Sunday, May 12, 2019

Grade 3/Kitah Gimel 2018-2019

5-12-19

Shalom Gimel Families,

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day.

We had a busy Sunday morning.  After morning work and meeting, our Madricha, Naomi, did a wonderful activity with the students.  She read the book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  As a follow up students were given a piece of paper to write and decorate their names.  They then passed the paper around in a circle and wrote compliments to each classmate. Thank you Naomi for an awesome activity!

In Hebrew we reviewed the Birkot Hashachar with whole group singing and Hebrew games. During the week we did Hebrew Through Movement where students were introduced to the Hebrew words for shoulders, mouth, and blue.  This week they will be introduced to the colors red, green, and yellow.

On Sunday we spent a few minutes talking about some of the mitzvot in this week’s parashah, Kedoshim after watching a brief video clip about it.  We focused on the mitzvah of honoring parents, and students made cards for the special grown ups in their life.

We look forward to our final day celebration next week.  Wow, this year really flew!

Shalom

Elana



5-5-19


Shalom Gimel Families,


Mazel Tov to the Gimel students for completing the Birkot Hashachar!  They did a great job and are working hard to master the prayers. They continue to practice their Hebrew reading through buddy reading and games, and are working on a Birkot Hashachar illustration packet.


In other Hebrew news, students did some Hebrew Through Movement during the week.  They have learned and internalized a lot of new vocabulary and some of the vocabulary is used in other aspects of their day.  Students are able to follow many classroom directions in Hebrew!


During the week Nitzan visited us and talked more about Israeli start-ups and inventions.  Students played a jeopardy game to demonstrate their new knowledge. As always, students were also introduced to 3 new Hebrew words.


This week we will continue to practice Birkot Hashachar and work on Hebrew Through Movement.


Wishing everyone a great week!


Shalom


Elana



4-28-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


I hope everyone had a wonderful Passover and relaxing April break.  We are in the home stretch…


The students did a fabulous job with their Israel presentations on Sunday.  They had a lot of fun working with their group to do the research, find pictures and make their slideshow.  Demonstrating their learning to their families was definitely a highlight of the day.


In Hebrew we did morning meeting, a little bit of movement, the counting game and Hebrew reading.  For stations students did buddy reading, Hebrew Reading games and worked on their Birkot Hashachar illustration packets.  We have studied the Birkot Hashachar up to line 12.


For Middot (Jewish Values) students listened to the book The Only One Club and wrote compliments to two classmates.  We ended our day with Closing Circle where each student shared, in Hebrew, something they liked about the day.  This week most chose the special activity which was their Israel presentations.


During the week we met Nitzan’s mom.  Nitzan talked about Israeli inventions through videos and some fun games.


Wishing everyone a great week.


Shalom


Elana



4-7-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Welcome to the month of Nisan.  Passover preparations begin in earnest…


In Hebrew students have worked on the Birkot Hashachar up to Line 10.  To go along with buddy reading and Hebrew reading games, students also have an opportunity to illustrate each of the morning blessings during morning work time on Sundays.  During the week, as part of our elective series, students are working on reading Kadesh (the order of the Seder), Ma Nishtana and The Four Children.


Electives are going well, and students are almost done creating their images of The Four Children.  This week they will finish up, share their work, and bring their project home. We have all had a blast creating amazing art work!


Many students have completed their Israel slideshows and have done a great job!  We can’t wait to share these on April 28! Finishing touches will be done on the weekdays following April vacation.


Wishing everyone a great week, a restful vacation and a meaningful Passover.  Chag Sameach!


Elana



3-31-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


This past Sunday was a real treat doing Tefillah with our artist in residence, Josh Warshawsky.  It was great getting together with the Gan, Alef, Bet and Gimel classes to enjoy singing, prayers and some new nigunim (melodies).


In the classroom, students have learned to chant the Birkot Hashachar up to Line 8.  For morning work on a Sunday, they have the opportunity to illustrate what each blessing means to them.  They continue to do buddy reading and reading games to reinforce their reading.


Students continued their Israel research and many of the groups have begun to work on their Google slideshow.  We can’t wait to share these presentations at our Passport to Israel program on the 28th April.


Spring electives are under way and students are enjoying the different electives they are doing.  As part of the elective they are also working on The Four questions and Order of the Seder. We look forward to seeing their finished artwork.  


I hope everyone has a great week!


Shalom


Elana



3-24-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


We are super excited to start our new elective series this week.  In addition to Hevruta study and elective, we will also spend time reviewing The Four Questions and learning to read about The Four Children in Hebrew from the Haggadah.


