3rd Grade

Morah Miranda Wilgus

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/11 – Today we studied about Noah’s Ark. We discussed how the people had become so rude and mean to each other and the world around them, that God became frustrated and decided to cleanse the earth. Of all the people, Noah was a righteous man who walked with God, and God tasked him and his family with building an ark to save two of each animal to ride out the flood. One student asked why Noah had to build the ark – our rabbis teach that this gave Noah’s neighbors an opportunity to know what was coming and to change their ways.
Following the flood, God promised to never again destroy the earth with flood, and gave us the rainbow as a symbol of that covenant.

We also worked on Chapter 3 of our Partners with God book, looking at ways that we can partner to clean up our world and participate in the ongoing work of creation.

We had a wonderful tefilah with Rabbi Bellows who discussed the parshat of Jacob and Esau (which we will study soon).

We had a rousing Shirah with Morah Ari, with many students getting up to lead hand motions and songs.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/11 – Please complete the exercises in Chapter 4 of your Child’s Bible textbook and Chapter 3 in Partners with God. Continue to look for things that remind you of God and good things to add to our Etz Tovim.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/4 – Today we reviewed last week’s parsha about Cain and Abel and illustrated the story for our Torah scrolls.

We also introduced out Etz Tovim – our Tree of Good Things – which students are invited to add leaves to throughout the year of good things and things that remind them of God.

We continued with out Partners with God book, discussing where we find God.

We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Prass, who told us a story about a king with three children and a challenge issued to the children to bring light into the world. And a great shirah with Morah Ari.

Homework to be completed by next class:
11/4 – Continue to look for things that remind you that God is around, and look for good things to add to our Etz Tovim.

Please finish reading Chapter 2 in Partners with God and work on the exercises in the end of the chapter with your parents. We stopped on page 18.

 

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/28 – Today we discussed the next parshat of the Torah, the story of Cain and Abel. We discussed anger, sibling rivalry, misunderstanding, and how we can avoid letting anger and pain fester to the point where it explodes. We talked about making decisions, why sometimes parents punish us for bad behavior or actions, and why we have rules.

One of the students brought up the tragedy in Pittsburgh yesterday. We discussed how sometimes, like in the story of Cain, people can have anger based on misconceptions or mistaken ideas or fear of different ideas, and how, like Cain, it can manifest in a violent outburst and harm someone else. Like pushing a sibling or friend and causing them to become hurt.

We also discussed ways to keep ourselves from becoming so angry or jealous or scared that we act out and cause harm. Students suggested speaking with someone who you are angry with, taking a few deep breaths, taking time out, and talking with adults.

We also had a lovely tefillah with Rabbi Prass and Morah Ari where we sang songs of peace and heard a story of friendship. Then we had a fun presentation from Camp OSRUI (www.osrui.org)
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/28 – Please complete the exercises in your Child’s Bible textbook for Chapter 3. Continue to look for things that remind you of God and that make you thankful.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/21 – Today we had a special session with Rabbi Bellows to discuss questions about God and our relationship with God.

We worked on our illustrations for the Garden of Eden, and had a wonderful tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/21 – Please continue to look for things that remind you of God. If you have not completed the exercises in A Child’s Bible textbook and Gamebook for Chapter 2 for next week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/14 – Today we began the second parshat of the Torah discussing the Garden of Eden. We discussed why the Tree of Good and Evil would be in the Gardent of Eden and discussed again the the concept of fre will. We also looked at how God is all around us.

We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Bellows and a wonderful Shira with Morah Avi.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/14 – Please continue to look for things that remind you of God. Complete pates 23-25 in “A Child’s Bible” textbook – paged 23-25.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/8 – Today we continued to discuss creation and finish our illustrations for our Torah scrolls. We also began working in ‘A Child’s Bible Gamebook.’

We also began a new book called ‘Partners with God’ which we will use to discuss God this year.

We had a great tefillah with Rabbi Bellows who talked about the beginning of the Torah and a fun shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/8 – Complete pages 3-5 in your Gamebook. Continue to look for things that remind you of God.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/30 – Today was a busy day. We chose our tzedakah project for the year – Fill a Heart 4 Kids that supports Illinois children in the foster care system and homeless teens. We did a scavenger hunt of the building so we know where everything is. We reviewed our first parsha of the Torah discussing the creation of everything, and began our illustrated Torah scrolls that we will take home at the end of the year. We also had a great tefilah with Rabbi Bellows and shirah with Morah Ari.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/30 – Finish the last two pages of exercises in Chapter 1 – In the Beginning in your text book. Continue to look for and recognize moments that remind you of God.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/23 – It was so great to have this session of religious school at the synagogue. We started the day meeting just with our classroom to collect tzedakah, attendance, and then play a name game. Secondly, all Gan – 6th grade met in the sanctuary for an all school T’fillah led by Morah Ari and Rabbi Prass. We sang, prayed, and looked around our Jewish space. After that Gan – 3rd grade rotated thru 3 stations: (a) visiting the Sukkah with Rabbi Bellows and learning about how it is built; the lulav and the Etrog (b) Ushpizin – guests for a sukkah, and an art project for inviting our own guests and (c) paper chain decoration for the CBA sukkah where we wrote what we are thankful for on some of the links of the chain. After the three rotations, all of Gan – 6th grade gathered back together for Shira led by Morah Ari and a story by Rabbi Bellows, about why it always rains on Sukkot.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/16 – Today was a great start to the year. We had a terrific assembly with parents to start off the day and then came together in class to discuss what we will learn this year and expectations.

We began our calss discussing cycles and circles and noting how much of our lives and the things that surround us move in cycles. And surrounding it all is God. This year we will be studying the first book of the Torah, the beginning of the history of the Jewish people, the rules God gave us to live in peace together, and our relationship with God.

We began the first chapter of our book, learning how the world was created.

We also had a great shirah with Morah Ari with the other Gan – 3rd classes singing fun songs together.

Homework to be completed by next class:
9/16 – Homework this week is to complete page 13 in your textbook (put the first letter of each image in the box and create a word from those letters), and note things in everyday life that remind you that God is all around us.