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Fourth and Fifth Grade Curriculum

Our goals for the fourth and fifth grade class are to build on the lessons of previous grades through more complex and intensive Hebrew/prayer study in preparation for their Bar/Bat mitzvahs. Students will learn through a variety of activities that include text and media study, song, art, cooking and educational games.

Each class will consist of intensive Hebrew/prayer study through the Mitkadem program (scroll down for more information), as well as an experiential activity to engage students in learning about the subject of the day (Mitzvot, shabbat, holiday, etc).

Expectations for Fourth grade group:

  • Develop their Hebrew writing skills in block and cursive styles
  • learn to understand and recognize Hebrew roots
  • intensify their Hebrew reading skills 
  • continue to study Torah as a source for learning and discussion. 
  • discuss importance of basic Jewish values such as Tzadakah, Bikur Cholim, Tikkun Olam, Kindness to Animals, etc)
  • Discuss the role of Zionism and importance of Israel in our community

Expectations for Fifth grade group:

  • Introduce Chevruta style (analytical) study of Torah 
  • Intensify study of Hebrew prayer service, writing, and fluency
  • Develop a more complex understanding of Jewish global history 
  • Compare Diaspora and Israeli communities
  • Explore the ritual and meaning of Jewish life cycle events and their place in the Jewish community

Mitkadem: Our New Hebrew Language and Prayer Curriculum

We are excited to implement a new program to our curriculum called Mitkadem.

Mitkadem is a self-paced Hebrew prayer and ritual program designed to empower every child to learn Hebrew. The Mitkadem program consists of 23 levels that introduce grammar, vocabulary and reading. Students who prefer to work alone may do so, while others might be more interested in practicing reading with a partner. Students complete each packet individually or in small groups. 

Different from traditional textbooks, every ramah includes several booklets with five categories of activities:

  1. Hakdamah – Introductory activities that set the stage for the theme of each prayer and related activities. These serve as an “advanced organizer” for the unit and must be completed before moving to the remaining activities.
  1. K’riah – Reading activities that drill decoding skills, fluent reading of the prayer, and if appropriate, chanting of the prayer.
  1. Otzar Milim – Vocabulary activities drill key words and important phrases found within the prayer.
  1. Dikduk – Grammar activities teach and have students use roots, prefixes, and suffixes found within the prayer.
  1. Divrei T’filah – Activities emphasize concepts and critical thinking skills. In this section, students delve into the theological and philosophical ideology expressed in Jewish liturgy.


Meet Our 4th-5th Grade Teachers!

Noelle Chin-Vance

I am a student at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!). I am studying Chemical Engineering, but also have a passion for education. Back home in Miami, FL, I worked and volunteered at a variety of educational institutes, including the Hebrew School at Bet Breira Samuel Or Olom. I was always involved with the Jewish community there, being involved in USY and later as a madricha. I loved being with my close Jewish friends and going out to different events. While I was in high school, I also studied abroad with Alexander Muss High School in Israel and marched with the Leo Martin March of the Living during my senior year. It was these experiences that made me love my Jewish heritage the most, making me want to teach what I've learned. Besides that, I love fishing and going on nature trails; I also love gardening. I cannot wait to teach and share my love for Judaism and for life with everyone, and with that said: לחיים. 

Carina Weber

I'm a second-year student at the University of Florida studying pre-dental Biology. I grew up in a conservative Jewish community and spent my time in high school organizing United Synagogue Youth and Jewish Student Union events. I also spent time as a CIT at Camp Ramah Darom and as a Hebrew tutor at Beth Ahm Israel in south Florida. I love to explore Gainesville, finding new places to eat bagels every weekend with my French bulldog. I'm so excited to work and gain experiences at B'nai Israel this school year!