The Hannukah Story

It is Kislev and Chanuka is on the way! In class we are studied the history of the holiday.  The unit explored the question: what are the sources of the holiday and aims at understanding the Chanuka story from the perspective of its heroes.

We learned 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 and customs of Hannukah.

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Orlando Science Center Field Trip!

Let the journey begin.

Let the journey begin.

Our Orlando Science Center field trip was a success! We took an amazing Journey to Space in the CineDome on its Giant Screen. The images were extraordinary, clear and breathtaking. We were surrounded by images of outer space and learned a lot about the history of man’s exploration of outer space.

In the CineDome waiting for the show to begin.

In the CineDome waiting for the show to begin.

 

Students had a chance to do some hands-on exploration during our Discovery Lab Workshops. They molded scale models of the planets, learned about day and night, explored different telescopes and learned about the Sun’s energy.

Discovery Lab Workshops

Discovery Lab Workshops

Discovery Lab Workshops

Discovery Lab Workshops

Discovery Lab Workshops

Discovery Lab Workshops

We wrapped up our stay at the Orlando Science Center by exploring a room full of extreme weather conditions.

Eye of a tornado

Eye of a tornado

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Tornado simulation

Tornado simulation

Tornado simulation

Tornado simulation

Tornado simulation

Tornado simulation

Morgan's weather report.

Morgan’s weather report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Shots

We have arrived!

We have arrived!

Attentively listening to the rules.

Attentively listening to the rules.

Class selfie!

Class selfie!

Exploring in the halls

Exploring in the halls

Discovery Lab Workshops

Discovery Lab Workshops

In the CineDome waiting for the show to begin.

In the CineDome waiting for the show to begin.

A visit with the Israeli Shlicha (emissary) Dana

Today we had a visit with the Israeli Shlicha (emissary) Dana.  We talked about the differences and similarities of kids ages 8 – 11 in Israel and in the United States.  image imageimage

First we brainstormed what we think when we hear the word Israel (Above in pink) and what Israeli kids think about Israel (Above in blue).  Then we learned about the daily life of a girl in Israel.

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Lastly we talked about the types of music that Israeli kids listen to.  We  realized that they listen to the same English music that we listen to and that they also listen to Israeli music.

It was a fun way to learn about kids in Israel and we hope to have more visits with the Shlicha.

 

If you would like to enjoy the Israeli music that we listed to on the Israeli radio channel click here.

 

“We are the authors

The mighty, mighty authors

Everywhere we go

People want to know

Who we are

So we tell them

We are the authors

And we can tell our stories.”

   screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-3-20-36-pm  We wrapped up our realistic-fiction writing unit by having a publishing party on Friday. We had a great time celebrating and listening to everyone’s story.

Our authors put in a lot of hard work to get to this stage. They had the challenge of writing in a way that can relate to their readers, be realistic but not include the fantasy elements that they are very used to. They:

  • Collected story ideas by imagining stories from ordinary moments and issues in their lives.
  • Planned their ideas for realistic fiction stories.
  • Learned strategies for drafting their realistic fiction stories.
  • Learned strategies for revising and editing their realistic fiction stories.
  • And finally, published and shared their realistic fiction stories.

 

 

 

VIP Day 2016

 

The fourth and fifth graders performed for all the VIP guests in the Social Hall and they did an amazing job! In class, students and their special guests created flower centerpieces and wrote all the things we were thankful for on a vase. Students also enjoyed some Thanksgiving themed math games and created individual collages with their special guest(s). It was lovely to see everyone.

 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. 

 

 

The unified classroom rules

We have been learning the rules for establishing a unified class.

The first rule that we learned is that We Should Always Help a Classmate.  ואהבת לרעך כמוך (You should treat your friend the way you want to be treated). 

The second rule specifies keeping the environment and daily surroundings clean הנקיון הוא מצווה. We read a story, we discussed ways to help the environment, and we also talked about keeping our own classroom clean. Everyone recognized that it’s a group effort to keep our work space neat and pleasant. We all have to help each other, work together, and offer to assist when needed.

The third rule is respecting each other’s property .  יהי ממון חברך חביב עליך כשלך

The fourth rule is to listen to your class mates and not interrupt them when they are speaking דברי חכמים בנחת נשמעים.

The next rule is about good sportsmanship האמת והשלום אהבו

The last rule we learned so far is not to call our friends bad names or make fun of each other.  We discussed that we are all created in God’s image and therefore should treat each other respectfully.  חביב אדם שנברא בצלם אלוקים

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The seven steps of T’shuva (repentance)

For the past two weeks we studied the steps for T’shuva according to the Rambam (Maimonides). Students learned that there is a seven step process to complete when correcting wrong behavior.  This applies to everyday throughout the year, not just during Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.  Students enjoyed listening to the  story How Do We Make T’shuva?  Following the story, the students practice the steps in various forms.

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Florida State Symbols

Last week we learned about a variety of official state symbols. I proposed the following question to the class: What else do you think should be made official by the state?

What if Florida had an official state milkarticle of clothing, recreational activity, water bottle or dog? Have you ever considered an official state ice-cream flavor? We had not one, but two suggestions! Some students suggested a change to current state symbols. Check out the changes made to the Florida state flag and the proposed change of the state tree.

Check out the corresponding blogs to see what the class thought! Leave a comment! Let the authors know what you thought of their symbols.

Welcome to our Unified classroom ברוכים הבאים לכיתה המאוחדת

The last  two weeks have been all about getting to know each other and our classroom.  We are learning about our new routines, becoming familiar with expectations of classroom behavior, and starting Kitah Dalet curriculum.

We worked on our curriculum theme for the year which is HaKitah HaM’oochedet ‘building a unified classroom’.  The first unit 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.

The entire class put together the puzzle of the new unified Kitah Dalet class.

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Each of the students created used the Tellagami app to create a short decription of their unique qualities.  The Tellagami videos are on the students’ individual blogs.

Welcome Back!

Shalom Parents,

We are happy to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year!

Hopefully, the summer has provided you with many memorable opportunities to spend time with family and friends. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can have a successful year.

Thank you all for attending Meet & Greet this afternoon! It was nice to see all your faces. We are looking forward to having an exciting school year!

 

 

See you on Monday!! 

Morah Rivka and Ms. Lewis