Students learned about masks from Africa. African masks are used in ceremonies, weddings, and funerals. They can be made with raffia, wood, hair, straw, and feathers. The masks usually have a spiritual connection. Fourth graders used recycled water bottles to create 3-dimensional masks.
Students took apart toys and observed the parts, purposes and how the pieces related to each other. To find out more about this activity go to Agency By Design.
In honor of Tu B’Shevat, fourth and fifth graders created landscapes. They studied a variety of landscapes by artist Karl Shrag. Karl Shrag was born in Germany in 1912. He moved to the USA in 1938
They then reviewed the elements of art – line, form, color, space, texture, value and shape. They used the elements of art to describe Karl Shrag’s paintings.
In Judaic Studies, fourth grade learned about what makes a Chanukiah kosher. A kosher chanukiah has to have candles that are in a single row and the same height, except for the shamash. We also learned about the story of Chanukah from the perspective of Judah Maccabee.
In science, students learned about series and parallel circuits.
Students learned how to use Tinkercad, a program used to design 3D-printed chanukiyot. Next they used LED lights and batteries to create simple circuits to light up the chanukiya (Menorah) on the first day of Chanukah.
Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville- Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 p.m.
We had so much fun with Melinda Gopp and Ms. Terry! Melinda Gopp is the artist in residence for the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville . She was on hand to show our students how to translate music into visual art. The student art will be on display at the orchestra’s concert at the Jacksonville Jewish Center on Sunday, December 10!
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.
Hadassah University Medical Hospital is home to the Chagall stained glass windows. The windows represent the twelve tribes of Israel.
“This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship and of peace among all peoples. This is my gift to that people which lived here thousands of years ago among the other Semitic people.” Marc Chagall, February 6, 1962
In celebration of Yom Haatzmaut, all classes got a chance to create their own version of stained glass windows, that currently decorates the hallway.