education – gimel wed

Today in class we worked on:
5/11-
1) Went over letter/vowel assessment from last week
2) Played some whiteboard games to review letter and vowel sounds
3) Participated in an exciting game of Jeopardy with categories including topics we learned about throughout the year including prayers, roots, vocabulary, etc.
4) Enjoyed pizza dinner along with a very kind teacher appreciation assembly
5) Thank you so much for the very thoughtful personalized notebook and very generous restaurant gift cards I received at our assembly! I have really enjoyed working with the Gimmel class this year. Such a hard-working, fun loving, enthusiastic group of students. I hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/11-
1) Students should pull out their Hebrew book once in a while throughout the summer and pick a page to practice reading to stay well prepared for Dalet in the fall.

Today in class we worked on:
5/4-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Bellows.
2. Review of all letters and vowels
3. Finished our unit on the Kiddush
4. Reviewed the meaning of the Kiddush by identifying roots and their meanings
5. Used a variety of reading activities and games to practice the Kiddush
6. Took letter/vowel assessment
Homework to be completed by next class:
5/4-
1. To reinforce what we did in class, students should read the Kiddush on page 86 in their textbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Students should read aloud to a parent and have a parent sign the page when complete.

Today in class we worked on:
4/27-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Warmed up with a review of sound alike letters
3. Continued our unit on the Kiddush
4. Practiced reading the Kiddush
5. Reviewed what the Kiddush means and why we say it
6. Practiced reading and translating prayer vocabulary
7. Played Kiddush Bingo
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/27-
1. Students should complete the activity listed below on page 56 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Sound-Alike Letters: At the top of the page, students should write the sound of each group of letters. In the middle of the page, students should cross out the letter that doesn’t belong in each group of letters.

Today in class we worked on:
4/20-
1. We had an all school t’fillah
2. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
3. Continued our unit on the Kiddush
4. Learned about what events we remember when we say the Kiddush
5. Learned the root meaning remember and practiced reading words containing the root
6. Reviewed all the roots we have previously learned and identified them while reading Hebrew blessings
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/20-
1. Students should complete the activity listed below on page 57 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Recognizing Roots: Students should read each group of words and identify the root. Then they should write the root letters and the meaning of the root on the blank lines.

Today in class we worked on:
4/13-
1. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
2. Finished our holiday unit
3. Practiced reading and translating holiday blessings
4. Reviewed the Passover blessings and the Four Questions
5. Performed a play the students wrote about the 10 plagues during our Model seder. You can check out their performance on the CBA youtube channel
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/13-
1) No Homework.
2) I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Today in class we worked on:
4/6-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
3. Continued learning about Passover
4. Reviewed Passover blessings
5. Worked on reading and translating the Four Questions
6. Finished our presentation for next week’s model seder
Homework to be completed by next class:
4/6-
1. Students should complete the activity listed below on page 52 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. The Four Questions: Students should read the Four Questions in Hebrew and then answer the questions below in English.

Today in class we worked on:
3/30-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
3. Began learning all about Passover
4. Practiced reading and translating Passover blessings
5. Learned Passover vocabulary
6. Worked on a presentation for our upcoming model seder
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/30-
1. No homework this week.

Today in class we worked on:
3/16-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass where we looked at the REAL Megillah
2. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
3. Began our unit studying the Kiddush
4. Learned prayer vocabulary and practiced reading it
5. Reviewed the root meaning holy and practiced reading words containing the root
6. Had a great discussion about the word holy and what it means
7. Participated in Hebrew through Movement outside
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/16-
1) No Homework. Have a wonderful spring break! See you when we are back on March 30th.

Today in class we worked on:
3/9-
1. Participated in all school T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
3. Finished our unit on Yotzair Or and Ma’ariv Aravim
4. Reviewed prefixes including and & the
5. Practiced reading with a variety of activities and games
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/9-
1. Students should complete the activity listed below on page 11 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Siddur Phrases: Students should read the phrases, circle the “double-duty” dot, and answer the question in the blue box.

Today in class we worked on:
3/2-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
3. Reviewed what Ma’ariv Aravim means and practiced reading it
4. Began learning about Yotzair Or including what it means and when we say it
5. Practiced reading vocabulary from Yotzair Or
6. Read the prayer individually and together
7. Played Around the World to practice vocabulary
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/2-
1. Students should complete the activity listed below on page 8 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. The Cycle of Time: Students should complete the Hebrew sentences, translate them, and practice reading them. They should use pages 14 and 18 in their textbooks to help if needed.

