We started our year with a powerful message from the Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! In our class, we’ve used this story to inspire our students to set their own goals for the year ahead.We discussed its message, and then asked each student to create their own academic and personal goals for the year, and how to overcome challenges. The results were inspiring, they’ve taken ownership of their success, understanding that they’re the captains of their educational journey. Throughout the year, we’ll revisit these goals, celebrate milestones, and provide guidance.
Dear Grade 5 students,
I’m very excited to welcome you back tomorrow and get to know each of you. I have already posted our first weekly plan for the week,you can find access to our planner under the name “Weekly Slides – כִּתָּה ה’ שֶׁל הַמּוֹרָה מָרִינָה.”I have added a bookmark on our Grade 5 blog so that you can quickly access our schedule. On our planner, you can also find additional resources, the Digital Library, Parshat Vayetze (our Parsha of the year), and more. You will receive further instructions tomorrow in class.
In the spirit of Lag BaOmer, and Rabbi Akiva’s teachings: ” love your neighbour as yourself” we brought both classes together to incorporate the themes of teamwork, self-control, kindness, joy, gratitude, forgiveness, modesty and humility with the “Win-Win” mindset ( one of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®)
Through meaningful discussions and activities, the students focused on understanding how to resolve conflict in a positive way, so that everyone can be happy with the solution.
Having a Win-Win mindset means:
- Seeing life through a lens of cooperation instead of competition
- Balancing courage for getting what you want with consideration for what others want
- Being kind to others and trying to make them happy
- Working to find solutions to problems that make everyone happy
We finished off our time together with spreading kindness and leaving each other meaningful messages.
Passover is an important Jewish holiday that celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. It is a time of joy and reflection, and a time to come together with family and friends. This year, we celebrated Passover with our students in a fun and engaging way, with a Model Seder and various educational games.
The games were a great way to engage with the students and help them learn more about Passover. It was also a great way to bond and create memories together.
!חג האביב שמח וחופשה נעימה
Working on our next project, which summarizes what we learned in the Restaurant unit:
- Students applying the vocabulary and the skills that were learned in the unit of the restaurant.
- Students get a chance to build their own restaurant in the classroom.
- Students are choosing the type of the restaurant,creating menus and using the vocabulary to communicate at the restaurant.
כַּבֵּד אֶת אָבִיךָ וְאֶת אִמֶּךָ, לְמַעַן יַאֲרִכוּן יָמֶיךָ עַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר אֱלֹהֶיךָ נוֹתֵן לָךְ ( שְׁמוֹת, פֶּרֶק כ’ פָּסוּק י”ב)
In this week’s Parashat Hashavua : Parashat Yitro, The Israélites receive the ten commandments.
This week, Grade 5 explored the concept of the fifth command: respect your parents!
We started by writing all the things that our parents do for us ( and it was a lot!!!)
Next we discussed what it means to respect our parents, and shared examples on how we do it in daily life.
We ended up making a list of all the ways we can fulfill this command:
הַכָּרַת הַטּוֹב ( SEEING THE GOOD)
לְהַגִּיד תּוֹדָה ( SAYING THANK YOU)
הַקְשָׁבָה (LISTENING TO OUR PARENT)
הַקְפָּדָה עַל כְּלָלִים (COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES)
הִתְחַשְּׁבוּת ( CONSIDERATION)
הֲבָנַת נְקֻדַּת הַמַּבָּט שֶׁלָּהֶם ( UNDERSTANDING OUR PARENTS PERSPECTIVE)
We concluded this learning with writing ( in Hebrew and English) thank you notes to our parents ( trying to be as specific as we can) to express our gratitude.
Here are a couple of examples of the amazing cards they made:
In the Parsha this week we spent some time talking about two important topics that are connected to each other, and had a discussion around it:
- Yitro advises Moses to appoint a hierarchy of magistrates and judges to assist him in the task of governing and administering justice to the people. How can you Help your parents with house chores, how can we split the work at home between every one who lives in the house?
- The ten commandments -Why in the ten commandments we have a separate section for honoring and respecting the parents, why was it not simply written to respect every person?
We summarized it with an activity ,where the students had to write- What should you do to show your parents respect? How can you Help your parents with house chores?
Today the Grade 5 students had the pleasure to learn about the Ariel Sharon park in Israel, which was led by the JNF representative. Ariel Sharon Park is an amazing environmental project, one of the biggest in the world. The park is built on the ‘Hiriya’ , which is formerly a 60 meter high mound of waste. The topic really interested them and they asked a lot of great questions, that we all could learn from.