6th graders had a great time these past few weeks getting to know their 2nd grade buddies. We participated in ice breakers, drawn together, celebrated kaballat Shabbat together, and spent time together in the Sukkah. The 6th and 2nd grade pairs will continue to strengthen their bonds throughout this year, and they’ll continue the buddy relationship next year as well! Enjoy the photos from one of our buddy activities below.
Mike and Naomi, 6th grade advisors
The past few weeks in humanities have been full of ancient Greek history and mythology. As we launched into Greek mythology in ELA class, we discussed questions like: Why read mythology in the first place? How can stories teach us about a certain civilization’s values, lifestyle, and belief system? We applied these ideas as we read the Greek origin myths together as a class, learning how and why the world started according to the ancient Greeks. Now, we’re beginning to read stories about the twelve main Olympian gods and goddesses, analyzing character traits and themes as we go. The gods are unpredictable, moody, and entertaining, and students have really been enjoying the drama! As we read mythology in ELA, we are simultaneously examining ancient Greek geography and culture in Social Studies. Students examined various maps of Greece to build their geography skills, including maps that highlighted political boundaries, religious sites, and natural resources. They also practiced analyzing primary sources as they looked closely at “frescoes” (wall paintings) from the Minoan people of Crete. Through these activities in both Social Studies and ELA, students are learning to draw inferences about past cultures based on maps, art, and mythology. Try asking your child about some Greek myths they read in class, or what they learned about the Minoan people. They may have a dramatic story to share!
Over the last few classes we have focused on comparing various schools and what students learn, read. write and talk about in these schools. The students have been practicing using previously learned vocabulary in building sentences and discussing what they can do in their school vs. other schools.
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Judaics has seemed a bit like math class lately learning all of the proper measurements for a Sukkah from Mishnah Sukkot! We are learning the Rabbinic measurements and comparing them to our own height to get an idea of the size. As we translate and understand the text and requirements we are thinking about the reasoning behind these parameters of a Kosher sukkah. When we learn Rabbinic text we always will be asking “What kind of society are the Rabbis trying to set up with these rules”. So far some students have shared that they don’t want it to be too tall because it needs to be impermanent, it would be too hard to see the stars through the tall roof, people would become competitive about whose sukkah is taller etc. Next week, once we have learned a few more rules, we will begin building our very own models!
Students have been exploring cells in science. We created our own microscope slide in order to discover the different parts of an onion cell. With their foundational knowledge about how to manage the microscope they successful created their slides. Later in science we will discover cheek cells and compare the differences between these animal and plant cells. We will continue exploring different cell parts by making cell models in the next few weeks in science.