and choose cards about Israel which we found interesting.
3. We had a speaker, Junaid Ahmed. He spoke about Islam. We learned the history, traditions and customs of Islam. He then related some of these ideas to Judaism.
4. We are so happy that Junaid was able to come visit us.
5. 4th – 6th grade joined for T’fillah with Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/24-
1. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website. https://bethambg.org Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavtah, Avot V’imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.
2. Since we are going to begin learning trope, please make sure you bring the highlighters with the following colors: yellow, orange, green, pink, and blue.
3. Bring in Tzedakah.
4. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class
4/10-
1. 4th – 6th grade had T’fillah with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari where we talked about getting ready to ask questions for Passover Seder.
2. We had a speaker, Sheila Rawat. She spoke about Hinduism. She told us about the history of Hinduism, philosophy, and customs. She also discussed how it is the same and different from Judaism.
3. We enjoyed her talk.
4. 6th grade continued with Trope Plus today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/10-
1. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
2. Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavta, Avot V’Imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.
3. Since we are going to begin learning trope, please make sure you bring the highlighters with the following colors: yellow, orange, green, pink, and blue.

Today in class we worked on:
4/3-
1. 6th grade continued our Trope Plus unit with Morah Dickson.
2. We began our study of Hinduism.
3. We watched a video about Hinduism: https://youtu.be/xlBEEuYIWwY
4. We read the chapter about Hinduism in our textbook.
5. With a partner, we wrote 2 questions that we want to ask our speaker on Hinduism next week.
6. 4th – 6th grade ended the day in T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/3-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus.
4. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
5. Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavta, Avot V’Imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.
6. Since we are going to begin learning trope, please make sure you bring the highlighters with the following colors: yellow, orange, green, pink, and blue.

Today in class we worked on:
3/13-
1) Our began our day in our classroom with attendance, saying boker tov, and getting ready for Purim Sunday! It was so much fun seeing all the Purim costumes!
2) The entire school met for a t’fillah filled with Purim songs, seeing the real megillah, and having our madrichim lead us in a Purim Shpiel (play)
3) Then we broke into 3 rotations where we:
a. Made a dream catcher/fortune teller which helped us think about Queen Esther and how she handled the tough decision she was faced with. We then talked about how we handle tough situations.
b. Looked at the 4 traditional Purim Mitzvot and talked about ways to make them modern and we even made new Purim Mitzvot.
c. Had a Purim Sing Down, where we competed over who knew more songs with the Purim themes of: King/queen, happy, celebration, and more!
4) Then we all regathered in the atrium for more Purim Shira.
5) We ended the day gathering outside for the food truck. It was so nice to be in the sun, noshing, and enjoying Purim Sunday with each other.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/13-
1. There is Hebrew school this week.
2. Then we have Spring break from March 20 – 27.
3. Happy Purim
4. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
5. Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavta, Avot V’Imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.

Today in class we worked on:
3/6-
1. We reviewed our study of Christianity.
2. We watched a video about Christianity to end our unit of study.
3. We worked in small groups to fill out a worksheet comparing Judaism and Christianity.
4. Reviewed the story of Purim to get ready for next Sunday.
5. Instead of shira, we had Trope Plus today
6. We joined all of 4th – 6th grade for T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari where we talked about the war in Ukraine and shared prayers for peace from our siddur.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/6-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
4. Here are the prayers to study for this week: Talit Blessing, V’ahavta, Avot V’Imahot, Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah, the Blessings Before the Haftarah and the first 2 paragraphs of the Blessing After Reading the Haftorah.
5. All are invited to come in costume next week for our Purim celebration.

Today in class we worked on:
2/27-
1. We enjoyed being in T’Fillah (prayer)with the rest of all the classes, Rabbi Prass, and Morah Ari. In addition, we enjoyed watching the 5th grade Faux Wedding Aufruf where we showered the 5th grade Faux bride and groom with soft candies.
2. We reviewed our study of Christianity.
3. We read and discussed the chapter about the formation of Protestantism.
4. We watched a video about Protestantism: https://youtu.be/IATyzSAjC1w
5. We listened to a story from the book “Solomon and the Ant” retold by Sheldon Oberman.
6. Instead of shira, we had Trope Plus today.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/27-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus.
4. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
5. Here are the prayers to study for this week:
a. Talit Blessing, V’Havtah, Avot, V’Imahot,Gerverot, Shema, the Blessings for Before and After the Torah and the Blessings Before the Haftarah.