Today in class we worked on:
2/23-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Went over the letter/vowel assessment from last week
3. Began learning the Ma’ariv Aravim prayer including what it means and when we say it
4. Learned the root for evening, practiced reading words containing this root and reviewed the other roots we have learned
5. Played Bingo to practice the words from the Ma’ariv Aravim prayer
6. Practiced Hebrew numbers
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/23-
1. Students should complete the activities listed below on page 10 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Recognizing the Root: Students should write the word erev in Hebrew on each of the lines and then read each phrase they have made.
3. As Evening Falls: Students should answer each of the holiday questions. They should write their answers in English.

Today in class we worked on:
2/16-
1. Participated in T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass where we looked at 2 prayers about love.
2. Warmed up with a letter and vowel review
3. Reviewed what the Mi Khamokha means
4. Learned where in the Torah we find the Mi Khamokha
5. Reviewed the root for holy, practiced reading words containing this root and reviewed the other roots we have learned
6. Practiced reading with a variety of reading activities
7. Took a letter and vowel assessment
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/16-
1. Students should complete the activity listed below on page 31 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Recognizing the Root (Top of the page): Read each phrase and find the word built on the root meaning holy. Write the word on the line.

Today in class we worked on:
2/9-
1. Participated in a school wide assembly led by Rabbi Prass learning about Jewish participants in the Olympics.
2. Warmed up with a review of five letters and vowels
3. Began our next unit learning about the Mi Khamokha
4. Learned what the Mi Khamokha means and why we say it
5. Practice reading and translating prayer vocabulary
6. Had a great discussion about miracles
7. Learned about the connection between the Maccabees and Mi Khamokha
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/9-
1. Students should complete the activities listed below on page 28 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. A Song of Praise: Write the words of Mi Khamokha in order. Students can use page 42 in their textbook to help. Read the prayer once complete.
3. Mmmm: Cross out letters that do not make the “m” sound.

Today in class we worked on:
2/2-
1. Participated in a school wide t’fillah led by Rabbi Prass
2. Warmed up with a review of final letters
3. Finished our unit on the V’ahavta
4. Reviewed what the V’ahavta means and why we say it
5. Finished reading the V’ahavta with a variety of reading activities
6. Played V’ahavta Tic Tac Toe and Bingo to practice the vocabulary
7. Had a demonstration by Rabbi Prass of how to put on Tefillin
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/2-
1. To reinforce what we did in class, students should read the V’ahavta aloud on page 34 in their textbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Students should spend 10 minutes reading and stop when the time is up even if they do not finish. Students should circle any words they get stuck on and have a parent sign the page.

Today in class we worked on:
1/26-
1. Warmed up with a vowel review
2. Reviewed what the V’ahavta means and why we say it
3. Learned the meaning of the prefix הַ
4. Learned what it means when a word ends with ךָ and practiced reading several examples
5. Discussed where we find the V’ahavta in the Torah
6. Had a great discussion about Talmud Torah
7. Participated in a school wide assembly led by Rabbi Prass. We watched a video about this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim (laws). The focus was on choosing to do what’s right, even if there is pressure not to or other people are choosing to do what’s wrong.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/26-
1) To reinforce what we did in class, students should complete the activity listed below on page 26 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2) ךָ Ending (Top of the page): Students should first write the ךָ at the end of each word. Then they should practice reading each word by splitting the longer words into parts and sounding them out one part at a time.

Today in class we worked on:
1/19-
Warmed up with a review of look-alike letters
1. Continued learning about the V’ahavta
2. Reviewed what the V’ahavta means and why we say it
3. Learned the root meaning love
4. Learned more V’ahavta vocabulary
5. Practice reading the 3rd line of the V’ahavta with a variety of reading activities
6. Participated in a school wide assembly led by Rabbi Prass. We did an individual activity about fears and learned about Birkat Ha’Gomel, a prayer for gratitude we say after overcoming something scary, difficult, challenging, etc.
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/19-
1) To reinforce what we did in class, students should complete the activity listed below on page 27 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2) Recognizing the Root (Top of the page): First, students should fill in the missing root letters. Then students should read each of the words.

