Big Questions from Anafim v’Alonim

What a fabulous few weeks we’ve had exploring the text of נֹחַ (Noach – “Noah”) in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade)! Such rich questions and ideas have bubbled to the surface. 

Children started our theme תֵּבָה (Teyva – “Ark”) theme by revisiting their חברותא (partner text study) skills. Children begin by reading the text aloud, saying back in their own words (focus on self). With their חברותא (partner), they work together on listening to each other’s ideas about the text. The third voice in the practice of חברותא (partner text study) is listening to and hearing the text.

This past week children focused on some of their big questions or ideas about the text. Here are some of those questions:

  • If you don’t tell someone that they made a big mistake then they won’t learn. [Why might we need to tell future generations about the flood?] 
  • How does it feel to be YOU, knowing you’ll be the one to rebuild the world?
  • How does it feel that you have this big weight that you have to do something with on someone’s shoulders?

During our session on Sunday, children will choose what materials to take home with them with them to begin their projects! I’m so excited to see where the process of these projects go! Such creative minds in Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade)! I can only imagine the beautiful pictures I’ll have to share in next week’s update! 

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