Tag Archive: project-based learning

Nov 30

I’ll Take the Whole Thing, Please

Something new is happening with our 5th – 7th graders: they want it all. Our theme texts for this age group were Genesis 12 – 25, more text than we’ve ever swallowed in a single theme, and still, these children are reaching out to grab more text: texts we’ve read over the last 7 years and …

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Nov 16

How Our 5th – 7th Graders Make Their Own Projects

Read the text and talk about it. Build, draw, collage, or act out the text. Read more text, argue, read it again, show all the faces that Sarah and Hagar make to each other (what is “contempt,” anyway?), and go back to the text again to make our points. 2. Notice: what’s something about the …

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Oct 27

Where Are You From?

We all live in Chicago. How did your family end up in Chicago? Tell a story about your great-grandparents. Where does your name come from? What’s a value that has been important to your family for several generations?     This week during Middle School Workshop, we told each other stories of where we’re from. It’s …

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Oct 14

Middle Schoolers Lead Our Sukkot Celebration

For the past month, our sixth and seventh graders have been planning a Sukkot celebration for the entire Jewish Enrichment Center. Finally, our big day arrived! What a scramble to get everything ready! After all of our prep work was done, our language for giving instructions to younger children rehearsed, we took some time to …

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Aug 28

Jewish Architecture Week

Jewish Enrichment Camp was a blast! As children shared the projects they’d worked on all week, one child took the iPad and made a video of the projects and the great feeling of accomplishment in the room. So cool! Another child – a third grader! – wrote an introduction for visitors to all of the projects. …

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May 18

Final project time!

This week in אלונים (“Oak trees,” for 5th and 6th grades), we’ve been busy working on our final projects for the year! Our final project prompt is: Tell the story of your encounter with a big idea or question this year. Children are working independently or in pairs to identify a big question or idea …

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May 16

One Final Project, Many Steps

We’ve started our final project in Beit Nitzanim. It’s a project that helps us reflect on our whole year AND a project we can work on together, so that we can show off all of our fabulous teamwork skills. The project has so many steps: Step 1: Remember the three big themes from our year: Bamidbar (“In …

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Dec 16

Reflecting On Our Work

This week in 5th/6th grade Alonim (“Oak Trees”), we took time to appreciate our accomplishments. We shared our projects with each other, noticing details and making connections with our own projects. We took time to read other children’s work. We listened carefully, asked questions, and out things we hadn’t known about each other. Then we took a few …

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Dec 09

What happens in our final project week?

Last week before we close out theme! It’s a whirlwind…(and we love the energy and drive)! We’re finishing projects, laying them out, finalizing artist statements to share what our projects mean, and what we’ve learned from doing them, catching a quick moment with a younger brother to show him the book she made about their …

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Nov 11

We Have Only to Ask

What if we asked our children, “What do you want to know more about in Judaism?” and let their questions drive their learning? It was so fast. I asked, children went off to write by themselves, and within a few minutes, every single sixth grader was back by my side, ready to talk through what …

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