Prayers: Fifth grade students begin the day praying with the rest of the middle school, with girls and boys praying separately. Each class is led by a chazzan or chazzanit (prayer leader).
Hebrew Language: In fifth grade, we start using a new curriculum called Chaverim b’Ivrit. The main goal of this program is to improve speaking and listening in the core vocabulary that makes up spoken Hebrew, thus strengthening reading and writing as well. Exercises to increase vocabulary retention and fluency are integrated into conversation exercises that are engaging and as close to real life as possible. Students are given ordinary everyday situations (in a restaurant, grocery store, zoo, etc.) and asked to act out mini skits and create dialogues that will increase fluency and prepare students to speak Hebrew outside of the lines learned in a text book.Grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension are all incorporated into this new curriculum, increasing retention of grammar rules, understanding words in context and applying their new vocabulary and grammar understanding to listening, writing, and reading skills. In the fifth grade, we focus on present tense, roots, infinitive.
Chumash: In fifth grade, students learn 7 parshiot – they finish the book of Bereishit (Genesis) and begin the 2nd book of Sh’mot (Exodux). Students learn the Biblical narrative and delve into its meaning through Rashi’s commentary and Rabbinic midrashim. We look at overall themes and values as well as learn how to analyze the text itself, sometimes through grammar, sometimes through history and other times through the study of the characters of our Avot (fore-fathers) and Imahot (fore-mothers).
Navi –Prophets: In fifth grade, the subject of Navi (prophets) is introduced. Students learn the Biblical narrative in the book of Joshua and delve into its meaning through Rashi’s commentary and Rabbinic midrashim. They study overall themes and values as well as learn how to analyze the text itself, sometimes through grammar, sometimes through history.
Holiday/Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion)/Middot: Students learn about the parsha every week. When relevant, students learn about upcoming holidays using songs and projects. When not in the midst of a holiday, units are taught on improving character traits, such as honoring one’s parents.
Oneg Shabbat: Once a month, the fifth through eighth grade enjoy a Shabbat program, which includes singing Hebrew songs, sharing Shabbat stories and eating cholent (Shabbat traditional stew).