3rd Grade

Morah Miranda Wilgus

 

Today in class we worked on:
3/8 –
1) Today was the Purim Carnival.
2) First we has tefilot with Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari, the madrachim, and parents along with the whole school, where we heard the Megillah and got to boo Haman.
3) Then we went into the carnival, where we had a booth that taught small words in languages from countries from where refugees have come to America. We offered globe prizes, showing that we are all living on one planet. Great job to all our students, and Madricha Danielle for working at the booth. Together we raised funds and awareness for our class tzedakah: Never Again Action.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/8 – Chag Purim Sameach!

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
3/1 –
1) Today was Boker Beyachad. Thank you to all of the parents that joined us in class today for Boker Beyachad. We had a great class with parents discussing our relationship with God, students performed their song about the 10 Commandments, and added leaves to our Etz Tovim. 
2) We had a great session of tefillot with Rabbi Bellows and shirah with Morah Ari and Moreh Matthew with our parents.
Homework to be completed by next class:
3/1 –
1) If you have not completed the exercises from last week in A Child’s Bible, please do them.
2) Next week is the Purim carnival – please feel free to come in costume.

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/23 –
1) Today we continued in our Torah study learning about the birth and early life of Jacob and Esau, twins born to Rebecca and Isaac. We learned about how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew when he was hungry, and later how Rebecca helped Jacob fool Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing of the first born meant to Esau. We also discussed how the Torah and rabbis tell us that Rebecca was told by God that the pains she suffered when pregnant were because there were two nations within her, and the youngest would be the leader of the Jewish nation.
2) We also worked on our 10 Commandments song to perform for parents next week during boker b’yachad.
3) We had a great tefilah with Rabbi Bellows where we sang her Happy Birthday, and shirah with Morah Ari and Matthew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/23 – Complete the exercises not completed in class in your Child’s Bible Textbook for the chapter. Continue to practice the 10 Commandments song found here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/16 –
1) Today we reviewed the parshat about how Rebecca came to be Isaac’s wife and the importance of kindness. Students illustrated the parshat for their illustrated Torah scrolls.
2) Students also created posters for their song that will be performed for parents at Boker Beyachad., after which we practiced our 10 Commandments song.
3) We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Bellows where we discussed the 10 Commandments
4) We had a fun shirah with Morah Ari and Matthew where we sang songs from and about Africa.
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/16 – Continue to practice your song at least 10 minutes each day. Song can be found at this link: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/9 –
1) Today we began the parshat about how Isaac came to love and wed Rebecca. We learned how Sarah became old and died, and Abraham purchased Machpelah for the family tomb. Then Abraham sent the servant Eliezar to find a wife for Isaac. The woman he chose, Rebecca, was kindly, and not only offered Eliezar water, but watered his camels as well. From this we learn that kindness and courtesy are truly some of the most important characteristics. We should work to be kind to each other, to work to make life easier for each other, and spread happiness where we can.
2) We joined Rabbi Bellows for tefilah where we learned about Honi who planted trees for Tu b’Shevat.
3) Gan – 3rd grade had shira wtih Morah Ari and Matthew.
4) We also worked on our 10 Commandments song. Students are doing really well on the song! Keep up the good work!
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/9 –
1) Work at helping out your parents before being asked. Do your homework without fuss, do your chores willingly, and look for opportunities to spread kindness.
2) Continue to work on the 10 Commandments song at least 10 minutes a day. You can find the song here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
2/2 –
1) Today we continued last week’s Parshat about Abraham’s Gift to God, where we learned that God values children as our future of the Jewish people. We illustrated this parshat for our Torah scrolls.
2) We joined the rest of the school for tefilot with Rabbi Bellows and Rabbi Prass, Morah Ari, and Matthew where we celebrated the 5th grade’s auf ruf,
3) Gan – 3rd grade joined in shirah with Morah Ari, who is back from her trip to Africa, and Matthew.
4) We continued to work on our 10 Commandments song – students are doing a great job.  
Homework to be completed by next class:
2/2 –
1) Complete the exercises in your Game book for chapter 8.
2) Practice the 10 Commandments song 10 minutes a day. The link can be found here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/26 –
1) Today we discussed the parshat call the Akeda – the sacrifice of Isaac. We discussed how this was a pivotal moment in the Torah, which shows us how much God treasures children and future generations. We discussed how Judaism treasures children as future generations, and how each of us is special in the eyes of Judaism and God.
2) Gan – 3rd grade had a great tefilah led by Rabbi Bellows, Lily, and Lucy where we talked about Moses
3) We had a fun Shirah with Lucy, Lily, and Matthew.
4) We also practiced our 10 Commandments song, working this week on the chorus. Great job!  
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/26 –
1) Complete exercises for the chapter in “A Child’s Bible” textbook.
2) Continue to practice our song at least 15 minutes a day. Song can be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/19 –
1. Today we continued with our lesson on the birth of Isaac and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We reviewed the parshat and students illustrated it for their Torah scrolls.
2. We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Prass and Lily, with Rabbi Prass introducing students to the Talmud.
3. We also had a fun shirah with Lily filling in for Moreh Matthew who was away.
4. We also worked on our 10 commandments song together. 
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/19 –
Please complete exercises in your game book for this chapter (7) and continue to practice your 10 commandments song. It can be found on YouTube at this link: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc  Try to practice 10-15 min a day.

