Thursday, January 31, 2013

What happened to Wednesday!

It turned into Thursday way too quickly!!!  Sorry this post is a day late!  :)

Yesterday, the fifth graders worked on reading and interpreting the V'Ahavtah (Go to this page on our TBT website and click "Shema and V'Ahavtah to download the prayer to your computer/phone/MP3 player).  Students' homework is to read the V'Ahavtah two times and get a parent signature for each time they read it.  However, students can earn bonus class points by reading it four times!  Class points are collected to earn special activities!  The fifth  graders then went to the library and heard stories about Tu B'Shevat.

Seventh graders began their day with their prayers and then discussed the weekly Torah portion, Yitro, and discussed the Ten Commandments.  The students discussed modern day applications of the Ten Commandments and was they they themselves struggle with the rules.  Finally, the students continued watching Escape from Sobibor.

Sixth grade continued to work on the Amidah, practicing their reading in small groups as well as the whole class.  They also talked about Jews moving to and living in the Lower East Side.  Mr. Holum shared pictures of Jews in the early 20th century and led a discussion about life for these immigrants and even shared his family's connection.

Berenice Abbott
from New York Times

Third and fourth graders learned about their upcoming book report.  Students received an example template of the report card.  Students will create a front cover that includes a picture for the book and the other pages will provide a synopsis of the story, information about their favorite character, and review the book.  The students are very excited to read their books and share their thoughts!  Students also played a trivia game in which they earned points for knowing answers to trivia questions, Hebrew translations and terms!

from Tablet Magazine

Great day all in all!  See you Sunday!

-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tu B'Shevat!

We had a lovely, wonderfully crafty day today as we celebrated Tu B'Shevat!  First graders planted sunflowers and decorated pots to plant them in.  Second graders planted marigolds and made beautiful trees blooming with pink blossoms.  Third and fourth grades made edible arrangements.  Fifth graders painted trees while sixth graders crafted trees from felt and beads and managed to plant a bit too!  Seventh graders made bird feeders from oranges.  The eighth and ninth graders met with subs to continue their good work in the classroom.

Upcoming Bat Mitzvah Tess has started working on her Mitzvah project and let students know that she will be collecting new and gently used books for donation.  If you have books that you would like to donate, please bring them in to TBT in the next couple of weeks!

Please enjoy these pictures from today's Tu B'Shevat activities!  (There are WAY too many pictures, but I just couldn't help myself!!!)

-Miss Nancy Kahrimanis