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FOURTH GRADE

 
In the study of holidays, students will be immersed in the significance of each observance
using original text from the prayer book. They will explore, in-depth, a variety of interpretations
(midrash). 
 
Students will review prayers learned the prior year and will be introduced to Sim Shalom,
V’ahavata, and their meanings. 
 
In Bible and History studies, students will focus exclusively on the Exodus story: leaders,
events, and the Jewish people’s journey from slavery to becoming a nation. 

This year, we will learn the Jewish value of visiting the sick (bikur cholim) and will distribute Purim baskets (mishlo-ach manot) to local seniors. We will learn about intolerance and anti-Semitic tropes, and how best to introduce Judaism to their non-Jewish classmates.   
 
Jewish customs and practices will focus on the Passover story, specifically the Haggadah and the Seder.   
 
In Hebrew study, students will practice fluency on texts from the prayer books, and will be introduced to reading and writing cursive letters. In conversational Hebrew, students will learn sentence structure, including nouns, verbs, infinitives, and prepositions.   Topics will include talking about family and ordering food at a restaurant. The students will practice dialogue to attain more functionality in the language. 
 
In Israel studies, we will study the history of Israel from before independence through the present day. Students will also learn about the Negev, with a focus on the Arava and Kibbutz Yahel. 
 
In our studies we utilize many different resources to teach our subjects and to celebrate Jewish life. We will have drama, arts and crafts, cooking, storytelling, sports, music, and special guests to engage the children. 

Holidays and Symbols
  • Holiday Cultural Expressions
  • Holiday Symbols
  • Holiday blessings
Prayer and God
    • REVIEW: Shema, Barchu, Shabbat Blessings, Chanukah Blessings, Four Questions, Oseh Shalom,                                    Adon Olam, Ma Tovu, Yotzeir Or
    • Sim Shalom
    • V’ahavata
Jewish Values
  • REVIEW Tzaar Ba-alei Chayim, Gemilut Chesed, B’tzelem Elohim, Chachnasat Orchim, Tikun Olam
  • Bikur Cholim (tending to the ill)
  • “You” were strangers: the present “I” throughout History.
  • Tikkun Olam
  • Intro: How to talk about Judaism to non-Jews (student exchange)
  • Intro: Anti-Semitism and rules for discussing sensitive topics
  • Intro: Consequences of intolerance
Hebrew
  • Reading
  • General vocabulary, Common phrases
  • Introduction to cursive
 
Jewish Customs and Practices
  • The Haggadah and the Seder (Across Holidays)
 
Bible and History
  • The story of the Exodus
Israel
  • Modern History / Negev (Arava – Kibbutz Yahel)
  • Daily life continued

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Fri, December 2 2022 8 Kislev 5783