After an incredible Middle School Retreat, our students are beginning to dive into our Jewish Studies course. In Grade 6, the students will learn about the Jewish life cycle. Our journey will take us from the naming of the baby to the rituals and customs associated with the passing of a loved one. Students will analyze texts, discuss traditions, and examine various Jewish customs from a variety of perspectives.
The link below can be used to access the Google Slides Presentation that we will be using in class to take notes/participate in activities. Students should feel free to bookmark this page on their devices. Please note that this document is a living tool, which will be changed and updated regularly.
Grade 6 Jewish Life Cycle Slideshow
As we embark on this learning journey together, students have been asked to complete their own River of Life task.
The River of Life is a visual narrative that helps people tell the stories of the past, present, and future. Students may use pictures, words, and phrases to indicate key moments/changes throughout the course of their life
River of Life must include:
- Visuals (drawings or pictures) depicting various moments in your life (5 points)
- A written description of 5-8 complete sentences for each stage explaining a key event relating to each of the following:
This is an opportunity for you to share your story. You decide how it is told! This can be created by hand (on paper) or online via Google Slides/Canva.
Students will have the opportunity to present their River of Life to the class starting on Thursday, September 21st.
I can’t wait to hear all about your narrative. Check out my example below!
Did your sibling change the password to your Netflix account?
Are your parents nagging you to pick up a book?
Never fear…summer reading is here!
Below is a list of novels that relate to Judaism that you may choose to read over the summer. Although I have not yet read all of these books, the majority of these novels have come highly touted.
The Jewish Book Council has also created a variety of book lists based on interest: Reading Lists
25 YA Books Featuring Jewish Protagonists
We had a great time celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut at OJCS. The Jewish National Fund has created an art contest that students and families may participate in. Check out the pamphlet below to learn more about it!
- Draw or paint a picture (8-1/2” X 11” and suitable for framing) following the story A Tree in the Desert by Avirama Golan.
- Watch the story on YouTube (https://youtu.be/FbevCoM9_2U).
- The artwork can be of the Negev, Ben Gurion, or a tree in the desert.
As we dive back into the Jewish life cycle students will be working on a Jewish Wedding Webquest! Over the course of the last two weeks, we have begun to analyze the various traditions and practices associated with the Jewish wedding.
Jewish Wedding Webquest Assignment
This assignment provides students with 11 response questions. Students will need to click and read the link above the question in order to find the answer. Please do not simply search for these answers on random internet sites. I will be looking for specific information from the articles/videos associated with each question. Your responses should be written in complete sentences. Be sure to read over the instructions prior to starting the assignment.
Due: Tuesday, May 9th
Dr. Mitzmacher joined the Grade 6 class last week to discuss/show the students how to wrap tefillin. Students showcased their knowledge about the scrolls inside each box. We also discussed various symbolic actions associated with wrapping tefillin.
Last Friday we commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. January 27th was chosen to memorialize International Holocaust Remembrance Day because it was the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Soviet Forces. Students watched and discussed a video that was created by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
We focused on the following questions:
- Why is it important for us to remember the Holocaust today?
- How can we ensure that this history is not forgotten?
After our group discussion, students had the ability to dive further and examine various sources related to the Holocaust.
Option 1: Podcast
Echoes and Reflections Holocaust Podcasts
Option 2: Personal Narratives
Identification Cards | Holocaust Encyclopedia
Option 3: Compare and Contrast
Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust
Who are the Righteous Among the Nations? | Animated Concepts | Yad Vashem
Righteous Among the Nations from Monastir
Students will be reflecting upon their learning experiences on their blogfolios. Be sure to check out their posts next week.
The Grade 6 class visited Hillel Lodge on Friday! The students led a Kabbalat Shabbat program which included prayers, a D’var Torah, and a discussion about our favorite Shabbat memories. The students were excited to engage with the residents and help them bring in Shabbat with some OJCS ruach. Each month a different Middle School class will lead a Kabbalat Shabbat Program as a part of our Yad B’Yad Mitzvah Initiative. Next month will be Grade 7!
Our Middle School students are quite excited to celebrate Chanukah! Throughout the week, students will be participating in a variety of Chanukah activities. Our class will also participate in a dreidel spinning competition! Who will be crowned dreidel champion in each class?