The fourth graders have been busy working at stations on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Below are some sample stations for Ashrei. In addition there was a script writing station and Hebrew reading station with me. As important as decoding Hebrew is, it's also important that our students have some understanding of what they are saying - The Big Ideas! On Wednesday of this past week, that group and I had a very "theologic" conversation. I think that listening to kids ideas about God is one of the most fascinating aspects of my job. You kids are theologians!
With Josh Satok, our grade 6 teacher, last Sunday the kids searched for some of the Hebrew roots in the Kiddush and identified other key words in the kiddush. A sampling of the English words and phrases included: holy, remember, time, leaving Egypt, chosen, love. From this list the kids were asked to try and guess what the Kiddush is a blessing over and then compared their guesses with the English.
On Sunday, I will upload a November HW Calendar and also share a Google Voice Number. My hope is that kids can leave me messages on my google voicemail with themselves chanting lines they've mastered. This will enable me to spend more time with them in class on trouble spots in the Hebrew.
Zayin Line: They shall celebrate Your abundant goodness, and sing joyously of Your beneficence.
Create a silent dance or set of motions to convey the idea of celebrating God’s goodness.
Tet Line: Adonai is good to all, and God’s mercy is upon all God’s works.
Write a short poem that expresses how God is “good to all”. Your poem needs to use the Hebrew word tov, which means good. Tov is the first word in this line of Ashrei.
Kaf Line: They shall talk of the majesty of Your kingship, and speak of Your might.
Create a comic or cartoon with two characters talking and speaking about God’s kingship and might. Since this line starts with the word kivod/respect, please include it (in Hebrew) in the dialogue.
Mem Line: Your kingship is an eternal kingship; Your dominion is for all generations.
On one side of your paper create an illustration of the word “eternal” or something that is eternal. (Eternal means forever.) On the other side of your paper list the names of your grandparents, parents, and siblings. You can also the write the names of your great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins or other important family members.