This week in Hebrew Through Movement students learned the Hebrew words for marker, books, pencil, ears and eyes.  These words were reinforced through a variety of different movements. In Hebrew Reading students are making good progress with the Birkot Hashachar through whole group reading,  buddy reading and Hebrew games.


This past week students started working on research projects about Israel.  When their research is done they will make a Google slideshow to share at our Passport to Israel program on April 28.


We wish everyone a great week!


Shalom


Elana




3-17-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Happy Purim!  We look forward to celebrating on Wednesday night, March 20.


This week in Hebrew students were introduced new Hebrew vocabulary during Hebrew Through Movement.  They are doing a great job understanding and following the Hebrew commands and enjoying the opportunities to move their bodies at the same time.  In Hebrew reading students started working on the Birkot Hashachar and have learned the first blessing. To reinforce their reading, they did some buddy reading and played a reading game.


During Tefillah this week we enjoyed a guest drummer who worked with students on different drumming rhythms.  Students had the opportunity to try out different drums and shakers.


Last Sunday students made popsicle stick boxes for Mishloach Manot.  This week they filled the boxes with goodies, wrote a compliment and Happy Purim note to a classmate and exchanged boxes.  Students were very excited to leave Hebrew School with these!


Wishing you all a Chag Purim Sameach and a great week!


Shalom


Elana



3-10-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Mazel Tov and Yasher Koach to all the Gimel students on completing Mi Kamocha!  We are now ready to move on to Birkot Hashachar.


Sunday morning was a regular day with morning meeting, whole group Hebrew where we completed Mi Kamocha, buddy reading and Hebrew reading games.


In honor of the snow and going on to daylight savings time, during Tefillah students learned a blessing and had an opportunity to write the words sheleg (snow) and sheesh (sun) in the snow!


During our holiday block we reviewed the Purim story and some Purim customs with a whole group 4 in a row game where students were divided into 2 teams to play.  After this students made Mishloach Manot with a wood base, popsicle sticks and mosaics. Next week they will put items into the boxes and give it to a classmate with a note for Purim.


During the week we got together with the second grade to work with Nitzan.  The theme this week was Israeli music. Students played a game and listened to some Israeli music.  They also learned the Hebrew words for songs and singers.


I hope everyone has a great week!


Shalom


Elana



3-3-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Welcome back from February break!  Students are back into the swing of things and this week learned 3 new lines of Mi Kamocha.  Their learning was reinforced with Hebrew Reading Games and buddy reading. In Hebrew Through Movement we reviewed vocabulary introduced before vacation.  Ask your son/daughter to sing you the song they wrote as a class using the commands!


This week we combined with the second graders to work with Nitzan.  After an ice breaker game where students learned something about each other, Nitzan introduced them to some new Hebrew vocabulary and shared some pictures from her recent trip to Israel.


We have started talking about the next fun holiday, Purim.  Students were divided into 2 groups to do a Readers Theater of the Purim story and then played a 4 in a row game in pairs to review.  Next week we will talk about some of the traditions and customs of Purim.


Wishing everyone a great week.  Enjoy the snow!


Shalom


Elana



2-10-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


We had a busy Sunday in Hebrew School.  After morning meeting students had an opportunity to do movement and stretching by listening to some of the commands they have learned in Hebrew Through Movement.  In reading students have worked on the first 6 lines on Mi Kamocha. A few friends volunteered to lead it during Tefillah. Students also did buddy reading and a concentration game to reinforce their reading skills.


During the week students had fun making Hebrew Super Bowl/Patriots posters after the Pats won the Super Bowl!


During Nitzan’s lesson students learned about the Dead Sea through a decoding activity, a video and a true/false quiz game.  Lots of fun had by all.


In Torah we have been exploring the idea of leadership in the Burning Bush story.  After discussing why Moses was reluctant to be the leader, students looked at ways in which G-d convinced Moses to take on a leadership role.  Next week we will look at a Midrash to identify the qualities that Moses possessed that made him a good leader.


Wishing everyone a good week and a restful and safe February vacation.


Shalom


Elana



2-3-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


This week students worked on the first 4 lines of Mi Kamocha and are doing a fabulous job!  Our whole group mini lesson was followed by buddy reading and Hebrew reading games. For morning work students worked on a Roll and Read activity with the words from Mi Kamocha.


