Cross-Collaboration interweaves classroom subjects and increases student understanding between disciplines. By mixing STEAM concepts into Jewish Education, the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School creates a unique appreciation for a student’s connection to Judaism and strengthens their Jewish identity. It also enhances learning and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to and from other subject areas.

In Jewish Studies, fourth graders are preparing for Sukkot. They experimented with closed and open circuits while testing conductive materials using the Makey Makey and etrogim. A Makey Makey turns anything that is conductive into a keyboard. Etrogim are conductive. The Makey Makey turned the etrogim into a keyboard.

In art, students examined the influences that inspired Georgia O’Keefe to paint subjects close-up. They designed close-up artworks of etrogim for Sukkot. They use tempera paint and colored pencils to create the still-life.

We are Ready for Rosh HaShana

We have been getting ready for Rosh Hashanah in class.  We learned about the 7 steps of T’shuva (saying sorry) from the Rambam.  Today we also learned about the customs of the holiday by eating apples & honey, pomegranate and a honey cake.  In addition we created an apple dish from clay in Art class. Mrs. Scharf-Anderson read us a story about Tashlich and then we went out to our school pond  to do Tashlich.


                            Shanah Tovah!

Marble Run

What’s a marble run? In our classroom, it’s a team building activity that uses collaboration to explore and solve a STEAM-related challenge.

The Challenge: Students were divided into groups of 3s to create a marble track using a given set of materials and have the marble land in a taped off 8 inch square and stay there. Points will be given for the length of the track, whether or not the marble traveled the entire length of the track, and if the marble stayed in the designated square.

Materials: 1 piece of card stock, 3 straws, 1 piece of string, 3 sheets of paper, 5 mailing labels, 4 paper clips, 3 rubber bands, and 2 pencils.

Process: The teams was given a 2 minute brainstorming session. They were allowed to talk and sketch out any plans or ideas they had for constructing the track. After which, they were given 20 minutes to construct their tracks. Each team received a marble in the last 5 minutes of the building time to test their track and make adjustments, if needed. When the timer went off, we watched as each team got to run the marble along their track for scoring.

Observation: As the teams worked on constructing their tracks, I walked around and listened in on their ideas and discussed what they were doing. Some teams worked well together from the start, some learned along the way that everyone has something valuable to add to the project, other teams disagreed along the way.

Reflection: After the activity, we gather together on the carpet to discuss the activity. In their reflections, students were asked to list what they learned from the activity. They said that they learned:

  • How to build things and have fun
  • How to get another with each other
  • How to work together in groups
  • From their mistakes – how to work better as a group
  • To deal with pressure and being timed
  • The science of a falling objects

I was really proud the ideas they shared during the reflection process. I was also surprised that no one asked about their points or who won. They genuinely had fun working and creating together. They were even really good about complimenting other teams on their creations, regardless of how the final products came out.

As mentioned in a previous post, community-building activities are important in our classrooms. It begins the first week of school and continues throughout the entire school year.

Welcome to our Unified classroom ברוכים הבאים לכיתה המאוחדת

It’s been an exciting first week in Fourth Grade! We’ve been busy learning new procedures, routines, academic and behavioral expectations as well as new things about each other.


The first unit of the Kitah Dalet curriculum focuses on the unique nature of each student (their special qualities and needs) and what each one of them can contribute in order to build a unified class.

Each student wrote something that makes them unique/special and illustrated it. We discussed that even though we are all special for different reasons, like the pieces of our puzzle, when we come together and unite, we can create sometime beautiful, for example, a pleasant environment. 

The entire class worked as a team to put together the puzzle of the new unified Kitah Dalet class. 

As teacher, we, of course, need to establish general rules of conduct for our classroom. But in giving students a hand in creating the rules, we ensure that they want to follow them. Students started by listed a handful of essential rules that contribute to successful learning and an orderly environment. Then through thoughtful discussion, we worked to create a set of clear and specific rules.

Creating Classroom Rules Together

Even though the class brainstormed the classroom rules and expectations together in General Studies, we found that all the rules they agreed upon were directly connected to the rules that they will unfold in Jewish Studies this year.


