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Third Grade Online Learning--Added 4/27

This year each 3rd grader will present a project on a topic related to Israel. Students will be able to choose their topic as well as how they would like to present the project. I encourage creativity!

Purpose: to learn about Israel by researching a topic that interest them and then to share what they have learned with the class.

Suggested topics areas: Israel technology, Israeli history, Israeli food, Israeli dance, Israeli school, Israeli sports, Israeli music, kibbutzim, The Kotel, the Knesset, places in Israel, etc.

Suggested presentation formats: Power Point, poster or 3-D structure they can share on the screen, performance, etc…

Presentation dates: 5/3/2020, 5/10/2020

Preliminary research is a good idea; however, please wait for teacher approval before starting your project. I want to try to reduce duplication where possible and also avoid any topics that are not suitable for the 3rd grade. Please send the information below to me email at


My child____________________________ would like to do their Israeli Presentation on the following subject__________________________________________.

They will use this format ________________________________________to share their research in class.

Presentation date preferred: 1st choice_________ 2nd choice__________

Third Grade Online Learning--Added 3/31

It was so fun to see all of you on our zoom call...did you know we had the biggest group of any OTRS class? Go third grade! Below are some fun things to do this week with your family, including a great Pesach activity where you can share your ideas and feelings about all sorts of things. And don't forget Morah Adi's question for our next call--how do you say "grey" in Hebrew?

Interactive Pesach Activity

Third Grade Online Learning--Added 3/18

Hello to our third graders! We've got all sorts of printable activities to keep you busy this week. To keep your Hebrew skills sharp we've got a couple of activities focused on letters and colors. It's time to think all about Pesach, so we've got a maze, coloring sheet, and word search. And finally, we'll keep up our study of Israel history with a look at Theodor Herzl!

Hebrew Letter Review

Hebrew Colors

Pesach Maze

Pesach Word Search

Seder Coloring Sheet

Theodor Herzl

Third Grade

Update 2/21/20

In our study of Israel, we visit Beer Sheva, the capital of the Negev. We learned the place is located at the intersection of 2 ancient important international road junctions: the way to the sea - Via Maris, and the king's highway - the valley route. We learn that Beer Sheva is one of the largest cities in Israel and best known for the Ben Gurion University.

We continued with learning about the life of Ilan Ramon who lived in Beer Sheva and was of the only few Jewish astronaut's ever. In 2003, he joined NASA astronauts in the space shuttle Columbia that crashed over Texas killing all the astronauts onboard. We watched a video of his last interview. We all tried to solve the problem of how can we celebrate Shabbat in space - lighting candles, when is sunset

We also learned about the Kibbutz. We started talking about Berl Katznelson, he was an important Labor Zionist that thought that Jews could work together by living side by side on kibbutzim. We learn that the first Kibbutz was Degania founded in 1909.

The kids where very interested to hear about what is it likes to live in a kibbutz: everyone is equal and everything is communal, that means that no one is special and everything belongs to the whole kibbutz. The kibbutz members receive the same budget regardless of their job or position; everybody eats together in the dining hall. The kids learn that until 1970s most kibbutzim had a system whereby the children would sleep in communal children's home, Beit Yeladim, instead of the parent’s apartment.

All the kids in class decided they wouldn't want to do that. We also watched video about life in the kibbutz.

We learned about King David that was the George Washington of Ancient Israel. We learned that David fled to Ein Gedi from King Saul that became jealous of him. We learn that Kibbutz Ein Gedi is an Oasis in the middle of the Judean desert. It was founded in 1953; it has waterfall, natural pool, hot springs, and mineral water. We watched short video about the place and about a Jewish family hiking and climbing up the stream to the top of Ein Gedi.

We talked about David Ben Gurion "father of Israel", the first prime minister of Israel, we learned about his life and how he led the struggle to establish the state of Israel in May 1948. He was very short man with big messy hair; he loved to go to swim in the beach in Tel Aviv and to do headstands. David Ben Gurion loved the desert and thought it was really importance for Jews to move there and make the desert bloom. He moved with his wife to Kibbutz Sde Boker. Kibbutz Sde Boker was established in 1952, and it overlooked a huge crater, sometimes you can see ibex and other animals. In the south of the kibbutz there is a campus named after Ben Gurion. There is vineyard, art gallery, and you can visit Ben Gurion's house and private library which was preserved exactly as it was. WE also watched short video of David Ben Gurion visit in New York.