In our weekday Hebrew Through Movement lesson students have been introduced to the Hebrew words for next to, under (sitting under a table is loads of fun!),  hands, head and put. They do a good job following a variety of different commands in Hebrew. Although the weekday afternoons are the more formal HTM lessons, these commands are being used in other parts of our day both during the week and on Sunday.


In Torah we are exploring the value of leadership in the Exodus.  After completing a journal entry about their thoughts on leadership, we played a game of Indian Chief.  Afterwards students discussed why they did or did not want to be the leader. Students then used a readers theater of Moses at the Burning Bush to start exploring why Moses was reluctant to be the leader at first.  We will then explore ways in which G-d helped and convinced him that he was the right person to take on a leadership role.


I hope everyone has a great week.


Shalom


Elana







1-27-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Mazel Tov to the Gimel Class on completing their study of the Friday Night Kiddush.  They did a great job. This week we started working on the first two lines of the Mi Kamocha prayer.  To reinforce students did partner reading and played two new reading games.


In our holiday block we completed the Tu Bishvat unit.  Students explored the concepts of the environment, saving trees, how we celebrate trees, and the seven species.  This past Sunday we met with the other grade levels for a Tu Bishvat Seder led by Nitzan.


During the week we continue to enjoy Nitzan’s visits and students have been learning some new Hebrew words and Israeli games.  This past week students helped to make decorations for the Tu Bishvat Seder.


Over the next few weeks we will continue working on Mi Kamocha, and Hebrew Through Movement.  We will also explore the concept of leadership through Torah stories from the Exodus. After February break we will begin to talk about Purim.


Wishing everyone a great week.


Shalom

Elana

1-13-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Gimel students have done a great job learning the Erev Shabbat Kiddush and completed it on Sunday.  They should continue to practice reading and/or singing it at home for a few minutes each day. In addition to reciting, students also practiced their reading through different Hebrew games and partner reading.  Next we will study Mi Kamocha.


In our holiday block we started talking about Tu Bishvat, the birthday of trees, with a focus on saving trees and the environment.  After listening to the story Gods World by Sylvia Rousses, students illustrated their ideal God’s World.  They are using Google Slides to make a slideshow of their illustrations.  This week students worked in pairs to research the history and celebration of Tu Bishvat.  On Sunday, January 27, we look forward to celebrating Tu Bishvat with the other classes and led by Nitzan.


In the coming weeks we will begin to study Mi Kamocha, continue doing Hebrew Through Movement during the week, complete our Tu Bishvat projects and begin to talk about Purim.


I hope everyone has a great week and fun long weekend.


Shalom


Elana

1-6-19



Shalom Gimel Families,


Welcome back to Hebrew School!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing winter break.  I enjoyed time in Cape Town with my family celebrating my dad’s 80th birthday.


Students have been working on the Friday night Kiddush and have learned up to Line 13.  They are working hard to master the prayer. Next Sunday we will work on the rest of it.


On Sunday we started talking about Tu Bishvat, the birthday of trees.  Our focus is mainly on taking care of trees and the environment. Students paired up to discuss 2 proverbs relating to trees and also talked about what it means to repair the world (Tikkun Olam) and do not destroy (Baal Taschchit).  They then listened to the book Gods World by Sylvia Rousses.  The book focuses on the environment and how we are all obliged to take care of it.  During the week students will work on an illustration representing their view of what God's World looks like.


I hope everyone has a great week!


Shalom


Elana

12-16-18



Shalom Gimel Families,


This last Shabbat the theme of our Synaplex was gratitude.  I am grateful for many things in my life and am very grateful for the opportunity to work with your wonderful children this year.  Yesterday during Tefillah with the 4th grade, students had the opportunity to express gratitude for the people and things in their lives through a game of pick up sticks.  They also learned the song “Ve al zeh, ani modeh” meaning “for this I am thankful.


In Hebrew students worked on reciting the first 10 lines of the Friday Night Kiddush.  They also did some buddy reading and Hebrew reading games to practice their reading.


In Torah students are focusing on the theme of courage through the Exodus story of the midwives in Egypt, and through role play, understand that it takes courage to stand up for what is right.


This week students will spend more time working on Friday Night Kiddush, will spend time with Nitzan, and further explore the theme of courage.  


Wishing everyone a great week and restful December break.


Shalom,


Elana

12-9-18 



Shalom Gimel Families,


I hope everyone had a wonderful Hannukah and enjoyed the time with loved ones.


In Hebrew students have worked on reciting the Friday Night Kiddush Lines 1-8.  They are doing a great job mastering this through whole group reading, buddy reading and Hebrew Reading Games.