Today we worked on:
2/20-
1. Instead of shira, we had Trope Plus today
2. In studying other religions, we began our study of Christianity.
3. We read and discussed the first chapter about Christianity in our textbook pp 89-102.
4. We watched a video about Christianity: https://youtu.be/LvL3YXa0n2M
5. We made Purim cards for CBA college students which will be sent in the weeks to come
6. At Tefilla, Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari facilitated a Havdalah Service and we tied it into some of the other themes we have been studying weekly during our school service.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/20-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus.
4. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.
5. Here are the prayers to study for this week:
a. Talit Blessing
b. V’ahavta
c. Avot V’Imahot
d. Gerverot
e. Shema
f. the Blessings for Before and After the Torah

Today in class we worked on:
2/13-
1. We began our study of world religions.
2. We read and discussed the chapter together.
3. We watched a video about world religions: https://youtu.be/m6dCxo7t_aE
4. We played a get to know you game.
5. We had Trope Plus with Morah Dickson and T’fillah with Rabbi Prass.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/13-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus.
4. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website. https://www.bethambg.org/education-6th-grade-3/
5. Here are the prayers to study for this week:
a. Talit Blessing
b. V’ahavta
c. Avot V’Imahot
d. Gerverot
e. Shema
f. Blessings for Before and After the Torah

Today in class we worked on :
2/6-
1. We reviewed what was discussed last week. – Students finished their posters on how their prophet would show kindness during the pandemic.
2. Each group prepared a presentation to teach the class about the prophet.
3. Presentations were given
4. Students who were done early chose a Jewish scientist from a set of articles. They read about the scientist and told the group what the discoveries the scientist made.
5. Instead of shira, we had Trope Plus today and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/6-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus.
4. Remember you can access recordings and the booklet on the Beth Am website.

Today in class we worked on:
1/30-
1. We reviewed what was discussed last week. – Students began creating a poster showing how the prophet would show kindness during the pandemic.
2. Instead of shira, we had Trope Plus today led by Morah Dickson. For more information on trope plus, click here.
3. 4th – 6th grade had T’fillah led by Morah Ari and Rabbi Prass.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/30-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus.

Today in class we worked on:
1/23-
– We reviewed what was discussed last week. Students got to choose which prophet that they wanted to research.
– Students were put in groups and began researching the prophet they chose.
– Each group has to come up with a skit or or a poster showing how the prophet would show kindness during the pandemic.
– Instead of shira, we had Trope Plus with Morah Dickson and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/23-
Bring in Tzedakah. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class. Please practice what was covered in Trope Plus

Today in class we worked on:
1/16-
1. We reviewed what was discussed last week. Students got to revise their Bar/Bat Mitzvah letters to parents.
2. Watched the following videos about prophets
– Deborah- https://youtu.be/myeSLGXHt4k
– David- https://youtu.be/Bsup35Xixtk
– Joshua- https://youtu.be/mBSSAPKjWHikzM3arAAC0w
3. Our discussion of the videos included:
– Message of the prophet
– Would they be helpful now during this pandemic? Why or Why not?
– Which one would show the most kindness during the pandemic?
4. We did a mixer activity.
5. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/16-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on
1/9-
1. We discussed what it takes to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
2. Listened to part of the book, “Keeping the Promise” by Tami Lehman Wilzig. It was about a Torah a Rabbi carried with him while in a concentration camp. The Rabbi read from it when he became a Bar Mitzvah in the concentration camp. The Rabbi gave it to the Israeli astronaut to take it to space. Unfortunately, Ilan Ramon who was on the spaceship Columbia died when the ship re-entered the earth’s atmosphere.
3. Watched a video about a blind girl becoming a Bat Mitzvah. https://www.timesofisrael.com/blind-girls-bat-mitzvah-leads-to-braille-tech-innovation
4. Watched a clip from the movie “A Serious Man”. https://youtube.com/watch?v=SAPKjWHikzM&feature=share
5. Wrote letters to our parents to be shared close to when we become a Bat/ Bar Mitzvah.
6. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/9-
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Bring back the yellow worksheet about becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Students and parents should fill it out together.

Today in class we worked on:
12/12 –
1. We finished listening to the story, “ The Christmas Menorah How a town fought hate” by Janice Cohn. It is a true story that took place in Billings, Montana. It is about how a city came together to fight anti-semitism. A copy of the book is in the Beth Am library.
2. We discussed what is anti-semetism is and what we can do to stop hate in our community.
3. Students worked with partners to come up with a plan on what they would do if someone threw a brick at their window. How would they get the help of others in the community?
4. Each partnership will present their plan.
5. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/12 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. Lihitaot (good-bye) and Happy New Years to you and your families! See you on Sunday, January 9 2022!!!

