Fourth Grade Judaics - Milkweed and Finishing the Yaakov Story

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Shalom Fourth Grade Families,

I have been so impressed with each 4th grade student’s understanding of the novel Milkweed and the important historical implications it teaches us. We have had many conversations in class about the novel – what it teaches us, what makes us uncomfortable about it, and many questions we had about the historical accuracy and other “details” of this important subject which came up organically based on the subject of the novel. I hope that each student feels a little more empowered to learn about the Shoah, and for each of them to do their own part in seeing dignity and humanity in everyone, as well as how life-changing something as simple as a flower in the middle of a ghetto can be.

For our final project, students have been asked to choose an object that represents “Misha’s” identity at some point in the novel (and write about this choice), as well as answer two other questions about hope and friendship in the midst of a difficult situation. This has been shared with your child on Google Drive, and I will be giving them class time to work on their project. They may need to spend some time on this at home, but it should not be overwhelming.

Looking ahead, the two subjects we will focusing on are finishing the “Yaakov” narrative, and integrating the ‘Human Body” unit with Judaics. For Yaakov, we will learn the story of Yaakov wrestling with the angel and receiving the name “Yisrael,” as well as discussing how to prepare for a big event and the importance of forgiveness as Yaakov and Esav reunite in an emotional scene.

We will be backtracking to the beginning of Sefer Beresheet (Genesis) and taking a closer look at the creation of humanity and being created in the image of God, and what that means for our relationship with our bodies and with others.

Fourth Graders have been impressing me all year long, and I am really looking forward to another month of learning with them!!!