During the week we enjoyed celebrating Hannukah as a school with candle lighting, singing and Hannukah song videos.  Thank you to the Men’s Club for the delicious latkes our students enjoyed on Sunday!


Electives are a lot of fun and, in addition to sharing some great insights during Hevruta study, Gimel students have enjoyed their time in either sign language, embroidery or storyboarding.  This week will be our 4th and final week of fall electives.


Wishing everyone a great week,


Shalom


Elana

12-2-18



Shalom Gimel Families,


Happy Hannukah!  Enjoy celebrating with your loved ones!


In Hebrew students have completed Ein Keloheinu and started working on the Friday Night Kiddush on Sunday.  They got off to a good start and worked on lines 1-5. Activities included whole group reading, buddy reading and a Kiddush version of Connect 4.  Students also received their December homework calendar.


Electives have been going well and students are enjoying their time in sign language, embroidery and storyboarding.  We can’t wait to see their finished products! During Hevruta study students are sharing wonderful insights with their partners.


In our holiday block students have reviewed the Hannukah story through a Readers Theater and Hannukah story poster, and this week reviewed the blessings for lighting the Hannukah candles.  On Sunday students made their own stained glass menorahs and dreidels.


This week we look forward to the third week of electives and lighting the Hannukiyah in Hebrew School.


Wishing everyone a great week of Hannukah!


Shalom


Elana

11-11-18



Shalom Gimel Families,

We had a fun and busy week in Hebrew School.

In Hebrew Through Movement students did a warm up activity to review the Hebrew words for stand, sit, walk, run, jump, spin, slow, fast and in place.  New words this week included girls (Banot), boys (banim) and everyone (kulam). Students also suggested and had fun with combining verbs (example spin and jump). This week we will add some nouns and prepositions to our activities.

Yesterday students reviewed En Keloheinu and added lines 7 & 8.  Review was done through whole group reading, Buddy reading and a class game of Zip Around.  For morning work students worked on a Roll and Read containing the lines of Ein Keloheinu. This week’s magic number was seven (sheva) and students enjoyed the magic number game, and used the number to review some of the Hebrew Through Movement verbs (example jump to the count of 7).

The next holiday is Hannukah, and after watching a video of the Maccabeats song, Candlelight, students brainstormed and shared ideas about Hannukah.  Journals from last week about favorite Jewish activities were shared and students understand that in America we have the freedom to enjoy these activities, such as going to Jewish summer camp, participating in USY and celebrating holidays.  During the time of the Maccabees the Jews did not have this religious freedom.

Thank you to the Temple Israel Men’s Club for visiting us to talk about Veterans Day.  Students asked many good questions.

This week we are super excited to start our electives!

Wishing everyone a great week.

Shalom,

Elana

11-4-18



Shalom Gimel Families,

Gimel students are making good progress with mastering the Ein Keloheinu prayer. They have now learned the first 6 lines. On Sunday, during stations time, students had opportunities to practice their reading with a buddy and to play Hebrew reading games containing lines from Ein Keloheinu.  At the end of morning meeting students were introduced to the game, Zip Around, to further practice reading the lines of Ein Keloheinu.

Following our trust fall game that we did last week, students used sentence starters to share their feelings with their classmates about the trust falls.  They also read the story of the midwives in Egypt showing courage by saving the Hebrew baby boys from being drowned in the Nile. During the week students will have an opportunity to role play a possible conversation between the 2 midwives, Shifra and Pua, before and after Israelite baby boys were saved.

Hannukah is around the corner and students accessed their backround knowledge about the holiday by listening and watching a video of 2 songs by the Maccabeats, Candlelight and Latke Recipe. They then worked with a partner to brainstorm ideas about Hannukah food and traditions. Students also completed a journal activity about their favorite Jewish activity. Next week they will share their idea with their classmates and we will discuss the concept of religious freedom.

Looking forward to
1. Hebrew Through Movement during the week.
  2. Conversation about the courage of the midwives in Egypt.

3. A Hannukah story readers theater and conversation about religious freedom.
    4. On Sunday, the Temple’s Men’s Club will lead Tefillot in honor of the veterans in our community.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Shalom,


Elana

10-29-18



Shalom Gimel Families,


Yesterday Gimel students began studying the prayer, Ein Keloheinu.  Students listened to the prayer being sung during the week and then as a whole class learned lines 1 and 2.  During stations students had opportunities to buddy read the lines learned, and played a game of reading memory/concentration containing lines from Ein Keloheinu.  During small reading group time, which was one of the 3 stations, students also learned to read and sing lines 3 & 4. Students received their November homework calendars yesterday as well.


