Judaic Studies


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 the Parshiyot/sections: Shmos, Vaera, Bo and Bishalach, (in the book of  Shmot- Exodus). 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. Volume Three 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 students deduce and  apply to their day to day life, derived from this learning.

The mastery of Rashi’s script and function of this commentary, is reinforced in this grade. 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, group level differentiated instruction and independent discovery learning.


The Weekly Torah Reading /Parsha   comes alive and becomes very relevant, as our students learn and reenact the main Parsha themes of the week. Everyone looks forward to Parsha class in 5th grade ,as students have the chance to be  the teacher  for Parsha. Students prepare and  present main themes of the week’s Torah reading. A thought of the week, which includes: analyzing the most popular and oft quoted  verses in the Torah, listening to their timeless messages,  and drawing personal, relevant life lessons is a most wonderful addition to this year’s Parsha class. Students are very proud to share their extensive knowledge with family and friends around the Shabbat dinner table.


Hebrew Language


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.


The acquisition of conversational Modern Hebrew is a main theme at the Hebrew Academy. Three periods a week are allotted to this study. 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. Ivrit classes include fun projects, exciting games and the use of smart board and internet technology. In 5th grade, the emphasis is on more advanced sentence structure related to understanding the world of nature, and our role in its preservation. Strong Jewish Values are highly emphasized throughout the Ivrit curriculum.


Our  Jewish  Holidays , traditions and culture come alive with energy and  spirit ,as our students  see , hear  and feel first  hand from their Rabbis, 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 what is expected and how to participate in  Jewish  rituals ,ceremony and celebrations. Guaranteed!


In  5th grade, students advance in  their learning of early Jewish history, from the book of Joshua , in its original text. They are also introduced to the oral Torah. With our  newly adapted Veshinantom series, they begin their  study of Mishna, which is the basis and  foundation of  future Talmudic learning, Jewish law and practice.


Language Arts


Students read and understand grade-level appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies.  Throughout the year, the students read classic books such as: Tuck Everlasting, Ben and Me, and My Brother Sam is Dead.


Students will have a command of standard English conventions. They will correctly identify prepositional phrases, independent and dependent clauses, difficult verbs, use correct capitalization and punctuation, and spell roots, suffixes, prefixes, and contractions correctly.


Students will be writing multiple-paragraph narrative and expository compositions. They will also write responses to literature that show their understanding of literature read in class. They are truly authors in their own rights. Using Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop helps structure their writing experiences.


Science and Social Studies


Students build on their previous years’ study of chemistry, understanding more challenging concepts of atoms, molecules, properties of metals and other chemicals, and that living organisms are composed of just a few elements. Students will also understand plant and animal structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal and transportation of materials.


Students will study the development of the United States. They recognize what the nation has gone through to become the nation that it is today. The students learning will be enhanced through exciting field trips such as A Walk Through the Revolution and Whale Watching.



Using the Sadlier-Oxford curriculum, students will further enhance their mathematical abilities. The skills and concepts covered in 5th grade are:

· Estimation through millions

· Percents, decimals, fractions

· Prime factors through 50

· Using exponents and showing multiples of a factor

· Add, subtract, multiply, divide with decimals and negative and positive integers

· Identify and graph ordered pairs in the four quadrants

· Use the formula to find the area of plane figures

· Understand and identify angles, perpendicular and parallel lines

· Know concept of mean, median and mode

· Analyze problems and determine relevant and irrelevant information