Daled 4 daled – 4th Year 
 
Morah Traci Stratford

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/13 – Great seeing everyone again today! This afternoon was our final review of the blessings we’ve learned so far (Barchu, Yotzeir Or, Ma’ariv Arivim, Sh’ma). After Thanksgiving, we’re moving on to new blessings! We played a very competitive game of Jeopardy. Categories for each blessing, vocabulary and a random Chanukah trivia category- Chanukah is the next holiday coming up! It was close and came down to the final jeopardy question to determine the winner. Everyone did a great job and we celebrated along with the other Hebrew classes at pizza dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/13 – Enjoy Thanksgiving hodu (turkey) with your mishpacha (family).

Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week.
Cell phones may not be used during class. If your child has a phone, it is to be kept in a backpack or pocket during class.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/6 – Great seeing everyone again this week! Today we reviewed blessings again (Yotzer Or and Ma’ariv Arivim) before pairing off and working on a list of workbook activities that focused on reading and vocabulary practice. While we were working with our partners, I met with groups individually for a reaching check. I was very impressed with how well the class is doing! The last few workbook assignments introduced the next blessing we’ll be working on, the Sh’ma.

Ask your child why we recite the second line of the Sh’ma in a quieter voice than the first. [The first line is in the Torah, the second is not. A midrash (story) says that on his deathbed, Jacob’s sons said “hear o’Israel, Adonai is our God, the Adonai is one (line 1), and Jacob responded in a hushed voice “blessed is Adonai forever and ever” (line 2)]

We had an all school T’fillah led by Rabbi Prass, where some of our daled students volunteered to lead at the last minute.
Homework to be completed by next class:
11/6 – Reading Practice: Yotzeir Or (pg 13-14), Ma’ariv Arivim (pg 17-18), Sh’ma (pg 26)
Online Learning Center: Play any games in levels 1, 2, 3.
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly and remember to have a pencil! A few students have forgotten their workbooks- please make sure those come to class every week.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/30 – This afternoon we began by reviewing the alef-bet quiz we took in class last week. We also had a planned fire drill. We will take the same quiz again later the school year. It’s simply a letter/vowel refresher and everyone did really well. After the fire drill that Rabbi Prass mentioned in an email, we spent a little time on Ma’ariv Arivim workbook activities and played Ma’ariv Arivim Bananagrams. The class broke up into teams of 3 or 4, the entire blessing was cut up into syllables and players had to put the words of the blessing back together. A few teams were able to find the pieces to put together the first few lines of the blessing!

Next week: reading test (check up) on the Yozeir Or and Ma’ariv Arivim.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/30 –
Reading Practice: Yotzeir Or (pg 13-14), Ma’ariv Arivim (pg 17-18)
Workbook: Clues to Cyberspace (pg 23)
Online Learning Center: Use the clue from Clue to Cyberspace to score bonus points in the “Tile Tip” game in Level 2
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly and remember to have a pencil!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/23 – After a round robin reading of the blessings we’ve learned so far this year (Barchu, Yotzeir Or and lines 1-4 of the Ma’ariv Arivim) we were introduced to the second half of the Ma’ariv Arivim blessing and the remaining vocabulary words included in this lesson. We had the option today to work individually, with a partner or in a group of three to complete two vocabulary activities in our workbooks and practice reading the new lines of the blessing.

Today we also took a Hebrew letter quiz. This is the same assessment your students took in Bet and Gimel Hebrew- refreshing and reinforcing letter recognition. We’ll take the quiz again two more times before the end of the school year and as we dive deeper into our curriculum for the year, we hope to see the scores continue to improve.

