3rd Grade

Morah Miranda Wilgus

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/17 –
1) Today we moved on to the parshat about the Tower of Babel, how mankind became so obsessed with building of a tower up to God that they forgot the importance of caring for their fellow human beings. We discussed how obsession of anything made us ignore the rest of the world and our responsibility to make the world a better place.
2) We also discussed how we can find God in the smallest places and how as we grow, we can see God around us.
3) We had a lovely tefilah with Rabbi Prass and a fun shirah with Morah Ari and Moreh Matthew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/17 – Continue to look for things that make you think of God in your life, things that make you happy, and things that you would add to our Etz Chaim. Complete the exercises in the chapter on the Tower of Babel.

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
11/10 – Today we reviewed last week’s parshat of Noah’s Ark and then illustrated it. We also added leaves to our Etz Tovim – Tree of Good Things – that made us happy or reminded us of God. We worked in our Partners with God book talking about where we can find God, and had a fun exercise where we had to work together to solve problems.
We had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Prass, and a fun shirah with Morah Ari and Moreh Matthew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/10 – Please complete the exercises in Chapter 4 of your Gamebook, and any exercises you have not yet completed in previous chapters. Continue to look for moments to appreciate the things around you and where you can find God.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/3 – Today was a busy day! We chose our tzedakah project with some help from our madrichah, Danielle. Danielle volunteered this summer with Never Again Action at a camp for refugee children and discussed her experiences and passion for the organization.

 

We also learned about Noah and the Flood. We learned how at the time, humans had become so bad that God decided he needed to start over and found Noah, a righteous man of the time, to build an ark and collect 2 of all the animals to preserve. We learned how after the flood was over, God promised to never again destroy the earth with a flood (not that there would never again be floods, but not another one like that), and made a covenant – a promise – with Noah that is symbolized by the rainbow.

 

We also discussed ways in which we can see that God is around us, even if God is not something that we can see with our eyes. We discussed ways to notice that God is around of and how to stop and take note of the beauty and creation around us.

 

We had a great tefilah with Rabbi Prass, who told us a great story about small kingdom who got through a cursed time with the help of a wise woman prophet. And we had a fun shirah with Morah Ari and Moreh Matthew singing new songs and old ones.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/3 – Complete the exercises in A Child’s Bible for the Noah’s Ark chapter. Take time to notice God around us throughout the week to add to our Etz Tovim – our Tree of Good Things – next week.

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
10/27 – Today we reviewed our last parshat of Cain and Abel, then created illustrations for our Torah Scrolls. We also were introduced to our Etz Tovim – our tree of good things, which students will have an opportunity to add to throughout the year.
We also joined with Gan – 6th grade for a whole school summer camp sing along (think Puff the magic dragon, MTA song) and Havdalah.
Then the 1st – 6th graders had a program about the Reform Movement’s summer camp. https://osrui.org/summer/
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/27 – Complete Chapter 3 in your game book. Continue to look for things that remind you of God in your everyday life.

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
10/20 – Today we began learning about Cain and Abel. We discussed sibling rivalry, jealousy, anger, unintended consequences of our actions, and thinking before reacting. We also started talking about God and how we know God is there, even though we cannot see God.
We had a great tefilah with Rabbi Prass where we heard a story about the pitom on the etrog for Sukkot, a lovely session of shira with Morah Ari, and played a fun mixer game to get to know each other better.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/20 – Please complete the exercises in Chapter 3 of your “A Child’s Bible.”

 
 
Today in class we worked on:
10/13 – It was a special morning in that, in advance of the Sukkot holiday we had a special program at CBA’s synagogue.
1) We began the session with an all school T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari. We heard a story about sukkot, and we talked about the different ‘things’ in our synagogue space which make this space ‘holy’ vs a regular room. (aka eternal lamp, ark, etc.)
2) Our class joined the other grades in our Religious School, for a series of rotations related to the holiday. At each station we learned new things including possible themes and images we might want to assemble in our own sukkah and discussing broken items in our world today.
3) Additionally, we had the chance, with Rabbi Bellows to visit the Beth Am sukkah outside, sign our name on the 5780 panel, and shake the lulav/etrog.
4) With Rabbi Prass we talked about the situation of interning children at the US border with Mexico. This was done in an age appropriate way. Also, we didn’t discuss border policy, but rather focused on the living conditions those detained are going thru.
5) This was a lead in to our special Tzedakah project of the session, where our class, in conjunction with other Chicagoland synagogues, made packets of sanitary items for those women and yeladim.
6) We concluded with a very spirited shira session of ballads geared towards Chag HaSukkot with Morah Ari!
Chag Sameach to all!

 

 


Today in class we worked on:
10/6 – Today we reviewed our last lesson about the Garden of Eden and the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Students then worked on their illustrations of the Garden, worked in their text books and game books. We began our Partners with God book discussing what God is and how we can see God’s influence even though we can’t see God.
We also had a great tefilah with Rabbi Bellows and a wonderful session of Shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/6 – Please complete the exercises in Chapter 2 of your Game Book.

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/22 – Today we finished the first illustrations for our Torah scrolls of Creation, and then moved on to our second parshat (portion) in the Torah – the Garden of Eden. We learned how humans were given the responsibility for naming and caring for what God had created, with the only rule being don’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil. We learned that by ignoring the rules and listening to the serpent, the fruit was eaten, knowledge was gained, and humans were expelled from the Garden. We talked about rules, consequences, and the idea of free will, as well as this time of year when we focus on how we have acted in the past year and look to become better people. We also played a round of hodgy podgy to review the lesson.
We had a great Tefilah with Rabbi Prass who told us a story about Selichot and blew the shofar, and a fun Shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/22 – Do the exercises in Chapter 2 of your brown A Child’s Bible book.
Have a great Rosh Hashanah!

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/17 –
1) Today we continued with last week’s Torah lesson, learning the first parshat (chapter) of the Torah that talks about how the world was created. After going back over the story, students did exercises in their text book and started on their illustrated Torah scrolls.
2) Gan – 3rd grade joined Rabbi Bellows for tefillot
3) Gan – 3rd grade joined Morah Ari and Matthew for shirah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/17 – Please complete the first page in you’re a Child’s Bible Game Book.

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
9/8 – Today was our first day of the new year Religious School year. We got  to know one another, discussed what we will learn this year, rules for the classroom and expectations. It was also great to meet so many parents at the open house.
We then looked at the way that cycles inhabit the world around us, from time in hours, days, weeks, months, to the life cycle and more. Around all of these is God, who created all. We will discuss God throughout the as well as the teaching and history given us by the Torah.We began our textbook – A Child’s Bible – together, reading the introduction and beginning our first chapter about how the universe and everything around us came to be. We went over the days of creation together. We finished the day playing hodgy podgy to review what we had learned.We also joined the K-3 classes for a great session of Shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/8 – Remember to bring your textbook and something to write with each week. Please bring in ideas for a tzedakah project that we will vote on as a class for the year.