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, fifth graders prepared for Sukkot. They learned about the custom of the Ushpizin (Biblical guests) that visit the Sukkah during the holiday. Each student picked one biblical guest and wrote a Hebrew summary about them. Using prior knowledge of drawing ¾ self-portrait, they drew a ¾ portrait of their ushpizin that was hung in the Sukkah at school. To document this process, they created time-lapse video with a voice overlay of the Hebrew summary about their chosen ushpizin and posted it onto their blogs.
In art, students examined the influences that inspired Georgia O’Keefe to paint subjects close-up. In Jewish Studies Fifth grade students learned about the Four Species and designed close-up artworks of etrogim for Sukkot. They use tempera paint and colored pencils to create the still-life.
In science, students created a battery out of lemons and etrogim. Fifth graders 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.