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.
Radial Symmetry Origami: Students learned three origami folds and difference between linear and radial symmetry. They applied this knowledge to create a paper relief sculpture.
Radial Symmetry Print: Students learned about radial symmetry in mandalas. They created stamps that created symmetrical prints.
Fourth graders worked in teams and created lists of unique criteria of art. Then they critiqued Meret Oppenheim’s and Marcel Duchamp’s sculptures.
Marcel Duchamp created ready-mades. One of his ready-mades is a bicycle wheel attached to a stool.
Meret Oppenheim used materials that were not thought of as art materials. She covered a teacup and saucer with fur and called it art.
Meret Oppenheim. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon. Copyright© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Pro Litteris, Zurich
They discussed if their criteria for art changed after looking at the sculptures. Students drew and painted teacups.
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.
Thank you for Tricia Fuglestad for the great lesson!