I hope everyone had a meaningful and easy fast. With Sukkot right around the corner, we will spend some time in class today creating decorations for our OJCS sukkah.
We will be competing amongst the middle school grades today to come up with the most creative decoration along with the longest paper chain!
Although we might not have all of the materials used in the activities below, feel free to choose an idea and adapt it. Check out these links for inspiration:
Today students will be discussing, analyzing, and determining the significance of the concept of Lashon Hara. As we dive deeper into our discussion of interpersonal mitzvot, students will be asked to create connections between these lessons and their own lives. This lesson connects closely to one of our activities and discussions during the Middle School Retreat.
Students will also be practicing the following comprehension skills:
- Previewing questions prior to reading
- Highlighting key words/phrases
- Looking up unfamiliar vocabulary terms
- Taking notes/jotting down ideas while reading (annotation)
- Answering questions in complete sentences (referencing the text)
Here is the link to the Interpersonal Mitzvot Google Slides Presentation.
Grade 7 Interpersonal Mitzvot Notes
This week students started working on their Jewnius Hour Project! The concept revolves around the fantastic idea of Genius Hour.
What is Jewnius Hour?
Jewnius Hour is an opportunity for students to explore their own passions and share their learning with the class. This project should involve research, creativity, and passion. The topic selection is completely up to you! The goal of this assignment is for you to choose an area of interest (that connects in some way to Judaism, Israel, Jewish values, etc.) and explore that topic. You will then create a presentation and an activity to share your findings with your peers. Please do not choose a subject that you are already an expert in! This project is designed to foster and support your own learning and growth regarding a topic of interest.
Due to the creative nature of this project, there are very few requirements that are set in stone.
- You must create a presentation (of some sort) and an interactive activity for your peers. The presentation should demonstrate what you learned throughout this process. Your peers should also leave your presentation learning something new!
- Time- Your presentation and activity (together) should last a minimum of 15 minutes. (The maximum time frame for one presentation/activity should be 45 minutes. Please see me if you are going to use an entire period)
- Review the rubric!
This week will we dive into a unit on Jewish History. Students worked in groups the past two classes analyzing and discussing various sets of Jewish values. Tomorrow students will share their findings with their peers in a class discussion. We are continuing to create connections between Jewish values and our everyday lives!
1. Rank the five most important values (most come to a group consensus…need to convince the other group members if there is a disagreement → compromise)
2. Create a group document where you:
- Explain why you choose each value
- Discuss the importance
- Describe the way it can apply to your life
Today we began to work on our Perkei Avot video projects. Students are being asked to analyze a lesson of their choosing from the second chapter of Perkei Avot. Working in pairs, each group will present their interpretations and analysis in a video presentation.