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4th Grade: Introduction to Jewish History and Jewish Communities around the World


In years when 3rd and 4th grades are combined in a single classroom, this curriculum alternates with the 4th grade curriculum in a 2-year cycle, so that all students learn both parts.

Main Focus - 4th

Cultural and historical similarities and differences between Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Yemenite, and Mizrahi communities. Deeper look at Jewish holidays, traditions, and culture.

Holidays and Celebrations - 4th

Study and celebrate Jewish holidays as they occur during the year. The emphasis is on the Jewish multicultural experience of the holidays.

Bible Stories - 4th

Bible stories are reviewed in conjunction with the study of early Jewish history. Comparisons are made with folktales.

Jewish Values and Ethics - 4th

Customs practiced by Jewish communities around the world.

History and Israel - 4th

Early Jewish history. Primary focus is on the Diaspora and the development of the Sephardic, Ashkenazi, Yemenite, and Mizrahi communities in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Prayers, Blessings - 4th

Blessings for the holidays and Shabbat.

Music/Dance/Arts & Crafts - 4th

Music: weekly
Dance: monthly
Arts and crafts: art projects are an integral part of every lesson.
Cooking projects: used for holidays and for making food for others as holiday gifts (shalah-manos for Purim, for example).

Textbook - 4th

A Kid’s Mensch Handbook

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