Daled 4 daled – 4th Year 
 
Morah Traci Stratford

 

Today in class we worked on:
11/5 – Great seeing everyone today! This afternoon, we dove deeper into the Sh’ma.  The Sh’ma is the “pledge of allegiance” for Jews, it’s our proclamation that there is only one G-d, and that G-d is Adonai. We discussed the difference between Judaism and many other ancient religions — those ancient religions had multiple Gods (polytheism), Judaism on the other hand, only had one (monotheism). That’s why it’s important that our pledge, the Sh’ma articulates that point as the core of our faith.
The second half of class today was spent doing workbook activities that focused on vocabulary from the Sh’ma. While we were working, students were pulled out one at a time for a reading check and to review how they did on the letter quiz we took the week before last.  Everyone did a nice job on that assignment. We’ll take the assessment a few more times before the end of the school year and our hope is that their scores improve every time.
 Homework to be completed by next class:
11/5 – Complete any assigned workbook activities you didn’t finish this afternoon: pg. 26, 27, 28 and 29. In addition, complete the “Cyber Sleuth” activity at the bottom of page 31.
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 
 

Today in class we worked on:
11/29 – Today we completed lesson 2- Yotzeir Or and Ma’ariv Arivim and we reviewed both blessings together as a class.  We spent a good portion of class this afternoon completing our activity from last week- piecing the Ma’ariv Arivim blessing together syllable by syllable.  It was really great seeing everyone read the blessing word by word and break those words apart. This process helps their pronunciation and letter/sound identification.

 

We briefly introduced the next blessing and lesson — the Sh’ma. More on that next week. Next week, we’ll also review  the alef-bet letter quiz we took last week.  This quiz, which we’ve taken last year (and will take again at least twice more this year), is just a check that ensures continuity in hebrew letter recognition.
 Homework to be completed by next class:
11/29 – Online Learning Center: Play “tile tip”, lesson 2 — using the Clue to Cyberspace hint on pg 22
Reminders: Please bring tzedekah to class with you weekly.

 

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/22 – This afternoon’s class began with a Hebrew letter quiz that tests their identification of the Hebrew alphabet and vowel sounds. We’ll take this assessment a few times during the school year as a “check in” to see how we’re doing. 

 

Class time today was spent reviewing the Ma’ariv Arivim blessing. The students were broken up into two teams and handed a bag with the words of the blessing cut up into pieces by syllable.  They had to piece the blessing back together word by word.  Not only is this activity a great review of the blessing, but it helps with reading skills and letter/vowel sounds when we read a word slowly, syllable by syllable.

 

We ended the afternoon together with the other Hebrew classes for t’fillah.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/22 – Practice reading: Barchu (pg 5) and Yotzeir Or Lines 1-10 (pg 13-14) in your workbook

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/15 – 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.
Homework to be completed by next class:
(Today’s homework assignment is the first that includes playing games in the Online Learning Center.  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!)
Reading practice:  Practice reading the Barchu (pg. 5), Yotzeir Or lines 1-10 (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.

 

Today in class we worked on:
10/1 – Shana tova!
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.  Tuesday is Kol Nidre, we do not have class.  We’ll see everyone again on the 15th.
Homework to be completed by next class:
10/1 – 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.

 

Today in class we worked on:
9/17 – 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 a few review games– around the world and 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:
9/17 – 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:
9/10 - Welcome back! It was so nice to meet everyone this afternoon and I’m looking forward 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 we find in the section of the service where the barchu is.. Station 2: vocabulary memory game. Station 3: reading practice.  We ended class today with kitot Alef, Bet and Gimmel — hearing the shofar. During this month of Elul leading up to the high holidays, we’re supposed to sound the shofar daily.   
Homework to be completed by next class:
9/10 –
Reading practice:  Practice reading the barchu (top two lines on page 5 in your workbook). 
Reminders: Please bring your workbook, a pen or pencil and tzedekah every week.