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Judaic Studies

TORAH

The Study of formal Torah /Chumash text learning is a main subject in our Judaic class. Emphasis is made on students gaining a clear understanding of the fascinating narratives of  Parshat(Section).

Students will continue to build their Torah vocabulary base of high frequency words, prefixes, and suffixes and most common root words. Our aim is for our students to become independent Torah scholars.

Volume two of the Loshon Hatorah skill builder series is introduced in this grade level, to ensure reinforcement and mastery of these important skills. As important as the textual knowledge, is the moral and ethical values, as well as the personal association and relevancy that extend from this learning. Instruction is done in variety of ways including: teacher led instruction, group level differentiated instruction, and independent discovery learning.

KERIAH—READING

Every day, a period is allotted to reinforcing the fluency and accuracy of Hebrew reading. Reading practice is conducted with partners, in small group and full class settings, to ensure that reading sessions are simulating, engaging  and fun.

WEEKLY PARSHA

The weekly Torah reading/Parsha  comes alive and becomes very relevant, as our students learn the main Parsha themes of the week.

TEFILLAH/PRAYER

Students broaden their knowledge and fluency of the traditional daily prayers from a Siddur (prayerbook), as well as gain an appreciation for the meaning of the prayers they are reciting.

Our goal is for our students to be familiar and at home with the Jewish prayers in every prayer setting.

Power of Prayer” is a very beautiful scrapbooking project, exclusive to the Hebrew Academy, which follows our students from 3rd to 5th grade. Power of prayer is a fun and exciting way of giving our students an in depth look at meaning of the prayers beyond the literal translation of the words.  With Power of Prayer, our students have an opportunity, in art form, to express what the prayers mean on a personal level.

 

Hebrew Language

YAHADUS—JEWISH TRADITIONS AND CULTURE

Our Jewish  Holidays, traditions and culture come alive with energy and  spirit ,as our students  see , hear  and feel first  hand from their Rabbis and Morahs, who are living examples of  Judaism at its finest.

Students of the Hebrew Academy receive a complete and comprehensive awareness and  full understanding of Judaic culture and the timeless messages that are as  relevant  today as ever before. Hebrew Academy Students will learn and know the traditions and how to participate in  Jewish  rituals ,ceremony and celebrations. Guaranteed!

IVRIT/HEBREW LANGUAGE

The acquisition of conversational modern Hebrew is a main theme at the Hebrew Academy. Our aim is for our students to develop a love for the land and people of Israel thru the use of the Hebrew language. In Ivrit, students develop their Hebrew oral skills. As they advance in their knowledge and  accuracy of Hebrew, they become confident in their communication abilities. Lessons are based and built around  our recently adopted Hamikrah Migdal Ohr workbook series. Pages are beautifully decorated, engaging and stimulating.

In 3rd grade, the emphasis is on simple sentence structure related to personal life, and relationship building. Strong Jewish values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit curriculum.

  

Language Arts

Each month, students are required to read a selected genre of book, e.g. fiction or biography. A book report or project set for that particular month is required to be completed and handed in by the month’s end. During the 3rd trimester, we will read and study “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory “ together as a class.

In language arts, the students will learn about

· Parts of speech

· Vocabulary and usage

· Sentence structure

· Writing mechanics

· Research skills

 

The students will practice the writing process through various genres of writing, such as personal narratives, informative, descriptive, opinion and comparative writing, and short reports.

 

Science and Social Studies 

SCIENCE

The students build on previously learned concepts about the water cycle and the different states of matter and solar system. This is done through experiments and hands-on activities.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

The students learn about our local, regional and national government and traditions by looking at the past. We will study:

· Kinds of communities

· Who runs our communities?

· Who helps our communities?

· Early communities

· Map of the United States

· World map

· U.S. Presidents

 

Math

Sadlier-Oxford is an integrated mathematics program that covers the California state standards and provides students with many opportunities for critical thinking in math. Each child will learn their timetables by heart and will eventually earn their long awaited cursive license.

 

· Place value and number sense

· Four operations

· Geometry and measurement

· Fractions

· Problem solving techniques

 

 

 

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