This week in Jewish Studies, we continued to learn about Rosh Hashanah and how we prepare for the holiday. We talked about the foods that we enjoy (apples & honey, round challah, and pomegranate).
You can see our round challah (חלות עגולות), pomegranate (רימונים), fish head (ראש של דג), apples and honey (תפוחים בדבש), candles (נרות), wine (יין), and flowers (פרחים).
We discussed how the main mitzvah during Rosh Hashanah is to listen to the sound of the shofar. We learned about the four sounds of the shofar, and the kids enjoyed practicing the sounds with their hands and with real shofarot. We also learned the other name of Rosh Hashanah יום תרועה. Next, we read a story about a child named Shachar (שחר), who was anxious and impatient to hear the shofar. He kept asking his parents, grandparents, and friend when it would be time. Finally, when the time came and Shachar recited the blessing, he felt very happy and a part of the service!
During our discussions, we talked about how this time of the year, we ask for forgiveness from friends and family. Our class baked honey cakes, which was a lot of fun! Thank you so much to all of the parent volunteers who came to help us with the baking.
It was a short week for us, but still filled with lots of learning. This week we started our third Daily 5 component. The students were introduced to the Word Work area of our room. They were given a practice word list and off they went to work with their words. We had window chalk words, stencils, stamps, wikki sticks, and rainbow words. These are fun ways that the children can interact with the spelling pattern of the week. There will be new activities added to this component every week or so. Soon they will be able to challenge themselves by thinking of more sophisticated words using the weekly spelling pattern. We will learn some dictionary skills this way.
Writer’s Workshop has been a success so far. Our focus has been on revising our small moments. We are learning that adding details and being more specific helps draw the reader into our story. We think about what our moments feel like and try to put that into words. The students are also learning how much they can help each other. They have started peer conferencing and bounce ideas off of one another. Next week, we will work on building a strong beginning.
In math, we finished another number sense chapter. We worked with numbers up to 100. The students learned exactly what a number means with the ones, tens, and hundreds. Soon we will be starting our Native American Social Studies research projects!
I wish we had more pictures! We all get so engaged, and it’s usually all over before I grab the camera:) But here are some to give you and idea of our new routines.