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Fifth Grade News: 6/5/17-6/9/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, students presented their second IBP project! It was great to see how excited students were about their historical fiction picks, and their projects were reflective of creativity and hard work. Next week, we will finish our unit on finding theme in short stories. -Lindsay History: What an exciting week!  The 5th graders were thrilled to show off all their hard work at The China Museum.  They did a fantastic job with this long-term project… and it wasn’t easy!  I received a request to compile all of the student research essays in a zip file. Will send...
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05/22/17-05/26/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we started our final unit, during which we are examining how theme is portrayed through children’s literature. We defined theme as the universal message or underlying idea that a writer wishes to convey to readers. We examined theme using several pieces of multicultural literature. As independent practice, students perused other children’s books and defined the theme in each by analyzing tone, characters, and pictures. On Thursday, we took a break from this study to work on our IBP projects, and will continue working on them next Tuesday. Projects are due on June 5, so students should...
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Fifth Grade News: 5/15/17-5/19/17

Pictures from Lag Bomer: Humanities: Literature: This week was pretty short, due to the ERB schedule. We wrapped up our week with a creative project for Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by creating trading cards for a selected character. Students had a great time making cards with an app and presenting to the class! Next week we will begin our last unit of the year, a study of theme using picture books. Hope everyone has a great weekend and a Shabbat Shalom! –Lindsay History: This week, the 5th grade students worked on the final drafts of their China research...
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5th grade May 8th

We had an amazing end to the week out in the park for Lag Bomer! 5th grade had a wonderful time in the slightly chilly but sunny day.   Judaics: This week we continued to experience the Aliyot. Students tookon the personalities of the founding members of Kibbutz Degania (the first kibbutz). We learned all about the reasons why this socialist model was needed and loved at this time. Students used chalk to draw out the plan for the kibbutz outside. They processed how hard it was to figure out where everything should go as well as try to make...
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Fifth Grade News – 05/01/17-05/05/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we learned about various types of figurative language, and then applied these skills to identify and evaluate the use of figurative language in Revolution is Not a Dinner Party. We also worked on another reading strategy, making text-to-text connections, by comparing Revolution‘s description of a young Red Guard soldier to a non-fiction article written by a former Red Guard. After comparing and contrasting the two excerpts, we talked about how features such as perspective, tone, and voice influence the way we uniquely understand two different texts on a single topic, and why it is important to read accounts...
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Fifth Grade News: 4/24/17-4/28/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party with a cohesive review of Part I. At this point in the novel, Ling’s family has been labeled as traitors to the Cultural Revolution, and are being victimized by the Red Guards. At home, you should talk to your children about the value of speaking up against wrongdoing, even when the consequences are dire, and how this idea connects to their lives both as Jews and as American citizens. Additionally, we did some work with characterization this week; using information about astrology, students selected “likely” zodaic signs for two...
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Fifth Grade News: 4/3/2017 – 4/7/2017

Hebrew: Dear Parents, , This week, although we have not yet reached Passover, we started preparing for Yom ha’atzmaut, Israel’s independence day. This year, the 5th grade will be leading the Yom Ha’atzmaut Tekes during a whole school assembly. The Tekes this year will focus on environmental innovations in Israel. The students will be performing a short play in which the students will tour the land and be going to places and learning about Israel’s ‘Green innovation”. We went over the script in class and lines were assigned to all the students. In addition to their lines, the students started...
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Fifth Grade News: 3/27/17-3/31/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by analyzing how events in the novel correspond to the political principles set forth during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Moreover, we read an interesting section of the novel, in which two characters develop a bartering system by exchanging food for origami. As a way of connecting to this story through the arts, students learned to make their own origami. Check out the photos of their creations below! On Wednesday, we also welcomed a speaker from the myFace organization, who spoke with students about her experiences growing up with a facial deformity, and...
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Fifth Grade News: 3/20/17-3/24/17

Judaics: In fifth grade this week Elana continued to do a wonderful job engaging the students in vigorous and fun learning. They are exploring the different titles given to the characters in this section of the Joseph stories and reflecting on the feelings associated with these titles. Joseph finds himself second in command in Egypt, saving the world from the famine. The brothers appear before him begging for grain for their family and they do not recognize him! Joseph knows who they are. The students have worked hard to translate these packed Psukim and focus on key words like “to...
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Week of March 10th 5th grade

Hi Fifth Grade Parents! This week came to a very exciting end with a full day Purim celebration! 5th graders had a wonderful time participating in Purim themed fun and they acted as amazing buddies! Chag Purim Sameach!   Literature: This week, we wrapped up our unit on Wonder. To conclude, students demonstrated understanding of this novel by choosing a creative task from a project menu, including making a children’s book, choosing theme-related quotes, and movie making. We will finish these projects next week, and begin our next class novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Hope everyone has a...
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