Grade 4 Curriculum

Hebrew Language:

The class works in reading groups according to individual levels of proficiency with the goal of fluent reading.

Resources:

  • Hineni: Hebrew through Prayer Volumes 1 & 2 – Behrman House

Holidays and Customs:

Rosh Hashanah: The meaning and importance of self- evaluation, Tshuvah( turning and changing).  The shofar’s role in Tshuvah and linking it to prayer and Tzedakah.  Concepts of remembering and judgment, custom of “Tashlich.”

Yom Kippur: Forgiveness: G-d as Eloha Selichot (G-d of forgiveness) Highlights from the Book of Jonah in relation to forgiveness and fasting.

Sukkot: Sukkot as a time of special “simcha” (celebration) from historical agricultural and spiritual perspectives. Expressions of “simcha” in holiday practices and customs. Kiddush for Sukkot and review of blessings.

Simchat Torah: Focus on the “simcha” as it relates to lessons about Sukkot. 

Hannukah: Personalizing the meaning of Hannukah. The concept of the miracles.

Tu B’Shvat: the Tu B’Shvat Seder, tree planting.

Purim: Taking a stand on Esther’s dilemma, Absence of the mention of G-d in the Megillah.

Pesach: The concept of Hallel and Barech, major laws of Pesach 

Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Lag Ba’Omer and Shavuot will included in the Israel Unit.

Resource:

  • Experiencing the Jewish Holidays – Torah Aura

Torah:

An experiential approach to Torah beginning with Adam and Eve ….

  • The actual biblical texts are presented as scripts. Rather than just reading the text, students can perform it. Reading the text out loud is the first movement in interpretation.
  • In twenty-three texts we go from Adam and Eve to the Death of Moses. The Holiness Code, the Burning Bush, the Spies and Mah Tovu are stops on this journey. Students explore single phrases or sentences in the text and express their own feelings about their meaning. Students get to compare their own sense of the text’s meaning with traditional commentators.
  • Activities: Translate the text into experiences. We act, sing, dance, create art and express the inner-story of the text in our own way.

 Resource:

  • Experiencing Torah – Torah Aura

 Israel:

The focus is on Israel’s deserts and irrigation innovations

Class Project

Resources:

  • JNF