Today in class we worked on:
1/12-
1. Warmed up with some letter and vowel practice
2. Began our next unit learning about the V’ahavta
3. Learned what the V’ahavta is, what it means, and why we say it
4. Practiced reading the first two lines of the V’ahavta
5. Worked on V’ahavta vocabulary
6. Participated in a school wide Tu B’Shevat assembly led by Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/12-
1. Students should complete page 22 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer to practice some of the prayer vocabulary we learned. They should use page 34 in their textbook to help. Students should also read lines 1 and 2 on page 34 in their textbook to practice the lines we read in class today.

Today in class we worked on:
12/15-
1. Warmed up with a review 5 letters and vowels
2. Went over the letter/vowel assessment from last week
3. Reviewed the Shema
4. Learned all about the second line of the Shema including what it means, the history behind it, and how to recite it
5. Practiced reading the second line both individually and together
6. Had a great discussion about what it means to have a “good name”
7. Learned about why two letters in the Shema are written larger than the other letters in the Torah
8. Participated in Tefillah led by Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/15-
1. No homework. Have a wonderful winter break!

Today in class we worked on:
12/8 –
1. Warmed up with a review of all the letters and vowels
2. Began a new unit on the Shema
3. Learned what the Shema means and why we say it
4. Practiced reading the Shema both individually and together
5. Had a great discussion about what it means to be responsible for one another
6. Took a letter and vowel assessment
7. Practiced the Hebrew numbers one through ten
8. Participated in Hebrew through Movement
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/8 –
1. To reinforce what we did in class, students should complete the activities listed below in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Our Pledge of Loyalty (Page 16): Students should write the words of the Shema in order. Then, students should practice reading the Shema. Students can use page 24 in their textbook to help.
3. Look to the right and Look to the left (Page 18): Students should make each letter into a Shin or a Sin and then practice reading the words.

Today in class we worked on:
12/1 –
1. Warmed up with a review of all the letters making the “k” and “kh” sounds
2. Began our next unit on holiday blessings
3. Learned what holiday blessings are and why we say them
4. Practiced different holiday blessings with a focus on the Chanukah blessings
5. Learned what the Shehecheyanu is, what it means, and when we say it
6. Participated in Hebrew through Movement
7. Today the students met with Rabbi Prass in T’fillah where we prayed parts of the Amidah, to light the chanukiah, and to talk about Chanukkah. During T’fllah we talked about ways that we can spread light.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/1 –
1) To reinforce what we did in class, students should complete the activities listed below on page 48 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2) A Special Blessing (Page 48): First, students should fill in the ending of the blessing. Then, students should write what the blessing ending means in English. Students can use page 81 in their textbook to help.
3) Holiday Know-How (Page 48): Students should read the blessing endings. On the blank line, students should write the holiday the blessing is said on. Students can write the holiday in English.

Today in class we worked on:
11/17 –
1. Warmed up with a review of final letters
2. Reviewed the Shabbat blessings we have learned
3. Learned the blessing for the wine including what it means and why we say it
4. Learned all about the blessing for the bread including why it is so important
5. Practiced reciting many different blessings over candles and identifying when we say them
6. Attended Tefillah led by Rabbi Prass
7. Participated in Hebrew through Movement
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/17 –
1) Students should complete the activities listed below on page 40 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2) Welcoming Shabbat (Page 40): First, students should fill in the endings of each blessing. Then, students should read the blessing endings. Students can use page 66 in their textbook to help.

Today in class we worked on:
11/10 –
1. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
2. Learned all about Havdalah
3. Looked up close at a Havdalah candle and spice box
4. Learned what all the Havdalah blessings mean and why we say them
5. Practiced reciting the Havdalah blessings
6. Rabbi Prass led the entire Hebrew school in making Chanukah cards which will be sent to current active Jewish military personal.
7. Participated in Hebrew through Movement
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/10 –
1) Students should complete the activities listed below on page 41 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2) Saying Goodbye to Shabbat (Top of Page 41): First, students should answer the two questions. Then, students should write the Hebrew words for the blessing endings in the proper order. Last, students should write what the endings mean in English. Students can use page 75 in their textbook to help.

Today in class we worked on:
11/3 –
1. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
2. Practiced the 10 words a commandment blessing starts with
3. Reviewed the roots we have already learned
4. Learned the root meaning holy and the root meaning command
5. Started a new unit on Shabbat blessings
6. Reviewed the blessing for lighting the Shabbat candles focusing on what all the words in the blessing mean
7. Learned why we light at least two candles on Shabbat
8. Attended Tefillah led by Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/3 –
1. Students should complete the activities listed below on pages 38 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Siddur Phrases (Top of Page 38): Circle each word ending with the “ahv” sound
3. Recognizing the Root (Bottom of Page 38): Fill in the blanks by finding the matching word then read each of the six words.

