Goings On in Gimel
Posted on February 8, 2016
It has been a busy month in the Gimel Class! Students are working hard on their reading and doing a great job! They use a variety of materials to practice their reading – from reading games, to their text books and supplementary reading packets.
We spent January discussing and exploring the holiday of Tu B’Shevat by focusing on the environment and the importance of trees. We read a book in class called Gods World which shows how the environment has changed over the years because of people not taking care of it. Students illustrated and wrote a description of their idea of G-d’s World. We used an app on the iPad called notability to put everyone’s work. Last week students completed activity stations that explored the importance of trees. Such stations included an iPad station where students watched a movie clip af Honi and the Carob Tree and discussed questions relating to the story. Other stations included looking at pictures of trees and writing down thoughts, a song station, a poetry station and an art station.
Students used work packets to explore the celebration of Tu B’Shevat and they used index cards to make wall hangings containing the information that they found. These are hanging up in front of our classroom – feel free to stop by and take a look.
In Torah Study we have explored the concept of redemption, and studied the Ten Commandments. This week’s parashah, Mishpatim contains 53 laws that the Israelites were given at Mount Sinai. In class, through a variety of activities, we discussed the laws of lashon harsh (gossiping), treating newcomers with kindness, respecting other people’s property and making the effort to return lost property to its rightful owner.
Next week is Rosh Hodesh Adar 1 and I can’t wait to begin exploring the holiday of Purim with your children!