We ended class today by taking a look at the Online Learning Center. We confirmed that everyone knows the email address associated with their log in, and explored the games and features online. Please encourage your students to spend time with the book’s online component. A great feature is the blessing reading practice, the computer will read the blessings out loud line by line and your students can self correct as they read along. If you have any trouble logging in, call Berhman Houses’ 1-800 number. They’re very helpful!
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/23 – Reading practice: Practice reading the Barchu (pg. 5), Yotzeir Or (pg. 13-14) and Ma’ariv Arivim lines 1-10 (pg. 17-18)
Online Learning Center: Play “tile match” in lesson 2. Click “games” and play any lesson 1 or lesson 2 game.
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly and remember to have a pencil!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/16 – Today we began class with a quick review of both blessings we’ve learned this year, the Barchu and Yotzeir Or. We introduced the next blessing, Ma’ariv Arivim. This is a blessing we say in an afternoon or evening service before the Sh’ma. We began by reading the blessing in English. The Maa’riv Arivim praises God for bringing on darkness, controlling day and night, for the stars and the seasons. This week, we focused on lines 1-4 of the blessing.

We played a game of team Jeopardy. Categories included: Barchu, Yotzeir Or, Ma’ariv Arivim, Reading and Vocabulary. Our time together concluded with the Rabbi Prass and the other Hebrew classes at our first T’filah of the school year.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/16 – Reading practice: Practice reading the Barchu (pg. 5), Yotzeir Or (pg. 13-14) and Ma’ariv Arivim lines 1-4 (pg. 17)
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly and remember to have a pencil!

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/9 – It was really nice seeing everyone again this afternoon! Today we began class by reviewing the Barchu (call to worship) and lines 1-5 of Yotzeir Or that we learned last week. We were introduced to the second half of the blessing (lines 6-10) and spend good deal of time working on the pronunciation of some pretty difficult words- everyone did a very nice job. For a few of the tough ones- we broke those words into syllables. We said each syllable slowly and individually- and soon enough, the word starts to come together.

We worked with a partner to complete two activities in our workbooks (bottom of pg 15 and top of page 16). We finished class with a round of “around the world” testing our vocabulary before joining the other Tuesday Hebrew classes for pizza dinner.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/9 – Practice reading: Barchu (pg 5) and Yotzeir Or Lines 1-10 (pg 13-14) in your workbook
Online: Click on the Melech -king- (Mem-Lamed-Final Chaf) and play “Quick Match” to review vocabulary

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/2 – Today we went over the Barchu, the call to worship and practiced our reading fluency. We began the first of two blessings in lesson 2, the Yotzeir Or. This is a blessing we say in morning t’fillot (prayer services) before we say the Sh’ma. Yotzeir Or, translates to creator of light, and this blessing praises and thanks G-d for the new day (light) and for G-ds numerous creations we continue to experience today.

We ended class with a game of team tic-tac-toe that tested our Hebrew reading skills, vocabulary translation (Hebrew to English and English to Hebrew) and knowledge about both the Barchu and Yotzeir Or.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/2 – Practice reading: Barchu (pg 5) and Yotzeir Or Lines 1-5 (pg 13) in your workbook

Explore for a little while online in the Online Learning Center and familiarize yourselves with the website.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/25 – Welcome back! It was so nice to meet everyone this afternoon and I’m looking forward to to a great year together. Today we jumped right into the first blessing- the Barchu. The Barchu is often referred to as the “call to worship” -it’s the first blessing in our prayer service and it summons us to pray together! It’s a call and response prayer and we all took turns leading the class and being the responding congregation. We spent a lot of time today in station rotations- Station 1: a siddur search, looking for the baruch in our sidur (prayer book) and looking for any context clues that would explain what the themes of that part of a service are. Station 2: vocabulary memory game. Station 3: reading practice. We also spend a little time with Rabbi Prass talking about the holiday of Sukkot and performing the mitzvah of shaking the lulav and etrog.
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/25 – Reading practice: Practice reading the barchu and (page 5 in your workbook)
Workbook: Complete the “language link” activity on page 8.
Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week.
Cell phones may not be used during class. If your child has a phone, it is to be kept in a backpack or pocket during class.