During our ELA classes, we have begun reading Home of the Brave as a mentor text for our first unit- analyzing themes. So far we have set reading goals for the year and talked extensively about the goal of writing about our reading. When we write about our reading, we are paying close attention to the characters, plot, setting, and repeating objects. We develop ideas about the book and then look for evidence to support our ideas. The goal is not just to speed through a book but rather to think deeply about it and gain insight as we read.
In Social Studies, we have discussed primary and secondary sources as a way to study history and the students analyzed primary sources left behind by early humans. We then moved into a short unit on map skills. Next Tuesday, October 13, the students will have a map quiz on the seven continents and five oceans. We discussed study strategies and skills and each student has a packet as well as a study guide in their Google Classroom to help them prepare for the quiz. We also practiced creating timelines and will soon move into a unit on the evolution of early humans (hominids).
The last few weeks we focused on learning about music in Hebrew class. Students combined their previous knowledge with the new vocabulary. We spoke about famous Israeli musician Arik Einstein and students wrote about their famous musicians. Also we learned larger numbers in Hebrew to be able to name years in Hebrew. Both in person and on zoom we used different ways to learn Hebrew such as quizlet, quizzes and games with white board. This is in preparation for our big topic “Biography” that we will learn during this school year.