Third grade learn that Tu B'Sh'vat is consider the birthday of the trees, we celebrate the importance of, and the need to preserve, nature. In the old days, Jews were asked to bring a percentage of their best fruit each year to the temple in Jerusalem, to determine which trees were in their fourth year (Jews were not permitted to eat from a tree until its fourth year), a cutoff date was set, the 15th of Sh'vat. In modern times Tu B'shevat is connected to the rebirth of the land of Israel and is a symbol of hope.


In our overview of modern Israel we talked about the Negev and we learned and watched short movie of how we can get water in the desert. We learn about desalinization, how Israel produces fresh water from the Mediterranean Sea, collecting dew every morning, using sewage water for agriculture, using the underground warm salty water to raise fish in water pools in the desert (Tilapia, sea bass). We also learned about how drip irrigation used in the desert and how Israel helping more than 40 countries all over the world with this invention. We concluded that this is part of Tikkun Olam – fixing and helping the world.

We continued to learn about the city - Eilat and the connection of Eilat to king Salomon. Eilat is the southernmost city in Israel. Eilat a tourist resort and port located at the northern tip of the Red Sea. The city is part of the Southern Negev Desert, at the South end of the Arava. We watched 2 short videos about the city and the people that live in the city. We also worked in teams and prepared posters illustrating all the attractions in Eilat. We visit in the Dead Sea "Yam Hamelach"- the lowest point on earth, and watched a video about the place. We continue with our tour to Masada and learn that the story symbolizes Jewish heroism, courage and strength.

In third grade, we introduced the concept of ‘Lo alecha,’ from a key quote in Pirket Avot about our responsibility to work at resolving big problems in the world. We also began talking about prophets, starting with Moses. We will continue with both of these topics in the upcoming weeks!

October/November 2019

Third grade has been busy preparing for all the fall holidays! We started out the year learning about Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. We had an apple and honey tasting, held a shofar blowing contest. We discussed the idea of Teshuvah and what we could do in the coming year to be the best we could be. From the seriousness of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, we moved on to the joyfulness of Sukkot. We went over and mastered the study about Sukkot and made our own edible sukkot. We moved into learning about Shmini Atzeret and why we celebrate the cycle of reading the Torah. We joined along with the Olam Tikvah community in unravelling the torah and were even able to hold the paper as it went around the sanctuary! Our class loved listening to our two videos we showed. One was a jewish Simchat Torah music video to the song "Roar" and the other was the celebration and dancing with the torah in the streets of Israel. We ended our class with an activity where we learned about the five books of Moses. Our class got in to teams, assigned themselves leadership roles and made a poster with significant events that happened in each book.

In the coming month, we will begin to explore Tefillah starting with the Barchu. We will also begin a journey to the land of Israel to explore the people, the land, the culture, the food, and so much more. In addition, we will begin the Self-Paced Hebrew Program on Tuesdays.

September 2019

Welcome to 3rd grade! This is going to be an exciting year. We will start the year discussing how the Hebrew calendar is different from the universal one we use today. We will also learn about the upcoming Jewish holidays, what we are thankful for in our world and about the Jewish values: being a Mensch (being a good human being), being a community and the importance of Tzedakah. We will sing songs for the holiday in music class. 

In our Israel section, we  will start our overview of modern Israel using geography as a guide. First we will locate Israel on the world map and we will see that Israel is located in the middle where 3 continents meet: Africa, Asia and Europe (the kids will be very surprised to see how small it is). We will also learn which countries and seas surround Israel. We will finished with 2 short videos about Israel.

During the year we will "visit" all major cities from the south in the Negev all the way to the Golan.

In the first few classes of third grade we have been learning about Rosh Hashanah and the Shema. In the upcoming weeks, we will begin exploring the prophets, reading stories from the Torah and applying them to our own lives. We will also begin to delve into our Israel curriculum!

Thu, October 1 2020 13 Tishrei 5781