Sunday, March 8, 2015

What Happened in Grades 3 & 4 on Sunday, March 8...

Grade 3

First, we made mosaics about our favorite things in the story of Pesach, or Passover in English.

These were some of the mosaics, showing a Seder with Matzo-Ball­ soup, Baby Moses in a basket floating on the river, and the parting of the Red Sea (which we learned is really called the Sea of Reeds and isn't red!).

Then, in Hebrew, we partnered up and took turns using our knowledge of Hebrew to read words, while our partner checked our pronunciation.

When we joined back together, we played a racing game where we got to draw the Hebrew letters that we know. It was an exciting day filled with energy!

Grade 4

Grade 4 began our day with T'filah. We talked about how some poems in the prayer books are like acrostic poems. Then we discussed this week’s torah portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei. We figured out ways to get through to God, whether it’s praying or talking to a prophet. We also talked about why 5th and 6th grade weren’t here! It was because they were on a Retreat! 

In class, we heard some announcements. First, we learned that in two weeks we’ll have a speaker come in from the Ronald Mcdonald house to talk to us and 3rd grade. We’re going to have a friendly competition to see which of the two grades can collect the most pop tabs from soda cans. 

In Mr. Stone’s class, we learned a very big Hebrew phrase, "V'ahavta l'reacha kamocha," which means "love your neighbor as yourself." We figured a better way to understand this by making the words more simple. What we came up with was ‘treat others the way you want to be treated.’ We then gave examples of Acts of Loving Kindness, like opening the door for someone.

In Mrs. Abrams class we finished our cubes from last week. On these cubes we wrote examples of how we've been upstanders or creative ways that we could be upstanders. When everyone was finished, we all got with partners and shared our experiences, then explained why they were examples of being an upstander. 

When the two classes combined for Hebrew with Mr. Stone, we got our workbooks and worked on the Yotzer Or. We learned what it was about, which is the creation of light, then we talked about it and deciphered what the words meant. We correlated the words and phrases to the theme of the prayer.

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