Today in class we worked on:
12/5 –
1. We began the day with an all school t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. As part of the t’fillah, our madrichim and several 6th graders led a short skit which told the Chanukah story.
2. Then we went back to class where we:
a. We listened to the story, “ The Christmas Menorah How a town fought hate” by Janice Cohn. It is a true story that took place in Billings, Montana. It is about how a city came together to fight anti-semitism. A copy of the book is in the Beth Am library.
3. Then we did an all school program with rotations looking at the current holiday of Chanukah. The stations were:
a. Dreidel: The letters on the dreidel, what they stand for, dreidel competition
b. ABC Chanukah: thinking of a Chanukah related word for each word in the English alphabet.
c. Craft which helped us think about how we can shine a light as Jews.
d. Creative Chanukiah Competition: the most creative chanukiah they could think of
4. We ended the day with an all school Chanukah shira.
5. Each child was given a dreidel to play with and an edible ring pop shaped like a dreidel.
6. Lihitaot (good-bye)
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/5 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
11/21 –
1. We presented our posters on the different branches of Judaism.
2. We watched parts of the movie, “The Chosen”. It is about 2 boys from different branches of Judaism who become good friends. The movie is at Beth Am if anyone wants to watch it .
3. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/21 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.
3. No class next Sunday, November 28,2021. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Today in class we worked on:
11/14 –
1. We finished our posters on one for the 3 branches of Judaism. One group explored a 4th branch, Reconstructionism
2. We listened to the story “Day of Delight, A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia”.
3. We also discussed what it is like to be Jewish in Israel.
4. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/14 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
11/7 –
1. we reviewed the 3 branches of Judaism by getting into groups. Each group created a poster about the assigned branch of Judaism. (Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox).
2. Poster needed to include the following information about food, dress, philosophy, sanctuary, and prayer.
3. Posters were shared.
4. We did a mixer activity .
5. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/7 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
10/31 –
1. 6th grade enjoyed Rekudei Am (Israeli Folk Dancing) outside led by Morah Ari.
2. We reviewed pages 42-48 in the book, ”Judaism and the World’s Religions”
3. We reviewed the information we learned about Reform Judaism, and Conservative Judaism.
4. We learned more about Orthodox Judaism.
5. We discussed the similarities and differences between the 3 branches of Judaism.
6. We finished our art project about how we feel about Judaism.
7. We did a mixer activity.
8. 4th – 6th grade enjoyed T’Fillah (prayer) led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/31 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
10/24 –
1. We reviewed pages 42-47 in the book, ”Judaism and the World’s Religions”
2. We reviewed the information we learned about Reform Judaism and began a discussion of what we know about Conservative Judaism.
3. We discussed the similarities and differences between the 2 branches of Judaism.
4. We did an art project about how we feel about Judaism.
5. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/24 – Bring in Tzedakah. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
10/17 –
1. We read a pages 42-47 in the book,”Judaism and the World’s Religions”
2. The focus was on learning about Reform Judaism.
3. We discussed and related the text to Congregation Beth Am and what makes us a Reform congregation.
4. We did activities as if the students were campers at OSRUI
5. We had a presentation about being a camper at Reform Judaism’s overnight camp, OSRUI (https://osrui.org/)
6. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/17 –
Bring in Tzedakah. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
10/10 –
1. We played ice breaker games to get to know each other.
2. With a partner, we researched a famous Jewish person.
3. We fill-out a worksheet about the person and shared the information with the class.
4. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/10 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
10/3 –
1. We played ice breaker games to get to know each other.
2. We watched a PowerPoint about Famous Jewish People.
3. We discussed their importance to society.
4. We listened to a story about the baseball player Hank Greenberg. “Hammerin’ Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg” by Yona Zeldis McDonough.
5. There was shira and T’fillah with the other 4th – 6th graders outside under the tent
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/3 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
9/26 –
1. We played ice breaker games to get to know each other.
2. We discussed what it means to be Jewish
3. We watched a PowerPoint to stimulate our discussion.
4. There was shira and T’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/26 –
1. Bring in Tzedakah.
2. Make sure you have a pencil or pen and paper for class.

Today in class we worked on:
9/19 –
1) It was a joy and a privilege to welcome back, in person, all of our Kindergarten – 6th grade students!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
2) For our first session, we met at the synagogue, because the synagogue has missed our children! And we wanted them to spend time in our Sukkah.
3) We had a brief t’fillah (service) in the sanctuary to start the day and ended the day with shira (music) outside on the lawn.
4) In between that, we had 5 rotations which were:
a. Go into the Sukkah with Rabbi Bellows and shake the lulav & etrog
b. Talk about our best ‘fruits of our labors’ this last year that we would bring to the Temple in Jerusalem
c. We played Lulav, lulav, etrog (think Duck, duck, goose) so we could practice saying these ‘once a year’ words.
d. We wrote our own creative prayers for Sukkot (these were posted to Facebook)
e. We talked about Ushpizin (guests to the sukkah) and who we would want to invite to our sukkah. (these were posted to Facebook)
5) All the rotations were done by class so we could meet our Morim, Madrichim, and our Religious School friends. There was also some time to get to know each other and learn about what we will be studying during this school year.
6) Thank you to the many that brought in items for our Sukkot CBA Tzedakah Drive – Supporting FillAHeart4Kids. If you still want to donate, you can bring in the items thru next Monday, September 27th
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/19 –
1. Please remember tzedakah
2. Reminder, beginning next Sunday, we return to JCYS
3. The time of the session is 9:30 – 11:30
4. Thank you to the many that brought in items for our Sukkot CBA Tzedakah Drive – Supporting FillAHeart4Kids. If you still want to donate, you can bring in the items thru next Monday, September 27th. They are collecting:
a. $10 gift cards to McDonalds
b. New Winter hats/gloves for teens/adults- boys and girls.