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OUR ACADEMICS

 

Judaic Studies

TEFILLA/PRAYER

Students broaden their knowledge and fluency of the traditional daily prayers from a Siddur (prayer book), as well as gain an appreciation for the meaning of the prayers they are reciting. Our goal is for our students to become familiar with the Jewish prayers in the Siddur and to enjoy and connect with their prayer experience.

“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 the deeper 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 to them on a personal level.

HEBREW LANGUAGE—IVRIT

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 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 built around and are based in our recently adopted Hamikrah Migdalohr workbook series.  Ivrit classes include fun projects, exciting games and the use of smart board and internet technology.

In 4th grade, the emphasis is on advanced sentence structure related to the human body, family relationships, and school and neighborhood environment.  Strong Jewish Values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit curriculum.

 

HEBREW LANGUAGE

TORAH

The Study of formal Torah /Chumash text learning is a main subject in our Judaic class. Emphasis is placed  on students gaining a clear understanding of the fascinating narratives of Parshiyot/sections: Vayeshev,Mikeitz,Vayigash and Vayechi, (in the book of  B’reishit - Genesis). Students will continue to build their Torah vocabulary base of high frequency words, prefixes, and suffixes and most common root words. The aim is for our students to become independent Torah scholars.

Part II- Volume Two of the Loshon Hatorah skill builder series, is introduced in this grade level, to ensure reinforcement and mastery of these important skills. Work sheets are teacher generated which are customized to each lesson and are tailor made to suit the needs of all learners. 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. The in depth textual study of Rashi’s script and commentary, is introduced to our students in 4th grade. The motivational and exciting Artscroll  Rashi script workbook is incorporated to reinforce  student’s Rashi skills. The aim of Rashi learning is to better clarify the Torah verses with more in depth insight and analysis .This learning will stretch, expand and strengthen our students higher order thinking skills. Instruction is done in a variety of ways including, teacher led instruction, Groupings , differentiated instruction and independent discovery learning.

WEEKLY PARSHA

The Weekly Torah Reading /Parsha  comes alive and becomes very relevant , as our students learn and reenact the main Parsha themes of the week. Our students take personal notes of their favorite Parsha themes  and  are very proud to share their extensive knowledge with family and friends  around the Shabbat dinner table.

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 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. Hebrew Academy Students will learn and know what is expected and how to participate in Jewish rituals, ceremony and celebrations. Guaranteed!

 

Language Arts

In 4th grade, the emphasis in reading shifts from what it was in prior years. In the primary grades, your child’s key task was learning to read. Starting this year, we now focus on your child reading to learn. Because of this, your child will start reading more nonfiction texts . By the end of the year, your child should:

· Be accurate and fluent when reading fiction and nonfiction.

· Be able to write clear, coherent, focused, multiple paragraph narratives or essays that use details, support opinions, and draw information from other sources.

· Have basic computer skills (e.g. keyboarding, familiarity with terminology).

· Be able to understand and read understand grade-level fiction texts , and nonfiction texts about history, social science, and science.

Textbooks:

Pearson Reading Street program

Wordly Wise vocabulary development Writer’s Workshop by Lucy Calkins

 

Science and Social Studies 

SCIENCE

We use two National Science Foundation ‘hands-on’ programs during the year: electric circuits and rocks and minerals.

By the end of the year, your child should be able to:

· Design and build simple electrical circuits and a experiment with components such as wires, batteries, and bulbs,

· Describe how electricity flows through a  circuit

· Describe various rocks and minerals and perform field tests to identify materials.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

We study the state of California in 4th grade. Your child will participate in at least three group projects during the year.

By the end of the year, your child should be able to:

· Describe main geographical features of our state.

· Describe the early California settlements: where and how they were founded, etc.

· Describe the Gold Rush: where and when it took place, etc. 

 

Math

In 4th grade math, we expand some topics begun in 3rd grade (e.g. working with larger numbers). We also begin some new topics that will continue in upper grades. We learn how to work with fractions (adding, subtracting, comparing and finding equivalent fractions), and how to do double-digit multiplication and long division. 

By the end of the year, your child should be able to:

· Describe and solve problems using large numbers (e.g. millions).

· Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers.

· Add, subtract, and compare fractions and mixed numbers.

· Solve problems involving the properties of and relationships between plane geometric figures (e.g. quadrilaterals, circles, triangles).

Textbook:

Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

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