Parashat Acharey Mot – Isa

Isa’s Hebrew summary was very good.  It reminded everyone that in this Parasha there is a review of how to observe Yom Kippur.  Next Isa connected the Parasha to our first unit of the year which was about the steps of T’Shuva (Repentance).  After reviewing the steps, each group of students acted out their assigned step.  The students commented that even though they already learned this information, this was a fun way to review the steps of T’Shuva.

4th Grade Superheroes

As Isa shared in her scribe post, we are learning about character strengths. It is very empowering to recognize that each of us is unique and has a special blend of positive traits. We are also learning to recognize the positive traits in others, as well as the fact that our strengths are not fixed. We can grow and develop new strengths!

We watched a wonderful video called The Science of Character.

Many of our vocabulary words, such as persevere and optimist, were reinforced as we discussed the different character traits.

Our next activity was to use an online superhero creation tool to create our self as a superhero. Our top 3 character strengths are our super powers.

You can read our individual blogs to find out how we use our super powers to affect the world.

We Have a New Scribe!

Note from Mrs. Hernandez: I would like to thank Isa for taking the job of scribe. It is a challenging, but very important, job. The scribe works together with the documentarian to write weekly blog posts sharing what we’ve learned. Here is Isa’s first post as scribe:

During last week we learned about characteristics. We created a superhero reflecting on the three characteristics we picked. There are six traits.

Wisdom: Creativity, Curiosity, Love of Learning, Perspective.
Courage: Bravery, Perseverance, Honesty, Enthusiasm.
Humanity: Love, Kindness, Social Intelligence.
Justice: Social Responsibility, Teamwork, Fairness, Leadership.
Temperance: Forgiveness, Humility, Prudence, Self – Control.
Transcendence: Appreciation of Beauty, Gratitude, Optimism, Humour, Spirituality.

Those are all of the traits and character strengths. The three character strengths I have are: Self Control, Curiosity and Love.
You can write what you think your three characteristics are in the comments if you’d like.
To see a picture:
Lit It Ripple:

Parashat Sh’mini-Samantha

Samantha talked about the death of Aharon’s two sons and laws of Kosher animals.  Her activity was to list which animals are kosher and which are not.  The students worked in groups and found which fish, poultry, mammals and insects are kosher and which are not. The students listed the animal’s name in English and in Hebrew and drew each animal.

Presenting the Dilemmas in the Megillah

In Jewish Studies the students learned the story of the Megilah from a different approach.  The  approach was to focus on the life skill of decision-making by presenting each part of the story in the format of a Problem-Advice-Solution.  Another skill used was inference;  the students had to read between the lines and infer how each of the main characters in the Megillah made their decision and how it impacted what happened in the Purim story.

The students worked on a different character from the Megillah and they used different apps to present their work.  Please visit your child’s blogfolio to see their work.

The following is one of the presentations of this project:

Weekly Scribe Post from Abigail

We are on letter Q our word is quintuplets, their word is quirky.
Today our O word is Obliterated theirs is Orient.
Our P word is Pessimist, theirs was Persevere.
Letter N: our word is Nostalgia, their word is Nurture.

Today we had a surprise skype at 1:30 with @WNlearners (@WAlearners over twitter account). We read to them from The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. We read the habit Synergize. We told them about all the habits we have read so far. They read The Little Red Pen to us.

(Note from Mrs. Hernandez: This was in honor of World Read Aloud Day and the class we read with was a 4th grade class from Woodward Academy in GA).

This week we are learning about adaptations. We got cupcakes! The cupcakes were the periodic table and we were supposed to do a report on our cupcake, but we didn’t look at our cupcake. But I looked at mine and it said AC…

Parashat vayikra-Lial

Lial said that the meaning of a Korban (offering) is a gift to God.  He mentioned other explanations from other commentaries which are that the  word Korban and Karov (coming closer) come from the same root in Hebrew.  By offering a Korban you come closer to God.  In our time, instead of offering Korbanot we pray from the Siddur.  Lial’s activity was a Hebrew word search.

We Finished Wonderstruck!

We started Vocab Z-A with the 4th graders from Davis Academy. We choose a new vocabulary word and share it using Twitter.

Our word Z word was Zealous. Their word was Zoology.
Our Y word was Yelp. Theirs was Yonder.
Our X word was xebec. Their word was Xerography.
For letter W our word was Wallaroo, their word was Witty.
Letter V: our word is Vivid, their word is Vexed.
Letter U: Our word is undetermined, their word is utter.
For T our word is Tense; their word is Taunt.
Letter S our word is Synesthesia, their word is Swift.
For letter R our word is Rambunctious, and their word is Romp.

We finished reading Wonderstruck. From this book we found many good words to use for VocabAZ and VocabZA. Afterwards we all rated the book 1-5 stars and shared why we gave it the rating we did. We averaged everyone’s rating to find the class rating which was 5 stars.


Parashat Pekudai-Julia

In her D’var Torah, Julia raised the question why did Moshe had to count all the materials that were brought to the Mishkan?  Her answer was that Moshe was following what God commanded him to do.  She also added another possible answer from a midrash that says that Moshe wanted to ensure that no one will think that he took anything for himself.  What do you think?

Julia’s activity was a Hebrew bingo game with vocabulary related to the Parasha.