10-21-18



Shalom Gimel Students!


Yasher Koach to the Gimel Class for completing their study of Barachu, Yotzer Or, and Or Hadash.  Students have done a great job mastering these prayers and are ready to move on to Ein Keloheinu next week.  Keep up the good work!


We have started our Hebrew Through Movement curriculum and students are having a blast following commands given to them in Hebrew.  Ask your son/daughter to “lalechet” (walk), “likpotz” (jump) or “larutz” (run). Some of the vocabulary learned during these weekday lessons are also being used in other aspects of the day.  Students are doing a great job internalizing the vocabulary.


Yesterday for our Jewish Values lesson, students listened to the story What Does it Mean To Be Kind, and then wrote compliments to 2 classmates.  The compliment notes were put into the students’ chesed boxes and brought home at the end of the day.  We also began our Torah curriculum Jewish Values in Exodus with activities and conversations about important values a community should have to make it work, and students did an illustration of what their ideal community should look like.  The next Jewish value to be explored is courage (gevurah). We will explore this in the context of community and through a study of the Exodus story of the midwives in Egypt who saved the Israelite babies from being drowned.


Looking forward to…
  1. Beginning our study of Ein Keloheinu.
  2. Students will receive a November homework calendar next Sunday
  3. More compliments!
  4. More Hebrew Through Movement
  5. Welcoming Nitzan back from Israel and doing fun activities with her.


Wishing everyone a great week!


L’hitraot


Elana Berelowitz


10-16-18



Shalom Gimel Families,


The first month of Hebrew School has been fun and exciting!  Students have settled well into the routine of the Gimel Class.  


Hebrew
We are studying both prayer and modern Hebrew.  In prayer Hebrew, students have been working on Barachu, Yotzer Or and Or Hadash.  They have done a great job mastering these in a variety of ways - whole group reading, buddy reading, Hebrew games (Roll and Read seems to be the favorite!), small group reading and practice at home.  Next we will work on Ein Keloheinu.


Modern Hebrew is studied through our Sunday morning meeting, Sunday closing circle, and weekday Hebrew Through Movement curriculum.  Students enjoy both of these, particularly the movement activities. Each week in Hebrew Through Movement we review vocabulary learned with a warm up, 2-3 new terms are introduced and then we do movements that combine both the old and new terms.
In closing circle students share, in Hebrew, their favorite part of the day.


Middot/Jewish Values


Over the past month we have been focusing on the values of Derech Eretz (good manners), chesed (kindness) and Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness), and this is an ongoing theme in the Gimel Class throughout the year.  Through a variety of activities and conversations we have explored which actions are acts of kindness, how mean words can hurt, and how we can work to focus on the good in others. Students made popsicle stick pouches which are there “chesed boxes.”  Each Sunday students are given the names of 2 classmates and their task is to write a compliment to these 2 classmates. Compliments are put into the chesed boxes to be taken home at the end of the day.


9-26-18


Shalom Gimel Parents,


We had a GREAT opening day! It was a pleasure to see/meet the children. They started their day by looking at the welcome goody bags and reading the poem explaining all the items that were in it.

This year students will be introduced to some modern Hebrew and this is presented through our Sunday morning meeting. Each week different students will have opportunities to take attendance (and answer “ani po”), greet each other in Hebrew, learn different parts of the schedule, days of the week, Hebrew calendar, weather and seasons. They will also practice counting in Hebrew with our magic number game which involves counting around the circle in Hebrew and sitting down if they land on the magic number.

On Sunday students received their Hebrew binders containing some prayer sheets, a homework calendar and a letter explaining the prayer curriculum and homework. Students will start working on the Barachu next Sunday.

We spent some time talking about the Jewish value of Derech Eretz (good manners) in the contexts of the various communities we belong to. Students did a great job sharing some of the rules they follow in these communities. In their table groups they talked about ways in which we take care of ourselves, each other and the world around us to ensure a successful year of learning. These ideas were the basis for our class contract (Brit) which was signed by both students and teachers.

The highlight of the day was making decorations for the Temple Sukkah. Thank you to the Temple Sisterhood for making this possible. Students were very creative and had a blast hanging their projects in the Sukkah.


We are thrilled to welcome Naomi Hoffman who will be working as a madricha in our room on Sundays.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at
eberelowitz@gmail.com


Below is a copy of the welcome poem that the students received in their goody bags:








We are super excited for a fun year of learning and growing together.

L’hitraot

Elana

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