: The main focus of 5th grade Judaic Studies is Chumash, where we begin learning Sefer Shemot. Students continue to work on the skills of being independent learners; by fifth grade, students are able to work in chavruta (pairs) to read and translate new psukim. They analyze text by beginning with a literal, word-by-word translation and then they expand their understanding by asking interpretive questions and learning various commentaries on the texts.
Students continue expanding their understanding of Biblical Hebrew, grammar and the overarching themes in Shemot.
We focus on the language of the text. By paying close attention to repetition, irregularities or inter-textual connections, the students learn how to ask questions and provide educated responses that are supported in the text.
Navi: Fifth graders continue their study of Navi with Sefer Shoftim. We focus on the major themes of the relationship between Bnei Yisrael and God, leadership and the major events in the text. We learn about each judge and how he/she fit into the repeating cycle throughout the Sefer. The students express their understanding of the text in a creative scrapboo. This multi-sensory approach encourages each student to internalize his/her understanding and present the information in his/her own way.
Tefillah: We build on 4th grade tefilla skills and textual understandings. As we add new tefillot, we focus on the meaning of each passage and how to best concentrate and connect with prayer.
Parsha: We review the weekly Torah reading with an eye to engaging the students in further inquiry through thought questions and activities to help them internalize larger messages in the Parsha.
Mishna: We begin our study of Mishna with an introduction to the background of the Oral Law, its centrality in our tradition and the historical timeline of its development. Students learn the technical language of the mishna text and begin learning mishnayot that are connected to holidays and tefilla.
Chagim: Building on the students’ prior knowledge, we expand their understanding of minhagim, halacha and large overarching themes within each holiday.