Today in class we worked on:
10/27 –
-Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and vowels
-Went over our letter and vowel assessment from last week
-Reviewed blessings for wine, challah, fruit, and more
-Began learning about blessings of mitzvah
-Learned the 10 words these blessings start with along with what they mean
-Practiced reading mitzvah blessings and understanding when we say them
-Learned reading rules with the letter vav
-Worked on the next 2 lines of the Birkat HaMazon
-Participated in Hebrew through Movement outside with Rabbi Prass and the students in Kitah Daled.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/27 –
Students should complete the activities listed below on pages 36 and 37 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.

Blessings of Mitzvah (Page 36): Write the 10 words that begin a blessing of mitzvah and then read the words.

Reading Rule (Page 37): Practice reading the words. If the vav in the word makes the “vo” sound, circle the word.

Today in class we worked on:
10/20 –
-Warmed up with a review of the Aleph Bet
-Reviewed the first 6 words that most blessings start with
-Learned several blessings including blessings for wine, challah, fruit, etc.
-Practiced reciting these blessings
-Continued learning the Birkat HaMazon focusing on the third and fourth line
-Took a letter and vowel assessment
-Participated in Hebrew through Movement outside with Rabbi Prass
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/20 –
1. Students should complete the activities listed below on pages 35 and 36 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.

2. Pick a Fruit (Page 35): Add the Hebrew word for fruit in the blanks and then read the blessings.

3. Make Believe (Page 36): Write the sound alike word in English next to the Hebrew word.

Today in class we worked on:
10/13 –
1. Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and 5 vowels
2. Discussed what blessings are and why we say them
3. Introduced the first 6 words that most blessings start with
4. Learned what these 6 words mean
5. Reviewed the root meaning bless and introduced the root  מ ל ך
meaning ruler
6. Practiced reading words built on these roots
7. Began learning the first two lines of Birkat HaMazon
8. Participated in Hebrew through Movement
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/13 –
1. Students should complete the activities listed below on pages 34 and 35 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.
2. Thank You (Page 34): Write the first 6 words of a blessing in Hebrew. Use page 52 in textbook to help if needed.
3. Count Your Blessings (Page 34): Write a thank you blessing.
4. Recognizing the Root (Page 35): Identify root letters in the words and try reading them.

Today in class we worked on:
10/6 –
—Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and 5 vowels
—Reviewed what the Barkhu means and practiced reading it
—Introduced roots
—Explanation of how words are built on roots
—Practice with the root ך ר ב
—Learned many different ways to read and write G-d’s name
—Practiced reading with a variety of activities
—Participated in Hebrew through Movement
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/6 –
1. Students should complete the activities listed below on page 5 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.

2. Recognizing the Root (Page 5): Students should follow directions as written.

3. Siddur Phrases (Page 5): Students should circle all words built on the root ך ר ב and then practice reading the phrases.

Today in class we worked on:
9/29 –
—Warmed up with a review of 5 letters and 5 vowels
—Introduced the Barkhu including
—The history of the prayer
—How it got its name
—What it means
—When we say it
—Practiced reading the Barkhu
—Found the Barkhu in the Siddur
—Examined the Torah up close with Rabbi Prass and tried reading a few words directly from the Torah
 Each class rotated outside to look at the Lulav, etrog, and Torah in celebration of our 3 holidays: hoshana rabba, shemini atzeret, and simchat Torah.
—Participated in Hebrew through Movement
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/29 –
Students should complete the activities listed below on pages 2 and 3 in their workbook, The New Hebrew Through Prayer.

A Call to Prayer (Page 2): Students should write the words of the Barkhu. They should use page 4 in their textbook to help if needed.

Family Letters (Page 3): Students should practice reading the words. As they are reading, they should circle any words found in the Barkhu.

Today in class we worked on:
9/22 –
We had a terrific first day including
—Icebreakers for classmates to reconnect
—Review of all the Hebrew vowels along with a memory game
—Review of the Hebrew letters with a focus on the “look alike” letters
—A visit to the sukkah where students had the opportunity to shake the lulav and etrog
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/22 –
1) There is no homework this week. I hope you are enjoying Sukkot. I am looking forward to a great year!