In humanities, we have been wrapping up our unit on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The students performed for the seniors at Ezra Project to rave reviews! One elder even gave it two thumbs up. 🙂 Meanwhile, students explored the nation’s founding document, The Declaration of Independence, and updated its language to include their own values. Here is an excerpt from an updated version, collaborated on by Dov and Sivan:
We hold these truths to ubiquitous to all people and that we are all equal, that we have eternal rights, that among these are freedom, safety, and free health-care. — To ensure our rights, democratic governments are put in place by the people, for the people, and among the people, — Whenever any form of Government is either taking away rights, outdated or is too powerful, we the people have the right to take their power away, and institute a new government to which they see fit, within reason, to please the majority.
Science has started the unit of culinary science. This exploration will focus on the chemistry this is applied to food science. The concept of proportion is important in chemistry. That is why a few weeks ago students learned how to balance chemical equations. During a fun challenge, students had to figure out the correct proportion required to make lemonade. With only three parts of the formula, water, lemon juice and sugar, they needed to figure out the balance in order to make a drink not too sweet or too sour. During this activity students quickly discovered the concept of a saturated solution when there was too much sugar for the given liquid. After the break we will continue to explore concepts of culinary science.
Hard to believe, but the first part of our year has concluded! For the last two weeks, Hebrew K has been discussing the weather and its influence on our lives. The students have been practicing leading conversations on weather and on how life is in various weather conditions. They also read a few texts about the way weather influences life in Israel.
Hebrew J has been discussing Israeli music, paying attention to beat, tune, lyrics and the performance itself. The students have practiced leading conversations about various artists in Israel.
I wish everyone a wonderful vacation, and see you next year!
It’s nearing the end of 2019 and the 8th grade is going on a much needed break! With high school applications, interviews, and tests (mostly) behind them and their play on the horizon, the 8th graders have a lot of exciting things to look forward to in 2020! In math, they’ll be working on Statistics through the month of January before moving on and learning more about Functions in depth. See you in 2020!
8th graders completed our study of a series of sugiyot (discussions) in the Talmud about Hanukkah. They took on this challenging material with curiosity, focus, and hard work. It was a pleasure learning and discussing with them! We celebrated our learning by finding ways to portray sugiyot in food; designing hanukiyyot to reflect the variety of ways of observing Hanukkah described in the Talmud; and took a difficult test. They were amazing! Enjoy the photos, and have a happy Hanukkah!