 

Today in class we worked on:
1/12 – Today we continued our trip through the Torah with the next Parshat – The Sad Tale of Sodom. In this week’s parshat, we learn how Abraham and Sarah received their new names, how they had their son, Isaac, and how Abraham bargained with God not to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah if there were 10 good people in the towns. That 10 is where we got the number needed for a minyan. We learned how the angels told Lot and his family not to look back when they were rescued from Sodom, yet Lot’s wife did look back and was turned into a pillar of salt.
We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Bellows, who told us how Moses became the leader of the Israelites at God’s insistence. We had a fun shirah with Moreh Matthew.
Then we continued to work on our 10 Commandments song, and students received song sheets to help them with the words.  
Homework to be completed by next class:
1/12 – Complete the exercises in the chapter of “A Child’s Bible” for the chapter A Sad Tale of Sodom. Practice our song 10 minutes a day. It can be found on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/15 –
1) Today we reviewed last week’s parshat about Abram, Sarai, and Lot leaving their home and traveling to Canaan, which God said would be the homeland for their descendants, as well as Abram showed us the lesson of Shalom Bayit – or peace in the home but offering Lot the choice of land to keep peace between their households.
2) We also completed illustrations of the parshat.
3) We had a wonderful special tefilla with whole school welcoming our new students with Consecration, and a fun Shira with Morah Ari and Moreh Matthew.
4) We had a fun review game for the semester led by Danielle.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/15 –
1) Work on exercises in you’re a Child’s Bible gamebook for chapter 6 – please do not go beyond that chapter.
2) Practice our 10 Commandments song during break. It is available on YouTube. Please practice about 15 minutes a day. Here is a link and the vide does have subtitles. https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

 

Today in class we worked on:
12/8 –
Today we learned about the first Jew, who realized that God was truly one, Abram. We learned how he followed God from his home in Ur and Haran to the land of Canaan with his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot. We learned how as they became more prosperous, Abram let Lot choose where to live to promote Shalom Bayit – or peace in the family.

We also began to learn our special song about the 10 Commandments.

We had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Prass and shirah with Morah Ari and Moreh Mathew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
12/8 –
Please practice our 10 Commandments song which can be found on You Tube here: https://youtu.be/kq4h3Opy-Xc

Be sure to select subtitles so you can see the words. Please practice at least 10 minutes a day.
Please finish exercises in Chapter about Abram in your Child’s Bible text book and continue to look for thing that remind you of God to add to our Etz Tovim.

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/24 –
1) Today we reviewed the parshat about the Tower of Babel and then completed our illustrations of it. We then worked on our game books for the chapter.
2) Then we had a discussion about what and God created and how creation is not a one-time thing, but an ongoing action that we all participate in.
3) We had a lovely tefilah with Rabbi Bellows where we talked about being thankful, and a fun shirah with Morah Ari and Madrich Matthew.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/24 – Complete the exercises in your game book and A Child’s Bible for the Tower of Babel chapter, and any other work that needs to be completed up to that point. Continue to look for moments or reminders that creation is always going on, and for good things to add to our Etz Tovim.

 

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.