Community building activities are important in our classrooms. It begins the first week of school and continues throughout the entire school year.

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Ten Commandments Challenge

In order to honor the holiday of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah, the Martin J. Gottlieb School is issuing our Ten Commandment challenge to all students in Kitah Dalet. The challenge is to memorize all Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Students will first recite them cartier bracelet
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All students who demonstrate that they have met the challenge will be HONORED at Shavuot services at the Jacksonville Jewish Center on Wednesday, May 19th.   The students who are being honored will be called up to the bimah. They will recite the Ten Commandments for the congregation and receive a special reward.

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Our classroom rules in the Unified Classroom

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Integrating Jewish Studies and STEAM

In Torah, fourth graders learned about the burning bush. G-d spoke to Moses cartier love bracelet replica through the burning bush and asked cartier bracelet love ebay
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The students created two versions of the burning bush.

They built the burning bush out of clay. They experimented with conductive and insulating dough to create a simple circuit. The conductive clay allows electricity to flow through it. The insulator clay does not let electricity to flow easily.

Students also illustrated the burning bush. They used circuit stickers to create a closed parallel circuit which lit the burning bush from behind their watercolors and drawings.

Tu B’shevat Field Trip to UNF by Liza & Sadie

This post was written by Liza F. and Sadie H. 

On February 6th, in honor of Tu B’shvat the 4th and 5th grades went to one of the UNF Nature Trails. We looked at the different plants that grow in the nature trails, some of them they planted, and other that grew naturally. We learned about different plant habitats and what conditions they need to be in to grow. There were pitcher plants, sundews, cypress trees, long-leaf pines, eastern fence lizards , algae and lots bracelets more. We also saw one of their man-made lakes; Lake Oneida.

Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants (plants that eat insects). It has a tube that goes throughout the plant. That tube is its digestive system. This is how the plant gets food: at the top of the plant, there cartier bracelet love ebay
is a hooked shape part, on the back of it, there are little discount cartier bracelet white dots. Bugs think that those dots are windows, so they go into the hook because they are attracted to a smell that the plant gives out that humans can’t smell. So, they go in, but it is very slippery inside the plant, so, once they are in they can’t come out. They end up in the tube that is there digestive system! Our ranger took a pencil and opened up the plant, and we all saw the dead bugs that it has eaten. It was really gross! Also, the pitcher plant was the oldest plant on the whole campus! The second plant was a tiny little plant called sundew. Sundews are also carnivorous plants. They trap insects by attracting them with their bright red color. They work sort cartier love bangle of like a Venus flytrap. They have spikes on them and when a bug sits on it, the plant closes its mouth-like structure on the insect.

Cypress trees have very strong wood. They sort of look like pine trees. They also don’t rot! That’s why people use it to build houses and buildings. Longleaf pines are the pines that you probably see every day. At the top of those pine trees there is a “heart” that keeps the tree alive. When there is a fire, pine needles that are close to the top form into a cone that protects the “heart”.

We saw two eastern fence lizards under a rotting log. They were both very dark. We learned that they are very fast. They are the size of a typical lizard, about 3 inches. We saw algae at the edge of Lake Oneida. It was green and sort of flaky. It was floating very close to the edge of Lake Oneida.

The field trip was very informative and interesting. We had a very fun time at the UNF Nature Trail and we learned a lot of important things. If you want to go on a trail yourself here is the brochure!





Having Fun Learning Vocabulary

Last week we learned Hebrew vocabulary in a fun way.  Each student created a game that included all of the weekly vocabulary words.  In class we took bracelets turns playing the games.  This was a fun way to learn and to prepare cartier love bracelet replica for the weekly test.  All of the games cartier bracelet love ebay
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The Hannukah Story

It is Kislev and Chanuka is on the way! In class we are studied the history of the holiday.  The unit cartier bracelet love ebay
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We learned cartier love bracelet the history of Chanuka from the perspective of Judah Maccabee. We analyzed the problem in each chapter and discussed the solution.  We also reviewed the Mitzvot discount cartier bracelet and customs of Hannukah.

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