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February 6

General Studies with Dawn

We are deep into our study of the American Revolution.  After learning as a whole group about the Stamp Act and The Boston Tea Party, students researched other events leading up to the war and taught their classmates about them.  This included The Intolerable Acts, The Boston Massacre, The Townshend Acts, and the Battles at Lexington and Concord. Students have a good understanding of the frustrations that led up to the war and especially “Taxation without Representation.” After an overview of the war, students will choose a topic about the war and write an informational book.So writing and social studies will again converge.

In math we continue our study of fractions. Most recently we created  equivalent fractions as a lead in to adding and subtracting fractions. Looking ahead we will be working with mixed numerals and fractions of a set.

The talent show is next Thursday, and many fourth graders are participating.  I hope many of you will be able to see it. And after that, best wishes for a relaxing February Break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hebrew

In Hebrew we have been enthusiastically exploring our unit about food.

We learned how to make chocolate balls. By the way, it is very easy, and you can try it at home. Watch the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoRC_Nz-PAc

We learned what people eat in different countries and listened to the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oDUJP_ferQ

Everybody can have his or her personal preference and people are not arguing about the taste.

“There’s no accounting for taste” teaches us this Hebrew proverb

על טעם וריח אין להתווכח !!

Additionally, we have fully immersed in learning past tense and how to use it correctly. We also familiarized ourselves with direct object pronouns in Hebrew that we are using in order to eliminate unnecessary repetition such as

אותי, אותךָ, אותְך, אותו, אותה, אותנו, אתכם, אותם

Shabbat shalom !

Judaic Studies with Ariana 

It has been a very busy time for 4th grade. 

We have been learning about Tu B’Shevat. We learned the story of Honi the Circle maker and the Kabbalistic meaning behind each one of the 7 species of Eretz Israel. 

The children are learning new Tefillot. We are working hard on reciting Ashrei. 

We are also preparing for individual Torah Reading. 

We had two introductory lessons to learn trope with Phyllis. 

We looked for Taamim in the Chumashim and worked with the Ipads on our parshiot. We even used our bodies to shape the trope symbols.

Each child was assigned their own Parsha for Torah reading. We will be preparing for Torah reading in school. 

Stay tuned for more information in the near future. 

In Chumash, we continue learning new pesukim. 

We looked at the text and searched for ” leads” to figure out who was speaking in each pasuk. 

We look forward to more learning in the weeks ahead!