Tag Archive: Nitzanim 5776

Mar 31

Two Heads Are Better Than One

What are we working on in Beit Nitzanim as we enter our third quarter? Partner and small group work! We are practicing making sure that both partners are heard and get to contribute an idea to the project. We started working on these skills during our Yosef theme when first and second graders partnered to write …

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Mar 06

Learning from Each Other’s Big Questions

Even after eight weeks of our Yosef theme, we still wonder. We are still excited to offer interpretations. We’re still connecting parts of the text with how we view the world. And in this final week of the theme, as we finish up our final projects and synthesize our ideas, we’re also lending our voices …

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Mar 02

Projects Progress!

Nitzanim and Anafim are making huge steps towards there final projects! We thought hard, discussed, drafted, and redrafted our project ideas. Now, we are finally starting to create our projects! All that prep work has paid off and it is thrilling to see the ideas come to life. The Nitzanimers are primarily focused on using …

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Feb 29

Asking Big Questions and Remembering the Big Picture

As our יוסף (Yosef) theme comes to a close, children are deeply inside of their Big Question. Every child has had a small group meeting to develop a Big Question and an interpretation. They’ve drafted and begun their final projects in יצירה (yetzirah—art/creativity) based on their interpretations. Today each child met with me one-on-one to …

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Feb 21

Asking and Answering Big Questions

It might not look like much. Two children and an iPad. Or, a different two children and an iPad. While it may not look like much, Nitzanim accomplished something extraordinary today. After identifying their Big Questions (see this post for more about our Big Questions about Yosef), children were handed an iPad and a brief …

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Feb 17

Genesis 42:1-38 (Yosef in Egypt) for 1st-5th

1 א)  וַיַּרְא יַעֲקֹב, כִּי יֶשׁ–שֶׁבֶר בְּמִצְרָיִם; וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב לְבָנָיו, לָמָּה תִּתְרָאוּ ב)  וַיֹּאמֶר—הִנֵּה שָׁמַעְתִּי, כִּי יֶשׁ–שֶׁבֶר בְּמִצְרָיִם; רְדוּ–שָׁמָּה וְשִׁבְרוּ–לָנוּ מִשָּׁם, וְנִחְיֶה וְלֹא נָמוּת 1) Now, back in Cana’an, Ya’akov saw that there was grain in Egypt. So Ya’akov said to his sons, “Why are you just standing there looking at each other? 2) הִנֵּה …

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Feb 17

Genesis 43-46 (Yosef Reveals Himself to His Brothers) for 1st-2nd

Genesis 43 1. The famine in the land was very bad. Once they finished eating the grain which they had brought back from Egypt, their father said to them, “Go back and buy us a little more to eat.” 3. Yehuda said to him, “The man really warned us, ‘If your brother isn’t with you, …

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Feb 16

Connecting Ideas by Working Together

In Beit Nitzanim, children have been building their interpretations of our Yosef text. Building is a way for children to express their ideas visually. Children can show with color, shape, or size the idea that might be tricky to communicate in words. When children work together to build with a partner or in a small …

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Feb 08

The Evolution of a Big Question

When children direct their learning, they leave hints—drawings, snippets of conversation, comic books—about questions that matter to them. As educators, we try to collect the data that indicate children are wondering and generating interpretations about a specific point in the text. In Beit Nitzanim, we call the question that children keep coming back to the …

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Feb 03

Genesis 41:1-40 (Par’oh’s Dreams) for 1st-5th

1 א)  וַיְהִי, מִקֵּץ שְׁנָתַיִם יָמִים; וּפַרְעֹה חֹלֵם, וְהִנֵּה עֹמֵד עַל–הַיְאֹר. ב)  וְהִנֵּה מִן–הַיְאֹר, עֹלֹת שֶׁבַע פָּרוֹת, יְפוֹת מַרְאֶה, וּבְרִיאֹת בָּשָׂר; וַתִּרְעֶינָה, בָּאָחוּ ג)  וְהִנֵּה שֶׁבַע פָּרוֹת אֲחֵרוֹת, עֹלוֹת אַחֲרֵיהֶן מִן–הַיְאֹר, רָעוֹת מַרְאֶה, וְדַקּוֹת בָּשָׂר; וַתַּעֲמֹדְנָה אֵצֶל הַפָּרוֹת, עַל–שְׂפַת הַיְאֹר ד)  וַתֹּאכַלְנָה הַפָּרוֹת, רָעוֹת הַמַּרְאֶה וְדַקֹּת הַבָּשָׂר, אֵת שֶׁבַע הַפָּרוֹת, יְפֹת הַמַּרְאֶה וְהַבְּרִיאֹת; וַיִּיקַץ, פַּרְעֹה …

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